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Mollie’s - Permanently Closed, Santa Barbara, CA

Mollie’s - Permanently Closed

4.4
4.4
372 Reviews
$30 and under
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”.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 770-8300

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is available during the evenings at the front of restaurant Public parking is available behind the building Our restaurant is located next to the Granada theater

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Wine

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What 372 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. AL

    ALICE

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mollie is exceptional chef, host, human being. On all levels, we felt nourished and satisfied. Food delicious! Presentation beautiful! Service the best! Couldn't ask for more. I want try everything on the menu!!!! Thank you Mollie!!!!!
  2. SB

    SBfoodie

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    Food was good but service was poor. People next to sat down after us were served before and left by the time our meal finally arrived. Had to get up numerous times to get the attention of the wait staff, had to ask numerous times for a glass of water and a dessert menu. All Mollie offered us when we complained were some stale cookies. Going to Da’Cario next time I’m going to have Italian food.
  3. KM

    KellyM

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved our meals ! Fettuccine bolognese was a-mazing! Mollie was so sweet and came over to every table to say hello. We will definitely be back ! ❤️
  4. LL

    LivingLargeinCalifornia

    Dallas

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love the quality of the food and service at Mollies. An even better treat is when Mollie is in the restaurant in person, and she was last night making for a most memorable experience.
  5. CD

    ChristopherD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service. Sat on the patio and really enjoyed the ambiance. Definitely would recommend
  6. D

    Deanna

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, excellent service. It was refreshing to find a Italian restaurant with good gluten free options, including pasta.
  7. B

    Boricuas85

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very nice restaurant on a busy section of State Street. The menu of a good selections of dishes; however, the wine are on the expensive side. Food was delicious and generous portions. Service was a little slow as they were under staff.
  8. c

    carolet

    Miami

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Delicious foid
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mollie and her staff are amazing. You wi NEVER have a bad meal from Mollie.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Took 2.5 hours to eat. Order was wrong. Appetizers and drinks late came with entrees. Overall not pleased.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    91 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Service was really mismanaged...waiter spent most of his time at one table and ignored the rest of us...we waited more than 20 min for check and finally went up to cashier to pay.
  12. VP

    VincentP

    Los Angeles

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent dinner and service. Wine list quite limited unfortunately.
  13. TS

    TheodoreS

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Mollie's specializes in offering classic Italian dishes done classically. The food was very good, but not the best we've had in Santa Barbara. The service, unfortunately, was slow; we had to ask more than once for more water. A big plus was the noise level -- quiet enough to have an enjoyable conversation speaking normally. I'm glad that we went once, but will probably not return.
  14. MG

    MichaelG

    St. Louis

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always exceptional food
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Sat outdoors so can’t comment on ambience. I believe they had exactly one waiter serving the entire place for a Saturday night. We sat for 25 mins before he came to even take our drink order. No joke. I’d never go there again. Food was fine but nothing special and it shouldn’t take 2 hours for 3 people to eat a simple meal (no apps, no dessert).
  16. J

    Jerry

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2021

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Some of the worst service and food we have had in Santa Barbara.
  17. B

    Brenda

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Mollie's relocated to this location on State street from Montecito. Same recipes. They have a great reputation, as the namesake founder has received acclaim for cooking for Oprah, Obama, the White House, etc. Fresh pasta dishes all around was delicious. Outdoor setting was nice on State street. Good dusk ambiance and people watching. Fun & relaxing dinner. Service was just a bit off the night we were there - perhaps due to Covid short-staffing. Nice but extremely slow. Had to remind wait staff multiple times on multiple occasions about forgotten drinks, bread, no silverware, water, etc. Would give them another shot though. They can do better.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience! Excellent cuisine! Very satisfied!
  19. JB

    JanetB

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first time here and I can't wait to go back. I had the homemade lasagna special and it was divine. My friend had the branzino and loved it. Ambiance is great, good and service delicious. I would definitely recommend it.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food; great people
  21. LM

