Molinari's

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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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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Joshua was well versed with not only the menu but also with complimenting certain dishes. Although our fare was somewhat lite that evening, he did an exceptional job on selling each dish. By far one of the best meals and BEST service we have had in the Lehigh Valley!

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

We went in July and the food was excellent. We were excited to eat there again and the food was no where as good as the first time we dined. The service was slow even though the restaurant was mostly empty. I ordered the same dish (bucatini) both times and the most recent time there was no flavor and tasted like it was premade. Bread was stale, steak was fatty, octopus was the only tasty dish.

WR
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was good, not great. For that it is over priced. I get what they are trying to do, farm to table, seasonal menu, trying to be a big city restaurant. It's just not quite there.

D
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service and food! We were there during happy hour and prices were great!

r
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Quality of food very good however portions were small.

j
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Molinari’s exceeded our expectations! Tuscan with a twist ! Edwin made sure our dining experience was beyond memorable! Thanks Edwin & Amy our server- Molinari’s is lucky to have you!

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food that is so fresh! Service was great along with their wine list. Highly recommend!

RR
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual. The mushroom pizza is delicious. Service is always friendly and staff is honest and knowledgeable. We’ve been coming here for years and will continue to be loyal patrons. Highly recommend

OJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, welcoming menu, and attentive staff. I especially like the non-alcoholic drinks menu.

LH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place! If you are looking for classic Italian, this won't be it. That being said, the food was delicious and from Italian roots. Fresh, well herbed dishes served in a leisurely style. Great place to chew, chat and chill with friends over wine.

JM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I ordered the ragu which was so salty I really couldn’t eat it. My wife’s pasta was not cooked enough.
The lemonade was great.
The burrata salad was great.
We would go there for the wine, salad and pizza.
This was the third time we were disappointed with the entrees.
Great wine list from Italy.

J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We’re from the NY area but visit Allentown often because our son goes to school there. We haven’t found any restaurants we liked at all, UNTIL our dinner at Molinari’s. Now we go there every time. I hope we can find a few more places of this caliber in Bethlehem/Allentown area!

AN
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved Amy as our waitress. I had reserved a table two weeks prior to our date and was a bit disappointed being seated by the waiter stand. Otherwise the food was incredible as was the wine list. Wish we had saved room for dessert. It sounded yummy. I was in town for a 90th birthday for my dad and this was the perfect segue into the “family affair.”

RD
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

t
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. Went to celebrate my wife’s birthday and the combination of great service, great drinks, and great food was outstanding. On the expensive side but I didn’t mind as it was a special occasion and the overall quality experience backed it up.

s
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food as usual, but the restaurant seemed understaffed on Monday night, 12 August. Our server struggled to keep up with the many tables he had to serve both inside the restaurant and outside on the patio. While we enjoyed the relaxed pace of the dinner, we did have long waits right from the time we were seated and throughout the entire meal. Our server did a great job and was excellent, but he couldn’t keep up.

F
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a solid dining experience -- Molinari's staff and service is superb and the regularly updated menu takes advantage of seasonal produce and foods. It has been a favorite for years.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 39 wedding anniversary! Everyone was great! We will be back for sure! Worth the drive to Bethlehem for sure! Thanks for a great time! Awesome food!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner. Food is awesome!!
Help with the wine menu was great.
This place will not disappoint.

JS
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding as was the service. We had the arugal salad, meatball pizza, and a shrimp pasta dish. They happily split the salad and pasta dishes for us.

S
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Molinari’s is our ‘go to’ place for a nice dinner out. Food and service are always great!

JM
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. entire staff was friendly. Recommendations were helpful.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner on a Friday night and the food was excellent! Our server, Joshua, was very attentive and helpful. Loved it.

KB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Tucked in a back booth with zero atmosphere and service very slow. Drink list particularly wine list amazing as usual, and the food very good although menu pretty limited and a bit eclectic for some.

DG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great wine list...great service....food was very delicious and tasty

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out for a birthday dinner. Everything was amazing! Our waitress was very down-to-earth and helpful. We aren’t very knowledgeable about wine or Italian food - her recommendations were very helpful and spot on what we were looking for!

M
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Pizza was cold. Service was slow. Told us we couldn’t order off of the restaurant week menu because it was 6 pm which it wasn’t.

The salad and mojitos were good

D
Naples
45 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
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.)

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!

OT
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.

S
Philadelphia
17 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.

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

Excellent meal and service as usual.

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.

RB
Washington DC
19 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!

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.

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

Loved the grilled octopus and the strawberry sorbet.

B
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.

r
Philadelphia
22 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.

P
Philadelphia
15 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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