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A Seattle Original Since 1974

Old School Mexican Dive & Bar

Mama’s originally opened in 1974 when Seattle was the last big town on the way to the Alaskan frontier.  Planes, Fishing and Transportation were the way most people made a living. 

Most of the collars were blue or flannel and the music was edgy and raw.  Mike McAlpin showed up on the scene with his cousin and brought their Mama's (technically grandmothers) family recipes to the Emerald City in a converted single room shotgun diner.

The years turned to decades, people hooked up, families started, additional rooms added, Union strikes contemplated, bands formed, books written, art inspired and made, bad behavior tolerated (if not encouraged).  At some point in time the original dive bar was built in the back “party” room. 

Along the way, somehow, 2nd Ave between Bell and Blanchard stayed relatively the same. Other bars and restaurants opened and closed. Many are still there now.

In 2008, Marcus Charles and group of other Seattle originals purchased the Crocodile Café, restored what they could, upgraded what they couldn’t and maintained the Croc’s soul as best they could.  That same year, Marcus met Mike. 

In 2016, Mike wanted to retire, but didn’t want to leave the scene all the way, so he handed off the joint (while keeping a piece) to Marcus and his crew to figure out a way to maintain Mama’s soul while bringing some new life to it.

Marcus moved the dive bar up front (kids still welcome), played with the menu some, and finally settled with Chef Jairo Moreno Guitierrez who specializes in spicy bbq meats (bbq-ed literally outside in front of the bar). 

Mama’s isn’t fancy Mexican (even though we source a good chunk of our ingredients locally).  It’s a place where you can still get a great plate of spicy old school Mexican, a couple of cold margaritas, and possibly hook up with someone. (BTW, the back room still exists, and if 20 to 60 of your friends want to grab some food, shots, and have some bad behavior, just let us know.)

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RESERVATIONS

Thank you for your patronage.

In order to provide all of our team members with living wages and comply with federal, state and local law, Mama's Cantina will add a 20% Service Charge to your bill.  58% of the Service Charge will go directly to your server as a commission.  If you are served by a bartender, 60% of the Service Charge collected from your check will go directly to your bartender as a commission.  The remainder of the Service Charge will be retained by Mama's Cantina, and will be used toward paying employee wages, benefits, and discretionary bonuses, as well as private dining fees and the B&O taxes attributable to the Service Charge.  If you have any questions regarding this policy or concerns regarding your service, please speak to a manager. 

Again, thank you for your business, and we wish you a happy 2017!

 

CALL (206) 728-6262 OR BOOK WITH OPENTABLE BELOW.

 

ABOUT US

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Open Daily at 11:30am

Full Menu til Late

Drinks & Snacks til Midnight Plus
 

 

2234 2nd Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98121

(206) 728-6262

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PRIVATE FIESTAS
BACK BAR

Need a spot for your next FIESTA?

Mama's BACK BAR is THE PERFECT SPACE FOR YOUR NEXT BIRTHDAY, HAPPY HOUR, OR GET TOGETHER WITH FRIENDS & FAMILY.


equipped with flat screen TVs and a fully stocked bar, WE'RE READY TO MAKE YOUR PRIVATE GATHERING A FIESTA TO REMEMBER.

Inquire within, cALL (206) 728-6262 or EMAIL events@mamascantina.com
for availability and more details!