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Mama's on Washington Square

Breakfast Spot and American Restaurant$$$$
North Beach, San Francisco
267 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • French toast
  • Monte Cristo sandwiches
  • brunch food
  • pancakes
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  • Casey N.
    Casey NeistatAugust 21, 2014
    the line. it's serious. pictured here, figure a half block, took about 1hr 15m. it was kinda fun. met nice people. I just wish the good was the best of ever had. it wasn't. good not perfect
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Angelyn T.
    Angelyn TanNovember 15, 2015
    Monte Cristo was the most amazing French toast I've ever tasted. Italian Omelette was incredible as well. Lemonade is a refreshing complement to the heavy food. Worth the queue.
  • Ceren A.
    Ceren AltuntaşOctober 12, 2013
    Get there at least at 7:30 to be seated as of opening at 8:00 am. Long line. Wonderful omlettes. Chocolate cinnamon french toast is awesome. You can get 10 kilos if you keep eating here everyday.
  • SAAD
    SAADOctober 7, 2015
    This place is the shit! 👍 You'll be waiting in line at least 30 min but I'm pretty sure you will love the breakfast there! I ordered black coffee ☕ with Mix Bury Pancake and Crab Poached Eggs 😍👌
  • Rieana B.
    Rieana BloodTearsMarch 2, 2015
    The pan dore french toast was very tangy. It balances out very well with the homemade jam that they have! Delicious indeed! It's not something very common people order. But it was worth it!
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkDecember 3, 2013
    The best breakfast I have had in my life! Go during the week if you can to avoid long wait. Also get there as soon as they open, 8 I believe! The wait is worth it! French toast! Pastries! So fresh!
  • David U.
    David UristaOctober 23, 2013
    Mama's Sampler is a plate you can't go wrong and don't forget to order a side of bacon or potatoes. Their Screwdriver is very good as well. Long lines at times but worth the wait for an awesome brunch
  • Veronica A.
    Veronica ArcherAugust 21, 2015
    I was recommended to go to Mama's by a friend of mine and even though my family and I had to wait a significant amount of time in line, the food was amazing! Don't miss out on Mama's in San Fran!
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    Sure, this North Beach staple has lines 'round the block, even on weekdays. But you owe yourself at least one visit to see what the fuss is about (hint: it's the homemade berry jam). Read more
  • Karsten M.
    Karsten McVayFebruary 12, 2015
    They open at 8 - arrive at 7:30 to be in the first seating! While the Monte Cristo is good, the blueberry pancakes are incredible and are a MUST
  • D L.
    D LinMay 30, 2015
    90 min of wait..Nahhh...I would say if you really want to try this place come at 8 so it's only 30 min wait. It's definitely worth the 30 min for a valued and delicious good
  • Katherine
    KatherineJune 19, 2015
    Perfect breakfast spot. First day we tried monte cristo and Norwegian eggs Benedict. And decided to come back the next day for blueberry pancakes and French toast sampler. Everything was delicious.
  • Rieana B.
    Rieana BloodTearsMarch 2, 2015
    The chocolate french toast was very well balanced with fresh fruits! It wasn't too eggy like some french toast are. This was just perfect! And so filling!
  • Emiliy M.
    Emiliy MarinoSeptember 11, 2014
    It doesn't matter what you order because the best thing they serve is the homemade jam for your toast! Go at 730a on Wed or Thurs to avoid the crazy lines.
  • VickyisaStar L.
    VickyisaStar LAUJune 1, 2011
    Aussies will love it here. Get here before 9am on a weekday for only a minor wait. The Monte Cristo is must and if you want to try the French toast ask for one slice. I got the banana walnut! Yum!
  • SFist
    SFistSeptember 5, 2014
    Mamas' selection of pancakes, scrambles and benedicts are worth the wait. Don't miss the homemade Kugelhopf (brioche bread with golden raisins, cinnamon, dates and almonds). Read more
  • Yuko
    YukoMay 14, 2013
    Though I had to stand in line over for 1 hour, food was so delicious. I ordered Pan Dore - Slices of Sourdough Baguette with Sauteed Apples in Lemon Butter Sauce - $9.25, and I really liked it.
  • Busem E.Y.
    Busem E.Y.September 16, 2015
    mama's children's omlette and Cheseeee omlette w/goat,cheddar&jack's garlic are great!banana pancake is nice. very friendly&smiley staff.but dont forget the long line outside the place
  • Phui Leng C.
    Phui Leng ChanFebruary 5
    Awesome eggs benedict! If you can try the Dungeness crab eggs benedict on weekends. Very yummy!Love the freshly squeezed OJ!
  • Lamia
    LamiaDecember 25, 2014
    Waited for 2hrs! The cinnamon french toast was good. I also liked the blueberry cake. However, it doesn't worth the waiting since u can find the same orders anywhere else n save ur time n energy.
  • Brad H.
    Brad HoltMarch 25, 2015
    My life is broken down into two distinct periods: the time BEFORE trying the Mama's Cristo, and the time AFTER trying the Mama's Cristo. You know what you need to do.
  • Altaf K.
    Altaf KwJuly 17, 2016
    A tourist spot for breakfast & brunch. We had to queue 2 hours for a table on Sunday morning. If have time in SF try it, but come on an empty stomach (heavy plates)!
  • Kendra H.
    Kendra HanesJuly 6, 2013
    Get to the restaurant at opening if you can ... it cuts your wait time by about 15 - 20 minutes. Expect a wait but fear not ... the food is well worth the wait. Enjoy!!
  • Josue E.
    Josue EvillaSeptember 29, 2016
    One of those places with a long line, but it moves quickly, and everything is amazing. Make sure to ask for the homemade jam.
  • 7x7 Magazine
    7x7 MagazineOctober 22, 2012
    Best Dishes Under $10: Monte Cristo. Roasted turkey breast, honey baked ham, and two types of cheeses battered in egg, grilled, and served with homemade jam. More:
  • Shelly S.
    Shelly ShakhmanJuly 13, 2016
    Every single dish looks amazing and made me drool!! I had the salmon on and asked poached eggs on top. A-mazing!
  • Kenny L.
    Kenny LiaoDecember 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    A very popular breakfast/brunch spot that is well worth the wait times. Get the French Toast Sampler or Dungeness Crab Benedict and an order of Old Fashion Crumble.
  • Rieana B.
    Rieana BloodTearsMarch 2, 2015
    The breakfast was so filling that we were set for all day! Delicious food and will come back for more!
  • Tiffany P.
    Tiffany PinkstonJune 10, 2014
    The sampler of French toasts was to die for. I almost shed a tear. The eggs were delivered straight from heaven.
  • Jorge J.
    Jorge JuarezJune 8, 2013
    Mama's is my all time favorite breakfast place in the city - if you have the chance to go get there at 8 to wait for them to open at 9 otherwise at 9:15 its already a 2 hr wait,
  • Anna V.
    Anna VargasMay 25, 2012
    Worth the wait! Monte Cristo, French toast and the northern omelette were all amazing! We ordered three meals to make up for the wait, and we ate it all!
  • Nicole A.
    Nicole AFebruary 1, 2014
    The queue continues inside so don't be too delighted when they let you in. Dungeness crab Benedict was good. Monte Cristo was just a pass for me. Come before opening hour to avoid long wait.
  • Melanie M.
    Melanie MaddoxAugust 6, 2016
    The Washington Square omelet was divine! A good choice for a filling breakfast - I had it with sourdough toast & mama's homemade berry jam! Mmm!
  • Stella N.
    Stella NovenaFebruary 23, 2016
    10/10. Blueberry pancakes. and crab benedict. Trust me, every berry and even an orange slice is absolutely delicious. This place has a soul.
  • Mark T.
    Mark TooleyOctober 1, 2013
    You'll be at the back of a long queue unless you're there early...but a bit of an institution so worth the wait. No wi fi though, and no credit cards...and closed on Monday!
  • Natalie R.
    Natalie RayApril 7, 2011
    Everything was wonderful! We went on a Thursday morning and the line was short. Tried the raspberry crumb cake, crab omelet, and Swedish french toast. It was all delicious!
  • Kayan H.
    Kayan HargreavesDecember 6, 2010
    Lox Eggs Benedict was amazing! The potatoes are superbad for you but oh-so-good. I didn't like the french toast sampler, but not a huge fan of french toast. Get there early. There will be a line.
  • Latifah  ✈👑
    Bay Shrimp Benedict (tomato, avocado, potatoes w/side of crispy bacon) and a Grapefruit Mimosa 😋
  • Christina HyunJung J.
    Christina HyunJung JungJanuary 30, 2015
    I love here so much!!!! So delicious. You must try : Our famous monte cristo, egg benedict!!!! And the jam is so good good.
  • Bruce T.
    Bruce TienMarch 23, 2015
    Really great place for brunch! If you want to get the food fast, come as early as possible!
  • Bruna B.
    Bruna BittencourtMay 26, 2013
    The place is really busy. Expect to wait in line at least two hours on the weekends. But the good news is: its worthy! Have fun!
  • Jose M.
    Jose MedinaFebruary 14, 2015
    Pretty much anything. I had the Swedish cinnamon French toast with bacon. Every bite was delicious. Reminds me of home.
  • Giovanna H.
    Giovanna HanoMay 22, 2016
    Worth the hour I waited! MUST GET the Paisano Benedict!!!!! Everything was AMAZING!!!!!
  • Rafeef A.
    Rafeef AlSebaiheenSeptember 17, 2016
    In case you're okay with queues, we will definitely love this place. Try the cinnamon french toast + the egg benedict.
  • Melina F.
    Melina FloodJanuary 28, 2014
    We did wait about 20mins mid-morning, it was tasty and good was served quickly. Indulge with the choc cinnamon French toast
  • Hayley M.
    Hayley MillerJuly 24, 2010
    go to Mama's and order crab eggs Benedict. this place can be slammed with business so leave enough time to wait in a long line to get a seat. But worth the wait! A must for brunch.
  • Catherine P.
    Catherine ParkJuly 27, 2013
    Got on line at 10:40 am and sat down at our table at 12:45 pm after ordering. But worth it to get the monte cristo!!
  • Hana M.
    Hana MullerovaMay 25, 2016
    Saturday waiting line is about 70 minutes, food was delicious, nice capucino, pancakes was ok. Its nice for one time, but I dont know if its worth to second visit.
  • Rieana B.
    Rieana BloodTearsMarch 2, 2015
    The Monte Carlo is a must! You must not leave without having tried this!
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillFebruary 4, 2016
    Try to go early (8:00am) or be prepared to wait because it fills up and a long line forms quickly. It's worth wait. Friendly service & good food cooked right.
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