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For 2
Date
Sat, 4/21
Time
10:30 PM
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Mama's Meatball

4.5
561 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm & 4:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(805) 544-0861
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nicola Allegretta
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Nipomo St.
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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.
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And more!
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 561 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.3
service
4.2
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4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Everyone who had been there before agreed that the food tasted even better than our last visit! They also accommodated two extras in our party with no problem.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

WE have been at Mama's before and food and service is outstanding.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was great. Service was ok but they charge 20% for that in the bill.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Mama’s Meatball was a nice surprise! Atmosphere was just so-so , honestly pretty tacky. But... food and service was wonderful! We were with a group of teenagers and they all loved it. Would recommend for groups with young people.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We went here the other night before a show at SLO Rep. We split the penne with eggplant and the mushroom risotto. The risotto needed salt but otherwise was good. It was hard to detect the eggplant in the rigatoni although it was cheesy. Service was a little slow especially as we were preparing to leave.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Nice place in a charming little square hidden from the street. The restaurant looks fairly new. Our waiter treated us at the front desk and (didn’t get his name) he was fabulous throughout.

The food was really good - all the pastas fresh and tasted homemade. I asked how good the carbonara was - “1st generation good” he replied, explaining that the chefs are 1st gen Italians and make it Kiel they do at home.

It was good - really good.

They have s small wine list and pour at the table - really nice touch to leave the bottle when there was less than a a glass left in it - for us to finish off.

We will be back!

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We found this restaurant 5 years ago and loved the homemade Italian food and knowledgeable waitstaff We make it a point to stop every time we travel the central coast- ( 3x a year) with our now teenage kids. It changed ownership or management thus last visit. It was an uncomfortable visit as we all realized it’s not the same. Awful service( water glasses empty the entire meal) inconsistent portions on the dishes. Really a struggle. Very sad.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

A lovely, tasty, comfortable place to dine with friends. A hidden gem in the middle of the busy college town. Reservation is encouraged. Always good specials, but this time they were out of the minestrone! How can an Italian restaurant be out of minestrone? Otherwise perfect.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We enjoyed a nice Friday dinner with family. Waitstaff was especially accommodating for elderly guest. Even though we were early (5:30), the homemade pasta was sold out. A small disappointment but otherwise it was a nice meal out.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

I love this place. Am planning to have my birthday party lunch there.
It's my favorite in the area because they serve the best!!! gluten free pizza I've ever tasted.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The meatballs were great as was the rest of the food.. and the garlic balls are such a great added touch!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The food just keeps getting better here. Everyone I try a new dish I'm not disappointed. The prices are the best value in SLO and the younger crowd seems to be discovering that. It's also nice to have the same, consistant personal service each time we ear here.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Very good food and the ambiance was amazing. The only thing was my group ordered a bottle of wine and wanted to order the same type of wine but there was no more of it. Increase the stockage levels for wine.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Really nice late lunch. Great service. Food is delicious, and I only marked it at four stars instead of five as the garlic bread knots were a bit overdone on the bottom. I would have preferred a different bread for the meatball panini, but the taste was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great. Didn’t have the wine we wanted in stock, but found a decent substitute.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Good food and service, but too noisy for good conversation. I would definitely go back, but perhaps midweek when it’s quieter.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Best place for Italian food and if you love Meatballs i would highly recommend them
Also the place has a wonderful atmosphere and the people are very friendly and nice
I would definitely recommend this place
5 stars

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Once again, Mama's was a good choice for a family dinner. While I can never order the signature Mama's meatballs because I eat gluten free and they have bread crumbs, this visit I tried the delicious gf penne and was not disappointed. The service is great -- the waiter kept the little bread knots bowl full to satisfy a restless toddler and everyone had a good time. Our table location, in the rear of the restaurant, was a little chilly due to the back door to the service area and restrooms being opened regularly. Otherwise everything was just great!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Took our college son and his roommates out for a Saturday night dinner. Great meal for party of 8! Attentive service, delicious food, fun atmosphere. Pasta, seafood, salads, and garlic knots appetizer were all amazing! Will definitely go back!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The restaurant was nice. The service was good. The only thing that was not good were the portions were small. We were 4, 2 adults and 2 teenagers. After dinner the teenagers were very hungry. Their meals were small portion same with mine. Overall great place to dine at.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We have been to Mama's Meatball about 4 times and had different dishes, all of which were excellent. This place never disappoints. Prices are good and food authentic. Love this place!!! Will be back for more.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Expected more

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Overall experience was very good. The salads seemed fairly generic, almost if they were the bagged kit salads from Albertsons. Entrees were delicious! Ambiance was good, the tables are all pushed closely together so it’s not very private. However, the candles and overall atmosphere were good. I would go back again!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Simply one of the very best restaurants in SLO. I go there at least once a week. Friendly and great wait staff. It's the real thing in Italian dining.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

GREAT FOOD.
WE HAVE BEEN DINING HERE FOR YEARS. ALWAYS EXCEEDS EXPECTATION.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Food is always excellent. A pleasant dining experience.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food & wine with excellent service

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2.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Nice setting as it has been remodeled. Issue was waited 45 minutes for food to arrive after ordering. Everyone kept saying that was usual. Travis, the manager, offered absolutely nothing and was rude and told us we should try Novo or Luna Red! I have never seen such a brazenly "whatever" attitude. When you're spending 200 for dinner at least an apology or a dessert would be nice!!! Owner should know how rude manager is.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Delicious food! Tasted many of the dishes at my table, and all were so good!

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

3 of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals: scallops in cream sauce- can’t recall what the others ate, but they loved it. Waiter recommended an excellent white wine & was very helpful. We will be back! Great ambience.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Good food and desserts- hard to find parking- good service

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

The octopus was unparalleled. I always order it when I find it on menus. This was by far the best I’ve ever had!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Patrick -our waiter - was awesome - offered great suggestions!

Gelato was yummy but the spaghetti and meatballs soooooo good!

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4.0Dined on January 7, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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1.0Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 28, 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.

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5.0Dined on December 26, 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!

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