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Mama Santa's Restaurant and Pizzeria

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12305 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106-1927
(216) 231-9567
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 39
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Good spot for a pie in Little Italy

Cleveland is a wonderful place for pizza so I like to try a pie everywhere I go. This is a nice casual and classic Cleveland pizza place in the heart of Little Italy. The pizza itself is a 4 star experience. Great sauce and lots of choices. The dining room is comfy and warm but also worn. The... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 13, 2015
George Y
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Houston, Texas
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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124 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Went to grab a pizza when I got off work at 10:30, they claim to close at 11. At 10:30 though, I was informed that the oven had been shut down and they can no longer cook food. Also, it was a Saturday night. I've never ran a pizza place, but I'm pretty sure Saturday is their busiest day, and... More 

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Houston, Texas
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261 reviews 261 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Cleveland is a wonderful place for pizza so I like to try a pie everywhere I go. This is a nice casual and classic Cleveland pizza place in the heart of Little Italy. The pizza itself is a 4 star experience. Great sauce and lots of choices. The dining room is comfy and warm but also worn. The service is... More 

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Gates Mills, Ohio
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Red checkered tablecoths cover close set tables giving this very popular restaurant a familial casual dining experience in Cleveland's Historic Little Italy. If you can tolerate the challenge of finding a parking space near the restaurant, then don't drive by....venture in and taste the great sauce for which Mamma Santa's is well known. I personally tend to order either the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The pizza is a great price and the best deal. The servers are mostly rude, but that's typical for authentic Italian restaurants. I just consider it part of the ambiance. They have done some great remodeling so that's nice.

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Concord, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We have eaten at Mama Santa's twice. Both times the food was very good and the portion sizes were respectable. The first time we went was just a regular day and it was not crowded. The second time we went was over Christmas vacation, and they were very busy. However, saying that, we only had to wait 10 minutes to... More 

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Saint Johns, Michigan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Mama Santa's was recommended to us, and it didn't disappoint. Our boys shared a pizza, which was fantastic. My wife had chicken parmigiana, also very good. I had spaghetti and meatballs with homemade noodles. I'd order the pizza for myself when we come again. Like pizza should be. Service was quite good. No reservations accepted but the line moves fast.... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

On a recent visit to Cleveland for a Browns game, my son and I had dinner here. This is a long time family run restaurant in the heart of Cleveland's Little Italy. It is not fancy, but it has a very relaxed family atmosphere and the food was very good. A lot of "homemade" entrees to choose from. The service... More 

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Pinckney, Michigan
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118 reviews 118 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

While I was in college at Case Western Reserve (within walking distance of Mama Santas), my friends would always want to go get pizza here. I don't think the pizza is that great. It's kind of greasy and not special. Cleveland isn't exactly known for its pizza, but I feel like there *has* to be something better out there. Service... More 

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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

You may have a short wait, but it is worth it. The restaurant is busy. The pasta is home made, I had the cheese ravioli with an Alfredo Sauce and it was excellent. The service was excellent and the people were friendly.

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New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We ate here last night even on a Saturday there wasn't a long wait. The food was really good, and the wait staff very helpful in making our choices. With a full house we had a nice table. Would Definately go again when we visit Cleveland.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12305 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106-1927
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cleveland
  • Phone Number: (216) 231-9567

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?