We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mona Lisa Italian Foods Allied Gardens

5156 Waring Rd, San Diego, CA 92120
+1 619-286-2242
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good40%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“sandwiches” (6 reviews)
“minestrone” (2 reviews)
“pizza” (12 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
5156 Waring Rd, San Diego, CA 92120
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (47)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 43 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed our appetizers here. We were eating our way through Little Italy and this was our first stop. Great food, authentic Italian, great service and very helpful.

Thank travelblonde8412
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

I would have given a 5, but our service was average at best... The food was flavorful and big portions. The market has some great Italian foods, wine, and deli. These kinds of places are what defines Little Italy, they could just brush up on...More

Thank ExploringViking96
Reviewed 11 October 2017

First plenty of parking, very cute little restaurant, very clean, super friendly serves and great pasta. To start a large garden salad with caesar dressing also fresh garlic bread that comes with the meal. The marinara sauce was very fresh, I had the vegetarian lasagne,...More

Thank Rich1701
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

I love this place. Very family oriented, like you are eating at home. Great food and service. I can't keep myself from ordering the Chicken Piccata - Large portions - share or take it home.

Thank Jean M
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Went here with family and this is classic family Italian home cooking. Pizza was fantastic. Every server and employee was attentive and friendly. We felt very welcome and comfortable. As a visitor I am always looking for places like this that only locals know about....More

Thank Graydon P
Reviewed 7 February 2017

Nice curb appeal - looks 'authentic' Italian (and is, I suppose), or maybe 'traditional' is a better adjective. Interior decor is a bit dated, but again, that kind of adds to the 'traditional' feel. I guess the menu is a bit dated too. I was...More

Thank PeteEgg
Reviewed 13 January 2017

What a great neighborhood Italian restaurant. The lunch menu is pretty simple - just pasta, pizza, and sandwiches, but the sauces are superb. Everything is obviously prepared fresh. We can't wait to go back for dinner. The waitress told us the restaurant had just celebrated...More

Thank oldnevadan
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

It's as fresh as it gets. They cut the meat right in front of you . I ordered 2 to go and they were both fantastic. Busy place so parking may be a challenge but it's worth it. If you like Italian this is a...More

Thank kentonbear
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Now I understand why they have been around so long: probably the best pizza in San Diego. Great salad. We've only done take-out, so can't really comment on ambience, but take-out service was perfect.

Thank Richard P
Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

My husband loves the pizza. I'm not a pizza lover so I go for the pasta. It's tasty! The salads are great! Really good Italian food. It's a go to spot for birthdays and lil parties. Great family restaurant!!

Thank Christy P
Nearby Restaurants
Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen
365 reviews
.17 km away
Bencotto Italian Kitchen
515 reviews
.20 km away
Cafe Gratitude
181 reviews
.20 km away
Mona Lisa
281 reviews
.01 km away
Nearby Attractions
Maritime Museum of San Diego
1,411 reviews
.73 km away
Little Italy
1,424 reviews
.31 km away
155 reviews
.43 km away
Little Italy Mercato Farmers' Market
30 reviews
.49 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Laura d
18 August 2017|
Response from Jean M | Reviewed this property |
Glad you loved it. We did too ! 😄
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5156 Waring Rd, San Diego, CA 92120
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-286-2242
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing