Mollie’s

4.5
152 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a birthday lunch here and ordered Mollie's pasta carbonara which wasn't on the lunch menu. They were happy to make it anyway, and it didn't disappoint. Probably THE best pasta carbonara in town. We had great service from our waiter. Thoroughly enjoyed my birthday lunch at Mollie's!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good cuisine and Grazie per dolce!

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Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service fantastic!

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MS
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat! We are regular diners at Mollie's any are always impressed by the quality and great flavors in the food. If you haven't been, you are missing out.

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is outstanding! Portions are ample. Service and timing a bit rough, but improving. Wine was excellent, but more choice of Italian whites would be welcome. We will definitely be back to try more dishes.

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Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mollie, the owner, is a true original and it is great to support someone who is hands on.

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PM
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been customers since Trattoria Mollie was located in Monecito and were sad to hear that they had to close after the fires and mudslides. When we read that they had relocated in Santa Barbara we were so happy to be able to enjoy the amazing food and outstanding service again!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The main thing that was disconcerting is the table was cleared as soon as our Forks were down and no one asked if there was anything else we would like to eat like dessert or have coffee. Then, I was surprised when the owner and Chef came out and she was bussing tables but did not take time to ask this how our meal nor visit while when she cleared a few remaining items from our table. I was too surprised to say anything. There may be other circumstances like short-staffed Etc but it was a surprise and uncomfortable.

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KP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I would recommend Mollie for the food. The service was below average. It was the first time that I was at Mollie’s to eat. The server was very impatient with us ordering. He was not a good listener . I ordered a Caesar salad it came with my meal instead of before and it had no Parmesan cheese on top. Then when I ordered dessert I asked for ice cream with chocolate sauce on top. They brought me my ice cream with no sauce. They said that they would go get it and by the time they brought it back my ice cream was melting.

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Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Italian restaurant next to the Granada. They even hold your boxed dinner so you can pick it up after the theater.

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Central Coast
38 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were party of 4 and one of the main dishes (Branzino) came out practically cold. Just barely warm. Not how a fish is to be served. However, very accommodating and charming Owner/hostess Mollie and our waitress was super efficient and did it all right. Food came w/o any delays and restaurant was at 90% full.

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DB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our fifth visit, but our first at the new location on State Street. As always, the food was terrific. The branzino special was fanstastic. One of the best fish dishes we have had in recent years. Fine vegetables, great tiramisu. The waiter is a lovely person, very engaging.

We go every time we're in Santa Barbara without fail.

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JF
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner was lovely and the service was exceptional. Lovely staff. The only negative was the email I received from OpenTable telling me I should have canceled my reservation as I didn't show up.
But I did show up. So being berated by Open Table for my bad manners was kind of unpleasant.
And wrong.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice dinner with the fam. Food was delicious and the service was great too. Nice location on state street.

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RH
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mollie's personal touch and the quality of wait staff are just the beginning. The food is delightfully authentic - right from a fresh farm, garden to kitchen to table. It is as if you are visiting Mollie's home!

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JL
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best tasting Italian food I've ever had, and Mollie personally goes from table to table to insure that all are happy!

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HM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always! Bravo Mollie!!
Excellent service!

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LW
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was quite good. The service was decent but not outstanding. The main problem I have is with the noise level: not as loud as some but kind of annoying. (I understand that is the current zeitgeist of the restaurant biz but quieter would be better.)
I would return but not if I really wanted a good conversational dinner with friends.

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SB
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The salads were very good but small for the price. The meatballs are excellent, but if you order them with vegetables- expect very few vegetables.
Pizza's are good and are a generous serving.

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RG
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Mollie's house-made pasta was delicious. The affogato dessert was delightfully simple in execution but created a complex flavor experience I thoroughly enjoyed.

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New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is nice to have Mollie's downtown. A pleasant, lively atmosphere before a concert at the Granada.
The food is tasty--basically OK, but never really creative I'm afraid. I had salmon, and I felt that the tomato sauce buried the natural flavor of the fish.

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JL
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible flavor. Most Italian sauce spends all day in a pot, cooking. Mollie makes all of her dishes fresh and her vegetables -- broccoli and potatoes -- are the best I have ever had!
All the servers are mindful of your needs without hovering.

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JG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we recommend Mollie's to all our friends - we LOVE her!

