Mama's On Washington Square

★★★★★
  • 1701 Stockton St

    San Francisco, CA 94133

    Cross street: at Filbert

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  • 415-362-6421

About Mama's On Washington Square

Hours
Closed Monday Tue-Sun 8am - 3pm

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I don't understand why people line up to go to this place. Maybe because there are no quality eateries in North Beach anymore. The food is ok at best. Invest some time and find yourself a better place if you're looking for truly

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★★★★★

I don't understand why people line up to go to this place. Maybe because there are no quality eateries in North Beach anymore. The food is ok at best. Invest some time and find yourself a better place if you're looking for truly

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Have you noticed that very few local San Franciscan's give this place anymore than 2 stars? \r
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It's because there are a HUNDRED places better than Mama's in San Francisco to go for french toast or breakfast. This place is over hyped and

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★★★★★

Have you noticed that very few local San Franciscan's give this place anymore than 2 stars? \r
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It's because there are a HUNDRED places better than Mama's in San Francisco to go for french toast or breakfast. This place is over hyped and

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Honestly, the food is good, but not any better than other good breakfast places like Dottie's. The portions are somewhat small though.

The french toast is really good, but the omelets are small and very ordinary. Nothing you cant cook

3
★★★★★

Honestly, the food is good, but not any better than other good breakfast places like Dottie's. The portions are somewhat small though.

The french toast is really good, but the omelets are small and very ordinary. Nothing you cant cook

Pros: french toast

Cons: long wait, small portions

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Oh yes, their breakfasts are very good, but what's with the wait? Maybe put some tables outside? Do something, other than just raise prices, and hey maybe I'll be back!

On the good note, I appreciate their maybe homemade jam? I like that

3
★★★★★

Oh yes, their breakfasts are very good, but what's with the wait? Maybe put some tables outside? Do something, other than just raise prices, and hey maybe I'll be back!

On the good note, I appreciate their maybe homemade jam? I like that

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long lines. a lot of the food is incredibly sweet or too much spices. for breakfast, i need subtler flavors.

3
★★★★★

long lines. a lot of the food is incredibly sweet or too much spices. for breakfast, i need subtler flavors.

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Great coffee, great service, homemade breads and jam, etc. The Benedict Blackstone and the Northern Italian omelette are fantastic! If you've got the time, the wait is worth it. We've gone about 1:30 to 2:00 on weekdays and the wait

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★★★★★

Great coffee, great service, homemade breads and jam, etc. The Benedict Blackstone and the Northern Italian omelette are fantastic! If you've got the time, the wait is worth it. We've gone about 1:30 to 2:00 on weekdays and the wait

Pros: Everything homemade -- Italian omelette is a killer

Cons: The line, of course -- and for a laugh, the restroom

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First about the wait...whether at Mama's,Tommaso or other old line fixture in NB, you wait up to an hour or more. With 40 seats Mamas serves 400 people a day.. The INGENUOUS part is the people passing through watching the cooks and fresh

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First about the wait...whether at Mama's,Tommaso or other old line fixture in NB, you wait up to an hour or more. With 40 seats Mamas serves 400 people a day.. The INGENUOUS part is the people passing through watching the cooks and fresh

Pros: Excellent selection of morning fare,

Cons: can take a long time, parking in NB is a drag

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If you are impatient or in a hurry, I'd pass, but you'll be sorry. This was one of the best breakfast spots I've visited. Well worth the 30 minute+ wait to get to the door. Choosing your breakfast will be the hardest part. Food was

3
★★★★★

If you are impatient or in a hurry, I'd pass, but you'll be sorry. This was one of the best breakfast spots I've visited. Well worth the 30 minute+ wait to get to the door. Choosing your breakfast will be the hardest part. Food was

Pros: Ambience, Best fresh breads

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Definitely worth the wait and standing on the the street side in the foggy mist. My husband and I have actually driven from Sacramento to San Fran just for their food. Must go.

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★★★★★

Definitely worth the wait and standing on the the street side in the foggy mist. My husband and I have actually driven from Sacramento to San Fran just for their food. Must go.

Pros: Every item on the menu.

Cons: Bathrooms and the wait.

