Mollie’s

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$30 and under
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Italian

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Our approach to cooking is similar to my approach to life. Keep it simple, eat only fresh foods… 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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vipLivingLargeinCalifornia
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone at our table raved about their entrees!

More importantly, she offers food to be ordered and picked up!

She also has a selection of pre-made entrees for your refrigerator or freezer.
Support this wonderful local gem!

Order on line!

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RoyK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A staple of Santa Barbara (yes, Santa Barbara proper, no longer Montecito) - great Italian food, respectable and affordable wine list, and excellent desserts.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early dinner before LA philharmonic playing at the Granada Theater next door.
As always the food and service was excellent!

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DoloresG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Happy staff and close to our event.

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vipRegalone
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

lovely restaurant right next to The Granada theater. We had a pre event dinner, so dined early. Restaurant became crowded but we were always well served. Food was delicious and innovative. We had a partuclarly good server, very pleasant and especially helpful given some food allergies on the part of one diner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always, the dinner was excellent. Service is still a bit slow. Mollie NEEDS to make non alcoholic fruit juices available on the menu.-cranberry, pomegranate , mixtures and other juices .

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vipKelley
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We've enjoyed dining at Mollie's a number of times. However, this time it was very disappointing.
My wife really enjoys Mollie's pizza, and it usually makes for great leftovers. This time we just left it there.
I ordered Sea Bass - which I have had twice before at Mollies'. It was quite surprising when it arrived. The filet was thin (perhaps 1/2 the thickness as before) and MUSHY. The bowl was hot, but the fish was definitely not.
We did not complain, as we weren't really all that hungry, and didn't feel like waiting. I was curious as to how the waiter might react when he saw we had eaten so very little of our dinner - Nada, nothing.
We found it unusual that Mollie was not around to charm the diners (everyone enjoys her hospitality . Since this experience was so different than previous visits, we assumed that there had been a change in ownership. This does not seem to be the case.
We will dine there again in the hope that this was simply a bad night - and that we get to enjoy the restaurant as we have in the past.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

My husband had to send his pasta back because it was not hot and the soup he ordered was extremely salty.

My pasta dish was excellent and we had great service.

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SCVFoodie
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful Italian restaurant with great food and wine.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was decent but definitely overpriced. The service was good and they are able to accommodate a large party. We had the fettuccine bolognese, spaghetti and meatballs, prosciutto and melone and Cesar salad, and chocolate cake. The Cesar salad was underwhelming and the meatballs had a good kick to them but the spaghetti was too tomatoey. Good location but was a little disappointed after hearing such rave reviews of the food.

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vipJudyandStanG
Central Coast
202 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mollie's is absolutely wonderful--in every conceivable way. We are so happy the restaurant moved from Coast Village Road to State Street by the Granada Theatre. Their Crespelle Ricotta e Spinaci is one of those marvelous dishes one dreams about the night after eating at Mollie's. The Caprese Salad is wonderful, as are the Ossobuco Milanese and Piccata di Vitello are also stunning. Bravo Mollie and her gracious son. What a team!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my valentine birthday. The specials were fantastic! Homemade pasta was divine. Great wine list!

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SusanE
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and ambiance. Food is always exceptional. Would recommend for couples and family.
One of our favorite restaurants in downtown Santa Barbara.

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GailM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Mollie's is not living up to her reputation. Food disappointing.

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RobsF
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Manager was active and helping. Food was ok. Too expensive for amount. Sat outside very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

The reason for our poor rating is the waiter. He was rude, totally inattentive and acted as though we were a burden. Our friends arrived earlier than our reservation so they had been sitting for a while. We arrived at 6:02 for a 6pm reservation. The first words out of our waiters mouth were, “you’re finally here”. Then he ignored our table for a long time; we had to wave him over to take our order. After it arrived I asked for Parmesan cheese with my seafood pasta. He said it was against their religion to put cheese on seafood so he would bring it to me on the side. I said “ok thank you” but was stunned by his comment. He never brought the cheese. He never checked in with us during the meal. We would have ordered more wine. Never offered coffee or dessert. We’ve been to mollies about seven times in the past year. Every time until last night was wonderful. We won’t go back. I will never risk spending that kind of money for such an unpleasant meal. I’ve never written a bad review before. This one is well deserved I promise! Mollie, I’m guessing you were in the kitchen so I want you to know how terrible your waiter was. We’ve never had service like that in your restaurant before. Your busboy however was excellent and professional.

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MichaelG
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good food, good service, nice ambiance, fair prices.

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LoretteH
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fresh, well done. Wonderful ambiance right next to the Granada. I only wish they were still in Montecito. or could open there also.

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vipJohnG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Molly's Branzino is fantastic. And her homemade pasta is amazing.

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FSales
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Well our first words from our waiter was IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WANT I cant get it in now so you can get out of here? We were like huh? We told him well we are in no hurry are you? He said well we are slammed tonight so it might be best to order. Bad start of a bad night. He was right the restaurant got packed because of a show next door at the Granada- but we were not part of that group. Might of been wise of him to ask.
Our food was mediocre at best. My husbands Oso Buco was greasy he said the side dishes were floating in grease from the pork chop. I had lasagna which was good, rich but good. I took half home. Just over all felt rush and the son of Molly was walking around talking to regulars greeting them but never stopped by our table even to say Hi or check in. We felt like a outsider. We have eaten at her restaurant before in Montecito and it was always my husbands favorite place in whole world but he too was so disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Molliie should have at least one fruit juice other than lemonade on the menu- for example, ocean spray pomegranate or cranberry

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vipdsancarlos
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Mollie's was excellent. We all had favorite dishes - pasta bolognase, Mollie's meatballs, and the chicken cacciatore. It was a treat to see familiar faces in the wait staff and Mollie herself.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent location for attending an event at Granada theater.

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BiancaL
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! We had the pleasure of being helped out by the owner who could not have been kinder or more knowledgable. He not only helped us navigate to the best parts of the menu but was kind enough to ask the kitchen to prepare our dishes customized the way our hearts desired. He also treated me with a birthday tiramisu! What a wonderful experience and the food was absolutely superb. The rest of the staff were happy professionals - this place is run by people who know what they are doing! Cannot wait to return! Thanks for the hospitality!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

This was our second visit to Mollie's. The first time we went for lunch and encountered lackluster service and misinformation on the daily special which led to a bill twice what we we expected. That time the food was good but the server indifferent. Based on Mollies' reputation, we tried again - booking dinner with another couple before an SBIFF award event at the Arlington. We did not have a consistent server and many things went wrong. My husband declined a second glass of wine, but a different server poured it into his glass. We were charged for it, though did not drink it. The branzino special arrived stone cold. The lasagna bolognese was not good. That's it for us.

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vipCindyA
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dinner before the SBIFF. Lovely ambiance, delicious food, friendly conversation with the owner. Great way to begin a fun evening out.

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Samir
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara. We were looking for a nice Italian place with authentic food, and this place was wonderful. Delicious food, intimate environment, friendly service. Definitely check out, one of the best penne alla vodka I have ever had!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation on here so they would know we were there to celebrate a birthday. The server said obviously you don’t need one, ( which yes I get it but I was trying to get him to look at it for my special notes, he did not) and encouraged us to pick a seat. He asked if we wanted water but never brought us any, meanwhile he chatted up some customers on their way out and then chatted up some people at the door that didn’t even come in to dine. By the time another server came over to politely apologize for us not having any water or bread, I said thank you but no I think we have changed our plans & we left. PS TO SERVER WITH ATTITUDE AND BROWN CURLY HAIR> don’t judge a book by its cover! You ruined my boyfriends birthday dinner out but we made up for it at home 🤬

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vipBonnieG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Mollie is a can’t miss. Excellent food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great Italian food!

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Pinky
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love Mollie's! I love her new location. We ate there on New Year's Eve before the Pops at the Granada Theater, which is next door. My pasta dish was cooked to perfection, and it's not an easy feat to get it perfectly al dente. The wine we chose (Pinot Grigio) was delicious. I plan to go back to Mollie's soon!

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JimL
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. And Mollie or Alli ALWAYS come to the table to greet us!

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Tooexpensive
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was the worst meal that I ever had. Everything that the 4 of us ordered was terrible.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We’ve been to Mollie’s many times in the past (in Montecito) as well as the new location and have enjoyed the experience and the delicious food....However this time was horrible. They were completely understaffed and we had to send back meals. The pasta was watery and flavorless. We had to get our own water. I made a reservation because there were 6 of us and we were celebrating a birthday. Not only did we have to pay for the birthday guests dessert, there was no mention of it at all. Super disappointed. I really don’t think we’ll be returning. There are MANY great restaurants in SB with amazing service. And it this price point, Mollie’s just isn’t worth it. This used to be a wonderful “special occasion” place but not any longer. So sad.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is amazing all the personnel was so friendly. The food was fantastic 🤤 we loved it.

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vipNeunuebel
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely excellent, every course. Very comfortable place, great service, just excellent.

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vipluvtodine
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

It was Christmas Day and wanted to go to Mollie’s ... very Dissatisfied with the welcoming.. hostess was not Pleasent and did know how to welcome guests... tables weren’t set for dinner, sat a couple with no reservations first. Kept people waiting by entrance . Too busy having a conversation with a man by the bar... waiter gave menus upside down. Took order from my husband and my two sons first ... women always order first... lentil soup was bland and luke warm... luckily the second course was very good!!!!! Overall a give this place 2stars... don’t know why Oprah liked this place so much...

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Mollie’s for Christmas dinner. Food was above expectations. We are looking forward to returning soon.

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martio
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in Santa Barbara. Same staff as the Montecito location makes it seem like the same place we've enjoyed for years.

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MarilynF
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very friendly place with wonderful Italian food. Excellent service. Well set table. We enjoyed ourselves.

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