Mangia Mangia - Albany, CA

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660 reviews
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Italian have a saying, "mangia mangia" , meaning " welcome, come to my table and eat, eat well". For over 20 years Soraya Ghaemi has been conceiving and producing her exquisite Italian dishes at Mangia mangia, and her sister Lida has run the front of the house with warmth and charm. The classic Italian elements are here, from pesto, tomato sauce, pastas, frutti de mare and fine cut meats, as well as a handful of house-crafted luscious desserts including Mangia mangia's
delightfully an unforgettable chocolate Souffle'. So welcome, come to our table and eat, you will be served well, you will eat well. Mangia mangia
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J
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mangia has always been our place to go for an intimate dinner. The Italian food is true to the culinary art.

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CE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Mangia Mangia, and enjoy taking my friends and family there for special occasions. Everything except the noise level is wonderful. The food is terrific in this family-run place. The chocolate soufflé dessert is a must; so rich that two can share it. And there's always parking nearby, a plus in Berkeley! Go, soon!

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EL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Unfortunately we found a piece of plastic in our tiramisu.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had never been there before. We will definitely be back: it is now our go-to pasta place. Enough said.

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MD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on our way to a play in SF and thought it would be nice to have a relaxing dinner in the East Bay beforehand, and we are so happy we did. We were greeted at the door with big smiles and big hellos. We were seated immediately even though we were early for our reservation. The staff was attentive, courteous, professional and knowledgeable. We loved the open kitchen concept watching madame Chef cook away! The lemon shrimp orzo was great and the bolognese was spectacular. The wine list gives just enough choices without being overwhelming and although we are kicking ourselves for not ordering the chocolate souffle, the gelato was tasty. Would highly recommend for couples, families, and special occasions.

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BS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The service was excellent and friendly. I loved the orzo with shrimp dish I had though I wished it had been a bit less rich. The chocolate mousse dessert was as good as ever.
It means a lot to me that the restaurant has been in business for 25 years and is still apparently under the same ownership.

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JH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a favorite for us and many of our guests from other places in the world.

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PD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This feels (and I think is) a family restaurant - no pretensions - but wonderful, high quality and mostly traditional Italian cuisine. The menu is very wide ranging within the Italian geography and is great for vegetarians or carnivores alike. We've been coming here for 15 years or so and it never disappoints, And if you let them know what your birthday is and how to reach you, in advance of your birthday, you'll receive a card that entitles you to a free chocolate souffle dessert - which, if you are a chocolate lover, provides an almost impossible to decline incentive to dine there.

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g
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I will never go back. Service was downright offensive.

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JR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We come here quite often and have never been disappointed. They manage put out a lot of delicious food from that small kitchen. Some of the wait staff need to raise their people skills. Even a smile would be an improvement.

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V
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best place to celebrate Valentine’s Day AND a special anniversary!! The special menu was lovely and appropriate. We loved it all. And, as usual, the staff were professional and caring.

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DE
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service at Mangia Mangia are always wonderful--the waitstaff is prompt, thoughtful, indulgent (I spilled a glass of water and they at once moved us to another table). I would go more often if I could afford it.

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DP
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my daughter & 2 of my grandkids to dinner. They loved it as much as I do!!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Plain and simply the best little Italian restaurant in Berkeley!

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was the first time we have dined at the restaurant and were pleasantly surprised. We had a very enjoyable meal. The three of us really loved the main dishes we ordered and all agreed that we should return.

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K
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It is in our neighborhood so we will be back. usually love this spot but the food was just so so this time. It is in our neighborhood so we will be back. Skip the lasagna and order another pasta. Good wine list. Lovely owner and great wait staff.

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FR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently delicious and very friendly. Wonderfully prepared Italian-inspired dishes, personal atmosphere - and don't miss the chocolate soufflé!

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, every time!
I have recommended Mangia Mangia to many family members and friends. All have been delightfully satisfied.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I went for Dinner on New Year’s Eve, I was very happy to get a last minute reservation at the time we wanted. Everything was great, the Appetizer, each of our meals, and the Chocolate lava cake for dessert. Also a nice selection of wines.

But there were two things I did not like.

1. Felt a bit rushed by the server, he was nice but was definitely pushing to turn the table ASAP. I get this being New Year’s Eve, probably trying to turn every table at least 3 times, but the restaurant was not full, and no one was waiting for a table when we left.

