Caffe Molise

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1596 reviews
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Italian
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 404 S West Temple, 2 blocks south of the Salt Palace Convention Center. Caffe Molise is a DABC liquor licensee and offers wine, beer, and cocktails.
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MO
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

First time dining in the new location. Bar service was fantastic. Food was excellent. Table service mediocre and after 90 minutes we felt that we were being rushed out. We had finished eating but there were obviously tables open. Too noisy to even carry on a conversation.

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OT
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Loud; food Luke warm

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KC
Austin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I was expecting a fine Italian dining experience but was not impressed by the food or service. We really enjoyed the scallop appetizer but found out pasta and signature pork tenderloin dishes to be average. Also, they played Nickelback music.

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P
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and exceptional service. Definitely going back. Oh, and a very reasonable price point.

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Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We sat on the upper level- the building is beautiful though it feels like eating in a social hall not a restaurant. Service is disjointed and unfriendly. Our waitress didn’t seem to care we were there and actually complained to us about her night, which is generally unprofessional and not a great start. Appetizers were good, but mains were mediocre. Drinks took too long and we didn’t get them til we had finished appetizers. Desserts were best part. Not sure if the experience would be better in the main dining area- ambience is important to us when paying $20-40 for a pain dish. At this point we wouldn’t go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and a wonderful meal! Perfect venue to catch up with friends.

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CC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great - food and wine selection was very good - only negative was availability/cost of parking -

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DT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The biggest issue with the restaurants new location is the parking. Took us 20 min to find a spot and had to walk 1.5 blocks in 12 degree wather to get to the restaurant. Otherwise, a good experience.

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IG
Salt Lake City
16 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great meal and the new location is really nice. The chicken marsala was tasty and the wine prices were pretty reasonable. Service was very good (bordering on hovering, but I can't complain too loudly considering the other extreme). I'm planning to return again soon!

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LA
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dining experience at Caffe Molise recently. From the appetizers to our main entrees, everything was superb! Our waiter, Paco, was very knowledgeable with the menu and was super attentive to our needs throughout the evening! I am also loving the new space that they have moved into. It’s a much more old-world, upscale dining experience than before, and Caffe Molise deserves to be highlighted in this phenom setting. We do not eat here enough, but that is going to change after our awesome night!!

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b
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super good food, great service. Will definitely go back!!

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j
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a glass of wine at the BTG below Cafe Molise before dinner and really loved the space and the service there. I would recommend it for sure. Cafe Molise was great also. The service was attentive and our request to be seated in a quiet area were accommodated as well. We will be back for sure.

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B
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Caffe Molise never disappoints. The food is always good and the servers are friendly, knowlegable and efficient.

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E
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My first time. Food was very good. Prices were reasonable. Service was a little rushed until we told our server we were not in a hurry. I just felt the upstairs dining area was not at all cozy or warm. The music was nice, but the open atmosphere and multiple tables made me feel like I was in a "dining hall" of some sort. The room is beautiful but just not at all intimate - I'll try downstairs next time and maybe I'll feel like it's a 5 star experience.

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DD
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I loved the old Caffe Molise, this was a bit disappointing. The service was terrible, the food mediocre, and the drinks not much better.

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JD
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great, but larger servings than we expected.

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S
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here! The fact that this place used to be the dance hangout back in the day blew my mind! It is so classy and elegant! And the food (WOW) and service were amazing!
Upscale, creative, delicious!!!! Our server was amazing and to know the menu like she did was something to be mentioned!

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VM
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our visit to Caffe Molise. It was disappointing to find that the "home made" pasta was not also fresh made (it seemed refrigerated/prepped early), but I guess the upside was that it came out fast. I would not come here for the best italian food experience, but it was tasty and the atmosphere was very pleasant. It seemed OK priced, all in all.

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m
Salt Lake City
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great+++. Everything about it.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the old-school decor with gorgeous woodwork. The waitress suggested several great dishes that our party of seven loved. They make the pasta fresh on site.

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MM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about it, and the Bisteca was TO LIVE FOR! The attached pic is of the pork loin. Also amazing.

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DB
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was lukewarm at best. Service was very marginal... were never asked about ordering more drinks.

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D
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Food is always good and I love the new location

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SS
Salt Lake City
14 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my annual birthday family dinner. Great food and great service. We love the new location and decor. Thanks for making the investment in the community to save this building!

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C
Salt Lake City
24 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time in this location and was so impressed with what they've done; great atmosphere, cuisine was great as always, as was the service. Everything was superb except for where we were seated, right in front of the kitchen door, which created a constant breeze, flashing light each time the door opened (every few seconds) and the flurry of activity made it impossible to have an enjoyable experience. The manager kindly moved us and everyone was very nice about it so all turned out well. I only mention this as a suggestion to perhaps create a barrier between the kitchen door and the dining area, I feel sorry for the waiter who is given that station each night because a good part of the room is effected by this, we moved two tables in and faced away from the door to combat the disruption.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Scallop appetizer was not fresh. Smelled fishy. Luke warm. All dinners were served Luke warm to cool.

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M
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went there for a date. Food was delicious! We had a pork dish and eggplant meatballs. Wine list is excellent.

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SG
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, wine was excellent and the food was seriously so good. Our waiter told us the specials and my mom and I ordered the mussels as an appetizer, I had the salmon and my mom had the beef brisket Ithink it was called. The flavors were Amazing. The service was great, not over bearing but made sure we were good. A wonderful experience.

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A
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was almost as good as the service. Exceptional.

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MA
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very enjoyable even though we had to instruct the bartender on how to mAKE A vodka MARTINI-YOU DON"T use sweet vermouth !!!!!!!

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JW
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it!! Chris was terrific--friendly, courteous, good sense of humor, and thoughtful! Great service. Our dinners were just right--hot in temperature, seasoned very well, and presented in an attractive manner. While it is pretty hard to make Lasagna look bad, they made it look delicious! It was!

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JM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere and ambiance. Love the asthetic! Delicious food and wine. Great for a date, birthday, or special occasion.

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TS
London
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. One of our favorites in SLC. My out of town guests always want to go back. 5 stars.

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JS
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly, this is my favorite restaurant in the Salt Lake Valley! I love the new location. You won’t be disappointed!

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DB
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the new location. The food was great and the service quick and polite. It was our 33rd wedding anniversary, and they treated us very well. I have already recommended it to all my friends.

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A
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I love this new location, which is a big plus. Our dinner several weeks ago was very good; however, lunch was mediocre at best. We had the chicken salad special. The chicken breast was cold, rubbery and I suspect it was cooked either the day or morning before. The salad was bland and under-dressed. Delicious cocktails, though. I enjoy the atmosphere so we may give it another shot.

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful but should have a kid section.

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OT
Salt Lake City
11 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

The staff was so over attentive that we were constantly getting interrupted. The atmosphere was as if they were trying to turn a table quick. Food was yummy and their new building is beautiful but after that service, I won’t be back.

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DF
Salt Lake City
12 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Café Molise never disappoints . Everyones meals were amazing. Served warm direct from the kitchen

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F
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great, Paul was a great host and made us feel very attended too. The food as always is wonderful and we would definitely come back.

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