We've eaten here on multiple occasions, once with the family but usually just my husband and I for a romantic night out while staying at Blue Skies Inn in Manitou. Occasionally we just go to the cellar and get cheese and chocolate with wine, but we prefer the whole experience. It's expensive. But you should already know that going in! It's worth it. It's about $100 for two people for a 4 course meal. Have water if you want to keep your bill low, but you come here to celebrate a special occasion, date night, whatever, treat yourself! Their wine list is amazing, but we always do the wine flight. 3 perfectly paired glasses of wine to match our meal. They usually have a seasonal salad as well as a special cheese, be sure to hear what they are. We've done both the regular meat selection as well as the exotic selection and both were fantastic. For dessert, no matter what you get (we highly recommend the Flaming a Turtle) you can ask them to add a liqueur to your chocolate then light it on fire...before they light it get your marshmallow ready to go and roast it when they light it! One thing I love about The Mona Lisa is they will bring you extra of the desserts. I only really like to dip the angel food cake, so they always bring me extra!
Service is always spectacular. It is true you get a grill rather then pot of oil for the main course and if you grew up in the 70's like me you might think "this is not fondue!"...we paused on our first visit but actually enjoyed the grilling and quite honestly it kept the food lighter and we appreciated it as being a different experience and now prefer it to the oil! (Be sure to melt your cheese under the grill and get it all melted and bubbly!)
This is the best local spot for a long, quiet, relaxed romantic evening with great food, great service and great wine! We will continue to come back for years to come.
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