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“More than just eating!”

Mama's on Washington Square
Ranked #28 of 5,860 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
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.
Reviewed October 5, 2013

We had to try Mama's out after reading all the rave reviews, and it didn't disappoint! We stupidly went for brunch on 4th of July - and ended up waiting for about 80 minutes in the sun. The wait wasn't too bad, it's part of the experience - making friends with other people in line, watching people both inside and outside the restaurant. The guys inside were thoughtful enough to bring jugs of water out for those of us waiting, a nice touch. Once in, you immediately forget about wasting over an hour of your life standing outside, as you're taken away by the charm of the little place. After placing our order with the friendly, chatty owner, we were taken to a cute booth (although unfortunately right next to the window where the line outside is - awwwkwarrrd!) and had a lovely little date. I'm not much of a cooked full-on breakfast fan, so I ordered French toast and oh my GOD, it was amazing! Mountains of berries and sauce - a sweet tooth's dream. My hubby loved his omelette breakfast with all the trimmings.
Definitely recommended! Yummy and great small-cafe atmosphere. To beat the crowd, arrive early - although they open at 8am, we heard a guy say that when he arrives for work at 7.30, there's already a line outside!

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Thank Nadia J
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

We wanted to check this place out after reading the TA reviews and needless to say were were not disappointed. OK the queue was relatively long and took about 40 mins but it was sunny outside and we made some friends whilst waiting in the queue so it didnt feel like it took that long. If you visit San Fran, this is a must for breakfast. The atmosphere, the food and the service is excellent. Certainly the best buttermilk pancakes I had on this trip!

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Thank Bhavisha G
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

It's always a MUST to have at least one breakfast there while I'm in San francisco.
You need to be early to avoid a long or even very long line - but it's even worth to wait ...but better the early ;-)
I love th place and the service ...

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Thank Sven_FFM_1
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

Queued about 40 minutes to get in, and thought "this had better be worth it!" And boy, we were not disappointed. Beautiful fresh food, excellently presented. Will definitely return.

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Thank bobandliz48
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Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

Must go when in San Francisco. We arrived around 7:30 and had about an hour wait, but the food and service were worth ever minute of it.

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Thank LinaFab
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