Trattoria Mollie
Trattoria Mollie

Trattoria Mollie

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.trattoriamollie.com/
  • Phone: 8055659381
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Mollie Ahlstrand
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering and cooking classes are available.
  • Private Party Facilities: The private room is available for business events, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and special occasions.
  • Private Party Contact: Mollie or Ali 8055659381

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Olive Mill Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Underground parking lot is available in addition to street parking.
A word from Trattoria Mollie
Local favorite, chef to the Hollywood stars and great family dining. Chef Mollie has been featured on the Oprah's Show and in "O" magazine. National Geographic Passport to the Best has recognized Trattoria Mollie as one of the "Ten Best Destination & Special Restaurants in the World"
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Trattoria Mollie reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)special occasion (34)fit for foodies (32)romantic (22)great for outdoor dining (20)great for lunch (19)notable wine list (15)good for groups (11)hot spot (7)kid-friendly (6)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Like being at a home
    OCMichelle
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Mollie made the most delicious turkey meatballs! The taste is indescribable! One of my guests had lasagna bolognese and said it was the best they ever had. She is such a warmth and presence in this restaurant that you can tell is a labor of love. It feels like you were invited to someone's home instead of at a restaurant. Every dish was fresh, flavorful, and piping hot. The wine list isn't huge but she has fantastic Italian Super Tuscans, Borellos, and other Tuscan Amarones. This is a fantastic gem of a restaurant and I will be back when I am in Santa Barbara! No wonder Oprah and Obama love this lady's cooking! Buon appetito!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent on all points
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We drive for two hours to eat here and are never disappointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • One of my faves!!
    Heaven
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Last week I ended up eating here twice. First night was a romantic dinner for two and it was GREAT. Second night was 6 of us and we sat outside on a gorgeous warm evening. Mollie came out and suggested a wine and spoke with us about the specials. I had the prosciutto & melon as an app followed by the seabass special with mushrooms and spinach. OMG everything was SO good and fresh. I have eaten here off and on over the years and NEVER had a bad meal. Food is consistently great, service on point, ambiance quiet and romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So so
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Booked Trattoria Mollie for our 5 year wedding anniversary. Went with a couple of friends after hearing good things. The initial service was prompt but it soon slipped. We had finished a bottle of wine before the pizza starter arrived and I am pretty sure I was previously frozen. I would have a Rustys pizza any day over this. Once our mains arrived we shared everything and out of all four dishes nothing blew us away, I was all pretty mediocre. I am sure we will give it another try but maybe not for another 5 years.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ROLLTIDE15VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Great pizza and wonderful service!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our experience at Mollie's
    RozzieVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have been to Mollie's before . It was very crowded last Sunday when we went. We ordered her special dish which was Branzino with olives, tomatoes, etc. It was delicious, but the portion was ridiculously small, and included a minute serving of a green vegetable and 2 tiny potato slices. We have ordered branzino very often at our favorite restaurant Angelini Osteria and their serving is the whole fish. Mollie's serving was half of the fish, and Tre Lune down the street from Mollie's serves the entire fish. Her preparation was very good, but we left very hungry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Specials!
    SeafoodEnthusiast
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My linguine alla vongole was great, but the Alaskan halibut my wife ordered was the best I've ever tasted. Literally, a fish steak! Awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KAS1VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    GREAT chicken parm which was not on the menu. Food and service were wonderful. Bus boy was the hardest worked providing much of the reason for the high service rating. Restaurant could use a bit of a freshening up decoratively.
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  • Amazing experience
    Amazing
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    One of the best Italian restaurants I have been to in a long time. Chef Mollie is extremely friendly, even the bus boy shook our hand and thanked us for dining with them. Everything we had was amazing, spaghetti and meatballs, spaghetti futti de mare (seafood). I would defintiely revisit when I am back in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saving Water
    doublewidegirl
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food and ambiance at Trattoria Mollie was great. The only problem was that the service was not up to par. They didn't come by our table very often to see how we were doing and we had to ask them to refill our water glasses about 3 times throughout the meal. For a restaurant of this calliber and prices at that level, I would have expected a higher level of service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trattoria Mollie
    nevercooks
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Delicious as always Special beet salad was a wonderful surprise as the beets were warm Turkey meatball perfect as was the ravioli with the best pink sauce ever
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Platinum Standard
    Fred
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Consistently our favorite restaurant. We drive an hour for dinner there and have never been disappointed after many, many visits. Fresh, light, flavorful and consistently outstanding in every way. A few favorites- carpaccio, caprese salad, meatballs, zuppa di pesce, ravioli, filet of beef and the best cheesecake you'll ever eat. Great staff, terrific service, involved owner have made this a Santa Barbara staple for years and rightly so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vixen
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Amazing food and service.....always a favorite stop when we are in Santa Barbara.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Italian food!
