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Mona Lisa Mare e Monti, San Francisco, CA

Mona Lisa Mare e Monti

4.7
4.7
98 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Mona Lisa Mare e Monti , in San Francisco, serves classic Italian dishes crafted with top-quality local and seasonal produce in its charming and welcoming eatery. Mare e Monti is located in the Heart of North Beach's Little Italy. Our Restaurant specializes in Authentic Italian Seafood and Steaks. We also offer a variety of different cuts of Pasta's, which are created in house everyday! We are best known for our Bistecca Fiorentina, which is a 24oz porterhouse steak. Our Seafood is brought to use daily by our local Fishermen. Some of our most popular seafood dishes are our Zuppa Di Pesce or our Whole Dungeness Crab plate. We Look forward to seeing you soon, Ciao!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 398-1300
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Caterings Available.
  • Private party facilities
    Private Room Available. Call to reserve.
  • Neighborhood
    North Beach
  • Cross street
    Vallejo St
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    <br />Muni bus stops at Columbus and Grant, and also at Columbus &amp; Broadway. Both locations are just 1 block away.
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 98 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

98 Reviews
  1. donel

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The wait staff was very accommodating. The food was very good and portions and presentation was very good. Was a quiet night - it might be very noisy if there was a crowd.

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  2. Irv1n

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was great from appetizers to dessert.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Giovanni was our server! He was very attentive and just a lovely person!

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  4. DLWashington

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was awesome. I would definitely go back.

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  5. EastBayWahine

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant! First time here. Our party of 5 was warmly greeted at the door, then promptly seated even though we were 15 minutes early to our reservation. Tomas, our server, was on point the entire evening, coming by at just the right times; we felt very well taken care of. Cocktails were yummy, appetizers great, entrees delicious ~ authentic Italian menu that brought back great memories of our recent trip to Italy. Will definitely be back!

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  6. BellochkaV

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding, excellent food, great quality. Nice decor.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Four of us dined, each having a different entree. All entries were outstanding. Portions are generous and service was very good in a nice atmosphere. Don't miss the orange tiramisu for dessert.

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  8. Anonymous

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and colorful ambiance with delicious food. Best grilled octopus on fave bean spread and Italian herbed lamb chops with polenta in SF.

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  9. russo

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food and great service. Highly recommend their signature items

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  10. Irv1n

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was excellent. Although, our main course took a long while to get served at our table. It’s a good thing we had plenty to talk about that kept us engaged but otherwise, it took them a really long time.

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  11. Justin

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of the best pasta and cioppino dinners we’ve had in North Beach in a very long time! House-made pasta is excellent. Service was attentive but not too much. Overall experience made the slightly dated and kitschy decor totally fine, we’d go again!

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  12. Yvette

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I shared an appetizer (grilled octopus), Caesar salad, entree (tagliatelle with mushrooms and sausage) and dessert (orange tiramisu). Everything was delicious and enough food for us. Our server Giovanni was friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our experience at Mona Lisa Mare e Monti!

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  13. nativeca

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was classic Italian continental. Our server was very Italian. The bruccetta was to die for I had the new York steak and the minestrone soup. Both were far above average even compared to the best steak houses in the bay area .with wine,a shared dessert, and coffee with tip for 4 people cost 248.00 plus tip. Very reasonable considering the quality and style.

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  14. RobF

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time there. Fantastic food, service, decor/ambiance. We will be back many more times!

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  15. MarkM

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Authentic Italian cuisine in a relaxed but fun ambience. Wait staff was courteous and professional. Food arrived quickly.

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  16. Kathyd

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional drinks and food. World class service would return whenever I am in north beach

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing! The tiramisu was so good as well we had to order 5 for a table of 10!! Highly recommended the restaurant, their dessert and specially the calamari!!

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  18. Aredub

    San Francisco

    150 reviews

    4.0

    150 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I'd feared this spot would be bland and touristy, but it wasn't at all. The food and service were great, and the homemade pastas were lovely. The few wait staff had a hard time keeping up with the demand, but I don't blame them for that.

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  19. BarryA

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I recommend Mona Lisa and I will be going back to try other items.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was okay. Nothing special. Service was good. There are many better places in N Beach.

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  21. jacalynr

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our first time there. The our waiter was very friendly and the food was really good. Definitely would go back there again.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good atmosphere and service. Food was great if you’re looking for authentic Italian cuisine

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  23. GiulianoN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is authentic. The staff are always customer oriented. I recommend people try going to Monti at least once.

