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Mama's Meatball

4.5
4.5
866 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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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 866 people are saying

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Fit for Foodies

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Healthy

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. S

    Sand

    Central Coast

    49 reviews

    3.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Mama's had a during-Covid 3-course special that is no longer on the menu. Too bad, as it was perfect for us senior diners. The menu now is pretty ordinary Italian fare suited for a chain. We noticed that they are trying to franchise "Mama's", so that seems about right.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Real Italian food and fair prices!
  3. I

    India

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing! Cannot say enough about those yummy meatballs and garlic knots! We each got something different and all was unique and delicious. Seafood is fresh and meat sauce Ragu was amazing as well. Love mama’s ♥️
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Disappointed as the squash ravioli’s sauce was heavy & bland. I was looking forward to the ricotta cheese cake but the piece I got must have been old as it was dry. Not like the former moist version I had before. The restaurant also has no decaf coffee or tea . I bought my own tea & was served warm water . Our waiter must have been having a bad day also . Will I try it again ? Yes as I was told the lasagna was great , they’ll probably get fresh cheese cake & the parking is easy on off hours.
  5. MJ

    MommaJEats

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    I made this reservation months ago Graduation dinner for 2 young men and families We had to wait 30 minutes for our table They finally put us in back right next to bathroom door No one came to table for 10 minutes to offer water menus or glasses fir wine we brought Service got better after that but while we were having dessert Staff was literally mopping the floor around us Not a warm welcome and a very abrupt farewell
  6. b

    brendaf

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our dinner and found the service excellent. It was very busy that night, our waiter did a great job navigating and keeping us in the loop. They hostess even offered us quarters when we were not sure we had put enough in the meter.
  7. l

    lovetoeat

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cousins Wedding Anniversary
  8. SO

    SalO

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely anniversary dinner.
  9. SL

    SLOMomma

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food in a casual environment. Enjoyed celebrating Mother's Day here!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was amazed that we were able to get very last minute reservations. Wonderful restaurant, great service, excellent food.
  11. K

    Kerik

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, nice atmosphere and friendly service.
  12. SM

    ShakeMe

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly a taste of Italy, flavourable.
  13. A

    Asticat

    Sacramento

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Because you had a large catering order, we did wait for quite some time for our meals. The Bread nibbles helped satiate our hunger. My meal, the Gnocchi alla Sorrentina had way too much sauce and the mozzarella cheese was in huge gooey chunks, not pleasant to eat. Serving it in a pizza crust was not necessary. The crust was not tasty, and did not add to the meal. The other three people enjoyed their entrees of lasagne.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome absolutely awesome
  15. L

    Lala

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    We loved the ambiance. Very cozy & family oriented. We had Calamari & Bruschetta which were both DELICIOUS. We also had cheese & spinach ravioli & meatballs & Chicken Parmigiana which were also very DELICIOUS. I would definitely comeback again & would also recommend to my friends & family.
  16. IS

    ItalyinSLO

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We met the chef (maybe owner?) at the Thursday night farmer's market. We let him know we already had a reservation for the next night (found on Yelp). He was so enthusiastic and suggested we order Mama's Famous Mac & Cheese. We took his advice and weren't disappointed! We also got the Bruschetta Fresco which was so yummy! My hubby got the calzone which was as wide as the big plate it was served on. Oh my, and the "bread," which were essentially garlic knots, were so addicting! I'm looking forward to going back on our next visit to SLO.
  17. R

    Russ

    Los Angeles

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Mama's Meatball never fails to meet or exceed expectations. This is the second time we've taken our picky eating grandkids to Mama's. Why, because they eat every bit of their entrees....and the adults feel the same way. It didn't matter if we ordered a pizza or one of the Gnocchi's or the simple spaghetti and Meatball (actually there were 2 of them) or the ravioli or anything else...it's all good...try the calamari too!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and amazing staff
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    The waitress forgot to put in my order obviously. She came to the table, asked me what I ordered. Then went back to the kitchen and brought out everyone’s order except mine. She said she’d check on mine and then came back to the table and said they were running behind on my order. However food was being delivered to tables all around me to guest that came after us. Finally 35 minutes later my food finally arrived. It was clear she had not put it in until after she asked me what I had ordered
  20. TN

    TimNB

    Chicago

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great find in SLO! We had lasagna and the lamb dish. Both were superb!
  21. MC

    MargaretC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We eat here whenever in SLO & even though my daughter lives there, she is always happy to have a meal there!
  22. m

    megdarlin

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I love eating at Mama’s Meatball! The food is exquisite, great wine selection and great service. Our server is Damien and he is so friendly, conscientious and professional…he makes the experience so pleasant…just an all around great place to dine! 👏🏼 BRAVO BRAVO! 👏🏼
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Soggy previously frozen tiramisu, salty food & luke warm meatballs. I wouldn’t go back.
  24. AH

    AlexxisH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just want to start off by saying that everything was absolutely wonderful from start to finish! I took my love to celebrate our 4 year anniversary & they were so accommodating. Our server was phenomenal and overall all staff were courteous and work hard. I highly recommend you go to Mamas Meatballs as they are better than other Italian joints in town.
  25. C

    Cheryl

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    This was not my previous experience with Mamas - the food was not exceptional. The rack of lamb was overcooked and drowned in a red sauce. Both pasta dishes arrived lukewarm at best. Bread knots were not warm and very hard. The caesar was large but lacked dressing.However the meatballs were as always, delicious. Maybe an off night, but we were disappointed for a birthday dinner.
  26. M

    Maureen

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely lunch at Mama’s Meatballs to celebrate a birthday. They took care of us from the moment we walked in until when we left. A good time was had by all and the food was wonderful. Highly recommended!
  27. B

    Bridget

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant to go to when your parents are in town, a little pricey but again… parents. Food was so good, desserts are out of this world. Very nice servers as well. Makes you feel like you’re in any Italians pantry with the wall of dried pastas.
  28. GB

    GinaB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mama's famous mac and cheese with braised pork ribs was SO delicious! My new favorite restaurant in SLO.
  29. WA

    WilliamA

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Overall the food was good and the service excellent. Kudos to our server, Hannah- She was terrific. The fettuccine Alfredo was bland but the other dishes were good
  30. K

    Krys

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious, fresh, affordable Italian cuisine. One of our favorite spots!
  31. J

    Joyce

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    I ordered Ossobuco. Above the entrees, it states that they are served with steamed organic vegetables and potatoes. I did not get either one. In the description of the Ossobuco, it states "Braised veal shank with vegetables in a white wine sauce, served with Parmesan cheese risotto." When I asked the waitress for the vegetables and potatoes, she asked about it and told me that they are only braised with them, they don't come with the meal, even though it says served with vegetables and potatoes. They would not honor what the menu said.
  32. RG

    ReshmaG

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely homely ambiance, delicious entrees - with extra sauce( home style!) will definitely go back
  33. K

    Katrina

    Orange County

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service from Cambria and the owner Nicola. We couldn’t find our discount for an appetizer and he gave it to us. Excellent Sangiovese wine and food.
  34. N

    None

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restauran, with tasty food and friendly staff
  35. SW

    StanW

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of our favorite places to dine in SLO. We love the salmon piccata. They offer some delicious gluten-free options as well. The only issue can be parking, especially on Thursdays when SLO has its farmer’s market nearby.
  36. L

    Linda

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything here is always delicious and it's quiet enough that you can actually talk to each other - LOL
  37. D

    Davidb

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    The host put us in the front close to the door which was cold when the door opened. We had reservations and I asked if she had any other tables. She said no but within 10 minutes a couple was seated away from the door. Another couple came in and they too were seated away from the door. So the hist lied. We went to this restaurant because they have pasta ravioli. Nope they didn't have any. Waitress never checked if everything was ok or if we needed anything else after the dinner was served. Food was very good. Unfortunately we won't be back
  38. T

    Terce

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first experience was 10 years ago. Still a delicious bet for Italian food in SLO.
  39. S

    Sophie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Lovely restaurant! The food was great and the setting was very romantic.
  40. JS

    JonathanS

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    This restaurant came highly recommended but unfortunately it didn't live up to our expectations We had reservations at 730 and arrived early, at 725. We were told that the party before us was late and it put everything behind. We were not seated until 8. The food was good but a bit pricey

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 4.5 stars by 866 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


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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