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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 - 8:00 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
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 17
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  • 4
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  • 2
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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
I love Mama Cella's!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2015
Cynthia H
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San Diego, United States
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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 

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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.

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Thank Michael M
Norwalk, California
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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!

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1 Thank iamjudiSoCal
Corning, New York
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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.

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3 Thank GoBills2016
Vancouver, Washington
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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 

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Thank Ken M
San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 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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Thank saint5
Maple Valley, Washington
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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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Thank Anthony S
Corvallis, Oregon
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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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1 Thank rngunn
San Diego, California, United States
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24 reviews
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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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1 Thank Yasi N
Chula Vista, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

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

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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 20
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

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?