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Mama's Royal Cafe

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4012 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611-5618
+1 510-547-7600
07:00 - 14:30
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 14:30
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 15:00
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104 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

and get there early, this place fills up on weekends especially. copious amounts of cheese and lot's of vegetarian options

Thank bryan m
San Francisco
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81 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Been coming to Mama's since the '80s. Need I say more? Uniquely Oakland with good food, friendly staff (mostly) ands long waits on Saturday and Sunday.

Thank VolvanaWhite
Leeds, United Kingdom
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166 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

The breakfast at Mama's is very good, with a nice variety and an option for every palette and mood. The portions are of a good size and the food of good quality. The staff are friendly and attentive and frequently check to ensure that you have all you need and offer top ups of coffee and/or water. It's a good... More 

Thank QSM42
Lafayette, Colorado
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59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

My sister brought us here for brunch, cute little place with relatively quickly turnaround and packed on a Sunday morning. We arrived around 9:30a and ended up waiting about 20min. Service was friendly and the setting is diner style with wooden booths, tables and a small counter. We all had the Oregon Chai Latte which was frothy and delicious! I... More 

Thank H777
Austin, Texas
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

The food at Mama's Royal Cafe is good. Not outstanding or lackluster, just good. I ordered the oatmeal with blueberries, walnuts and banana with a side of bacon. My friend ordered the biscuits and gravy. Both were filling and homey, served by a cheerful waitress who never stopped filling our coffee. Basically, that's everything you want in diner food. The... More 

Thank Michael M
Oakland, California
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

I honestly can't say enough good things about this place!!! The food is delicious and always prepared perfectly. Honestly, most breakfast places these days seem to undercook my eggs, but Mama's always gets it PERFECT. The coffee is excellent. The staff are incredibly friendly. They function like a well-oiled machine. It's always packed/busy, but I never feel like I'm waiting... More 

Thank Keelia M
Glasgow, Scotland
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015

We visit friends in Oakland for Thanksgiving every year, and breakfast at Mama's Royal Cafe has become a big part of our trip - we ate there three times in a week. I love the atmosphere as well as the food, it can be quite noisy, especially at weekends when it's really busy (they literally queue up in the street... More 

Thank Heatherthevet
Oakland, California, United States
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120 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

...of what happens with most places in the east bay. The menu offers simple hearty fare with what seems to be a conscience for the food and the people they serve. Mama's reminds me of the beach restaurants in LA in the late 70's and early 80's. Unfortunately parts of the breakfast I had there this week tasted like it... More 

Thank Rodney K
Purcell, Oklahoma
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

I've never had a bad meal here! Its all good from breakfast to the wonderful gruyere grilled cheese.

Thank Kathi D
Piedmont, California
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73 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015

We enjoyed breakfast this morning at this cafe. We've been before and will go again. I like the kitschy atmosphere, with wood booths filled with graffiti, old formica tables and vintage aprons on the walls. The food is pretty good, but not outstanding. My husband ordered hash, which was not what he expected, but good nonetheless. Instead of being a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 14:30
07:00 - 14:30
07:00 - 14:30
07:00 - 14:30
07:00 - 14:30
08:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4012 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611-5618
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: +1 510-547-7600

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