Chez Mamou

3.9
960 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Chez Mamou is the place outside of Paris where you can enjoy a traditional French breakfast, a hand-crafted pastry, and an exquisite gourmet dinner.
For reservations of 8 or more, please contact us.
Chezmamou.restaurant@gmail.com.
310-715-9212

Due to a water leak Chez Mamou will be closed on Tuesday June 1st for repairs.
We are so Sorry.
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StanB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

We were very disappointed.The service was terrible after serving our dinner no one came back to check if we needed anything..My pork tenderloin was raw . The forgot to serve the Chicken .The only way they would take off the bill.If I spoke to the owner who was not there so had to call her to get the ok. Stan B

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vipStevenB
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was excellent as always. Very disappointed in service. Granted we were there early evening, but staff was not prepared for customers. Took forever for server to get to our table. Even though we were first ones there, two other tables were waited on first and got their orders before us. Took forever to get our drinks - long after other two tables. Once the restaurant started to get busier and additional staff showed up, things seem to get better. Chex Mamou is usually slow but this time was quite slow and the people seemed disorganized.

JW
JosephW
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

An excellent restaurant in a classic bistro atmosphere. A great place to enjoy a quality menu a bit removed from the intensity of regular Santa Fe but without a loss of quality or atmosphere.

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vipGPSIG
Columbus
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten here several times. Food is always excellent and we enjoy the environment

LH
LaurenH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I am not sure what has happened to this place. It used to be a favorite of my son, so we would always go when he was in town. The menu looks the same, but the food is completely different. Not good. Where the menu says "scalloped potatoes", they substituted with a very bland polenta cake that way have been a yellow Cello sponge in disguise. The Duck Confit was also flavorless. No bread to start.

We won't be going back. Shame...

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lookingforlocal
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food here was delicious. Each of the three of us thoroughly enjoyed our entrees. Service was warm and friendly despite how clearly understaffed they were that evening. We ate outdoors which provided a charming atmosphere.

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vipSlowService
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience1

The service was terrible. We waited 10 min to be asked if we would like something to drink. There were only 3 tables of people at that time. We asked about the pastries and was told that the group who runs that left and they could not sell anything from there.

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Arizona
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Server was overwhelmed. Good not hot. Bread stale. Food didn’t seem very freshly made.

TN
vipTomN
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We booked on Open Table but when we arrived for our reservation the restaurant was closed. It was unclear to us if it was permanently closed, but they shouldn’t be taking reservations when they’re closed

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goodfoodlover
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were seated in their outdoor patio that is well shaded from the hot sun and off the street, so very private. Waiters checked in on us fairly frequently, even though they were stationed inside. We split an entree order of moules frites as an appetizer. I had a delicious salad of lightly grilled scallops and artichoke hearts over greens. My spouse had good pork tenderloin, though the accompanying potatoes were unremarkable and the cauliflower was barely cooked and crunchy. I was still hungry so we split an order of crab cakes that were excellent- mostly crab, not much else. We finished the meal with an almond torte, very nice. There was a mixup because we arrived during “brunch” time but stayed into the dinner hour and our selections were rung up at dinner prices. The staff could not change that, but they sent us home with a complimentary apple pastry that made up the price difference- we appreciated that.

TJ
TomJ
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Chez Mamou had extreme plusses and minuses. My entree (mussels) was superb and plentiful, and priced reasonably. The $10 green salad, however, was highway robbery, consisting of a few shreds of lettuce accompanied by half a tasteless tomato. My wife reported her entree (pork) as very good sauce but lousy vegetables. The waiter helpfully adjusted the corks under the table legs to decrease the wobble. No AC, which would be fine later in the day but we had to eat early and the place was roasting. Wine selection extensive/expensive.

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RobertG
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I ordered the rack of lamb.
Got 3 ribs and 3 pieces of vegetables.
One small floret of broccoli and cauliflower and 1 3 inch long carrot.
The polenta was bland.
Sorry, just not worth the money.
If you’d had proper staffing I would have sent it back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous and, although short staffed on this particular evening, the service was great. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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clp18
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great flavors, classic French, always delightful.

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vipCarolyn
Austin
39 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We've always counted on Chez Mamou for reliable French dining. Clearly they are struggling with the same staffing issues that are affecting many Santa Fe restaurants. One hostess and one server were having difficulty serving a busy Sunday morning crowd, so food and drinks came out very slowly. That's bearable. And the food was good, though there was a mistake in our order, and the onion soup was much sweeter than usual. Also, the dining room was uncomfortably still, hot, and people crowded at tables close together. Also, there's a $3-5 price difference between the items as they are listed here on Open Table, and the restaurant menu itself. So they have apparently raised their prices. Higher prices for slower service, an uncomfortable environment, and food that wasn't quite as expected. I don't know that we would choose to return here over trying one of the other French restaurants in town.

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vipJaney
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

We had a table outside where the lighting was extremely poor. Requested a candle and after 15 minutes had an answer they didn’t have any. There was an attitude of not caring whether we could see what we were eating or not. So probably won’t come back even though the food was very good.

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Mike
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Strange experience. It appears Chez Mamou is laboring under problems related to COVID, i.e. staffing. My chicken cordon bleu was uninspired and ordinary. The location of our table in the "alleyway" came with prolonged shouting from the kitchen. In sum, not at all like our last visit in March 2020 during which we felt everything was well in hand despite COVID.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had no experience as the restaurant has closed! Had OT reservation on Wednesday, September 8 only to find upon arrival a desolate building.

