MonAlyssa

4.5
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208 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Mon Alyssa Restaurant and Pizzeria has been owned and operated by the Alvarez family for four years. Chef/Owner Santos Alvarez, the patriarch of the Alvarez family, has been cooking professionally for more than thirty years. Born and raised in Los Reyes, Michoacán, Mexico, Santos’ first instructor in the culinary arts was his father who at one time was a sous chef in Chicago. The restaurant, which offers nightly dinner specials that are served in a casual atmosphere, is known for Chef Santos’ white Pasta E Faggioli. Pizzas, subs, and wraps are available as well as pasta, chicken, veal, seafood, steak, and lamb. Every entrée is cooked to order and dietary restrictions are catered to. On and off premises catering is also available as well as take out and free local delivery. Patrons enjoy the live music offered on the weekends. We pride ourselves on using only the freshest ingredients, offering exceptional food at moderate prices and giving impeccable service.
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vipKarenP
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food

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Lulukc
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the outside setup. Great food & service.

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Shaz
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their food every single time especially the specials in the menu

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JennK
Key West
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great. Food was excellent

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MK24
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

MonAlyssa was nothing extraordinary. Since we were a table of two they wanted to put us on the side of restaurant in an area that looks like it is a service alley and has no coverage from sun or weather. . Tables were unstable and rocking. Asked for another table so then they put us up front under the tent which was much better, but they seemed to be annoyed that we asked for another table. Food was OK. Service was inattentive in a non busy restaurant.

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MichaelG
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good. Mom is a tough critic and said gluten free pasta was a little overcooked. My soft shell crabs were great though! Overall good experience, given the outdoor limitations. We sat in the left side of the building in what was an alley. It got pretty windy and wish we could have moved to the front or back. But, given our current circumstances in NJ, the restaurant is doing what it can. Definitely recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This is a review I didn’t want to write. We were here in August and they hit it out of the park. Tonight, not so much. First, they brought out an incorrect appetizer. The server seemed harried so we let it go. When they brought out main courses, they “forgot”( servers word) to prepare one of the entrees. It came 15 minutes later. I ordered veal with shrimp, prosciutto, onions, mushrooms and crabmeat, the menu said it was served with tortellini. Well, it came out without the crab, without the onion, and served over angel hair,no explanation given. Another entree was supposed to come out with a side of spaghetti, it too came out with angel hair. The servers were running all over, it was clear they were understaffed and that the kitchen was busy making pizzas. This place needs to decide if it’s a pizza joint or a fine dining establishment. The potential for the latter is there. But with kitchen mixups and short staffing it seems like it is leaning towards the former. That’s unfortunate.

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DavidS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with great food options. Will definitely be back.

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vipMagilla
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As Always, Excellent!

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vipTitiK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great food and service. Will definitely go back again. Really big portion sizes!

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vipWilliamN
Tampa
90 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

This was our first time dining at Mon Alyssa. In general, the food was average and the service was excellent. Their clams casino recipe was all wrong- no diced bell peppers , no bacon. I asked the server to confirm that it was clams casino and she said yes. My wife got the veal saltimbocca which was too soupy and not very flavorful. I got the shrimp fra diavlo which wasn’t all that spicy although the pasta was cooked perfectly. Our server, Alicia, was very attentive and friendly but couldn’t overcome the shortcomings in the food. Now I know why we were able to get a table on short notice.

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Bluehen81
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Very charming dining on the patio. My husband’s birthday so it was made special by the quaintness. Quiet and serene but service was slow. Food was excellent as was the ambience. Would definately go back.

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LouisB
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sam was excellent, food was outstanding, ambiance was fantastic!!!

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Nansim
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out favorite place to celebrate life events and to just have a good quiet dinner

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ralpha
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was there for my mother and my mother-in-laws birthday. The whole evening went great. Everyone enjoyed their meals.

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Lulukc
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They set up outside dining in the parking lot with plants, etc. It's a nice atmosphere.
Service & food is always good.

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MaryB
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mon Alyssa has adapted very nicely to dining in the Covid era. Eating outside was the only cause of the moderate noise level.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

The food was excellent. Ambience is compromised by needing to eat out on the parking lot, but they’ve done an excellent job making the setting pleasant. Our first visit and we plan to go back. Delightful tea menu is worth a look.

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vipKirkT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good!

