Caffe Molise
Caffe Molise

Caffe Molise

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.caffemolise.com/
  • Phone: 8013648833
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday - Monday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Fred Moesinger
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Fresh fish, grilled meats, pasta, salads, and decadent desserts. Catering for all events and budgets from weddings and Holiday parties to box lunches for corporate and pharmaceutical trainings.
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz every Friday night with the John Flander's Jazz Trio.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: On 100 South between West Temple and Main Street
  • Public Transit: Get off on the TRAX City Center stop and walk 1/2 block West on 100 South Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: On street parking in front of the restaurant. Pay parking at the City Creek Center (across the street) and a pay lot to the East of the restaurant.
A word from Caffe Molise
Caffe Molise is a full service restaurant featuring fresh Italian cuisine inspired by the Molise region of Italy. Enjoy dinner surrounded by local art in our dining room or choose a table on our delightful garden patio. Friday evenings feature live jazz with the John Flander's Trio. Caffe Molise is the perfect pre-theatre, opera, symphony, concert, or sporting event dining location and is conveniently located downtown at 55 West 100 South, directly across from Crossroads Mall. Caffe Molise is a DABC liquor licensee and offers wine, beer, and cocktails.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Caffe Molise reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (80)fit for foodies (49)special occasion (43)good for groups (38)romantic (37)neighborhood gem (32)notable wine list (26)great for lunch (20)great for brunch (12)hot spot (12)scenic view (9)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Disapponted
    Babetto
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    After reading so many nice reviews I must say my friend and I were very disappointed with our Cafe Molise experience. Our server started out strong and then seemingly forgot us. He made some recommendations, took our order and we didn't seem again until he presented us with the bill. And the food, well....my friend ordered a pork dish which was difficult to identify or describe. Let's just say it was not good. I ordered the shrimp scampi which had way to many red pepper flakes (and I like hot) and aside from the heat was unmemorable. It's a good thing my Italian husband opted not to go. He probably would have walked out. This one is off the list.
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  • Unusually underwhelmed
    glutardfoodie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I have always had great experiences both with the service and with the food at Caffe Molise. This time, I was significantly underwhelmed. We went for a "girls night out" and our server seemed somewhat annoyed with us being there. I noticed that when we arrived she was closing out a nearby table, but after that, we had more interaction with the kind server who delivered our food. I ordered the Polenta and was somewhat disappointed. It was gummy and almost plastic in texture. All of my friends were extremely satisfied and loved their food selections. They ordered a variety of dishes from the Chicken, Pasta and Gnocchi. As always, the wine and ambiance were great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is excellent
    themel
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Every time I have been at Caffe Molise the food is excellent. With many events within a short walk it is the perfect location to start our evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    Romp
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    First time at this restaurant which we found on Opentable. The food and wine were fantastic. The service was a little slow but we weren't in a hurry so that was fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Food good as it has been before
    BobBVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Interesting Menu, and good food whatever have had. Service this time was slow and even changed wait staff two times in begining - then pretty much ok, just a bit slow. Will be there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have been to Caffe Molise many times and have been happy with our meals. Saturday night was very busy, very noisy, and the meals were not up to previous standards. I ordered their Mediterranean salad with chicken which I have had before and it was beautiful. This time there were ingredients missing and it looked like it had been thrown together. Not anxious to return.
