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“Yummy!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mama's on Washington Square

Mama's on Washington Square
Ranked #35 of 5,626 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Good for: Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Description: 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.
Lake Forest, California
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276 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

It doesn't matter what you get. It's all good. You will wait in line. We waited for about an hour. Yes, it was worth it.. You really should make the time to come here at least once. You won't regret it.

Visited September 2012
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Turkish first
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English first
Las Vegas, Nevada
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76 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“You have to do it!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012

Staying with my friend in San Francisco, he told me you had to try and get into Mama's for breakfast. Well, we lined up and lined up - and then we got in. And it was delicious. Absolutely delicious. Such a gorgeous little place too. Well worth the experience.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Wilmington, NC
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Go Here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

So glad we found this place. The food is wonderful and you won't leave deprived! Believe me! The coffee cakes are great and the breakfast selections are wonderful. If you plan on going, make sure you plan well for it. There is always a line. If going on the weekend--get there early. We were part of the 1st seating on a Sunday and the line was down the block when we left. It's worth it though!

Visited August 2012
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Richmond, Virginia
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Disappointed, don't understand the hype!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2012

We had the opportunity to eat at Mama's a few weeks ago on a Sunday. I wouldn't go back as the food was very average that can be found at any local restaurant offering breakfast/brunch menu.

As the reviews suggested we arrived before they opened at 7:20 and were seated as soon as they opened the doors. At that time there were only a few couples waiting.


Dungeness Crab Omelette - The ingredients did taste fresh; however, it tasted so bland. Not seasoning your food properly makes a world of difference.

French Toast Sampler - Mama's may know presentation but they don't know french toast! They use 3 different baked breads and top them off with fresh fruit. It was too heavy and tasted like bread not french toast normally crispy on the outside and light on the inside. As others suggested the cranberry option is the better of the three.

Pancakes - Very average, nothing special. They were definitely not melt-in-your mouth as others have suggested.

Chicken Turkey Sausage - Not sure what this was...I was expecting a fresh sausage patty made in house but I was very wrong. It looked and tasted processed.

Mimosas - Small, but you can taste the alcohol.

Orange Juice - Did taste fresh squeezed and was good.

Coffee - My husband did love and asked for the brand name.

On a high note the staff especially one particular gentleman was very nice, funny and outgoing. Our bill I believe totaled around $75. I never mind spending money on a good meal but not liking the food and spending this kind of money was very disappointing. One thing that I found different was ordering your food as soon as you come into the restaurant. You order at the counter and have a seat with your group.

Bottom line, I would pass and go with more of a local option than a tourist trap.

  • Visited September 2012
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Breakfast was fantastic”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2012

but the wait to get in was horrible.

We had heard the food was wonderful and truthfully they probably served me the best omelette I've ever tasted. But we stood in line outside the restaurant for almost an hour waiting to get in. If the wait was more reasonable this restaurant would definitely get 5 stars.

Visited September 2012
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