Mona Lisa Restaurant

353 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 989-4917

58 reviews

The Basics

  • Primary: Restaurants
  • Others: Italian, Date Spot, $, Travelers Check, Open 7 Days, People Watching, Mastercard Accepted, Notable Wine List, Late Night Dining, Visa Accepted, American Express Accepted, Diners Club Accepted
  • Hours:
    Fri-Sat: 11am-12am, Sun-Thu: 11am-11pm

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In Short
Dozens of Mona Lisa prints--some classic, some kooky--adorn the walls, while dark furnishings and candlelit tables cast a slightly romantic atmosphere. The southern Italian menu is punctuated by a lengthy list of…


  • By The Big Ragu about 2 years ago on Citysearch

    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… Read more »

  • By Robert FLA about 7 years ago on Citysearch

    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… Read more »

  • By Olga Herzoga over 8 years ago on Citysearch

    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… Read more »

  • By OleseaUrsu over 8 years ago on Citysearch

    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… Read more »

  • By peterseller over 8 years ago on Citysearch

    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… Read more »

  • By Mari d almost 9 years ago on Insider Pages

    By far our favorite place to eat Italian food in North Beach.\r The pasta's are honest and very good. Grilled salmon with spinach is by far my favorite non-pasta dish. Read more »

  • By Franko almost 9 years ago on Citysearch

    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… Read more »

  • By 1tab about 9 years ago on Citysearch

    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. Read more »

  • By leah27 over 9 years ago on Citysearch

    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… Read more »

  • By ElisabettaSanDiego over 9 years ago on Citysearch

    If eating is your passion you must try this restaurant!!! Incredible food, impeccable service, and wonderful wine. \r Best food I have had in United States, and easily competes with the best around the world that I have tried (and I have… Read more »

  • By Angelina63 over 9 years ago on Citysearch

    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 … Read more »

  • By PamelaRR almost 10 years ago on Citysearch

    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… Read more »

  • By whoknowsme almost 10 years ago on Citysearch

    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! Read more »

  • By doycei almost 10 years ago on Citysearch

    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… Read more »

  • By chrissy f almost 10 years ago on Insider Pages

    I absolutely adored this restaurant! The atmosphere is so unique and with the Italian servers and singing it is so romantic. I had a delicious risotto that was so yummy. My favorite was a mango sorbet that was served in frozen mango skin… Read more »

  • By Heather T about 10 years ago on Insider Pages

    QUICK!! Think of ANY type of pasta off the top of your head...any type!\r \r I can almost guarantee you that Mona Lisa has it. I have been here many times and I've yet to find something that I don't like. Maybe I'm an old fashioned Italian… Read more »

  • By Tracy G about 10 years ago on Insider Pages

    Although I like to stay out of the touristy parts of SF, Mona Lisa restaurant in North Beach is worth the hassle. I have been to countless Italian restaurants in the City and Mona Lisa is my favorite. It is exactly what you would dream of… Read more »

  • By Fay W over 10 years ago on Insider Pages

    We saw this restaurant while driving by in a tour bus and just had to find it again. We walked for many blocks and it was worth it. The atmosphere is cozy and great. Food was excellent. Read more »

  • By Jason W over 10 years ago on Insider Pages

    We found this place while walking down Columbus. We loved the atmosphere and the food was very good. The Italian cuisine was authentic and plentiful. A nice selection and friendly staff make this a must try in SF. Read more »

  • By bebycik over 10 years ago on Citysearch

    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… Read more »

  • By m3initaly over 10 years ago on Citysearch

    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… Read more »

  • By williamwiselogel over 10 years ago on Citysearch

    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… Read more »

  • By janehart21 almost 11 years ago on Citysearch

    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… Read more »

  • By baygirl000 about 11 years ago on Citysearch

    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… Read more »

  • By audreyjl over 11 years ago on Citysearch

    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.… Read more »