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Be prepared for long lines at this northbeach institution, but the breads and hollandaise dishes are to die for (as in, by a cholesterol-induced heart attack)

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★★★★★

Be prepared for long lines at this northbeach institution, but the breads and hollandaise dishes are to die for (as in, by a cholesterol-induced heart attack)

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I completely agree with NBAYCRITIQUE, this place isn't crowded because it's the best, it's because it's too small to seat more than 30 people at a time. See that cute little picture next to the restaurant's name? Well THAT long narrow

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★★★★★

I completely agree with NBAYCRITIQUE, this place isn't crowded because it's the best, it's because it's too small to seat more than 30 people at a time. See that cute little picture next to the restaurant's name? Well THAT long narrow

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Mama's is simply the best breakfast in San Francisco, hands down. This is one of those places where even though you have to wait in line, you love every minute of it because you know how amazing the wonders ahead are going to be.

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★★★★★

Mama's is simply the best breakfast in San Francisco, hands down. This is one of those places where even though you have to wait in line, you love every minute of it because you know how amazing the wonders ahead are going to be.

Pros: mamas benedict, cinnamon french toast

Cons: Long line

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I thought this place was great! I am taking one star off for the really long wait (about 1 1/2 hr for line, ordering, and waiting for food), but otherwise it was well worth the line. I am usually very health food conscious, but I

3
★★★★★

I thought this place was great! I am taking one star off for the really long wait (about 1 1/2 hr for line, ordering, and waiting for food), but otherwise it was well worth the line. I am usually very health food conscious, but I

Pros: Great food, good portion size, nice location

Cons: loooooong line

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Great choice for mother's day or when people are visiting. Prices are low and food is good. Make sure to take cash!

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★★★★★

Great choice for mother's day or when people are visiting. Prices are low and food is good. Make sure to take cash!

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There is a line down the sidewalk for a reason. People politely wait to even get into this small bistro to place their order and be seated. Huge omelets and fresh fruits combined to make a superior morning wake up. It's crowded and a

3
★★★★★

There is a line down the sidewalk for a reason. People politely wait to even get into this small bistro to place their order and be seated. Huge omelets and fresh fruits combined to make a superior morning wake up. It's crowded and a

Pros: Filling, Tasty, Ambience

Cons: Waiting, Price

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I have to say, I was a little confused about the line. We were told to wait outside until they INVITED us in. So we did. Then 10 other people walked right past us into the place and got served. I was a little peeved about that. If you

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★★★★★

I have to say, I was a little confused about the line. We were told to wait outside until they INVITED us in. So we did. Then 10 other people walked right past us into the place and got served. I was a little peeved about that. If you

Pros: Best pancakes ever!

Cons: Size of establishment - limited seating.

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After reading the reviews we decided to travel across san francisco to wait in line for an hour. We were very excited and by the size of the line so was everyone else. We finally got in the door only to stand in one more line. The kitchen

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★★★★★

After reading the reviews we decided to travel across san francisco to wait in line for an hour. We were very excited and by the size of the line so was everyone else. We finally got in the door only to stand in one more line. The kitchen

Pros: oj, coffee, and water

Cons: satisfaction

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I've went to an early service at Sts. Peter & Paul and then jumped in line at Mama's right after. The wait is worth it. I think they place is a san francisco tradition, especially for anyone who's lived in the city and/or the north beach area. The service is awesome and the food is delicious. I've had everything from pancakes to omelettes. Everything is tasty, especially the pastries. Even if you only wait in the long line once, you'll appreciate the experience. I think the place is great!

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★★★★★

I've went to an early service at Sts. Peter & Paul and then jumped in line at Mama's right after. The wait is worth it. I think they place is a san francisco tradition, especially for anyone who's lived in the city and/or the north beach area. The service is awesome and the food is delicious. I've had everything from pancakes to omelettes. Everything is tasty, especially the pastries. Even if you only wait in the long line once, you'll appreciate the experience. I think the place is great!

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excellent breakfast, portions were huge!!!!!!! I had a hard time deciding what to order. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the items.

3
★★★★★

excellent breakfast, portions were huge!!!!!!! I had a hard time deciding what to order. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the items.

Pros: Food was great!!!

Cons: The restaurant was small. Had to wait 20 minutes to get in.

