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Mama Cella's Italian Kitchen

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16707 Bernardo Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92128-2509
858-613-7770
Today
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Families with children

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  • 14
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  • 1
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 0
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Best Italian in San Diego

If you are in Rancho Bernardo you have to find this hidden Gem of a Resturant. It is hidden behind a Carls Jr next to a 7-Eleven and they have the best food, great staff. and the ambieance is what you would expect from a small Family business. Try the Meatballs and the Sausge w/ Pasta.. you can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2015
Anthony S
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Maple Valley, Washington
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  • Families with children
  • Reservations
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Maple Valley, Washington
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

If you are in Rancho Bernardo you have to find this hidden Gem of a Resturant. It is hidden behind a Carls Jr next to a 7-Eleven and they have the best food, great staff. and the ambieance is what you would expect from a small Family business. Try the Meatballs and the Sausge w/ Pasta.. you can not go... More 

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Corvallis, Oregon
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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Had dinner while on business. My husband had the Ceasar salad which had too much dressing. His shrimp fettuccine was very good. My lasagna was average. Service was fine.

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San Diego, California, United States
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Italian has never been particularly my favorite cuisine, but Mama Cella's definitely helped change that attitude. I figured, for one, that I have never really had well-made Italian food until here. I had an eggplant parmigiana, which comes with cheese and a side of spaghetti, which is more than sufficient for one person. The food is freshly-cooked, which means that... More 

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Chula Vista, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Quaint Italian restaurant with friendly staff and really good food! Lasagna and fettuccine were great. Close to the freeway.

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Boulder, Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Had a unexpected stay in Rancho Bernardo and just wanted to have a dinner within walking distance of our hotel. The chinese restaurant we initially planned to go to was closed so we decided to just look around and found Mama Cellas in a small strip mall and decided to give it a try, and glad we did. It was... More 

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San Diego, California
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128 reviews 128 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

I'm biased. I'm from New Haven Connecticut and although I've been in California since 1982, I still feel we have the BEST Italian food (pasta, pasta sauce and most of all the pizza) around. My 92 year old mother still makes the trek from her seniors' facility to go to Carmine's Tuscan Italian Grill in New Haven (I tell people... More 

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Newport Beach, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

In a strip mall, surprised by quality and value of food. Visiting area for a wedding, about 8:30 pm, looking for something close to hotel. Place was very busy, but service spot on. Both pizza and pasta dishes were great.

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San Diego, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

The food was good (but my wife is Italian, so...) It is better than any chain Italian around here. My wife had the eggplant parm and I had the chicken parm to be safe on our first try. The eggplant was very good my wife said, and the chicken of the chicken parm was cooked just right. The sauce is... More 

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Poway, California
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We were delighted to discover this gem in a local strip mall. We go at least once a week because there is no way I could replicate this food at home and we start yearning for it after just a few days. It is run by a family who are hard working and friendly.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

I was in San Diego (Ranch Bernardo) recently, and stumbled upon this restaurant because it was walking distance from where we were staying. Being in a strip mall, my expectations were not very high. The service was really good. Our waiter was really good and was there every time we needed a refill. I was hesitant to just order the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 16707 Bernardo Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92128-2509
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 858-613-7770

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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