Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to Main Content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Hollywood
  5. Hollywood
Mama Shelter Downstairs, Los Angeles, CA

Mama Shelter Downstairs

4.2
4.2
191 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
We DO NOT accept reservations for the rooftop! This platform is for our downstairs restaurant only.

Mama Shelter DOWNSTAIRS offers breakfast, lunch, and happy hour daily. Our dinner service is open Wednesday-Sunday, 5:30- 10:30pm. Chef Jonathan Kim provides an extensive menu featuring locally grown ingredients and a seasonal menu. We can't wait to serve you!

For large parties and reservations please call or email us!
OUR ROOFTOP DOES NOT ACCEPT RESERVATIONS.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 49 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 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

  • Catering

    **Rooftop reservations are not available. Reservations made through open table are for MAMA's restaurant downstairs only.**

  • Private party facilities

    Mama is great for groups and offers semi- private dining options for groups of 8-150 in our DOWNSTAIRS restaurant on the ground floor. Rooftop groups are also available (weather permitting) for groups of 25-150. Contact our group sales department for menus and pricing at andrew.jay@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, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 191 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Sort by

Filters

  1. n

    nydia

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The recommendations were on point! Loved their cocktails

    Mama Shelter DownstairsResponded todayThanks for dining at Mama LA Downstairs restaurant--and the great review.

  2. C

    Cinthiap

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Love the decor. Food was delicious.

    Mama Shelter DownstairsResponded todayThanks for dining at Mama LA Downstairs restaurant--and the great review.

  3. D

    Dolly

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Service was terribly slow. Drip coffee had coffee grounds floating at the top of the cup. Other tables that arrived after ours received their food before us. Food was not impressive.

    Mama Shelter DownstairsResponded 7 days agoDolly, thank you for dining at Mama LA restaurant downstairs--and the feedback. We are hope you try us again and greatly impress you.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Graduation

    Mama Shelter DownstairsResponded 7 days agoThanks for dining at Mama LA Downstairs restaurant--and the great review! We are happy you celebrated the graduation with us!

  5. PH

    PattyH

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    From reservation to arriving early was met with extraordinary service experience. While my salmon meal was good, the salmon did have a day to two day best by date. I ate every bite and loved the crispy skin. In the future, I hope that the waitress could disclose when the salmon was purchased so customers can make a different decision. My husband’s meal roasted half chicken was also excellent according to him. He actually referred to it as a 1/4 chicken. He was missing a thigh. Lol. Lol. We also had the Butter Cake. Exquisite. The cocktail was not worth the empty glass, but loved the candy covered ginger. The rosemary and garlic rolls were my favorite too. If I would change one thing out it would be the upholstery fabric seating. It looked and felt dirty. This could easily be an investment to install colorful leather seating. I had a sweater so I sat on it. I didn’t even want to touch it. This is a great dining experience, just some small fixes and investments would put this place as a must experience. I also loved that the gratuity was included with our order. I’ll be back, but it may be a minute.

    Mama Shelter DownstairsResponded on July 20, 2022PattyH, thanks for the very sweet note about service. We are working on our upholstery as a result of your comments--thanks for weighing in on this, too. We continue to source from the best possible farmers, purveyors, and fisherfolk, too. Best to you,

  6. L

    Lovetoshare

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    This is a very fun place and our food was delicious. The service could have been a lot better. The host took a phone call instead of seating us. The server came right away but then took close to 10 minutes before returning. We ordered our drinks and entrees all together because we were afraid he wasn't coming back. Lots of wait staff just standing around. The food was delicious and reasonably priced.

    Mama Shelter DownstairsResponded on July 20, 2022Lovetoshare, thank you for your very find comments. We agree the service could have been sharper for you--we will continue to coach each other and make the entire experience excellent. Best wishes,

  7. NC

    NCTraveler

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Nice restaurant to experience for Brunch if you’re in the Hollywood area visiting.

    Mama Shelter DownstairsResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you, NCTraveler. We appreciate your kid-friendly note, as well. Please come see us when you visit Hollywood again! Mama

  8. GI

    GIUSEPPEF

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Disfrutamos muchisimo el Rooftop , con una vista unica hacia la colina de Hollywood. Ademas pueden visitar el paseo de las estrellas a 1 cuadra. Todo muy bien.

    Mama Shelter DownstairsResponded on July 16, 2022GIUSEPPEF thanks for dining at Mama LA--muchas gracias, Mama!

  9. PT

    ParisT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Food is really good, but it’s very loud I recommend the oysters

    Mama Shelter DownstairsResponded on July 16, 2022ParisT, thanks for dining at Mama LA; we are happy to keep music down upon request, too. We love oysters!!

  10. CC

    CChris

    Naples

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Drinks were good and most of the food was good as well. Fries were great. Chicken wasn’t our favorite. They were deep fried chicken wings with too much sauce. Just expected something different. Staff was friendly.

