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Mona Pasta Bar  - Mona Pasta Bar, Los Angeles, CA

Mona Pasta Bar

4.7
4.7
37 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Mona Pasta Bar

Dinner dishes highlight the marriage of Italian techniques with Southern California ingredients including Pesce Crudo with citrus cured hamachi, kosho beet vinaigrette and hazelnuts, Burrata & Tomato with burrata pugliese, heirloom tomato, pine nuts, pesto and squash blossom, Casarecce with lamb sausage and rapini, Lumache - alla vodka, and a Whole Branzino with caramelized fennel.

The menu is designed for snacking over a glass of wine, sharing with friends and/or enjoying a more coursed out dining experience. Pasta, a focal point of the offerings, will all be made in-house.

The wine list is focused on fun, daring, low-intervention, natural wines to accentuate and complement the food. The primarily Italian focused list with opening selections from Sicily to Puglia will be rotating based on seasonality and availability.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Wine Bar, Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed, Sun 17:00–21:00 Thu–Sat 17:00–22:00 Happy Hour Wed–Sun 17:00–19:00
  • Phone number
    (213) 814-0094
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    We offer catering! Please contact us at info@monapastabar.com for more details.
  • Area
    Downtown
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Wednesday - Sunday Happy Hour!

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 17:00 - 19:00,Wed - Sat - 17:00 - 19:00
    Join us for Happy Hour Wednesday - Sunday from 5-7pm! Our happy hour includes: Baby Artichoke $10 Calamari Fritti $12 Meatballs $13 Cheese Board $12 All wines by the glass $10

    Wednesday - Sunday Happy Hour! photo

What 37 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Italian

37 Reviews
  1. MariaO

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is 10/10. We had a reservation and we were seated right away. The only thing is the seats are uncomfortable to sit on, since they’re low stools. We were in the place for over 1 hr so it got a bit painful, but talking to the owner/manager, he explained how the place had open right before covid and then they changed it to the pasta bar and so they’re still investing in it and it’s understandable. The food is really good! He should be proud

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  2. marcohenry

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great pasta spot and wine selection. The staff is super helpful. Overall nice vibe with great music and energy.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been wanting to check out this place for quite a while now. Came in on a rainy day which just set the ambience to this lovely little gem. I started off with a glass of white wine and the burrata & tomato salad which had pesto and squash blossoms. It was devine! For my mains I ordered the bucatini cacio e pepe as well as the whole branzino. Everything was phenomenal! The fish was crispy on the outside and super moist on the inside! The service was great and just the whole vibe was on point! This is by far my new favorite restaurant in my neighborhood!

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  4. LisaF

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We randomly selected this restaurant for its proximity to the Orpheum. I'm so glad we did! Our server, Sara, was fantastic! Great personality, perfectly attentive, and very efficient! Our group included a person with allergies (me) and a vegetarian. Sara was very clear about what we could/couldn't have on the menu and we all loved our meals! I had the branzino (with the head removed for my vegetarian friend) with fennel! It was absolutely delicious! We also tried the artichoke hearts (yum, perfectly crispy), calamari (very light, yum), and a side of potatoes that were seasoned to perfection! I highly recommend!

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  5. IvonneJ

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The ambiance and service was good, I just had much higher expectations for the food itself, everything besides the meat vallas and calamari were bland, specially the veal chop, pretty disappointing for the price point.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Loved the artichoke appetizer, burrata & tomato salad, as well as our pasta dishes. Not noisy at all and service was great. Coming back again in near future!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our favorite pasta place in LA. Never disappoints. Unfortunately, we had to leave early as I was feeling ill and the staff were amazingly helpful. Boxed up our pasta immediately and sent us home with a free dessert. Will definitely be coming back.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great pasta. Limited drink choices. Will come back

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  9. PriyaR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Didn’t get around to ordering apps, but loved the happy hour deals for wine, and definitely get the vodka shells + cacio e pepe !

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  10. RussellW

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cozy but modern ambiance, super friendly staff, and amazing food. Not a single dish missed. 10/10 all around!

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  11. Jacqueline

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding! Best linguine vongole I've ever had. Cant wait to go back

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Probably the best pasta dishes I’ve had in LA. Very small with only a few tables but a charming restaurant nonetheless. It got a little loud but even the noise added the energy and created a lively ambiance.

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  13. Tomj

    Los Angeles

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Small but busy place with excellent food and good service. The fact that it’s slightly cramped and noisy (lots of tile and hard surfaces) gives it an energetic feel. Great if you’re in the mood for that! Super location near lots of exciting venues.

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  14. OLIVAS3D

    Los Angeles

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Spaghetti Alle Vongole is the best I've experienced anywhere outside of Italy. I'd rank it in my personal 'Top 3' that I've tasted inside, or outside of Italy. Compliments to the chef. Also, the menu of natural Italian wines is excellent. Grazie tante!!

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  15. ToddS

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Restaurant ran out of Italian red wines. Other wine offerings were unusual natural wines with acidic funky tastes. Food marginal and seating on wooden kindergarten stool is almost unbearable.

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  16. CristinaV

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was okay the place is cute but VERY small and we had to sit on a very compact high top and it wasn’t comfortable but overall it’s a cute date spot if you can get a table it will be a better experience

    1 person found this helpful

  17. SunnyN

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 8 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Small Menu, but AMAZING food. I would come back in a heart beat to try the rest of the dishes I didn't get to. Definitely make a reservation and try it out.

