Mollie’s

4.3
115 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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Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
30 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

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

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TP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mollie's is one of our "go-to" restaurants for a very special evening with fine dining. Every dinner we have had has been excellent. We love the atmosphere and friendliness of all the servers. Obviously such quality comes from a top down vision and passion for excellence.

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s
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

It was an SBIFF night so there was a great energy along State Street and in the restaurant. We had a reservation yet were greeted less than enthusiastically by the hostess who did , however, did give us a table quickly. Our wait person was pleasant but perhaps not as attentive as the evening wore on. It was very busy so we were not bothered too much by this lack of attention. It was fun to watch Mollie work the crowd and she did check on us a few times through the evening. She is a great presence and has great energy. Our biggest disappointment was with our meals. We shared a Caesar salad which was truly lackluster. My husband did enjoy his lasagna, though admitted it wasn’t remarkable. I ordered the veal piccata and was truly unhappy with it. The veal was very tough and completely over-sauced. We hope our experience was not the norm and, as locals, we hope to dine at Mollie’s again.

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BS
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love everything about Mollie’s- The hand made pastas, the wonderful service staff, the ambiance and best of all, wonderful Mollie who greets everyone like they are having a special dinner at her home...

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mollie’s always has extremely good food. Cooked with grace and love. Staff is very attentive and will explain each dish!

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VJ
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The menu was well varied and the food was excellent. Good wine list. Service was a bit chaotic, but generally quite fast.

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SM
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

It was fine. I’m not fond of such saucy pasta. I would have preferred more greens in the pasta (including red, tomatoes). They did what they did well. Service was great; they space was nice.

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P
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! Love the new location on State Street!

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E
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mollies is one of the best Italian spots on the West Coast. I love the atmosphere and the food is delicious. Everything is made to perfection and the staff is attentive and professional. I have been a delightful recipient of Mollies talent for over 2 decades and she has never failed. I look forward to returning soon to dine on her fresh and fabulous cuisine.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

We sat at our table for thirty minutes and ate water and bread. No butter, no oil, just dry. No one took drink orders, no one even made eye contact. It was busy, but a much larger table that sat after us were being served drinks and ordering, and we had yet to see our actual server. Very disappointed. The poor service reviews are very much true. Left and went to Jane. Always delicious, always great service. Thanks Jane for saving the evening.

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D
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

MOLLIE TREATED US LIKE FAMILY. GREAT MEAL AND SERVICE.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner.. the food was terrific and we topped it off with a great conversation with Mollie, a fascinating woman.

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BT
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

From beginning to end, our lunch at Mollie's was a poor experience. The food was mediocre, the service was inadequate and confusing, the ambiance was unfriendly, the prices were too high, and even the chairs were nicked and sad looking. This restaurant needs a lot of work.

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K
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The restaurant has been open long enough now that the service should flow more smoothly. It seems perhaps they are shot a person or two. Everyone is friendly, and they try to be helpful by helping each other out - but the result looks a bit chaotic - to the point that it is distracting.

The food is good (not great). The physical restaurant features portray Mollie's as fine dining - and I am sure it will become that. However, at this point, there is little ambiance and it is not a relaxing experience.

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SA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is attractive and as always, the food is excellent. I was there for lunch on Saturday with a group of friends and everyone was pleased with their selections. Mollie was on hand to greet guests. Service was a little slow but fine for a chatty group of women in no hurry. Food prices are reasonable for such a renowned restaurant. My one serious complaint is the pricing of wine by the glass. There is nothing under $13 (including California wines) and most glasses are closer to $20. It's ridiculous to pay as much or more for a glass of wine with lunch than you pay for your entree! I know that profits on alcohol are important to a restaurant's bottom line, but this is definitely out of line. Most of us did not order wine (although we usually do), and I will think twice about returning to Mollie's until I hear that this problem has been corrected!

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C
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Mollie's since her relocation from Montecito. I remember her from her first restaurant on De La Vina. She has always been a lively and interactive host, as well as a genius supervising the kitchen. Our wait person kindly helped us chose a wine, and offered two samples before we made a selection. Our asparagus risotto was one of the best I've tasted. Mollie was very present in the restaurant, chatting with guests at every table. A very satisfying expericne.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Food was okay. Nothing to write home about. Took our order fast...too fast! Half of us hadn't even decided what to have and instead of leaving us alone and giving us a couple of minutes to decide the waiter stood at the table. Once we got our food they forgot we were there. Not great service and the food was mediocre at best. Will not return.

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J
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Not many people there. New, inexperienced waitress and a mix up in the kitchen.

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E
Central Coast
58 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my second visit to Mollie’s. The food was excellent. The service was good however there was only one girl taking care of the whole room at lunch. So I gave the rating a 4 rather than 5. I thought there should have been two people helping with the floor. Other than that, Mollie herself graciously greeted us as she did during my first visit. And that was very nice of her. It was nice to see her smiling face again. I would highly recommend Mollie’s to my friends.

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CP
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We took our adult kids for dinner at Mollie's. The food was very good overall, but we all decided the spaghetti carbonara was the best. The service was very nice and Mollie herself was cruising through talking with patrons. Overall, a comfortable place to enjoy a good authentic Italian meal.

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LD
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice dinner at Mollies. Staff was attentive and knowledgeable. The food was great and it was nice to see Mollie serving and bussing tables, doing what she could to help out. We ordered a pizza, a pasta special and a seafood pasta. All were very tasty.

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J
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was excellent. Menu broad enough to please 4 diners. Service was very spotty even though the restaurant was not crowded. Drink order taken after a fairly long wait and not delivered in a timely manner. It was like waiter and busboy couldn’t decide if we were their table or not. Wine and beer only by the way. Salad and entrees. We also had dessert and coffee but no one inquired if we wanted coffee refill. Water glass was only refilled by request but that may be CA. I would go again for the food in the hope that service improved.

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SD
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Three of us dined here recently and had excellent meals, especially the Osso Bucco and the outstanding Caprese Salad. The waitstaff was good and the owner is a very hands-on and charming. I would suggest that the young hostesses be encouraged to smile and show a bit of warmth toward the customers.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What wonderful service and food.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

Owner was loud yelling at servers complains about a party showing up 30 minutes early. Crammed them into area where we were seated and every time server went by brushed up against my shoulder. Very uncomfortable. Food was average and way over priced. Service was almost non-existent. Had to ask for water refill.

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B
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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E
Central Coast
58 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service! It was a pleasure to meet Mollie.

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They were very accommodating with my parents’ request to be seated away from a door and overall the service was very good. We loved the bread and the salads were excellent. I had the lasagna special and thoroughly enjoyed it. My mother was also happy with the linguine and clams. Dad had the sea bass which he said was just ok, but he cleaned the plate so seems to me it must have been better than ok. I only like a few restaurants in Santa Barbara and this is one I’ll add to the list. We’ll return the next time I’m in town!

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C
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It was a very busy night here so when we requested various items (several times) they said they’d bring it, then did not. Understandable, they were busy.
The other thing I was unhappy about was the corkage fee. I thought $20 was ALOT to open a bottle of wine.
The food is very good and I will go there again but at a less busier time.

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FL
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Worst service I’ve ever experienced, especially for a $200+ dinner. Workstaff seems extremely unhappy. They reach across patrons, fill water glasses by putting the rim of glass against pitcher, when removing unused utensils after dinner she stood in one place at our round table and dragged them to her with the loud sound of metal getting louder with the more she collected. We had to ask several times for more water. When one of our frustrated guests dining with us asked the man passing with the pitcher for more water, he replied in a snarky voice, “Look! You still have water.” It was about 1/8 full, while the rest of our glasses were empty. He filled the glasses near him while not filling the rest. We had to ask several times for a dessert menu. And lastly, it took forever to get our check. Our waitress actually apologized because it took so long. If you want great food for a high price, but don’t mind terrible service, this is the place.

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d
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mollie's on State is even better. A favorite for special meals for our family.

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B
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

excellent food. Service was a little slow to start but got better. One of the best restaurants in SB for eating as the noise level is minimal. So many places have terrible noise problems but here with high ceilings and tiles noise is minimal. The food is as to be expected excellent. Worth every penny.

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k
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was excellent. Service not so great. But they were very busy. Most disappointing. I let them know it was my friend’s birthday. I reminded them at the restaurant. They did nothing but fussed over the guests celebrating at the next table.

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ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were on our honeymoon and had our special celebration dinner at Mollie’s on a recommendation of none other than Ms.Oprah Winfrey when I heard her recent podcast. The restaurant and service surpassed our expectations. Not only was the food exceptional for the value but also Mollie’s personalized attention and warmth was a great added surprise. She was lovely, friendly, and took the time to get to know her patrons.

This is a MUST when visiting Santa Barbara. Ms. Oprah didn’t disappoint.

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K
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kaitlyn our hostess and Carlos our waiter were awesome!!

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CN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Mollie's for both lunch and dinner and both were excellent. Also each time Mollie was in the restaurant walking around and chatting with her customers.....a most charming and talented woman! I found it to be a very elegant without being fussy restaurant.

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MM
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The waitress, Abby herself was very good. But the food took an incredibly long time to get. We just ordered one entrée each and probably took 25 minutes.

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ED
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, gluten free options, wonderful music. Took my parents and husband and had a great time

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