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Mama's Meatball

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570 Higuera St, Suite 130 - 135, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3849 (Nipomo St.)
+1 805-544-0861
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Singapore
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95 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There's a comfortable "homey" feel to Mama's Meatball Italian Restaurant. Their spaghetti carbonara is soooooooo delicious! Their meatballs are robust & a little spicier than ones I've eaten before. Very tasty. Great desserts too!

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Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this review

Thanks for the 4/5 review! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great dining experience with us! It's wonderful that you loved your meal - the Spaghetti Carbonara is an excellent choice! We'd love to host you again soon to share an even more positive experience with you. Have a fantastic day! More 

Escondido, California
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed a family dinner at Mama's Meatball on recommendation of a friend. We were in SLO visiting our daughters at Cal Poly. A reservation is a must--it's a small place. Even with a reservation, we had to wait a bit before being seated. But it was worth it--great food and service. Large menu with lots of yummy choices. I'd... More 

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Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this review

Thank you for the great rating! We are always working very hard to provide great tasting meals and the best service for all of our guests. It is great to hear that you had a great experience and that you recommend us! We would love to have you back! We look forward to seeing you again! More 

Atascadero, California
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59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

I love Monicotti. Not Monicotti with spinach, or chicken, just good old Italian Monicotti. I ususally drive to SLO to Mama's Meatball to enjoy it. It has been awhile since I had been there and to my dismay, they have dropped it from their menu. However, the Ricotta stuffed Ravioli was recommended, similar recipe with homemade pasta. OMG, it was... More 

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Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this review

Thanks for the 4/5 review! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great dining experience with us! While we regret not having your first choice on the menu, it's wonderful that you enjoyed the Ricotta stuffed Ravioli. It's an excellent choice! We can't wait to host you again soon to share an even more positive experience with you. Have... More 

Northampton, Massachusetts
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398 reviews
285 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

Hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo delivers all the goods. Very small, good service, delicious food, and interesting and affordable wine list. We enjoyed a delicious Zinfandel that contained San Luis Obispo-grown grapes and produced and bottled in nearby Monterey County. We all loved our entrees - Gnocchi in a four cheese sauce, Lasagna, well... More 

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Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this review

Thanks for the 4/5 review! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great dining experience with us! It's wonderful that you enjoyed our wine list and entrees! That's what we like to hear! We'd love to host you again soon to share an even more positive experience with you! Have a beautiful day! More 

Pismo Beach, California
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92 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

With a name like Mama's Meatballs, I was expecting an Americanized version of spaghetti. But I guess you can't judge a restaurant by its name, as Giuseppe would seem to indicate an authentic Italian venue, and I know how wrong that assumption is. This was our first visit. Apparently the regular dining room is being refurbished, so they currently use... More 

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Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this review

Thanks for the 5/5 review! We're delighted to hear that you had such an amazing dining experience with us! It's wonderful that you enjoyed the atmosphere our our restaurant - that's what we like to hear! We're also very pleased that our team provided you with friendly and helpful service. It's fantastic that you enjoyed your meal! The lamb and... More 

Mexico City, Mexico
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

4 of us went to have dinner at Mama's Meatball and myself included because as a celiac I was interested to see what they had to offer with gluten free pasta. I had spaghetti with gluten free past in marinara sauce and shrimp. Definitely the sauce had nothing to do with an Italian marina sauce. The other 3 persons in... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

We booked a last minute reservation for a large group. Everything went very well, excellent food and staff that couldn't have been more helpful. Our group included a couple seniors with walkers, and we were accommodated with all the best care. The greT staff took extra time to explain dishes to the seniors. A wonderful meal!

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Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this review

Thanks for the 4-star rating and review, Jim! We're thrilled you had such a pleasant time with us! We strive to offer top-notch service and cuisine for our guests. It's fantastic our team made you feel so welcome. That's what we like to see! We look forward to sharing an even better experience with you next time. Have a lovely... More 

Los Osos, California
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

There are better Italian restaurants in San Luis Obispo -- Guiseppe's, A Tavola, Roma's. Mama's is a small, cafe-like spot, with a takeout deli. Friendly vibes. Good, not exceptional, food. Good value. This is based on three orders from the lunch menu.

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Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback. We always work very hard to serve delicious food and provide excellent service for all of our guests. We are disappointed to hear that we could have done more for you. We would love to have you back so that we can provide a better experience for you. More 

Los Osos
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

If this had been our first visit to Mama's Meatball, we'd never go back. We've had good food there in the past, but not this time. Granted, they were very busy that night. We had a very good bruschetta to start with, but then we waited a very long time for our main dish orders (unasked, the waiter brought us... More 

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Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback, Judith. Providing delicious food and excellent service is always what we strive for. We are deeply disappointed to hear about the recent experience you had with us. We will share your concerns with our team so that they can be addressed shortly. We would look forward to providing you with a better meal for your... More 

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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

A real find. Fantastic!!!. The service is excellent, food is extremely flavorable and, the potions are very large. Both myself and my wife had pasta dishes. My wife, had a dish made with white wine, garlic, spices and, a lot of different shellfish and salmon. I had basically the same thing in a tomatoe sauce. Both so delicious. The garlic... More 

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Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this review

Thanks for the wonderful review, Alan! We're delighted you had such a lovely experience with us. We strive to provide only the best for our guests. It's fantastic we could exceed your expectations and give you such a memorable experience! We aim to please! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Have a beautiful day! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
10:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
10:30 - 22:00
Thursday
10:30 - 22:00
Friday
10:30 - 22:00
Saturday
10:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 570 Higuera St, Suite 130 - 135, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3849
    (Nipomo St.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: +1 805-544-0861
Description
Mama's Meatball offers authentic, homemade Italian dining & catering,
Our chef cultivates and harvest most of the organic produce to be used in our menu from our garden's rich soil. The idea of a garden in the city is fascinating and it allows us to keep in constant contact with nature while providing with a true Farm-to-Table experience. Furthermore, we are committed to preserve the land and its resources by providing agricultural produce, fishery and cattle livestock that adhere to strict sustainability practices. All poultry, fish, beef, and pork are sourced locally and must be, free range, organic, non-hormone treated. Just as Chef Nicola wants to pay respect to the culinary history of Italy, he is solid in his commitment to respect our land and water, with conscious usage of the resources available

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?