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Mama's on Washington Square

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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1701 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2914
+1 415-362-6421
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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La Crescenta, California
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We loved our french toast breakfast at Mama's - I had the Kugelhopf, a sort of panettone, and my wife a sampler of three different types, both liberally covered with beautifully ripe, fresh fruit. We were also given some of the house made fresh jam which was excellent with the french toast. Our waitress and all of the staff were... More 

Thank Crescentan
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Cannot fault the food and inside, it's lovely. Problem is, with great reviews it does get busy and queuing is the norm. We arrived 5mins after it opened on a Sunday and waited 90mins. I would say it is worth 45min wait maximum! How good can eggs be at the end of the day. While queuing they take orders and... More 

Thank Flicks33
Cleveland, Ohio
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52 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The most important thing to know re Mama's is that it opens at 8am (closed Mondays) and you should get there to line up outside at 7:30am. This way, you get admitted in the first wave, and only have to wait for them to open, but not for anyone to finish eating! Another important fact is that they only accept... More 

Thank Unicent
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

$120 for breakfast for four and we still came away feeling it was good value for money! We didn't need to eat for the rest of the day. The staff are extremely courteous and friendly. The quality of the food is excellent. Generous portions. Huge variety of choice. Fruit is so fresh it is still twitching. Ambience is energising. We... More 

Thank Syd_The_Sloth
Ely, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The line was about 1.5 hours wait time, but our brunch was delicious! We enjoyed everything we had, and it left us full for the rest of our day exploring San Francisco.

Thank Meredith J
Maynard, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place for breakfast - many fine choices, friendly service, excellent food; highly recommended. Only drawback is since it is so popular, there can be along wait outside, up to one hour. However, they open at 8AM and if you get in line at 7:30 you will be first served at 8AM if you are one of... More 

Thank John P
Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes. It is that good and unless you get there early enough to insure the first seating be prepared to wait. That's okay. It's worth it. Open for breakfast and lunch. I had the Paisano which is Eggs Benedict using pancetta which was incredible. My wife had "the best omelet" that she has ever had. High praise and also accurate.... More 

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Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We got there early to avoid the lines and managed to walk in as they opened. The guy at the door was rude but we were so hungry we didn't care. Had to order and pay before seating which was strange and meant people were constantly standing around waiting to order. Waitress was nice and the food came out quickly... More 

Thank Christopher M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wanted to have breakfast on Sunday morning. Arrived at 9:25 and waited for more then two hours, if my wife didn't insisted would have left after ten minutes. After the long and stupid wait breakfast become lunch which was actually very good. The benedicts and the omlets were prepared to perfection but as I said before no food is worth... More 

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

So many good reviews and all of them are so true. The food is incredible. French toast is perfection while you have home made jam at your table to top off fresh toast. All fruit is fresh and compliments everything on the menu. Omelets are amazing and the portions for everything are huge. They keep the line moving for such... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1701 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2914
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-362-6421
Established in 1951.
The family of Mama and Papa Sanchez, serves up traditional and innovative breakfast dishes in "Little Italy", the famous North Beach District in San Francisco. Across the street from the beautiful Washington Square Park, Mama's legions of fans line up early and throughout the day. We use the freshest of local products, imported Italian meats to fill our fluffy omelettes, homemade jam, fresh baked breads, pastries and other delectable dishes. We invite you to try our little restaurant and become part of the Mama's Family.

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Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

Neighborhood Profile
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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