We were visiting from out
We were visiting from out of state and was able to get early reservations with ease.
It is a little hard to find but worth it when you do. Food was very good and service was as well. We would eat here again.
3/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
cant believe the service
Would have been five star but are server forgot to put are food order in so it took a long time, then we had to ask him twice for a box to go!, the food was outstanding, I was a little disappointed.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We eat at Mama's frequently
We eat at Mama's frequently and enjoy the consistently excellent Italian food. We appreciate the choice of portion sizes. The service is excellent and is definitely a neighborhood gem.
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best in SLO!
This is a great find. The good was amazing. The service was great. All four if us ages 19-46 loved it!
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
A fantastic dining experience!!!
A fantastic dining experience!!! Our server was amazing!!! The food was first rate!!!
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
We never go wrong with choosing
We never go wrong with choosing to dine at Mama's Meatball. We frequent this gem 2-3 times a month. We have never had a bad meal or bad service. Patrick is always charming as our server!
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
I have previously written
I have previously written a review, and will continue to return to Mamas as it's one of our favorite places for both lunch and dinner.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
My first time at Mama's and
My first time at Mama's and it made me wonder why it took so long! Really good food, lots of it and at a good price.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Birthday meal was a hit
Went for my birthday...food was great as always...service good...had a great time.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mama's Meatball is wonderful!
We had a party of 12 for lunch celebrating a wedding. They accommodated us with open arms and anything we wanted, we got. Extensive menu that is sure to please everyone in your party. There were several different dishes ordered/served and everyone was very happy with their meal. Everyone asked me how I found this place. I found it through the reviews on Open Table and Yelp. This place isn't fancy, it's comfortable and delicious! We will definitely go there again. Caution though, you don't see the restaurant from the street. There's a little driveway that takes you off the main street and then you'll see it on your right. Pay close attention to the address. Enjoy!!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
An Italian Gem in San Luis Obispo!
Veal Parmesan was excellent! My husband ordered the Calzone and it was enormous and delicious-the best ricotta cheese ever. The waitress was friendly and funny but not overly present which was perfect. Everything was great. Definitely a favorite dining experience.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
For a GREAT Meal, try Mama's Meatba
As always, Mama's Meatball was excellent. It's my favorite place to go, for either lunch or dinner. And Nicola is my favorite chef.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a good experience
We have eaten here several times and have never been disappointed. Good food, good menu, good service and good prices. Especially appreciate the option to order "small plates."
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome evening at Mama's!
Mama's Meatball has such great food and it's obviously made with lotsa love! All the servers truly enjoy working there and it clearly shows in their passion.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and service was wonderful...the prices are right...I would go back often if I lived close enough...very authentic
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect place to go
Mama's Meatball is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is excellent and the service is very welcoming. My husband and I have been here several times and not once have had anything to complain about. the atmosphere is very romantic and the prices are great. The portions are generous.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was pleasantly surprised
I was pleasantly surprised by the remodel looks very nice. The service actually improved as well.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food at Mama's is very good and reasonable priced. Dishes come in small and regular size. Small was plenty and the average pasta dish cost about $12-$13. The ambiance is nothing special but the food more than makes up for that.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a small restaurant so I suggest you have reservations. They are always very busy so service can be a little slow but wait staff is never standing around always moving between tables to check on everyone. Nice wine list. The quality of the food is outstanding. We always eat here when we are in the SLO area. So glad we found this place a few years ago.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding. It is very consistent. We were there on Cal Polys graduation and didn't expect good service but we did get excellent personalized service.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A real find in SLO
This is a great little restaurant hidden in a small shopping plaza in downtown SLO. Great little rolls. The menu is extensive. I have yet to have a bad meal here. The pizza is quite good. Pasta is home made and very good.
