Mama Lion

3.9
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37 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
Located on the corner of Western at 6th St. Offering contemporary California cuisine in a beautiful atmosphere.
Whether you are just stopping by for a bite or staying late for the live entertainment, guests will delight with a variety of tantalizing and flavorful dishes that can be shared or enjoyed individually. From our exotic and artistic Mini Cured Hamachi Cones and Lacey Shrimp to updated classics like Truffle Grilled Cheese, Grass Fed BBQ Short Rib Sliders, and NZ Lamb Lollipops – there’s truly a favorite for everyone. Especially, for our Vegetarian and Vegan clientele with a wide range of salads, garden-fresh vegetables, and even our very own Mama’s Impossible Burger.
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.6
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4.0
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4.1
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4.0
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CG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall good time, just be aware that the servings are not that large depending on how much you are looking to eat.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience3

The bar staff were amazing, they really looked after us and kept popping over to check on us. I wasn’t too keen on the food if I’m completely honest but I will definitely visit again!

J
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here before the Madonna concert. It’s about a one block walk which is perfect. Staff, bartenders, and manager are fantastic. Super friendly and catered to our every need.

EB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Beautiful spot. Food was hit or miss. Drinks were great. Took over 20 minutes to get greeted by our original service. In the end some really sweet girl and really nice busser were taking care of us instead wish we had them from the beginning.

DR
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I love this place. It's in a funky location, but really has a beautiful interior. The food is consistently good. Alcohol is a bit pricey, but not anymoreso than any other hip joint. The service is impeccable. The only downside is parking in this area is challenging (they do offer valet), the noise level is a bit high (and this was before the live music started), and the bathrooms could really use an upgrade. But I'd go again in a heartbeat, especially if I was going to The Wiltern for a show. Added service points for finding my black scarf, and putting it safely away until I could come and retrieve it!!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

First time at Mama Lion — appreciate the later happy hour from 6-8, waitstaff was inviting and attentive, drinks were cool, ordered the chicken sliders (not good), fries were tasty, and wished the band actually performed before we left. I’d go again just to grab drinks.

KP
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Mama Lion is not a restaurant to have dinner. It’s a club that also serves food to guests that pay for table service. That was made clear to us by the way staff treated us. Service was slow and inconsistent initially, but as it neared closer to 9/930 we were barely waited on. Our waitress was super sweet. Table service was set up around us without asking if we needed anything. We had to go and ask for our check. The manager was kind enough to take off some of our drinks.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service , excellent bartenders

PO
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

I just would not recommend an establishment where the best part was the person bussing our table was the best eperience of the evening.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This is not a restaurant it’s a nightclub. Refused to serve us dinner.

RO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I booked a table for two to catch up with an old friend. Both of us were coming from separate parts of LA so it was a bit of a drive. We arrived at Mama Lion to find out they were closed for a private party, but they accepted our reservation and didn't call/email/text anything to let us know they were closed that night. Really disappointed in the service.

J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibes!

A few friends and I stepped to check out their Sunday brunch vibes...

And this venue did not disappoint

MO
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Great for eating and dancing salsa on Thursday’s, beautiful venue

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall2food4service3ambience3

It was okay, nothing to jump about. The service was so-so. The appetizers were tasty. I wouldn’t say I have to go back or go out of my way to go back. It was just okay.

HC
Los Angeles
102 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience5

They don’t have enough tables in a large space; on Tuesdays they have great jazz but they ran out of food by 11 pm. Literally ran out of food.

I
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the environment even more amazing. I would suggest it for a special date.

JS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall3food5service3ambience5

A server was great. Bartender rude and seemed depressed. Food was yummy. The ambiance was beautiful.

AK
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall4food1service3ambience4

Came in on a Sunday night to find a small crowd with a loud band and limited food selection. Drinks are fun but disappointed really no food selection.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

There’s something off about the place...it feels empty instead of cozy...almost like you’re on a set and the restaurant isn’t real.

They did a good job with decorating but it’s not really a restaurant. There are more vip tables for clubbing than dining tables.

The menu is very affordable but not very interesting. It seemed more like bar food but was surprisingly good. Not the best just good.

Plus the service was slow with our food too. She seemed to get our drinks fast but not the food...which again their main business is in the club scene so maybe that’s what they should focus on instead.

We arrived arrived around 9pm and finished around 10:30. The only thing I didn’t appreciate is that they rush you out if you’re dining.

We were closing out our tab and the door guy came over and asked rudely for us to hurry up and leave the table because it turns into a night club.

That’s the other thing, as you’re eating and trying to talk to your date or friends, the place is quickly filling up with people who are coming to the club and it gets harder to talk and the music gets louder and lights start to dim.

One point the lights got so dim, I couldn’t even see my food.

It’s definitely more of a club than a restaurant. Maybe if I were rating it as a club it might be higher but as a restaurant it’s not worth it.

I’ve been to super clubs before where they transition from dinner to club and it’s done a lot more smooth and better than that without rushing you.

MQ
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun venue. Great decor. Good drinks and apps.

P
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall2food3service4ambience3

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.

G
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

l
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2017
Overall2food2service1ambience2

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.

SD
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience3

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.

m
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

G
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience5

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

c
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

R
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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!

O
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall2food2service4ambience4

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.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

B
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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

SK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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

CL
New England
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

N
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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