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  18. MannyH

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 8 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The happy hour is a great value. The artichoke appetizer is really good. We also had the meatball appetizer as well as the burrata and calamari. They tasted great. We had three different pastas and they were all solid dishes. The branzino turned out very nice with crispy skin and tender meat dressed with a nice amount of fennel. We would go back for sure.

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  19. AidaK

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 7 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I discovered Mona Pasta Bar on the DineLA website, and I can genuinely say that I'm thrilled I did. This hidden gem in downtown Los Angeles turned out to be a delightful culinary experience. From start to finish, everything about Mona Pasta Bar exceeded my expectations. The moment we stepped inside, we were impressed by the cosy and private Like atmosphere that set the stage for a fantastic meal. The real star of the show, however, was the food. Each dish we tried was flavorful, and by the end of our meal, I found myself wishing I had more room in my stomach to savor even more of their offerings. Our server, Sarah, deserves special recognition for her professionalism and attentiveness throughout our dining experience. She made us feel right at home and provided excellent recommendations from the menu. The manager also left a positive impression on us; they were flexible and accommodating when we wanted to make some special choices. He also sent us a wine sample he is trying to bring for the guest in the future, which I found was a sweet gesture. Elvis also attended to us a few times and was professional and nice. In summary, Mona Pasta Bar is a culinary treasure tucked away in downtown LA. From the outside, you might never guess the incredible, mouthwatering dishes that await inside. Whether you're a pasta aficionado or just looking for a memorable dining experience, I highly recommend giving this place a try. You won't be disappointed, and like me, you'll probably find yourself planning your next visit before you even leave.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been there several times now, food and staff are consistently great

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  21. AletaB

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Sever Sarah was lovely!!! A little bit noisy, but our early reservation meant we weren’t in it too long.

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  22. ArnieR

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Coming in the door we were impressed with the tasteful redo of the interior from the previous establishment. It was simple, contemporary, and elegant in the colors and textures that were chosen, with table settings includling wine glasses on all the tables, creating the mood. The host/server, Sara, was warm and welcoming and took excellent care of us in making our wine and menu choices. Most of the dishes at this small Italian restaurant are made completely in-house. The chef is a master of real Italian flavors, yet without the heavy oiliness of classic Italian fare. The Pasta Bolognese is heavenly with noodles like I have never had before. One creative dish is the Ceasar Salad made with a head of gem lettuce which is served warm and somewhat flattened having been placed on the grill with the dressing. This can be had with croutons and exceptional anchovies! Their Tiramisu is a delightful finish to the meal. Your first visit only inspires you to come back for more and work your way through the menu! We will definitely be regulars at this wonderful find.

    1 person found this helpful

  23. DineArt

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 22 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect pasta. And our server was helpful and honest about her favorite dishes, which we greatly appreciated! We’ll be back.

    1 person found this helpful

  24. britneyg

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great new spot. Ambience and vibe are super fun. All the food was on point! Will be back.

    1 person found this helpful

  25. OliviaS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great service, great selection of wines! Would 100% go again

    1 person found this helpful

  26. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Mona! Best lil DTLA date night around, it’s quickly becoming our go to!

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  27. HeatherL

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ordered the meatballs, tomatoes and burratta, cacio de pepe & the lumache ! WoW! Everything was delicious and the service was great. Not ideal for big parties, but the perfect place for a date or a small group for dinner! We’ll definitely be back

    1 person found this helpful

  28. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super cute spot, food was amazing we got a couple appetizers and the clam pasta

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  29. JulieB

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Dining at Mona Pasta Bar is like being invited to a neighborhood party. The atmosphere is highly charged and everyone is scraping their plates of the last bites of food. Loved the bottle of sparkling wine that we enjoyed with our grilled caesar salad with anchovies and pasta dishes. Sorry to have missed the grilled artichokes this time - everyone seemed to be enjoying them. Best of our 2 dishes was the pasta bolognese. Already dreaming of a return trip. Better restaurant for dining for 2 - music too loud for conversation with 4 people.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The clam pasta and the meatballs were both outstanding!

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  31. Yoahnnes

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely loved the food and ambience. Great atmosphere! I recommend the bolognese. Happy to have this new restaurant in the neighborhood.

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  32. AshleyG

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    order the crudo, artichokes, gem caesar, vodka pasta (in that order). great space, with wonderful wine, and food that is so good it just makes you happy.

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  33. MaryC

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was absolutely fantastic. There is a public parking lot very close by. The staff was very helpful and the pasta was absolutely incredible. They also have a great wine list.

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  34. LouC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simple well executed menu. Delicious! Natural wine and cute ambiance what more could you want.

    1 person found this helpful

  35. Minnie

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are so excited for this new pasta bar in our neighborhood! We had the artichokes for starters ( delicious ) and I had the Pappardelle Bolognese and I left nothing on the dish and my BF had the Casarecce and it was excellent! Vibes are super cute and perfect for date night!

    1 person found this helpful

  36. JenniferB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food service and ambience. Get the artichoke and bolognese!

    1 person found this helpful

  37. Foodie1

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Food is good. Service wasn’t great. Lighting was way too dim. Noise level was way too loud. Only saving grace here is the food sadly.

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Mona Pasta Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 37 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Mona Pasta Bar

111 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015-1525

Additional information

  • Area
    Downtown
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed, Sun 17:00–21:00 Thu–Sat 17:00–22:00 Happy Hour Wed–Sun 17:00–19:00
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Wine Bar, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (213) 814-0094
  • Catering
    We offer catering! Please contact us at info@monapastabar.com for more details.
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