Mollie’s

4.4
338 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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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
12 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
26 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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Ashfox
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening! I love sitting outside on State Street. And love the artichoke salad!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Accepted to UCSB!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a quiet socially distanced dinner on a weekend getaway. They were very accommodating and accepted the open table points reward too! We had the shrimp paparadelle and the veal piccata. Both were divine

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vipJohnW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming low key Italian restaurant in mid-town Santa Barbara; food was excellent and staff was very friendly. Quieter than many local restaurants and thoroughly enjoyable. Varied menu, all prepared carefully and well plated. A find; we will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious! We had pizza, pasta, lasagna and shank. the service was wonderful as well.

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vipAngieF
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Hostess was friendly and helpful. We arrived a few minutes before our reservation (which was the first reservation time for dinner). The owner/manager was yelling at staff and generally not a person you would want representing the restaurant. She hugged customers. She was wearing a mask, but was not a good role model for social distancing. Fortunately, our waitress was awesome. The foot was cooked perfectly. Overall, a good experience because of the staff. Would have left if the owner/manager had been interacting with us.

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clorud
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We had a special evening out after a long year of shutdowns and really loosing the past year. We absolutely LOVED our meal.. it was excellent! As for our waiter...? Not as thrilled. We had ordered a certain bottle wine and he brought back a half bottle of the wine I ordered saying you were out of that full bottle but this other wine he had in hand, was very good. I asked, “is the price comparable?
He said, oh no.. so he was trying to upswell us without letting us know. We went back n fourth on a couple other bottles of wine and I finally decided on one that was $52. It sucked. Could not believe the prices of the red wine. Starting at 43 on up to 245. We had 52 and it was not good. Maybe check your stock and especially check your waiters. We will be back again because the food is amazing... but if we experience anything close to what we did last Sat night..? We won’t be...

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PamO
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

They were very accommodating since we were outside and it was very windy. They set a table up for us in a small alcove out of the wind and put a heater next to us so we were very comfortable.

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Keri
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, authentic Italian food and excellent service. Highly recommend it!

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vipLisaM
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Just not what it used to be in Montecito, eating on the sidewalk certainly didn't help.

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vipAmandaH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for delicious Italian food in a really cute outside dining spot on State Street

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Went for Valentine’s Day and was disappointed - service was good but restaurant was slammed and there only appeared to be 2 servers for the entire place. Food took more than 45 minutes and was poor quality and bland. Tasted as if it had been frozen. The coffee maker was broken and restaurant was chaotic when I attempted to use the restroom. Not worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

I had made a reservation 2 weeks before Valentines Day, the night we went. They put us on a table on the sidewalk next to the Granada Theatre. The waiting line to get into the restaurant next door formed right next to our table. We had no light to see our menus and no heater. We were cold the whole time while people watched us eat while they stood in line. The food wasn’t that great either, they were out of certain ingredients that made up each dish. Just a horrible Valentines Day dinner! 😤

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Amber
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Although we had reservations and asked for a warm area outdoors they first tried to seat us far from a heater. It was a cold and windy evening. We stood for ten minutes until a table was cleared for us to sit next to a heater. It was windy and the heaters were not enough. The service was slow, water promised but never brought, we had to ask twice to get my fiancés tea. The food was tasty, vegetables a bit cold. Bass and spinach ricotta crêpe excellent, minestrone soup okay, lentil soup could have come from a can. Who knows? They seemed short-staffed, although it was Valentine's Day. I know these are difficult times. Yet. We had reservations for Christmas Day previous. When all dining in was canceled we assumed they would be open for take out. They did not notify us they would be closed nor cancel our reservation. We were giving them another try. Not again soon.

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Steve
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

We froze! No heaters, and service was pretty poor.

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vipSmarie35
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner outside and was a beautiful night. Food was great but server was no where to be found after initial orders. Recommend Parmesan cheese to be offered standard but soup came plain and pastas so had to get another server to bring those items . Food was fresh and delicious!!

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vipsteved
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great dinner even with outside seating. Staff did their best even though windy

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vipEdie
Central Coast
82 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Valentine’s Day dinner. We both ordered the chicken cacciatore and it was perfect. Tender and flavorful.

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WillD
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mollies food was fantastic; the staff was friendly, attentive, and helpful. Their outdoor setup was very nice and the atmosphere was lively. The risotto and bolegnese were cooked to perfection and reminded me of my Italian grandmothers home cooked recipes.

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TracyL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious pizza and pasta that we enjoyed in spite of dining outdoors on a cold night! They've created a lovely space with heaters.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Staff was kind & we loved sitting outside

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jmvy
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor dining with plenty of heating -food perfect as always and happy friendly service. The veal and fish were exceptional.

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vipAngloleb
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Menu looked great. Made a reso on OpenTable. Confirmed said reservation through text. Arrived to find the restaurant closed. I understand it’s Covid, but come on. It’s not hard to turn off reservations on OT. Had same experience 10 minutes prior at Stella Mare. Made for a stressful birthday dinner for my wife.

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Guest
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Branzino Was cold. service was great.

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kovidkid
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to the shelter-at-home order that our governor decreed in December, extending it further into January, Mollie's could not honor the reservation although it was made successfully on open table. I even received an email reminder of the impending reservation the day before the reservation date. So there needs to be some clearer communication between open table and restaurants that have been needlessly shut down during the pandemic. Shelter-at-home is clearly not working in California. We would have fewer coronavirus cases if there were more and safer places to go, especially over the holidays. To be held up indoors in close quarters with family and friends that have been unwittingly infected at the essential places of business like Costco, Target, Home Depot, and the grocery store, is killing California now.

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BellaM
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at Mollie’s. Very romantic and the food was excellent. I definitely recommend the caprese salad and the bruschetta it was delicious! Service was excellent too!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Even if we had to sit outside in the cold. Well worth the money

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to Mollies and we brought my mom and her partner for her birthday celebration. The outdoor seating is cute with artificial turf, covered with a tent with many heaters. We highly recommend the Rigatoni Amatriciana, Lasagna Bolognese, Piccata di Vitello, and the Seabass. The tiramisu was very good as well. Our server was attentive and friendly. We love going here and the prices are reasonable for a fine dining italian experience. This restaurant is also woman owned and blacked owned! Mollie doesn’t cook regularly anymore but oversees the dinner service nightly!

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vipBenji
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food. And even better service! Would strongly recommend and intend to repeat myself.

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vipSusanM
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so enjoyable and the food was excellent.

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MarkI
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, not cheap but worth it. Outdoors due to COVID.

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CyaN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super yummy, will definitely be back soon. They did a great job of social distancing.

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TriciaB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mollie is a treasure! And this location is lovely. The staff are as friendly and helpful as always. This was our first time at the State St location, since the closing of her restaurant on Coast Village rd after the mud slide. 2018
We had the Lasagna Bolonese which was outstanding. And veal piccata, so delicious. The location is super easy with a parking structure just behind the restaurant. Access from Anamapu and walk through to state via small alley way. State St is closed to traffic to facilitate dinning on the street which is magical and the only positive I can say in this time of Covid 19. Very safe, all are respecting the new practices and we need to get back to living life and enjoying Mollies exceptional good food!!! Enjoy!

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Cheryl
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always make sure we have time to dine at Mollie's when we are in town. It's one of our all time favorite restaurants. The bolognese is the best! Another favorite, Spaghetti ai Frutti di Mare.

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Mollie’s is rated 4.4 stars by 338 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.