Mollie’s

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”.
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vipALICE
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 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!!!!!

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SBfoodie
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 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.

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KellyM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 23, 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 ! ❤️

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vipLivingLargeinCalifornia
Dallas
33 reviews
Dined on September 8, 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.

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ChristopherD
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Deanna
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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Boricuas85
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on September 2, 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.

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vipcarolet
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Delicious foid

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
76 reviews
Dined on July 21, 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.

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vipVincentP
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner and service. Wine list quite limited unfortunately.

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TheodoreS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 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.

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vipMichaelG
St. Louis
28 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always exceptional food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 17, 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).

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vipEmerald
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

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

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Brenda
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience!
Excellent cuisine!
Very satisfied!

JB
vipJanetB
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on July 4, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food; great people

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LarryM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 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!!

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vipTaf1945
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 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.

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MichaelK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 25, 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.

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JoyW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 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!

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1chance2impress
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 17, 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.

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vipPhoenix4819
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 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.

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GenXMommy
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!

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vipBobiT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation dinner

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Caroline
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 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.

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vipDocalex
Central Coast
29 reviews
Dined on June 4, 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.

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LisaC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 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

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night restaurant experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 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!

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KarenB
Los Angeles
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievably delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
36 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.

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

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.