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“A workman's cafe turned respectable restaurant - no better value in expensive Chelsea”

Mona Lisa Cafe & Restaurant
Ranked #3,205 of 23,571 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $47 - $47
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Chelsea
Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

Brought here by in-laws who were introduced to it by workmen working on nearby property. It does the all-day breakfast fare but is amazingly a proper neighbourhood Italian family restaurant too with £8.95 for 3course lunch - mussels to start, steak or veal Diane mains, trifle for dessert - I don't think the prices have changed since the 80s, and the service was polite and efficient, and the restaurant even had tablecloths & linen napkins. Cheap drinks too. They do have a more expensive menu if you wish to splurge (eg. T-bone steak for £20). In recession Britain, there are still places like this that can offer great value and quality and they deserve to be celebrated.

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Reviewed March 22, 2013

We first started coming to Mona Lisa when we moved to London in 2003. What a find! Amazing prices for well-cooked, homely food. Great when you want to pop out for a quick meal. Very wide range of food, and I love the way that you'll have a London cabbie on one side of you and often a writer or actor on the other! Eclectic and a real Londoners' place.

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Reviewed February 26, 2013

The title says it all! It really is excellent value for money, we go to other places in and around the Chelsea and Victoria area, BUT always end up going back to the Mona Lisa. Food is excellent and plentyful, staff are efficient and service is very quick. You can have a quick lunch or a leisurely lunch, no one hassles you. Staff are considerate to disabled customers and are always ready to help with a wheelchair. Have been many times and will continue to go, when in the area.Thank you

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1  Thank Veronica D
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

First time i went there it was average food. I visited thus place recently and ordered spagetti bolenese. Suprisngly the order didn't take much to prepare, roughly 2mins after ordering which was amazing considering i was the only customer and no one had spagetti? The next day i was in the hospital with food poisoning and had to take a shot and other medications. It was a terrable experience.

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1  Thank 88T
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

This is one of the best finds in the capital - anyone living or visiting here shoould visit at least once. The range of food is good and the quality is excellent as always. It may not look like much from the outside but the service is good as it has been for the last 10 years since I first came here to eat. My recommendation is to come around 8PM when the place is more lively and it gives you a real feel of the regular guests... AND YOU CAN HAVE TAKE AWAY!!!

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