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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Mama's Meatball will be open for Thanksgiving featuring a preset menu

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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

TM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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B
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Goodbye to college kid

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good meatballs and pear salad. Excellent service!

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Delicious food and great service!

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MK
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

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

MK
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great family meal.

FN
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful.!

R
Miami
68 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

EM
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entree's and desserts were fantastic. We had the Capellini al Fresco and Salmone Piccata and followed with the Profiteroles and Cheesecake. Would definitely visit again the next time we are in SLO. We made a reservation online and were seated immediately. Friendly, courteous staff.

JV
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicioso food, excellent service and such a treat to sit outdoors. The capucchino is divine.

M
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
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.

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.

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!!

KO
San Francisco
3 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.

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

w
San Francisco
17 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!

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

Karina and Catalina were great.

BN
Las Vegas
81 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!

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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