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“Good local pasta place”

Mona Lisa Restaurant
Ranked #162 of 2,124 Restaurants in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 0 - US$ 12
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Takeout
Neighbourhood: French Quarter
Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

We were not able to find just a local pasta place with no major pretensions or basic food at less than $20+/plate. The closest we could was the Mona Lisa in the French Quarter. The linguine bolognese was tasty but not great. My wife found the manicotti to be quite good. Both meals came with a nice small salad with bottled dressings. Our service was quite good but the waitress was clearly overloaded with tables in this small restaurant. Tables seated after we were had a rather long wait for their food. I was disappointed that there was no draft beverages, but bottles of Abita Amber were an adequate alternative. While there was a mix of locals and tourists when we were there, no one appeared to be at all stressed by the overworked kitchen. Actually there was a surprising amount of chit chat among the adjacent tables. This local feel and conviviality gave the Mona Lisa another star in my mind, a very pleasant experience. While the restaurant’s appearance was basic the wall decor was quite interesting, ingenious, fun and a bit eccentric all in one. The wall’s were covered with a very wide array of Mona Lisa pictures. The one that caught my eye in particular was a Mona Lisa from my youth and Mad Magazine. Great fun scanning the wall for pictures you may remember or just find amusing in some way or other. Go for the experience if not for the above average food. Laissez Les Bond Temps Rouler !!!!!

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

This is a small place a few blocks off of Bourbon Street. It is a pretty small place with interesting décor. I liked the relaxed atmosphere and good service but found the food to be very average.

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

Tasty food and lots of ambience. Was sort of crowded when we went so got the feeling from the owner he was a bit stressed. After we were seated he seemed to warm up to our group and let us hang around until well after we had finished eating which we appreciated as we were meeting later to attend a wedding.

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Reviewed 2 February 2018

Most of the restaurants in the French Quarter seen to go in for spicy and more spicy. This a pleasant change from burn my palate food. The food is good and the portions ample. Try the garlic bread. It's just a short walk from our favorite hotel in the French Quarter, and is charming, with a neighborhood type of ambiance. We now have a new favorite restaurant to visit when we pass through New Orleans.

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Reviewed 26 January 2018

The best thing about this restaurant is the concept of the decor. Hundreds of Mona Lisas. Satires, spoofs, hand drawn by children. So much to look at as you sip a drink and await your dinner
Ate there with 3 friends, 2 nights. First night I had an excellent serving of lasagna, large enough to take some back to the hotel. Friends had the creole pasta and other dishes. There was a specially priced bottle of Montepulciano that 3 of us enjoyed and a dessert menu of cannoli, tiramisu and chocolate cake
We returned for a pizza night later in the week. Pies of 3 different sizes 10, 12 and 14 inch but reasonably priced. A large selection of toppings, about 6 that were chef selected or you could choose each topping for an additional charge. (Go with the menu choices, better price and better flavor)
Service on the second evening was a bit slow and the wait seemed excessive for a nearly empty room. Waitress was not apologetic or helpful. Good flavors put us back in a better mood by the end of the evening

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