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Mangia Mangia

4.2
609 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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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
What 609 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Excellent as always

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on February 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Mangia Mangia is our go-to restaurant for special occasions, partly because it's where we went on our first date 18 years ago, and mostly because the food is delicious and the service is great. The family is always gracious and amusing, and has run the place wonderfully for years.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Always good, always fun, Mangia Mangia epitomizes what a neighborhood restaurant should be.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We walked out on Valentine’s Day. Prices twice as high as on regular menu with no warning.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

A most enjoyable restaurant, excellent quality food for a reasonable price. A nice place to take someone you love. The noise level is low so you can have a conversation without being misunderstood. Go enjoy!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Delicious food, good service. Entree’s seem a bit pricey.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Delicious. The seasoning was complex and strong. A great complement to a glass of good red wine

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent as always! We've been coming to Mangia Mangia's for over ten years and have been very happy with the food, the staff, the ambiance, all of it.

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3.0Dined on January 28, 2018

The tall woman who acts as maitre d' is brusque when she is not being rude.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Warm, caring environment provided by staff that complements the delicious food and attentive service. Good place for a casual meal or a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Always great food at this special place.

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2.0Dined on January 13, 2018

The host highly recommended the special, lamb shanks. So two in our party ordered that. The shanks were tough (not cooked long enough) with very little sauce. Mashed potatoes were excellent however. Vegetables that came with all the dishes were cold. (2) people ordered salmon and specifically asked if they cooked it slightly underdone (the way we like it). Both were overcooked although the flavor was still very good. The other dishes that were ordered (chicken and risotto) were just fair. Only two out of 3 people liked their wine. The noise level was so loud that you could only hear the person sitting next to you. We had 7 in our party. THe one dish that was good was the spaghetti Bolognese. Maybe this is a place to just order the pasta dishes.

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4.0Dined on January 10, 2018

My friends and I go here often. Their mussels and especially the chocolate souffle are spectacular!

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

The main course was excellent. What stood out in my opinion was the Tiramisu. One of the best ones I have had.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We enjoyed an excellent meal at Mangia, Mangia where we celebrated New Year's Eve and the birthday of a dear friend. The food was excellent, as was the service. We were very warmly treated. The special accommodation we'd requested was graciously filled. We had a wonderful time and look forward to returning for another special occasion.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Charmed from moment one. Family warmth, welcoming ambiance. Just casual enough for us. The food was out of this world! Which is what we care about....

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Our annual New Year’ Eve dinner at Mangia Mangia did not disappoint this year. We loved all the options on the menu before we tried them and were not disappointed upon eating what we ordered. The service was terrific. The staff, including the Maitresee D, is fantastic. The music was at a very low volume so you hardly noticed it and we could chat with each other. Oh, and by the way, the Chocolate Souflee is still the very best in the country!! We’ll be back there very soon.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

I have been going for years and just love how personal and homey it is.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Always love Mangia Mangia. Over the years, we have spent many happy evenings there.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Great place to have a quiet or intimate dinner. Wish it was open for lunch and was closer to where we live!

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2017

Lovely as always! Great food, great service, very fair prices.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

I love this neighborhood restaurant. We've been dining here for years, and it feels like family. I especially enjoy the lamb shanks, which I always order when they're on the specials menu. The featured wines are thoughtfully paired, and the zabaglione and chocolate souffle are to die for.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2017

Wonderful food, excellent service! A neighborhood gem! We'll definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Nice neighborhood Italian restaurant.
Plain but homey atmosphere. No full bar...wine and beer only...but Italian wines we had were very nice.
My veal scaollopini marsala was good but I have had better.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

We've been going to Mangia Mangaia for years--Lida is the consummate hostess and her sister turns out consistently delicious cuisine.

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1.0Dined on October 12, 2017

The waiter seemed upset. He was very unfriendly, seemed very irritated by a
our request for butter and more bread, brought birthday dessert while one of us was still eating her main course, and did not offer a dessert menu to her. There was only one other table occupied, so he was not busy.
The food was tasteless. We've always had great experiences here. Where were the regular staff and the owners?

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4.0Dined on October 7, 2017

I've dined many times at this restaurant but I have to say, I had the caprese salad as my entrée this last visit and it was a very poor excuse for a caprese salad. You don't use tiny round tomatoes for a caprese salad. Just sayin'.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2017

Truly wonderful restaurant, which our family regularly enjoys for special occasions. Very warm and friendly. Excellent food also.

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4.0Dined on September 27, 2017

Family-owned and operated, unpretentious but lovely ambiance and service, good Italian food. Wine list is good but rather expensive.

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Our food at Mangia Mangia was nicely served and flavorful. The portion sizes were also plentiful. We were certainly not hungry when we left. I had the New York Steak with mashed potatoes and a medley of vegetables. The steak was nicely done to a medium rare which is what I orederd. The mashed potatoes were excellent and plentiful. My dining mates had the Lamb special with a pasta side and a seafood with pasta dish. They were both excellent well seasoned and all the dishes were served hot and right off the stove. The pricing is fair considering the ingredients and meal size. My only complaint would be that the restaurant needs an updating of the dining room. I would defenitely recommend this place as a great neighborhood place with good value. Service was good although initially a bit curt. As the evening moved forward the waiterperson became warmer and more informative.

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5.0Dined on August 22, 2017

Good menu choices. Food beautifully prepared and presented. And, especially, served hot!

This is a small local owned and operated restaurant where the food is lovely prepared, when ordered. Nothing is sitting in the kitchen waiting to be served.

And the chocolate souffle is marvelous.

Finally, the people are warm, welcoming and friendly. You can make real connection.

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