Mama's Meatball

4.6
849 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 849 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Josef
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Mama's Meatball does not disappoint! Went for Fathers' Day Celebration and it was wonderful. Favorite Italian restaurant - ever! Love it!

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EmilyB
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Mama’s Meatball for Father’s Day and had a wonderful family meal. We hadn’t been to the actual restaurant since the pandemic started (we had ordered delivery many times), and we were so pleased by the experience. The staff was so friendly and the food was amazing. My favorite was definitely the beet salad. My son had the fettuccine Alfredo with shrimp, and it was delicious! We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a great time like usual

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RichardD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great find, unique location. Good Food.. Definitely not the $$ that Yelp shows it; but will return...

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Kevin
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food with thee best service! Can not wait to return.

DJ
vipDavidJ
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Solid, if unspectacular. Nothing here wows us, but it's good for a change and the price is right. Would like to see them change up their menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I had the salmon picatta and it was way over cooked and dry. Not sure if it was even salmon. The bread knots were dry as well. My husband had the veal Marsala and it was mediocre. I was quite disappointed with this meal I’m sorry to say.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, excellent service. The ambience was more casual than we expected, but still nice. I had the Chicken Romano, my husband had the rigatoni and our 22 year old son had the calzone. All very good!

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vipShari
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I don't usually take the time to write reviews but this one was a must. This was one of the best Italian restaurants I have ever, ever been to. It was so good that during our recent trip to San Luis Obispo we ate there twice. Let's begin with the menu. There is a vast selection of pastas to choose from. The pasta is homemade and if you haven't had homemade pasta, there is a difference. A big difference. The small bowl of garlic mini bread rolls are the most delicious and soft rolls I've eaten. A must to eat only when they are warm and you could easily eat two bowls worth. After asking the server to surprise me between my two choices (butternut squash ravioli and fettuccine), she brought me the most delicious, tasty butternut squash ravioli floating in a cream and butter sage sauce that was amazing. Others are my table had the Mama's meatball and spaghetti with the meatball light and fluffy and the sauce was tasty as well. There was also the Italian braised short rib on top of creamy polenta with the meat falling off the bone. Pizza is pizza, right? Not this pizza. The sauce was the best I've tasted. Don't pass on the desserts as the tiramasu is light and creamy. Don't bother to look for any other Italian restaurant when you are in San Luis Obispo. Go to Mama's Meatball.

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emilyw
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, great staff, nice location. I highly recommend the pollo Romano.

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robertt
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific pizza, mista salad and the service was wonderful.

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RhysC
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Well priced, food was quality, came out nice and hot.

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mangiabuona
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistency is the hallmark of Mama's Meatball. The food is always tasty and the service is good. The prices are reasonable. I love the garlic bread knots that come with the meals. Even the vegetables, which are often an after thought in restaurants, taste good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Need tablecloths

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Shops365
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Grandchildren and I loved everything snd every moment The food was delicious and the service was amazing !💕

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PJMC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Two of our party had chicken parmesan . It was very overcooked. Very hard and tough.
One guest wasn't sure it was chicken. Will not return.

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vipThomasL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was good but food came so so slow from the kitchen. I won’t be back anytime soon

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charlie
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat at Mama's Meatballs every few months.
I always get the linguini pescatore
Food is usually very good and the service is always good.
I like the fact that they have tables outside now and I hope that they keep some tables outside. Great value.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. Highly recommend the Bruchetta

LH
LaurenH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and atmosphere! Garlic knots are a nice touch for bread!

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JuniorR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fettuccine Alfredo sauce could have had a little more salt, but other than that, everything was delicious! I will definitely be back in the future.

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Foodie
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal from start to finish.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great.

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Alyce
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Made a reservation a month in advance and arrived to be told they do not take reservations. Open Table still let's you make reservations. They finally decided to honor it with a little attitude. Food was different than when we went in October. I still ranked them 4 stars but they need to stop allowing reservations if they won't accept.

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vipTimmyP
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredibly good, and this is one of the best outdoor dining spots in San Luis Obispo. It is sheltered from the wind, and also has great ambiance.

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KelseyP
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food. My family was visiting for the weekend and I wanted to choose somewhere that would please everyone and Mama's Meatball was perfect. Definitely make a reservation in advance to avoid any wait times on busy weekends.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Unfortunately, they decided to close for Christmas and didn’t notify us. Sad that we didn’t get the Christmas dinner we’d hoped for- we’re not from town so hopefully we get to go back and try what looked like yummy Italian food from the photos.

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BONNIED
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We got there for our restaurant at 6:30pm. Got there they said kitchen was closed will not take orders until 8:30. I confirmed reservation did not tell me that was the case. Very very disappointed. We came there, went down a 5.5 scary hill to get there. Bad Bad

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vipCynthia
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Ate outside. Had 3 course meal. Lots of food.

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ShelbiW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely meal with friends and enjoyed the service and food. Thank you!

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vipCosmo7
Los Angeles
529 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best authentic Italian food on the west coast.
Food is flavorful, exactly like southern Italy.
Service is fantastic (Oscar) and we feel like family
when we dine there.

Thank you so much
Malto grazia!
Darius n Dalia

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vipCosmo7
Los Angeles
529 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and authentic Italian food...
Family run and always a pleasure to
Meet mama and son and staff

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AdelB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great staff/service. Can't ask for more

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Susanaorsomething
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food with such mouth-watering flavors. I rarely visit SLO and when I do, I treat myself here. The suggested wine was very complimentary to the meal which the waiter encouraged. They have never steered me wrong.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our experience was perfect! The bread knots couldn’t come fast enough for our hungry table. Our waitress, Cambria was on point the whole night. Even through her mask we could see her bubbly personality along with her genuine love for where she works. Thank you for the amazing experience. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service awesome. Great food

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vipCosmo7
Los Angeles
529 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mamas food was out of this world! It is a hidden gem in the small town of San Luis Obispo. I have traveled the world, especially in southern Italy, and never tasted anything in the United States that would come close to Italian food, real Italian food! Until now, and sitting at mamas restaurant took us back to Europe, and there’s so excitement and complexity and flavor and all her dishes!! I got to meet mama Maria after our lunch. She is a gentle woman, but she is so old school, and it really shows up in all her food. I have been looking for a dessert called profiteroles, for a long time. And she has some of the best desserts in the world! We will Definitely never forget and want to come back as soon as possible!

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PamP
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I’ve been to in SLO! Incredible food, staff was friendly and attentive and the atmosphere was wonderful. I highly recommend Mama’s Meatballs!

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vipRafii
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am allergic to Gluten and they had plenty of options for me. The baked Penne and Salmon Piccata were wonderful! Wine list could use 1 nicer bottle of red.

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ChristopherB
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We had a 5pm reservation. We were the second table to be seated after opening. Five tables got their dinner before we did. The table after us got their bill and left before we got our dinner. When we asked the server, she said there were a lot more online orders because it was cold that night. Seemed odd that five tables after us were served before us. Food is usually very good but it was a bit salty this evening. Haven't been there in a long time because of Covid. Not sure when we will be back.

FAQs

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

Mama's Meatball is rated 4.6 stars by 849 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.