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“Go Early - Leave Full”

Mama's on Washington Square
Ranked #33 of 5,801 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 1 - US$ 20
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Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch
Neighbourhood: 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 8 May 2012

The wait was totally worth it. We arrived Sunday a.m. around 7:30 am and there was a line already formed. We were in the 2nd group to get in the wait was not terribly long. The restaurant order works extremely well. Because you order and then wait to be seated the anticipation for your meal is exquisite!!!! By the time you sit down, your meal is delivered almost immediately. The wait staff were fun and very friendly, never ending coffee and the orange juice tasted like it was freshly squeezed. The breakfasts were incredible -- chocolate/cinnamon french toast, salmon benedict & the north west omelete. The carrot cake and muffins looked so delicious but after finishing breakfast there was no way we could have enjoyed another bite. We had all decided what we were going to have the night before and were glad we did as the menu is so overwhelming and once you are inside you have to decide pretty quickly. What a treat - would definately go back.

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Reviewed 3 May 2012

Got up early on Tuesday morning and headed over to Mama's for breakfast. Arrived 5 minutes before 8 and there were 12 people in line. Promptly at 8am they opened the door and let 6 or 7 people in to order (apparently they only let in the number of people they can handle at one time so there is not a line through the restaurant while you dine). We were in within 10 minutes and had our table. When we left there was still a line outside.

What more can you say about french toast three ways and a variety of Eggs Benedict. All excellent.

The staff was very friendly from the gentleman that opened the door to the cashier and server that brought out our food.

Note they don't take credit cards only cash or debit cards with a $1 fee added.

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Thank Deac83
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Reviewed 3 May 2012 via mobile

The food was great but I think for the wait, this place is a bit overrated. Make sure to check out the menu while on line though because once inside, in likely another line, you will order at the register and then they bring the food out. It was an impressive and well organized machine :)

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Thank leighkx
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Reviewed 2 May 2012

don't miss this place! Plan to stand in line for at least an hour, but the wait is well, well worth it!!! I ordered the apple yogurt french toast with egg whites and it was phenomenal! The Orange Juice is fresh squeeze and the Mimosas looked AMAZING! My friend ordered the bagel & lox and it was fabulous as well! Everything on the menu looked outstanding! I will definitely be going back!

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Reviewed 27 April 2012

We heard all the rave about this place, so we went on a Sunday morning (foolishly thinking the line won't be as long). Why the long line? It's a small place, you do literally have to wait for that party in front of you to finish before you get seated. The place is decorated French Country, and their French Toast is absolutely the best (they make this sampler french toast breakfast that I recommend -- made with banana nut bread, cinnamon swirl bread and cranberry orange bread.... yummy). Everything is excellent once you get in..... the service is super nice, that berry jam on your table is heavenly and I eat everything with it. But unfortunately, lines are long and they move slowly. I do recommend going once, but I can't wait in line for 90+ minutes every day to eat breakfast.

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