Great restaurant really friendly service!! Going for lunch was nice we got to sample a lot of the menu with half orders :) our favorites were the cabbage rolls which have an awesome tangy sauce and some heavy hitting flavorful spices with pickled garlic (which was a first for me and awesome!) and the summer borscht which had a nice refreshing very lightly pickled taste which was lovely. We also got to try the kvass drink which was a first and was kind of tasted like rye bread mixed with raisins! Very unique. I haven’t been to Lithuania but the restaurant reminded me a lot of my visit to Czech Republic with the very old school pub restaurants with the heavy wooden chairs and brick along with cute wooden decor. Very fun
Oh man! I always love exploring ethnic restaurants where the flavors are unique, especially when they are as rare as this place, apparently the only one on the West Coast! Even the host was very sweet and pleasant (and actually speaks Lithuanian!), giving good recommendations on what to get! The flavors were homey and you can definitely tell they made everything with love! Definitely try the beer here with your food. The patio in the back was a nice experience, so you don’t have to do only takeout!
When I’m missing my friends in Lithuania this makes me feel as close as I can be there. Beer is some of the best and the food is just like being there. Staff is friendly and food is quick. If you want some filling good tasting food you must try.
Came here when visiting SF last week. Yum! The waitress was very sweet. We ordered as much as we could since originally I’m from Lithuania and my boyfriend is Italian so he wanted to try all the goodies too. Everything was great except for garlic bread because it was soggy and wasn’t fresh( it’s supposed to be hot and crisp). And then KIBINAI was really weird. Not my taste. But hot beet soup was great, chicken cutlet was great, CePelinai was great and dumplings were great. Šviturys beer was good on tap!🍻🍲🥘💪🏼🇱🇹🇱🇹🇱🇹
I've never had Lithuanian food before, and seeing this restaurant on Gmaps peaked my curiosity. I am extremely glad I followed my interest into Mama Papa. The food is delicious, humble, and deeply satisfying. I ordered more things than one meal required because I was so interested. I wasn't disappointed, each dish was incredibly tasty. I took my leftovers home and am enjoying them now as I write this review. I couldn't recommend this place any more highly. The chilled summer borscht particularly hits the spot for me. It makes gazpacho (which I like) seem weak and pathetic. My Mom ordered a Lithuanian beer and said it was delicious, she liked it enough to make note of the brand so she could acquire more. My only problem or issue was the chairs, they're heavy and over built and I kept banging my legs into them. Could be a tall person issue. The staff was really friendly and welcoming. They answered all my dumb questions about the food and the country and seemed pleased to do so. Really, everything about this place was great. I don't live in Alameda, but I'll still be coming back. It's worth the drive for food, service, and atmosphere as fantastic as Mama Papa has. 11/10
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