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Central Coast
39 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They've moved to State St. from Montecito recently. I hadn't been there previously, but had heard nice things. Had a very nice dining experience. Food was very good. Servers pleasant and attentive. Nice attention to detail in the decor, design and ambiance. I have one small complaint. The staff were a little too quick to remove used plates, etc. Our conversation was constantly interrupted by staff asking to remove items. Don't get me wrong. I get very upset when they take a plate or glass of wine that's not finished. However, that also can be taken too far.

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JN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Supposedly Italian but more like slop. Tried 2 "freshly made" pasta selections (meaning the pasta was made from scratch today). Couldn't tell they were freshly made and both were poor at best. The special broccoli appetizer was more like left-over vegetables in a stew with no taste and the bruschetta was uninspiring. We had tried Mollie's 8-10 years ago when it was in Montecito and never went back. We had heard that it was much better since it moved to State Steet in Santa Barbara 9 months ago, but that unfortunately was not our experience. At 7:30 on a Friday night about 15-20% of the tables were occupied while all the adjacent restaurants on State Street and Victoria Street were packed. Our neighbors are voting with their feet, as will we.

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K
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great stuff. Highly recommended. I will definitely go there again!!!

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Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food!

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CL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mother-in-law there for her birthday dinner with our whole family. She usually hates all her meals (eats only a few bites and then tries to give the rest of her food to everyone else) but not at Mollie’s. She LOVED her meal. I’ve never seen her eat her whole plate and refuse to share with her kids like she did last night. It was amazing. Then Mollie, herself, came out singing “happy birthday” with a dessert and candle! My mother-in-law felt so special. Mollie was so sweet. The ambiance was perfect and everyone loved their meal and the service. Could not have been a more perfect dinner!

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Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday dinner. Wonderful food! Birthday dessert presented by Mollie herself. Such a gracious hostess! We will come back often!

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B
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome. Thank you Molly and team!

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MS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So convenient if going to the Granada! Loved it! Food was good and service was excellent!

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A
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were really excited to go to this restaurant, but it ended up a big disappointment. We made reservations, but arrived to an empty dining room. We witnessed the same empty room the next night as well. The food was “fine” but the service was not great. The two female
servers were not happy or friendly, and when we wanted to order something a little different they told us

“Mollie wouldn’t like that”, looking back at the kitchen like they were terrified of someone, It didn’t feel right. Wont be back here.

Mollie’s
Responded on February 26, 2019

Dear PinkA, I am terribly sorry for the experience you had with our server. Unfortunately she is new and did not know our policy which is: we are here to please and accommodate all guests. I have made it a point to bring this to everyone's attention that this is my philosophy. I always accommodate guests for any change or alteration of a recipe as we make everything to order and care only about customer satisfaction. I am so sorry and hope to see you soon. Ciao! Mollie

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PB
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

While the owner is gracious and displays photos near to the entrance there is one photo which is missing and that needs to be corrected. There needs to be a photo of Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton.

There were 2 in our party. We specifically asked for separate checks. We emphasized that and were given ONE check.

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JC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We arrived a few minutes early for our 7:00PM reservation and were greeted by a snarly unpleasant woman at the door. Her attitude was we were bothering her by entering the doorway and were asked to "come back at your reservation time". I was just a little put off especially to find that when we returned, there was a large group standing inside the doorway waiting for a table. The "show crowd" had cleared out but even with a smaller crowd, our service was slow. The food was great as it had been on our first visit, but I'm a little concerned about the poor attitude of the greeter and service speed. Maybe the better plan is to reserve for a later table to let the staff regroup after the early show crowd rush? We do like Mollie's food so we will probably go back again.

Mollie’s
Responded on February 26, 2019

Dear JohnC, Thank you so much for your comments and input. I have spoken with the hostess and have made sure it will not happen again. I hope to see you the next time you come in. Please make sure to tell your server when you visit so I can stop by your table to say hello and personally thank you for your help. Thank you for your support and loyalty. Much Love, Ciao! Mollie

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PB
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our dinner at Mollie's! We look forward to going back!

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DD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian food in a nice space with great service.

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food around, Date Nught or Family Night this is an amazing choice.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought friends for lunch and they loved it, as did we. Ravioli and capellini so so good.
Mollie always comes to say hello!
Her son us also opening a restaurant!

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c
Central Coast
32 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is fantastic and reasonably priced. Mollie is wonderful and drips by the table to make sure everything’s OK. Fun spot that I will go back to!

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

A bit dark. No hard alcohol. Good size portions but food was nothing special

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