    Mama Shelter DownstairsResponded on July 16, 2022CChris, thanks for dining at Mama LA and your constructive feedback. We are happy to work on the chicken--but super happy you found us friendly!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience2
    The staff was unfortunately running around and didn’t have enough people working.After an angry customer threw down a glass and purposely shattered it and one of the pieces flew up and hit my brother, the staff tried to be as accommodating as possible but it was not a great experience over all

    Mama Shelter DownstairsResponded on July 16, 2022We are sorry you did not have an excellent experience --and that someone's foul mood ruined the moment, too. We hope you come back again and give us a chance to wow you for all the right reasons.

  12. SJ

    SylviaJ

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Food and drinks were very good in the restaurant but service timing was off. We ordered a set of appetizers and received no plates. Appetizers cooled before plates arrived. Entres were again very good. Ordered deserts to share and again no plates. Had drinks on the rooftop, fun atmosphere and service was attentive.

    Mama Shelter DownstairsResponded on July 7, 2022SylviaJ, thank you dining at Mama LA and for the feedback. We will work on our dance moves and make sure that service timing is on point. Best wishes,

  13. n

    ncto

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    The restraunt is just not worth it, better skip it & go upto the rooftop, better food & ambience there!!!
  14. CB

    ColeenB

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the first time we ate here and we loved it. The ambiance was hip and cool, the service was great and the food was amazing. We shared two starters, Peaches and Cream and Asparagus and then each had the scallops starter. I’m glad we didn’t share that dish as I ate every last bit. Then we shared the Chocolate Budino. Everything tasted great and we will definitely be back

    Mama Shelter DownstairsResponded on July 7, 2022ColeenB, thanks for dining at Mama LA--and for the glowing praise about our service and food. We look forward to your quick return. Thank you!

  15. JN

    JayN

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful hidden gem in Hollywood very deserving of at least a first visit which will turn into a second very quickly! My first visit on a Thursday soon brought me back on Monday to introduce my significant other! Both visits were simply delicious, from Salmon Salad to Shrimp Sandwhich the food presentation and taste was on point, the salad has rich greens with a perfectly prepared salmon! The shrimp sandwhich was so tender and sweet with just enough sauce and tomato to shrimp ratio, and the home made milk bread bun was outstanding! Everyone working in this place was beyond kind and engaging, very helpful and yet gave us plenty of room for conversation with our meal. Have only visited for lunch so far, will be making plans for dinner. The restaurant is attached to a hotel, must be a huge hit with hotel guests, such good food and great environment. We stopped upstairs to check out the rooftop, that might be a next meal location with remarkable views of LA/Hollywood! Just do it, a wonderful and talented staff with great food!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    The main course wasn’t served at the same time. My friends was almost done, when I got my chicken. The food wasn’t worth the money to be honest. The drink was great upstairs.
  17. ST

    SeanT

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I have to say Mama Shelter is a fabulous place to go to, the food wow it’s good, not overly done and not too much that you can’t finish your meal, perfectly just enough. The one thing that stands out the most is they are very accommodating and understanding. I was very late for my reservation due to traffic and stress closures. Yet they seated my guest without me being there. They even told me how to get to the restaurant. Super service and very accommodating people, what else can I say.
  18. CF

    CeciF

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was just okay — for the cost I’d expect more.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good food and the staff was very nice with our 1 y.o. Daughter.

    Mama Shelter DownstairsResponded on June 10, 2022Thank you for dining with your 1 year old daughter. Love, Mama

  20. MM

    MaryM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from the drinks and food to the service and hospitality were on point. Must have the tuna carpaccio- it was perfection!! I would have ordered 3 if I knew it how good it was. Their housemade bread was the best also- melts In your mouth. Compliments to their chef for putting together a great menu ❤️

    Mama Shelter DownstairsResponded on June 10, 2022MaryM, thank you for loving our tuna carpaccio, our bread, and service. Love always, Mama

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    At this point I’m so loyal to Mama’s ❤️ As always, we had a great time and the food was delicious! Everyone is always so kind and friendly! See you soon

    Mama Shelter DownstairsResponded on June 10, 2022Thank you for being a loyal fan of Mama! We are happy you come again and again. Love, Mama

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Came here for brunch on Sunday. The service was horrible, took 20 min to just order a drink and get some water. Too expensive for their casual offerings. Food quality was average. We tried the fried shrimp sandwich and french toast. The batter was falling off the fried shrimp, there were only a few on the $20 sandwich, was very disappointed. The service was overall very slow without it being too busy. Would not return, truly disappointed.
  23. MM

    MichaelM

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We arrived around 830 (one of the last seatings) and had a really nice time at Mama Shelter. Beautiful decor in the downstairs area, good food and drinks. Service was a little slow in checking in with us if we needed additional drinks (maybe because they were just trying to close up things) but other than that the food came out super fast and was really good!
  24. F