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A notable evening
Already one of our favorite restaurants, the food is consistently great. Added plus, waiters that are knowledgable, friendly and I love how they all help serve your food when you have a group. Our friends commented that it was a memorable evening. A gem of great Italian food!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Little Italy in SLO
Nice restaurant with plenty of atmosphere tucked away in the heart of San Luis Obispo. Wait staff all terrific and seemed genuinely happy we were there. Nicely decorated so you could imagine you were sitting in the middle of a plaza in Italy. Beet salad totally yummy, and my eggplant was a real find -- not soupy or gooey, but breaded and firm and quite delicious. Prices very reasonable. Couldn't have been happier. We will be back!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was outstanding and the food great too! We will be back!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mama's Meatball always manages to blow me away. They are always so friendly, accommodating and speedy. The food is always excellent, no matter what you get. Definitely recommended for a romantic get away or just a nice dinner. I have never tried them for lunch.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and wine and staff.
Great food and wine and staff. We go to SLO once a year for a bike ride and always eat at Mama's Meatballs and have never been disappointed with the food or service.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our student son wanted Italian when visited recently. We chose Mama's Meatball because it was closest and could walk there from Creekside Brewery. The place was nicer than expected and we all agreed that the food was great, from pasta to meatball to salmon.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another enjoyable experience
We live out of town but whenever we come to San Luis or near by we love to come to mamma's meatball. We love the food and the servers always pleasant. We like small quaint restaurants where your are not rushed. Who'll look forward to dining here again.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, service and value
If you want a great italian dinner experience without the fancy, mamas meat balls
Is the place for a romantic dinner for two.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were taken to Mama's Meatball by friends. "What kinda place could this possibly be with such a name?", we thought. It's an incredible find and we'll certainly be back.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The meatballs were delicious, as was everyone's food in our group of seven. We had a variety of dishes, appetizers, and all delicious. The little bread "knots" ore awesome. Everything was great, will dine here again on next visit.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
As the title says, this place is excellent every time we go there. You do need a reservation for weekend dinners, but its fairly easy to get one, and I'd say it is one of the best Italian places in SLO. Definitely recommend it!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
What Italian food should be
Too many "Italian" restaurants rely on big red sauce and think they've got it right. Not Mama's. I had a wonderful veal piccata, my wife had risotto with mushrooms and one of Mom's famous meatballs (it was smooth & flavorful!) The antipasto plate was a perfect starter. Add a bottle of excellent Chianti and we dined like royalty for less than $100. NOTE: The restaurant is in an alley off the main street of its address. If you see "The Creamery", turn right into the driveway and you will see the sign on your right.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love Mama's Meatballs.
We love Mama's Meatballs. The food is always delicious and consistent. The staff is friendly and efficient.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
what a great find
Well worth finding this jem. We had 3.5 star food for a very reasonable price. Very fun evening.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always a Winner
We love to go to Mama's in general, but it's become a tradition to celebrate birthday's there. We love the local feel, with a bit of crowded italian restaurant feel. The ambiance is always energetic and fun. Food consistently flavorful and served HOT! Good & efficient wait staff.
Only one negative - the front door tends to have people standing in it and open. Would be great if they could find a solution to get the access modified somehow. Won't stop us from dining there again though!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
My family of 6 had a reservation for a Friday night. We were seated promptly, attended to consistently, the food was great, the atmosphere was fun.....I would suggest it!
I had my four boys ages 8-15 with me and was concerned about service since I had read some concerning reviews..... there was not a hint of attitude form the server, even though we shared some plates and didn't buy drinks.
As we left my teen son said "Italy is right through those doors!"
It felt like a little vacation. : )
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food made by real Italians (we could hear them talking to each other in Italian in the kitchen)! The Gnocchi was the best we had in a long time..perfect texture! If I lived in SLO, I would definitely return!
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
We love this resturants' food regularly but this year we went for their thanksgiving dinner. Incredible. Best thanksgiving dinner and no work on my part.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ok, Italian and turkey is not traditional but we had a very pleasant surprise because in the day of early black friday it was great place to relax and enjoy a turkey dinner made non traditionally. First, it was not a place where the throngs were moving thru the buffet line or had to wait for a reservation. We were seated promptly, the pace relaxing, staff friendly and the food outstanding. Cannot wait to go back and try the regular menu and report back on that.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM