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570 Higuera Street, Suite 130 - 135, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 (Nipomo St.)
+1 805-544-0861
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10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery
Description: Mama's Meatball offers authentic, homemade Italian dining & catering, Our...
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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  • 65
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Valentine Perfect

If you are looking for great food in a great setting with great staff, look no further! I've been here several times (and rated them before on Yelp! ) but wanted to make sure if you are on vacation here, you know where to go for Great food at a reasonable price. Fresh pasta, great specials and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
Tim T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

If you are looking for great food in a great setting with great staff, look no further! I've been here several times (and rated them before on Yelp! ) but wanted to make sure if you are on vacation here, you know where to go for Great food at a reasonable price. Fresh pasta, great specials and outstanding service. All... More 

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

Your glowing recommendation means a lot to us, Tim! I'm thrilled to know how much you've enjoyed dining with us. Thanks for spreading the word! 'Til next time, Nicola, Owner/Chef More 

Los Osos, California
Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I had heard about this restaurant from a variety of friends and only one was negative. I took a good friend to lunch here for her birthday. She picked this spot. She had never eaten here but also heard they had great Italian food. We went early and had no trouble getting seated. The dining area never did fill up... More 

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

Thanks for letting us play a part in your friend's birthday! The best cannoli she's ever had -- that's quite the compliment. And hey, I'm sorry the meatballs didn't totally wow you. They're actually a specialty of ours (as you can tell by our name), so I hope you'll give 'em another try sometime so we can earn that last... More 

San Bruno, California
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

My best friend and I went her for dinner while in San Luis Obispo for my wedding. We decided to try this spot to start our girls night. I have heard from locals this is a great Italian restaurant so thought I have to try it. I started my meal with minestrone and my friend had a salad. Both were... More 

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

Your compliments really made my day to read, Liz, and I'm so glad to know how much you two enjoyed dinner! We'll look forward to welcoming you back the next time you're in SLO -- and, as always, we'd love to hear what you think of it. Oh, also -- congratulations on your wedding! The staff and I send our... More 

Arizona
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We were anxious to try this restaurant after discovering it when we were leaving another restaurant nearby. We didn't even know it was there! We peeked in thru the window and the ambiance looked fabulous (set up to look like you are dining in an outside Italian courtyard), people were waiting to get in (always a good sign), and it... More 

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

I'm sorry you had a rather hit-or-miss experience with us recently -- I can definitely understand your frustration. We don't have a host stand, but that's usually not a problem. It sounds like we were having a miscommunication that led to the front of the restaurant being unmanned, and I'm sorry for the inconvenience it caused! As for the food,... More 

Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Everyone in our group thoroughly enjoyed their meal at this small Italian restaurant. My veal piccata with angel hair pasta (side dish) was fabulous! My husband was very happy with his risotto, and they were able to accommodate his need for a gluten-free meal. My friend's pasta with pesto had more pesto than she preferred, but she said it was... More 

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

"Fabulous" is a word I love to read -- thanks for your compliments! I'm so glad you could have a great meal with us during your travels. I hope you'll come back and see us again the next time you're in SLO! Sincerely, Nicola, Owner/Chef More 

Lemoore
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Our second time here and we have fallen in love with everything about the place. The food, the ambience, the staff all are superb. A really special place tucked away in an old creamery, makes this a San Luis Obispo gem. There are a couple of other good Italian places around, but the simplicity makes this place something special. Food... More 

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

Your kind words sure mean a lot to us, Jim -- thank you! It really does make my day to hear that your dinner felt like a home-cooked meal somewhere in Italy. That's the goal! I know you don't make it over from Lemoore too often, but we'll be looking forward to the next time you make the trip. Take... More 

Oakland, CA
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Tucked off Higuera St in the Old Creamery, this family-run Italian restaurant features home cooking from the Puglia region. Servings were quite generous; service attentive but not overbearing; good wine list. Well seasoned and tasty veal parmigiana, pastas, yummy bread

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

We're thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your visit, Sara! Thanks so much for your kind words -- they really made our day to read. Hope we'll get to see you again soon for dinner! Warmly, Mama's Meatball Team More 

San Luis Obispo, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 via mobile

They got nothing on this Italian food.. Friendliest people. They are at the Farmers Market every Thurs. Dishing up my beloved meatballs and other great stuff. To die for!!!!

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

That's what we love to hear! So glad you're a fan of those meatballs. We'll keep dishing 'em up -- hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Mama's Meatball Team More 

San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Our family had our New Year's Eve dinner at Mamma's Meatball and enjoyed it very much. The gluten free pizza crust they make here is the best I have ever had and I have tried a lot! There are lots of classic Italian dishes but some others that you don't see often like the orecchiette with braciole which my son... More 

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

Thanks for joining us for New Year's Eve! Can't wait to have you and the family back again soon. There'll be a gluten-free pizza with your name on it! Cheers, Mama's Meatball Team More 

colorado
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Was in SLO for a Cal Poly graduation. Tried to make reservations at several places on Higuera but no tables. Found Mama's off the street in a very small location. Very family and Italian. Excellent service from Patrick. There was 8 of us for dinner. The food was outstanding. I would highly recommend Mama's Meatball any time you visit SLO.... More 

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

Thanks for letting us be part of your graduate's celebration! We're thrilled to hear that Patrick did such a great job, and we'll be sure to pass your compliments along to him. Hope to see you next time you're in SLO! Warmly, Mama's Meatball Team More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 570 Higuera Street, Suite 130 - 135, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
    (Nipomo St.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: +1 805-544-0861

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

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
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?