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VirginiaS
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious & great atmosphere

AK
AnnieK
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We really wanted to live this restaurant. Alas;appetizer small for price, wine was ordered but forgotten (had to find waiter), understaffed which is not server problem. Ice machine broken, ergo, nothing but room temp water. Niçoise salad good but presentation unappealing. Lemon tart was barely tart with most being pastry dough.
Decaf cappuccino was excellent and waiter did his best with what he had!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Paris in Santa Fe: Excellent meal and service. I had the scallops and artichoke appetizer. Excellent. Best appetizer I gave had in quite sometime. My wife and I both had the duck marget. Wonderfully prepared and presented with grilled vegetables and mashed potatoes. Enjoyed with a 2017 Chàteau LaLande Boudreaux. Split a cherry torte for dessert with the best coffee. Dined alfresco.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
25 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant! My croque Madame was only topped by the most delicate, croissant with tart raspberry preserves. Great late lunch place. Come and enjoy their French bistro experience!

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vipNorbD
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We have no idea how the food is and we will never find out. We showed up early and were seated after a delay. Then we were asked to move to accommodate another party that we overheard did not have a reservation. After another 20 minutes total 40 minutes no water no one coming to our table we left. Avoid.

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Chard
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was timely and lovely and the food was excellent, This was our first visit to this charming place but it will be on our list from now on.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Food tasteless. Everything tasted like it had been precooked and reheated either too much or not enough. Service haphazard. Will not return.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Had a reservation, waited for 45 minutes and nobody took our order. In fact, a woman who seemed to be the owner actually *pushed* the server away from our table to take the order of another table. Nobody came back to our table after 20+ minutes. Understaffed and unprofessional. Unfortunate, because it’s a great location. Will absolutely not be back and do not recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

WHEN WE ARRIVED WITH OuR FRIENDS THEY WERE CLOSED!! It is a great restaurant that we have visited many times. Other people were also left standing around wondering what happened. Why would you accept our reservation for a closed restaurant?
We are not disappointed with Chez Mamou but we are disappointed with Opentable!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was good. Steak and Au gratin potoroos delicious but veggies undercooked and cold

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. However they only have wine and we’re out of some of the ingredients for their specialty drinks

JG
JohnG
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Service was a little slow but food is always good.

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maverickguy
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Lovely little place. Gave a lower food rating because they were out of a lot of things on the menu, don’t know if that is a Santa Fe thing because we found that at other places in town too. But overall had a great dining experience.

NK
NanK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was extremely upset to find the restaurant closed after having a reservation. There was a sign on the door saying they were closed. I had out of town guest and had booked well in advance. While the food is excellent, this lack of courtesy to notify customers with reservations is unprofessional. I’m guessing there was some sort of emergency but the restaurant should have done better.

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vipSixguinness
Central Coast
31 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall1food4service4ambience4

While my past experiences at Chez Mamou has always been at least four stars, my last reservation for dinner on 08/28/21 at 6:45pm was apparently cancelled, or not duly noted by the restaurant. When we 3 showed up, there was a note on the door stating they were closed, no explanation given.

Anyone who visits or lives in Santa Fe knows that if you plan to dine out there you had best make your reservations in advance, otherwise your dining out choices diminish greatly, essentially on a weekend in the summer. After searching for other dining options and finding the wait at most places to be at least an hour, luckily we were able to get in at a nearby hotel restaurant on a side street nearer the plaza. Surprisingly the food was actually more to our liking.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite “go-to” places and despite the challenges of the pandemic, it is still wonderful. The food is consistently delicious and the service and ambiance friendly, inviting but not over the top. Definitely worth trying out and making part of your routine.

SF
vipSantaFeDreamin
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

I felt like some of the wait staff might have been new. Sometimes the service was a little awkard. Otherwise the food and ambiance was great!

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retped
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Don’t waste your money! There is much better food in SantaFe. The menu was attractive but nothing lived up to expectations. The main dining area is in an old jewelry store. We were seated in a hot stuffy area with no ventilation. There is no visible air handling equipment-unbelievable during a pandemic.
We asked to be reseated outside or we were going to leave. My wife and I ordered a glass of champagne before dinner. The entrees arrived and it still did not come until we mentioned it.
I had the duck breast which was okay but not worth the price. It was listed with mashed parsnips but came with very ordinary mashed potatoes.
My wife ordered the onion soup and a beet salad. Both were big disappointments. They missed the mark.
We mistakenly ordered an almond tart dessert. It was so dry it shattered when we tried to cut it.
Never again! It was also a huge check $$$$.

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shirleya
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service poor. Food good. Birthday celebration was mentioned at time of making reservation but not acknowledged at dinner. Dessert lacking variety.

EO
vipEOSp
New Mexico
32 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a French bistro, with some nice outside seating. As locals, we find it a really good place to eat after a concert, or for lunch, or for brunch. It is a cut above really informal dining, and not so much as a complete formal meal, although you can do some top end items. We find it comfortable, with good food.

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vipfood4life
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good but not outstanding food. Nice atmosphere. Good neighborhood cafe

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service. We had a lunch reservation. Upon our arrival, the waitress told us to wait while our table is being prepped and then all the staff completely ignored us. The waitress that ,welcomed’ us was sitting at another table having a drink and chatting with other guests. Very incompetent, disrespectful and disappointing service. We ended up going to another restaurant and probably won’t be coming back to Chez Mamou.

FAQs

Chez Mamou offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 216-1845.

Chez Mamou is rated 3.9 stars by 960 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.