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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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Bath, UK
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61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2013

Ate breakfast here in early May. We turned up just before they opened but even so there was already a small queue (I hadn't realised the place was tiny). Perhaps it was because we weren't there on a weekend or because we were early but we only had to wait a few minutes for a table. We had the french... More 

Thank JH1_9
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2013 via mobile

Seriously, people who don't like this place either had a one time bad fluke experience or (I'm sorry) are stuck up and I'd like to know if they like anything. I love breakfast food but never eat it in the morning. However, I'm here on business and had some friends come to visit and our tour guide pointed it out... More 

Thank Jragarci
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38 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2013 via mobile

After a 2 hour wait you would think anything would taste amazing. Not so. The french toast sampler was horrible. The bread waa barely dipped and hardly cooked. It tastes like...well..bread and not that great. Eggs benedict waa the worst Ive had. Cold from thw avacado they put on and I think they forgot to toast my English muffin. Very... More 

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Portland, OR
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124 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2013

We heard a lot about Mama's and since we had "discovered" North Beach on this visit to SF, decided to make a visit for Mother's Day. Anticipating the crowds we got there 30 min before opening, but came up just short of making the 1st seating wave. Still was 1hr+ wait, but the wait is part of the charm when... More 

Thank OriginalMurph
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 May 2013

Waited over an hour for a table but it was definatly worth the wait, one of the best breakfasts ever, went with my friend, I had Eggs Benedict and we shared Pancakes with fresh berries, she had Scrambled Eggs and Bacon, we are still talking about it. It was delish !!!

Thank jackien2000
Toledo, Ohio
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39 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2013

Yes sir I do not like waiting but after reading the reviews I thought I would stick this one out. Glad we did this was worth the wait. We walked from out hotel which was several blocks but I would do.it again. This place is very small so be ready to order when you arrive. This place is well ran... More 

Thank rawdogg
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139 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2013

Well worth the 1 hour wait. This small restaurant is so good. Food was fantastic and could hardly move after it. Would thoughly recommend the Washington Omelette and the Kugelhopf. Delish ..... Staff were so good and coffee tops ups kept flowing. Standing in the queue outside watching the Tai Chi was good and sun was shining so very pleasant.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2013

My husband and I turned up at Mama's around 10am and saw the long queue round the side of Mama's. We joined the queue and 1.5 hours later, we were shown to our seats. I ordered the Californian omelette, which had bacon, avocado and jack cheese and my husband ordered the Washington omelette - can't remember what's in it, think... More 

Thank suetlyn
Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2013

This is THE place for breakfast in North Beach. Get there early though. We were there at 8:05 on a weekday & had a 5 min wait. There was a long line within moments. The staff is busy but friendly. We spoke to the owner/chef while waiting to order & his recommendations were right on. Try the homemade jam on... More 

Thank adbrat
Citrus Springs, Fl
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2013

We were warned if you get there after 8:30 am you will wait at least 1 hr. and we did. So delicious and worth it. Very nice staff, fun atmosphere and delicious food. I had the sampler french toast with fresh fruit. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

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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
US$ 20
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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