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Mama Kat's Restaurant

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950 W San Marcos Blvd, Suite J, San Marcos, CA 92078
760 591 4558
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 2:30 pm
Mon 6:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thu 6:00 am - 2:30 pm
Fri 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 6:00 am - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 82
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great little spot!

This is a great little no-nonsense spot for a good home cooked meal! If you have ever been to NJ and went to a diner, this comes very close to it!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
deby708
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San Marcos, California
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San Marcos, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great little no-nonsense spot for a good home cooked meal! If you have ever been to NJ and went to a diner, this comes very close to it!

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Thank deby708
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There's a reason that there is always a 45+ minute wait to eat here. If you are a "club member you can call ahead - advisable. If not, promise to buy a tee shirt and post a review, and they will probably put your name on the list anyway - It's a fun loving staff, make them laugh and they'll... More 

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Thank brawlingsaz
Dallas, Texas
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We waited an hour. Not sure we would do that again. Nice waitress indicated we would need to come before 8 AM to not wait that long. French toast was flat. Asked for crispy bacon and boy was it. Good scrambled eggs. Anyway, the highlight was the apple and chocolate pies that were about as good as they get. The... More 

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Thank janicedallas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went recently with a friend mine who was hold up at home for a bit. I had the Don Juan, it's a version of eggs Benedict on a biscuit and smothered in sausage gravy. I'm a bacon gravy guy but no matter. It was amazing just needed a little pepper but other wise great. Service was attentive and on top... More 

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Thank Tommy H
San Marcos, California
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to lunch at Mama Kat's last month and had a perfect BLT sandwich. The bacon was so crisp. The place is always busy but the tables move fast and atmosphere is so pleasant that you don't get bored waiting. They have amazing cakes and pies too. My husband had an omelet which he said was great. Go there if... More 

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Thank Linda G
San Marcos, California
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

It is your regular family restaurant but what adds to the family ambiance of the place is that the service is great and the food is good. I would recommend this place but not on the weekends as it does get busy especially on Sunday after 10 am when th church folk head out to eat. Be prepared to wait... More 

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Thank Vagabundo01
Beaumont, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

This place is a go to spot for us when we stay out in San Marcos. We made two trips this last time around, but we only stayed to eat once. Those long waits obviously prove the food is good. Since we normally go out there for birthdays, they usually give a free piece of pie. Pancakes are A+. The... More 

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Thank djtravieso
Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

We had breakfast with family there this morning. OUTSTANDING! Excellent food, with excellent service despite the crowd! We have been here before, and we will definitely dine there again.

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Thank Rob G
Woodbridge, New Jersey
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

First, make sure to come early so you don't have to wait that long. They're open from 7am -2pm only. I love pancake and so I tried one, just the small version. The big one is really big, the size of a regular plate. I was not disappointed. Fluffy and delicious. Nice ambience and pleasant staff.

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Thank Ralph F
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Their corn beef hash is to die for, made fresh and not out of a can. We had a great server last weekend, Colin who brought us sample of all of the homemade Jam. My favorite was the carrot cake ( I think its seasonal) they also make their own orange marmalade, mixed berry, strawberry, and apple butter. Yum! Expect... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 950 W San Marcos Blvd, Suite J, San Marcos, CA 92078
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Marcos
  • Phone Number: 760 591 4558

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 2:30 pm

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