Molinari's

4.6
289 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Hospitality as only Italy can provide. Authentic Italian food. Freshly made pasta. Pizza in the Neapolitan style. Gelato and sorbetto made on premises. Award winning Italian wine list. Italian craft beers. Simple, fresh, flavorful. In addition to getting a great meal, you can feel good about eating at Molinari’s since a portion of sales goes to feed hungry children locally, regionally and globally.
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Naples
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were fantastic . Great wine list , plenty to choose from .

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AH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Last visit was awesome and have been meaning to come back since then. So when we came this last time it was not how I remembered. There were very limited entree choices and so we each got the pizza and two appetizers. We both just weren’t impressed with the saltiness and lack of flavor (which we remember being the reason we wanted to come from last time.)

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PB
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints. My husband and I frequently choose Molinari for date nights! Food is always delicious, staff is always friendly and courteous and remember us every time. We especially love to sit at the bar and hang out with Robert, the bartender- we can always count on him for excellent recommendations on wine and cocktails. Can’t say enough great things about this place!

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Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Came here in May, experience was OUTSTANDING across the board. Tonight however, I guess with it being July 4th, service was extremely slow. Unlike the first time, we tasted the love in the food, not this time. Everything seemed high in sodium. That said, the entire staff was very apologetic and very accomodating. I will give them the benefit of the doubt and I WOULD return again.

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Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A real jewel of a place. Unique Italian menu of appetizers, pastas, and pizzas.
It has a terrific bar , with some outstanding specialty cocktails as well as an amazing wine list offering Italian wines from every region of the country.
I highly recommend it.

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JW
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service as usual.

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BZ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I order what I have always ordered: Porcini Ragu The pasta was way beyond al dente; it was HARD. I ate perhaps 1/3 of this dish.

My husband ordered the salmon which he enjoyed. Whatever it "sat" on was not tasty at all and, thus, he left 98% of that on the plate.

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RB
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Molinari’s is our favorite restaurant. The food, the drinks and the service are wonderful!

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JB
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Drinks were good service was great food was a let down. They make their own pasta but serve it super dry and all clumped together. Wish they would balance the sauce to pasta ratio a little better.

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BB
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the grilled octopus and the strawberry sorbet.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

This was our third time dining at Molinaris. We loved our food the first few times we went but, were not happy with our meals this time. We brought our family, who was visiting from out of town, thinking we would treat them to some delicious Italian food. We were so disappointed. Our waitress was excellent and service was good but, the food lacked something this time.
It is sad to say, we will not go back there to dine.

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r
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous menu; entrees change often/seasonally. Delicious homemade gelato and sorbetto. Hands down, the highest quality dinner restaurant in Bethlehem/Allentown area.

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P
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Disappointed. Had a mushroom pizza. Crust was not very thin and it was very oily. Taste was just OK. Airco was working too hard so it was freezing. Our waitress (Aiza) was great though.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic. The staff is very forward thinking and everyone pitches in to make the dining experience wonderful.

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TW
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat out at least once per week. One of the best meals I’ve had!

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Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite places to enjoy dinner with my husband. We always start with the seasonal burrata, so fresh and delicious. My husband had the chef’s special which was a fabulous shrimp and pasta dish while I enjoyed the branzino. Their house made gelato is a nice dessert that leaves you completely satisfied.

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Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly delicious special entree this past Saturday! One of the best meals we have ever eaten at Molinaris! Service as always was genuinely warm and top-notch!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Felt like we were back in Italy! Food was super high quality, cooked to perfection and authentically Italian. The staff was superb. Very knowledgeable and attentive.

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TB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Molinari's is consistently good. Interesting entres and nice wine selections. Recommended.

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g
Denver
167 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very good but the kitchen was extremely slow.

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary, a small , quiet meal. It was just what I wanted (except I really wish seafood pizza was on the menu, but sweet potato is yummy too.) Saw an old friend, had a lovely conversation with my husband--wonderful. Thanks, Molinari's.

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JE
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Although the atmosphere and ambiance was nice, the food was mediocre-- I expected better for the price. Wine was very expensive for the amount given and the brands served. Service was a step above average- nothing great. The manager came over toward the end and asked if they exceeded our expectations, I replied that everything was "fine", and he said, I am glad we exceeded your expectations. That left me a little dumbfounded. Anyway, we won't return. Plenty of better restaurants out there. We also belong to a country club whose food is the best in the Valley, so we are good.

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CV
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time there and it was awesome!
The food...the drink...the atmosphere!
Highly recommended!

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KB
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this place!

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KG
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as usual! Everything was very good! We recommend Molinari's to everyone. Love, love, love the octopus! The pizzas are also delicious. Drinks are great too!

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AR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! The bread was excellent, the main course was spectacular! We all tried each other’s meals and enjoyed! The desserts were yummy as well. Would definitely return!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit here and we were warmly greeting by Edwin The director of Guest experience...nice. Our server David was friendly and professional. My husband has been searching for the perfect octopus in the Lehigh Valley and he finally found it. He hasn’t been this happy since we were in Italy! Our pasta dishes were excellent too. We will definitely be back :)

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r
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are long-time customers of Molinaris. During this particular dinner, we brought friends with us from a very wealthy area of N.J., and they were extremely impressed with Molinaris so that speaks volumes.

We are continually impressed with not only the quality of food served but also the quality of staff that is hired. We always feel genuinely and warmly welcomed by everyone who works at Molinaris. Molinaris is one of only three (dinner) restaurants (in PA and NJ) we feel are worthwhile within an hour of where we live in Nazareth PA. That basically says it all.

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TF
Wilmington
19 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was OK, but they did not have a table ready for us despite many open tables. When they brought the paid bill, they had dropped my credit card and it was not in the folder. They found it after it had fallen out but the process was disturbing. Probably won’t go back

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding. As always. Service is superb and the food is wonderful.

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EM
Philadelphia
208 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We visited Molinari's after a while not going - we were in the area. We were looking for a small plate as a late dinner. The place was relatively full and lively - always a good sign.

Had the meatball pizza and a bottle of wine. The pizza was great !!! They gave us the accouterments such as red pepper flakes, Parmesan and Italian seasonings on the side to add. Fresh seasonings were great.

One suggestion to the chef - add the meatballs to the menu with marinara and maybe ricotta - they were great and would be very good on their own. Will return.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Burrata to die for!! Went with another couple who complain about everything - and they loved this place. Its that good!! Every appetizer, entree and dessert we ordered was fresh, unique and excellent.

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S
Atlantic City
59 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was great and the food and service was exceptional.

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JD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant! The food was very good. Great flavors. And the bartender's choice cocktails were spot on. Everyone was so friendly and the service was wonderful. We had a terrific pre-concert dinner. Thank you again!

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KG
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was wonderful as usual. The octopus is our absolute favorite, as well as the fish entrees. Edwin was fabulous and really takes care of you! We really enjoy the feel of the restaurant, just homey and comfortable.

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PE
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine list. Food was exceptional. Great atmosphere. Definitely going back.

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JV
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I have eaten at Molinari's multiple times, and we are never disappointed. The pasta is always perfectly prepared and the pizzas are delicious!

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LV
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our trip there Saturday night was outstanding again in all respects. You cannot go wrong having dinner here. It is our favorite restaurant In the Lehigh Valley.

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food as always and Catarina was very knowledgeable about the food and the wines.

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Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very innovative menus, enjoyed the different selection of items. I will be back to try something else are their most interesting selections.

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