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About Mama Lion

Located on the corner of Western at 6th St. Offering contemporary California cuisine in a beautiful atmosphere.

601 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005-3023
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Tue–Fri 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
6th St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(213) 377-5277

Website:
http://www.mamalion.com/

Parking Details:
Our valet parking car drop of is located on the 6th St side of our restaurant.

Public Transit:
We are on a short walk from the Wilshire/Western Purple Line Station.

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

Mama Lion Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Fun (1)
Good for a Date (1)
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Happy Hour (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Not sure why everything seemed to be priced about 20% higher than "market". Service was good, however we all felt that overall, the experience was not worth what we paid.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Went for the drinks (which were awesome), but the food was outstanding, recommend the vegetable succotash and the crispy chicken schnitzel, fun atmosphere, the drinks could have come out a little quicker.

Tags: People Watching, Fun
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food5
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service5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 26, 2017

I found this restaurant on EaterLA's heatmap and was excited to try it. It's basically just one large room with a bar in the middle and some tables/booths around the bar. When I arrived at 8:30pm, the place was about 2/3 empty. We ordered about 10 dishes for a party of 4. The food was mediocre at best. The service was really slow (even though the place was empty). They turn up the music real loud and the lights real low at about 10pm, which made conversation a bit difficult. Overall, I think Mama Lion is overpriced and not that great. Unless things change, this place won't stay open long.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Found this restaurant on Eater's Hot 18 restaurants right now in LA. My boyfriend, my parents and I walked in at 7:00 for dinner last night, Sunday, and the place was empty! And it never got busy. We didn't mind because we could hear each other talk. The restaurant is stunning! Love the decor. The food was delicious too. We asked our server for her highlights and everything she told us was great. The smothered tator tots were a favorite. We also got the grilled shrimp, tomato burrata toast, the hamachi tartare, and the truffle hummus. All delicious. Our server was attentive, but not too attentive. And she let us take our time in between courses to order more. A delightful night all around and would definitely recommend!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 16, 2017

This is the worst meal I've had in a long time. There was no one else in there, but with the exception of a good cocktail from the bar, the food was greasy, depressing and overpriced. Shared plates that are difficult to share, food that seems like it could have been frozen, potentially good ingredients ruined. The service was a mess, again, no one else (well, another two top at some point) and still couldn't get a refill of water. Save yourself and go to Here's Looking at You, Commissary or Le Comptoir. Get a burger at Cassels, get Korean BBQ...anything. Too many other good options in the neighborhood (much less the city). Wrote an email to the restaurant because it was such an awful night, have never heard back. Someone is obviously trying to make a fast buck here (expect a minimum of $150 for two if you are having a couple drinks. Funny, don't mind spending that at any of the above listed, I guess it's a matter of getting what you pay for?), because they have made it clear they don't care about the food or service. The space is nice (though...a little air conditioning would be helpful, and the cheesy remix club music when no one is in there is off.) hopefully someone else will use it wisely when they go out of business.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Nice place. It was kind of a pain to find the valet parking but that was probably our fault for approaching the place from the wrong direction. Food is better than many other hipster cocktails-and-small-plates places we've been to lately. Get the tater tots, they are delicious.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Someone told me to go Here for dinner. Big mistake. Just go for drinks.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Must have the black swan drink! Service was excellent.
Great job Beverly(mgr)!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Incredible menu from Chef Mike Hung, complemented by delicious cocktails in a beautiful environment. What could be better?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The food was great and the staff was attentive. However, they were out of half of the ingredients for their specialty cocktail menu. Which was crazy since it was Saturday night.
Beautiful venue, great food, friendly staff, just a weird thing with the cocktails!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Food was quite disappointing. Very mundane. The wine we ordered was good. Bar looked very good and I would return for cocktails, happy hour and ambiance.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Food was great And the staff was amazing. Will definitely make it a regular spot!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Great venue, great food but really interesting clientele. Lots of high class ykw......a real people watchers paradise.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Everything was great but menu items were limited and taste wasn't special enough

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Great new restaurant in a rapidly growing area. Perfect for drinks and small bites at the bar. Has a more lounge-y feel than traditional sit down dining. Service can be a little slow during peak hours.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on May 6, 2017

The food was tasty and there were some creative items, but the portions were tiny. Even the steak entree felt unsatisfying in portion. I understand that you're supposed to order a bunch of plates, but appetizers like the avocado samosa felt comically small (there are four tiny tubes, and about three inches long). Even the sides were very, very small for a place where they put emphasis on sharing. More reasonably portioned for sharing were items like the hummus and the salad.

They're still working out some "new restaurant" kinks, like I saw some exposed wiring/unfinished looking final touches, they didn't have enough coffee mugs for me and wife to both have a French press coffee, nor sweetener. The place was not really crowded, btw, so not having or running out of these sorts of things seemed pretty silly. The salad came after our entree, which wasn't acknowledged by our waitress (other than this glaring omission, she did a good job). Maybe I was supposed to accept this as part of the "small plate, order as you go" style of dining. Yeah, but I didn't. We ordered it with the rest of the food and expected the meal to be paced traditionally.

I didn't try their handmade cocktails, but I was underwhelmed by gin martini, which was not nearly as cold as it should be. Also, every restaurant that advertises handmade cocktails should carry bleu cheese stuffed olives. Just my personal opinion.

Overall, this place is style over substance.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Dinner at Mama Lion was great! Really enjoyed the service and food. Great scotch selection. Would definitely recommend the place for dinner and/or drinks.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options
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