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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
Italian, Mediterranean, Romana, Lazio, Central-Italian
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed November 16, 2020 via mobile

If I had longer to stay in the bay area, I'd eat here almost every night. The food is great, the staff is great, the owner is great and an absolute gem to speak with. I waited about 30 minutes for a table and id...happily wait double that to eat. Very good food.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed October 31, 2020 via mobile

Great Italian restaurant - discovered this place by accident on our walk from Union Square back to Fisherman’s Wharf. The food was delicious, service fantastic and the decor is out of this world. Loved their unique version of the Mona Lisa painting. It was my...son’s birthday and they gave him a complimentary piece of tiramisu to celebrate - he wouldn’t have eaten this if we told him coffee was one of the flavors, so we didn’t and he said it was the best dessert he’d had our entire trip.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed October 6, 2020 via mobile

Loved the Rigatoni Alden Smith and the Rosso red from Calabria, reasonable to slightly expensive menu options, the stimulating decor, and location on famous Columbus Street. The busboy was great with keeping our water filled and our table clean in an efficient and unobtrusive manner,...but our server seemed untrained in comparison...inattentive, then rushed and clumsy. Manager seemed more interested in chatting and joking with the cooks than filling in when needed. Perhaps this was all because we were there late in the evening, after the usual dinner rush, and all told, we’d go again.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 8, 2020 via mobile

Lived in San Francisco for many years and have seen Italian restaurants come and go...but Mona Lisa, and it’s owner Mauricio, provide the freshest pasta and the best Italian food in North Beach!

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed April 3, 2020

My Husband and I came upon the restaurant by chance while strolling through Little Italy. With so many choices for Italian restaurant's, we decided to go in and try this one after viewing the extensive menu choices, especially the vegetarian options. We both ordered our...food which was nice. I had ordered a pizza for myself and was desperate to try the parmigiana but unable to eat both the pizza and the parmigiana. It was our last evening in San Francisco so we would not be able to visit again as we were flying home to the UK the following day. The service staff were very good, they put the half leftover pizza in a box for us to take home and eat later that evening and we ordered the parmigiana each. Good decision, really pleased I got to try it and got the best of both worlds. Lovely to meet and chat with the owner before we left. All the staff here were very efficient and friendly and if ever we went back to San Francisco's Little Italy we would be sure to visit again. Thank you Mauritzio, not too far from Bedford UK!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 8, 2020

We arrived in front of the Mona Lisa by chance then the sympathy of the owner Maurizio convinced us to enter. We ate an excellent pasta dish and a huge appetizer (offered by Maurizio)! As Italian I recommend it!

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 10, 2020 via mobile

We had a party of 5 and we all ordered different things - it was pretty much unanimous that the food is mediocre at best. I give it a ‘2’ instead of ‘1’ because it’s a fun ambiance and the waiter was great.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 9, 2020

Ordered a pizza and a bowl of spag bol here which was lovely. Great ambience and authentic Italian owned restaurant in Little Italy in North Beach. Has an old Fiat outside that you can sit in and take pictures. Good value and great service. Would...recommend.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 1, 2020 via mobile

Had a great meal here. I had one of their pizza's, it was outstanding. Everything at the table was delightful, including the staff. Excellent lasagna. Their Limoncello blended with lemon gelato was also exceptional. Parked in the ramp a block away, easy and cheap. They...had fortune cookie sayings on the spots, and we got to park by the restaurant's Fiat, which is awesome.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 26, 2020

We have been going to Mona Lisa for year. Was always our favorite place to eat while in the city. However the last few times, the food has just been average. We have been there the other day. As always it's very popular. We had...no reservation and had to wait for a little while. Not a problem. But it seems there no system for seating waiting people is not very good. A few people got impatient. Once we got a seat, service was ok. The owner was very friendly with us. The table we had was not the best, next to the kitchen and we had a cold draft from the open door. It was also noisy. I had Osso Buco, was there was no bone which normally comes with Osso Buco. We had two main dishes, one glass of Chardonney and total bill incl. tips came to $ 86.00. Probably we will look for another place to eat the next time we are in the city.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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