An all time favorite
Extremely outstanding Italian. Fresh, clean flavors, unfussy dishes, light and delicious. Simple dishes like the Caprese salad are just so light and the tastes are distinct and unmuddled. Meatballs are to die for. Carpaccio is the best I've had anywhere. Steak melts in your mouth. Pastas are so light, unlike any pasta I've ever had. To last 20 years in Montecito is a testimony to how good Trattoria Mollie is.
Mollie is there 7 days a week and her dedication to her craft shows in every dish.
If you love Italian and enjoy cooking, her cookbook available on site, is wonderful!!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was amazing. Cork
The food was amazing. Cork fee a little high at $25 per bottle, and we had a large group and 4 bottles. Thought a break would be nice, but no. We had to ask for additional wine glasses, and at this price point, shouldn't have to. That is the only complaint though. The food was fantastic!
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mollie is the Best
We just ate lunch at Trattoria Mollie a few days ago and everything was wonderful. Mollie was in the kitchen cooking and she was kind enough to come out and chat with us. The service was better than excellent, a very happy atmosphere, and the food was great, just a little smaller portions that we would have liked. We highly recommend this cute little place!
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
My two friends and I select a different restaurant for the first Monday of each month. Trattoria Mollie stands out for great wait service. I mentioned to our server that I always take half of my dinner home to my husband. She boxed half of my order before serving me my share. She also added extra delicious bread and T.Mollie's Italian cookies for my husband. That has never happened before. Trattoria Mollie is in the top of our ratings now of over 30 Santa Barbara restaurants. The food was well prepared. Also, this is the first time I've made reservations on line. It was a good experience.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Highly recommended by a friend and it was clearly a great choice. Excellent food and excellent service. Real Italian cooking with expert waiters to explain the food.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Simple, elegant & delicious
I made a reservation on open table for Mother's Day. My mom arrived before me and she said that when she checked in, the host acted like they had no idea about our reservation and interrogated her about how & when I made the reservation before seating her. Of course, she didn't know any of the answers to their questions because she didn't make the reservation so I'm a bit upset that she was flustered when I joined her a few minutes later. Even on mother's day they weren't packed so I docked a star for their disorganization.
Other than that, our waiter was very pleasant. I wanted to order everything on the menu. Our bruchetta was good/standard. My grilled veggie panini was perfect for brunch, and my mom loved her mushroom chicken.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Italy in Montecito
Santa Barbara has some good Italian restaurants but few exceptional ones. Oprah and I favorTrattoria Mollie.
Everything on the menu is made on the premises; from the bread and pastas through the desserts. Mollie's turkey meatballs are famous, I just recently had them "that's a one spicy meatball, on homemade spaghetti and top it an incredible marinara and you have euphoria. My wife loves pasta Bolongese, Mollie's is her favorite. The seafood is great; the crab and pasta served in shell with a cream sauce, the best . Don't skip the desserts, excellent. The cooking is creative and excellent, the room and outdoors, beautiful and quiet. The best news: it's open for breakfast/brunch, lunch and dinner. You'll love Mollie, we all do
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic service. Great ambience. Laguage accents really add well to the authentic feel. Food excellent, unfortuately not as hot as id have preferred. Deserts - bravo. Also was sat by the door and food went cold fast. Bit too loud and feel of bustling for a romantic dinner. Server was fantastic and professional. They couldnt have been better. Definitely would recommend. I'll be there again just hopefully not by the door.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent pasta and sauce
The title says it all .... pasta is home-made and delicous.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was ok
Nothing really stands out about this place. The food was just ok. The wine list was nice, but not special for being near wine country. I wouldn't avoid this restaurant, but I wouldn't go out of my way to return. Just average.
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We found Trattoria Mollie when trying desperately to find a place for dinner on Sunday night of graduation weekend at UCSB. Our daughter was graduating and we wanted a special place for dinner, all in Santa Barbara were unavailable so I figured I would venture out to Montecito. Great idea! I found the restaurant on the internet, read the reviews, but more importantly read the menu and could not resist. So glad. The food was outstanding. The service outstanding. There were six in our party and we all had wonderful, delicious meals. We tried some of the desserts with equal success. We didn't want to leave. We will definitely be back.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a very nice experience at Mollie's. Started with the caprese salad which was the best we've ever had. Spectacular cheese and perfect tomatoes. My guest had the seafood soup special. It had a wonderful flavorful broth with abundant morsels of seafood. I had the veal piccata. Nicely thin veal with tasty lemon sauce. The side of pasta was also well done, with rich maranara sauce and ability to add lots of cheese. Servers seemed to have too much to do, so missed a few normal things. Ambiance OK, but no feel of Italy and nothing like drapes or carpeting to absorb sound from loud talkers across the room.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful spot, delicious
Wonderful spot, delicious food, nice size portions, great service.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was amazing. I can see why celebrities and presidents all flock to this incredible restaurant. My wife and I arrived late from Los Angeles and Mollie kindly kept the kitchen open past closing to accommodate us. The staff was gracious and attentive. Our server, Monica, was a delight and gave us spot on recommendations for our entrees and wine. We will definitely go back.
