Mona Lisa

4.1
159 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

Ristorante Mona Lisa, in San Francisco, serves classic Italian dishes crafted with top-quality local and seasonal produce in its charming and welcoming eatery. The saute di cozze e vongole clams and mussels in tomato garlic sauce and the garlic bread with cheese make delectable and sharable appetizer options. Some of Ristorante Mona Lisa's specialty entrées include the bisteca Maria sista steak in gorgonzola sauce, the chicken San Francisco with tomatoes, artichokes and olives in a white wine garlic sauce and the salmone al cartoccio with mussels, shrimp and clams in pink sauce. A large selection of pasta dishes are also available. Popular options include the fettuccine Mona Lisa with ham and mushrooms in cream sauce, the crab ravioli granchio in tomato sauce and the cheese lasagna al pesto.

Ristorante Mona Lisa's pizzas, like the diavola with spicy pepperoni and the Maurizio with pesto and oregano, are simply divine.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation


Lunch: M-Su 11:00am-3:45pm

Dinner: M-Th 4:00pm-11:00pm

Dinner: F-Su 4:00pm-12:00am
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AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Maurizio Florese
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Catering
We will gladly cater events for any occasion for parties of up to 500: anniversaries, birthdays, christenings, baptisms, weddings, graduations, memorial services and all corporate events. Please contact Filomena at 415-794-5805.
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Cross street
Vallejo Street
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Parking details
Street parking. Indoor parking is also available at North Beach garage on Vallejo street, only 1 block away.
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Public transit
Muni bus stops at Columbus and Grant, and also at Columbus & Broadway. Both locations are just 1 block away.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going to Mona Lisa every time we are in San Francisco. The staff is very friendly and the owner seems to always be there at the dinner hours. The food is very good Italian fare and the portions are abundant. Mona Lisa is the restaurant we always suggest to family and friends.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fun old school italian place to visit

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San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2016
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

Eggplant was breaded and frozen , as it tasted like freezer burn or very stale bread crumbs. Too thin and like leather. The spinach, sauce etc was delicious, but couldn't get past the terrible eggplant.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Great service, appetizers were great. Main course just was ok, seafood dish not allot of flavor. Wife got ravioli and not great.

Great service though, and apps great..

I would consider again but would try all the other spots around there first.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian food in CA.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was great and the food was like you were going to your mom's home . The food was very authentic and tasty!

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PD
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Our hotel recommended Mona Lisa and my spouse loves great Italian food. Where we live there aren't any great Italian restaurants.

We arrived and we sat right away because there was barely anyone in the restaurant. We all figured out what we wanted to eat. When the waiter came over we gave him our order and I asked about a chicken dish, he said it was just okay. I then struggled to find something else to eat. I don't eat pasta or carbs so I settled on the GF pizza.

Our food came our pretty fast and I bite into the pizza and the crust was awful and not cooked. I tried to flag the waiter down but no luck. I got up and carried my pizza to the front and told another waiter and the hostess/owner?

They took the pizza and made it warmer but it was still disgusting.

After a while, our waiter came over and I told him that the crust didn't taste right still. He asked if I wanted something else and I said no thank you.

The bread that they give you to start with was stale. My spouse said this place wasn't good and we should have gone elsewhere.

I complained to our hotel and one person said he never recommended Mina Lisa.

If you go, good luck!

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SR
Oklahoma City
22 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mona Lisa was absolutely amazing. From the authentic Italian dishes to the warm and friendly owner. Everything was great. Can't wait to return!

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RS
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time at Mona Lisa in SFO and as always you are welcomed and seated by the owner. Great locations on Columbus on trolley line and close to the wharf.

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Las Vegas
26 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This was our 4th visit. It used to be our "go-to" Italian restaurant when we visit SF. First time - awesome. Second time - same trip - still awesome. Third time - another trip - huh? what happened - maybe an off night - 4th time - food just fair, - nothing special - like time #3.
Oh well. need to find a new local favorite.

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far the best Italian food you will find anywhere, I am a full blooded Italian and I travel one hour by Bart and 1/2 hour on foot to get to this place at least once every month or so. The menu is huge so look at it online or you will go nuts sitting at the restaurant. The Lasagna is to die for the pasta de mare is wonderful the service is lovely and the ambiance is great.

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JR
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant served my entree then 10 min later served my husbands. My soup tasted like canned soup. My husbands food had obviously been microwaved because it was too hot to eat for 10 to 15 min. Our server seemed
clueless. Between the poor service and poor quality of the food I would never go back.

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m
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We ate at Mona Lisa. The spaghetti Bolognese was delicious as well as the complimentary Bruschetta. The Chicken picata was a little chewy, not sure what kind of chicken it was. The atmosphere is old school Italian which was nice.

