Trattoria Mollie

4.5
510 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Romantic
Local favorite, chef to the Hollywood stars and great family dining. 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"
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(805) 565-9381
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Mollie Ahlstrand
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Private party facilities
The private room is available for business events, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and special occasions.
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Private party contact
Mollie or Ali: (805) 565-9381
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Catering
Off-site catering and cooking classes are available.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Olive Mill Road
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Parking details
Underground parking lot is available in addition to street parking.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 510 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.3
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

The legendary Mollie cooks up some amazing food! We loved the Meditteranean ambiance , the menu and service was great! It was a great choice for my birthday and they even comped dessert.
Open Table needs to update their menu for this venue-the prices are off as well as what items are on the current menu.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

mollie always has the best food very classic and fresh

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Millie’s is always a treat. I had mista salad and spinach cannelloni. Yum. My friend had bruschetta and the gnocchi. Delish. I took home minestrone and a second salad for my hubby. Service was wonderful and we enjoyed the bread. The only thing I miss are Mollie’s cookies! We have never been disappointed and it remains one of our favorites.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

The food as always was excellent. We had pasta dishes that were impeccably prepared. The wait service was perfect as well

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2018

It was just ok. My mushroom risotto was supposed to be in a wine sauce and it was tomato based. Really strange. Very
Mediocre for Italian food. Everyone was nice.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

The food was amazing as was the service. There was a noisy table in the back and our waitress apologized even before we had heard any of the loud booming laughter that came later on in the meal. We assumed it was a big get together and weren’t bothered. Overall we had a pleasant experience and the wine and food is delicious

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Always a wonderful dining experience. The food is done to perfection. They make their own pasta and breads, and you can taste the care and attention to the authentic Italian cuisine.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Excellent Italian restaurant with authentic cuisine. Highly recommended!

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2.0Dined on May 18, 2018

My friend and I went for the lunch special that was advertized in the Montecito Journal. You have your choice of two items from the three offered: antipasta, pasta, meat/fish. However, it was unclear that you cannot mix a pasta with a fish/meat choice. The antipasta choice must be one of the two choices. I had the minnestrone soup which was bland and my friend had the mixed salad which had next to no dressing. The spaghetti and meatballs were good and that compensated for the first course. A distrubing part of our luncheon experience was our waiter who was extremely rude in explaining the two course option and telling us what we could and could not have. He seemed irritated that we weren't ordering from the luncheon menu, but had opted for the advertized special.

As the courses progressed, he made no attempt to speak with us or inquire about our meal. Each time we politely thanked him when placing our food, but there was never a response to acknowledge our comment. In fact, after placing our order, he didn't speak to us again. Without a doubt, he was and is the rudest waiter either of us has encountered. Fortunately, the personable waiter who seated us ended up bringing our check and listening about our unhappy situation. He clearly understood our concerns and agreed that what we were saying wasn't new information. Mollie needs to lose this waiter - he is a shame to his profession!

Overall, this restaurant is over rated due to the Oprah and Ellen stamp of approval!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Excellent an authentic Italian cuisine !
Highly recommended

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Very fresh food, diverse menu and great flavors. Friendly service, limited wine list.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It's obvious that this restaurant strives to provide a high quality dining experience. The waiters are polite and respectful. The rules of fine dining are executed. We were enticed by ribollita on their menu, a soup we loved in Tuscany. As vegetarians we were pleased to see decent main course options. The soup, though well flavored, didn't quite live up to our maybe too high expectations. We loved the spinach and ricotta crespelle served with an excellent tomato sauce. The pizza was nothing to rave about. Their tiramisu was a disappointment. The ambience raised our overall experience a few notches.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Everything was great, as always!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Mollie consistently serves a delicious meal. She and the staff are wonderful. Highly recommend!!

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Good to great food accompanied with non-existent service. After years of going there, it never changes from the first sentence.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The food and service were excellent. The restaurant has a casual elegance. Nice for a couple or with friends & family. Definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

There was no-one to greet us at the door to seat us. Mollie finally passed by and helped us. Seemed to be short on staff.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was absolutely amazing! From start to finish, loved the experience of eating here - the staff were friendly and very helpful with my gluten-free needs. The wine was delicious (we now have some new favorites) and the food was absolutely delicious. The picatta was the favorite of the night for my husband and I. The gluten free options were more than most restaurants have and I ended up chosing two dishes because I couldn't pick just one. All in all it was a wonderful experience and we will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent restaurant in Montecito. It is very close to the Montecito Inn and we would recommend it to anyone staying there. Pleasant ambiance, quiet surroundings, tables not close together. Service was very good, decor is excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Love going here! Best Italian food and low key atmosphere. Great service but honestly they have the best pasta in town.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The staff was friendly and attentive, and the food was delicious! Would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Service was great, food was amazing!! So good!

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Wonderful Caesar Salad and the Turkey Meatballs were very tasty

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We each look bed our respective dinners. The wine list is more limited than what is disclosed on the website

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Fantastic food

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Reliably good food, pleasant atmosphere, and very attentive waitstaff.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Fantastic as always

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Can't get enough of Mollie's turkey meatballs. I CRAVE them and they never let me down. Always delish.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Although, I enjoyed the food, the staff seemed confused about who was waiting on our table. Not good for a date due to its open floor plan, so it was noisey. Lasagna was good. Might try it again for lunch, but not dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Over the top a different dining experience. Food is not good it is great and served by people who care about hospitality. You won't be strangers long unless you choose to be.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We always love eating here. The fish soup was a special several years ago and I tried it and fell in love. It is THE BEST. As it is not on the daily menu, I always ask if they will make it and they always do. I'm addicted. The table next to us heard us talking about the fish soup with the waiter. They also ordered it and said it was the highlight of their meal.
Everything else we have had here is also very delicious!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The food is always absolutely delicious!!!!! The lasagna is the best meal I’ve ever had. You can’t go wrong with anything you order at Mollies!!!

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Fabulous food and a good wine list. Frieendly and efficient service people. My Iyakian friend said “Best meal ever”. Definitely a place for all kinds of occasions.

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3.0Dined on January 6, 2018

We have always loved Mollie's since she first began her restaurant. Yesterday however we were verbally attacked by Mollie as we entered her restaurant for what was supposed to be a celebration of Mothers day. She has done this before and it has never been warranted. We tried to look past it before but this time we are done. There are too many wonderful restaurants in our community to go to Mollie's and be treated so badly. We will miss the food but not the poor service and the verbal abuse by Mollie herself.

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4.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Excellent new lunch menu but wine list is way over priced.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

The evening started with our table not being ready. There is no waiting area especially with the cold weather.
After being seated, the service was friendly and the food came out in an orderly manner.
Our food was excellent but unfortunately, I have to sample the desserts on my next visit.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Nice ambiance and good food quality. Excellent Italian menu and deserts.

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2017

Best Italian food in Southern California
Owner is present to great you

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

We enjoyed our meal and celebrated my birthday. I would definitely go back, and highly recommend this wonderful restaurant to our friends!

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