Seattle >Food & Dining > Mona's
We had a Living Social coupon and headed out with a party of three this evening. (2 adults, 1 child). The restaurant was fairly empty when we arrived and we had a wait quite a while to be greeted/seated. And it was freezing! They had heaters with the temp -- 53 degrees at the door, 61 where we sat.
We ordered risotto, shrimp tacos and a pizza. The pizza arrived COLD and had to be sent back for more cooking. By the same it came back, other diners were basically finished.
Beer was was too frothy from the tap; not a quality pull.
Music was too loud. Service was a bit absent.
Even at 50% off, this was not a good deal. Yikes.
Cry me a river for Mona's. Wow..... Things change. This was hands down my favorite place in Seattle for a lovely meal. Alas, it has gone so far downhill that the only thing recognizable is the decor. Everything else has changed. If I could give it ZERO stars, I would...but that option doesn't exist. We used to be on a first-name basis with the waitstaff. Now, there is no one reliable there to wait on you. They even took the duck confit (the best I ever had in the US) off the menu, which used to be the entire reason we would go there.... We would get 2 salads (used to have the best Caesar in town, but now it's horrid) then move onto two plates of the duck and two desserts. With a $30 bottle of wine, we could get out of there for under $100. Now, you couldn't pay me to eat there...and we feel like we lost a good friend. We were there 2 weeks ago and NO DUCK, so to compensate for that, I wanted whine...I mean wine, and both bottles that we ordered were out of stock. It took the waiter FOREVER to get back to us and to be told twice that they didn't have our wine was just the beginning of our woes. We ended up just buying by the glass, which was quite terrible. My wine had gone sour, but by this point we are already there for a half an hour, so we just went with it. Then, out comes the field greens salad that had rotten bits of lettuce in it. It wasn't even on the verge of being fresh, it was just awful. We picked at it for a little while and the pile of rotten leaves kept growing. We complained and they took it off the bill. I don't even remember what we had for a main course, but the first thing I ordered...guess what? They were out of that too! By the time our main plates came we had lost all interest in eating and just wanted to get the heck outta there. So, get this: We asked for our food to be boxed up and the waiter had to go to the restaurant around the corner to get to-go boxes, because, um, they were out! So... that's it. We are never going back and it's really sad, because we used to do all kinds of celebrations there and take out of town guests and everything. Mona's, what happened to you? My advice to anyone thinking about going there (and I don't care if you have a 50% off coupon...DO NOT GO. Whoever said that Mc Donald's would be a step up is not joking. I just wish we would have looked at City Search before going. What a bummer and we were celebrating our anniversary that evening...so thanks again for making it memorable in the worst possible way.
MoNA's or MoAN. My friend and I had occasion to eat here prior to going to a dance performance at the UW so we were on a time schedule but did allow almost 2 hours. We started off with a warm spinach salad to share. Salad was brought on one large plate and no plates to split. There was supposed to be melted cheese on top--not the case. Spinach had no taste and did not seem fresh. We complained to wait person and she did not charge us. I ordered lamb shank with polenta and broccoli. Lamb shank was adequate but polenta was unrecognizable & broccoli was flat. My friend ordered Mac n' cheese. First time around bottom was burnt. So my friend had to send it back. Glass of Merlot was unremarkable, Malbec was slightly better. Wait person was friendly but her service left a lot to be desired. She never really checked to see if everything was OK. Someone brought a small bottle of pepper to our table but no salt. The decor is pleasant but it is much too dark. After this VERY disappointing & insulting meal the wait person brought us the wrong check. We had to hunt her down and were almost late for our performance. We would never eat here again & would advise others not to as well.
Save your time and money and go elsewhere.
Save your money and spend it elsewhere. McDonald's would be a step up.
The food was so so and should be better for the prices you pay and the inattention from the wait staff.
We were never offered bread, to begin the dining experience. Drinks were late or didn't arrive at all, dessert menu was never offered or a request for after dinner drinks.
The service is terrible, the worst in the city! The only time the wait staff moved fast was when they were delivering bills to tables.
Save yourself some time and money and spend it elsewhere for a better dining experience.
It's changed. I live in the neighborhood and have been going to Mona's for years, and unfortunately it's changed recently. The food is just as good, or better, than it ever was, and the place generally looks and feels the same, but something has changed. It's probably the non-stop DJ music that makes it most unpleasant these days, as a spot to meet with friends and talk (note the "quiet" on the list of amenities; not the case anymore unless you happen to catch the place while it's dead). Also, strangely, while the food has remained on par, the food service has gone a bit lax, which takes away from the whole experience. We used to go there twice a week; not so much anymore.
