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Jul 23, 2007 07:23 PM

Chez Mama-San

Was lucky enough to enjoy a delish dinner here last night and was wondering what everyone's take on it was?

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  1. Sorry, I don't have any take on your delish dinner last night! ;-)

    That said, I don't think I've heard of Chez Mama-San. What and where is it, please?

    1. a place that is on my :"to go"list....what did you have that was delish?

      1. A favorite of mine. It has stayed under the radar for some reason. Nice ambiance, an ocassional language problem, but great food at very reasonnable prices. Sort of Japanese home cooking. Believe it or not, Japanense don't have sushi for dinner at home every night ! Chez Mama-San is an understated gem that I hope stays around for a long time.

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          1. re: Pappy

            It is in Georgetown on 33rd street. Here is a Washington Post review:

            1. re: Pappy

              Pappy, new Chowhound site linking function gives a different address but at least I tried. Wish people would start using this! Would make life easier.

              Washington Post article says 1039 33rd Street, NW. Could it be on the corner?

              Chez Mama San
              1039 33rd St NW, Washington, DC 20007

              1. re: MakingSense

                Chez Mama San is a short block off M Street on 33rd in Georgetown.

                1. re: Dakota Guy

                  Looks like the site beta isn't always reliable. The address for Mama-San is wrong on this one. At least it does give a phone number.

                  I wish posters would try to use it more - especially since this board has two cities and the area we cover is huge. People post from north of Baltimore to waaaay south and west of DC, over to the other side of the Bay Bridge.
                  We get lots of queries from tourists and people new to town. And some of us who live here but just don't know where some of these places are!!!!

                  1. re: MakingSense

                    Ok, I hear you all. I'll post the address and a rundown on the menu tonight when I get a chance to look for the biz card.
                    Sorry to keep you salivating for a bit longer!

                    1. re: MakingSense

                      From their business card:
                      1039 33rd Street NW

                      (It's a short block south of M Street on 33rd. Near Leopold's Kafe and Konditorei.

                      1. re: Dakota Guy

                        I actually took my own mama-san here one time, and it was quite good.

                        It was too long ago to remember what we had... but we liked it.

                        1. re: Dakota Guy

                          So strange! I edited the site beta. If you click on it, it's correct. It even moved the little flag on the map to the correct spot but the address in my posting and on the upper right of this thread is wrong. Guess CH is still working out the kinks.
                          This site locator thing will be great when they get it working. It will even give you directions for how to get to a restaurant!

              2. Love it. I'm also surprised it has managed to stay so under the radar and I think they're still struggling - they recently cut back on their hours (no more lunch!) and don't offer one of my favorites - okonomiyaki - anymore. I also found their desserts to be so-so, but then again western dessert isn't the strongest Japanese dish anyhow (does that make sense?!).

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                1. re: togflx

                  I would hate to see this place get overrun but I would more hate to see it go under for lack of support. It is a wonderful little place. And, yes, Asian desserts are not a strong point but I do like their green tea sorbet. Now, if parking weren't such an issue .....

                2. is Chez Mama San still open?
                  some googling suggests that it is closed.
                  I was hoping to check it out very soon and was just looking for directions.

                  If it has closed are they ANY other restaurants like it?
                  I am not looking for your typical sushi japanese restaurant.
                  having moved from LA I never thought I would miss the food over there so much!

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                  1. re: DavidC

                    Their answering machine states that they closed the business December 17, 2007. I really liked the little place.

                    If you are looking for something other than the usual sushi fare, try Makota on Macarthur Blvd in DC. Their prix fixe multi-course dinner is my favorite Japanese meal in DC. I believe the price is $49 (but I upgrade the sushi course).