Scary bad! I have to rate it one star because zero is not an option! Caesar salad: Made with mayonnaise as a base, or a REALLY cheap store bought dressing. Chicken San Francisco: Chicken drenched in salt topped with canned artichoke hearts. Gnocchi Fondenti: Think mashed potatoes and cheese. Also they are so proud of the wine by the glass that they don't list the brand and the won't let you taste it, is it still 1965? Unfortunately we wasted a dinner in a wonderful food town like San Francisco. Please learn from our experience.
Great place for good Italian food. 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 extensive menue and the food was very well prepared. I saw some negatives on the list and I really question who wrote them. The food on every visit has been consistantly great. Good size portions, well prepared and authentic, and the service was good as I recall. I have no reason to say anything one way or the other as I am from Fla. We plan on stopping by for dinner this year as well as my family enjoyed it so much the last few visits. If there is any change I wil post , but for now we look forward to a great meal.
The Best Forever!!!. 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 italian friend and he couldn't stop eating:)))))This is very rare:) In that evening were a lot of people and the owner - Maurizio was so friendly that we felt like at home...We have tasted an italian wine and at the end, we had as a dessert - italian tiramisu that melted in our mounths...Since that day, when we have something special to celebrate-our favorite place became Mona Lista Ristorante!!! Good Job Guys!!! d''avero italiano!!!
Great Food!!!. 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 nice family restaurant that cares about their customers. I ordered risotto al salmone and believe or not...it was the besttttttttttttttt!!!!! Salmone cooked perfect to enjoy the taste and the cream souse was delicous....my friend tried piza Monte Bianco and he said that he felt like home...I strongly recommend this place ...Try it and u will like so much that will be ur favorite place...Definetly I will visit again this great restaurant!!!!
Italian Restaurant. 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 perfect and tipical Italian, I am not living in San Francisco, but If I was for sure I was going every other night. I would love to come back, I hope that soon I will.
How bad is BAD !!. 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 bill NOT HERE !! They LAUGHED !! I never took the time to write a review before,but this time it was necessary !! We were on Spring break vacation,and this was very disapointing !! We can only afford to go out and eat once in a while and my family was very sad to see me upset like this !! They didn't appologize or nothing !! If we help some one with this review I will be happy !!! They ought to be ashamed of them selves !! All I wanted to do is sit and have a good meal on vacation with my family ,instead I felt like a tourest who just got ripped off real BAD !! Thanks for nothing MONA LISA BTW this restaurant is a 4 1/2 star rated restaurant, how can that be possible?
Great Italian Food. 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.
Great Italian in the heart of North Beach. 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 wonderful. Our waiter suggested some great menu items that were absolutely delicious!!! I had the Funghi Porcini with Chicken and it was superb. My bf got veal with mozarella and prosciutto. Very good!!! Not to mention, the house wine was tasty and the bill was not outrageous. I would definitely come back here next time I am in San Francisco!
Best food ever!!!. If eating is your passion you must try this restaurant!!! Incredible food, impeccable service, and wonderful wine. Best food I have had in United States, and easily competes with the best around the world that I have tried (and I have tried quite a few!). I simply loved the pizza and the ravioli in Mona Lisa?but the menu offer so many choises that every time I could not try something different, and I was always surprise how delicious is everything!!!! But Food is just one part of the equation with service and atmosphere in this ?Meraviglioso? restaurant. Every time that I went in San Francisco my best memories were on Mona Lisa! ?Thank you so much!!! Elisabetta
Great Atmosphere and customer service!!!. 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 many nice Italaiian restaurants. In our opinion the Mona Lisa by far is the best Italian restaurant that we have ever eaten in. The sauce is superb!!! We also had an anitpasto salad that was wonderful. We would recommend this restaurnat to anyone visisting the San Francisco -North Beach area. We were recommended by a friend who lives in the Bay area and we were very happy with both the food and service. The owners make you feel like your at home with the pleasant greeting that you receive when you walk through the door. We will certainly make a return visit on our next trip tp San Francisco.
Great Italian Food and Friendly Italian Atmosphere!!. 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 never been disappointed. The Risotto selection is very large and sooo yummy that's it's hard to choose. Good size portions, very reasonable prices and friendly, attentive service. Get a seat near the window or outside for great people watching.
my favorite!. 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!
Horrible service. 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 meal, the server had us wait for 30 minutes and the restaurant wasn't all that busy!!! When we asked them to split the check because we needed split checks, the server and the manager exchanged Italian profanity. I smiled as if I didn't understand the Italian, but f$#@ them! Please don't go there, or at least if you go there, don't tip'em.
Bland food, slow service. 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 thought of walking out a couple of times. The wine we ordered was not in stock, finding a replacement took the server another 30 minutes. The salad that I ordered was just perfectly fine, not horrible, but not memorable either. The gnocchi that I ordered were bland and the sauce too rich. They completely overcooked my husband's pasta. We were ready to go and have dessert somewhere else but the server must have sensed our frustration and brought chocolate dessert on the house which was delicious. That nice gesture on his part brought our tip back to the normal level but we're definetely not coming back. If I am paying $100 for a dinner for 2, I expect both more than mediocre food and responsive service, especially not on a busy night.
Best atmosphere, largest menu in North Beach's Little Italy. 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 dishes are the pumpkin ravioli with sage brown butter sauce and the gorgonzola gnocchi. If you're going for quantity, you'll be more full from the gnocchi as the 5 ravioli servings aren't as big. The only dish I've ever been disappointed with was the pesto chicken rigatoni because the chicken was overcooked. I dare you to compare menus with another restaurant and find something as extensive. They had about 10 creations of each type of pasta - 10 gnocchi dishes, 15 spaghettis, 10 fettuccinis, 10 pennes,... I've been to Italy once, and in my opinion, Mona Lisa is as authentic as it gets in California. The atmosphere is unique in North Beach - not a typical restaurant with a slick bar and neon lights. You feel like you found a truly authentic place a few blocks away from the Roman Colosseum. The interior decor stirs feelings of "old Italy" with paintings of famous Italian oil paintings on the ceiling and Italian busts along the walls.
Fabulous service!!!. 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 restaurant to anyone who is looking for great food and wonderful service!
As a tourist, this was great for me. 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 dinner at Mona Lisa was the best meal I had in the three days I was there. I had the gnocchi with gorganzola and it was creamy and delicious. I was absolutely starving and cleaned my plate. I just couldn't get enough. After the meal I had the tiramisu, which was one of the best I've ever had (nothing beats Dolce Vita in Riverview, Mich. though). Overall I think it was a great meal and was very happy with the experience. I can see how it is very touristy, but as a tourist it worked for me.
Bland food, so so service. 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 spinach salad was very bland. I ordered risotto with eggplant, which has a tomato-based sauce. It was almost tasteless and did not agree with me for whatever reason and I spent the rest of the night miserable. The service was slow, even though the restaurant was not overly crowded. One plus is there is a lot of bad, knock off art to look at. But I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone, native or tourist. Also, I thought the waiter would have been gracious to at least ask whether I liked my meal given that I left most of it on my plate and didn't ask for it to go.
blahhhh. 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. The cesar salad had no flavor and the marinara pasta sauce was very bland. I was very dissapointed as I had high hopes for this cute restaurant.
Worst Ciopino I have had to date.. I just had ate the Ciopino at Mona Lisa. Since they have a show kitchen, I watched as they made it. 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 oz glass of water to it to make it edible. The seafood was way over cooked. At $25.95, it's the most expensive Ciopino on Columbus. As a Ciopino lover, this is one of the worst I have had.
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