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Mama Cella's Italian Kitchen

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16707 Bernardo Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92128-2509
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Sun 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW 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
New York City, New York
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114 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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
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485 reviews
279 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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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
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14 restaurant reviews
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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
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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
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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
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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
Corning, New York
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167 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

A very small Italian restaurant. Casual and with a family atmosphere, the food was quite good. Provided a great choice for takeout. Located in a shopping area, a great option for a last minute quick dinner.

3 Thank GoBills2016
Vancouver, Washington
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

For a great Italian restaurant, Mama Cell as is the place to be. The people are the greatest from the owners to the wait staff. If it's not too busy, the owner, Tim, may come by your table to check on things. If you are not happy, he will make sure you leave happy and return. The food is awesome... More 

Thank Ken M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
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

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