Molinaro Ristorante

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133 reviews
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At Molinaro Ristorante, our mission is to provide a world class Southern Italian dining experience. We feature the best available lamb, veal, beef and seafood. Our house made pastries, pastas and pizzas are crafted with ingredients and ovens imported from Italy.
We offer over 300 bottles on our expertly crafted Italian-focused wine list, let our Sommelier pair the perfect wine to compliment your dining experience.

Our Private Dining Room can seat up to 24 guests with audio visual available in the room. Our new Wine Cellar event space can accommodate up to 70 guests with a private bar and AV capabilities.
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Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Stopped in for dinner on a Monday evening. Called ahead to inquire about valet since I have a broken ankle. Much to my dismay after climbing out of my car with crutches found out that no, they did not have a valet. Sat outside. The restaurant was not full at all but our waiter kept complaining that he was "very busy". Bread clearly came from the freezer as it was still very cold. The rest of the food was average at best.

No crab meat, no coffee, no iced tea. I could go on but what's the point. There are many great destination restaurants in Pittsburgh now - there is no reason to waste any time here again. Very disappointing.

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SB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Service was decent but food was bland and so expensive for what you were given. Will probably never go back.

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CT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there with my wife and 2 teenage children. The food, wine list and service were great! We can’t wait to go back. Our waiters name was Jeff and he was outstanding.

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JO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my Wife to Molinaro for Mother’s Day and had a excellent in all ways evening. Great Food, excellent service and a wonderful evening in a Beautful setting

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E
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Positives
-The service was very good. Our server, Sebastian, was very attentive and knowledgeable.
-Staff was accommodating when we asked to move outside to a different table
-One of the best outdoor dining spots in the city
-Food was well-balanced with high quality ingredients
-Favorable happy hour options
Less to be desired
-The bar was very busy and bartenders a bit stressed [but still pleasant]- not staffed enough to support the restaurant needs and a large networking event
-A bit on the expensive side for this (Pittsburgh) market
-Adding a vegetarian entree option other than ravioli/pasta would be nice
-Very disruptive and intoxicated bar guest who should have been asked to calm down or leave

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OT
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not a bad bite of food...a bit "pricey", however. Won't stop us from returning.

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MF
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was ok. But inconsistent service. Our linguini/clam sauce came and after eating half the server comes over and asks us if we want shredded cheese (shouldn't that have been right when we were served?) Also, in asking the server what kind of gelato they had that day (it's on the desert menu) he says: "oh, we don't have any......that was only when we opened (and how long have you been open?)
Not a good first impression.

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N
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

I wanted to try Molinaro's since I passed by on a Saturday evening, and the place looked beautiful, though not very crowded.
The prices on the menu were quite high, but I figured that this is an upscale restaurant, and was to be expected. But I would be quite disappointed that evening. My glass of Moscato was terrible. Next, the salad tasted good, but was grossly overpriced for what was provided.
My guests seemed to like their dinners, but I thought they too were very overpriced for what was served.
But my dinner was terrible. I ordered the Lobster Ravioli which was tough and chewy, and the sauce was yuck. The portion size was also tiny.
My daughter ordered gelato for dessert, only to be told she had been given an old menu, and it was no longer available. We ended up going to an ice cream joint around the corner for dessert.
But to cap off the evening, our reservation was for 7:15. We got there around 7, and were seated promptly, but we were given our check which we paid for by 8:00. I mean, c'mon, this is the kind of place you want to linger at, not be rushed out of.
Now I know why it wasn't very crowded on the Saturday night when I first checked it out. I won't be returning.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Restaurant was very nice- if a bit formal for the Market Square area. Service was friendly and prompt but not super polished (had to request silverware and bread plates and then they forgot napkins). Food was surprisingly just “okay”.. nothing to crave returning for and not memorable. All in all a good meal but would not go back for the price.

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F
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was incredible. Our waiter, Andre, was so attentive. Everything we ordered was so delicious. We will be back, and we highly recommend Molinaro!

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OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our meal. We have been to this restaurant a number of times. Never disappointed.

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CS
Pittsburgh
24 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A very nice space with great outdoor seating. The food was good but way too expensive. Wine was very expensive too. Total bill for two people was $150 before tip. It just didn't seem that good for that amount of money.

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c
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional food and service though on the pricey side!!! will definitely be back!!