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I went to there on Sat arround 10:00am. There was a loooong line and I waited for 1hr 15mins to get a seat. I heard there are not so many ppl on business day arround 2:00pm. If you don't wanna wait for long, you might wanna go there

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★★★★★

I went to there on Sat arround 10:00am. There was a loooong line and I waited for 1hr 15mins to get a seat. I heard there are not so many ppl on business day arround 2:00pm. If you don't wanna wait for long, you might wanna go there

Pros: Great taste

Cons: Long line on weekends

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I went to Mama's last Saturday after reading the reviews at citysearch, but it was a total letdown! There was a long line at 8:00 am (but I don't think it's because of the food), it was simply because there are only about 10 small tables

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★★★★★

I went to Mama's last Saturday after reading the reviews at citysearch, but it was a total letdown! There was a long line at 8:00 am (but I don't think it's because of the food), it was simply because there are only about 10 small tables

Pros: Can't think of anything

Cons: The long line, long wait, food is less than okay, the tables are too close to each other.

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My wife and I went there with our two kids and friends last weekend(Dec. 16) and we were lucky that we did not have to wait for so long (15 mins to be exact) because we got there early. The food was great and freshly made. I had the crab

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★★★★★

My wife and I went there with our two kids and friends last weekend(Dec. 16) and we were lucky that we did not have to wait for so long (15 mins to be exact) because we got there early. The food was great and freshly made. I had the crab

Pros: A little pricey for breakfast

Cons: Great Food

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I've lived in the area for 2 years and have never wanted to wait in the line but finally did! the breakfast is definitely tasty, but geez, it's a long wait. I would say it's worth it if you have nothing else to do in the morning and bring

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★★★★★

I've lived in the area for 2 years and have never wanted to wait in the line but finally did! the breakfast is definitely tasty, but geez, it's a long wait. I would say it's worth it if you have nothing else to do in the morning and bring

Pros: food, service

Cons: long wait

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I was there thanksgiving weekend. The place was absolutely packed. The person at the cash register was not that friendly, but our server was very nice. The pancakes were the best ones i've ever had. The only bad thing is that the place is so small and you have to wait outside. But I would recommend it especially if you like pancakes.

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I was there thanksgiving weekend. The place was absolutely packed. The person at the cash register was not that friendly, but our server was very nice. The pancakes were the best ones i've ever had. The only bad thing is that the place is so small and you have to wait outside. But I would recommend it especially if you like pancakes.

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The breakfast food here is definitely yummy, although you usually have to wait outside for a bit. Because it's in North Beach, parking is definitely an issue. The restaurant is tiny, so be prepared to hear the conversations of people who

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★★★★★

The breakfast food here is definitely yummy, although you usually have to wait outside for a bit. Because it's in North Beach, parking is definitely an issue. The restaurant is tiny, so be prepared to hear the conversations of people who

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My friend and I got in line at 9:30am on a Saturday morning. Finally, at 10:30am we arrived at the counter to order our food. Thank goodness the food was excellent to make up for the long wait. The crab & avocado eggs benedict was

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My friend and I got in line at 9:30am on a Saturday morning. Finally, at 10:30am we arrived at the counter to order our food. Thank goodness the food was excellent to make up for the long wait. The crab & avocado eggs benedict was

Pros: food, service

Cons: long wait

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Yummy yummy yummy. I LOVE their monte cristo served with rasberry jam. It's usually a long wait on weekends. It's cash only. You order and pay at the front counter first. A popular place for both locals and tourists. Waiting in line

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★★★★★

Yummy yummy yummy. I LOVE their monte cristo served with rasberry jam. It's usually a long wait on weekends. It's cash only. You order and pay at the front counter first. A popular place for both locals and tourists. Waiting in line

Pros: great monte cristo served with rasberry jam!

Cons: parking and long lines, cash only

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I never order french toast, but it sounded so good (apple yogurt brioche, topped with fresh berries) I ate the entire plate too! Its a little intense eating here because you order your food at the counter and then wait to be seated. The

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★★★★★

I never order french toast, but it sounded so good (apple yogurt brioche, topped with fresh berries) I ate the entire plate too! Its a little intense eating here because you order your food at the counter and then wait to be seated. The

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Mama's is excellent. Go during the week to avoid the crowd, and make sure to order a tasty pastery on your way out.

