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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
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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
Good for:
Families with children

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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Small Italian Resturant in Strip Mall worth the visit

Mama Cella's is a small Italian restaurant in Rancho Bernardo that serves quality meals in pleasant atmosphere at reasonable prices. Menu is basic but with quality portions. Service is attentive and pleasant and staff knowledgeable about food preparation. Wine and beer only.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
saint5
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San Diego, California
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  • Families with children
  • Reservations
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San Diego, California
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85 reviews 85 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Mama Cella's is a small Italian restaurant in Rancho Bernardo that serves quality meals in pleasant atmosphere at reasonable prices. Menu is basic but with quality portions. Service is attentive and pleasant and staff knowledgeable about food preparation. Wine and beer only.

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Maple Valley, Washington
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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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57 reviews 57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
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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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141 reviews 141 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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
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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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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?