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  24. KathyT

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an absolutely lovely evening at Mona Lisa Mare e Monti. We got all dressed up for the evening and thought we might be overdressed for the place. We weren't! It reminds me of an old style Jazz Supper Club from the late 50's. Waiter was amazing!! Impeccable service and absolutely delicious Dinner. We shared appetizers and starters as well as the entree, It was just the right amount of food. Amazing and interesting twist on the old standard Italian dishes, very nice! You will enjoy!

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  25. Jimmy

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great restaurant in a beautiful location in the best city on earth.

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  26. Irv1n

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food from Appetizer to dessert. Will go back for more! Service is great too. Ask for Tomas, he’s the best

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice restaurant for an upscale Italian dinner . We had the calamari and octopus appetizers. Both were delish. My daughter ordered the lobster and i had the squid ink pasta . It was all just so good ! Our waiter was very attentive too and even went out of his way to spend a little extra time posing my daughter and I for some pics on our girls trip to the city :)

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  28. DeeK

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent authentic Italian food. Homemade pastas were wonderful. Exceptional service and beautiful ambiance. Highly recommend.

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  29. PhillipC

    Chicago

    39 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Birthday dinner . Not great but was ok. Not sure I’d come back again. But it is very lively .. maybe for drinks and then go for dinner else where .

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  30. Jdaly

    Central Coast

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a small restaurant, with I believe two locations. We ate at the one with the patio parklet. The food was AMAZING! So amazing we went back and had the same meal twice. It is a loud location, so do not expect anything less. It is well worth it!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great. Staff was very friendly. We got there when it was first open and didn’t have to wait long with reservations.

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  32. s2artr

    Los Angeles

    431 reviews

    5.0

    431 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The rack of lamb was so beautifully presented that it was worthy of a photo. It was equally delicious. Servicewas outstanding,attentive and friendly. We will return on our next visit San Francisco.

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  33. DanaR

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing experience! We met the owner two nights prior to our reservation as we were walking by and his personality sold us! We came back to eat and the food and service was absolutely impeccable. The burrata with prosciutto and asparagus was an unexpected flavor bomb. Definitely don’t pass it up! We also had one of the specials, Lobster Linguini with bay scallops. Another wow! Can’t speak highly enough. Our waiter (wish I remembered his name) was so funny and so personable. He really took the whole experience to another level. Next time we’re in San Francisco we’ll be back!

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  34. MichaelC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quality food at pretty reasonable prices for San Francisco.

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  35. Harryveterinarian

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Just next to Stinking Rose, but this Italian restaurant is real serious Italian not for tourist trap. Just I were in Rome or Florence, best pasta and Tomahawk steak I ever ate ! Service was excellent and best Tiramisu ever I had in US! It is really good experience North Beach!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous delicious food and our waiter went over and above, great service!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was so considerate and nice. Created the chill elevated experience I was hoping for.

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  38. Eric

    San Francisco

    245 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    245 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time at Mona Lisa Mare e Monti. We don't get to North Beach too often, as parking is usually such a nightmare. Good news, is that there is a garage within a few blocks of this great restaurant! The restaurant is very nice; welcoming, clean, nice menu. The service was friendly and attentive. We brought our own bottle of wine, and it was treated special and with respect; it was even decanted for us. The food was delicious, from the appetizer to the double espresso. We would gladly go back again.

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  39. grassland2

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect choice for an early dinner in North Beach. Has a NYC Broadway pre-show restaurant vibe. Meals were fresh and well prepared. Most of us had pasta -- lots of vegan/vegetarian choices. Excellent service.

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  40. MKinSF

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were delighted with our visit to Mona Lisa Mare e Monti! We're locals (for 25 years+) and enjoy their sister restaurants, Mona Lisa (also on Columbus) and The Old Clam House (which they took over post-COVID, with much success). Now we know the treasures of Mare e Monti as well. Mauricio and son Osi at the front of the house are always fun to chat with during the meal. These are real Italians, so their starters, including salumis and/or seafood will not disappoint. The beet salad is amazing! The specials last night - the tuna steak and the fresh linguini with half a lobster and baby scallops - were both delicious, and very well executed by Chef Jesus, who we got to meet. They have an assortment of Italian wines (and others, but when in Rome...), and a great bar and bar tender in Bobby. The servers are excellent, including the two Giovannis. Their homemade desserts are delicious (ask which these are), including an orange tiramisu that I've never had anywhere else. Go. Enjoy. Repeat.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

FAQs

Mona Lisa Mare e Monti offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 398-1300.

Mona Lisa Mare e Monti is rated 4.7 stars by 98 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Mona Lisa Mare e Monti

414 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3929

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Vallejo St
  • Neighborhood
    North Beach
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Steak
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Muni bus stops at Columbus and Grant, and also at Columbus & Broadway. Both locations are just 1 block away.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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