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570 Higuera Street, Suite 130 - 135, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
+1 805-544-0861
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Ranked #14 of 261 Restaurants in San Luis Obispo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $25
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Nipomo St.
Description: Mama's Meatball offers authentic, homemade Italian dining & catering using slow-simmered sauces & fresh, locally-sourced ingredients in San Luis Obispo, CA.
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English first
San Luis Obispo, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

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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San Francisco, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
197 helpful votes 197 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
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59 reviews 59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014 via mobile

While in SLO on business and walking around hungry; I barely spotted the simple, restaurant sign tucked away in a quiet side street. I instantly craved some pasta! It was early, tables were empty & I walked in with no expectations. I patiently waited; then delighted to see my plate of piping hot pasta mound, covered in a rich layer... More 

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

The best spaghetti of your life? What a compliment! We're so glad you stumbled upon us, and hope you'll stop by next time you're in SLO. Looking forward to it! Cheers, Mama's Meatball Team More 

Buderim
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59 reviews 59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This great Italian restaurant is easy to miss as it is located in a hidden courtyard. It is designed as though it were an outdoors square in an Italian town but is in fact indoors. The food is great Italian fare and delicious and wholesome. A real bonus to eating in SLO.

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

Peter, we're so happy you found us! Knowing you found our cuisine to be both delicious and wholesome is wonderful. Further, it's fantastic you appreciated the design of our restaurant as well. We hope you've been in to see us again since leaving this! Best, Mama's Meatball Team More 

San Luis Obispo
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

My wife and I have dined here numerous times, and the service has always been great; except for last night. My wife and daughter and her husband arrived before I did. She told me that it was 15 minutes after they were seated before a waiter paid any attention to them. After I arrived, it took another 15 minutes before... More 

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

Please accept our apologies for the delays. We know how frustrating it is to be kept waiting when you're hungry, and it's a shame to think our team put you through that. While pork tenderloin does take a little longer to prepare than other items, it still sounds like we took longer to serve your wife's dinner than we should... More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

Friendly family owned and run with a genuine mama there to add finishing touches. If not local then it's slightly hard to find as through arch from Main Street address of building. Good food, in sensible sized and priced portions with some flexibility if you want some variation. In a town with many restaurants worth bothering to find and enjoy

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

It's wonderful to hear your family felt right at home with us, Andy! Sorry if you had a little trouble finding us, by the way -- we like to think we're not too tucked away, but sometimes it can be tricky if you're from out of town. Hope we'll have a chance to see you again sometime! All the best,... More 

San Luis Obispo, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Love the food, hard to decide, everything is so good. Love the little garlic rolls, could eat a basket of them! Desserts!!!! Outta this world.. People work there, so nice, love mamađź’—

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

Thanks for the love! Hope you'll stop by for those little garlic rolls again sometime soon -- we'll have a basket with your name on them! Cheers, Mama's Meatball Team More 

No. California
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157 reviews 157 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This was the first time we have dined at Mama's Meatballs. I would return. Staff was well informed and gracious. The menu offers a variety of options. I enjoyed the pork tenderloins in Dijon mustard sauce. They also give the option of a glass or half glass of wine. Simple dĂ©cor which we found refreshing. All in all a delightful... More 

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Bakersfield
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7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The food at Mama's was very satisfying. Not the the place to go if you have a discerning gourmand palate but rather just want good food at a reasonable price. Service is friendly but when busy may be a tad slow, accommodating attitude compensates for that. I commend Mama for her lamb and pizza but a standing ovation for her... More 

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Additional Information about Mama's Meatball

Address: 570 Higuera Street, Suite 130 - 135, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone Number: +1 805-544-0861
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
Cuisine: Italian

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