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Mama Shelter

Restaurants, Contemporary American Hollywood
4 out of 5 stars
(9user reviews)
Mama Shelter
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Time Out says

“Just like how mama used to make it” is the sentiment behind the restaurant at Mama Shelter, a hotel in Hollywood. Though one could almost say that the restaurant is Mama Shelter—walk into the lobby of the hotel and you are immediately faced with a bar on your left, a smattering of tables on your right, and entertainment all around you in the form of a fusbol table, TVs and more. Executive chef Giselle Wellman has put together a fantastic menu here, offering rustic, home-cooked comfort food that brings up nostalgic family dinners: Jidori chicken, spicy baby back ribs and a chocolate chip cookie that will blow your mind. A selection of Mama-themed cocktails (Mom’s Night Out, Y Tu Mama’ Tambien, Throw Mama From the Train) are available, along with beer and wine—you know, before you make your way over to the fusbol table.



Address: 6500 Selma Ave
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-3pm, 6-11pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am-3pm, 6-11:30pm; Sun 11:30am-4pm, 6-11pm
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4 out of 5 stars

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This is a super trendy bar right in the heart of Hollywood. Go on a weekday to avoid a long wait to go upstairs (the rooftop views are amazing!) or grab a drink at the downstairs bar while you wait for spots to open up on the roof (they'll text you). 

My new favorite rooftop brunch spot! The view of the Hollywood Sign can't be beat, love the cocktails and the food is delicious. Recommend the Burger of the day and rose sangria! 

Day beds, expensive drinks and a great view make this place another scene-y Hollywood spot. Drinks were solid but nothing to write home about. I went on a weeknight and it was definitely packed. The staff on the roof was nice, but the ones at the front desk weren't particularly helpful in helping us figure out which elevator to take to get to the roof. They watched us walk in the wrong direction and didn't bother to correct us. 

Would maybe come back to check out the scene during the day or for brunch, but won't be coming back at night. 

They have a dining area in the lobby and one on the rooftop, the only thing is if it gets too busy, there is not enough food to be served on the roof, so just expect to save that for drinking.

The food at Mama Shelter is decent but nothing special. There’s things like BLT’s, fried chicken sandwiches, etc. I didn’t care so much for the lobby dining (it kind of feels like you are in a cave) and the Bloody Mary’s are water-y. Drinks in general even on the roof are not that great, it’s really the view that makes it good.

Overall I’d say skip this place. There’s other rooftop bars with better drinks and restaurants with better food. 

Very fun & very "Hollywood-y" place, without being too clubby or crazy. The downstairs bar as well as the rooftop bar are both well decorated and fun places to hang - although sometime busy of course. The drinks are delicious and the same kind of mixology you would find anywhere else in the city -- definitely expensive as expected. Overall, no major complaints and worth a visit with friends. 

Great rooftop space with yummy (but pricey) drinks and tasty bites for lunch and dinner (and I can't wait to try brunch at some point too!) whether it's upstairs or in the lobby restaurant on the ground floor.  Wait service can be a bit spotty, whether it's crowded or just a weekday lunch, but the ambiance and menu make it worth coming back to.  This is Hollywood, and sandwiched between Sunset and Hwood blvd, so expect to valet unless you're willing to walk from Sunset or South of there.


Recently went here for a few drinks on their rooftop and I'm obsessed! The decor is so beautiful and the views of the Hollywood Hills and DTLA are outstanding. I didn't have any of the food so I'm excited to go back and try it out.

This is one of my go-to lunch spots in Hollywood during the week. I love the eclectic decor and the warmth of the staff, and it's a great spot to bring friends or colleagues. I always get the chopped salad, which is very delicious despite the name. It's simple, refreshing, and has a lime dressing that I'm crazy about. I can't wait to try the new waffle menu (which has a variety of different waffle concoctions) and to pay a visit to the new rooftop bar.  


There's something a little odd about walking into a hotel and immediately being faced with a full-blown restaurant, but Mama Shelter makes it work. Aside from the welcoming vibe of the space (though, fair warning, it's quite loud in here), the food is worth a trip even if you're not spending a night in the hotel. Chef Giselle Wellman was on Top Chef, but there's no air of pretense here in the slightest - she's just happy cooking for people and making them feel like they're at home. Case in point: the chocolate chip cookies, arguably some of the best in the city, which remind you of mom and the smell of freshly baked treats that would hit you after coming home from school.

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