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About 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.

570 Higuera St. Suite 130
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm & 4:30pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Nipomo St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 544-0861

Website:
http://www.mamasmeatball.com/

Executive Chef:
Nicola Allegretta

Additional:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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!

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Mamma's Meattball will be open all Day in occation of Christmas Eve we will be offering our Regular Menu and as well Specials Traditionals Italian Christmas Dishes Buon Natale

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Mamma's Meatball will be open in occation on the New Year to come we invite you to celebrate with us in a Grande Veglione Night Live Music Good Food and a lot of Fun , Buon Anno !

Mama's Meatball Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
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Cozy (16)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Authentic (15)
Special Occasion (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Casual (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Romantic (10)
Business Meals (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Fun (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Simply the best. The food and service is outstanding!!!

Tags: Great Beer, Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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·Dined 7 days ago

If I could give the food a 6 star, I would. It is so delicious. The other aspect that deserves a six star is the service. Bravo and thank you! You made our night special and memorable and the service was excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent service paired with excellent food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My daughter goes to Cal Poly. Every time we come to town she wants to go to Mamas meatballs. She loves their food and everything about the restaurant. The service is ALWAYS excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I always enjoy Mama's. The service is invariably friendly and prompt. The food is excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Casual
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food5
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Have seen many recommendations and definitely lived up to them! Excellent meal, attentive staff, and wonderful atmosphere!

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Lovely and charming restaurant. Amazing and friendly staff ... Food was also excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun
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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This restaurant is small but the food is fantastic. The service is the best and they make you feel at home. This is a must go to if you come to San Luis Obispo.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Food was fantastic, service a bit slow. but our lovely waiter comped us a glass of wine to make up for it.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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service3
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Seriously good. Foody Italian Paradise! Enjoyed Risotto Milanese with Bone Marrow- Can't quit thinking about it. Amazingly old world touch. Not to be missed!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 19, 2017

An exceptional Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown SLO. Located in the old Creamery complex which is currently undergoing some additions so you'll have to park on the street. It is a very short walk to the restaurant and you wont be disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

The Spaghetti Carbonara and the beet salad were outstanding. Travis, our waitperson was unbelievably helpful. The very sorbet could have been more flavorful, berry it was still quite satisfactory after a great meal. We love Mama’s Metball—long may it delight the palates of SLOtown!

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Always one of my favs! Never ever lets me down! The staff is always so welcoming and friendly. The food is always consistently wonderful. And the ambience is spot on. This will always be my go to restaurant

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I love the relaxed feeling of this place and suggested we celebrate our nephews birthday at Mamas Meatballs. Food is authentic and delicious with affordable prices and worth the drive to dine here. Servers treat you like family. We will be back!

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Fun
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Loved it - all three of us enjoyed our meals and drinks, dessert was delicious, and the service was outstanding. Recommend the Oricchiette con Bracie and the pasta with Bolognese and meatballs - especially with the house-made linguine.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Mama's meatball is one of SLO'S best restaurants.

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

We always return to Mama's Meatball. We have been there 5 times in the last 2 years even though we live 5 hours away. With all the new construction it is harder to find, but just follow the scent of the wonderfully cooked food and you will arrive on their doorstep. We are hoping to return sooner than later. This time we missed out server, Patrick, who retired. iLARIOwas still very entertaining. Great dinner.
Big G and little t

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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food5
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great Italian food at a reasonable price. It was rather noisy when we went though that could be that all the tables were filled. Service was decent, they didn't check up often but water was filled and the food was hot.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Enjoyed a friendly dinner in a comfortable atmosphere with attentive service and a home cooked meal!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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food5
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 20, 2017

We went here on a friend's recommendation. The restaurant name brought to mind a more casual, value priced place., but i spent almost twice what i was expecting. The penne pescatore was delicious, as was my wife's rigatoni with meat sauce. The wine by the glass is priced by the half-glass for $6+, too expensive for me. No craft beer available.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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food4
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value2

 
 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great authentic Italian cuisine. Good service. Remodel nice.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Fantastic food, service and atmosphere. Very authentic Italian. Love the garlic knots! A little hard to find while area undergoes renovation. However, worth the search!