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  • A Wonderful Experience
    LuckyPirate
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The staff gave us a warm welcome, and the food was amazing. I appreciate that there are several options for a vegetarian. We will most definitely be back. This spot will be a go to for us when we are downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll return
    CreteVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was our first visit to Cafe Molise. We were visiting SLC and found the restaurant via Open Table. The wait staff and food were outstanding. We were seated outside on the patio which is beautiful. Within a half hour, the skies opened and it poured rain. We were reseated inside and the wait staff didn't miss a beat...Incredible! Food and service...both outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice outdoor space
    OutoftownerVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Decent Italian, OK salad, the pappardelle had a decent but a bit gummy of a tomato ragu. Main reason to go is the outdoor seating, which was very relaxing and comfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • highly recommend
    nycnative
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This is a lovely restaurant with a spacious and pretty outdoor patio, attentive service, and very well-prepared food. The inside of the restaurant is also attractive and the tables are far apart. The fresh pasta is consistently good, as is their fish. Most recently, we had a grilled chicken dish with an artichoke cream sauce on the side, shrimp frame diavolo with linguine, fresh pappardell with a slow-cooked pork sauce, and a very good lasagna. Also, a nice wine by the glass. And the house salad with Asiago cheese is quite nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor lunch downtown
    TheFoodsterMeister
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Caffe Molise offers hearty Italian fare -- nothing out of the ordinary, but yummy. It's a great place for lunch, especially when you can grab an outdoor table on a warm and sunny Salt Lake City day. The indoor dinning room is a bit bland, decorated with a hotchpotch of 'art'. Service was efficient (and trying to be funny).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific food and Atmosphere
    scottdca
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I've been here a few times and always really enjoyed it. This is the first time I've been there when the weather was good enough to sit outside and it was really nice. Perfect weather and the outdoor surroundings were very nice. It was a little breezy that night but because where you sit the breeze was actually blocked by the buildings which was really nice. Our server knew the menu very well. We got the Goat Cheese pasta(Yum!) and the pork tenderloin that is listed on the menu as a staff favorite and now I know why it was terrific. We will definitely be going here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ribeye1218
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great food - highly recommend. Little obnoxious that they charge for extra dinner rolls and upgrading from a house salad is expensive. But overall good experience and excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    AlexisVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We sat on the patio. I was absolutely beautiful and brought the world back into balance for a lunch on a busy day. It is hard to believe we are in the middle of the city. The patio is comfortable and has great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our New Favorite Place
    Justme
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The outdoor patio is beautiful and the service is fantastic. The food is excellent as well. We have dined here twice and have enjoyed it thoroughly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best pappardelle in town
    BretUtah
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I always get the same thing when I come here. The paper dele is the best in town and to make it even better, add sausage to it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very disappointing
    Merce
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Upon being seated we told our waiter that we had concert tickets and would like to be out of restaurant no later than 7:30. He said that would not be an issue. That gave us 1 hour and 20 minutes for dinner. Menu had limited choices, did not take long to decide on entree. Rolls were brought out that were soft. Menu stated if you wanted more it would be an additional 95cents, a bit tacky. A simple tossed salad was delivered to table 15-20 minutes later. Entrees appeared as we were finishing up salad and server did not clear salad plates. He held entrees in his hands till WE cleared plates. My husband's chicken dish was extremely over cooked and drowned in cream sauce and my ravioli we're just ok.
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  • Sunday Brunch
    Professor8s
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Cafe Molise's patio was a nice gathering place for our weekly Sunday brunch of six adults. The ambiance was nice and the service was quite good, if a little too chatty at times. Most people enjoyed their food. My eggs were overcooked on my benedict--a frequent problem in Salt Lake City in my experience, and my partners "over medium" eggs had yolks there were barely moist as well. Others in our party seemed to have had better luck. And, in spite of the egg difficulty, it was a good experience.
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  • Beautiful & Large Outdoor Area
    Impeccable
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We visit Salt Lake City once a year, and after three years of trying to get a spot, we we finally able to find an open time that fit our schedule. We asked for outdoor dining & it was granted! I ordered a small green salad as an appetizer and it came with real Parmesan on top. Very light and tasty. I chose the pork loin with plums as highly recommended by our server & a side of pasta instead of mashed potatoes. It was incredibly tender with a slight touch of anise. So glad to have experienced this restaurant at last!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • shannon
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Everything was great, food and service was so impeccable we stayed for four hours on the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent place
    Diner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It's a great little jewel in downtown SLC with very good quality Italian food and a good wine list. Always busy with an active and pleasant atmosphere, great to go on a date or just with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, service and location
    jb211
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Celebrated a birthday with a party of eight, started outside, got a bit cool, moved inside with no problem. Loved both the outside and inside dining areas. Staff is super friendly and attentive. Food was excellent. Our group had a great time, lot's of laughs! Fun evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Outdoor Dining
    KathySM
