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Mama's Meatball, San Luis Obispo, CA

Mama's Meatball

4.6
4.6
1083 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
There are many Italian Restaurants in San Luis Obispo, but if you're looking for a truly authentic Italian dining experience, then you should consider Mama's Meatball Restaurant. Rated among the best San Luis Obispo restaurants, Mama's Meatball uses the freshest, quality ingredients grown locally to create some of the most outstanding dishes you could find in San Luis Obispo eateries. For your convenience, Mama's Meatball offers dine-in, takeout and delivery service. Mama's Meatball is one of the few restaurants near Mission San Luis Obispo, and a block away from hotels in downtown San Luis Obispo to offer private dining options and banquet accommodations for corporate parties and family celebrations. Click here to request a quote for your next private event. Check Out Charity Water! https://www.charitywater.org/mamas-meatball

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (805) 544-0861
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Nicola Allegretta
  • Catering
    Mama's Meatball is offering a full service catering as well you can order off our party platter the perfect resolution to any occasion check in our website for more informations
  • Private party facilities
    We are offering privet dining for any size party for any occasion please email mamasmeatball@gmail.com or call 8055440861 for more informations
  • Neighborhood
    San Luis Obispo
  • Cross street
    Nipomo St.
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 1,083 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Italian

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Best Overall

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Best Food

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Best Value

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Healthy

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Neighborhood gem

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Most Booked

1,083 Reviews
  1. lauraj

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were greeted at the door and went right to our table. The service was excellent and the food was also excellent. The food was brought to the table fast and it was hot. We will definitely be returning.

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  2. MichaelB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Attentive service and very reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend and go back.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner!! We loved the spinach salad and the spicy pizza was absolutely delicious. Great service and fun atmosphere. Bonus you can make reservations too! Highly recommend.

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  4. AustinB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Meal was great, you for sure get your moneys worth. Large portions

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  5. WendyM

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We love Cosimo and the staff. Food is very good. Dishes are authentic while accommodating American tastes. I chose the Valentines Day prix fixe special-seafood risotto, with whole shrimp and shellfish. They were very busy Valentine's night but we never felt rushed. We received all of the attention we needed, including pleasant conversation. Frankly I don't know how they pulled that off! Their arancini and pizza are great. We haven't tried everything yet but hope to.

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  6. YvonneW

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great place for Valentine’s dinner, service CD excellent, food delicious, but too close to kitchen noise.!

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  7. SueS

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal was delicious and our waitress Maddie was fantastic 😊

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  8. NicoleN

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All the food is delicious, it’s hard to choose just one dish!

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  9. LauraR

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Such a wonderful find! First time at Mama’s and what a treat! The homemade linguine pesto, salad and lamb were sensational and the cannoli dessert also amazing. The service was excellent, attentive, friendly but not intrusive. Definitely recommend and will return next visit to SLO!

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  10. DonaldO

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was wonderful, but it was louder than usual.

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  11. JAYM

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Mama's Meatball! The food is made from scratch, and is always delicious. The servers are always friendly and attentive. Also, the prices are moderate and affordable.

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  12. Lola

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience from start to finish. Our table was ready when we arrived and we were greeted warmly. Our waiter, Sky, was attentive and courteous and had great suggestions. The food was simply delicious. We had the bruschetta with mozzarella and had to also try the meatballs. The meatballs almost melted in your mouth and were incredibly tasty. Our entrees were equally delicious and were generous portions. We tried the bombs for dessert (a must) and the creme brûlée. The whole experience was a delectable journey of tastes and smells in a warm, welcoming environment. We will be back. Thank you Mama's Meatballs!

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  13. DavidP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall the food is fantastic! My only complaint is the meatballs are overly saturated with cheese. If you love cheese you won’t mind, but I wanted more of a balance of meat to cheese taste. I must say these were the most tender meatballs I’ve ever had, and the meat sauce was to die for! I’d definitely eat here again.

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  14. BeckyT

    Boise

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Mama's Meatball is a quaint neighborhood Italian restaurant with classic vibes and dishes. The food is good and local wine selection is nice.

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  15. SilCad

    Central Coast

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was another great dining experience. We'll be back.

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  16. LisaC

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Everything was fantastic from the ambience to the food to the service I just didn’t like how tight and squeezed in we all were restaurant is very small

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  17. GailG

    Central Coast

    112 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our service was excellent and our food was excellent. The best Italian restaurant in the County.

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  18. VickiM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was wonderful, however it was very loud and the tables were so close together I could have easily had a conversation or held hands with the person at the next table. It was also freezing in the restaurant. I had on a warm sweater, but would have liked to put my coat back on while eating. The door opened repeatedly bringing in freezing air. The layout doesn't allow for modifications, it's a small space with lots of tables sort of crammed closely. Maybe add a few heaters in the colder months?

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  19. LarryS

    Boise

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    our server was great and we enjoyed our meal. the Ceasar salad was very good

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  20. Michael4b

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and good service. A little loud and cramped.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing staff, absolutely delicious food, best restaurant in Downtown SLO :)

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  22. NoelH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Waitress informed us that there was a big door dash order and food was taking a bit long. Never understood how an online order trumps customer waiting when they have reservations.

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  23. SLOLife

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    This restaurant was recommended. We made reservations and arrived early. Many empty tables and they were going to sit us right next to the entrance. We refused to sit there as we did not want to be eating when guests were standing/waiting for a table. Food and services was okay. Nothing to write home about. Probably won’t be returning for a second meal.

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  24. Lori

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Always good food but a little slow.Also at 5:30 they already ran out of the soup we ordered.

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  25. DavidW

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is always great here and the service is very professional, yet personal.

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  26. MonicaC

    Miami

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service. We had the macaroni and cheese and short rib and the bolognese with meatballs - both delicious. The gluten free pasta was a little overcooked though the pescatario sauce was tasty. The free garlic nuggets were very good too.

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  27. kldawson

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dinner at Mama's Meatball! The pizza diavola was excellent and we especially loved the delicate crust. Everything was delicious and served with a smile. Will go back!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were a party of 5 sitting at the back table. Food was very good but dinner was constantly interrupted by the back door leading to the rest rooms slamming and banging shut every time someone went through. The back tables shook each time someone went through.

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  29. janeb

    Palm Springs

    53 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The pasta food and salads were excellent, the lamb not so good. The waiter appeared inexperienced ,missed several salad orders and wine orders costing the owners revenue and leaving the diners hungry and thirsty. Would defiantly go again but stay with the pasta xox

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  30. JanB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time! Food was amazing and the service was delicious!

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  31. SandraB

    Northern MI

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. The only issue is parking. But, it is worth it.

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  32. NancyK

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal, service and ambience. Delicious, reasonably priced and fun. Would definitely go again the next time we’re in SLO.

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  33. IrmaM

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant was nice, clean, good atmosphere. The food was tasty, and the bread delicious. We had a good time there. Thanks 😊

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Restaurant was not very spacious however, the good food and service made up for it. Would not recommend for small children.

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  35. BillS

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredible. The meatball appetizer was absolutely so tasty, the garlic bread bites so delicious and warm, and our pasta dishes divine! Can’t wait to go back and some other dishes.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food quality and service, Garlic knots were tasty as well. Would definitely visit again. Very loud tho, but it was Friday night

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  37. DineenM

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Maddie was friendly, accomodating and not in the least bit intrusive. What a delight! Our food arrived in a timely manner and was beyond delicious!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Frankfurt

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food but the restaurant was extremely crowded and noisy. Also the table was too small for our party size and too crowded with unnecessary decorations

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service at a reasonable price. Love that we had the ability to make a reservation for our party of 6.

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  40. MayaY

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was great, but we had to wait over 40min for our table even though we had a reservation. Service was extremely slow. We had to ask for the deserts to go because it was getting so late for the kids. Someone needs to improve time management, otherwise we enjoyed the food.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mama's Meatball using the Order Online button. Mama's Meatball also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 544-0861.

Mama's Meatball is rated 4.6 stars by 1083 OpenTable diners.

Mama's Meatball does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Mama's Meatball

570 Higuera St Ste 130, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Nipomo St.
  • Neighborhood
    San Luis Obispo
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Nicola Allegretta
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (805) 544-0861
  • Catering
    Mama's Meatball is offering a full service catering as well you can order off our party platter the perfect resolution to any occasion check in our website for more informations
  • Private party facilities
    We are offering privet dining for any size party for any occasion please email mamasmeatball@gmail.com or call 8055440861 for more informations
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