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Mama's Vegetarian

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18 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-3313
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Blacksburg, Virginia
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54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Came at lunch time on a week day....the line was out the door, and stayed that way through our 40 min in the restaurant. Very efficient operation and you watch them make your sandwich in front of you-4 to 5 people working on sandwiches in parallel, which means that your falafel have only been out of the frier for a... More 

Thank PaulCBBg
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Horrible customer service. Came in without food for an employee. But wanted to get vegetarian for myself but told to leave. Wasn't like I was getting a table I was ordering to take out. Will never patronize this establishment again.

Thank Anthony T
Saint Louis, Missouri
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82 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Falafel sandwich is the best, if you are near this area you got try this great food. The line was long but it was moving quickly. The falafel sandwich was big and tast and the eggplant slices too.

Thank B M
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

very filling,tasty food. totally vegetarian. not at all overpriced. I wish the plates could have been a little bigger and better......but yummy food.

Thank jallur
Chicago, Illinois
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93 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Mama's Vegetarian is obviously vegetarian, which is handy for those vegetarians who have trouble finding things to eat at most restaurants. It's all Middle Eastern food, which is usually easy to find vegetarian options in, but this is a really great selection. The falafel is flavorful and perfectly textured, great with their lettuce and tomatoes or a grape leaf roll.... More 

Thank Sheridan S
Far Rockaway, New York
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

I've been visiting Philadelphia for decades and it is like kryptonite to kosher restaurants. Most places are either not worth going to or if they are for some reason they close down after a few years. This place has been going strong for a while no. The food is fresh, good and cheap. Not a huge variety on the menu... More 

Thank ER3297
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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46 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016

The best felafel in Philadelphia. Made while you wait so are hot and crisp on the outside and correctly soft on the inside. All of the expected garnishes were available in addition to hummus and techina. Also had great latkes and eggplant. The portions and price were less than typical for a Center City eatery. Even if you are not... More 

Thank bruce s
Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

I thought I had found some of the best falafal elsewhere in Philadelphia, and boy was I wrong. If you're vegetarian, or simply love falafal, this place is heaven. I completely understand why there was a line out the door when I went here, it's worth the wait! I got one of the lunch platters that had eggplant and falafal... More 

Thank Jake S
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39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

I bought the falafel platter. It ha 8 falafels, trot and cucumber ,cabbage, tahini, hummus, spicy sauce. Freshly made pita and an extra slice of fried eggplant. All for $10.50 I couldn't even finish my Plate the food was so good for a great price

Thank Sara T
New York
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Get there before there, 11:30 a.m and there will be no wait... The food is very good. They give you free food to much on if you have to wait. I highly recommend them.

Thank NeetNeetN

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Fast Food, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Middle Eastern, Vegan Options, Kosher, Israeli
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-3313
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: 215-751-0477

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