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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, Northeast San Francisco
Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, American Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Bagels, Restaurants
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Cuisines: Family Style, American, Bagels, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch

Price Range : Average

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OK Brunch

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 sensational breakfast food.


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not worth the wait

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 yourself at home. The home fries are bland and when I ordered them, they weren't cooked enough.

We waited over an hour, and it honestly is not worth that wait. It's ridiculous and there are so many places in the city that are just as good with no wait.


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I like that there are a ton of sweet breakfasts too!

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 there are a ton of sweet breakfasts too!


Provided by Citysearch - 
i'm so over mama's

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


Provided by Citysearch - 
We've Tried Many in the City -- Mama's is the Best!

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 hasn't been that bad at all


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36DSowhat Mama's is best of their genre

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 baked item coming out of the oven throughout the day, makes them by more items (duh). FYI The Mama's that was in Union Square served 1200 people a day with 125 seats ( I worked there). If Mama's NB had 125 seats they would do same.

As for the food yes they have basic items, what breakfast place wouldn't? However the omelets with Italian meats, fresh herbs, Dungeness Crab, Benedict with prosciutto or wild mushrooms (seasonal). The pancakes, lemon blueberry french toast, (not the best but none better)Their prices are on par,except with Curly's, which is not on par. No breakfast place in Bay Area consistently put out this type of breakfast. I have worked and eaten at most over the past 35 years. Like your, just an opinion.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Breakfast - worth the line

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 exceptional in this intimate setting. Service attentive and very friendly. Sally was great (go Kalamazoo!!). Wide selection of fresh breads, fruit, juices and willingness to accomodate fickle palates made the experience worth every penny. Note to the wise, NO CREDIT CARDS! Bring your cash and enough of it because breakfast is not going to be cheap, but you won't regret it.


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Delicious and Fresh

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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One of the best brunches in the city

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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Seriously? 4 STARS?!

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 walkway is where you get to wait for 20 minutes AFTER you've waited for an hour OUTSIDE. And guess what else? You're in line to place your order and then PAY for your meal - in CASH, mind you - BEFORE you get your table, or your very basic meal. A party of five, which was in line WAY ahead of us, was still waiting to be seated 20 MINUTES AFTER they had placed their order at the INSIDE line. The staff seemed surprised there was a group of 5 that whole time, and then didn't know where to put them after they had ordered and paid for their meal. Where did they wait, you wonder? in this same narrow little passage with all the people in line on one side of them, and diners sitting on the other side of them, and staff barking at them any time they needed to come through. The staff seemed unapologetic for this inconvenience. This is no way to run a business. Take people's money and then have them wait LONGER? Had I understood this was how they operated, we would not have waited around the hour outside. There are equally fine restaurants in the same neighborhood with better prices. And at those OTHER restaurants, they have this really ingenious way of treating guests. You see, they INVITE you in and allow you to SIT DOWN, peruse a menu, whilst lingering over a cup of coffee, order WHEN YOU'RE READY, bring your food to you, THEN ask you to pay WHEN YOU'VE FINISHED eating! Novel, I know, but perhaps this crazy way of running a restaurant will catch on.

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1701 Stockton StSan FranciscoCA 94133

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