    LarryM

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great menu. The food was very good as was the wine list and the selection of local beers. We very much liked that it was quiet and you could here your friends talk which is not always the case with other restaurants.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mollie was there and we so enjoyed having her come by our table. We have been here many times and keep coming back because it’s that’s good!This time we brought our friends from Thousand Oaks, it was their first time and they LOVED it! Don’t change!!
  23. T

    Taf1945

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Been going for years. Mollie has a way with Italian preparations through her staff which has been professored by her for a decade plus. Mardi from Milan runs the floor and is outstanding. The location is beautiful and spacious, there is nothing to dislike.
  24. MK

    MichaelK

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    The staff were oddly distracted and albeit limited. The food was middle of the road. Hostess was not warm and lacked charisma to overcome staffing challenges. It’s not a bad place at all - just need to step it up and put their heads back in the game.
  25. JW

    JoyW

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and ambience were wonderful Friday night, and the server was particularly helpful and charming. We sat by the window and watched the State Street world walk by, in evening sunshine. It was a post-pandemic reunion of my family of five, and the celebration could not have been more lovely nor more delicious. Mollie was there, overseeing it all!
  26. 1

    1chance2impress

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was decent. Mollie did not want to take a selfie with us. Service was so slow. They took forever to give us our check. Not sure she can classify the treat that came before the check a “cookie”. I can never turn down a cookie but I took one bite then hid it in my napkin as I did not want to be rude and put it back on the plate. Although once everyone else tasted it, they did the same. All in all, it was an ok experience but probably would not revisit. There are too many other restaurants that are so good, they make it to our regular rotation list. Unfortunately, Mollie’s does not qualify.
  27. P

    Phoenix4819

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Ambiance and food are fabulous!! Mollie was there making sure guests were enjoying their food and dining experience. Will definitely return when we are next in Santa Barbara.
  28. GX

    GenXMommy

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, fabulous food. We have really missed the experience of dining at Mollie’s and we are so happy to return. The house made pastas are incredible and we tried all of the daily specials. Yum! We will be back.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food!
  30. BT

    BobiT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Graduation dinner
  31. B

    Barbara

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    UCSB graduation celebration for my granddaughter! We enjoyed some of the tastiest Italian food I have ever had. The wait staff went above and beyond to make it a special meal and experience. I highly recommend this restaurant.
  32. D

    Docalex

    Central Coast

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a special treat to dine here. Food was exceptional and service is impeccable. Always great to support a family owned and operated business.
  33. LC

    LisaC

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was my birthday and we made reservations stating it was my birthday. The table wasn’t ready for us and the service was really slow. My daughters pizza was great but the gnocchi wasn’t tasty for my other two daughters. They can be picky so I can’t blame Mollies for that. The service was painfully slow, even for the desserts. It was pretty chilly and I had to ask three times to get the heater turned on to keep us warm outside. Overall, I felt underwhelmed by the experience. We’ve been there 3-4 other times before covid and it was excellent. I’m so disappointed, we just don’t go out very often these days and to spend the time and money on a fine dining experience which was mediocre is just disappointing
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great date night restaurant experience.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mollies never fails to deliver a delightful and delicious experience. Lovely service, extensive but flexible menu, there is something for everyone. Lovely way to celebrate Mother’s Day! Unexpected tiramisu included, just delicious.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had out of town guests. The menu is very extensive and I’ve never ordered anything that wasn’t excellent. Great salads, wide variety of pasta dishes. Our friends were thrilled with both the ambiance and the food. Thanks!
  37. KB

    KarenB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a birthday celebration. Food (daily specials) was outstanding. Service was attentive. Could not have asked for more. We will return soon.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Bc of covid we sat outside. The service was wonderful, attentive and friendly. Food was excellent!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievably delicious!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I had a reservation and when I get at the restaurant they were close, well done to informe your guests.

FAQs

Mollie’s - Permanently Closed is rated 4.4 stars by 372 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is available during the evenings at the front of restaurant Public parking is available behind the building Our restaurant is located next to the Granada theater

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Wine

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