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had dinner on Caffe Molise's patio and it was charming. Our dinner was excellent - nice presentation, food tasted good and a good portion size. It was a very pleasant experience and I would definitely go back there again when downtown. There are two parking lots right near the restaurant so parking was not a problem.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was ok.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We were excited to eat outside, but the tables were dirty and the plates had dust/bugs on them. It's like the table had been set for a few hours and hadn't been wiped down all day. The wait staff were all nice enough, but appearance was kind of on the grunge side. One guy put the dishes on the table so hard we thought they were going to break. The food was ok. I think my gnocchi came from a bag out of a grocery store freezer section and my wife's penne pasta was a little more al dente than it shod have been and was covered with about 2x the sauce that it needed. Overall, it was just ok. Not bad, but we were really hoping it was a cool place with amazing food that we would want to go back to...it wasn't.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ilovelinen
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    meh. Came highly recommended but was a bit disappointing. Slow service. OK food. I was just expecting more. Expectations ruin relationships . . .but in this case we will learn from experience. Will not return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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  • Consistently magnifico
    Bizz
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Okay, I don't eat meat and it is always a pleasure to find a restaurant that has imaginative non-meat choices, but also has excellent meat choices for friends that might be accompanying us. If you happen to be in Salt Lake at lunch time-Caffe Molisse is a well-kept secret--the only thing missing is the lapping of the Mediterranean close by. To make up for that they have a large reflecting pool that even if slightly showing its age is a handsome welcome touch. The food is fresh, menu items creative(eggplant "meat balls") and the dinner menu always has at least one great fish entree that impresses my wife.(Not easily accomplished--just that fact in itself is worth trying this sincerely fine restaurant-)--check out the reserve wine list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Bravissimo
    Krazykay
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    It will evoke memories of dining in Italia! Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant evening on the patio
    foodiewhoalwayswantsmore
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This restaurant has one of the best patio's in Salt Lake and it's a very pleasant place to spend an evening (or lunch) with friends, eating good food with a glass wine. The food is very good, the service is also very good. My go-to is always the Pappardelle but the specials are usually a good bet as well just depending on your mood. You really can't go wrong here but it's such a bummer that this great patio can't be enjoyed all year round. Go now while the weather is good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such an amazing outside space!
    IsabellaVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great food and it was the perfect night to eat outside. In town for a work trade show and the restaurant had no problem accommodating our large group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, amazing service
    s1oregon
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Fred and his crew are brilliant. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OR FOODIE
    aztecVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great food! Super effort on the staff's part, they were buried during the OR SHOW and the kitchen as very slow, but if you have nothing to get to later that night, half our party was flying out, it was fine, a bit rushed to get dinner served at 8:45 after sitting at 7:15. But we all made it and the food was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had a reservation, confirmed by two separate emails. When we arrived we had to wait while they helped several parties who did not have reservations. The staff seemed to be very confused--several of them starring at the computer screen for long periods of time. Once we were seated we were told we would need to be gone in an hour so they could seat the next party. The food was not good and we felt rushed. While there, I received a voicemail message from BTG (another restaurant they own) stating I had a reservation with them and were wondering where I was and if I was coming. I had not made a reservation at that restaurant, ever. This dinner was a birthday celebration and I was hoping for a nice experience and it was anything but.
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  • Great place!
    woolone
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Very convenient to the Outdoor Retailer show. Food and service are outstanding.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • They hit all 5's!!
    ArtayVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We were in SLC for a convention and the restaurant was packed with groups. They seated the two of us promptly and the service, despite the hustle of groups, was outstanding. The chicken and shrimp dishes were great. I highly recommend Caffe Molise.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Night
    MiFaiImpazzireVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a great meal good wine, Dan was a great waiter, and the rest of the staff very friendly as well. There was a musical trio playing instrumental songs not too loud. Just a perfect evening for an outdoor meal on their terrace
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    eaterouter
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Lots of seating. The food was the best Italian I have ever had. I literally can't stop thinking about it. The portion sizes were good. Save room for desserts, fantastic. The outside patio was very large and very pretty. The servers were very professional and quick with service, not too talkie which is fine with me. The parking in the area was not too great. It was a great location to eat at if you are going to Capital Theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Top Pick
    NotEasyToPlease
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Caffe Molise is one of the great local restaurants. The food selection and quality was outstanding. The service was amazing and the patio just gets better and better as the evening progresses. This is one of our new favorite picks in the City.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely.;...
    FOODeAFFAIRVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Enjoyed the atmosphere, my food was perfect (even though a few of my friends said they wouldn't describe it as "memorable"), and the wait staff was good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food in a great venue!
    MOdiner
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We picked it because it was close to our hotel, but it turned out to be a great experience! The food was wonderful and the atmosphere friendly and nice. There is a beautiful enclosed garden area for outdoor dining. It is strung with lights and at night, it is quite pretty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food, excellent service!
    sbllivingwell
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food is always good, but the service really makes this place great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate