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Mama's Meatball

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570 Higuera St, Suite 130 - 135, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3849 (Nipomo St.)
+1 805-544-0861
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10:30 - 22:00
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Tue - Sun 10:30 - 22:00
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Los Osos, California
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There are better Italian restaurants in San Luis Obispo -- Guiseppe's, A Tavola, Roma's. Mama's is a small, cafe-like spot, with a takeout deli. Friendly vibes. Good, not exceptional, food. Good value. This is based on three orders from the lunch menu.

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Los Osos
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If this had been our first visit to Mama's Meatball, we'd never go back. We've had good food there in the past, but not this time. Granted, they were very busy that night. We had a very good bruschetta to start with, but then we waited a very long time for our main dish orders (unasked, the waiter brought us... More 

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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A real find. Fantastic!!!. The service is excellent, food is extremely flavorable and, the potions are very large. Both myself and my wife had pasta dishes. My wife, had a dish made with white wine, garlic, spices and, a lot of different shellfish and salmon. I had basically the same thing in a tomatoe sauce. Both so delicious. The garlic... More 

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Thank Alan G
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this review

Thanks for the wonderful review, Alan! We're delighted you had such a lovely experience with us. We strive to provide only the best for our guests. It's fantastic we could exceed your expectations and give you such a memorable experience! We aim to please! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Have a beautiful day! More 

Santa Barbara, United States
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

GREAT food, marvelous staff, quiet setting and good value. We recommend this to anyone who visits the area. We will be back on our next visit.

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Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this review

Thanks for the wonderful review, Steen! We're thrilled you had such a lovely experience with us! We strive to offer stellar service and mouthwatering dishes. We aim to please and your praise lets us know we're doing our job! We look forward to hosting you again soon for another amazing experience! Until then, have a beautiful day! More 

San Luis Obispo, CA
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77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked ahead for an after-concert dinner. Knowing the venue is small (20 to 30), reservations were (I though) required. (We had been here once before - the food was good and service was well above average that time. Noisy when crowded.) The day of our visit they were short handed apparently both in the kitchen and among the table... More 

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Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We appreciate the 4-star rating. However, we're deeply disappointed that your experience was less than perfect. We strive to offer quality service and delicious cuisine. Your experience is not up to par with the standard we are capable of providing. We do hope you will give us another opportunity to demonstrate the high-caliber service we are accustomed to... More 

San Jose, California
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

It's a little difficult to find this restaurant. Just know it's down a driveway in a courtyard and you should be able to find it. Came here for dinner on a Saturday night (had reservations and needed them--the place was full already shortly after 5:30). We shared a nice fresh bruschetta dish. I had spaghetti carbonara--not too exotic, but this... More 

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Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing this stellar review, Mike! We're thrilled to hear you and your family had such a great time with us! It's our pleasure to accommodate all of you to the fullest extent. After all, your happiness is our top priority. However, we appreciate all of your praise! Just knowing that everyone loved their meals means we did our... More 

New York City, New York
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

I travel to SLO each quarter for business reviews. I try to stay in or as close to downtown as possible, as anyone who has visited knows what a great vibe this city has. Anyway, having grown up in New York City, I look for good, non-chain Italian restaurants when I travel. My visits to Mama's unearthed exactly that! I... More 

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Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing the excellent review, Stan! We're excited to hear that you've enjoyed several great dining experiences with us at Mama's Meatball. The authentic, fresh Italian cuisine that you just described is exactly what we strive to provide for our guests each time they visit. We're so glad that you look forward to dining with us each time you... More 

New Malden, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Good old TripAdvisor led us to this lovely restaurant just off Higuera St. and we were not disappointed. With an excellent and varied menu with fine local wines, we enjoyed our meal immensely and the staff could not have been more helpful and friendly.

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Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing this glowing review, Roger! We're thrilled to hear you stumbled upon our restaurant and had such a fantastic time! It's our pleasure to accommodate you to the fullest extent. after all, your happiness and satisfaction are two of our top priorities. With this said, Roger, we'd love to see you back soon! We're looking forward to sharing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

I'm so happy we found this place! We have been to Italy many times, but this one beats them all. We had one of our best dinner experiences ever last night. The cozy ambiance, the wonderful, impeccable service and the delicious food and wine left us euphoric. Even though they don't have a set kids menu, they made a smaller... More 

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Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing the outstanding review! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience at Mama's Meatball. It's exciting to know that your meal and the service provided to you exceeded all of your expectations and reminded you of your travels to Italy. We are so appreciative of your kind words, and we'd love to... More 

Ohio
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Small classic Italian restaurant with excellent food and service. Comprehensive menu with decent wine selection.

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1 Thank OhioDave
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing the outstanding review, Dave! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your authentic dining experience at Mama's Meatball. Providing our guests with top-notch service and delicious cuisine is extremely important to us and we're happy to know that all of your expectations were met when dining with us. We look forward to hosting you again soon, Dave.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
10:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
10:30 - 22:00
Thursday
10:30 - 22:00
Friday
10:30 - 22:00
Saturday
10:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 570 Higuera St, Suite 130 - 135, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3849
    (Nipomo St.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: +1 805-544-0861
Description
Mama's Meatball offers authentic, homemade Italian dining & catering,
Our chef cultivates and harvest most of the organic produce to be used in our menu from our garden's rich soil. The idea of a garden in the city is fascinating and it allows us to keep in constant contact with nature while providing with a true Farm-to-Table experience. Furthermore, we are committed to preserve the land and its resources by providing agricultural produce, fishery and cattle livestock that adhere to strict sustainability practices. All poultry, fish, beef, and pork are sourced locally and must be, free range, organic, non-hormone treated. Just as Chef Nicola wants to pay respect to the culinary history of Italy, he is solid in his commitment to respect our land and water, with conscious usage of the resources available

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