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Mama's Meatball
Mama's Meatball

Mama's Meatball Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mamasmeatball.com
  • Phone: (805) 544-0861
  • Hours of Operation: Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 am to 10:00 pm
    Closed Monday's
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Nicola Allegretta
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Mama's Meatball is proud to introduce our exclusive full service catering division, Haute Catering, specializing in Weddings and Events.

    We welcome you to visit www.HauteCatering.com to see the myriad of services we have to offer for your special event. Contact our event specialist Jackeline Allegretta at 805-704-3744
  • Special Events & Promotions: Whether you are planning an intimate gathering of 5 or a celebration of 1000 attendees, no task is too large or too small; Haute Catering will set the tone for an unforgettable experience of epicurean excellence.
    Première and Launch Party
    Grand Opening
    Offsite Meetings
    On site Dinner Meetings
    Board Meetings
    Executive Retreats
    Teambuilding and Training Programs
    Incentive Programs
    Company Picnics
    Open House Receptions
    Movie Set Catering
    Private Air Travel Catering
    Trade shows
    Conventions
    Weddings
    Rehearsal dinners
    And more!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Nipomo St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Mama's Meatball
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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Diner Reviews
  • "This is a stellar restaurant in all respects...food, service, and ambiance!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We dine here because the food is always predictably very good. On our last visit, the room was very noisy and it was difficult to hear our conversations, but that must mean business is good! We will continue to patronize Mama's Meatballs."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Some of the better Italian restaurants I've been to. Portions not large, but big enough to not walk away hungry. Service was good, but could have been a bit quicker for ordering. Ambiance was quaint and nice, but small interior and no waiting area kept it from getting 5 stars. Enjoyed the food very much, and they were generous with the braided bread, which was very tasty."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Went here for husbands birthday and had a wonderful meal. Service was great and they even brought out a dessert with a candle and sang happy birthday to him. Have never been disappointed with the service or food here."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Mams's and WOW! We will definitely go back. We both ordered different nightly specials. One was an ahi tuna and the other was a filet. We also had the zucchini app...delish! We finished with a shared piece of Tiramirsou and black regular coffee. Wonderful meal, wonderful evening. It's a little loud in the open restuarant so if you're wanting a "romantic" intimate dinner this is not your place but if you want GREAT food, GREAT service and hussle and bussle around you, you'll LOVE this handsomely priced hideaway!!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Mama's was recommended to us by friends when we asked where we could find the best Italian food in SLO. Wow, were they right! Our whole family raved about the experience... We all wanted to return the next day. You won't be disappointed...."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Charming and attentive service like being entertained by friends. The food from the fresh mozzarella & speck to the meatballs, pizza, homemade ravioli, sea bass, the lightest & creamiest cannoli ever and the lattes was as good as anything we've had in Italy as well as our native Arthur Ave in the Bronx! Wish I were not on vacation and could go there regularly. It would be a sin of omission to be in the SLO area and not dine at Mama's Meatball!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "My favorite SLO Italian stop, and my family visiting in town loved it!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "the service was attentive and pleasant. on this occasion the lasange appeared to be reheated and a bit flat in flavor...perhaps it'd been frozen. the linguini pasta was not al dente but overcooked and mushy. having dined at Mama's meatball many times this meal wasn't up to par and usually the food preps are much better."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Reminds me of quaint restaurants in small towns around Italy. There were only 2 waiters servicing the entire place so don't expect rushed or hurried service, much like Italy. Great food. Especially great gluten free. One of the best GF pizza crusts I've had. I spoke with chef before leaving and was told that the flour mix was shipped from Italy. Love that commitment to quality product!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We are new to the SLO area and are starting to explore restaurants. We had the knots based on recommendations on open table and they were great. We had veal scallopini and a baked pasta. The pasta was excellent - it had eggplant in it also which gave it a perfect taste - different than other baked pastas that we've had. the veal tasted good but it was a little too thick. The Caesar salad was ok but I would probably recommend a different salad. Our server was very pleasant, informative and professional. I'm sorry that I didn't catch his name. The restaurant is small but very inviting and despite the small space, the tables are private."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "This restaurant has been in SLO for years, has a loyal following and the food quality is excellent. So is the service. My wife has special needs and they are accommodating."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Having lived in Italy for the past three years, the food at Mama’s Meatball reminded us being back in Tuscany! Their list of Italian wines is also very extensive and the wait staff is very attentive. We will defiantly be back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Amazing service and food, extremely cute little restaurant that has great lighting and is casually romantic. Food is EXCELLENT. The butternut squash ravioli is extremely savory and much more filling than I expected. Wait"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "With their varied menu, there's something for everybody from picky kids to vegetarians. The waiters were patient, the food was great, and we had a really good time."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Great find ! Food excellent would go there again when I am in town!!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We were on vacation in SLO and wanted Italian food and oh my gosh, did we find it!!! This was the best italian food EVER with good prices and great service!!! From the Meatballs to the lasagna and of course who could forget the Garlic Knot bread, ALL WONDERFUL!!! Best sauce I have ever tasted. We also indulged in Mama's homemade ricotta cheesecake (so light, not to sweet and of course scrumptious), and the homemade gelato, what can we say except DELICIOUS!!! Atmosphere was cozy and very inviting. We will go back when we return to SLO."