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San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Mona Lisa is located in a great area of North Beach. They have a few tables outside you can dine and people watch ...which is always fun! The ambience inside the restaurant has a great vibe and has that cool old world Italian look. Their food is very good and authentic. I've eaten here a few times and the portions are not overly generous but I feel you get what you pay for. If you're concerned that you may only be eating Italian one night while in San Francisco, Mona Lisa is a sure bet. You will have a good dinner. Just don't be in a hurry because the service, from my experience has been a little slow

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SJ
London
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Some fellow travellers recommended this restaurant and we were not disappointed. The seafood risotto and veal dish were exceptional. Service was friendly and efficient. Would defintely return.

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KD
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Thanks for being so accommodating of our large group - loved the appetizers and desserts!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Took about 15 minutes for the waiter to acknowledge us, then another 10 to take our order. Despite the food being good the tension between the cooks, wait staff and hostess was palpable.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I go to a restaurant for the food and the food at Mona Lisa was FANTASTIC. I want to go back now. The space is small and I expected it to be noisy for a group of people who are hard of hearing, but we found the noise level was low. Thoroughly enjoyed the time spent and the quality of food. The service was strong. Not just one person took care of us. I felt the entire staff was looking out for us. I will return and bring many others to Mona Lisa. Compliments to all and especially the chef.

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SD
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were fabulous. Great neighborhood gem! We will defiantly return our next time in San Fran!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The service was slow and the Lasagna sauce was very salty. We were there for our anniversary while on vacation.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place for Italian food in San Francisco. Mix their red and white sauces for a fantastic vodka like cheese sauce that is absolutely perfect on everything. Ravioli and gnocchi rule.

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San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

My boyfriend and I went out for a lovely date night out in North Beach and we're pleasantly surprised by this little spot. The décor is kitschy, but the food is wonderful. If you're looking for a slowed down and delicious meal, this is the place to go.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our 40th wedding anniversary travelling from the UK. We had previously found this restaurant when we visited San Fransisco for our 25th wedding anniversary. It didn't disappoint.

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Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful dinner with our two teen-age granddaughters. They chose Mona Lisa, having dined there once before. The food and service were excellent. We'll plan to go again the next time we are in San Francisco!

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BM
Caribbean
9 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, very extensive menu to satisfy all tastes. Nice wine list and conveniently located. Very nice Italian spot in SF.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great surprise. Very authentic food. Great glass of wine.

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KA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the fun Italian decor of this place – it encompasses all aspects of Italy in one Italian restaurant. I definitely would return to try more dishes when I return to the area. The caprese and prosciutto wrapped melon were great. Three people in our party got spaghetti and said it was excellent and one person got Chicken Piccatta and I got the Gnocci Sorrentina which was fabulous. Everyone loved their meals. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable and a big pour."

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. Our server was Italian and very nice.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food overall and extensive list of wines (but not cheap).

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Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The wait was worth it because the food was amazing. I ordered the risotto and my husband ordered the lobster ravioli and I was eating from my plate and his. Both were delicious. Make sure to make a reservation, because the wait line is very long.

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d
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Last night in San Francisco. Enjoyed our dinner but service was not up to par....

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Mona Lisa. The food is wonderful and the staff is charming, friendly and efficient. We have been there many times because sit is a favorite of my son, who loves to practice his Italian with the waiters. They are very appreciative and always give us complimentary antipasto. Wonderful place - I will go there as often as I can.

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Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We happened upon mona lisa and were very pleased with this place in "little italy

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, excellent service. My sister and I celebrated her birthday at this restaurant on Friday, May 13, 2016 and had such a wonderful experience. From the welcoming and lovable staff, to the gorgeous views of North Beach, the entire experience was perfect.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

I am Italian, my mother was born in Italy, we know good Italian food. This was terrible. What a waste of money. Don't go if you want authentic Italian food. All the sauces were the same, just mixed in with seafood or plain or meat.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great time and great meal. Wine pours are always healthy! We love the Mona Lisa

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Been here before and food always great just like this time. However, service was a little slow, tables crowded very close together and it was uncomfortably warm. Could not get comfortable. Food was very good, just couldn't enjoy it due to restaurant temperature and uncomfortable seating. Past experiences have been early dinners and lunch so maybe the 730 dinner time was the problem.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed the sitting arrangements. We were escorted to a corner table with open window view of the street. Beautiful temperature outside.

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j
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

May be the worst meal I've ever had. I'm convinced they were serving food other restaurants had realized was too old. Even worse, no one asked why I wasn't eating what they served. Just gave me the bill.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

This wasn't a horrible meal, but it wasn't good either. We ordered the homemade pasta and didn't get the homemade pasta. They forgot the bread, there are too many tables and we got the one by the door. The server wasn't nice and wouldn't recommend any wine or something to eat.

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