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Mama Shelter Downstairs, Los Angeles, CA

Mama Shelter Downstairs

4.0
4
286 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

MAMA's Kitchen is located on level 1 of Hollywood's infamous MAMA Shelter. MAMA's Kitchen showcases a vast collection of food, curated with love by Chef Jonathan Kim. Enjoy our seasonal favorites like hamachi crudo or half chicken paired with a glass of wine from our sommelier's wine list.

We accept reservations during dinner and brunch services for parties of up to 8 through OpenTable. Inquiries of groups over 8, please email veda.jones@mamashelter.com. Walk-in's welcome during all services.

MAMA"S Kitchen Hours:
Breakfast
Monday-Friday 7:30am-1pm

Dinner
Wednesday-Sunday 5:30pm-10:30pm

Brunch
Saturday-Sunday 7:30-2pm



Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Californian, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–1:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (323) 785-6600
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Chef Jonathan Kim
  • Private party facilities
    MAMA's Kitchen is great for group dining! We can accommodate large party reservations for up to 12 guests or buyout packages for groups larger than 24.For inquiries please email to veda.jones@mamashelter.com
  • Private party contact
    Reggie Markham: (323) 679-4048
  • Neighborhood
    Hollywood
  • Cross street
    Wilcox
  • Parking details
    Ample street parking available.**Rooftop reservations are not available online. Reservations made through open table are for MAMA's restaurant downstairs only.**
  • Public transit
    MAMA is conveniently located near Hollywood's Cahuenga Corridor just 4 blocks west and 1 block south of the Metro Red Line Station.
  • Entertainment
    Grab a beer and channel your inner Ronaldo or let the DJ take the wheel on Thursday, Friday Or Saturday nights. Either way you never know what's going to happen at MAMA SHELTER.We have board games in the bar available as well as an 8 man Foosball table ready for you and your friends!**Rooftop reservations are not available online. Reservations made through open table are for MAMA's restaurant downstairs only.**
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 286 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.4Value

NoiseModerate

286 Reviews
  1. Moonbird

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate downstairs first and Stephanie, our server, was wonderful. The food was great. The ambience was awesome. 5 stars. I would come back again anytime for the DOWNSTAIRS. It was awesome! Then we went upstairs for a drink and while the view is cool, the music was WAYYYYYY too loud, and there were two bad smells, one like something moldy, and two a burning kind of smell like a bad camp fire. Both were unpleasant and actually gave me a headache, so we left. Again, the downstairs restaurant was great! Stephanie was AWESOME. Avoid upstairs if you don't like loud annoying house music and weird smells. :-)

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  2. Jajajdhda

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Very very expensive for all the small portions on the plate. Desert cookies are cold in the middle and heated on the outside. It had just come out of the fridge.

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  3. Gymwomen

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    overall1food2service3ambience2
    This place needs to clean the plexiglass that around the roof . The server was nice and honest .The frozen cocktails were terrible .This place is very pricey for just burger $25 . We would not recommend it place ..

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we had was delicious. I had the waffles with peaches and whipped cream. Would highly recommend!

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  5. CraigG

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2023

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Great ambiance and setting with cool, funky design and decor. Food was good, although a little overpriced. Service was not good. Made a reservation for a birthday and was told “we don’t take bookings, I’ve no idea why that’s turned on”. No table service, you order at the register and take a table number. No itemised bill was offered.

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  6. Michelle

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Rooftop experience:Mediocre food at best, friendly service, but too busy to keep things timely. Loud but there was a party going on. IF the music is going to be loud, make sure the sound and speakers are on point. Great place to go have drinks and fun though

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  7. MickeyV

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    The staff was the best part of our experience. The food was either cold, tasteless or just not good at all. I was so disappointed with the food that the only reason I’ll come back to mamas shelter is for the rooftop for overpriced Jack in the box $9 fries and a drink. We ordered street corn for $24 and it was literally 3/4 of ONE stalk of corn cut into four pieces with a sauce. The $24 octopus had five little tiny rubbery pieces that were hidden under a bunch of potatoes . The $48 mini steak entree was the only good part. The $35 half chicken has two drum sticks and half a piece of breast. It was a total rip off and they need a new chef and a an entire new menu. Now I know why there were only a few tables with people. No one wants to go spend $300 for bad food. I hope you guys change something

