Mona Lisa Restaurant

★★★★★
  • 353 Columbus Ave

    San Francisco, CA 94133

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  • 415-989-4917

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I have dined here many times with my family over the past few years while we have been on vacation in San Fran . Each time the fod was consistantly good and we are comming back and look forward to stopping by again. They have an

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I have dined here many times with my family over the past few years while we have been on vacation in San Fran . Each time the fod was consistantly good and we are comming back and look forward to stopping by again. They have an

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While I was walking with my best friend, the owner of the restaurant invited to try his food...fisrt we were scheptic but at the end we understood that it was a real authentic italian food. I've been living for more than 2 years with my

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While I was walking with my best friend, the owner of the restaurant invited to try his food...fisrt we were scheptic but at the end we understood that it was a real authentic italian food. I've been living for more than 2 years with my

Pros: Best Vegetarian Lasagna!!!

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I've been in this restaurant and for my surprise I saw a lot of famous people framed on the wall that visited this place like: Valentino Rossi, Renga, Chewbacca, Cristian Castro and others...How they treat me...I felt famous too:))))) is a

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I've been in this restaurant and for my surprise I saw a lot of famous people framed on the wall that visited this place like: Valentino Rossi, Renga, Chewbacca, Cristian Castro and others...How they treat me...I felt famous too:))))) is a

Pros: Best risotto in town!

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Tonight I was invited from my brother to eat Italian food, we were walking on columbus ave. and we found this cool Italian restaurant Mona Lisa, attracted from the lights and the owner we stopped and tried the best food ever. Everything is

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Tonight I was invited from my brother to eat Italian food, we were walking on columbus ave. and we found this cool Italian restaurant Mona Lisa, attracted from the lights and the owner we stopped and tried the best food ever. Everything is

Pros: Best Italian restaurant

Cons: I am not sure

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By far our favorite place to eat Italian food in North Beach.
The pasta's are honest and very good. Grilled salmon with spinach is by far my favorite non-pasta dish.

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By far our favorite place to eat Italian food in North Beach.
The pasta's are honest and very good. Grilled salmon with spinach is by far my favorite non-pasta dish.

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Food was cold !! No heat lamps to keep the food hot !! When I told my server,he laughed and said " I know" We tell them all the time about the heat lamps!! Usually when in a rest. and the customer say's the foods cold,they take it off the

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Food was cold !! No heat lamps to keep the food hot !! When I told my server,he laughed and said " I know" We tell them all the time about the heat lamps!! Usually when in a rest. and the customer say's the foods cold,they take it off the

Pros: Con Artist at the door !!

Cons: The Worst Italian Food ever experienced

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I love the Mona Lisa, and go there on every trip I make to San Francisco. I love the little dining room and the service is good. Every time I go I get the Veal Parmigiana, so I have yet to try any of the other dishes on the extensive menu.

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I love the Mona Lisa, and go there on every trip I make to San Francisco. I love the little dining room and the service is good. Every time I go I get the Veal Parmigiana, so I have yet to try any of the other dishes on the extensive menu.

Pros: Great Italian food

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This place was absolutely wonderful. My boyfriend and I were walking up and down Columbus looking for a place to eat for my birthday and this place was jam packed. Something about it drew us in. The wait was short and the atmosphere was

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This place was absolutely wonderful. My boyfriend and I were walking up and down Columbus looking for a place to eat for my birthday and this place was jam packed. Something about it drew us in. The wait was short and the atmosphere was

Cons: very busy

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If eating is your passion you must try this restaurant!!! Incredible food, impeccable service, and wonderful wine. \r
Best food I have had in United States, and easily competes with the best around the world that I have tried (and I have

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If eating is your passion you must try this restaurant!!! Incredible food, impeccable service, and wonderful wine. \r
Best food I have had in United States, and easily competes with the best around the world that I have tried (and I have

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The Mona Lisa restaurant is the best Italian restaurant that I have had the pleasure to dine at in a long time. I visited San Francisco with my Parents in May of 2008. We live in New York and have had the opportunity to dine at

