Friday, October 19, 2012

Mona Lisa's Restaurant - Eau Claire, WI -

Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa, men have named you...

Are you warm, are you real, Monalisa?
Or just a cold and lonely, lovely work of art?
Monalisa, Monalisa

What a great song by Nat King Cole

If only Mona Lisa's Restaurant would live up to the incredible charm and wit of the song.  Instead, it lands just short. Yes, it leaves you a little cold...

I have eaten here five times over the past several years.  Summary ? - Great atmosphere, good service, food of variable quality, in particular considering the cost.  

Mona Lisa's is probably the nicest place to go out for dinner in Eau Claire - certainly in the top three.  Nice ambiance, attractive decor, well trained wait staff.  Certainly a good wine selection, best that I have found in the area.  If you want a nice setting for an important dinner out, it is about the best you are going to get here.


Yes, it's the food.  The food can be very hit or miss.  Which is exacerbated by the cost issue.  If I am going to drop $300 on dinner and drinks for a group, I would like it to be consistently above average.  Nothing should be below average.  Yet it always seems like at least one entree deserves a failing grade.  I have had meals that are the equal of good places in Minneapolis or Chicago, and I have had meals that are out performed by a decent chain restaurant.  I mean not up to the standards of Olive Garden.  That is very disappointing.

So, you may ask, why do I keep going back?  Well, it really is one of the few higher end places in Eau Claire.  If you want the service, the ambiance, the quality wait staff, that type of experience for either a business associates dinner or important family event, you can get all those things here pretty consistently.  Unfortunately, someone will be disappointed with their food.  So for me Mona Lisa's is a four, but down to a three because for the cost, they really should have a more consistent kitchen.

Link to Yelp Review Here

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