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vipJoeR
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Very solid northern Italian cuisine . Service was friendly and helpful . Unfortunately we were seated outside in the back of restaurant where the air conditioner u it next door is very loud . I am not even sure if the tables were COVID compliant . There is such a strain on these small businesses I encourage anyone who is a fan of hearty traditional Italian fare to enjoy .

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MikeyMike
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

We were sat on the side of the restaurant, under an AC unit. The space was tight and was the smallest table I’ve ever sat at. I understand Covid has restaurants making due on the fly, but plainly, it was not a good experience.
Food was good, service was very good.

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NancyK
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I would not recommend reserving a table for 2 as tthe tables are in an alleyway due to outdoor seating. Other than that I was pleasantly surprised. The food was very good and I will definitely go back.

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vipjezz
Dublin
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Decent red sauce Italian BYOB. The table we got was last minute and was at the back in a small space, but we were grateful to get it. Food was very good. Server was pleasant, but not very experienced. Not cheap for what it was, but not horrendously expensive either. I’d return.

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vipRobertK
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

First time there based on reviews we were looking forward to some really good Italian food. Seated us right away outside under the tent where half the tables were empty.
Sat down and they took our order and we waited over 30 min for apps. I ordered clams casino and got oreganata. Did not want to wait to change it. Not a lot of labor in my opinion. I was told the other appetizers, calamari and caprese salad were very good. After the apps and salads we waited another 30 min for main courses. Portions were big. The lasagna, linguini and clams, chicken parm were very good according to my family. I had the veal saltimbocca which was not very flavorful in my opinion.

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PatrickB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our first time at MonAlyssa, food is excellent ! Veal, Lasagna, and Eggplant Rolatini all excellent. They have transitioned well to outdoor venue, service was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The waiter didn’t come to our table for 20 minutes I had to go and find one

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The service was extremely slow considering outside worth the Covid. Waited 2 hours for the food has to ask what happened to my food. We should of never been charged for it all. I who’d not recommend

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vipKama
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There were 4 of us for dinner on Saturday evening. We had the best outdoor seat in the house set in back area where they normally have outdoor seating. The ambiance nice quiet off from the street traffic. Carly was our waitress. She was excellent. Food was delicious. It was a long time waiting to try this place as it sells out my time slot quickly. Definitely will come again. Great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience1

We had high hopes for this restaurant after reading the menu and reviews. We got there and there was a problem with the table which was resolved quickly.
But I have to tell you, I was not impressed by the food. It didn’t seem fresh, canned artichokes, frozen tortellini, jarred sauce. My dinner was so oily that the cream was separating in my plate. I am a bit confused as to why everyone says this is the best Italian food down the shore.
Customers are doing their best to help restaurants stay afloat during this pandemic and most of us are struggling as well. We expect phenomenal food. This restaurant falls extremely short.

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vipVvicari
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As a frequent diner at Mona Alyssa dining outside has not changed my feeling about this restaurant. Food is still excellent and also the service. They have taken on a lot during this pandemic and came out like champs. Thank you for being there for us who need to get out once and a while. See you soon.

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SusanK
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A great place good food great service. We look forward To going back for indoor dinning. Fans would be helpful with the extreme heat

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vipMagilla
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Excellent!

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NorthvilleMaggie
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Waitstaff was excellent and made us feel like kings and queens. There were 4 of us we order appetizers and a variety of entrees. The food was very delicious and we would definitely return. The had a nice out door seating area with cute lights at night.

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vipBobhutt99
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

First the good. The service was excellent even if we were sitting in a converted parking lot with cars whizzing by us as it was nice to get out, even for one night, from this socialistic Democratic lockdown. What's even more ridiculous was nearby the beaches are packed in NJ with thousands and thousands of people ALL not wearing masks! As for the food, as hard as this restaurant tried, each dish was, at best, mediocre to average. Besides the assorted appetizers (4) we had veal, chicken and fish entrees, to the last person, we all thought the food was just okay. We would not recommend this restaurant. Sorry.

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StephanieM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service was great.. will definitely be coming back

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AutumnC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. We enjoyed the meal. Remember to BYOB.

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LauraD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining here and it was fantastic , food was tasty, service was great , we will be going back again

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vipKirkT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor dining was a pleasure, food was excellent!

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Lulukc
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside dining in front of the restaurant was great. It was very nice seating outside and watching the cars go by. Also, excellent food!

FAQs

MonAlyssa does offer delivery in partnership with Toast. MonAlyssa also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 899-1999 ext. 2.

MonAlyssa is rated 4.5 stars by 208 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.