My boyfriend loves this restaurant and has been raving about it since the day we met so we decided to go for dinner on Saturday night. It was a pleasant night and not too busy. the restaurant was nice and small, nice ambience.
The service however, was a bit disappointing. We were told the specials for the night and after we ordered one of each (pork and guinea hen), we were told they were completely out of the pork and that we should order something else. (Why tell me the special if there is none? It gets us excited for nothing!) We were a bit disappointed but nevertheless, ordered something else. The food took a while to get to us, so we had a fantastic butter rum drink. When we ordered a second one (while still waiting for our food), it never came until we reminded the staff 20 minutes later. It finally came in the middle of our meal.
The food was good, I'll tell you that. After we were through, we asked for a box (leftover hen and risotto) and the server was kind enough to offer to box it for us. When we got home, we realized that all she boxed up was the risotto - she threw away an entire untouched half of the guinea hen dish! That was money simply wasted!
The food was great, the drinks were incredible and the server was very nice but all in all, I was just a bit disappointed in the overall service. I probably won't be going back.
A little pricey if you ask me. I decided to take my girlfriend here for an anniversary dinner based on the reviews and its recommendation as a great date spot. They were pretty much dead on a Monday night. Our server seated us in the picture window by the door, presumably to show passersby outside that people actually dine there. I have no problem being used as a marketing ploy, but the big picture window and adjacent door made the space a little drafty. I should have asked to be moved to one of the dark corner tables. The space has a nice warm glow to it, but the bar in the middle of the room takes away from the mood. I would say it is a good friendly first date spot, but have a hard time calling any restaurant "romantic" when a television is in plane view from my table. Our server was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. He even brought out three different wines for my girlfriend to sample when she asked him for a recommended sweet red. For appetizers she ordered the cheese flight, which was very tasty and included homemade crackers with a touch of honey, a fig compote, roasted nuts and three cheeses (one of which somehow tasted exactly the way a farm smells, if you're into that sort of thing), I had the arugula salad, which was good, albeit it extremely oily, even for me. For our entrees I ordered the lamb shank. I'm not a huge lamb fan really, but I found it to be tasty. My lady had a seasonal dish: cheese and pea stuffed ravioli with asparagus. I found it to be very tasty, but it could have used a few more ravioli for the price. Both entrees were also a bit oily, which seems to be a theme at Mona's. Total cost of the meal (which also included one glass of wine and one very reasonably priced beer) was $103 with 20% gratuity. I would recommend going in for drinks and apps or maybe wine and desert (we didn't get any, but it sounded very good), I thought the entrees were a little prices for what you got. Also, a very small selection on all menu items.
Failed on all levels. We go out twice a week to Seattle restaurants with a mission to try every bistro in town. Our evening at Mona's was 2 hours 45 minutes of life gone and never to return. Waited 5 full minutes for anyone to speak to us at the door. This next part I swear is true - after being seated it was around 20 minutes before anyone spoke to us. That doesn't sound like a lot, but it is absurdly long -a Seattle record. The server acted like she had done us a favor so we could "get familiar with the menu." We made the wrong decision of just ordering appetizers and drinks when she finally came. After the apps and drinks came (another 20 minutes) we ordered our mains. Please note this is a "cozy, neighborhood bistro," which sounds to me like you should be able to enjoy a full course meal and drinks in no more than 90 relaxed minutes. Please note we left this place almost 3 hours after arriving. After we were finished with our salad (very good with arugula and a slice of cheese) and oysters (average) we waited 40 minutes for the mains. When my "lobster" ravioli arrived - $28 - I was over halfway through when I wondered aloud if I had been given the proper dish - no lobster to be found anywhere. 5 raviolis = $28 and one decent lobster bite in the last one. An entire evening gone - there was going to be a movie later...
Great Date Spot. I took my girlfriend out to Mona's last Friday night for our weekly date night. When we arrived (around 6:30pm) the lounge and dining room were already busy, but we were greeted immediately, and we fortunately were able to get a table. Their wine list looked pretty extensive, but we decided on cocktails that night. The martini was one of the best I've had in a while. The food was excellent, too. You HAVE to try the arugula salad. They drizzle truffled honey over it, and the slice of goat cheese over the top was to die for! All in all I'd say we had a great experience at Mona's. Since we went in on a Friday, it was a little loud, although still relaxed. If you're looking for something quiet, maybe earlier in the week would be better.
Lovely and Delicious. My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Mona's this weekend. It was our first time and everything was wonderful. It was difficult to find parking but that's just part of urban living. Our waitress was attentive and friendly, our cocktails were unique and delicious and the food was perfect. After appetizers(bruschetta), and salads, and an amazing Lamb Shank and Tuna, we simply could not eat anything else, but we will be back for dessert and more very soon.
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