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Mama's on Washington Square

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$$ - $$$
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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1701 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2914
+1 415-362-6421
08:00 - 15:00
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Appleton, Wisconsin, United States
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2013

First of all, no credit cards accepted, so before you wait in line, make sure you have cash! We got in line at 9 am on a Saturday and felt like we were going to pass out by the time we got in, waited at least 2 hours. The line outside is always long and once you get inside, don't... More 

Thank Jessica P
Melbourne, Australia
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185 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2013

You have to go to Mama's simply to say you have. We waited for an hour but it was sunny and the people around us in good form.Once in we had eggs benedict, fruit and smoked salmon. We shared the dishes. The food is fine, the ambiance fine and the location central. Try it. You won't be disappointed.

Thank 69Penny
Denver, Colorado
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95 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2013

This place truly is worth the wait. I would recommend waking up a little earlier on the weekend and standing in line about 30 minutes before they open. We did that and ended up waiting about an hour until the food was ready, which wasn't bad because it was incredible. I recommend trying and sharing a couple things. We walked... More 

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Fort Worth, TX
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2013

My wife and I got to Mama's about 9:00 on a Friday morning and waited for about an hour to get a table. We weren't in a hurry, so it really wasn't a big deal as we just enjoyed being outside in the nice weather. We ordered the dungeness crab omelette which came with toast and fried potatoes and also... More 

Oakland, Calif
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2013

Location, variety of tasty dishes, great service. Yeah, you'll never be disappointed. Many interesting sites and boutiques for shopping. A hub of activity for viewing and excellent photo opportunities.

Thank customerfirst
New Orleans
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2013

We arrived to Mama's at about 7:15 a.m. by accident because we were wide awake early and still on Central time. It turned out to be a wonderful accident because we were about the 5th couple in line. By the time it opened and we found a seat, we heard a waitress tell someone that the last person in line... More 

Thank Meghan W
Baltimore, Maryland
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2013

Don't wait until you're hungry to get in line! 2 people for a Thursday morning @ 9:10 took 35 minutes to order and another 30 minutes for french toast to arrive. But oh, my, what amazing french toast it was!! Almost as good as the wait was long. We shared cranberry nut and the nut brioche. I've heard there's a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2013

We waited in line for an hour to get in, and it wasn't even on a weekend! The food was delicious, and you get a lot of it, but I'm not 100% sure I would be willing to do it again and wait quite that long.

Thank hirschey
Irlam Manchester
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2013 via mobile

My daughter and I arrived at 7.10 on Sunday morning we got in to Mama's at 8.15..well worth the wait. The food is gorgeous and plentiful, the atmosphere was very special and the staff were very attentive.

Thank Frankju
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20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2013

We got there on a Sunday at 8am right when it opened, and had to wait for almost two hours to be seated. But the atmosphere is fun and the food fantastic and well priced! Chocolate Cinnamon French Toast is to die for.

Thank ConnieSeattle

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1701 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2914
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighbourhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-362-6421
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.

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighbourhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighbourhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighbourhood home.
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