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The Mona Lisa restaurant is the best Italian restaurant that I have had the pleasure to dine at in a long time. I visited San Francisco with my Parents in May of 2008. We live in New York and have had the opportunity to dine at

Pros: Pleasant atmosphere and customer service

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I come from a large Italian family and enjoy eating out when it feels like family; that's what I found at Mona Lisa. I took out of town family for a day in SF and we ate at Mona Lisa. This is the third time I've eaten here and I have

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I come from a large Italian family and enjoy eating out when it feels like family; that's what I found at Mona Lisa. I took out of town family for a day in SF and we ate at Mona Lisa. This is the third time I've eaten here and I have

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I love this restaurant. It has a great decor, and yummy food. I would eat there every day if I could afford it. there are a million choices to choose from. make a resa if you can!

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I love this restaurant. It has a great decor, and yummy food. I would eat there every day if I could afford it. there are a million choices to choose from. make a resa if you can!

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The food was horrible, but worse, their service was a nightmare. It's a shame that I still have to give them one-star because there is no non-star rating in the system. They don't deserve any star!!! When we asked for a check after our

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The food was horrible, but worse, their service was a nightmare. It's a shame that I still have to give them one-star because there is no non-star rating in the system. They don't deserve any star!!! When we asked for a check after our

Cons: A lot. Countless.

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I absolutely adored this restaurant! The atmosphere is so unique and with the Italian servers and singing it is so romantic. I had a delicious risotto that was so yummy. My favorite was a mango sorbet that was served in frozen mango skin and sprinkled with sugar. They serve all their fruit sorbets in its actual fruit. It was very reasonably priced and perfect for a romantic dinner. I can't wait to go back.

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I absolutely adored this restaurant! The atmosphere is so unique and with the Italian servers and singing it is so romantic. I had a delicious risotto that was so yummy. My favorite was a mango sorbet that was served in frozen mango skin and sprinkled with sugar. They serve all their fruit sorbets in its actual fruit. It was very reasonably priced and perfect for a romantic dinner. I can't wait to go back.

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QUICK!! Think of ANY type of pasta off the top of your head...any type!

I can almost guarantee you that Mona Lisa has it. I have been here many times and I've yet to find something that I don't like. Maybe I'm an old fashioned Italian girl, but I like my dishes to be simple. Mona Lisa gives me that. Their menu consists of every type of noodle and then at least 10 different sauces that you can put on it. Seriously, at least 10! (I recommend any of the Gnocchi's! Delicious!) They also have a great wine list (go for the Reisling, affordable and very yummy!)

The decor in the place makes me think that I am back in Italy on the one week that I actually spent there! It's clustered to perfection!

SOMETHING TO CHECK OUT! Just outside the restaurant is a huge map of Italy painted on the building with a bunch of signatures of tourists/locals and where their family is from. It's amazing to just look at!

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QUICK!! Think of ANY type of pasta off the top of your head...any type!

I can almost guarantee you that Mona Lisa has it. I have been here many times and I've yet to find something that I don't like. Maybe I'm an old fashioned Italian girl, but I like my dishes to be simple. Mona Lisa gives me that. Their menu consists of every type of noodle and then at least 10 different sauces that you can put on it. Seriously, at least 10! (I recommend any of the Gnocchi's! Delicious!) They also have a great wine list (go for the Reisling, affordable and very yummy!)

The decor in the place makes me think that I am back in Italy on the one week that I actually spent there! It's clustered to perfection!

SOMETHING TO CHECK OUT! Just outside the restaurant is a huge map of Italy painted on the building with a bunch of signatures of tourists/locals and where their family is from. It's amazing to just look at!

