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Mona Lisa

158 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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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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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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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.
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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831funbag (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 2, 2016

Always a fun old school italian place to visit

vipElToro (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2016

The best Italian food in CA.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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!

vipPDXBOS (Portland)
2.0  Dined 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!

vipSandiR (Oklahoma City)
5.0  Dined 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!

RobSandraC (Toronto)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
2.0  Dined 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.

vipTravelers (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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.

JulieR (Sacramento)
1.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined 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.

Desiree (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 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

SaraJ (London)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on July 30, 2016

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipSDPNEWPORT (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 15, 2016

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

SergioG (Houston)
2.0  Dined on July 11, 2016

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