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Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant

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4989 Ringwood Mdw, Sarasota, FL 34235-2033
+1 941-377-6562
17:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Wait staff was rude and didn't provide even average service. Meals weren't served together. Chatted with other customers while our meals were half served. Stingy with bread. Salads were very mediocre. Waitress passed plates over one guys shoulder to other side of table. When we said something the waitress got real nasty. Patio was empty all night yet only reservation... More 

Thank tbs15
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128 reviews
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

Well, I don't know that it's the "best" in town because I haven't tried them all. What I do know is that there are almost as many veal dishes on the menu as there are tables ( it's a small ristorante). Seven delightfully inventive veal offerings. Only five chicken. One large round table (we were a party of six) and... More 

Thank dcb1Florida
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Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Came in few days ago after I read good reviews. I walked into the restaurant, when the hostess approached me and ask if I have a reservation. I told her I didn't, and I was told I can't have a table without it. The inside was half empty and there was around 30 empty tables outside. Like, seriously?? I'm already... More 

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donniechef, Owner at Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

My wife and I are so sorry that we had to turn you away a few days ago. Our seating is very limited inside and outside. Those empty tables you saw were reserved well in advance. Each party of 2 to 4 persons usually take up 90 minutes, more than 4 persons in a given party are aloted more time.... More 

Ottawa, Canada
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4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

My husband and I chose this restaurant for our Valentine Dinner... Living in The Meadows, Sarasota ... it's a real heirloom, a cosy, friendly and authentic Italian restaurant. The owners are such nice people and we were been served by their son who has this "classic" touch. The food was excellent - I had veal, fresh pasta, with sage sauce,... More 

Thank GatineauMarie
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We've been to Mona Lisa's three times and have always had excellent meals. This time my wife had the Eggplant Special and loved it. I had the Lasagna and found it to be boring. Perhaps my fault for not ordering my typical Veal Saltimboca, which has always been excellent. Wait time between appetizer and salad was very long. Maybe because... More 

1 Thank Waterlefe1
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Loved, loved, loved the antipasti, the pasta, the service, the quaintness and oh my the dessert! My husband and I had the meat sauce and it was wonderful! You could taste the boldness of the wine, the depth the bone marrow infused into the lush tomatoes and the time and care it took to make it. Hubby had gnocchi and... More 

Thank Judith W
Old Fort, North Carolina
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138 reviews
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

We've eaten here twice and were happy both times. Food is definitely authentic Italian and delicious. The restaurant is tucked away in a condo development behind the community pub and could be hard to find. Service is very timed; not too fast and not too slow. Seating is limited and reservations are a MUST. Nice wine list. It's a little... More 

Thank NCactuary
Denville, New Jersey, United States
1 review
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Everything was perfect, the seafood specials were outstanding. the Italian cheesecake for dessert was wonderful.

Thank Anita K
Colonia, New Jersey
1 review
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

The owners, husband and wife, are friendly, courteous and at the top of their game. I'm from NJ and have eaten in some of the finest Italian restaurants in Brooklyn and Manhattan and in my opinion they do not match up to Mona Lisa. The food is the freshest and best you will ever experience. Don't miss out on this... More 

Thank Mark O
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Reviewed 6 December 2016

After a busy day we were able to walk to the restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. The restaurant is not large so it is comfortable and relaxed, Marissa was able to recommend items from the menu that were very good and went well with the Chianti. With so many places stamping out sameness this little corner of the world holds... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$24
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4989 Ringwood Mdw, Sarasota, FL 34235-2033
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-377-6562
We are a 3rd generation family run establishment. Our cuisine is northern italian & some southern also. Our popular menu entrees features homemade pastas, fresh seafood, tender veal dishes and homemade desserts.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?