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  8. Natcher

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Despite having a reservation for 3 people the hostess sat 2 other walk-in tables before us. Steak was fabulous - cooked perfectly. Presentation was lovely. I wish it included more vegetables, though. There was only one small roasted piece of kale. Bread rolls were very dry. I wouldn’t order them again. The wagyu slider was ok. I asked for my bill 3 times and finally handed my credit card blindly to the server to ring through. She did not mention that the bills already include an 18% auto gratuity. This was on a table for 3 people. I don’t typically see auto-grat on bills for table of less than 6-8. I found that shocking in itself, but more shocking was that she didn’t disclose that and then watched me tip a further 18%. I didn’t realize until I got home, but the restaurant was quick to rectify that issue when I phoned in and they refunded that additional tip. For the hassle and the fact that I wasn’t overly impressed with the food I wouldn’t go back.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Felt schizophrenic. Lack of simple dishes. No drinks like, Ice Tea - etc. Everything was unnecessarily elevated, especially for the quasi-family ambiance. However, food was well prepared.

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  10. MariaD

    Cancun

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    Nice place. The food is not impressive, house made rolls and the corn cake are very good, apart from that, while it is obvious that they put a lot of effort on the dishes and on creating stuff, there is big room for improvement. We got sharable dishes which promised a lot, however: You cannot call “Spanish Octopus” to an octopus with little or no olive oil, not a bit of peppers, and Andean potatoes… call it california style octopus, but do not set expectations high. The pork belly is good, but definitely could be better, a few more hours of preparation would allow a better taste. The Cambodian street corn has great flavors and ideas (the sauce with lemon grass is very good), however they could enhance it to make it more satisfying.

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  11. TCO66

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our waitress was so sweet and our food was tasty!!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant's food was truly exceptional, with each dish bursting with delicious flavors. Moreover, the ambiance was simply amazing, creating a perfect setting for a delightful dining experience. Highly recommended!

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  13. DonaldS

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    I had high hopes for this visit as I've been given good reviews. Reservation booking and checkin was easy. Great host. My table was comfortable and server arrived promptly. We ordered a number of small plates and I had a Bolognese. The server assistant food runner was EXCELLENT. She was prompt and professionally explained each dish. She was a highlight of the experience. My friend were uniformly disappointed in their small plates. Prawns were off, fried mushrooms tasted of oil only, pork belly was ok, tuna carpacio never arrived but was removed from the bill, rolls had no flavor other than the lightest sprinkle of salt. The Bolognese was very flavorful, excellent sauce, but we all laughed out loud at the comically small portion of pasta. I would estimate at 5 oz of spaghettini. If that is the correct portion of pasta, you are over saucing it as I had more sauce than pasta in the dish. Our server did well at the beginning, but disappeared after main entrees were served. We were never asked if we wanted a second cocktail, we were missing an item and he did not catch that at all. There was an auto gratuity of 18% added for three guests and it's cleared he relied on that.

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  14. JenniferK

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    overall2food5service4ambience3
    We ordered $100 worth of food for the two of us and left hungry. That’s not good enough. It’s a casual place with casual ambiance but upscale pricing. Food and service was very good, but very small and light for the price. Please note they do automatically add 18% gratuity to the bill.

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  15. Marie

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Sunday sessions on the rooftop was great. Super busy, house music vibe and nice cocktails!

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  16. PattiY

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Sunday visit was limited menu to mostly breakfast. I would have preferred more lunch items since it was 11:30 or some salad options. Otherwise it was fine.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The appetizers we ordered were great! Service was somewhat slow which was interesting to note given that the restaurant was almost empty. Oh well. Craft cocktails were fantastic but a simple well tequila soda (which wasn’t even full) costs the same as a craft cocktails ($18)??? Our risotto was late because apparently they burned it and then took over 25 mins to bring a new one; we asked for them to comp it off our tab and they happily agreed. Over all, the restaurant is meh, the rooftop is fun.

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  18. London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really love the space, downstairs and the rooftop are always a great vibe

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  19. MEeraD

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had a great brunch for my birthday at Mama Shelter. The restaurant was very accomodating and the food was fresh and delicious. We then headed upstairs to the rooftop bar which was also a great ambiance with good music. Overall loved this spot and will be back.

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  20. Alexandre

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Too noisy Small portion for the price We waited 15 minutes to be seat ( table reserved through the website )

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  21. MelanieB

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    This was my first time at this restaurant and while it has a limited menu, I thought the options were enough. It was not quite as I had anticpated. The food was tasty, portions not copious (a good thing) but service was pretty slow. There were only 2 waitstaff so quite understandable but required patience. It didn't blow my mind so I'd probably not revisit.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience3
    Thank for amazing service! Thank you for accommodating the notes we made on the reservation! We really appreciate it! Your staff is amazing!

