Mama's Meatball

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684 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.
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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Mama's Meatball is my wife's favorite Italian restaurant. She loves the lasagna. I always try something different, but the meat sauce on the lasagna is the best. I have never been disappointed with my meal choice. The wait staff and chef are always extra friendly and efficient. The prices are about what you'd expect at a nice restaurant (with linen table cloth and napkins). They only have two beers on tap, but you can't go wrong with Peroni with pasta. They also have a nice selection of wine.

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EO
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

The service could have been better. At first they were very attentive but, not one person out of about 5 that approached our table, identified themself as our waiter so we never knew who the waiter was. After our order was placed, we were basically forgotten. Never came back to check on us. We had to waive them down whenever we needed anything. Wine nor any other alcoholic beverages were ever offered. Desert was not offered either. Food was good but service was pretty poor. It ruined the overall experience.

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F
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never had a bad dish there. All the food is excellent! We got the artichoke, caper Bruscetta to start and it was delish!! My husband got the special Tortelloni, big tortellini, filled with short rib meat in a red wine and tomato sauce. It was to die for. I had the rigatoni with sausage and a meatball, of course. Sooooo good!! Had to take both our dinner leftovers home to have for lunch the next day. YUM! Our server was a very cute animated young girl with lots of personality. We keep going back for more. Love this place!!

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KO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy our experience here. Very good food, knowledgeable wait staff and great service. Love the honey feel.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

They need to fix door that leads to bathroom... it slams very loud and just ruins any kind of nice setting

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w
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. I took my sons and a friend for my son's 20th birthday. We enjoy the food, the menu, and the service every time. One of us wanted to order something we'd had before that wasn't on the menu, and the staff happily delivered it. Thanks!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Karina and Catalina were great.

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BN
Las Vegas
78 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

We liked Mama’s meatball in the past. But for some reason, it changed. The Manager there seems very unprofessional. We ordered 2 different meals. One is Lasagna. The other one is Lamb. At the time when we asked for the bill, we received $785. Then we confused. He explained it was someone else for the take out order. But didn’t apologize for any mistakes. On the bill, he also charged us for the garlic bread rolls. He explained because we ordered it before ordering any meals. If each person orders individual meal, it will be waived. But we did order our individual meal. Shouldn’t he see it and adjust it before giving us the bill? Or just did it on purpose anyhow, hopefully it can be sneaked in, won’t get caught! Very sad! We will not go back to this kind of business any more. Very poor! The time before this, same thing. We invited another couple. But when we received the bill, it was sky high price. Luckily, we are all sensible people, just told him the bill was not right. Then he corrected it. Is this an incident or just always happen, just wish no one would say a word. Pathetic!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Just had a hard time finding parking.

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JD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, wait staff (I believe our waiter's name was Ray), and a really enjoyable time had by all! Need to go there more often!

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M
Washington DC
221 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a very nice "red sauce" type Italian meal this evening...hand made ricotta spinach ravioli, eggplant parmesan, and of course a Mama's meatball! Everything was delicious, but our favorites were the caprese salad to start and the tiramisu to finish. Thank you!

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JJ
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always love eating at Mama's Meatball. I love the renovations.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have dinner here when we are in town, and it never disappoints!

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MD
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A Local family restaurant well above average. the service is a little slow, but they do most of their food from scratch so it takes longer. Never seem to have enough help, but most restaurants in our area are having the same problem. Good help is hard to come by.

We eat hear at least once a month for either lunch or dinner.
Their Gluten free pizzas crust is excellent. Great salads and of course their pasta is very good. It's a good choice.

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N
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great birthday dinner for our son!

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BN
Las Vegas
77 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Our server is great, not the manager. He shouldn’t be there as a Manager position. Very poor! He gave us the doubles amount which we had for dinner. Of course he corrected but after he get caught. Not recommended!

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LF
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were disappointed in this visit. In times past food was great and service was too. This time, waiter was not attentive and food prices were higher and had mediocre taste. Waiter broke glasses when setting up a table in the dining room. It was dangerous and unpleasant for the patrons, as the glass flew across the dining room and affected many tables.
The waiter did not offer more water or tea during our meal. It was not pleasant.

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SC
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was excellent, as usual. The service was uncommonly slow. I'm sure it was an anomaly, as we have never experienced that before.

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TH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was excellent, service was poor. Lack of help. There was one waiter for the entire restaurant. Again food was great but small portion for large price.

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EF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food in SLO, definitely would recommend!

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DP
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

There were 4 of us in the group. I had a pasta dish and the pasta was overcooked. My wife had the capresse, and it was very good. My brother and his wife ordered a pizza. There was nothing Italian about it as the crust was extremely thin; like pizza on a cracker. It was also brought to the table after obviously having been sitting out, as it was not hot. Server was adequate; nothing special.

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JB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A quaint and darling place with excellent food! Highly recommend!

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SD
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food as always!

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PP
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a fine Italian restaurant in downtown San Luis Obispo. I was impressed by the food, particularly our bruschetta with artichoke. The service was O.K., pleasant but not memorable. I look forward to returning soon, in part to explore the menu for hidden treasures...

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OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were visiting my son who attends Cal Poly and I searched for an Italian restaurant. Mammas Meatballs popped up. So glad I chose this restaurant. We had to move our reservation 2 x due to traffic and arrived to a restaurant 1/3 filled w many tables on their last course. The hostess greeted us warmly and sat us. Service was great as he knew we were behind schedule. Never did we feel rushed and enjoyed our family gathering. Highly recommend the lobster ravioli, and cheese ravioli. Salad!

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BW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday dinner. Everyone had a great meal and the waiter was very good.

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Q
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Reservation was set for 6pm and our order still wasn’t taken by 7:10pm when I mentioned that we needed to be out by 8pm. The sever said he didn’t know if he’d be able to get our order in by 8pm. What a joke. It ran over $100 for two bottles of wine and no apology.

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TS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Actually the best pasta I have ever had. The service was great considering they only had to servers that night they busted their butts to make it a wonderful experience.

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great staff, great drink. It's our place to go for special occasions

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

They seated us earlier than my reservation time that was very nice of them but....

It took awfully looooong to get our server to take our order.
The calamari was over cooked.
Ordered Arnold Palmer but it was just an ice tea.
Carbonara was too salty.

Won’t go back again.

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OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

No server after 30 min seated at table , no apology or explanation

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

When arriving we had reservations for 6:30 we go to the host. She says give me a min let me check if we have any open tables. Like I want my table ready to go. That why I reserved it week in advance. She then brings us to a super small table after I requested a better table. 20 mins later we get water and meet our waiter and he takes are order right then and said bread will be out. 30 mins later we get the food which is great. Never got bread. Then we never see him again until I go hunt him down to give him my cc. The table next to us warned us about service and the people that sat at their table when they left waited 30 mins for water and waiter and then just left and walk out. Pretty embarrassing for v-day dinner.

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SL
Central Coast
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

If you have been to Italy and want to reminisce about the meals in Rome, Florence or Venice; or if you're on your way to Italy and want to sample Italian cuisine at its best, then you have to have a meal at Mama's Meatball (especially if you like garlic). The mouth watering food here is superb and of the quality you would expect in a 5 Star restaurant. The service -- even when it's crowded -- is attentive, friendly, and professional (Our waiter Travis was excellent). The overall ambiance is welcoming and worthy of repeat visits. A residual benefit is it's very inexpensive compared to other "high end" restaurants in SLO.

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f
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was beyond expectations. A wonderful evening. Food was superb. They were a little overwhelmed by Valentines day rush.... but did everything possible to accommodate us professionally. Looking forward to returning.

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

We have had really good meals here in the past. Bad night for them. Full restaurant and only two waiters. So you can’t blame the waiters for poor service. Staff was super friendly just way overwhelmed. I’m guessing the kitchen was probably feeling the same pain as the wait staff. Hoepfully management will remedy their issue because this was a great restaurant. Again no fault of the staff. They did the best they could.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation at 8:15pm. We got there a few minutes late, but we were greeted and seated immediately. Service and the food were great as always. I highly recommend this place.

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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great little restaurant! Not much room to wait inside but the courtyard outside works fine. It was a busy night with some big parties, but we got a same day reservation and we were seated on time. Service was solid; it looked sort of hectic but it didn’t impact our dining at all. The menu has a lot of variety and something for everyone. We had a couple of pasta dishes and a Peroni on tap. They serve big portions so we took half of it home. The food was very good; fresh and flavorful. This was a solid place!

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very good but the service was slow in taking our order.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far my favorite restaurant.
Amazing food, great prices and a staff that treats me like family. I travel for work and eat out all the time. This place is as good as it gets.

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FK
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great food everyone at our table felt they had the best dish it was a great birthday party celebration thank you

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