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Mama Kat's Restaurant

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950 W San Marcos Blvd, Suite J, San Marcos, CA 92078-1121
760 591 4558
6:00 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
All 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
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Carlsbad, CA
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314 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Think about the best breakfast you ever had. Now you are at Kats place. All you have to do is order it. Omelets, waffles, pancakes, hash browns, eggs over easy, fresh made pastry/pies and incredible fresh coffee. Get there early because there is always a line after 7:30am especially on Sat./Sun. Enjoy

Thank John R
San Marcos, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been here a number of times for a late breakfast, both on weekends and during the week. The food is excellent as is the service. The only reason for not rating it a 5, is because of the regular long wait times for a seat. Mama Kats has been there a long time, so it would be foolish to... More 

Thank efxmastr
San Marcos, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My go to meal is the homemade corned beef hash and eggs. It is like no other I have ever had. Truly homemade. The service is always impeccable and very friendly. I have been here many times; mostly for family breakfast, but have had a few business breakfast meetings as well. Love it here. Always my first choice for breakfast!... More 

Thank 576mattr
Gdansk, Poland
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mama Kat's it's great place with very tasty food, excellent service and friendly atmosphere! If i ever go back to San Marcos I will definitely visit this place again!

Thank MagosiaKA
Santa Barbara, California
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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow... Wow... Wow... This place rocks. If you are anywhere near here it's a must. Friendly crew, amazing food, and PIE! You should be here.

Thank Rocky J
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The only thing I don't like about Mama Kats is their name because I don't like cats. Even the huge coffee cups have the face of a cat! The locals seem to love this place creating a rather boisterous atmosphere when the restaurant is crowded which it is any time we've been there. The servers are very attentive and will... More 

Thank Gary A F
Vista, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great family friendly diner. They fried chicken was great and the old fashioned waffle was absolutely delicious! Service is second to none.

Thank hosebnota
San Marcos, California
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Very good service and food, friendly staff, great food! Sometimes you maybe have to wait as they are very popular.

Thank SanMarcosTraveler
San Marcos, California
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We have had two recents visits, both breakfast and both times we waited for a server for 10 plus minuets they were not exceptionally busy. After ordering an additional 15 plus minutes before food received and not exceptionally well presented. Based on cost and quality will not be returning.

Thank Dave A
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Old time quaint sayings/posters on walls (some funny). Open room so a bit noisy at times but not bad. Again, very good food. I've only had 3 different choices (I like my favs) but have eaten there about a dozen times. Especially good for breakfast. While all features are excellent, I wouldn't rate it 5 when compared to really nice... More 

Thank Duane S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 950 W San Marcos Blvd, Suite J, San Marcos, CA 92078-1121
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Marcos
  • Phone Number: 760 591 4558

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?