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Mona Lisa

4.1
158 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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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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Payment options
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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Neighborhood
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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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4.1based on all time ratings
4.2
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4.1
service
4.1
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3.9
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on October 9, 2016

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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5.0Dined on October 2, 2016

Always a fun old school italian place to visit

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3.0Dined on September 27, 2016

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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4.0Dined on September 23, 2016

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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5.0Dined on September 22, 2016

The best Italian food in CA.

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5.0Dined on September 21, 2016

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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2.0Dined on September 17, 2016

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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5.0Dined on September 14, 2016

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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5.0Dined on September 9, 2016

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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2.0Dined on September 8, 2016

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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5.0Dined on August 31, 2016

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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1.0Dined on August 24, 2016

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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4.0Dined on August 18, 2016

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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3.0Dined on August 6, 2016

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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5.0Dined on August 4, 2016

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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5.0Dined on July 30, 2016

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

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2.0Dined on July 23, 2016

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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5.0Dined on July 20, 2016

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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5.0Dined on July 15, 2016

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

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2.0Dined on July 11, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2016

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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5.0Dined on July 8, 2016

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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5.0Dined on June 26, 2016

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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5.0Dined on June 24, 2016

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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4.0Dined on June 23, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2016

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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5.0Dined on June 6, 2016

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

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3.0Dined on May 30, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2016

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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5.0Dined on May 28, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2016

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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5.0Dined on May 16, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2016

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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3.0Dined on May 8, 2016

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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5.0Dined on May 8, 2016

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

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2016

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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5.0Dined on April 30, 2016

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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1.0Dined on April 29, 2016

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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2.0Dined on April 23, 2016

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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5.0Dined on April 23, 2016

We have been in the Bay Area for 17 years, living in the East Bay the entire time. To eat at Mona Lisa is a 60 mile round trip for us, not to mention the traffic, toll, and parking. We tried several other Italian restaurants, settling on them only because we didn't want to make the trip. We have eaten at Mona Lisa MORE than any other restaurant of any type in San Francisco, even more than our favorites at Fisherman's Wharf. What more do I need to say...

We will be moving out of state. This was our farewell to one of our forever favorites. We will sincerely miss them.

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