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Mona Lisa

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353 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907
+1 415-989-4917
11:00 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I wanted a nice Italian dinner but didn't know where to go as we have never been to SF. We stumbled upon Mona Lisa and it was full of Italian patrons so we figured it might be good. Good is an understatement. Full on Italian. Wine, bread, pasta. It was an excellent dinner. So full I couldn't... More 

Thank scott7289
Walnut Creek, Ca
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97 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've seen this place for years of course, but first time eating here left me with a bad taste in my mouth both figuratively and literally. It's a really pretty place but everything is way too salty. Their house Sangiovese (two of us ordered this )is horrible. Thank goodness the other four of us ordered a CA bottle of Pinot... More 

Thank AvidTraveler48
Zurich, Switzerland
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They call them self an Italian restaurant, but they serve American style pizza. The staff wasn't friendly at all. And for one person 40$ might be fine if it is a good restaurant but not for what they deliver. Wine was way to warm, pizza was not tasty and the salad was just oily.

Thank Alexander a
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117 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely restaurant! Staff are very helpful in getting table for us by the window! We had eggplant, Seafood and Caprese salad! Great Italian menu. Also they brought us a huge free appetizer which was delicious. Chandeliers were a really nice touch. Fun place to have a meal.

Thank MoghaniALABAMA
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice restaurant with an open kitchen, great waiters, fast but really friendly. we shared a pizza and a ravioli with pumpkin, sage and buttersauce..we were suprised about the taste of the dishes, really good. cause of that we also had a tiramisu wich was als good. will go there again if I'm back in SF

Thank Erik T
Kirkland, Washington
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have a very large group that has come to San Francisco every other year for the past 3 years. We make a reservation for anywhere from 14 to 18 people. Mona Lisa is very accommodating and makes us feel very welcome. We could not ask for better service or fantastic Italian dishes.

Thank John A
Carlsbad, California
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

food awful, aldon smith pasta "cheese dish" only to learn it was only extra parmesan cheese, over price food was not worthy of a Chucky Cheese pizza. Wait staff good, but the manager owner is a slick hustler and not concerned about having good food. after giving our meals back and paying full price we wen to Trattoria Contadina and... More 

Thank mickeyhaglund
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The atmosphere was fabulous! Waiter's service was very good. However, we ordered veal that was OLD. My husband is in the restaurant business and could immediately tell it was old, and spit it out. Waiter's response was, "manager tasted it and it was fine". Manager didn't bother to come talk with us about it or apologize or anything...that is only... More 

Thank HipChic
London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Friendly, welcoming Italian restaurant. Good food and wine. We were given bread and appetisers to start. Wine is expensive but good. Staff are attentive and helpful.

Thank kim186338
west sussex uk
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We stumbled across this restaurant while on a three night stop in San Francisco, the service was friendly, the waiter brought us one wrong meal, which was quickly rectified, but i do feel $75 plus tip for Two bowls of pasta and meatballs, two beers and one glass of wine is a lot of money.... also, the waiter kept trying... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Italian, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 353 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 415-989-4917

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

Staying in Chinatown

Neighbourhood Profile
As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique neighbourhood decorated with colourful shops, historic streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands, tourist shops, jewelry stores, fortune tellers, temples and restaurants come together to create a world unto itself in this historic neighbourhood.
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