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Mama's Meatball

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570 Higuera St, Suite 130 - 135, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3849 (Nipomo St.)
+1 805-544-0861
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10:30 - 14:30
16:30 - 21:30
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16:30 - 21:30
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New Jersey
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50 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We made a reservation & so should you if you are going here on a Saturday night. We were seated right on time. They serve garlic knots with the meal, not before, as someone else here mentioned, but they are so worth the wait! I've never tasted such strong, sweet garlic before & sorry I didn't ask for more. My... More 

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

Thank you for the outstanding review, Barbara and Paul! We're delighted you had such a wonderful experience with us! We strive to offer top-notch service alongside our mouthwatering dishes. Your praise lets us know we're doing our job! We look forward to hosting you again soon for another amazing experience! Have a beautiful day! More 

Ventura
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53 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Normally very good. Their website says nothing about the current renovation. No longer the main dining room, but they cramp the tables together in an utility room. Very loud to the point that I could not have a conversation with my fiancee nor could I hear the waiter describe their specials that evening. They also changed their wonderful bread policy.... More 

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

Thank you for sharing this feedback, Ralph. We are very disappointed to hear about your experience. Providing high-quality experiences is always what we strive for. We will share all of your feedback with our team moving forward. We hope you will give us another opportunity to improve your opinion of us. We would look forward to that chance. More 

Tucson, Arizona
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I were taking a road trip up the Cali coast and spent the evening in San Luis Obispo. We were looking for a cost effective casual dining experience that was a cut above your normal American burger fare and we stumbled onto Mama's Meatballs. The ambiance was warm and inviting, staff were attentive. The Maiale Alla Mostarda,... More 

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Thank Juanmt2015
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this review

Thank you for the great rating, Juan! We are very pleased to hear about the experience you and your wife had while dining with us! Providing great tasting meals and excellent service is always our highest priority. We hope you plan on stopping in again soon! We'd love to have you back! More 

Singapore
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99 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

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

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

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

Escondido, California
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

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

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Thank steidls4
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this review

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

Atascadero, California
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61 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

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

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Thank sbeck2015
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this review

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

Northampton, Massachusetts
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405 reviews
292 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

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

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

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

Pismo Beach, California
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102 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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Seattle, Washington
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182 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

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

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Thank jimbob51
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this review

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 25
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 - 14:30
16:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
10:30 - 14:30
16:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
10:30 - 14:30
16:30 - 21:30
Thursday
10:30 - 14:30
16:30 - 21:30
Friday
10:30 - 14:30
16:30 - 21:30
Saturday
10:30 - 14:30
16:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 570 Higuera St, Suite 130 - 135, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3849
    (Nipomo St.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: +1 805-544-0861
Description
Mama's Meatball offers authentic, homemade Italian dining & catering,
Our chef cultivates and harvest most of the organic produce to be used in our menu from our garden's rich soil. The idea of a garden in the city is fascinating and it allows us to keep in constant contact with nature while providing with a true Farm-to-Table experience. Furthermore, we are committed to preserve the land and its resources by providing agricultural produce, fishery and cattle livestock that adhere to strict sustainability practices. All poultry, fish, beef, and pork are sourced locally and must be, free range, organic, non-hormone treated. Just as Chef Nicola wants to pay respect to the culinary history of Italy, he is solid in his commitment to respect our land and water, with conscious usage of the resources available

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