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Mama Lu's - A Modern Day Taco Shop

149 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2508
+1 231-943-2793
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Mexican, Latin, Street Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
149 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2508
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Made it a priority to return this year on taco Tuesday. 2$ artisan tacos-beef brisket, cilantro this evening. Happy hour has great drink and appetizer specials. Queso and chips were so flavorful and plenty. Mango margaritas etc on special. This fills up fast because it...More

Thank Kathy L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Everything we had was great! Wonderful tacos, great chips and guacamole and helpful service! It is a tiny place, so keep in mind if you have young kids and/or a stroller!

Thank Katelyn C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The food here is comparable to Charleston, South Carolina it is so good! Everything on the menu is bursting with flavor, and you can tell it is fresh. This restaurant takes everything on their menu to the next level, and it is a must-go-to place...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tacos are fantastic, as is the staff! It was a little crowded, but that’s because the food is so good! I had a Whitefish taco and two house specials, pork I think? Anyhow, the tacos were very flavorful. I added some pineapple habanero, which...More

Thank Tom V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ordered all six tacos and the queso with chips and salsa. The salsa verde was very fresh and yummy. All of the tacos were delicious, but the shrimp, pork and beef were our favorites. They are average sized corn tortilla tacos. Four of us...More

Thank remouladesauce
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a neat little place. We stopped for a margarita and ended up having to try a few tacos even tho we just ate. The margaritas were homemade and fresh. The tacos were outstanding. We had carnitas and fish. Homemade everything. Highly recommend and worth...More

Thank Karen P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was outstanding. Tacos, street corn the food was some of the best I’ve ever had. Better yet was our server. My wife and I sat at the bar and Forrest was one of the most professional, helpful and personable servers we experienced this...More

Thank Marty H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Extremely tasty but the portions are small for the price. Service is usually spot on. Love the Aqua Fresca

Thank Katie S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not your average tacos! These tacos burst with flavor and the fresh guacamole yum! My favorite is the pork taco. Busy place for a reason. It’s that good!

Thank daisy123123
Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

We had a group of 5 right at dinner time and had about a 40 minute wait. The hostess was very disorganized but our waiter, Zach, was great. He was friendly and fast, and even made recommendation of things we could do for the rest...More

Thank julescp727
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Lauren W
May 20, 2018|
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Response from Lisa H | Reviewed this property |
They use the “No Wait” app. You can get in a virtual line for a table before you arrive!
Alicia O
September 15, 2017|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $15
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Television, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 149 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2508
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-943-2793
  • E-mail
Mama Lu's is a taco-slinging, modern day taco shop and bar in the heart of Traverse City's downtown neighborhood. Executive Chef John Larson's menu is driven by authentic Mexican street food grounded in a fresh 'made to order' tortilla. The affordable menu is complemented by well-crafted Margaritas and an unpretentious collection of beer, wine & spirits. The intimate 40 seat taco shop draws inspiration from bygone borderland watering holes to create a place where people from all walks of life can converge over cold libations, "hit the spot" cuisine & warm hospitality. A true fixture in the community, the fun & energetic vibes offer a destination for both date nights and family dining alike.
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