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Mama's Meatball
Mama's Meatball

Mama's Meatball Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mamasmeatball.com
  • Email: nicola@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
    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
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "We went to this restaurant based on reviews on Open Table. We were not disappointed. There was a group of 9 of us and we had a very nice evening. the food quality and flavor was excellent from the appetizers to the desserts. Our waiter was very helpful and attentive. He gave us recommendations of dishes to try and again we were not disappointed. For the price we paid including two bottles of wine it was well worthwhile and affordable! We will visit again!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Mama's Meatball is an authentic, rustic Italian restaurant, featuring local produce. Chef Nicola is amazing. The meal was soon good, I dreamed about it that night."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Service was extremely slow....and not because they were busy, frankly our waiter just didn't seem to care. Our table of four walked in and the two servers for the dining room were standing by the bar talking. They didn't acknowledge us, they just kept on with their conversation before finally seating us. The server then didn't come to take our order for a good 15 minutes. He was very knowledgeable and honest about the menu which we liked. But frankly it was so empty in there at this point that it seemed like he was trying to be slow or just didn't care about our table. We skipped dessert because we had somewhere to go, and good thing too, it took us 10 minutes for him to run our check. The food tasted great so I'll just stick with to-go."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Met with family to celebrate the birth of a new grandchild. Service and food was wonderful, along with good appetizers. Would recommend you give it a try."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Comfortable table for 5 looking out across the high-ceilinged and attractive dining room - waiter had an authentic and engaging personality. Margherita pizza shared as an appetizer was splendidly thin-crusted and oozing with quality mozzarella - liked it. Dishes ranged from rigatoni with sausage (smaller portion than other dishes), lasagne with side meatball, pesto/chicken lasagne (tasty, but tad rich), seafood pasta (good), and nightly special - mushroom ravioli with gorgonzola cream (good). Beet salad was nice, the Caesar needs a little oomph. Tasty garlic knots (on the table) and desserts - really liked the cannoli. Nice large glasses of wine too. Attractive, pleasant environment for enjoying unpretentious/satisfying Italian food."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Although the main dining area is small, I've never had to wait (I do recommend reservations on weekends). The ambiance can be a little loud and the seating cramped but once you're comfortably seated, it melts into a cozy dining experience. I'm aware the service has a reputation for being slow but I've yet to encounter a problem. I've dined here 3 times and immensely enjoyed the risotto, ravioli and lamb shank. Guests I brought seem drawn to the 12" individual pizzas and the ones who have been to Italy are impressed with their authenticity. The wine and corkage prices seem reasonable as well as dessert prices. I've always left immensely satisfied and felt my business was appreciated. Mama's gets an unqualified recommendation from me."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Enjoyed the meal, service and friendly waiter. The salad greens were crisp and very fresh. The pumpkin ravioli was excellent and very delicate and tasty. Will return to try some of the other entrees."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We attended for a birthday celebration. The food was good although portions very small. When we reminded the waiter that it was a birthday in our party he acknowledged. Shortly later he simply plopped a candle on a bare plate down in front of my daughter. A short while later the entire staff sang happy birthday at another table. When we asked our waiter what happened he said " you don't want to hear me sing." I was greatly disappointed. We sang on our own. This was the only time ever I did not leave one cent for a tip, but did write in the tip line "sing". I hope they got the point."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Food was fantastic and the service was great. I have a very serious seafood allergy and they took it seriously. Celebrated a birthday and they were accomadating in allowing us to bring in a cake."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This wonderful family-run restaurant serves the best Italian cuisine in SLO with warmth and style. They also provide amazing catering services."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The atmosphere here is the best! Makes you feel like you truly are in Italy!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food was very good, as was service on a very busy Saturday night. Make a reservation. We were happy that we did."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food, service and ambiance is excellent...i like that it is quiet and makes you feel like you are in italy..."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We try to eat there every time we visit our son at Cal Poly. It's just as good as our favorite Italian restaurant at home. Don't miss the baked penne."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Great service, fantastic food, wonderful atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We found that the the staff was not welcoming nor experienced; and there seemed to be a lack of coordination/process between the kitchen and the food servers. We witnessed a frantic, "opening day" kind of evening; the service was very slow and inattentive. Numerous dishes were surprisingly unavailable (including the restaurant's signature salad dressing) and there was little flexibility regarding alternative food preparation. Although the entrees once served were hot in temperature, we found them to be tasteless, bland and pedestrian."