Monalisia

4.7
168 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
We hope you like what you see here, because we are quite confident you will love us once you dine at our restaurant. Our goal is to convey the same spirit of dedication to excellence in hospitality and service that we show our patrons every day when they walk through our doors! This is a BYOB restaurant.
What 168 People Are Saying
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4.8
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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D
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They always have the most amazing specials!

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M
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Monalisia several times. It is definitely a favorite of mine!! Going out to dinner isn't only about quality and delicious food, of which this restaurant offers. It's the entire package and Monalisia has it all. Delicious food, generous portions, very clean and warm and welcoming staff! From when you first enter, the hostesss, Christine, always greets you with a smile and makes you feel welcomed. This is extremely important, as this sets the tone for the evening. The waiters and waitresses are the friendliest that I have ever encountered in a restaurant. Alam, the chef, is the best, as he always tries to come out to visit his customers, making sure everything is met to their satisfaction. I have never ever been disappointed!!!

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AU
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is a cozy semi-formal atmosphere. Service is friendly and good. Food is excellent! This is not budget dining, but you get what you pay for. Fresh, delicious, in season ingredients. Also, byob.

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BS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent and the employees all friendly and accommodating. However.....our reservations were made through Open Table and when we arrived the restaurant had no record of our reservation.

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FF
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reserved table was ready, staff was friendly and efficient, food was excellent as always.

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L
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have had a good meal!!! The weekly special 4 course dinner is a good deal too!

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M
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. AS ALWAYS!!! Can't say enough good things about it.

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M
Atlantic City
18 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!!

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SZ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The place was way too small and extremely loud. We were rushed out of the place, so that they could accommodate large groups.

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MZ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time at your restaurant and I enjoyed it very much! The food was so delicious and our waiter was wonderful! I can’t wait to come back again!

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b
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fabulous. However, very crowded and noisy.

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t
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I had a reservation yet people were being seated before me. When I addressed the hostess she talked to a waitress and I was sat next to the bathroom. I asked the hostess if I was being punished she told me people request that table because its in the corner.. although it was right in front of the bathroom. People were in and out and it did disrupt my dinner.

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M
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous all around! Food, cleanliness. ambiance and friendly, pleasant staff, makes for a great night out.

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k
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here
it was fabulous
staff was friendly and hard working
the food was hot and delicious
the atmosphere was very quaint and comfortable
will definitely go back for more

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D
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I called to advise them I was running 10 min behind for my reservation, the lady told me no problem at all. When I arrived, the place was packed but still got my seat right away! Staff is very friendly, service is great, and the food is exceptional! Will definitely visit again as well as recommend it to friends!

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EJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and consistent. Chef is personable and so is staff. Love it!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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JB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried the Monalisa for the first time tonight. I fell in love with the place as soon as I walked in. Noise level is low and was nice to be able to have a conversation without yelling. The hostess and waitress were pleasant and helpful. The food was amazing. Owner cares very much about the place as he came out and talked with us as well as others. Looking forward to a return visit.

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VB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to dine!

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KU
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it ! The food is always great service is great the hostess is always pleasant!

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L
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little neighborhood gem! Authentic Italian dishes at reasonable prices. Everything was delicious. I had the cedar planked salmon and my husband had the chicken saltimboca. Both were excellent! Service was friendly and very prompt. We’ll definitely be back again!

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WC
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monalisia has quickly become a favorite of ours. Great food and excellent service make this a great spot. Went in for my mother’s birthday. We were sat quickly and Debbie took amazing care of us. As usual.

Can’t say enough good things about this place!

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LM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner, however I was disappointed that I had called the previous day and arranged to have desserts that I pre ordered brought out for the birthdays we were celebreating. They never came and our server had no idea what I was talking about so there was never a note made on our reservation. Food was good otherwise.

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NK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food were excellent. We had a party of five and everyone loved their appetizer, entree and dessert. We will definitely return soon.

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HH
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very accommodating and attentive. Food was delish . Everyone that tasted the alfredo sauce loved it! I had the special ravioli and it was excellent. Everything is made from scratch which we appreciated .We will definitely be back again soon

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday
We frequent this restaurant. We have never had a bad meal or bad service. We highly recommend it!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, food very good, service very attentive. Never had a bad meal there!

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C
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this Restaurant. The food is always delicious, the servers are very polite and professional. And as an added benefit it’s a byob. If you forget your wine you can buy a bottle from a local winery which carry. They also can cater parties which are lovely and very reasonable.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good.
Ate everything on my plate, including dessert.
Didn’t leave a crumb.

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AP
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A nice place. Good food. A little noisy, though.

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FF
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and the service was great. The staff is friendly and accommodating. We had a wonderful night out with friends in an elegant and friendly place.

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OT
Atlantic City
37 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Go there frequently. Great local spot with interesting menu

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TM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AWESOME! This is by farvthe BEST Italian food around! If you want awesome food and aweome service make sure you go!

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Philadelphia
89 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I were dying to try this place after hearing about it from friends. It is a great BYO to go to with a nice bottle of wine. There are a ton of food options, so there is something for everyone. We tried the flatbread with longhots, scallops wrapped in bacon, calamari, and clams casino for our appetizers. Each app was great and cooked just right. The house salad was also good. For dinner I tried to Eggplant Parm and a side of gnocchi (which were homemade) and my husband the Fruitta di Mare special...both were very very good! My dish is self explanatory, his had a nice amount of lobster, shrimp, scallops, and crabmeat. His pasta was cooked just right. The diablo sauce was good as well. The only reason we skipped dessert was, because of all of the apps we filled up on. We can't wait to go back, because there is more we would like to try from the menu.

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l
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Open Table screwed up - restaurant did not have our reservation but were able to accommodate us

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were celebrating a birthday. The service and food was excellent. We look forward to our next visit.

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K
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Alam always goes out of his way to greet his customers and make them feel welcome. This evening my husband had the pork osso bucco special and it was amazing...very tender and the sauce
Was flavourful, and rich with Flavor. It was paired with fantastic mushroom risotto- he was a very happy man! I had a diver scallop special that was just delicious. Perfectly seared huge diver scallops over top of tortellini covered in a beautiful sun dried tomato/mushroom cream sauce. Soooo good. We love coming here— not only is the food great, but the staff is warm and attentive! Thank you again for a wonderful meal!!!

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JR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant to go to!!! We try something new all the time! They never disappoint!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to celebrate a birthday! We were a party of 5 and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal! welooking forward to

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