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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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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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4.1
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4.2
food
4.1
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
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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.

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

Always a fun old school italian place to visit

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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.

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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.

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

The best Italian food in CA.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on September 22, 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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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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