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“A hot spot all day long!”

Mama's on Washington Square
Ranked #27 of 5,861 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch
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 August 26, 2014

We visited Mama's after reading all the great reviews and seeing all the awards its won. We got there early 7.45am (it opens at 8am), thinking we would walk straight in.....wrong! There was already a queue of ten people deep. Its only a small place, but you have to order at the counter before they will seat you. We just managed to get a table before they were all full, so we were seated about 8.35am. Food was great, quick and friendly service. By the time we were seated I would say there was around 30-40 people queuing outside. Well worth a visit if in the north beach area, but get there early!

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Reviewed August 25, 2014

We visited Mamas after reading many good reviews. We arrived at 7.45am (jet lag allowed for an early start, luckily) and there were already ten people queuing. We guessed we were on to a good thing as we took our place. It is a small venue and you order then are seated so it does take a while to get in. The food was very good and when we saw other plates coming out we felt we had missed out by not ordering the French toast or pancakes! Worth getting there early for and glad we didn't have too long a wait.

1  Thank chrissyt80
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Reviewed August 24, 2014

It is about $20 a head, but it was an amazing breakfast. Extremely fresh, perfectly cooked, good selection. We got there at 830am on a Thursday morning and still had to stand in line an hour - but oh so worth it!

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Reviewed August 22, 2014

Went to Mamas in August 2014. We arrived mid morning and the line up was quite long and we were informed that it would be a 2 hour wait. Daughter talked to greeter and he advised to come back between 7:15 and 7:30 am the next day and we would probably be seated right away when it opened at 8:00 am. BINGO! We were the third in line and got in right away,

When you are let in you stand in a line in front of the food being cooked (there is a glass barrier) and review the menu and order when you get to the cash and then seat yourself (and watch the people in line drooling over your food).

We had the following:
- french toast sampler (was a special) consisting of banana bread french toast, cinnamon french toast and cranberry orange french toast - these were excellent especially with the homemade jam.
- eggs with bacon and sausage and hash browns.

The food was very good and the service was excellent but I would not wait in line for this again - not because of the food but because of the wait.

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Thank Traci F
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Reviewed August 22, 2014

I would not wait again. We arrived at 8:15am and were seated at 10:45 am. The eggs on my Eggs Benedict were very under cooked which caused stomach problems later. The sour dough toast and home made jam was very good. My husband enjoyed the fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. It is a very good place to eat if the line is shorter.

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Thank L M
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