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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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Phone: (415) 361-1614

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cash, no credit cards
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North Beach, Telegraph Hill, Northeast San Francisco
Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Bagels, American Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
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Cuisines: Family Style, American, Bagels, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch

Price Range : Average

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Takes Reservations: No


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Provided by Citysearch - 
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.



Provided by Citysearch - 
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.



Provided by Citysearch - 
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



Provided by Citysearch - 
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.



Provided by Citysearch - 
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.



Provided by Citysearch - 
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)



Provided by Citysearch - 
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.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Breakfast in San Francisco

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.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Yumm....good food!

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 splurged this time on the French Toast with fruit and my husband had the Veggie Omelet and potatoes. Both portion sizes were perfect, I thought the Mimosas were a little pricey for this type of joint at $7.50, but otherwise, well worth it! The beautiful day helped also!



Provided by Citysearch - 

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



Provided by Citysearch - 
Never had better but waiting is typical

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 little pricy but it is understandable. With great food like this customers will be beating down your door to be fed.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Yummo Pancakes

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 are in line, don't let people pass you, I guess. But, enough of that. They had the most amazing pancakes I have ever tasted in my life. How hard are pancakes right? Well, obviously pretty hard since I'd never tasted some this amazing. My mouth is currently watering. I will definitely go back on next visit to San Fran. But, I'll be the first in the door so no one can waltz in while I've waited 30 minutes to be ""invited"" in. Enjoy and def order the pancakes!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Im confused I dont understand what all these 5 stars are about the food was garbage!

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 was a surprise. The chefs were dirty wiping their hands on their dirty aprons that had been on I'm sure since they opened. The cutting boards were filthy and the stove was unappetizing. The cashier was very unfriendly and rude. We still wanted to give it a shot. We both ordered an omelette and when they came out it was luke warm and no flavor or seasoning. The potatoes were so closed to burnt that they shouldn't have been served. The water and coffee was the best part of the meal. We waited for an hour and ate in ten minutes. We left uncertain of how to feel.



Provided by Citysearch - 

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.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great breakfast

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 businessday arround 2:00pm. The price is inexpensive. Most of the meals are from $10~. I ordered 2 things; special menu that was french toast with berries & a sausage (side menu). It was too sweet for me, so next time I wanna order an omelet. About the sausage, this is really great taste, but price is too expensive. Only 1 thin sausage costs $3.75. Other ''side order menu'' is also too expensive. However, overall Mama's is great.



Provided by Citysearch - 
What a letdown!!!!

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 inside and maybe half of the people waiting in line are the same people who read the ""not so accurate"" reviews. The french toast was totally flat, the berries, too tart and the eggs benedict was blah! The only saving grace were the sausage and the bacon which I'm sure is store bought and not home-made. You have to wait in line outside, wait in line inside to order your food with the rather unfriendly cashier, and then wait further for your food once you're seated. SOOOO NOT WORTH IT! A total waste of time especially on a weekend ...



Provided by Citysearch - 
Mama's yummy for my tummy!!

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 and shrimp omelette. The place is a small cafe and probably did that in purpose so that people will have to wait in line even if the food is a little pricey for breakfast. The employees were friendly and it was good that you have to pay your bills right before you had your meals so that you don't have to pay wait any longer....My advise it to come there at 8am to avoid the long waiting in line.. This is sure a good place to eat when you have friends coming over to SF because it's also nearby Coit Tower.

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