2. The other thing I did not like and actually made me mad was the pricing. They had a “special” limited menu I believe about 6 (soups, salads, appetizers) and about 7 main entrées. When selecting this place for dinner I looked at their website, I looked at their regular menu, all entrées have a price point of about $18- $24. The reservation confirmation and their website mentioned the “special” menu for New Years, but did not have items listed.

Almost all of the entrees on the special menu had a price point of $33-$35.

I’m not cheap, and don’t mind spending money on a good meal. But I don’t think it’s a good business practice to raise your “special” menu prices so much higher than your typical prices without noting it.

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D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is an under appreciated gem- wonderful ambiance, tasty first course , fabulous pasta dishes - we had the manicotti ( with chicken and carmelized onions ) the seafood pasta , the spicy Norma and the pasta with Gorgonzola & chard. All were delicious. The chocolate soufflé is rich and dark and the Zabaglione reminded me of Mary’s on Bedford in Greenwich Village in the 70’s. True classics.

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g
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a welcoming and warm atmosphere. We were there for my belated birthday and had a memorable meal. Still thinking about my flavorful dish of squid-ink pasta and fresh, perfectly prepared mussels, shrimp and salmon. My husband enjoyed his manicotti as well. The restaurant sent me a greeting card inviting us to enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne and the chocolate souffle, YUM. We will return often, and introduce our friends as well.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was good but not very interesting

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AB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are exquisite!!! I’ve been coming for years and not once have I had a bad experience.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible will NEVER go there again

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Atmosphere is very dowdy like a mortuary. Staff seem unhappy.
We had bad mussel in seafood dish and we got no compensation at all.
Food is ok except for the bad mussel so how fr
Maybe they aren’t doing well or are burned out.

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MS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply wonderful and delicious in every way!
Thank YOU!

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DE
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

MAngia Mangia offers wonderful food, thoughtful and attentive service and very good value for your dollar. The menu is not standard "California-Italian" pastas but has a variety of really imaginative and luscious dishes.

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a
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Fresh food, made with care to order. Everything was delicious. Wonderful neighborhood, cozy spot. Good service.

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C
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very authentic family-style Italian food. Reliably wonderful over the years.

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J
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice neighborhood place specializing in excellent Italian food. Creative menu and great selection plus attentive service by the owners and enjoyed open kitchen design. Will be our neighborhood go to place foe excellent italian food at very reasonable prices. Nice quiet room and easy parking.

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P
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and ambiance!! The service was excellent and the food was amazing, I am still thinking about it!!

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to Mangia Mangia on our first date 10 years ago and we return every birthday and anniversary since. My parents are from Italy and I can tell you, the food is authentic and absolutely delicious. The wait staff are charming and personable. This is one of our favorite spots!

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S
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this neighbohood restaurant. Soulful comfort food. Owners/Chef take pride in their food. I LOVE the linguine with mushrooms in cream sauce! The chocolate soufflé is a absolute must!!

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MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

worst customer service ever and this is the second time I've eaten here. Waiter great, hostess plain mean and rude just like the first time. What's her problem?

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f
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

great food and service...but a noisy blower over the grill up front was a bit much at times, and it never stopped...still, we'll return!

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V
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints!! We love everything about this place, from the warm welcome we receive from the owners to the wonderful service, from the creative daily specials menu to the predicably delicious regular dishes, from the tempting presentation to the unforgettable flavors. All aspects of an evening dining here are memorable and demand a repetition. We’ll be back soon, for sure!

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S
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

I have gone to Mangia Mangia for over 20 years. It's a fine choice for a special one-on-one occasion with one big caveat. You have to go as early as possible since the noise level becomes very unpleasant as the evening goes on. The food is always excellent. The service varies. Still, I keep going back since the overall experience is worth it.

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J
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Mangia Mangia feels like an old world Italian restaurant - the food is consistently excellent and the service is with heart and soul.

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S
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent and the noise level I saw low, although most of the tables were occupied. Very good service and he was knowledgeable about the food, as well as the wine. Open kitchen is fun watch.

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MJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great neighborhood italian restaurant. staff is friendly, remembers repeat customers. food is excellent, always well prepared with tasty and interesting menu items.

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