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Mama's on Washington Square

1701 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2914
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good24%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (83 reviews)
“french toast” (242 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (123 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1701 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2914
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Cosy little family run cafe beside Washington Sq. Try to be there early as the queue forms rather quickly. Overall, worth the min. 1 hr wait and staffs were friendly.

Thank LynnOng13
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Okay, I don't know where to start but this the best breakfast I've ever had in my life. I know some will complain about the line but the line is worth the wait! I had the apple & lemon French toast, bc from what I...More

Thank gabbygarrison
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived at about 10am on a Friday morning and there was already quite a queue for brunch. The wait is between 30-40 mins long. So, if you're in a group, get in the queue and grab a coffee from the nearby cafes. We ordered...More

Thank Doofwalker71
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As this is supposed to be a SF institution we prepared ourselves for a queue during our recent trip - we waited outside for maybe 20-25mins then you go inside and wait to order at the register so maybe another 10 there- you are then...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a long wait (about an hour) but the food is really fantastic. We had french toast and the fried potatoes, it was great!

Thank Nicole C
Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend and I were looking for someplace to get a decent breakfast during our trip, and Mama's was recommended to us by several apps. The line can get very long, but it's because due to how the restaurant is run. Instead of putting in...More

Thank magical630
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My kids and I were on a last minute trip to San Francisco and decided to try this place out. Thought it must be awesome since there was always a line and such great reviews. We waited 1.5 hours Sunday in the heat. Arrived at...More

Thank Megan S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Mama's seemed to be very well recommended online and in travel guides so we made it a must visit breakfast venue! We arrived on Friday morning at 9am and there was already a queue which we were expecting. People in the queue were locals as...More

Thank CSym
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We queue'd for about an hour for a midweek breakfast, and it was worth the wait: this is really saying something because who in their right minds would seriously line up for an hour for 'just' breakfast? Seriously, this is/was fantastic food and a really...More

Thank ReviewingHero
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here a few times for breakfast. I would arrive at 7 am and be at the front of the line. The family arrived at 8 am when it opened. It is worth the wait. All of the menu items were very good. It...More

Thank SweetAl
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds
of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian
ristorante come together to create the charming
neighbourhood of North Beach, once the stomping
grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of
North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always
suitable for younger visitors, few neighbourhoods in
the city exude as much European charm and style.
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27 April 2017|
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Response from Moi D | Reviewed this property |
no line. Quick and sweet
29 August 2016|
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Response from Flicks33 | Reviewed this property |
It is available all day, so you can have it for breakfast-before 11am. Even though it is listed under sandwiches from 11am- it says next to the Monte Cristo "available all day". Enjoy!
Jim K
25 March 2016|
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Response from mthreecubed | Reviewed this property |
The longest wait was 45 minutes. Typical wait is 20-25. I haven't seen anyone order from the line. Once you are in, ordering, seating and food service is very efficient!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1701 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2914
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighbourhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: 4153611614
  • E-mail
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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