Mama's offers a modern twist on traditional Czech cuisine. The restaurant is set on Bethlehem Square (Betlémské náměstí), a lovely part of the Old Town just a few minutes walk from both the Old Town Square
and Wenceslas Square
Mama's is popular with local Czechs and ex-pats as well as tourists, which ensures a good ambience most nights and great value food and drink.
The restaurant was reconstructed in 2013, and has a brand new kitchen (it was formerly called Papas!). The result is a wonderfully clean-cut environment to dine in, and a good standard of local food which is tasty, plentiful and well presented.
Mama's may focus on Czech cuisine, but the contemporary spin on the food ensures there is plenty to tempt the more international palate. Dishes include Svickova (sirloin of beef), roast duck, beef chilli goulash, grilled sausages, a large mixed grill for 2 and locally caught river fish.
There is also beef tenderloin in a peppercorn sauce, grilled salmon, plus large salads and vegetarian dishes.
There is a wide selection of drinks, starting with wonderfully fresh unpasteurised beer on tap, bottled beers, Czech and International wines, and an extensive list of spirits and punchy cocktails. At just 34czk (Ł1.15/ €1.35/ $1.80) for a large beer and 56czk (Ł1.85/ €2.25/ $2.95) for a large glass of wine, you will be hard pushed to find better drinks prices elsewhere.
The atmosphere at Mama's is relaxed, with cool background music kept low early on to allow for conversation. At weekends, it builds later on to get you in the party mood.
During the summer, Mama's also has seating outside on Bethlehem Square; a fine spot for al fresco dining.
Mama's has a bar-like atmosphere so suits people looking for fairly informal dining. Plus after dinner, you already have a table so carry on with the drinks as long as you like.
It may be informal, but you still need to book - Prague locals will normally reserve a table before going along to Mama's (this applies to other popular restaurants too), so you risk being turned away if you don't have a reservation.
For a similarly good value restaurant and bar in the New Town, near Wenceslas Square, we recommend Sherwood.
Good informal dining for all types of groups, from friends and family occasions to hen nights and stag parties. Mama's offers some of the best value food and drink in the city centre, and you can stay on afterwards for drinks. Advance reservations are essential.