    ValleyAlly
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I took my parents here for their birthdays. The food was great, the service friendly and they were very generous. Very homey feel. My only one tiny complaint is they kept trying to push wine on us and this was a dry group. Once someone has asked the wine list to be removed, leave it at that. But otherwise lovely.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice
    michelle
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    the atmosphere was nice. quiet. very nice and attentive staff. my son loved his pizza, marguerite. my spaghetti carbonara was too salty. I would go there again, but I would order another dish.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not what we expected
    luvtoeat
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Extremely noisy due to lack of any sound dampening materials like carpets or wall coverings. Booked reservation on a weeknight. Despite many empty tables we were put in between two large groups at a table that blocked the aisles so that we were in the way of the waitstaff. The table rocked noticeably. We asked to have that corrected. First they suggested it was not so bad, then they attempted to move the table slightly to balance on another bare tile. Finally they realized it was not corrected and inserted something under the leg to stabilize the table. My halibut, billed as the special of the night, was mediocre at best,grilled with overcooked vegetables. My husband did like his pasta seafood dish. Would not recommend this.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great local spot
    BillVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great service and good. Fish was excellent as well as Beet salad. Lite on salt and oils which we enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Cliff
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The best turkey meatballs on the planet. Veal Osobucco is also one the best I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trattoria Mollie - strip mall
    diningwithd
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I wanted to love this place, but feel like it is all hype. I heard about Trattoria Mollie listening to a radio interview. Further reviews said the food was good, but service so so. My initial thought was they were understaffed, but that wasn't it. Our server just kind of disappeared. When we did catch her attention, we had to remind her of prior requests. As for the food, my wife's Gnocchi was overcooked and mushy. My daughter ordered a Caesar salad with chicken ($22) for soggy lettuce and 6 thin strips of hammered out chicken breast, her friend ordered a plain Caesar salad for dinner ($8) - very little on the plate and also overdressed. My risotto was aright, could have used more flavor. Skipped dessert and sadly won't be returning.
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  • exceptional
    ckdfmVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food quality at this restaurant is exceptional. Everyone of the staff members if friendly and helpful making for one of the best dinning experiences we have had in the Santa Barbara area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    Foody7369
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Everything was great. Would go back for sure on my next trip here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Trattoria Mollie
    lanativeVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We were so pleased with our dinner at Trattoria Mollie last Saturday night. Our server was so gracious, friendly, and informative - a hallmark of this beautiful spot and the reason we chose to dine here. We started with a delicious bottle of Barbaresco wine and a Margherita pizza. Both were recommended and justifiably so. I had the Branzino with mushrooms and my husband enjoyed the chicken meatballs with spaghetti. All was delivered to our table piping hot, in concert, and perfectly cooked. We plan to make this a regular dining venue whenever we are in lovely Santa Barbara.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reminded me of Tuscany
    mindy
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    My friend and I had a truly amazing meal. We were spoiled for choice in the wine list. Our mains were excellent and the service was impeccable. I only wish that we lived local so we could visit more often !
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal Pasta and More
    nmgastronome
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Chef Mollie's reputation is well deserved! It's no wonder celebrities line up to dine at her eponymous palace of gustatory delights .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oprah, the President, & Me!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Oprah & President Obama are among the many fans of Mollie Ahistrand, the chef/owner of Trattoria Mollie, and now, so am I!! Evidently, a lot of celebrities dine at Trattoria Mollie and when we went, Topher Grace (of "That 70s Show") was dining at the table behind us. Chef Mollie was there too & you might think with all of her accolades, she might be "directing" the work rather than doing it herself...but, she was working hard in the kitchen. She was also quick to smile and say thank you as we were leaving, as if we were celebrities ourselves. In case you think I was so star struck that I wouldn't pay close attention to the food...you would be wrong! I savored each bite of the frutte di mare pasta that I had; it was divine!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Took my daughter for Graduation Dinner from UCSB and was an excellent choice. Everything was perfect. Highly recommend you check it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining
    catbird
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Open, elegant ambiance. Mollie's food is always delicious. Friendly, quiet. Great place for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • geli
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Trattoria Mollie offers authentic Italian cuisine in a uniquely warm setting. We like the quality and consistency of the food and the service, also the fact that it is equally fine for a romantic evening for two or for a larger group. As a minor point, we appreciate the Trattoria's focus on fine wines versus hard liquor.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 182 reviews are from the Trattoria Mollie reviews archive.