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DR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our server was outstanding! The homemade pasta was delicious, but the duck and veal were less special, especially given the pricepoint. We had a lovely evening, but I did not think the meal was the highlight.

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CB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Special touches for the birthday celebration. Thank you.

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

What a great surprise we were in Pittsburgh and looked on Open Table saw this restaurant and made
reservations. We were totally surprised with the way we were make to feel like we were regulars and
the food was fabulous but the service was so special. Especially Siri and AJ they made our visit
very special and we can't thank them enough. Next trip through Pittsburgh we will be heading to
Molinaro Ristorante.

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OT
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, and wonderful treatment for my wife’s birthday

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RS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

The food is substandard and the prices are astronomical. The veal stuffed olive appetizer was bland - couldn't taste the veal. Reportedly, that was the chef's specialty from his hometown. The ricotta stuffed ravioli could have come from a Chef Boyardee can. We had the veal Milanese - $59.00 - really? It was soggy - I would have preferred it crispy. Disappointing dining experience. I doubt this place will survive long.

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

Had a great time! Went to eat here before Pens game! Service was great, very friendly and nice staff. Food was excellent, especially the dessert...

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D
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had an awesome meal at Molinaro. Carl was an amazing waiter who explained everything with expertise. When we each wanted to order a salad he graciously told us one order is enough for two and it was. He taught us a fancy way to use two spoons for tongs. The steak cooked to perfection melted in our mouths. The pasta also perfectly cooked al dente. The icing on the cake was complimentary dessert for our special occasion. We will definitely return.

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G
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

While our service by Carl was impeccable, the kitchen of this place needs work given the price points involved. Our Caesar salad lettuce was beginning to brown and included the rind of the romaine ... a piece of the stalk which should never be served in a salad - let alone one with a $14 price point. My wife’s salt encrusted Branzino was disgusting - we’ve been served and ourselves cooked fish encrusted in salt before and never had the egregiously salty mess she received from this kitchen - I don’t know if it was in the preparation or the cracking of the salt encasement and presentation that such a ridiculous amount of salt became infused in the fish, but either way, it had to be sent back and was an inexcusable disaster for an entree with a $50 price point. Graciously, the restaurant neither charged us for the fish nor the salad. I give it three stars because my veal chop was good and, as mentioned above, our service was superb, but given the extensive wine list and the gourmet caliber of the entrees offered, the owner needs to have a heart to heart with his/her kitchen staff because they’re doing ownership/management no favors in their quest to pull off gourmet Italian cuisine at this location.

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l
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

we eat out ALOT. went here with another couple and were very disappointed. interior is same as when it was Poros with a little painting on the ceiling. the service was terrible. we waited 20 minutes for someone to approach our table and offer us water. the server kept barging into our conversations without saying excuse me or the like. after we paid we were still finishing our drinks, but not quick enough for our pushy, rude waiter. he reached into the middle of the table and picked up the bill folio, removed the credit card and placed the card on the table without saying a word. Really? we were NOT the last table in the place. on to the food... we ordered the cheese plate for an appetizer. it had some softer cheeses on it, but did not come with anything to put the cheese on. no crackers, no bread, nothing...just cheese on a fokr. my husband had the lobster ravioli which was very good, but only 4 raviolis. he was still hungry. the beef and onion ragu was also very good. however, both my husband and the other gentleman with us were disappointed that they ran out of the pasta special (lasagna) at 8 pm on a Saturday night. for desert were were going to order sorbet/gelato. surprise...although it's on the menu, they don't have it. they are going to start making their own, but haven't started yet and have already quit ordering it from their supplier. just a suggestion, in the meantime, go to Giant Eagle, Whole Foods, wherever and get some or take it off the menu. it's a hard pass on this place. i was excited to try it, but was extremely disappointed. i understand why reservations are so plentiful.

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g
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great. Nice atmosphere. Would definitely go back

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A
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining with friends prior to attending to Symphony

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DV
Pittsburgh
28 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The homemade
pasta was perfectly cooked.

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BG
Pittsburgh
37 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing, the service was right on and the bar is beautiful. The pricing is a bit high for Pittsburgh.

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MA
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was very good and nicely remodeled from the previous tenant. Service was attentive without being intrusive and the food was really good. But it seemed quite expensive compared to other Italian restaurants around town.

