Mama's Meatball

4.5
872 Reviews
$30 and under
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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 872 people are saying
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JanaH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Authentic Italian cuisine. Friendly staff. Great atmosphere.

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Abcdefgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

If you want just a nice plate of spaghetti, count on paying a lot of money.

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SLOty
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've been coming to this restaurant since they opened many years ago, it's my most reliable and favorite place to go in San Luis Obispo. Have likely been here nearly 100 times, and will keep coming back because everything is great. I enthusiastically recommend the place to anybody who is looking for an excellent Italian meal at a reasonable price. Since the arrival of the pandemic, they have had outside seating in addition to their normal dining room.

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RobertS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly service, pleasant atmosphere, and fair prices.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Pizza was disappointing. Not at all worth the price.

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LisaB
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. Have been many times and quality never waivers

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MarjorieC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Most authentic Italian restaurant in the county! Generous portions, very fresh food.

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ClarissaV
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Italian food we’ve had. Great place for date night or to take family.

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Lori
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We made late lunch early dinner reservation due to the COVID surge. We ate outside and had a great meal.

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MarvinD
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We always recommend Mama's Meatballs. one of our favourite Italian restaurants.

Always good food, good service, located in a fun area. You can go wrong.

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JoshuaL
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great food,and the service was outstanding

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Justin
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and a hidden gem. We’ll worth our trip. Couldn’t resist trying the short rib mac n cheese, very good.

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vipSLORicky
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated two birthdays at dinner. Wonderful food. Wonderful service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Christmas Eve dinner!!’

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ToddL
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

It took 15 minutes to get a drink. The food was awful! The bruschetta was 2/10, the bread was stale, the tomatoes were flavorless and watery. The pizza 3/10, was served cold and it was very bland. The ravioli Zucca 2/10 was over cooked and mushy. The sauce on it was flavorless and lumpy. Overall we were very disappointed particularly because of the high prices.

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EdwardS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve Dinner

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eastmeetscoast
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for early dinner with out two young kids and sat outside. The heat lamps were on and the food was great. Parents got great food and and kids had great pizza. All was well.

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ShawnP
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. The kitchen was a little slow. But over all was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Violet was attentive and kind!

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jxco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Appetizers were delicious (5 stars!) highly recommend the bruschetta fresco, caprese and calamari fritta. The main courses were average. We ordered the ravioli (di zucca, and alla salsciccia), vegetarian sandwich, mac n cheese, and lasagna). Service was good except that the water glasses were not refilled in a timely manner (one in our party did not order drinks). We came after Cal Poly fall graduation, so there were many large parties that afternoon which may have impacted service.

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vipLarry
Central Coast
25 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here many times. It's unsurpassed in taste and quality, not to mention the best service. This Italian cuisine is the finest anywhere.

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GregJanel
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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CynthiaG
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good food and an enjoyable experience. Wait staff was friendly and amendable. Was a busy Friday night everything was fine.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

It was our thanksgiving dinner, when we did the reservation we never saw a notice that it’s a set menu

The dinner was not good

We did not had chance to have cheesecake it was over when we order

Bad dinner for a high price

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dreamwork44
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Sitting at a table for fifteen minutes to finally get an attention. The waitress stopped by the table next to and behind us six times, but she ignored us. Not sure what her intention was. However, Jude helped us at the end, and food was perfect to recover.

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LovesGoodFood
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Thanksgiving dinner! Generous servings.

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Kay01
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and great service.

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JJHH
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always very tasty! Place was super busy, took a while to get waited on, but nothing that we couldn't handle. Music was really loud, but I think they do that to drown out kitchen noise.

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JLAW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Food was very good. Service was adequate. Had to ask for a menu. Music was loud and did not match the overall theme of restaurant. Large party on the other side of the room had an accident where one of the children backed their chair into the shelf and knocked several jars off the shelf and some broke. No one came to help for at least 10 minutes- the folks in the party had to clean up as best as they could.
My table was uneven and wobbled every time I moved- very annoying. Place seemed a little grungy. Food was very good. Wine was very good.

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Andy
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the service was incredible.

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PatriciaO
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Love the food and and service. I recommend this restaurant

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Lala
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were a party of six & everyone enjoyed their meal. We especially loved the meatballs with the meat sauce. The deserts & cappuccino were fantastic. We would definitely come back again & recommend to our family & friends.

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rocks
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and it exceeded our expectations. Seated promptly for our reservation, friendly waitstaff, reasonable prices and absolutely delicious food...don't miss the mac and cheese!!

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vipYumSeattle
Seattle
47 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traveling from Seattle. This was some of the best Italian food we have ever had. Delightful service and ambiance. We left full and happy. So so good.

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JoanneC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The Butternut squash ravioli, and meatballs!!! Yum!

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BobC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food it’s loud in there but it’s small so it’s to be expected. Server was very busy and forgot our drinks and appetizers.

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1PasoFoodie
Orange County
62 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Usually I Would give Mamas a five star rating on everything. Unfortunately, for them, due to understaffing it took forever for us to get a table, even though we had a reservation, and sat for at least 20 minutes before we received water and a greeting from any of the servers. They needed rollerskates they were running around so much. Will definitely continue to frequent Mama’s Meatball. But, not on a Saturday night!

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TabithaC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a special birthday celebration- had a marvelous time. Our waitress Camille was amazing!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We’ve been going to Mama Meatball’s for years. The staff is extremely Friendly. Prices are reasonable. My husband and I love the new additions to the menu.

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 4.5 stars by 872 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.