We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

Mama Cella's Italian Kitchen

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
16707 Bernardo Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92128-2509
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

30 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 30: English reviews
Level Contributor
15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We are regulars at this wonderful neighborhood gem. The food is fresh and plentiful and they truly treat you like family. They also cater.

Thank Pat O
Grand Terrace, California
Level Contributor
15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Alfredo sauce was very thick but is was ok until it got cold. My husbands meet lasagna was soggy. Salad was good blue chess was good.

Thank Pauline R
Level Contributor
13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Tucked away in a neighborhood shopping center in Rancho Bernado Mama Cella's is a small Italian restaurant that offers Fantastic food and excellent service. Having lived in Italy for a number of years it truly reminds me of the small Trattoria's that are a mainstay for the local Italian people. There menu is not extensive but all the food is... More 

Thank Charles S
Level Contributor
115 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

As a frequent traveler to the Rancho Bernardo area, no trip is complete without a visit to Mama Cella's. From the welcoming and efficient service to the comforting prepared dishes, Mama Cella makes you part of the family. The restaurant is frequented by local regulars who all believe they've found a gem. We especially enjoy the antipasto, the homemade style... More 

Thank French75
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
504 reviews
288 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

Mama Cella's serves standard american italian food. They have pizza, pasta and sandwiches too. The restaurant is a bit small but the service is good. It is quite popular around lunch time

Thank gzau
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

The food is wonderful and plentiful. Check out the daily specials. The last thing I have to say is, "Nom, Nom, Nov".

Thank ilndhpr
Dallas, Texas
Level Contributor
30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016

Ordered a medium thin crust cheese fresh mushroom take-out. Crust was very good, sauce was very tasty, not sweet but marinara style. Cheese was excellent and was just the right amount. A satisfying pizza. Would recommend to others and would come back.

Thank RonDFW
San Diego, United States
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This is my place to go for a special treat, occasion or just when I want excellent service, delicious good and cozy atmosphere. My FAVORITE meal is the Chicken Picatta...OH MY. You get so much. Before I even eat, I separate it in half to take home for lunch or dinner the next day. This is a family owned business... More 

Thank Cynthia H
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

Small but nice place. Very accommodating with my 2 year old trying to run amok. Food was Classic Italian and quite good. Slightly pricey but worth it. We will definitely go back.

Thank Michael M
Norwalk, California
Level Contributor
39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

very few places to eat in rancho bernardo so we stumbled upon this small italian place by accident. best choice i've made in a long time!!!!! a family owned business where everything is homemade. my ravioli was home cooked, my friends minestrone delicious! and the cheesecake-out of this world!

1 Thank iamjudiSoCal

Travelers who viewed Mama Cella's Italian Kitchen also viewed

La Jolla, San Diego

Been to Mama Cella's Italian Kitchen? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Mama Cella's Italian Kitchen staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?