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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 good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“meatballs” (44 reviews)
“bread knots” (6 reviews)
“profiteroles” (5 reviews)
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CUISINES
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
570 Higuera St, Suite 130 - 135, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3849
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Reviewed 6 December 2015 via mobile

We came on a Sunday night, but made our reservations through Trip Advisor. Every table is taken. This restaurant caters to families and couples. The presentation was nice, see pictures. My spouse ordered pasta and he loved it. The salmon was a healthy dinner. The...More

Thank Marilyn B
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2015

Marilyn B, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us and the TripAdvisor community! We couldn't be happier to hear about your experience. We're glad you took notice of the hard work we put into our presentation, and that you were...More

Reviewed 24 November 2015

We ended up here after seeing an ad and liked the looks of it. It's nestled back in an area called The Creamery so it nice & quiet. The café area where we ate is designed to look like a patio in Italy. We had...More

Thank MurphySlo
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2015

I'm so glad you decided to stop by! It's wonderful to read how much you enjoyed lunch out on our patio. Thanks for your kind words -- we're looking forward to next time! Warmly, Nicola, Owner/Chef

Reviewed 1 November 2015

This restaurant is very popular with my friends, and we tend to go here for special lunches. It is a small, very attractively decorated restaurant. The food is very good; everyone has their favorite. The bread balls they serve for the table are scrumptious. We...More

Thank HistoryNutCalifornia
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2015

It's wonderful to hear that we're one of your favorite spots for a special lunch! I've got to agree with you about the garlic knots -- they're definitely popular around here. Looking forward to having you all back soon! Warmly, Nicola, Owner/Chef

Reviewed 29 October 2015

Have eaten here on many occasions and always enjoy ourselves. Food and service is solid. When crowded, the room is EXTREMELY noisey and cramped. Wait staff is attentive. Owner Nicola takes pride in making his customers happy. Highly recommended for a casual, delicious meal.

Thank Kinghut
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2015

Thank you so much for your kind words! I will absolutely let our staff know what a wonderful job they always do. I really appreciate you spreading the word! 'Til next time, Nicola, Owner/Chef

Reviewed 29 October 2015

Reasonably priced (for SLO anyway) and the food was very good. Mama's is located in a bit of an alley way which meant we didn't see it from the street but worth the effort.

Thank JMGTRIP
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2015

So glad you eventually found us! Hearing how much you loved your meal is music to my ears. Thanks for the kind words! Warmly, Nicola, Owner/Chef

Reviewed 26 October 2015 via mobile

We had this restaurant recommended on a previous visit & decided to try it on this visit. It was busy, Cal Poly family weekend, but we got there early enough with no reservation. The food was good, loved the Caesar salad & Spaghetti carbonara. Service...More

Thank SBmom22
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2015

I'm so glad you and your family could stop by during Parents Weekend! It's wonderful to hear that our servers did such a great job -- I'll be sure to pass along the compliments. And please do send our thanks to the friend who recommended...More

Reviewed 26 October 2015

I have mostly enjoyed lunch at this restaurant. I like the ambiance and the food. It is a small restaurant which gives a feeling of intimacy and calmness. The only drawback is parking is a little bit hard to find and if you are there...More

Thank ohno9999
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2015

I'm thrilled to hear that our ambiance and food make us one of your favorites here in town! Thanks for your kind words -- we're looking forward to next time! Warmly, Nicola, Owner/Chef

Reviewed 17 October 2015

What we got was a lot of crust with not much on it.....overpriced for what was not much more than a big slice of bread.....would not go there again if in SLO.More

Thank Gypsytwo
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2015

I'm really sorry to hear about your disappointing pizza! I hope you mentioned something to your server -- he or she would've been more than happy to have a new one made for you. We want you to love your meal, after all! With that...More

Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

The restaurant was small and intimate. Very cozy. It was more elegant than the name implies. Our waiter was friendly and professional. He was very patient as we asked questions about the menu selections. The food was very good with a nice presentation. The price...More

Thank Catmom59
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2015

It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed our cozy atmosphere and tasty food! Sounds like your server deserves a round of applause, too, so thanks for the kind words. We'll look forward to welcoming you back soon! Cheers, Nicola, Owner/Chef

Reviewed 11 October 2015 via mobile

I was here with my husband and daughter on a recent Friday night. We had reservations (which I recommend) and were seated immediately. We started with very good salads. My daughter had the excellent meatballs. My husband had lamb chops and I had veal piccata:...More

Thank BuendeKES
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2015

Thank you so much for sharing you and your family's experience with us the other night! It certainly sounds like you three shared a few of our very favorite dishes and wines. This really was a treat to receive, and I hope we get the...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, 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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