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“Classic Italian” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mama's Meatball

Mama's Meatball
570 Higuera Street, Suite 130 - 135, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
+1 805-544-0861
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Ranked #14 of 262 Restaurants in San Luis Obispo
Price range: $10 - $25
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.
Morro Bay, California
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Classic Italian”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Small, bustling restaurant in commercial center in downtown SLO. January is a good time to go as it is restaurant month: fixed price menu with 3 courses for $30. Or try one of the many entree options, including pizza, pasta, or meat/chicken offerings, which can be ordered as a small or large portion, and priced accordingly...a nice touch. Tonight we had pork medallions in dijon mushroom sauce.....tender and delicious, garnished with crispy roasted potatoes and steamed broccoli. Eggplant parmesan is also very good, as is the rich Pasta Carbonara. Special wine offerings change weekly and can be ordered by the glass, half carafe, or bottle. Service is good and reservations are advised as this restaurant always seems busy.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Cruz, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Better than your Mama's”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We missed out on this restaurant on our first visit as our large group was difficult for them to accommodate without reservations. Eyeing some of the patrons dishes we knew we had to come back. The right call. The wait staff is prompt, professional and know their wine list; also offer a reasonable corkage if you BYO after a day of tasting. The atmosphere is intimate and family friendly....your going to share a conversation with the tables near yours!. Food is well prepared and the presentation excellent. As a cook I learned a few things from the dishes we enjoyed. Portions are overly generous, but perfect to share. Mama's will be a must repeat on our next SLO visit.

Visited December 2012
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Paso Robles Wine Region, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“As my mama would say..."a nica meataball"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

I discovered Mama's Meatball through an online promotion and have been returning consistently since then. Mama's is tucked away behind a commercial building in downtown San Luis Obispo.
The location is quaint and the staff always greats you warmly upon entering the restaurant. On my last visit, they were very busy, so I could sit at my preferred table, yet they still went out of there way to seat me at another table of my choosing in a different area. Their food is well prepared and my last meal of eggplant parmigiana was thoroughly enjoyable. I count myself as a "regular" and encourage a visit if you are seeking tasty Italian cuisine.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Penticton, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“Very Nice Canneloni and Thin Crust Pizza”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

My husband and I both ordered the canneloni. Tasted like it was homemade, We appreciated that we could each have a half order which was plenty for us. The pizzas ordered by other customers looked so good that we took one with us to enjoy later. Beautiful thin crust but a little light on the toppings. Will definitely go back!

Visited November 2012
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Atascadero, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Small but good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

The food in this restaurant is tasty. The meatballs are what you would expect since that is the name. Mama makes good meatballs.
The restaurant is small but cozy. The noise level can be excessive but that's o.k The cannoli is tasty so the noise doesn't matter.
Prices are steep on some items so one needs to pick and choose if on a budget. We will go back.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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