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Very impressed with the temperature of the food ordered. Nothing better than hot food and mine was served very hot. Love!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Delectable pasta dishes and fine wine choices. This is a small, quaint authentic Italian restaurant in an unassuming locale in downtown San Luis Obispo. Prices are appropriate for all dishes. Ideal for couples and small groups but not if you are on a limited student budget."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Maybe it was the special day with the special person but I really enjoyed this cozy Italian restaurant. Mamas meatball seemed very authentic and the food was wonderful. My girlfriend and I especially enjoyed the warm little bread balls that came with our food."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Love the food very good flavor, and the staff make it feel so special and the little rolls are yum"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I went here on Valentines with my girlfriend and it was the perfect choice. Amazing food, great service and a very beautiful restaurant. Situated in The Old Creamery it fits perfectly in to the environment and San Luis Obispo's downtown. I definitely would recommend anyone a visit to this restaurant, no matter if it's for Valentines or just a weekly dinner. You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Good, reasonably-priced food in a casual atmosphere. Great dessert menu."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "We loved our Caesar salad, veal saltimboca and spaghetti carbonara. All were outstanding. The service was excellent but we feel the corkage fee is too high, especially if bringing a SLO county wine."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Great food, good service and good value.what more could you ask?Be sure to make a reservation or you won't get in."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We've been here before. We've even had our server, Patrick, several times. The food & service are always great. When we got there the place was pretty full. We were seated immediately & brought bread & drinks. We both started with salad, not large by any means, but enough to take care of any hunger pains. They had wonderful specials, but we decided on their lasagne & veal parmigiana. Both were delicious & plentiful. We ended our meal with cannoli & profiteroles. Yum! The only negative is that parking isn't always easy to find. There's a small parking lot, but we ended uphaving to parking on the street. Parking's free after 6PM, but we were earlier & had to dig up quarters to pay the meter. Not a big deal, but good to know in advance."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Great place!! Staff made us feel like regular customers although it was only the second time there. Friendly, conversant, and fun. Food was delicious. Mama's Meatball knows how to make customers glad they went out for dinner!!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Great food but resteraunt needs to be bigger. Not crazy about location."
    Dined on 3/30/2013
  • "We went on New Year's eve as a spur of the moment. The atmosphere was good the service was great food was delicious. The appetizer was smaller than expected but still delicious."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Ambiance was nice, with an intimate set-up but also not too casual for a romantic night out. The servers took a while before attending to us, however, they were all very friendly. Pricing was reasonable, but my bf and I thought the food was so-so. He ordered Risotto and it tasted bland. My meatballs (appetizers) were ok. Nothing outstanding. They really just tasted like a balled-up meatloaf. Their bread on the other hand was awesome. Fresh and perfect bite size. Maybe their other entrees would have left a better taste in our mouth, but based on my one experience there, I would not say their food was great."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My husband and I travel to San Luis Obispo once or twice a year, and we always make it a point to have dinner at Mama's Meatball. The food is fabulous, very friendly efficient service, and the ambience of this little restaurant is so charming. My husband had the spaghetti and meatballs, and I had the eggplant parmesean. Both were outstanding. The little bread knots are to die for. We also shared a roasted beet salad which did not disappoint. I highly recommend this wonderful Italian restaurant, and be sure to make a reservation as it is very popular and does book up."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "My husband and I always enjoy dining at Mama's Meatball. The food is delicious and there is a lot to choose from. The staff is friendly and I would recommend making reservations for the evening. You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "We had not eaten at Mama's for quite a while because we were disappointed in our last visit. Well, things are back on track; the food was excellent and very reasonably priced. We will become regulars again."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "We have been to this restaurant many times and it continues to impress us. The food is very good and the owner and staff are very friendly. It is nice to find an authentic Italian restaurant as they are hard to come by in the central coast. We always come with a large group and everyone truly enjoys their meal and experience."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "My family could not stop raving about their food and their experience here. Expect us to be back!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Had an 8-person Thanksgiving Dinner here, complete with 4 young children, and the place was fine and accommodating."
    Dined on 11/28/2013