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Mona Lisa

#244 of 3,767 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Downtown
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2061 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-1721
+1 619-234-4893
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Today
09:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 09:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 23:00
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in today with some co-workers and was pleasantly surprised. We all did the lunch express which meant we got to choose from 3 hot already prepared dishes, choice of soup or salad and a roll. All in all I had my food and sat down to eat in 3 minutes as there was no line. Two of us got... More 

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Thank Rucklvl
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100 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Mona Lisa has every thing in Italian foods you could want, along with a great deli counter and sandwiches, home made take out like lasagna, cheeses, focaccia, olives. Man my mouth is watering. Staff, especially the deli guys are great. Nice wines, fresh veggies in small quantities. We combine shopping here with the Saturday morning Market

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Thank DBKuper
St. Petersburg, Florida
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60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was about the best Italian food that I have ever enjoyed. It was just as good as I have had at the best Italian restaurants in Little Italy in Baltimore where I grew up. It was apparent that the pasta sauce was homemade: not at all bitter, but naturally sweet from cooking for long hours and not using... More 

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Thank John C
Pacific, Missouri
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

True Italian Food! Three of us ate here and all of us agreed this was the best Italian food we've had in a very long time. A must visit for anyone wanting a GREAT Italian meal in San Diego.

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Thank maxtodd1
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Why do so many Restaurants in the US focus on quantity and less on quality. The food wasn't bad at all - but less would have been fine and if a little more spices had been used, the best rating would be the result. Now it is just another Italian restaurant. Exchangeable.

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Thank Nils M
Florida
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64 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were told of this place by the hotel staff...We went for my hubby's birthday and it was our favorite meal of the entire trip!! The service was terrific, the food was wonderful, the restaurant busy and the night could not have gone any better!! Upon returning to San Diego, this will be the first night's meal!! Thank you Mona... More 

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Thank Notsothrilled
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You walk in and if it was cold and Raining, you would swear that you were in New York !!! The Smell --- The Vibe --- The People, but the food is the Star!!! Done Old School, with everything in the place has something to do with Italian food. The sandwiches are PERFECT, and the BREAD... INSANELY good, they also... More 

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Thank TheCaptainofDelMar
Fergus
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Asked the hotel guy where to eat and he said this was an authentic Italian restaurant. He was so right. We walked past many posh full restaurants in Little Italy to get there, it didn't look like much from the outside, but once you got in, you felt like you'd been invited into someone's home and the service and food... More 

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Thank Annette V
San Diego, California
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59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

I've been to Mona Lisa many times with friends, although it is not my first, second, third, or even fourth choice of a restaurant along Little Italy's India Street. The food is basic, and the decor hasn't been upgraded since I first came here in 1993. The lasagne isn't filled with very much meat, and the meatballs are not anything... More 

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Thank IMANATIVE
Markham, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We had our eye on a local bar. On the way to the bar, the cab pointed this restaurant and said it was nice. Our introduction to the bar wasnt a pleasant one so we promptly left. We decided to take the can drivers advice. Glad we did. The restaurant gave you a home like atmosphere. Like you were having... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 22:00
Monday
09:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 22:00
Thursday
09:00 - 22:00
Friday
09:00 - 23:00
Saturday
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2061 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-1721
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 619-234-4893

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