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Mamma Mia

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1932 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92109
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11:00 - 23:00
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 23:00
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San Diego, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

Great atmosphere and authentic food. The entire staff seems like they're all fresh off the plane from the old country too!

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Thank Matthew771
Chicago, IL, USA
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

I couldn't have asked for a better Italian dinner after a long day out in San Diego than what my family of four got at Mamma Mia. The delicious food at this charming, authentic, hole-in-the-wall trattoria - as well as the warm service from the native Italian servers - reminded my wife and me of vacations in Italy. We found... More 

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Mount Vernon, Washington
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Our daughter and husband had eaten here a few times and wanted to share it with us. Two had Gnocchi - one with ragu and another with butter and parmesan. I tried the risotto formica with pear only because I wanted to try something I had never had. The pear flavor was totally lost in the cream and gorgonzola, but... More 

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Thank Judy P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

We happened upon this restaurant when stay-cationing in Mission Beach. The service was terrific and my daughter said it was the most authentic Italian food she had since her trip to Italy. The gnocchi was a-maz-ing! We will definitely be back.

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Thank Deborah N
Tampa, Florida
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277 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

If you want spaghetti and meatballs, go somewhere else. But for pizza and interesting Italian dishes. Our food was good and service was good. There is more seating outside than inside. But parking is a problem. The street is the only place, and it's busy, with few spots.

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Thank ta96silver
San Francisco, California
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210 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016

We were referred to this restaurant in pacific Beach area of San Diego by friends. It's located in a nondescript mostly residential area in what appears to be an old house. (Note - does not have parking so street parking is required - come early to find parking). GREAT rustic Italian. Two dining areas: Front area has about 7 tables... More 

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San Diego, California
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2015

Tonight was again special! We enjoyed Risotto Pantellerio on her first try and Spaghetti Carbonara (off the menu) after sharing the excellent Semplice salad. Our experience is they will prepare anything not on the menu they can. My wife is reluctant to order risotto in a restaurant and was impressed. I alternate the carbonara with something I haven't had there... More 

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Thank itsmechuck
San Diego, California
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88 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

Imagine sitting out on the deck right in San Diego while enjoying some authentic, home made Gnocchi right in Pacific Beach near San Diego. That is exactly what I was thinking while eating here. the atmosphere is very casual, but the food has a lot of heart thrown into, and you can tell. We had a business lunch based on... More 

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Thank WEOOZE
San Diego, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2015

Our experience at this restaurant was not very pleasant. We ate there several weeks ago on a Saturday evening. It actually spoiled what we hoped to be a pleasant evening. Many of the negative things you will find on-line about this restaurant, happened to us, I wish I would have read the reviews before buying a coupon on-line and actually... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2015 via mobile

Mamma Mia is good enough to make us drive down an hour from Huntington Beach when we were over on vacation. This is our second visit, and it didn't disappoint. My wife is a very picky eater, especially with Italian, which is her favorite genre. Everything is made from scratch in house, including all of their sauces. Other than the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1932 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92109
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Pacific Beach
  • Neighbourhood: Pacific Beach

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