    Foooodie

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant! We dined on the rib special and the polenta gnocchi. It was delicious and the perfect amount of food. I especially loved the wine by the glass selection that had great variety. Most of all, the service was superb. From the friendly hostess who seated us to our amazing server and the runners who helped out through the night, this restaurant clearly knows what it’s doing. Can’t wait to return!
  25. MM

    MarathonMati419

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time eating at Mama Shelter, our server Ricky was very accommodating. Also he gave me the heads up that everything on the menu was served family style which really helped in choosing our dishes. Great environment, overall staff was great and the rooftop was the cherry on top. I've been to Mama Shelter before, but it had been sometime. Will definitely come back!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    It took 15 to 20 min to get greeted by a server. I had to ask two people to send someone over… ordered bottomless mimosas to only be filled up once in a span of an hour and 30 min. The food was average. &I was still hungry when I left. I don’t recommend.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday for 6 downstairs. Class act and yummy
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Overpriced and weird food, no flavor. No one at the table liked the food. The dessert was awful too.
  29. G

    Globotravo

    Vancouver

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great place for Sunday brunch. Had a nice gathering with friends and got a great table. Bit of a sketchy neighbourhood but the place is a winner
  30. JM

    JoeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Its an awesome spot for brunch! Next time trying out the rooftop!🎊🤘🏽
  31. e

    elainem

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was very pleasant, excellent service. I ordered the fried chicken it was amazing, our waitress highly recommended it and I took her up on her recommendation. Afterwards we went up to the rooftop bar, great views and really happening.
  32. A

    Andy

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Came here for brunch based on the brunch menu online. They weren’t using the online menu but had a completely different menu. It took about 8 minutes for the hostess to return to the hostess bay to seat us, and then 7 minutes to get a cocktail menu. The watermelon/mezcal cocktail was neither balanced nor tasty. We had to send it back. The food was aight. It was disappointing.
  33. S

    Scof

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Overpriced and mediocre. Would only return for happy hour and the rooftop bar.
  34. T

    Thomas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Great and friendly service. The food was ok, very different size of portion depending of what you have ordered.
  35. g

    girldine71

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was extremely courteous and very friendly. Our waiter made the best food recommendations. Ambiance was great. Rooftop was a good vibe also. Would definitely recommend as well as go back again.
  36. W

    Wayne

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Overall a great experience. The food was delicious. We went on a Saturday night. Which is is nice. But, the music got a little too loud as the night went on. Our waitress was fantastic. The grilled asparagus was quite delicious! The only negative aspect of the evening was the host took his time acknowledging our presence when we arrived.
  37. R

    Roxy

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved! Will be coming again soon. Service was great and the atmosphere was beautiful! Drinks were on point too.
  38. AN

    ANJax

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends came to visit from WA and i took them to Mama Shelter’s. Out reservation was at 7 but we also wanted to check out the roof top. We got there early and had the time of our lives! The bar manager was sooo sweet and the staff was spectacular! The food was on point and the drinks were strong. Brian (i hope that was his name), the bar manager, even made a special virgin drink for my bestie who doesn’t drink. 10/10 experience. Thank you for everything!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    This was the worst dining experience we have ever had… the waiter knew absolutely nothing about anything on the brunch menu (there’s only 8 items on the entire menu), he forgot our drinks and one of our entrees (and never remembered it we had to ask him to take it off the bill), he told us the burger came with fries but came with a salad, i asked him how the eggs came on the breakfast sandwich and he said “honestly i have no idea”, i asked him what pastries they had and he stared at them for a few seconds and said “they’re right there but i don’t know what they are”. We literally thought we were being punked…. Will not be visiting again.

    Mama Shelter DownstairsResponded on March 22, 2022Hello, Anonymous. Your review does read like you were being punked--and we are aghast to read this. Our standard of care and attention is so much higher and for whatever reason we did not come close to meeting our own standard or yours. We are following up with our team members and working with them to make sure we only provide a great experience. Love always, Mama

  40. CM

    ChristineM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Had the salmon really wasnt fresh and wasnt worth Price

    Mama Shelter DownstairsResponded on March 22, 2022ChristineM, thank you for providing the feedback on our salmon. We always buy the best salmon--we obviously did not prepare this dish properly for you. Apologies. Fish should always taste fresh. We will take our kitchen to school and make them understand what was missing--love, Mama

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 4.2 stars by 191 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 49 times today
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

    Daily 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, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (323) 785-6600

  • Catering

    **Rooftop reservations are not available. Reservations made through open table are for MAMA's restaurant downstairs only.**

  • Private party facilities

    Mama is great for groups and offers semi- private dining options for groups of 8-150 in our DOWNSTAIRS restaurant on the ground floor. Rooftop groups are also available (weather permitting) for groups of 25-150. Contact our group sales department for menus and pricing at andrew.jay@mamashelter.com

  • Private party contact

    Reggie Markham: (323) 679-4048

Copyright © 2022 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo