Mama's Meatball

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$30 and under
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Italian
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.
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CS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We totally enjoyed the Thanksgiving menu, ambience and service. Mama’s Meatball kept in touch prior with handy reminders, providing peace of mind for the event organizer (me). Our window table was waiting and all six of us had a chance to relax and enjoy a special time together. This was our second time here, and we will keep coming back.

CB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my most favorite Italian restaurants on the central coast, we lived in Italy for 4 years and the food is just like you are in Italy. Always recommended to all of my friends looking for great food when they are in SLO.

n
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant meal I've had in a long time.Had the braised lamb shank.

C
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food as usual. Great service too!

GG
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Treating our granddaughter and friend, students at Cal Poly, to a delicious dinner out!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided last minute to go there and was able to get a reservation. I thought it was since it was a Sunday night. We got there and walk-ins were told it would be a 40 min wait. The waiter was very nice and attentive. Food didn't take too long. It was delicious! Must come back forthe cheesecake.

CK
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was wonderful (thanks Julia) and the food was unforgettably delicious — Mama’s from scratch sauces, pasta, desserts are absolutely delectable!

C
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been coming to Mama's for a few years now and always enjoy our meals here. The food is always tasty and well prepared and the offerings are about the right variety. The service is always excellent.

R
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We loved the meatballs in marinara and the caprese was a good size to share. We really enjoyed it.

TB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

YES. I HAVE ALREADY RECOMMENDED MAMA’S MEATBALLS TO OTHER CALPOLY FRIENDS

S
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Od course Nico made me an excellent spaghetti and meatballs and she had a nice chicken dish.

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We’ve eaten here several times over the past few years, and the food is typically very good , but the service has consistently slowed. Tonight the experience was awful.

It took over an hour to receive our food after placing the order. Once my salmon piccata arrived, I tried to take a bite with my fork, and I couldn’t, which I thought was strange. I then tried with a knife and still couldn’t, at which point I realized that the salmon was raw half way through the filet.

After waiting as long as we did for our food, this was extremely disappointing. I raised the concern to the waiter, and he said he would take the plate to the chef. He brought the plate back after several minutes, and the salmon appeared to now be cooked through. However, after taking a few bites, the salmon was tough and chewy (I assume they finished cooking it in the microwave) and the side dishes were now cold.

I raised this again to the waiter , at which point he implied there was nothing he could personally do, but would talk to the chef as he is also the owner. The waiter came back and said they would take the salmon off the bill as I wasn’t able to eat it (not because they made 2 awful preparations ).

Seeing how this ruined the experience for the table, he offered a free dessert, but then further excused the situation by stating how busy they were and how the chef was training someone new. We declined the dessert, as after being there now for over 90 minutes, having a terrible experience, we just wanted to leave.

While they technically did the right thing by adjusting the bill, offering a dessert, etc. it felt forced and not sincere. We won’t be coming back...

KW
Central Coast
44 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was prepared well, but it was difficult to get our waiter to take our order. After someone else took our order, a dish came that violated our dietary restrictions. The waiter was more than accommodating and rushed a replacement dish to the table. Kudos for rectifying the issue quickly. Mistakes happen, but it's more important how the waiter provides a solution.

A
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food took forever to arrive even though few people in the restaurant. Pretty expensive for a so so plate of pasta.

TM
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I found this restrauant on Open Table.
My wife and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary.
Upon arrival we were seated immediately. The server was helpful and made us feel
like we had been regular customers. He was very familiar with the menu and helped us make a selection.
The food arrived warm and was wonderful. The meatballs lived up to what we expected. We will return on our next visit to San Luis Obispo.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Homemade Caesar salad dressing made for you, tossed with fresh salad ingredients right at the table. Warm bowl of garlic knots while you wait!

ME
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been regularly eating at Mama’s for the last seven years.
Never disappointed! Great service and food.

RB
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always very good. We really like this restaurant and the food is excellent as well as the service. Wine list a little skimpy.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great experience. Wonderful service and delicious food! This will quickly become a favorite when visiting our son in college.

DW
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was delicious. My only complaint and it really isn't one...... The salmon was small, ordered MR, I received it M. It was still good.

w
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my favorite dinner place in san luis obispo, excellent food and service

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B
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Ordered the special of the day - beef short ribs stuffed in a large tortellinni-like pasta with a red wine type of sauce - it was excellent! My daughter & I shared a great salad, and she loved the garlic knots. When she asked to take what remained, she was brought a fresh bag to take home.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Goodbye to college kid

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good meatballs and pear salad. Excellent service!

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was delicious. Our waiter, Ray, was happy to answer all questions and explain different specialties to us. One of us, the carnivore, happily gnawed away on his lamb bone and the other of us had a simpler and equally satisfying meal. The service was prompt. We will come back when we again visit San Luis Obispo.

EJ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Delicious food and great service!

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor service, even with a full staff. Restaurant was not crowded for a weekend dining.

We sent back the salmon picatta that was over cooked, it was cooked skin side down which was burned and was accompanied with charred potatoes.

Margarita Pizza was okay.

The only item worth mentioning is the meatball appetizer. Pricey for 2 small meatballs.

The poor service added insult to injury. We finished the pizza, paid the bill and ate somewhere else.

MA
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. The food is always amazing and the decor is fabulous. It's definitely on the 'must visit' list when we have out of town guests.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite Italian restaurant, anywhere.
It's such a pleasure having access to this level of quality food prepared by the owner/chef in our small town. The wait staff is knowledgeable, vibrant and attentive. Nicola, came out from the kitchen and spoke to us at our table. He's opened a new Peruvian restaurant next door! Our next date night stop...

MR
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant and have been there several times. It's always first rate.

MK
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here several times now and haven't been disappointed yet. 3 times for lunch and twice for dinner. Had a party of 7 and the food arrived at the correct intervals, salad, mains, dessert all came promptly, without being rushed. Travis, our server is always great, and remembers us since the first time.

s
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Excellent. Great A ++++. Traditional Italian. Chick Parmesan was great. Love it. Highly tevommend

MK
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have eaten at Mama's Meatball as a couple and brought friends with us this time. Service was good, food was good and we were there early so the atmosphere was good. It has a lot of hard surfaces so it can get noisy. Overall it was a good experience and we will return.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had a great family meal.

FN
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The ravioli was cooked too long - should have been al dente, and it was smothered in too much sauce.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful.!

R
Miami
68 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Low key, good place for conversation. Pizza was thin crust, asked for more sauce... was tasty. Meatballs and spaghetti was flavorful. We were visiting and recommended by locals. Very good.

ML
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Loved the pesto lasagna. I do miss the white linens that added to the ambience. Very attentive and polite server.

DJ
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Chicken parm was ok. It's a solid dish, but nothing memorable. The quality of their dishes vary as I've had better dishes there in the past. They no longer bring the bread knots with water; instead, they bring them with your entree. Bummer if you are hungry. The profiterols were chewy, not light and fluffy. Wine selection is just so - so and over priced like everywhere else. Solid if unspectacular restaurant.

SM
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was seated immediately, food brought to table within 15 minutes and service was phenomenal. Highly recommend for date nights or special event. Server for us was Ray.

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