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“Very good, but the wait is a bit crazy” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mama Kat's Restaurant

Mama Kat's Restaurant
950 W San Marcos Blvd, Suite J, San Marcos, CA 92078
760 591 4558
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Ranked #3 of 186 Restaurants in San Marcos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
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106 reviews 106 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Very good, but the wait is a bit crazy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Mama Kat's was highly recommended to us by the staff at The Lakehouse Resort and Hotel. We were put on the wait-list and told it would be 30-40 minutes. We sat out in the sun and waited with a zillion other people and listened to people complain about how long it was taking. We decided to give up after 40 minutes and at the last minute I decided to check the list and voila, we were next. I'm glad it worked out this way because we were out of there. We sat at the bar and absolutely loved our meals. I had So. CA Benedict (half-order), and the spouse had a combo of a veggie Benedict and a gravy-type Benedict, both of which were delicious. I love that you can get two different Benedict's! The service was good. I'm glad we went, but I don't think we'd do that wait again.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
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“Was once a good place for breakfast”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Since moving to the Escondido area 2 ½ years ago, my wife and I discovered Mamma Kats. This is a local mom & pop restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch as well as baked goods. For the first 2 years there has been a good balance between seating capacity, wait times, service and food quality. However, since the restaurant expanded the dining area, that balance has been negatively impacted. The wait times to be seated have increased, the wait times to get your food after you’ve ordered has increased and often times the food is delivered lukewarm at best. My conclusion is that since they didn’t expand the kitchen so they didn’t increase their cooking capacity which results in the increased wait times and slight decline in food quality. However, the wait staff remains one of the positives about the place. If Mama Kats can solve the kitchen capacity issue they have the potential to return to shorter wait times and better quality food.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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San Marcos, California
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“Best Breakfast in North County”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Excellent Service! The people actually seem like they enjoy their jobs. Very good experience.

Food is outstanding. Large menu.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Marcos, CA
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Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Great breakfast place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

My friend and I went there on a whim after reading the great reviews for the restaurant. It turned out to be a wonderful little breakfast place in San Marcos. The service was excellent, the atmosphere was warm and welcoming and we thoroughly enjoyed the country style breakfast cooking.

Parking may be a challenge on busy weekends and special holidays but they never hurry you out of the place and always keep your coffee filled.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Don't judge a book by its cover!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

If you're hungry and don't exactly know what you want, Mama Kay's is the place to go. Three of us filled out tummies full, all with totally different breakfasts from this huge breakfast menu. There are choices to keep you coming back for a year, friendly staff, a clean restaurant and GOOD food. Hurry, it's great!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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