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Mama's Meatball

4.6
4.6
912 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
There are many Italian Restaurants in San Luis Obispo, but if you're looking for a truly authentic Italian dining experience, then you should consider Mama's Meatball Restaurant. Rated among the best San Luis Obispo restaurants, Mama's Meatball uses the freshest, quality ingredients grown locally to create some of the most outstanding dishes you could find in San Luis Obispo eateries. For your convenience, Mama's Meatball offers dine-in, takeout and delivery service. Mama's Meatball is one of the few restaurants near Mission San Luis Obispo, and a block away from hotels in downtown San Luis Obispo to offer private dining options and banquet accommodations for corporate parties and family celebrations. Click here to request a quote for your next private event. Check Out Charity Water! https://www.charitywater.org/mamas-meatball

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 544-0861

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Nicola Allegretta

  • Neighborhood

    San Luis Obispo

  • Cross street

    Nipomo St.

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 912 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Good for groups

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Neighborhood gem

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Great for fine wines

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Romantic

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Most Booked

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  1. R

    Roberto

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Haven’t been to Mama’s in awhile. Always a pleasant experience. Our waiter, Marco was very friendly and professional. Garlic rolls, which are usually binge-worthy, were a bit dried out. Generous wine pours. Salads well-done. Soups a bit bland. Pizza and calzone were delicious. We will be back.
  2. TS

    TraceyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I felt as if I was in Italy again. Great food and atmosphere.
  3. SG

    SamanthaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food was amazing, cute place to eat!
  4. PZ

    PattiZ

    Los Angeles

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoyable! Another great experience! Thanks!
  5. t

    tourandtravel

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Fixed menu on Thanksgiving was poor quality for the price. They ran out of dessert and brought our bread after we had started dinner. A two course meal for a side salad and vegetarian pastas was $65 which would have been acceptable if the food was better. I will try this place again, just not on a night with a fixed menu.
  6. TK

    TedK

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Too exoensive for thanksgiving ravioliu for sixtyfive bucks??
  7. SB

    SuzanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal we had all week. An amazing, friendly, welcoming atmosphere and the food was just the best!!!!
  8. LG

    LovesGoodFood

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fabulous Thanksgiving dinner at Mama's! Never disappointed!
  9. SC

    SilCad

    Central Coast

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    They were extremely busy, but still took care of our needs. Our waiter was personable and attentive, in spite of the packed scene. And, as usual, the food was excellent.
  10. UW

    UpperWestFan

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had a long-standing reservation and, following our waiting a long time at the greeting station for somebody to welcome us, we learned they did not have table cleaned for us. We could see one available right in front of us. Ten minutes later, they had it wiped down and ready. They sat us down, with menus, but nobody came to the table. We waited, waited, waited…nobody. No water, no drink orders, nothing. I asked a server for help. She seemed to hear me but walked away. I finally stopped her, five minutes later, and asked whether she knew who might be in in charge of our table. She said she would find out. Nobody ever came and we eventually, to the disappointment of our honored guest, decided to leave after over a half hour of waiting. It was like we were invisible. Unbelievable. They seemed overwhelmed and understaffed. Giuseppe’s and Buona Tavola would never allow this to happen. They are packed every night, and they treat you with care. This was the worst restaurant experience I’ve had in SLO. And when we walked out, nobody noticed. There was nobody near the door, as was the case when we arrived.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our service has been consistently spectacular, and it’s likely because we’ve been taken care of by the same gentleman each time. I wish I knew his name, but he never fails to exceed expectations with a smile- even when dinner takes a little longer than usual. We love coming here. We love the food, the atmosphere & charm, and service. Easily a top 5 in SLO & absolutely #1 for Italian.
  12. HW

    HilaryW

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is phenomenal and the people are nice!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great spot for some homemade Italian family dinner for my Wofe’s birthday. Food and wine were great!
  14. d

    dragonfly

    Seattle

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meals are always delicious and always include seasonal selections. The staff is friendly and efficient but they do not rush customers.
  15. BT

    BT22

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The BEST gluten free pasta dish I have ever had! The staff is warm and wonderful. Excellent dining experience!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Went for our anniversary, had a very nice time. Food was great, wholesome Italian fare, my comfort food. We were too full for desert, but the options looked great as well.
  17. BG

    BirthdayGirl

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Dinner was very good. The Tirimasu was delicious. Wine per glass was a little pricey for the amount poured. Atmosphere was very nice. Our server, Damien, was absolutely awesome. He was efficient, very down to earth, friendly and personable. We will be back.
  18. CT

    ConnieT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful home-town atmosphere with excellent food and service.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There were four of us, we all had something different and everyone’s food was great. They were busy, but that didn’t cause the food or the service to suffer. The most important thing was, our server was WONDERFUL. He was genuinely nice and friendly and made our evening special.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a party of 17 and they did a great job for us
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Waiter seemed new, our food order got messed up which was a bummer but The food was great! Very tasty. We sat in a dark area of Restaraunt so it was hard to see menu. Based on my first experience last month there I would go back. The Restaraunt was very busy and the food was very good.
  22. K

    Kevin

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! Looking forward to our next visit.
  23. SA

    StaceyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, service was outstanding. Definitely going back
  24. MC

    MarcusC

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the short ribs Pappardelle dish, which was more lime a short ribs ravioli. So good! If you like a rich sauce, this one’s for you
  25. EF

    EricF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Had a 7:15 reservation, but due to unexpected rain the restaurant ran out of indoor tables. So we got caught in the rain, literally. Host basically acknowledged our reservation but said they couldn’t seat us and walked away - wouldn’t even provide a wait time if we chose to wait for a table. We ended up ordering take out from them, as options on a Saturday night were limited. Pastas we’re all good and their marinara sauce is excellent. But, take out meals don’t come with any Parmesan or pepper flakes, so make sure you ask. Not the evening we were looking for while visiting our daughter at Cal Poly, but I recognize there is only so much the restaurant could’ve done under the circumstances. However, a phone call letting us know our reservation was canceled or at least some accommodations on our take out bill would’ve been appreciated.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had great service from Damien.
  27. NM

    NadineM

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic meal at Mama’s and our server, Natalie, was terrific! I also highly recommend the Italian Spritzer! We will definitely return.
  28. b

    blankr

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There were 5 in our group and every dish that we ordered was delicious. Consistent quality and great service, we'll be back.
  29. GM

    GaryM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is top notch Italian ! ! Super friendly staff, Mama does a great job with all the dishes.
  30. SP

    SteveP

    Central Coast

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    As my wife said “ Sad. They use to be so good”. Cold and poor quality food, slow inattentive service. Just a very poor experience.
  31. Z

    Zach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place with good ambience and great food. Every pasta I've had there is great and filling. Better bang for your buck, just as fancy and tasty, and heartier food than the other nice Italian places in SLO in my opinion.
  32. TI

    TheIntuitive

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    My wife had the Carbonara and she enjoyed it very much. We had a mushroom and prosciutto pizza. It was very good. I had the Orecchiette e Braciole which was delicious.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic Ragú special
  34. LL

    LivingLifeOutLoud

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Had a fabulous waiter; would go again just to experience his humor.
  35. GH

    GretchenH

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Pasta, Caprese appetizer. And Tiramisu Thoroughly enjoyed our server Natalie. Definitely will return when we’re back in SLO
  36. CA

    ChristineA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Natalie was our server, and couldn’t have been more knowledgeable, attentive and enthusiastic! It was our first time at Mama’s Meatball, and we definitely plan to come back.
  37. ME

    MarkE

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Seated on time. Best service I had at any local restaurant in the last six months!!! Been dining at Mama’s for 10+ years. Always worth returning!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience and food!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    We’ve been here many times but this visit was not on point.
  40. T

    Tigelleria

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Noise is really over the top. Large party was extremely loud but there’s nothing to absorb noise. Salad had hot house tomatoes - in the middle August! No excuse for that. Overall the meal was excellent.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

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 4.6 stars by 912 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Mama's Meatball

570 Higuera St Ste 130, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Nipomo St.

  • Neighborhood

    San Luis Obispo

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nicola Allegretta

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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