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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!

Mama's Meatball Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Cozy (19)
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Authentic (19)
Casual (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Special Occasion (17)
Comfort Food (16)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Romantic (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Business Meals (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Fun (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Quick Bite (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Healthy (3)
Seasonal (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Hard to find - but worth it! "Bread knots" yummy. Wine list a bit pricy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Delicious food, friendly service. Will definitely go back, this will be our go to spot in SLO.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was a great dinner with delicious food. Of course I had to try the meatball. Delicious. Try it. Service was good also.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We dined at Mama's before attending the Symphony on New Year's. The food, the service, and the atmosphere was outstanding. What a great memory to start our evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Cozy
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Poor service and food, some of which did not reflect what was on the menu. Would definitely not return.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great Italian food. Although we don’t live around SLO, we visit the area a few times a year. Mama’s Meatball is always one of our favorite places to eat. Their homemade meatballs are one of our favorites. The service is prompt, friendly, and frequent enough to see to our needs. Good beverages as well. We’ve sampled lemonade to coffee to wines. Love them all. The whole staff make their patrons feel welcome and quite satisfied with th entire dining experience. It’s not a large restaurant, and is often very busy, even on weeknights. Reservations are a good idea. (We use Open Table) I highly recommend this place for a great Italian meal.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Healthy
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food5
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

The homemade pasta was out of this world as was the delicate sauce for the linguine pescatore. The seafood was fresh and tasty. My partner had meatballs and spaghetti which was also excellent. Questa cena era excellente! Bravissio!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

From the moment we walked in, Mama's was so accommodating! We were greeted with a friendly smile and seated promptly. Had reservations for Christmas Eve and could see why we needed them. The place seemed packed so smart move by us! Once seated, our waitress was sweet and took our order quickly. We ordered two simple classics, the sketti and meatballs and Oglio pasta! Both were made with perfection. The flavor of the meatsauce in the sketti was rich and full of flavor. Very filling. The oglio was perfectly done aldente and just the right amount of garlic. My only complaint was, I wished I had more...lol! We also got the little bread balls and those were so buttery topped with that good ole garlic flavor. Over, our experience was perfect! As you can see, Christmas Eve dinner was perfect and just right!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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food5
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

After hearing a rumor that it was under new ownership I was concerned the food might not be the same but it is as good if not better than before!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 25, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant! The canoli are outstanding as well as the house-made linguini and fetuccini. I love the lasagna, salmon, and pasta with shrimp. I highly recommend this restaurant for its consistent quality of food and friendly waitstaff.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Casual, Organic, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic, Quick Bite, Seasonal, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Mama’s never fails to deliver. And Mama still comes in each morning pre-dawn to make desserts and prep for meals. Highly recommend

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our reservation was at 7:30 pm and when we arrived there were guests standing in the dining area waiting to pay as the credit card computer system was down. A no guests with reservations were allowed to be seated were left standing for 30 minutes or so with no restaurant host informing guests of the problem. No restaurant host apologized for the inconvenience or gave an explanation. Our party of 4 were sat at the very back of the restaurant in an unlit area even though various other tables were available. When we asked the male (bald) host to change the table he appeared inconvenienced by our request.
Overall our waitress was very nice and professional. The rose wine was very bad. We are unsure if all guests are treated with this type of service but it was truly unfortunate.

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food3
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food as wonderful and the decor was beautiful. Service was very good at first then we were somewhat forgotten. Had to wait for quite a while for our check. Over 30 min because the computer was down. What about handwriting the bill? I will go back though.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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food5
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving Dinner here was great. Good food, great service, not too noisy, everyone was very happy and nice.

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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·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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food5
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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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 (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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·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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 (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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vip
 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Just a little above average food very attentive staff.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays
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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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