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We love Mama's Meatball. Every time we are in San Luis Obispo, we always dine at Mama's Meatball. We love the food and of course their desserts as well and the staff are super friendly. This visit was even more memorable because we had the pleasure of meeting "Mama" and that made our dining complete."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Moma's Meatball is a special place for us. The waiters are great and the food is too. We always look forward to dining at Moma's Meatball."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We've been coming here for years and although we miss the Oceano place, we have learned to love the SLO location! Great food, great service!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Plenty of selections, attention to detail by chef and maitre d; best to have reservations if arriving for evening meal after 7pm. Next door, from same kitchen is a take out service, handy of restaurant full and you must have Italian dishes.. parking available, in a court tucked away from street."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We celebrated our son's graduation with supper at Mama's Meatballs and it was everything we hoped it to be in Italian dinning. Amazing food...we'll be back soon, thank you !!!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We felt lucky to find such a nice Italian restaurant at the last minute traveling north on 101. Service is outstanding, food very good with a great selection. We will definitely be back - lots more to try!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "There were five of us and we all found the main dishes to be delicious. Then we tried three desserts, all were fresh and wonderful. The actual restaurant is small inside but the way it was decorated made it whimsical and fun to be in. We will come back in the future."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Great all around, service, food, ambiance. Took family there for my wife's birthday dinner."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "This place is GREAT! we were running late and they were very accomodating"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We had the most delicious dinner. Fennel Fritters, Garlic Bread Knots (a must!), Lasagna, Carbonara, Gnocchi, Bracciole, all delicious!! Wonderful salads. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "First time at this restaurant and will return. On the spot service from the time we entered the restaurant until we left. Celebrated Mother's Day and my son's birthday. Enjoyed the specials and pasta dishes. All were well prepared and very tasty. My son said he will return on a date. It was a clean and nicely decorated like an outdoor French cafe. Nice place all around!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Charming little spot with great authentic Italian dishes as well as desserts. Nice touches of sugar coated rose petals on some of the dishes. Had a very nice Mothers day brunch there. Staff and owner checked on us frequently. great people, great food."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went to Mama's for Mother's Day lunch and had a very enjoyable and delicious meal. The service was perfect and everyone enjoyed! I believe this is family run and many of the recipes are unique. There were many specials among the extensive main menu. And yes the meatball are great. The restaurant is somewhat hidden in the Creamery, but worth the endeavor for a great meal and reasonable prices. We will definitely return on our next trip to Cal Poly. Truly a find! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Couple people said service was a nightmare, but Krishna waited on us and a more mature gentlemen was there as well. We were promptly greeted, seated, had drinks, took dinner order and food arrived promptly, although dining room was mostly full. Overheard several people tell wait staff how good their meal was. Romano Chicken was TERRIFIC - amazing sauce! Chianti wait staff recommended was very nice too. Not a huge fan of west coast take on Tiramisu."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Mama's is our "Go To Place" ! The food is very reasonable and always great! A very good wine list that starts in the 20's and works it's way up. The menu has a wide range but I love the seafood pasta is incredible. If you are looking for a fast dinner this is not the place for you. We celebrated our 44th here and we still like talking to each other and there is time for that. Turning tables is not their goal!!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "I loved this eatery in the past. They changed menu and plates. The plates make the food look unappetizing. The portions are smaller and the Osso Bucco was tough, undercooked, and $24.00 for 4 bites. So disappointing with our meal and experience. We will not be back anytime soon. We will let everyone we know not to expect much if they go. Bummer! We used to really enjoy this place. Nothing last forever."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The minute I walked in, I got an unfriendly vibe from the waiters. They seemed very in personable and awkward for being in such a nice restaurant. All I expect is a friendly smile, glass of water, and a "how is everything?" Is that too much to ask? Instead, I was just rushed to my seat wear is at for ten minutes without so much as a friendly greeting. All three waiters just seemed unfamiliar with interacting with customers. One even insulted me right in front of my family about picking up the tab. As for the food, it was delicious. Great portions and prices. However, because I never want to interact with the service again, I may not be going back. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "great experience! the spaghetti and lasagna were awesome! Great service!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Mama's is the best in San Luis and is a must if you like Italian food."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Have been here many times. Food is always outstanding and reasonably priced. Service was a bit slow this time, something not seen before."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "My wife and I have dined at Mama's Meatball a number of times. After the first 3 or 4 times, we were recognized by name and promptly seated. The waiters have always been friendly, attentive and competent. It feels like coming home when we eat at Mama's Meatball. This restaurant is great for most occasions unless you're looking for something quiet and/or private. The tile floors and hard walls do make for a noisier atmosphere and the tables are pretty close together so it's not possible to guarantee your conversation remains private. The food at Mama's Meatball is delicious but just a tad pricey. You more than get what you pay for though so it's definitely worth a splurge every now and then."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Mama's Meatball is a family-run restaurant in the Creamery in San Luis Obispo, offering a wide selection of both southern and northern Italian favorites including thin crust pizza, eggplant parmagiana & risotto con funghi. They have a wide selection of both local and Italian wines to accompany their food, and desserts made by Mama Allegreta herself. The linguini with seafood I had was outstanding and the chocolate torte was wonderful."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Our dinner was fabulous,impeckable service and the ambiance was grerat ! We drove 70 miles round trip for dinner. Which I feel says a lot for any restaurant ! Mama;'s Meat Ball is a great dinning experience. Ann Kneer"
    Dined on 4/3/2014