Mama's Meatball
Mama's Meatball

Mama's Meatball

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mamasmeatball.com/
  • Phone: 8055440861x
  • 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: Seafood, Italian, 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: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Mama's Meatball reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (34)fit for foodies (34)romantic (22)special occasion (21)kid-friendly (17)good for groups (14)notable wine list (13)late-night find (6)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (3)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Hidden Gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This was our first visit to Mama's Meatball...I ordered the Pollo Romano...so much flavor "I was tempted to lick the plate"! Have told friends about our experience and look forward to returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinning gem
    Rbobbyt
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    A dinning experience beyond discription. Such old world Italian atmosphere and the food outstanding. Have added this restaurant to my personal top ten
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place!
    Porcellina
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I was visiting SLO from LA and looking specifically for pizza. I found this place online and chose it because of all the positive reviews. Well, it did not disappoint! I got the Margherita pizza w/ added sausage and it was fantastic! It was thin crust which I typically don't like because it's usually crispy but this was the best tasting thin crust I have ever had because it was soft. If you are looking for great pizza, come to Mama's Meatball! The service was also superb. We went early, 4:30pm so it was pretty quiet therefore, I can't say what it's like during the late evening/night. My friend got one of the specials and it was delicious too. Can't remember what it was but it was orecchiette with sausage in a basic but delicious sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what we expected
    DiningDan
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Having heard very good comments ranging from very good to spectacular by others who had been the Mama's, we were delighted to be able to get a late night reservation for a spur of the moment situation. It was either Mama's or Denny's. The ambiance was very nice with an old-town feel. The service was very good. The waiters were attentive and helpful with our food selection, but that is where things began to go south for us. The appetizer was a delightful experience, but the main entrees we far less than spectacular. I had to refrain from giving the meal a poor rating, only because of the appetizer. This being our first experience, the jury is still out. It could have been a bad night for them, so we will try it again someday to be fair.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everyone was happy
    scruffydan
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    4 of us celebrated a Birthday. I had a chicken pesto lasagna that was very good and the other 3 all enjoyed their fresh sea bass special. Good service, good wine, birthday desert provided.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MM has become one of our favorites
    sloelsie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This restaurant came well recommended to us. We have eaten there at least 4 times in the last month. We have found the décor , the service, and, especially, the food to be most excellent. My husband and I have dined "alone" at times. However, on several occasions, we have brought out of town guests. Everyone has enjoyed their meals tremendously. Highly recommended! Also, I like their online reservation option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always awesome!!
    DCarpe
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We have been eating at Mama's Meatballs for several years now. I love Italian and we have never been disappointed . My favorite is the butternut squash ravioli. We call the bread, little knots of heaven. But seriously, the food is always great and the service has never been anything but perfect. I do recommend a reservation if you are dining at the regular dinner hour. It gets full quickly. The dining room is small.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply the best Italian cuisine!
    food4thought
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Warm hospitality, cozy atmosphere, incredibly fresh top-quality food (including homegrown organic veg) prepared with brilliant care... Mama really does make the meatballs, and exquisite desserts, and this whole family will make you feel wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We love Mama's Meatballs Restaurant! We had a party of 8 for my son's 2nd birthday and they were so accommodating and even brought him a little treat and sang happy birthday. The food is absolutely wonderful!! We will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We go here every time we go to SLO
    daveatglendora
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Never had a bad meal here. Wait staff good. Food worth the long wait. Seemed noisier this time though. We have dined here 2-4 times a year for past ~5 years. Always make reservations w/ OpenTable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Atmosphere
    TheDude
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    It was a great evening, the service was not rushed and very polite and helpful. Lighting was soft but not dark and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never miss opportunity for Mama's
    Gramps
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife and I visit San Luis Obispo three to four times a year and make Mama's a must stop. We are never disappointed. Great food, great service and great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Local gem
    Jean
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is a stellar restaurant in all respects...food, service, and ambiance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rocco
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Nice Atmosphere
    Ctbrett
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a favorite
    JohnW90
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food
    TiaMiaOhMy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!
    RCmountain1
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian
    Pauly
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian
    yummy124
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My favorite SLO Italian stop, and my family visiting in town loved it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • slorhp
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quaint Italian
    Dishes
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JudyVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • More than Meatballs
    artc
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Wine
    Chris
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place for a Family Night
    Mominabook
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected delight
    MPboVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great find ! Food excellent would go there again when I am in town!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian Food Ever
    Noland4food
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Outstanding
    Outstanding
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This place never disappoints!!
    EnjoyingFood
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 402 reviews are from the Mama's Meatball reviews archive.
  • Excellent & authentic Italian Food
    jp4019
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We've discovered the BEST Italian!
    Just4Us
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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 !!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lucky Find
    RinSBVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable feast
    Wendy
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I liked the back alley entrance to Mama's. It makes it sort of an adventure to find. I thought the food was good, though the stuffed squash blossom appetizer was deep fried and rather bland, the pasta dishes were very good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jules
    Jules
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Omni Superb
    GeauxThreaux
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Great all around, service, food, ambiance. Took family there for my wife's birthday dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't miss this place
    Lori
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This place is GREAT! we were running late and they were very accomodating
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian food
    globaldiner
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    We had the most delicious dinner. Fennel Fritters, Garlic Bread Knots (a must!), Lasagna, Carbonara, Gnocchi, Bracciole, all delicious!! Wonderful salads.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.