  • Amazing food!
    Adriana
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Food was fantastic , Mollie is an outstanding chef and always around monitoring closely level of attention to food and quality. Staff is a bit scattered and not so attentive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic Delicious Italian
    GSteel
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    From the appetizers to the dessert, everything was outstanding - especially the waitress who made sure to guide us to the most flavorful and special entrees, appetizers and desserts. We came because of the famous turkey meatballs, but they were only one of the many stars on the menu. The even specials of spotted prawns were unique served with homemade pasta in fresh red sauce that had just the right amount of seasoning. The topper was the panna cotta dessert that was by far the best ever tasted anywhere - including Italy. Don't miss it. Overall A++
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meatballs are marvelous!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The turkey meatballs and perfectly coojed spaghetti were beyond my expectations! I can't wait to visit Santa Barbara again and eat at Mollies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner
    pitapocketVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We love heading to Mollie's for dinner, but this was the first time that we made it for lunch. What a treat. The food was superb as always. I really love the caprese salad and the roasted beets with arugula and goat cheese went over very well. The crostini al la fungi is to die for. I had a panini for lunch - super yummy. Also at our table - the tuna special was excellent and Mollie's meatballs, which are her signature dish. All around and excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mother's Day Lunch
    Ojai
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Had a wonderful time and meal. Couldn't be more pleasant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food quality not what it used to be
    luv2dine
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I brought a group of friends here after telling them about the great food (I had eaten here before and had a great experience--but that was more than a year ago). This time our server was gracious and fun, and made sure we had bread, water and wine etc., however, the food was not great. The risotto was dry and hard-seemed like it may have been made with instant rice? The meatballs were spicy (and that's good), but the bread tasted bland and everyone else said their dishes were just OK. The prices here are very high (even by SB/Montecito standards) so we were disappointed in our experience. We decided to forgo dessert and have evening cocktails outside on the patio at the Biltmore overlooking the ocean--evening saved!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    3toeat
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    All 3 of us disappointed. Salmon very bad quality. Fillet mignon not tasty with no grilled or charcoal taste. Spaghetti with meat sauce was okay. Creme brulee had salt on top instead of sugar. This mistake made the browning of it taste burnt.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    HollLc
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We were so excited to eat here and sadly disappointed. The food was okay, not terrific, and not up to its expense -- very small portions and not well-described -- for example, Mushoom salad was a minute amount of arugula and a 1/4 cup of sauteed white button mushrooms -- very tasty but nothing extraordinary. Very slim-pickings for wine by the glass and a sad assortment for being in Santa Barbara where the wine is exquisite. I wanted this to be wonderful and it was mediocre.
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  • Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous.
    hutchss
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    My husband and I stayed in Montecito to celebrate our anniversary. Within walking distance to our hotel was this fabulous find. The food was incredible. We were warmly greeted when we entered, and our waitress was so accommodating and pleasant. But the food was to die for!!!! I enjoyed the BEST and freshest paste bolognese I have ever had. My husband enjoyed fresh Sea Bass cooked to perfection. Warm bread and wonderful olive oil and balsamic vinegar accompanied our meal. We shared creme brûlée as our dessert. I would return in a heartbeat!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great lunch spot
    Monica
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Food was outstanding, especially the pasta dishes. Tiramisu was fantastic. Try the meatballs, not what you're used to, but fantastic flavor and texture.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Turkey Meatballs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary at Trattoria Mollie and could not have had a better time! I heard about the restaurant from the Oprah interview with Rob Lowe and Oprah is right...the Turkey Meatballs are to die for! All the dishes we ordered were great (there were 4 or us). The restaurant was very clean and the staff was great. I can't wait to go back when we're in the area. Thank you for a nice evening out!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Molly
    jmgost
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Great food, but the service is extremely slow. I would understand if they were busy but they weren't. However I would eat there again because of the food!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.