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Mama's Vegetarian

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18 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-3313
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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for an authentic vegetarian/Kosher place this is it. The hidden Gem in this place are the FRIES, They are just simply awesome. Super fresh ingredients and the falafel is the best in the City. You have to go here if your in the neighborhood. Staff is super friendly and on nice days you can sit out... More 

Thank Phil A
Jerusalem, Israel
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Mama's offers a limited, but classically tasty and fun, cuisine niche: falafel, fried eggplant and fresh simple chopped salads in/with pita bread. The prices are very reasonable and the service, though brusque and vigorous, is prompt and effective. And once you've ordered, you can remain for as long as you like in this well-located Center City eatery.

Thank Joseph G
London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

A very popular place for locals, serving a good variety of dishes. Food moves so fast that if one is late, one could end up with limited choice. So, plan ahead if one would like to explore the full menu.

Thank Raja R
Far Rockaway, New York
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68 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

As a hopeless foodie, it's hard for me to write a bad review on a place that served really good food. BUT the customer service was so rude and unbelievably horrid that I'm forced to write about. The first woe started with the fact we came with 3 little children. We ordered the platter and figured it would be good... More 

Thank arid2923
Marlton, New Jersey
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

This place is small but that's the secret, it's delicious , BEST EVER PITA , amazing falafel you will ever eat, just like your in Israel again...you will NOT be disappointed ...make sure when u leave you buy some delicious pita to take home, put in your freezer and warm it in microwave for just 20 seconds ... Amazing !!!!

Thank Jcat05
Blacksburg, Virginia
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54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

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 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

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 bubbles 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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97 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Fast Food, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Kosher, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Delivery
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
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?