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Although I like to stay out of the touristy parts of SF, Mona Lisa restaurant in North Beach is worth the hassle. I have been to countless Italian restaurants in the City and Mona Lisa is my favorite. It is exactly what you would dream of when thinking about Italian trattorias. The food is excellent. The service is better than most in the City. And the decor provides just the right ambiance. You won't find any nouveau dishes at Mona Lisa -- just straightforward Italian cooking. The sauce is to die for. So the next time you are looking for great Italian in North Beach -- look for Mona Lisa on Columbus Ave.

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Although I like to stay out of the touristy parts of SF, Mona Lisa restaurant in North Beach is worth the hassle. I have been to countless Italian restaurants in the City and Mona Lisa is my favorite. It is exactly what you would dream of when thinking about Italian trattorias. The food is excellent. The service is better than most in the City. And the decor provides just the right ambiance. You won't find any nouveau dishes at Mona Lisa -- just straightforward Italian cooking. The sauce is to die for. So the next time you are looking for great Italian in North Beach -- look for Mona Lisa on Columbus Ave.

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We found this place while walking down Columbus. We loved the atmosphere and the food was very good. The Italian cuisine was authentic and plentiful. A nice selection and friendly staff make this a must try in SF.

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We found this place while walking down Columbus. We loved the atmosphere and the food was very good. The Italian cuisine was authentic and plentiful. A nice selection and friendly staff make this a must try in SF.

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We saw this restaurant while driving by in a tour bus and just had to find it again. We walked for many blocks and it was worth it. The atmosphere is cozy and great. Food was excellent.

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We saw this restaurant while driving by in a tour bus and just had to find it again. We walked for many blocks and it was worth it. The atmosphere is cozy and great. Food was excellent.

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As out-of-town tourists, we seemed to be the perfect target for this joint. Their menu looked impressive and we made an impulsive decision to stop by. While the restaurant was not full at all, our service was very s_l_o_w. We even

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As out-of-town tourists, we seemed to be the perfect target for this joint. Their menu looked impressive and we made an impulsive decision to stop by. While the restaurant was not full at all, our service was very s_l_o_w. We even

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I've been to San Francisco 4 times, and I've been to Mona Lisa 6 times. It is now a regular stop for me everytime I'm in town. I've tried branching out to other Italian restaurants nearby, but it's never quite as good. My favorite

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I've been to San Francisco 4 times, and I've been to Mona Lisa 6 times. It is now a regular stop for me everytime I'm in town. I've tried branching out to other Italian restaurants nearby, but it's never quite as good. My favorite

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This is a wonderful restaurant with great service! The owner was so personable and friendly! I have been to Italy and I have to say that the food at this place is just as good as the food there. I would definately recommend this

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This is a wonderful restaurant with great service! The owner was so personable and friendly! I have been to Italy and I have to say that the food at this place is just as good as the food there. I would definately recommend this

Pros: great service

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During my trip to San Francisco, I unfortunately had terrible luck with restaurants. Besides being overpriced, I felt like the food wasn't anything special - at least not the way everyone talked it up. So it's not surprising to me that my

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During my trip to San Francisco, I unfortunately had terrible luck with restaurants. Besides being overpriced, I felt like the food wasn't anything special - at least not the way everyone talked it up. So it's not surprising to me that my

Pros: Tasty dishes, cozy atmosphere

Cons: Menu was hard to read

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This was a disappointing experience. True, only emergency-level hunger could lure an SF native and longtime resident into a tourist trap on Columbus Street. But still, we expected the food to be decent. The wine was quite good, but the

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This was a disappointing experience. True, only emergency-level hunger could lure an SF native and longtime resident into a tourist trap on Columbus Street. But still, we expected the food to be decent. The wine was quite good, but the

Pros: Not just bad art, but really bad art created a kitchy ambience. Good wine from the Veneto region.

Cons: Bland food, not good for sensitive stomachs, slow service

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I think this place has a lot of personality and is obviously loved by many but I was far from impressed with their food. The wine we had was ok, but everything from the salad, bread to our main courses and even dessert was nothing special.

