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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
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“meatballs” (47 reviews)
“pizza” (23 reviews)
“orecchiette” (6 reviews)
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CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Value
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LOCATION
570 Higuera St, Suite 130 - 135, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3849
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everyone enjoyed their dinners in our party of 10, but I did notice that the portions were smaller compared to other Italian restaurants. I split my meal with my friend, but it was barely enough. Usually pasta dishes are so big you can't finish them....More

Thank katwave1
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the feedback, katwave1. We regret that your time with us was anything less than perfect. While we're happy that you appreciated our attentive staff, it's unfortunate the size of the dishes didn't exceed your expectations. We strive to ensure our guests have...More

Reviewed 11 October 2017

small portions. over priced. rude staff. dogs in doorway. lasagna was watery. dirty to the point of not wanting to sit inside. do NOT recommend.

Thank W4769ANmarya
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

We appreciate your feedback. We regret that your time with us didn't meet your expectations. We hold ourselves to a higher standard so we do hope you allow us the opportunity to share a more positive experience with you soon.

Reviewed 8 October 2017

Since we are southern italian looking for authentic Italian style pizza, we decided on Mama’s Meatball. I had been there in the past and enjoyed their pasta, soups (I love their asparagus soup and wish they’d bring it back) and salads. But their pizza is...More

Thank Apollonia50
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Thanks for the wonderful review! We're thrilled your time with us was so fantastic! We strive to offer top-notch service alongside our mouthwatering dishes and your praise lets us know we're doing our job. That's what we like to see! We look forward to hosting...More

Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

We were visiting from Santa Barbara for an overnight and went to Moma's meatballs for dinner based on the reviews and ratings on Trip Advisor. We both felt it was just ok but nothing more. Much construction in the area and it should be marked...More

Thank Robbonomo
Nicola A, Owner at Mama's Meatball, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2017

Dear Guest, It's unfortunate you had such challenges during your time with us. We strive to offer quality service alongside fresh and delicious food for our guests. We're disheartened our service didn't meet your expectations. We care deeply about the happiness and satisfaction of our...More

Reviewed 17 September 2017

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 18 September 2017

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 5 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 7 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 29 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 1 July 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 24 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 13 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 13 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!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 25
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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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