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“Worth the wait!”

Mama's on Washington Square
Ranked #98 of 6,272 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 12 September 2018 via mobile

When we got here it was qued out the door but I can honestly say it is worth the wait! I had an amazing omelette and my friends had eggs Benedict and they were to die for! The portions are massive and I couldn’t eat it all but defo value for money! The grain fruit mimosa went down a treat as well! Highly recommend!

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Reviewed 7 September 2018

We lined up for about 90 mins and the wait was so so worth it, I had French toast sampler and the portion was huge. It was a great experience, the staff make you feel welcome and the atmosphere is lovely.

Thank Christine K
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Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

We don't wait in line for ANY restaurant. We believe there are too many other good restaurants where you can walk right in. However we had read the reviews for Mama's on Eater and we took our chances thinking we would get there early and best the crowds. We waited in line about 15 minutes and was wondering if it was worth continuing to wait. The locals convinced us that it was and then we saw the food through the window. Needless to say, we waited another 30. Absolutely worth the wait!!! Per usual, we grazed: Chocolate French Toast for our son and Classic Eggs Benedict, Crab and Spinach Eggs Benedict and a Sampler French Toast for us. The Benedicts were outstanding. The hollandaise sauce was the best ever ever had. The French Toast sampler included lemon poppy, cranberry walnut and chocolate cinnamon. Light, fluffy and delicious. We honestly couldn't pick our favorite. So.... We went back again the same week and tried all the same items but added a South of the Border Omelette. This restaurant is hands down one of the best breakfast restaurants in the country. Third generation family owned and operated. We still couldn't determine our favorite French Toast so it looks like it will require another trip the next time we are in town.

Thank CorpPlanner_11
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Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

We have been there 2 times and we have had delicious food and good service there, but be prepared that you need debit card or cash.

Thank Kate_Skuba
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Reviewed 27 August 2018

Yeah, we waited in line for breakfast. It was sunny and the coffee lady was out and about but maybe they need 2 coffee ladies to serve this line. The Breakfast was outstanding, my favorite part was the corned beef hash. I don't know if they always have this as it was on the special board. There was a big list of specials with fresh ingredients too. If you go here, you'll probably wait in a line, that being said, to me, it was worth it!

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Thank Erich B
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