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I think this place has a lot of personality and is obviously loved by many but I was far from impressed with their food. The wine we had was ok, but everything from the salad, bread to our main courses and even dessert was nothing special.

Pros: atomosphere

Cons: food

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I just had ate the Ciopino at Mona Lisa. Since they have a show kitchen, I watched as they made it.\r
I was very suprised to see them cook seafood for 1/2 an hour. When the Ciopino arrived, it was so cooked down, I had to add my entire 16

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I just had ate the Ciopino at Mona Lisa. Since they have a show kitchen, I watched as they made it.\r
I was very suprised to see them cook seafood for 1/2 an hour. When the Ciopino arrived, it was so cooked down, I had to add my entire 16

Pros: Sidewalk tables

Cons: Employees yell acoss the room to each other, service slow

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All I have to say is DELICIOUS, the food is out of this world! The restaurant has a lovely ambiance and the staff is really superb, especially the young couple (I believe they are married...)that often wait on me. I am a regular and look

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All I have to say is DELICIOUS, the food is out of this world! The restaurant has a lovely ambiance and the staff is really superb, especially the young couple (I believe they are married...)that often wait on me. I am a regular and look

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We were with an out of town guest walking down Columbus looking for a good place to eat when we were accosted by a man in the doorway of the Mona Lisa inviting us to come in. Normally I find that sort of thing off-putting, but our friend was taken in by it and so we obliged and went in. I was very pleasantly surprised. The food was great, the wine was great, and the decor is really cool. It is a nice little spot for dinner and a lot quieter than some other places on Columbus. Our friend even said he was going to bring his girlfriend back there on the night he planned to propose to her!

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We were with an out of town guest walking down Columbus looking for a good place to eat when we were accosted by a man in the doorway of the Mona Lisa inviting us to come in. Normally I find that sort of thing off-putting, but our friend was taken in by it and so we obliged and went in. I was very pleasantly surprised. The food was great, the wine was great, and the decor is really cool. It is a nice little spot for dinner and a lot quieter than some other places on Columbus. Our friend even said he was going to bring his girlfriend back there on the night he planned to propose to her!

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The pesto gnocchi I had was good, but definitely not as good as other restaurants I've eaten at in North Beach. Service was okay initially, but the server slacked when it came to the end of our meal. He never came back to ask us what

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The pesto gnocchi I had was good, but definitely not as good as other restaurants I've eaten at in North Beach. Service was okay initially, but the server slacked when it came to the end of our meal. He never came back to ask us what

Pros: outdoor seating

Cons: slow service

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First I have to comment on the people who say this is the best Italian they've ever had. I'm so sorry to hear that! You guys are missing out on some wonderful cuisine! This place is very average. All the typical Italian sauces and pastas.

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First I have to comment on the people who say this is the best Italian they've ever had. I'm so sorry to hear that! You guys are missing out on some wonderful cuisine! This place is very average. All the typical Italian sauces and pastas.

Pros: fair prices

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When my husband and I were first dating, we stumbled upon Mona Lisa one night and it quickly became one of our favorite restaurants in SF. Two years later, on the night he proposed to me, he first took me to Mona Lisa because he knew it

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When my husband and I were first dating, we stumbled upon Mona Lisa one night and it quickly became one of our favorite restaurants in SF. Two years later, on the night he proposed to me, he first took me to Mona Lisa because he knew it

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From the moment we walked in to the place, we received nothing but great service. We were seated promptly and made to feel at home. The menu was huge; it had great variety, along with very reasonable prices. I ordered the four cheese

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From the moment we walked in to the place, we received nothing but great service. We were seated promptly and made to feel at home. The menu was huge; it had great variety, along with very reasonable prices. I ordered the four cheese

Pros: Service, Food, Hospitality

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From the hospitable person at the entrance, to the prompt service, general atmosphere, clean restrooms, reasonable prices, everything called us back to this restaurant.
We went three times in four days, and had each time two courses

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From the hospitable person at the entrance, to the prompt service, general atmosphere, clean restrooms, reasonable prices, everything called us back to this restaurant.
We went three times in four days, and had each time two courses

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Luckily, there were only 2 or 3 other parties when we went around 3 in the afternoon on a Saturday. The host offered free bruschetta for us tourists and made decent wine recommendations. I would recommend a pasta dish with seafood, even

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Luckily, there were only 2 or 3 other parties when we went around 3 in the afternoon on a Saturday. The host offered free bruschetta for us tourists and made decent wine recommendations. I would recommend a pasta dish with seafood, even

Pros: Free bruschetta, Artwork

Cons: 2 many menu items

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The ambience at Mona Lisa was great and romantic. Although, I found it a bit too dark. I could barely see the menu. My boyfriend ordered penne with gorgonzola while I ordered the papperdelle with salmon in cream sauce. His dish was

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The ambience at Mona Lisa was great and romantic. Although, I found it a bit too dark. I could barely see the menu. My boyfriend ordered penne with gorgonzola while I ordered the papperdelle with salmon in cream sauce. His dish was

Pros: ambience

Cons: food!

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I was there with friends, about 10 of us and received great service.I always look for a place which serves good food, affordable and a place you can be with friends. Its definitly a loud place, but hey at times thats fun! The ambience is

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★★★★★

I was there with friends, about 10 of us and received great service.I always look for a place which serves good food, affordable and a place you can be with friends. Its definitly a loud place, but hey at times thats fun! The ambience is

Pros: Great Food, service

Cons: Loud, Small Area

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Mona Lisa is one of the loudest restaurants I have ever been to. It was so crowded and so loud that my party and I had to strain to hear each other, and yell when we spoke. The hostess seated us, and then forgot to bring our menus. We

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Mona Lisa is one of the loudest restaurants I have ever been to. It was so crowded and so loud that my party and I had to strain to hear each other, and yell when we spoke. The hostess seated us, and then forgot to bring our menus. We

Cons: Food, Service, Ambience

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We came across this restaurant in San Francisco and will be coming back forever. The atmosphere is incredible, very old world Italian, the servers authentic and the clientelle, very interesting. The pasta is some of the best I have tasted and the wine list is extensive. The salad and soup are simply divine and the menu selection leaves you speechless. Wonderful restaurant for date night too.

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We came across this restaurant in San Francisco and will be coming back forever. The atmosphere is incredible, very old world Italian, the servers authentic and the clientelle, very interesting. The pasta is some of the best I have tasted and the wine list is extensive. The salad and soup are simply divine and the menu selection leaves you speechless. Wonderful restaurant for date night too.

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This is The Best Italian restaurant in the City. I have never had a bad dish there -and I've been going for at least 6 years! Last night I had the lasagna and it was perfect! My other favorite is the ravioli- all the pasta is made fresh so

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This is The Best Italian restaurant in the City. I have never had a bad dish there -and I've been going for at least 6 years! Last night I had the lasagna and it was perfect! My other favorite is the ravioli- all the pasta is made fresh so

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As tourists here for the weekend we wanted a good S.F. Experience, but not a total tourist trap. The atmosphere inside is like an old NY Italian overly gaudy place, but that makes the experience for me. My "Veal Mona Lisa" was excellent

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As tourists here for the weekend we wanted a good S.F. Experience, but not a total tourist trap. The atmosphere inside is like an old NY Italian overly gaudy place, but that makes the experience for me. My "Veal Mona Lisa" was excellent

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Went to Mona Lisa for pizza which is the main thing on the menue and was disappointed, a friend said it was good but I guess by the time I got there it got bad. I went again to see if it was good and ordered the meat lasagne, it came and

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★★★★★

Went to Mona Lisa for pizza which is the main thing on the menue and was disappointed, a friend said it was good but I guess by the time I got there it got bad. I went again to see if it was good and ordered the meat lasagne, it came and

Pros: location, my lasagne was good

Cons: over priced, tiny dishes, pizza

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Looked very cute and charming from the outside. It was nice to sit outdoors but the food was very blah. The margherita pizza was more like greek pizza. Super heavy on the cheese and a droplet of sauce. Definitely not margherita.

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Looked very cute and charming from the outside. It was nice to sit outdoors but the food was very blah. The margherita pizza was more like greek pizza. Super heavy on the cheese and a droplet of sauce. Definitely not margherita.

Pros: outdoor seating

Cons: very bland food, weak pasta

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My girlfriend and I were looking for a place to eat and happened to walk by the Mona Lisa. The Host at the door I believe his name is Maurizio was a riot. He convinced us to eat there and what a treat it was. The food was wonderful, the

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★★★★★

My girlfriend and I were looking for a place to eat and happened to walk by the Mona Lisa. The Host at the door I believe his name is Maurizio was a riot. He convinced us to eat there and what a treat it was. The food was wonderful, the

Pros: Price, Great Food, Fun atmosphere

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What attracted us to go to Mona Lisa was the extensive menu selection. The pasta selection was neverending!! I think the menu selection was the ONLY positive thing about our experience. Once we were sat down by a window, that's where

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★★★★★

What attracted us to go to Mona Lisa was the extensive menu selection. The pasta selection was neverending!! I think the menu selection was the ONLY positive thing about our experience. Once we were sat down by a window, that's where

Pros: People watching, Menu selection, Prompt seating

Cons: , Crowded

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While the menu appears long, it really is just 6 pastas in 6 sauces, and the meats/poultry/fish in a limited number of preparations. Not much different than most Italian restaurants across the US. Small portions (just one piece of chicken

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★★★★★

While the menu appears long, it really is just 6 pastas in 6 sauces, and the meats/poultry/fish in a limited number of preparations. Not much different than most Italian restaurants across the US. Small portions (just one piece of chicken

Pros: Average food, usual Italian food

Cons: , Small portions, limited menu

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I live in San Diego, but I go to Mona Lisa every time I visit San Francisco. It is the best Italian restaurant I have ever been to. I let everyone I know about Mona Lisa when they have vacation plans to San Francisco. I'm going there on

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I live in San Diego, but I go to Mona Lisa every time I visit San Francisco. It is the best Italian restaurant I have ever been to. I let everyone I know about Mona Lisa when they have vacation plans to San Francisco. I'm going there on

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I'm not sure that the people posting the bad reviews were at the same restaurant...my fiancee and I eat lunch or dinner here everytime we are in SF. Its the best italian we've ever seen...more pasta selections then we know what to do with.

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★★★★★

I'm not sure that the people posting the bad reviews were at the same restaurant...my fiancee and I eat lunch or dinner here everytime we are in SF. Its the best italian we've ever seen...more pasta selections then we know what to do with.

Pros: Great Food, Great Staff, Cute atmosphere

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My family and I couldn't decide whether to go to the Mona Lisa, due to the many mixed reviews here. However, we took a chance and had a great time. The decor is amazing -- amazingly tacky! it was hilarious. not good for a formal meal,

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★★★★★

My family and I couldn't decide whether to go to the Mona Lisa, due to the many mixed reviews here. However, we took a chance and had a great time. The decor is amazing -- amazingly tacky! it was hilarious. not good for a formal meal,

Pros: close to MUNI, great food, entertainment card

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My boyfriend and I stopped at this restaurant for dinner, the service was great, the greater was extremely friendly. Food was so yummy, and the dessert menu is to die for. It has all the athentic Italy desserts on there. I definetly

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I stopped at this restaurant for dinner, the service was great, the greater was extremely friendly. Food was so yummy, and the dessert menu is to die for. It has all the athentic Italy desserts on there. I definetly

Pros: food, service, environment

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Dozens of Mona Lisa prints--some classic, some kooky--adorn the walls, while dark furnishings and candlelit tables cast a slightly romantic atmosphere. The southern Italian menu is punctuated by a lengthy list of…

 

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