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RZ
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Came with high expectations and left disappointed. Octopus was tasty but very unusual, soggy texture to the skin. Veal agnolotti were almost impossible to chew given the thick and gummy texture of the pasta. Had to return the dish – it was subsequently replaced by different pasta dish that tasted like like a salt bomb went off. Had veal milanese for the entrée – very large portion of breaded pan fried veal with a small side salad on the plate – tasty enough but certainly not worth the $59 price tag.

Plenty of other Italian restaurant options in the city - I was hoping to find one a bit different/upscale. Unfortunately Molinero is not the place

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B
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love! Amazing food, great atmosphere, fabulous service! Our favorite special dinner place!

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BB
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Some of our food was very good, Gnocchi, Pizza, but soup was bland, salad had little of no dressing and we had to return the ravioli - over salted, taste - etc...we are big fans of their other restautants:
Il Pizziolo, thus somewhat disappointed.

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DM
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic experience at Molinaro's! Loved that I could book on open table but had to call about something and they were so kind at the reservation desk. Service was fabulous! Billie was great! We had a wonderful bottle of wine, appetizer, entree( veal chop was to die for) and dessert (lemon dessert came recommended by server and did not disappoint). We will return! Can't wait for warmer weather. Patio us all ready. Great dinner!

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Took FOREVER to get anything despite having 3 servers. The food was just ok.

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MP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Service was slow and poor attention to detail. I will not be back. Food order screwed up. Food was mediocre at best. I would expect better from this type of place

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LL
Pittsburgh
21 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We've been to Molinaro's several times and always enjoyed a nice evening. I'm not sure what happened in the months since we were last there but this night was a disappointment. First thing I noticed was the music, a lot of loud '80s rock. I dig Bon Jovi as much as the next guy but it's not really what I wanted blasting overhead when I'm out for a nice dinner at a high-end restaurant. Next, we ordered appetizers and they came out about 3 minutes after we ordered them. We wanted a nice evening out, not a nice hour out. The waitress respected our wishes when we asked to delay our main courses so we did appreciate that. Unfortunately, my tuna tarter had so much red pepper in it, I couldn't really taste the tuna and the plate was just weird - the tuna came with a very thin slice of toast and a sauce on the side but you couldn't really mop the sauce up with the toast- it was just a weird plate that didn't mesh. On top of that my husband's octopus was so black, he only tasted charcoal. My entree wasn't much better. Also, our waitress was efficient but she seemed so stressed, her stress was contagious. Maybe it was an off night, but at those prices, they should do better.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buonissimo

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Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food itself is good not outstanding, the biggest problem lies in the price point they are charging, which I understand given their location and the overall atmosphere, but with so many nearby options it means working hard to make it feel worthwhile. That means the service needs to be top notch, the little things like proper clearance of plates/ replacing silverware between courses, presentation of wine, the uneven tabletops that can make it seem like glasses will tip over if set in the wrong place. All of these little things are what is needed at this price point to make it feel worthwhile.

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F
Pittsburgh
23 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an excellent experience! Lamb, halibut, and sea bass entrees were perfectly prepared. Halibut with arugula pesto, asparagus, and black mushrooms was a new experience and so tasty. Dessert was light, not overly sweet. Service was flawless—right amount of humor and fun mixed in enhanced the experience. Highly recommend.

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D
Pittsburgh
34 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Molinaro is a very welcoming place to eat with very knowledgeable staff, great food, and excellent service. This is NOT a red-sauce Italian place, although those dishes are available. Be adventuresome in your choices and you will be rewarded with wonderful experiences. Yes, it is expensive; yes, it is white tablecloth and gloves service; and yes, it is worth it. Specials offered are well worth consideration but the main menu is filled with unusual, well-prepared twists on classic dishes. We shared appetizer, salad, and dessert with separate main courses. Told them we had an hour-and-a-half and we left at exactly 90 minutes after entering. Keep up the good work, Molinaro's.

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n
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As we live nearby, we do go often. We have lived downtown for 10 years and have tried almost every downtown restaurant. We spend most of our dining $’s on just about 4 places. Molinaro’s is one of those 4.

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JM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

This is my second meal at Molinaro. The first was lunch and good enough to come back. However, dinner was not so good. I had a Caesar salad and the Veal agnolotti. The salad dressing was very strong
but flavorful. Unfortunately it was applied too heavily and was a bit overwhelming. The agnolotti were terrible. The pasta was very hard and had been rolled very thickly around the edges. There was barely any filling and what was there was bland. I will say that the sauce and mushrooms were delicious. All in all, a bit too inconsistent to go back.

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