Mangia Mangia - Albany, CA

4.4
639 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Fri, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(510) 526-9700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Soraya Ghaemi
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Washington, Free parking at mechanics bank after 6 pm
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Parking details
Free parking at Mechanics bank after 6pm on the corner of San Pablo and Washington Ave, also easy street parking.
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Public transit
El cerrito Bart station and bus stations on Solano ave.
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Entertainment
Wheelchair access to restaurant but no restroom wheelchair access.
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Happy Holidays, Please join us in celebration of the New Year. We will be offering seasonal menu with selections of fresh fish, meat and house made pastas. ( Not a Prix Fixed Menu). Lets toast and dine together welcoming the coming year! Please make your reservations now! Grazie

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 639 People Are Saying
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 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 December 1, 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 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible will NEVER go there again

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 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
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply wonderful and delicious in every way!
Thank YOU!

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DE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 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 31, 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
19 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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J
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 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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BP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 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
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 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
26 reviews
Dined on October 11, 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 7, 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
40 reviews
Dined on September 19, 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
59 reviews
Dined on September 15, 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 24, 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 17, 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
19 reviews
Dined on August 15, 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 10, 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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Great food, perfect service, hospitable ambience. This restaurant delivers classically fine dining in a warm, unpretentious setting that delivers timeless high-quality food and service. Unpretentious, yet there are linens on the table and careful attention to the highest-quality ingredients. The watermelon salad we enjoyed tonight was the best thing I’ve eaten in a long time. Portions are ample. If you’re a chocolate lover, do order the chocolate soufflé for dessert and share it with your companion. This restaurant is quiet enough to enjoy an actual extended conversation with your dinner partner. Go here to deepen your friendship, not take a dive into your device.

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CK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Food is unusually good for a neighborhood restaurant and presented well. Service and ambience are pedestrian. Prices are perhaps a bit steep (not excessively). The much touted chocolate souffle was poorly prepared and flat.

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner, we each had a different pasta dish along with a delicious salad with pear slices. Our pasta dishes Norma which had a spicey red sauce , sausage, eggplant , Pero Nero, black pepper pasta, and salmon in a light white sauce . We had a soufflé and combo flavors of gelato-sorbet for dessert all delicious. It's a terrific local restaurant, excellent service, and consistent quality.

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LS
Houston
64 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

Hello when I saw the reviews for this place I saw many mixed reviews and so I thought I will try it for myself. We love Italian food and eat at many good Italian restaurants as well as cook at home. I had the Italian sausage and penne pasta with eggplant and my food was very salty and the sausage was Way overcooked and I think the used just pork sausage which had quite a bit of grizzle. My husband had the Bolognese which was just OK . We were celebrating our anniversary and I did let them know when I made the reservation on open table and they asked if we wanted the soufflé and I saw in many of the reviews that the soufflé was always on the house for celebrations so I thought ours would be too but it wasn’t . I didn’t say anything but I was quite disappointed that they didn’t even say congratulations on your anniversary. Other than that the service was good.

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

A friend and I made this reservation based on a friend of a friend recommending it. We wanted a special Italian dinner out prior to attending the local community theater. (my friend is of Italian descent). We both found the food to be so-so, and quite overpriced. $24 for entrees that are mediocre is too much.

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LC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always very good. One of my favorites for over 20 years.

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ET
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Same great food and service. Never disappointed.

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RM
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love our meals at Mangia Mangia. Great food, great atmosphere, great staff.

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BH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Courteous and attentive wait staff. The three of us truly enjoyed the experience. Great polenta appetizer, and the pappardelle with lamb was outstanding. All of the portions were very generous. We will certainly come back again. Small but excellent wine list.

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MK
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We went here for my husband's birthday. He had been here about 15 years ago and had been wanting to try it again. Our experience didn't start off with the best impression as we had to tell 4 different people we had a reservation and tried to check in. We finally got a woman who obviously knew what to do. Since it is small and extremely noisy, my husband asked if we could be seated up front by the windows (both he and another friend are hard of hearing and it would've been impossible to hear if we were seated in the main part). After some reluctance, a table was setup in front and we were seated.

We started with the bruschetta. It was given a nice presentation and there were 3 large pieces. Unfortunately, it was bland, toasted on top but cold in the middle. Two of us had the halibut special. The halibut was perfectly cooked and served with orzo in a light cream sauce. Again, the food was a bit bland, needing more salt (and I normally don't use a lot of salt). My husband had the lamb which was good. The fourth person had the chicken scallopine. He said it was good.

After the rocky start, the service turned out to be very good. Since it was my husband's birthday, they gave us the chocolate souffle on the house. The souffle was very good and the portion was a perfect ending. Overall, I would say the food was average; the prices are reasonable and the portions a decent size.

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K
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A bit noisy. Even when the crowd cleared out we heard a hum from an exhaust fan or generator.
Generally good food and service. Wines by glass expensive.

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I was not impressed by the food - it was ok but none of it was inspiring for this price range - we had one of their vegetarian pastas and the lamb shank. The Zabaglione dessert was actually excellent.

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E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely day at the Garden show and wanted a few appetizers before going home.
Perfect, hit the spot!!

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JP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place. Owners on site and friendly. Waiter was on point and excellent service.

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W
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everyone in our party was quite pleased with their orders, without exception. While I clicked, "Good for Birthdays" above, I should point out that while ours was a large group, we were a large group of adults celebrating a friend's birthday, not a family with a lot of kids. One of the things we all appreciated was the friendly, calm adult atmosphere.
The service was really thoughtful, and we felt very well looked after, but never rushed or intruded upon.
Will definitely return for our next celebration.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice mellow ambience. Warm. Good specials. Friendly service. Wine and beer only. Non- exorbitant prices. Will definitely go back.

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JH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a good experience here... food and service wise.

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OT
Key West
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great! But the service certainly could have been better. Getting a water refill was way more difficult than it needed to be.

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a
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoy Mangia Mangia. Have gone several times and never been disappointed.

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BM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The food was made with mediocre ingredients ... Making a risotto with button mushrooms is not worth 19 dollars ... The food was also cold and served as if it was just microwaved ... Fried polenta with marinara sauce is not worth 10 dollars again with button mushrooms ... It was a cold evening ... the restaurant was having a draft .. Could have been kept warm and cozy

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