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Mama's on Washington Square

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This tiny restaurant fills up quickly and when you taste the food, you know why. One usually has to wait in line to get in. Once inside, it's order first and then you get seated. Service is fast and the food is delicious, with choices for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Coffee's good as well.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Long line, but they said shorter than normal, I got there on Saturday just before 8 AM, the group two places in front of me got the last table, but the wait from there was not long as it took them a long time to seat people up until then so the first group started to leave, about 30 minutes... More 

Thank Larry R
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A small tiny restaurant with great food. Must try the huge variety of benedict eggs (shrimp benedict my favorite) great muffins and cakes. You should know that for sure you will need to make line for at least 45 min, believe me completely worthy!

Thank robertogut1
Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having eaten at Mama's on previous visits to San Francisco, we returned for breakfast at this local favorite. Overall, the sizes and freshness were spot-on. However, we didn't find the taste to be as good as we remembered. We all had omelets. Watching the items ordered by others, I felt like we might have been more pleased with pancakes or... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband had read about this place so we visited on our short stay in the city. So we were prepared to wait - but it maybe only took about twenty minutes to get a table. We had breakfast and shared an omelette (the washington square) and some french toast (the kugelhoph). Both were delicious, especially the french toast. A... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in at the last minute when heading out of town. Waited about 20 minutes. Food was excellent. You order at the cash register so be ready when you get up there.

Thank Tim C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Incredible size portions from omelets to the famous Monte Cristo sandwich. Do not miss the chalkboard for daily specials. You must order in line before seating. Arrive here early before 8am or time it for 11am to avoid waiting. The mama's Smoothie was delicious with the added honey I asked for. The huge omelets can be crafted to your liking.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Mamas on a trip to San Francisco last week. We queued outside for an hour in the rain and had certainly built up an appetite by the time we made it to the indoor queue. It was worth the wait and the food was delicious and fresh. It was great to be able to watch the staff cooking... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cosy place to eat. Food was substantial and tasty. Be aware they don't take credit card so remember to take cash!

Thank Megsoc
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came based on a zomato review and it was the best decision ever, so went back a second time haha. Our first visit was on a Sunday morning and despite heavy rain, we waited outside for 30 minutes in a long line that only got longer. We ordered the famous Monti Cristo sandwich and the apple French toast. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
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

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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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