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  23. KaylaJ

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The rolls are amazing! I could eat an entire serving myself lol. The drinks were great. The small plate selection could be better- the food was great but a little overpriced. The ambiance is very nice but can get a little noisy. I’ll definitely come back!

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  24. nancyg

    Los Angeles

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    A delightful brunch experience. Service doesn't get any better than this. Bravo!

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  25. Dine4SouthBay

    Los Angeles

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great place to drink and eat before going to Pantages Theatre. Only a half mile walk to and from the theatre. Seated on time, very attractive service and tasty appetizers and entrees. Moderately priced compared to other options near the Theatre. Will be back!

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  26. ChristinaB

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Servers were on top of it. They had a live performer. Drinks were great and food was delicious.

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  27. Starling

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always have a great time here. Usually a lot of people and energy around the bar.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2023

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Cute place, good service and food but the portions were very very very small.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service and ambience with amazing. Definitely going back.

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  30. Yolanda

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food and cocktails were great. Nice presentation, creative dishes, delicious. Hipster vibe in boutique hotel. Rooftop also was great. Different menu but also very interesting with a good view.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    The food was delicious but the waitstaff was not attentive. Plus the gratuity is insane!! It’s 21% added to each bill

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  32. CFandTF

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food in the ambience were really great. Our servers were attentive. There was a heavy scent of marijuana for much of our meal, which we did not enjoy, others might.

    1 person found this helpful

  33. KathleenL

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time coming to Mama Shelter. The small plates were so delicious! I’d definitely come back!!

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  34. Michaelc

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We went to Mama's Shelter for Mothers Day brunch. They had a different menu, plus their usuals. The place is loud and energetic. They had foosball table, which my kids enjoyed. The vibe was great, so I was excited for the experience. However, the service was underwhelming. The server did not even introduce herself, nor did she greet my wife a Happy Mothers Day (though the hostess did). I ordered the huevos rancheros, which was really good. My son ordered the shrimp and grits, which was one of the best I have had. Not once did the server check on us to see how we were doing. I am not expecting a 5 star treatment, but this place is not cheap. Also, they add an automatic 18% service charge to help pay for employee health insurance (or something similar), which I think is why they don't strive for great customer service. I am not going back.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was amazing, food and drinks were delicious!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    The food was very strange. Basic items but a slight twist. I had the risotto and my daughter had spaghetti. The spaghetti had a god awful flavor and she only took two bites. How do you mess up spaghetti. 18% gratuity was added for the two of us for subpar service. Ambiance was nice. Maybe the rooftop food was better.

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  37. AliciaA

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and I especially enjoyed the Mamacita cocktail. Definitely save room for dessert, the mousse and the flan were amazing!

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  38. lorilm

    Sacramento

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very creative small plates. Great service. Would go there again.

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  39. nancyg

    Los Angeles

    109 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Simply outstanding service. I'd come back just for that.

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  40. ShannonF

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rooftop food, service, ambiance was fabulous! It was a beautiful day- perfect for lunch with friends.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

FAQs

Mama Shelter Downstairs offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 785-6600.

Mama Shelter Downstairs is rated 4 stars by 286 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Mama Shelter Downstairs

6500 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028-6216

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Wilcox
  • Neighborhood
    Hollywood
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–1:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Californian, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Ample street parking available.**Rooftop reservations are not available online. Reservations made through open table are for MAMA's restaurant downstairs only.**
  • Public transit
    MAMA is conveniently located near Hollywood's Cahuenga Corridor just 4 blocks west and 1 block south of the Metro Red Line Station.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef Jonathan Kim
  • Entertainment
    Grab a beer and channel your inner Ronaldo or let the DJ take the wheel on Thursday, Friday Or Saturday nights. Either way you never know what's going to happen at MAMA SHELTER.We have board games in the bar available as well as an 8 man Foosball table ready for you and your friends!**Rooftop reservations are not available online. Reservations made through open table are for MAMA's restaurant downstairs only.**
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (323) 785-6600
  • Private party facilities
    MAMA's Kitchen is great for group dining! We can accommodate large party reservations for up to 12 guests or buyout packages for groups larger than 24.For inquiries please email to veda.jones@mamashelter.com
  • Private party contact
    Reggie Markham: (323) 679-4048
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