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Mama's Meatball

4.6
4.6
862 reviews
$30 and under
Italian

Mama's Meatball has specialized in creating seasonal menus by using only the finest and freshest ingredients. We have vast experience in creating exceptional environments with a full service catering for weddings, special events, holiday parties, corporate engagements & gatherings of any size and location. It is our pleasure to make sure that everything looks and feels as extraordinary as it will taste.

Come join us in the Creamery in downtown San Luis Obispo and enjoy our authentic Italian cooking featuring housemade pastas, pizzas, breads, and desserts.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Comfort Food

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 544-0861

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Nicola Allegretta

Popular dishes

Menu

Antipasti

  • Bruschetta FrescoUS$14.00

    Vine-ripened tomatoes, basil, oregano, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, topped with burrata cheese with balsamic reduction

    • Artichoke BruschettaUS$11.00

      Sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, topped with melted mozzarella

      • CapreseUS$14.00

        Fresh buffalo mozzarella, organic tomatoes, oregano, extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil

        • Avocado ToastUS$14.00

          Toasted bread with Brie cheese, avocado, organic cherry tomatoes

          • Fritto MistoUS$18.00

            Deep-fried calamari, shrimp, smelt, served with arrabbiata sauce, tartar sauce

            • Mama's MeatballsUS$8.00

              Two meatballs with house-made marinara or meat sauce

              • CarpaccioUS$18.00

                Thinly sliced filet mignon, arugula, shaved Parmesan cheese, citronette

                • Formaggio FusoUS$15.00

                  Deep-fried ripening goat cheese, Brie cheese, served with spicy cherry tomato sauce

                  • TagliereUS$22.00

                    Assorted fine cured meats, cheeses

                    Zuppe

                    • MinestroneUS$9.00

                      Bowl of seasonal vegetables in a light broth

                      • Pasta e FagioliUS$9.00

                        Bowl of cannellini bean soup, pancetta, and pasta in a light broth

                        Salads

                        Add Chicken $6 | Shrimp $9 | Salmon $12

                        • MistaUS$8.00

                          Baby lettuce, Roma tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, balsamic dressing

                          • BarbabietolaUS$11.00

                            Mixed greens, roasted red beet, caramelized walnuts, Roma tomatoes, red onions, goat cheese, balsamic dressing

                            • CesareUS$11.00

                              Romaine hearts served with homemade Caesar dressing, croutons, shaved Parmesan cheese

                              • PeraUS$11.00

                                Mixed greens, Roma tomatoes, pears, Gorgonzola cheese, caramelized walnuts, lime herb dressing

                                Pizza

                                Gluten-free option +$3

                                • MargheritaUS$15.00

                                  San Marzano pomodoro sauce, fresh basil, mozzarella, oregano

                                  • CapricciosaUS$20.00

                                    San Marzano pomodoro sauce, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, ham, black olives, mozzarella

                                    • CalzoneUS$15.00

                                      Folded pizza stuffed with ham, mushrooms, mozzarella, ricotta, San Marzano pomodoro sauce

                                      • The DuneUS$21.00

                                        Alfredo, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, grilled chicken, prosciutto, goat cheese, basil

                                        • VegetarianaUS$18.00

                                          San Marzano pomodoro sauce, grilled eggplant, grilled zucchini, roasted bell peppers, roasted red onions, fresh tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms

                                          • Monte BiancoUS$22.00

                                            Pizza topped with fresh buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto di Parma, arugula, mascarpone cheese

                                            • Speck & PorciniUS$22.00

                                              Pizza topped with creamy porcini mushroom, white truffle, mozzarella cheese, cured smoked ham

                                              • CrudaiolaUS$18.00

                                                Fresh mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, basil

                                                Primi

                                                Gluten-free option +$3

                                                • Spaghetti MeatballUS$18.00

                                                  Spaghetti pasta with homemade meatball in Bolognese sauce

                                                  • Fettuccine AlfredoUS$18.00

                                                    Homemade fettuccine in Parmesan cream sauce

                                                    • Baked PenneUS$20.00

                                                      Baked penne with marinara sauce, eggplant parmigiana, fresh ricotta cheese, melted mozzarella

                                                      • Capellini al FrescoUS$20.00

                                                        Angel hair pasta sautéed with garlic, extra virgin olive oil, fresh Roma tomatoes, basil, fresh diced mozzarella

                                                        • Spaghetti CarbonaraUS$22.00

                                                          Spaghetti sautéed with Italian pancetta, fresh egg yolks, Parmesan cheese, in a light touch of cream

                                                          • Ravioli di ZuccaUS$22.00

                                                            Homemade ravioli filled with butternut squash, creamy sage sauce

                                                            • Ravioli di RicottaUS$22.00

                                                              Homemade ravioli pasta filled with ricotta cheese, sautéed spinach, served in marinara sauce

                                                              • Lasagna al FornoUS$22.00

                                                                Homemade lasagna with meat sauce, besciamella, mozzarella, Parmesan cheese

                                                                • Chicken Pesto LasagnaUS$22.00

                                                                  Fresh homemade lasagna with pesto, besciamella, mozzarella, chicken

                                                                  • Rigatoni alla SalsicciaUS$22.00

                                                                    Rigatoni pasta sautéed with fresh Italian sausage, mushrooms, white wine, in light marinara sauce

                                                                    • Gnocchi alla SorrentinaUS$23.00

                                                                      Homemade gnocchi with marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil, served in a pizza crust nest

                                                                      • Gnocchi TartufoUS$23.00

                                                                        Potato dumpling with black truffle, cherry tomatoes, mushroom cream sauce

                                                                        • Risotto con Funghi e SpinaciUS$22.00

                                                                          Tender Arborio rice cooked with porcini mushrooms, spinach, vegetable broth, Parmesan cheese

                                                                          • Orecchiette e BracioleUS$25.00

                                                                            Ear-shaped pasta served with top sirloin steak, rolled, filled with spices, Parmesan cheese, Italian pancetta, fresh garlic, cooked in tomato sauce

                                                                            • Mama's Famous Mac & CheeseUS$26.00

                                                                              Four-cheese rigatoni topped with braised short ribs

                                                                              • Penne SalmoneUS$23.00

                                                                                Penne pasta with salmon sautéed with fresh salmon in a creamy vodka sauce

                                                                                • Paccheri al Frutti di MareUS$27.00

                                                                                  Paccheri pasta sautéed with fresh seafood with a white wine light cherry tomato sauce

                                                                                  • Short Rib TortellacciUS$25.00

                                                                                    Ring-shaped pasta filled with braised short ribs, served in ossobuco sauce

                                                                                    Secondi

                                                                                    Served with steamed organic vegetables and potatoes

                                                                                    • Chicken ParmesanUS$23.00

                                                                                      Chicken breast lightly breaded, topped with marinara sauce, mozzarella

                                                                                      • Chicken RomanoUS$23.00

                                                                                        Sautéed chicken breast with artichokes, eggplant, capers, fresh tomatoes, in light demi-glaze sauce

                                                                                        • Salsiccia alla DiavolaUS$23.00

                                                                                          Spicy Italian sausage, white wine light marinara sauce, toasted Parmesan crostini

                                                                                          • Pollo ValdostanoUS$23.00

                                                                                            Sautéed chicken breast with garlic, mushrooms, extra virgin olive oil, topped with Black Forest ham, melted mozzarella cheese, in a demi-glaze sauce

                                                                                            • Costolette di AgnelloUS$28.00

                                                                                              Imported half rack of New Zealand lamb roasted with herbs, red wine

                                                                                              • Salmone PiccataUS$28.00

                                                                                                Grilled salmon served in white wine, capers, lemon sauce

                                                                                                • Pesce SpadaUS$28.00

                                                                                                  Grilled swordfish, capers, Kalamata olives, tomato, oregano white wine sauce

                                                                                                  • Grilled OctopusUS$28.00

                                                                                                    Grilled octopus with roasted potato, arugula, cherry tomatoes, salsa verde

                                                                                                    • Tagliata SteakUS$30.00

                                                                                                      Grilled top sirloin, arugula, cherry tomatoes, shaved Parmesan cheese, balsamic reduction

                                                                                                      • OssobucoUS$32.00

                                                                                                        Braised veal shank with vegetables in a white wine sauce, served with Parmesan cheese risotto

                                                                                                        Dolci

                                                                                                        • Cannoli alla SicilianaUS$10.00

                                                                                                          Roll shell pasta filled with ricotta cheese, candied fruits, chocolate, pistachio

                                                                                                          • TiramisuUS$10.00

                                                                                                            Lady fingers with espresso coffee, mascarpone cheese, topped with cocoa

                                                                                                            • Italian CheesecakeUS$10.00

                                                                                                              Baked cheesecake made with ricotta cheese

                                                                                                              • Torta di CioccolatoUS$10.00

                                                                                                                Rich flourless chocolate cake topped with raspberry, house whipped cream

                                                                                                                • Crème BrûléeUS$10.00

                                                                                                                  Classic crème brûlée with a thin, caramelized sugar crust

                                                                                                                  • ProfiteroleUS$10.00

                                                                                                                    Puffs filed with vanilla custard, topped with chocolate ganache, house whipped cream

                                                                                                                    • Mama's Gelatos & SorbettosUS$10.00

                                                                                                                      Mama's housemade gelatos and sorbets

                                                                                                                      • BombaUS$10.00

                                                                                                                        Spumoni-style topped with chocolate

                                                                                                                        Wine

                                                                                                                        Glass $14 | Bottle $45

                                                                                                                          White Wine

                                                                                                                          • Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay

                                                                                                                            • Villa Pozzi Pinot Grigio

                                                                                                                              • Benziger Sauvignon Blanc

                                                                                                                                Red Wine

                                                                                                                                • Brancaia Tre Tuscan

                                                                                                                                  • Castello Montauto Chianti

                                                                                                                                    • Monrosso Tuscan Red Blend

                                                                                                                                      By the Bottle

                                                                                                                                      • Campogrande OrvietoUS$45.00

                                                                                                                                        • Feudi di San Gregorio FalanghinaUS$45.00

                                                                                                                                          • Gerard Bertrand RoséUS$45.00

                                                                                                                                            • Tolosa No Oak ChardonnayUS$56.00

                                                                                                                                              • Pieropan Soave ClassicoUS$45.00

                                                                                                                                                • Tolosa Heritage Pinot NoirUS$66.00

                                                                                                                                                  • Pallazo della Torre VeroneseUS$60.00

                                                                                                                                                    • Wolff Petite SirahUS$60.00

                                                                                                                                                      • Tenuta Polvaro NeroUS$60.00

                                                                                                                                                        • Montepulciano d'AbruzzoUS$45.00

                                                                                                                                                          • Marchesi BaroloUS$45.00

                                                                                                                                                            • Wente Estate MerlotUS$45.00

                                                                                                                                                              • Cusumano Nero d'AvolaUS$45.00

                                                                                                                                                                • Weinert Cabernet SauvignonUS$45.00

                                                                                                                                                                  • Silk & Spice Red BlendUS$42.00

                                                                                                                                                                    Beverages

                                                                                                                                                                    • Iced TeaUS$3.00

                                                                                                                                                                      • LemonadeUS$3.00

                                                                                                                                                                        • San Pellegrino SodaUS$5.00

                                                                                                                                                                          • San Pellegrino Sparkling WaterUS$5.00

                                                                                                                                                                            • CoffeeUS$4.00

                                                                                                                                                                              • EspressoUS$4.00

                                                                                                                                                                                • CappuccinoUS$4.00

                                                                                                                                                                                  • LatteUS$4.00

                                                                                                                                                                                    Sodas

                                                                                                                                                                                    $3

                                                                                                                                                                                    • Coca-Cola

                                                                                                                                                                                      • Diet Coke

                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sprite

                                                                                                                                                                                          • Dr Pepper

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Last updated: 3 February 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                    What 862 people are saying

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    4.6
                                                                                                                                                                                                    4.6 based on recent ratings
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 4.6Food
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 4.5Service
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 4.4Ambience
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 4.4Value

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great food in a casual environment. Enjoyed celebrating Mother's Day here!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Truly a taste of Italy, flavourable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 30 April 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Because you had a large catering order, we did wait for quite some time for our meals. The Bread nibbles helped satiate our hunger. My meal, the Gnocchi alla Sorrentina had way too much sauce and the mozzarella cheese was in huge gooey chunks, not pleasant to eat. Serving it in a pizza crust was not necessary. The crust was not tasty, and did not add to the meal. The other three people enjoyed their entrees of lasagne.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Awesome absolutely awesome

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lala

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 10 April 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      We loved the ambiance. Very cozy & family oriented. We had Calamari & Bruschetta which were both DELICIOUS. We also had cheese & spinach ravioli & meatballs & Chicken Parmigiana which were also very DELICIOUS. I would definitely comeback again & would also recommend to my friends & family.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      ItalyinSLO

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 9 April 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      We met the chef (maybe owner?) at the Thursday night farmer's market. We let him know we already had a reservation for the next night (found on Yelp). He was so enthusiastic and suggested we order Mama's Famous Mac & Cheese. We took his advice and weren't disappointed! We also got the Bruschetta Fresco which was so yummy! My hubby got the calzone which was as wide as the big plate it was served on. Oh my, and the "bread," which were essentially garlic knots, were so addicting! I'm looking forward to going back on our next visit to SLO.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 4 April 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mama's Meatball never fails to meet or exceed expectations. This is the second time we've taken our picky eating grandkids to Mama's. Why, because they eat every bit of their entrees....and the adults feel the same way. It didn't matter if we ordered a pizza or one of the Gnocchi's or the simple spaghetti and Meatball (actually there were 2 of them) or the ravioli or anything else...it's all good...try the calamari too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Amazing food and amazing staff

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      The waitress forgot to put in my order obviously. She came to the table, asked me what I ordered. Then went back to the kitchen and brought out everyone’s order except mine. She said she’d check on mine and then came back to the table and said they were running behind on my order. However food was being delivered to tables all around me to guest that came after us. Finally 35 minutes later my food finally arrived. It was clear she had not put it in until after she asked me what I had ordered

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      TimNB

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 30 March 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great find in SLO! We had lasagna and the lamb dish. Both were superb!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      MargaretC

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      We eat here whenever in SLO & even though my daughter lives there, she is always happy to have a meal there!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      megdarlin

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 24 March 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      My husband and I love eating at Mama’s Meatball! The food is exquisite, great wine selection and great service. Our server is Damien and he is so friendly, conscientious and professional…he makes the experience so pleasant…just an all around great place to dine! 👏🏼 BRAVO BRAVO! 👏🏼

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 24 March 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Soggy previously frozen tiramisu, salty food & luke warm meatballs. I wouldn’t go back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      AlexxisH

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 17 March 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just want to start off by saying that everything was absolutely wonderful from start to finish! I took my love to celebrate our 4 year anniversary & they were so accommodating. Our server was phenomenal and overall all staff were courteous and work hard. I highly recommend you go to Mamas Meatballs as they are better than other Italian joints in town.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cheryl

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 15 March 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      This was not my previous experience with Mamas - the food was not exceptional. The rack of lamb was overcooked and drowned in a red sauce. Both pasta dishes arrived lukewarm at best. Bread knots were not warm and very hard. The caesar was large but lacked dressing.However the meatballs were as always, delicious. Maybe an off night, but we were disappointed for a birthday dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maureen

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Central Coast

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 13 March 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      We had a lovely lunch at Mama’s Meatballs to celebrate a birthday. They took care of us from the moment we walked in until when we left. A good time was had by all and the food was wonderful. Highly recommended!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bridget

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Central Coast

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 6 March 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great restaurant to go to when your parents are in town, a little pricey but again… parents. Food was so good, desserts are out of this world. Very nice servers as well. Makes you feel like you’re in any Italians pantry with the wall of dried pastas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      GinaB

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Central Coast

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 4 March 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mama's famous mac and cheese with braised pork ribs was SO delicious! My new favorite restaurant in SLO.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      WilliamA

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Orange County

                                                                                                                                                                                                      9 reviews

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 1 March 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Overall the food was good and the service excellent. Kudos to our server, Hannah- She was terrific. The fettuccine Alfredo was bland but the other dishes were good

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Krys

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Central Coast

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 27 February 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Delicious, fresh, affordable Italian cuisine. One of our favorite spots!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Joyce

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Central Coast

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                      3.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 27 February 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall3food4service2ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I ordered Ossobuco. Above the entrees, it states that they are served with steamed organic vegetables and potatoes. I did not get either one. In the description of the Ossobuco, it states "Braised veal shank with vegetables in a white wine sauce, served with Parmesan cheese risotto." When I asked the waitress for the vegetables and potatoes, she asked about it and told me that they are only braised with them, they don't come with the meal, even though it says served with vegetables and potatoes. They would not honor what the menu said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    24. RG

                                                                                                                                                                                                      ReshmaG

                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 27 February 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lovely homely ambiance, delicious entrees - with extra sauce( home style!) will definitely go back

                                                                                                                                                                                                    25. K

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Katrina

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Orange County

                                                                                                                                                                                                      67 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      67 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 27 February 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Excellent service from Cambria and the owner Nicola. We couldn’t find our discount for an appetizer and he gave it to us. Excellent Sangiovese wine and food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      None

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Seattle

                                                                                                                                                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 26 February 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great restauran, with tasty food and friendly staff

                                                                                                                                                                                                    27. SW

                                                                                                                                                                                                      StanW

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Central Coast

                                                                                                                                                                                                      9 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      9 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 25 February 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                      This is one of our favorite places to dine in SLO. We love the salmon piccata. They offer some delicious gluten-free options as well. The only issue can be parking, especially on Thursdays when SLO has its farmer’s market nearby.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Linda

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Las Vegas

                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 25 February 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Everything here is always delicious and it's quiet enough that you can actually talk to each other - LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Davidb

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 21 February 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall3food5service2ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The host put us in the front close to the door which was cold when the door opened. We had reservations and I asked if she had any other tables. She said no but within 10 minutes a couple was seated away from the door. Another couple came in and they too were seated away from the door. So the hist lied. We went to this restaurant because they have pasta ravioli. Nope they didn't have any. Waitress never checked if everything was ok or if we needed anything else after the dinner was served. Food was very good. Unfortunately we won't be back

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Terce

                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Diego

                                                                                                                                                                                                      9 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      9 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 21 February 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                      My first experience was 10 years ago. Still a delicious bet for Italian food in SLO.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    31. S

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sophie

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 20 February 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lovely restaurant! The food was great and the setting was very romantic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    32. JS

                                                                                                                                                                                                      JonathanS

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Los Angeles

                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 20 February 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall3food3service2ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                      This restaurant came highly recommended but unfortunately it didn't live up to our expectations We had reservations at 730 and arrived early, at 725. We were told that the party before us was late and it put everything behind. We were not seated until 8. The food was good but a bit pricey

                                                                                                                                                                                                    33. JH

                                                                                                                                                                                                      JasonH

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 19 February 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                      This was a great find. Driving 40 minutes was well worth it. Finding parking was difficult though, so bring some quarters (at least $3 worth) and don’t order the crème brûlée. It was good, but cold. All of the other pasta dishes we ate were great!! Highly recommended.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    34. LD

                                                                                                                                                                                                      LeeD

                                                                                                                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 15 February 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                      All the options on the fixed menu made it a nice challenge to decide which to select for our dinner choices.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    35. w

                                                                                                                                                                                                      woodyc

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Central Coast

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 14 February 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                      been there many times. overall great but always a bit chilly inside

                                                                                                                                                                                                    36. MD

                                                                                                                                                                                                      MichaelD

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Los Angeles

                                                                                                                                                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 13 February 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall3food3service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Server was great. Food was okay. Disappointed in the bread provided.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    37. SL

                                                                                                                                                                                                      SheriL

                                                                                                                                                                                                      London

                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 6 February 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Delicious food and good service!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    38. JP

                                                                                                                                                                                                      JoeP

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 30 January 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                      An excellent culinary adventure in Little Italy. A warm welcome and professional service throughout the evening. Tried two of the pasta dishes. The homemade fettuccine was wonderful and the gluten-free pasta and vodka cream sauce was also a big hit. Split a salad before dinner. Enjoyed the profiteroles for dessert. All excellent. Bon appétit!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    39. SL

                                                                                                                                                                                                      SLORicky

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Central Coast

                                                                                                                                                                                                      24 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      24 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 20 January 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great food in a nice atmosphere. Only a slight downgrade on service. My wife and I both had appitizers. The wait staff took our knives off the appitizer plates and put them back on the table, rather than replace the knives with clean ones. A bit tacky.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    40. JH

                                                                                                                                                                                                      JanaH

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on 17 January 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Delicious! Authentic Italian cuisine. Friendly staff. Great atmosphere.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Safety precautions

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cleaning & sanitising

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Contactless payment available
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Physical distancing

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Limited number of seated diners
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Extra space between tables
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Protective equipment

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Waiting staff wear masks
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Screening

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                                                                                                                                                                                    FAQs

                                                                                                                                                                                                    You can order delivery directly from Mama's Meatball using the Order Online button. Mama's Meatball also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 544-0861.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mama's Meatball is rated 4.6 stars by 862 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Google Map for Mama's Meatball

                                                                                                                                                                                                    570 Higuera St. Suite 130 San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Additional information

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cross Street

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nipomo St.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Luis Obispo

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hours of Operation

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tue–Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cuisines

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Italian, Seafood, Comfort Food

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dining style

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Casual Dining

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dress Code

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Casual Dress

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Parking Details

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Private Lot

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Payment Options

                                                                                                                                                                                                      AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Executive Chef

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nicola Allegretta

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Additional

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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