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Mama's Meatball

4.5
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769 Reviews
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 769 people are saying
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EricF
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding, as always, and the risotto with mushroom and spinach was especially good! Their staff observed all procedures and protocols specified by county COVID-19 health guidelines.

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BrookeM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My we have missed this food! Wait staff was extremely attentive. Quiet due to skittish reopening and Reservations stressed over foot traffic . Had to get the meatballs .... an itch that needed scratching ... and as luscious as I remember !

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CRAIGN
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Italian food in SLO. And when your done, take some of their home made saue with you.

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India
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meatballs def lived up to the hype. Super delicious everything! The kids loved it and the bread knots, oh lord, the bread knots... pretty awesome!

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AndreaC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always AMAZING. Great service and following guidelines.

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Gary
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience - fantastic service!! Definitely will return to try the rest of the menu!

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JeremyD
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food is good, but not great. There's limited seating, so be sure to make reservations.

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jeffh
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service a little slow, probably because of brisk take out clientele, but the salmon was wonderful, the calamari overly abundant, and the vegetables crisp.

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NicoleS
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food would definitely go again! Service was great!

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vipBDBB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Sorry to say this is nothing compared to the mamas that used to be in Grover beach. Pasta did not taste fresh and sauce looked and tasted like jarred. Nothing tasted fresh. This was a second visit hoping to love it like the other location. Sadly we did not.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service!

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vipJenny
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always dine at Mama’s Meatballs whenever we visit San Luis Obispo! Always top value all around!

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MySLOLife
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian food, with many nontraditional entrees. Lovely efficient and pleasant service. A small complaint: ambient noise can get a bit loud at times . . . kitchen noises as well as conversations.

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JilN
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great food and a great waiter. Lovely little place to dine while in SLO

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff was excellent, attentive and informative without being in our space too often or too long.

All of our meals were excellent, but two of us had the pasta special, short rib tortelloni with a red wine sauce, which was exceptional!

This dish reminded us of meals we had prepared by a private chef during our vacation in Italy last summer. It was good to relive that memory through this meal at Mama’s Meatballs!

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MarkE
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an exceptional experience!
Eight years and zero disappointments...
Doesn’t get any better than that.

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SusanM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Mamas Meatballs and I was pleasantly surprised. We always go to another well-established Italian restaurant and wanted to give this one a shot. It was definitely well worth checking it out and we will definitely be back again. The spaghetti and meatballs is like no other and I woke up the next morning dreaming about having them again. They won us over and it very well may be our go-to for Italian dining!

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AndrewD
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were celebrating Valentine’s Day we shared a capris salad, I had the fish of the day which was a white fish in a lemon caper sauce it was awesome my wife had the rigatoni with sausage.

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FrequentDiner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a wonder place to have dinner. Very friendly and helpful staff and the food was delicious.

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RandyD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the pasta! Travis was an exceptional server!

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GregJanel
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice location, quiet and quaint placed for a nice meal

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JohnP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff and chef are just outstanding. They make you feel at home while being attentive but not overbearing. We have been coming to this place for years and it is always great. We brought our son and his fiancé to dinner with us and they both loved it. I love coming here for great meal and/or a special occasion. A great Italian restaurant that’s for sure!

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MichelleD
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and attentive staff! Will definitely be back to try more!

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WendyV
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We loved our visit to the restaurant. Table was a little dark but everything else was top notch. Spaghetti and meatballs were delicious. Salad with salmon was perfect. Salmon cooked just right. Server was attentive and knowledgeable. Can’t wait to go back.

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RosemarieL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Although the braciole and meatball was very good, the pasta was over cooked and swimming in tomato sauce. The Oso Buco was done well.

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Larry
Central Coast
20 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Travis was our waiter. We strive to get him when we are here. Extremely knowledgeable of the menu and how each dish is prepared. Outstanding at his attention to the customer. The food here is exceptional! It's in our top 5 restaurants on the central coast.

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LoriM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Red sauce too ordinary and salty. Ridiculous wait for bread (@ 6pm) for 20mins.. should come BEFORE salad; didn't. Had to ask for candle lit, and lemon for water, eggplant was not memorable. Meatball excellent

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CynthiaG
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We hadn’t been to Mama’s in awhile. We were expecting a good meal but it was a great meal. We ordered 3 salads, each one different and each one really good. When was the last time you had a Caesar Salad made tableside?

Our main dishes were a baked pasta, a marinara pasta and an eggplant pasta. Each had red sauces, each had a completely different flavor, I.e., all made differently.

We all left with to go boxes and full stomachs, and very very happy we came. And, we will be back. FYI, our chef was a true Italian.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was great meal great ambiance I think short staffed a little wait but not too bad. Overall positive experience ♥️ would recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service!
Everything we ordered was clearly made of high quality fresh ingredients.
The Chef was super nice and we went to tell him how much we enjoyed the food

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Tess
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We stopped in just for pizza and salad. Our waiter was really good. The salad was good.
THe pizza was underdone. We should have sent it back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Loved everything.

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family
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

consistently excellent food and priced well in a lovely setting

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vipmaryb
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The 2 pizzas which I ordered right away arrived cold and soggy and it took ages for it to arrive.
And I very specifically said to have the vegetarian at the near end of the table since that is where the vegetarians were seated. The waited did exactly the opposite.
Opening the wine also took ages
Main courses and dessert were fine
We received 1 total bill which was not a good idea since some people only had salad so dividing it up was a major problem.
I think our waited was new........hope so
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vipMichaelM
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!! We had an excellent waitress. All in all, a great experience! Always hate paying good money for a so-so experience...but this was well worth the money!

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vipmsgjkg88
Central Coast
149 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always constantly good! Their pesto pasta is amazing. Also love their made at the table caesar salad -- soo yummy!

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PenniF
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Needed a nice lunch as we were traveling and passing through. Found great reviews and the food did not disappoint! We did wait a good 5 minutes at 1:45 pm to be acknowledged - and seated - as the lone staffer was tied up on a phone call. The gnocchi and chicken Marsala were delicious. I’d return there.. it would’ve been cool to inform via OpenTable that parking is in the Creamery parking lot. We didn’t realize this and spent a bit of time (with one-way roads) backtracking. The interior is adorable.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Been before many times but the good was exceptionally good.

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vipTomO
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet. Comfortable. Good food. A bit hidden, but worth the hunt.

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SarahW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This has been my go-to special occasion restaurant since it first opened years ago with just 5 or 6 tables. It is nice to know that some things in SLO have not changed! Though it has grown, Mama's Meatball still has excellent, authentic Italian food and outstanding service. We are always happy that we went there. I am hoping that by the time we return on Christmas Eve they have put up a Christmas tree, as they have in years past. There was a big table with crying children, but that is not the restaurant's fault.

FAQs

Mama's Meatball offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 544-0861.

Mama's Meatball is rated 4.5 stars by 769 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.