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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food5
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Just a little above average food very attentive staff.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays
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food3
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Always great. We go there every time we go to SLO. Wonderful food, nice people and good value.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Our daughter's new favorite restaurant! We are new to SLO and plan to visit Mama's Meatball many times in the future.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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food5
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 3, 2017

one of my favorite places to eat! they never fail to please me completely!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Best pasta we've eaten in years. Service was excellant and the chianti fine. Would definitely return.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Went hear for the first time and was not disappointed. The food was very fresh and served hot just the way I like it. Please note that there is some construction going on now and it is located just off the main street, but there is parking in the back/side of restaurant.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

We always enjoy eating at Mama's! The service is always wonderful, and the food fantastic. Authentic Italian.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 15, 2015

Salads are fresh, main dishes were tasty and variety of good tasting desserts.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on February 13, 2015

Our second time here and we have fallen in love with everything about the place. The food, the ambience, the staff all are superb. A really special place tucked away in an old creamery makes this a San Luis Obispo gem. There are a couple of other good Italian places around, but the simplicity makes this place something special. Food stands out a little more here and all seems like some place you visit for a good home meal somewhere in Italy. Everyone seems to try and take care of you without being too much in your face. Say hello to the manager and the place just smiles
with his smile. Leaving and waving goodbye, means something here. Being from Lemoore means we can come only occasionally....until next time Mama's Meatball; you are truly a special place to enjoy. Thanks!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2015

A cute, quaint SLO longstanding Italian restaurant offers mediocre, bland faire. Not bad but certainly in need of herbs and spices. The little round garlic, olive oil covered bread bonbons are the best part of the meal. Of the three meals at the table not one was anything to go back for a second time.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 4, 2015

Great place to go for a relaxing and delicious lunch. They have a variety of choices from salad to pasta to fish/meat. The lunch menu has special offerings that combine salad, soup and entree. My favorite is the pear and gorgonzola salad and the pasta with salmon dish. We'll definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 24, 2015

When my wife and I go out we like to try different places to eat. So this time I surprised her with Mama's Meatball's. The service was wonderful and the food was even better. And the atmosphere almost makes you feel as though you're in Italy. The only minor downside was that as they got busier, which is certainly a good thing, it became quite warm. Otherwise it was a great experience, and was planning our next visit as we were walking to our car.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 21, 2015

We sought this place out since it was on the Restaurant Month list. I knew exactly what I wanted before I even arrived. Burrata! WOW they knock it out of the park topping it with pesto and Bruschetta. 2nd course was mushroom raviloi with a walnut Gorgonzola sauce. Finally the 3 course was your choice of any dessert on the menu. Tiramisu was all I saw. It was light, creamy and total perfection. The atmosphere was full of ambiance, quaint, small and quiet. The restaurant is nicely tucked away inside the Creamery in SLO.. I would say this is one of the best Italian meals I have ever experienced.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 4, 2015

I had read good reviews about this spot, but only recently found it because I happened to visit the fabric store next door and could smell the garlic! I brought my husband here for lunch, which was excellent. I had the Orecchettie con Bracoli, beef rolls filled with melted cheese on a bed of pasta with a rich red sauce--super yummy. My husband tried the Pollo Valdostano, a chicken breast covered in a garlic mushroom brown gravy that was so good I ordered it the next night when we returned with our friends visiting from out of town. Also, the little nuggets of garlic bread were delightful! Salads are great, too. I had a beet salad with candied walnuts that really hit the spot. I usually forego dessert, but had to try their creme brulee. Best I have ever tasted with the lightest custard and crunchy sugar crust. Hub had the chocolate profiterols (scrumptious!), and canoli the following night. Someday I want to try the meatballs, too!
The only downside was my friend's portion of Chicken Parmiggano could have been larger. My chicken dish had a large, pounded piece of chicken that looked to be twice as big.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 31, 2014

The food and service are always top-notched. The lasagna al forno is to die for!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 28, 2014

We order 3 entrees : Half Rack of Lamb, Risotto ai Frutti di Mare & Merluzzo all'Amalfitana. As well as we order Pana Cota, Moscatto & Black coffee for dessert. The food was excellent with beautiful presentation, but not recommended if you very hungry because the entree portion are small. At least you order 2 plates or more for yourself. Our favorite is the Lamb & the Bass. This restaurant is def a neighborhood gem.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 18, 2014

Excellent food, wonderful service, truly a terrific place to go. Small and intimate, and one of our favorites!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 9, 2014

Luckily we made reservations for this very popular and busy restaurant while visiting SLO. My husband and I shared the pear gorgonzola salad, side of meatballs, ravioli di zucca, and flourless chocolate dessert. The meal was served with these addictive garlic rolls. I ended this amazing dining experience with an espresso. Wow! Not a morsel was left on our plates!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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