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★★★★★

Mama's is excellent. Go during the week to avoid the crowd, and make sure to order a tasty pastery on your way out.

Pros: Full portions, good selection of fresh ingredients

Cons: Long lines, limited seating inside

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My friend and I were on vacation from Los Angeles. A North Beach local advised us to have breakfast here. Getting out of the taxi at 10am on a Tuesday and seeing a line of people was a good sign. It was well worth the wait. Fresh

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★★★★★

My friend and I were on vacation from Los Angeles. A North Beach local advised us to have breakfast here. Getting out of the taxi at 10am on a Tuesday and seeing a line of people was a good sign. It was well worth the wait. Fresh

Pros: Service, Ambience, local ingredients

Cons: Be prepared to wait

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Amazing food (Monte Cristo is ridiculous), great value and adorable venue. I walked in to find Rob Schneider dining alone, which was that much cooler :) When visiting SF, you must check it out. If you live in SF, you must become a

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★★★★★

Amazing food (Monte Cristo is ridiculous), great value and adorable venue. I walked in to find Rob Schneider dining alone, which was that much cooler :) When visiting SF, you must check it out. If you live in SF, you must become a

Pros: Delicious, adorable, affordable

Cons: It's not in Manhattan!

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Definitely one of the top 3 best breakfasts that I've ever had in my life. This place is delicious. We went there twice will visiting San Francisco...and it was superb both times.
Try it.

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★★★★★

Definitely one of the top 3 best breakfasts that I've ever had in my life. This place is delicious. We went there twice will visiting San Francisco...and it was superb both times.
Try it.

Pros: Food, Food, Ambieance

Cons: Not A, Darn , Thing

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Just came back from breakfast at Mama's. Me & my bf woke up extra early just so we don't have to stand in line too long, but apparently many ppl beat us...even though we got there at 8:15. The wait was 30 min but the service was fast. I

3
★★★★★

Just came back from breakfast at Mama's. Me & my bf woke up extra early just so we don't have to stand in line too long, but apparently many ppl beat us...even though we got there at 8:15. The wait was 30 min but the service was fast. I

Pros: fast service, eggs

Cons: line-up

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I live around the corner from Mama's and took out of town guests on a weekday in Jan to Mama's based on all the reviews and its placement on top 10 breakfast lists. We were extremely disappointed; the wait wasn't bad (it was 10 min or

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★★★★★

I live around the corner from Mama's and took out of town guests on a weekday in Jan to Mama's based on all the reviews and its placement on top 10 breakfast lists. We were extremely disappointed; the wait wasn't bad (it was 10 min or

Pros: Great location, Cute building

Cons: highly overrated, overpriced, quality/quantity poor

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I went to this place based on reviews seen on this site. It was worth every step. It is on the small side. And if you see people standing outside you'll have to get in line. Because it's so small they only allow you in if there is a

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★★★★★

I went to this place based on reviews seen on this site. It was worth every step. It is on the small side. And if you see people standing outside you'll have to get in line. Because it's so small they only allow you in if there is a

Pros: good food, great selection, good service

Cons: small, crowded

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I live two blocks from this place and I wanted to see what all the hype was about. So after years of watching people wait for eons in rain, sleet or snow, I trudged down there to see for myself.

Went with my husband for breakfast one Tuesday morning.
Expect a line because the place is really busy even on the weekdays. Although, its not as bad on the weekdays as it is on the weekends. Its closed on Tuesdays.

I had the French toast and my husband had the eggs benedict.
Both were pretty average. Their plus points are the fresh ingredients. Service is pretty quick even with the crowd. Noise levels are pretty high, so dont expect to have a deep conversation with your breakfast mates.

The best thing we had was the coffee cake. The pastry was delicious and fresh.

If you're a breakfast person and are curious, I suggest you go here, otherwise there are a dozen places where you can get a similiar experience without shelling out the $$$

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★★★☆☆

I live two blocks from this place and I wanted to see what all the hype was about. So after years of watching people wait for eons in rain, sleet or snow, I trudged down there to see for myself.

Went with my husband for breakfast one Tuesday morning.
Expect a line because the place is really busy even on the weekdays. Although, its not as bad on the weekdays as it is on the weekends. Its closed on Tuesdays.

I had the French toast and my husband had the eggs benedict.
Both were pretty average. Their plus points are the fresh ingredients. Service is pretty quick even with the crowd. Noise levels are pretty high, so dont expect to have a deep conversation with your breakfast mates.

The best thing we had was the coffee cake. The pastry was delicious and fresh.

If you're a breakfast person and are curious, I suggest you go here, otherwise there are a dozen places where you can get a similiar experience without shelling out the $$$

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My girlfriend and I went to Mama's full from our dinner at the Boulevard the night before, but we were told to go so we went. We waited outside in a little drizzle for 35 min., but it was worth it. It was a good thing we were not

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★★★★★

My girlfriend and I went to Mama's full from our dinner at the Boulevard the night before, but we were told to go so we went. We waited outside in a little drizzle for 35 min., but it was worth it. It was a good thing we were not

Pros: Fresh Food, Great Taste, Good Service

Cons: Waiting in line

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After a night of partying with friends, the place we always go to for brunch the next day is this mouthwatering restaurant! Yes, the wait is long, the rumors are true...but OOOOHHHHHH sooooooo worth it! My favorite: Eggs benedict over

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★★★★★

After a night of partying with friends, the place we always go to for brunch the next day is this mouthwatering restaurant! Yes, the wait is long, the rumors are true...but OOOOHHHHHH sooooooo worth it! My favorite: Eggs benedict over

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It's true the ingredients are fresh the fruit delicious. The wait however can be UNBELIEVABLE as it is {first come first serve} & you have to wait outdoors so be prepared in case of bad weather. Definately worth the wait & if you can

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★★★★★

It's true the ingredients are fresh the fruit delicious. The wait however can be UNBELIEVABLE as it is {first come first serve} & you have to wait outdoors so be prepared in case of bad weather. Definately worth the wait & if you can

Pros: fresh ingredients, AWESOME fruit

Cons: the wait outdoors, cramped space

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Scratch, claw, drag yourself to Mama's in whatever way you can. Once there, take turns with someone standing in line, and nooo complaining. You will soon enter the nirvana of breakfast. So bring cash, a huge appetite, and a good attitude.

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★★★★★

Scratch, claw, drag yourself to Mama's in whatever way you can. Once there, take turns with someone standing in line, and nooo complaining. You will soon enter the nirvana of breakfast. So bring cash, a huge appetite, and a good attitude.

Pros: amazing food, great menu, cute atmosphere

Cons: tiny restaurant, long wait on weekends, outhouse bathroom

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It's worth the wait. Once inside, the service is speedy and friendly, a rare combination. The food is excellent.

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★★★★★

It's worth the wait. Once inside, the service is speedy and friendly, a rare combination. The food is excellent.

Pros: food, service

Cons: wait

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I live in LA and I get to San Francisco about 2x a year. A trip to Mama's is a must. The food is so good. Everything is fresh and prepared well. The owner, Cyrus, always remembers me and my girlfriend, no matter how long it has been

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★★★★★

I live in LA and I get to San Francisco about 2x a year. A trip to Mama's is a must. The food is so good. Everything is fresh and prepared well. The owner, Cyrus, always remembers me and my girlfriend, no matter how long it has been

Pros: food, open kitchen, fresh jam

Cons: no parking, can get loud

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One of my favorite brunch places ever. While I've always had to wait at least 30 minutes to sit down here, it's been well worth it. It's hard to know what to recommend because I've liked everything that I've had. They are really generous with the fresh fruit and fillings for omelettes.

PROS: Great food, well worth the wait
CONS: Long lines, leads me to overeat

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★★★★★

One of my favorite brunch places ever. While I've always had to wait at least 30 minutes to sit down here, it's been well worth it. It's hard to know what to recommend because I've liked everything that I've had. They are really generous with the fresh fruit and fillings for omelettes.

PROS: Great food, well worth the wait
CONS: Long lines, leads me to overeat

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This is one of the most popular breakfast spots in San Francisco, and the lines start early on the weekends. Don't miss the banana-bread french toast or the generous omelets with the works. Food is wholesome and comes in large portions.…

 

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