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Mona Lisa

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Chinatown
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353 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907
+1 415-989-4917
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11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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arkansastraveler74
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288 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice place in San Fran... We went there for lunch on a Thursday at 12:30 and we were the only 6 people in the restaurant. The service was good. The food was also good.. It was very difficult to find a parking spot. We had to drive around for over 20 minutes looking for a spot.

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Thank arkansastraveler74
Olympia, WA
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60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stopped by this restaurante in North Beach for a simple lunch and a glass of wine. The ambiance is great. Lots of pictures of celebrities who have visited. The wine as less than stellar and the pizza was good, but not great. All in all, I'd probably not stop again as it was a bit pricey.

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Thank mjfoster
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our tour guide from the Horn blower Street Car tours, Julie, recommended this place. From start to finish they had excellent customer service with authentic feel good food and lots of options on the menu to satisfy everyone in your group. Definitely worth the stop, and I can not wait to visit again next time I am in the city!

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Thank CelesteeM
Great Falls, Montana
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

the food was amazing and the staff was super friendly. it made our afternoon really enjoyable ....even took pictures with our Italian waiter.

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Thank dgiskaas
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44 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had many choices as we walked through Little Italy. We where met on the street at the ousting sign advertising the menu. The host in his thick Italian accent made everything sound wonderful. As we peered inside there was a moderate crowd with much laughing, talking and simply put people having a good time. So we gave it a... More 

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Shingle Springs, California
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like good Italian food this is the place to go. The food is fantastic and you get plenty of it. We eat here frequently and have always had a great meal. Service is great, people are friendly and kind.

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Thank Judi H
Cincinnati
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice authentic Italian restaurant. Several entree choices. Good house chianti. Carbonara is delicious. Italian wait staff. Reservations accepted. Front tables sit near windows with street view.

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Thank macnmiles
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

I highly recommend Mona Lisa in San Francisco if you're looking for the North Beach Italian experience. The food is really wonderful! You can order homemade pastas with rich sauces in all the classic forms. They have fish, salads, soups, appetizers and pizza in addition to bread and pasta dishes. The wait staff is the real thing: Italian, super friendly,... More 

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Thank Laura193
United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

A meal here isn't a cheap proposition but that isn't what this place is about. The menu, the mood, the decor and ambience all point to this being about a quality experience and amazing food. This is the kind of place you go for an anniversary meal or a special date, or a birthday etc as it isn't for the... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Had a reservation and still waited 45 minutes for a table. Slow service. Food was ok. High portions. My chicken came with 2 patties. I took one home. very expensive. This place is overrated.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 23:00
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 00:00
Saturday
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

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Chinatown
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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