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fresh fish daily specials. Thin crust pizza's. The best Bolognese pasta in town. Molly always comes out to say hi to the kids. Love this place.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was amazing. Had a grilled calamari which I would drive 100 miles to have again. The fresh pasta was so good. The waiter was a little snooty at first but then he warmed up. We will definitely go back.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had lunch on Friday afternoon. Restaurant was just about empty and we were afraid to eat there a considered going across the street which was buzzing.
So very glad we stayed. The food was exceptional. I typically do not care for Italian food because it is sometimes bland. All of the food was very flavorful. I had the shrimp with spinach noodles with a very light decadent and tasty sauce. The spinach soup was very light, extremely green and delicious. Ravioli was moist. To top it off they served little cookies so there was no need for desert
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Whenever we find ourselves in the Santa Barbara area it always involves a stop at Mollie's! We have been dining here for many years and it never disappoints us. The food is delicious. We received a warm greeting from Mollie as we arrived and we were seated at a table that allowed us to watch her bustle around the kitchen. For some reason... knowing that her hand was involved in our meal makes it feel like it was prepared with love. Can't wait to go back...
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth the drive
Upon hearing from our friends in Arizona that the "very best" Italian food they'd ever had was at Trattoria Mollie's many years ago, we decided to surprise them with a return visit when they came to see us in California last week. We were not disappointed! We ordered spaghetti carbonara, capellini pomodoro, and papardelle with chicken--the food was delicious, served hot and with ample portions that left room for homemade gelato. We dined outside in front of the main entrance by a lovely rose-covered arbor and had the quintessential Santa Barbara experience. Our friends purchased the "Primi Piatti, First Course" book, which Mollie graciously autographed. Taking a photo together, our delightful afternoon ended but we'll be back!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great experience sitting outside with our service dog for dinner.
Excellent, attentive service.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
A new favorite place!
Loved everything we ordered here. Staff was very friendly. We will go back every time we are in the Santa Barbara area. Already recommended it to a few friends!
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious neighborhood restaurant
Always our go to place when we are up in Santa Barbara. Amazing food at a lovely relaxing, low key place. The meatballs are delicious, but spicy! Our kids always get the bolognese and crave it for weeks after. The seafood is good, pasta too. Really haven't had anything bad here, so I recommend everything.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best Italian Restaraunt
The best Italian Restaraunt in montecito. Mollie makes you feel as ot you are at home.
For large parties rent the private rent the private dining room
And have you own private catered party--the best spot on coast village road . It is indoor/outdoor and you can set up a bar . It has a good flow for conversation and a nice arrangement for dining
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
al frasco dining!
We felt like we were sitting in a small garden surrounded by pots of basil, parsley and rosemary and plants with tiny lights. The food was amazing. Try her pasta with spicy meatballs or carbonara and cheesecake. Can't wait to go back with my family. Her pizza was amazing too.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
As repeat patrons we always appreciate the consistency in all aspects of the dining experience!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Italian Restaurant
It is a nice Italian restaurant. Their crostini appetizer and the mushroom risotto are quite good. Sitting outside for dinner when it is warm looks romantic.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb Italiian dining! Chef has done an impeccable job at authentic Italian dishes. Wine list is very good, even with fantastic 1/2 bottle selections. Decor and ambiance is wonderful. Pizza in a wood-burning oven doesn't get better!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Italian in Santa Barbara
I have been to Mollies dozens of times and still consider it the best Italian food in SBA. I love the grilled calamari ( not on menu so ask) and this night I had a seabass special. My wife had the mista salad and roubile soup.
Good wines by the glass, and nice ambiance. Molly stopped by too. Overall great dining experience.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always go to Mollie's for special occasions. Our favorite is the signature Polpette, but everything we try is delicious. Solid choice.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this little restaurant.
Love this little restaurant. It is owned by a beautiful woman who is living the dream. The food is fabulous, the wine list is perfect and the ambiance couldn't be any nicer. You are made to feel comfortable from the minute you step in the door. The food is fixed to perfection. I would HIGHLY recommend Trattoria Mollie.... you won't be disappointed.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
A very small restaurant with
A very small restaurant with amazing food. We ordered an appetizer Margarita pizza which was made in a traditional pizza oven with it's own separate pizza chef. I ordered the spinach ravioli in a sage butter sauce & it was very good, but the ravioli itself was a bit tasteless. The sauce made the dish, however, there was only a small amount of sauce. The restaurant celebrates birthdays and provided us with a free piece of delicious tiramisu. All over, it was a great experience and I would definitely return.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of Montecito's finest
I love that they let you in while setting up between lunch and dinner. Try the cheesecake after your meal choice
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, but service eh.
On a busy night why was there one waitress for all the tables? I seriously think they miscalculated the night! 20 tables for one waitress??!! The bus boys tried but they can only do so much to make the dinner and experience nice. Waitress was frazzled and harried. Food took forever and it wasn't complicated items. After we ordered never saw our waitress again. We have gone here many times and this was by far the worst visit. The food is very good, so we will have to decide next time if we are willing to have good food with literally, half the service you expect when dining out. Maybe a second waiter would rectify this whole issue!
In any event: pizzas authentic with thin crust, meatballs spicy and delicious, salmon always good.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM