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Mama's Meatball

570 Higuera St, Suite 130 - 135, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3849
+1 805-544-0861
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Overview
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“meatballs” (44 reviews)
“bread knots” (6 reviews)
“profiteroles” (5 reviews)
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CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Food
Value
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LOCATION
570 Higuera St, Suite 130 - 135, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3849
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Area is under construction, so hard to find and parking is on the street. Looks like a casual sit down eatery, but with high end restaurant prices. We ordered the spaghetti and meatballs for $16, and you get a small serving of sauce with meat...More

Thank Roberta H
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We appreciate the feedback, Roberta. We're deeply disappointed your experience with us was less than ideal. It's unfortunate our dishes didn't meet your expectations. We hold ourselves to a higher standard of service so we'll be sure to address your concerns with our team moving...More

Reviewed 4 July 2017

Pretty small place. We didn't have reservations, but they were able to get us in with a fairly short wait, and we got to enjoy the wine we brought while we waited. Nice wine list too. I had the baked penne and my wife had...More

Thank Michael P
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

Thank you for the wonderful review, Michael! It's excellent you had such a fantastic experience with us! We're happy you enjoyed our delicious food so much, as well as our wine list. The baked penne was a great choice, a real fan favorite! We look...More

Reviewed 28 June 2017

We chose to have our son's college graduation dinner here based on a wonderful experience my nephew had there for his graduation dinner many years ago. Elijah was most helpful taking care of our reservation and the early dinner time we were requesting. Everyone in...More

Thank wendyjo98
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2017

Thanks for the perfect review, Wendy! We're delighted to hear that you had an excellent dining experience with us! It's wonderful that our team provided you with helpful and knowledgeable service. We're also very pleased that you loved all the dishes you tried - that's...More

Reviewed 21 June 2017

We were there the night before my son's graduation. They were busy but not packed & had no wait. I was very disappointed in the service. My son order a pasta dish with chicken but no cheese. I ordered the veal parmigiana & requested pasta...More

Thank mellengal
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

Dear Guest, We're deeply disappointed your experience with us was less than ideal. It's unfortunate to hear that our food and services didn't meet your expectations. Your experience is not on par with the level of service we're accustomed to sharing with our guests. We...More

Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

This review is specific to Mama's meatballs which I had the good fortune to taste at the Thursday eve Farmers market. OMG were they delicious. I devoured them and the meaty sweet sauce so quickly and wanted more but sadly she ran out and I...More

Thank Dina H
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Thanks for the perfect rating, Dina! We're delighted you had such an excellent experience with us! We aim to please and your praise for our dishes lets us know we're doing our job! We look forward to sharing another amazing experience with you soon! Have...More

Reviewed 12 May 2017

We stayed in SLO in April and went down to the farmers market. There was construction on Higuera and since their restaurant sits back a little off the street we couldn't see it. While at the farmers market we saw an older couple running the...More

Thank aprilblock
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2017

Thanks for the 5/5 rating! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed dining with us! We look forward to sharing another stellar meal with you soon! Have a beautiful day!

Reviewed 16 April 2017

We made a reservation & so should you if you are going here on a Saturday night. We were seated right on time. They serve garlic knots with the meal, not before, as someone else here mentioned, but they are so worth the wait! I've...More

Thank BarbaraAndPaul
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

Thank you for the outstanding review, Barbara and Paul! We're delighted you had such a wonderful experience with us! We strive to offer top-notch service alongside our mouthwatering dishes. Your praise lets us know we're doing our job! We look forward to hosting you again...More

Reviewed 4 April 2017

Normally very good. Their website says nothing about the current renovation. No longer the main dining room, but they cramp the tables together in an utility room. Very loud to the point that I could not have a conversation with my fiancee nor could I...More

Thank RalphVentura
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2017

Thank you for sharing this feedback, Ralph. We are very disappointed to hear about your experience. Providing high-quality experiences is always what we strive for. We will share all of your feedback with our team moving forward. We hope you will give us another opportunity...More

Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

My wife and I were taking a road trip up the Cali coast and spent the evening in San Luis Obispo. We were looking for a cost effective casual dining experience that was a cut above your normal American burger fare and we stumbled onto...More

Thank Juanmt2015
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2017

Thank you for the great rating, Juan! We are very pleased to hear about the experience you and your wife had while dining with us! Providing great tasting meals and excellent service is always our highest priority. We hope you plan on stopping in again...More

Reviewed 4 March 2017

There's a comfortable "homey" feel to Mama's Meatball Italian Restaurant. Their spaghetti carbonara is soooooooo delicious! Their meatballs are robust & a little spicier than ones I've eaten before. Very tasty. Great desserts too!More

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Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2017

Thanks for the 4/5 review! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great dining experience with us! It's wonderful that you loved your meal - the Spaghetti Carbonara is an excellent choice! We'd love to host you again soon to share an even more...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 - 14:30
16:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
10:30 - 14:30
16:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
10:30 - 14:30
16:30 - 21:30
Thursday
10:30 - 14:30
16:30 - 21:30
Friday
10:30 - 14:30
16:30 - 21:30
Saturday
10:30 - 14:30
16:30 - 21:30
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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