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About Trattoria Mollie

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"

1250 Coast Village Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
Olive Mill Road

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 565-9381

Website:
http://www.tmollie.com/

Catering:
Off-site catering and cooking classes are available.

Parking Details:
Underground parking lot is available in addition to street parking.

Executive Chef:
Mollie Ahlstrand

Private Party Facilities:
The private room is available for business events, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and special occasions.

Private Party Contact:
Mollie or Ali: (805) 565-9381

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Trattoria Mollie Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

82% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Good for a Date (5)
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Romantic (5)
Authentic (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Cozy (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Tasting Menu (2)
Casual (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Fun (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Business Meals (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Valentines

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 (St. Louis)·Dined 7 days ago

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 4, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 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!

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Delightful! We always enjoy eating at Mollie’s!
Food was great. Love the atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food itself tasted great. The service, not so great. They only serve wine and beer and the team are very slow even though there were more servers than tables when we were there. A lot of the menu items were sold out and we were not told this at the beginning. Actually, I had to go to the bar and get my own menus then there were large periods of time between being checked on. There was never a check back on the food once it was delivered after a long delay and then the departure process - we were on our own after we paid the check. There was never a farewell or a thank you provided.

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Disappointing across the board. Osso Buco was grey, mushy and probably microwaved, looking more like leftover stew. Just about the worst bolognese sauce I have ever eaten, and I lived in Asia for six years! Very limited wine selection and no bar! Service was great but that's the only nice thing I can say. Probably a hot spot 20 years ago when Santa Barbara had no restaurants. Olive Garden would actually be a couple steps UP from this.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Nice, tranquil place to dine. Never felt rushed. Food is dependable and comforting. Lovely neighborhood patrons.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Fantastic...Danica was outstanding.... Met every expectation!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (London)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Was disappointed that ravioli had ran out before our 7pm booking. Rest of the food was very good.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Food incredible! Ambiance/design needs professional help.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Wonderful food! Great ambience!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Best food and service I have had in years. Outstanding home made pasta.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Food was ok,not great but service wears really bad.
Used to like this restaurant,no more.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

The food is delicious. I tried a broccoli stem salad (never heard of that before) and it was incredible!!
Atmosphere is just my kind of place. Friendly, not too loud. Try it. You won't be sorry!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Our neighborhood is filled with wonderful choices, but we are always greeted warmly and with delicious, comforting pasta dishes that remind us of our trips to Italy when we have dinner at Mollie's.
Our favorite 💙💙

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Food was delicious and service was very friendly and accommodating. Very pleasant venue.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Mollie has been turning out outstanding Italian food at this location for the last 24 years. Delightful staff where lots of locals eat. If in the area and want outstanding food this is not to be missed. We always make this place our first night's stop when we arrive in town. Kind of a tradition.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Everything was great

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 3, 2017

We love the food here, and Mollie is an amazing host! Our 5 year old daughter knows a good soul, and she and Mollie hit it off straight away! The meatballs are legendary and worth trying. Portions are sized to allow for dessert, and you’ll want to try them all. Cognac affogato can’t be beat! Best kids buttered pasta (I know!) we’ve ever ordered, anywhere. Period.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 2, 2017

It's always a treat to dine at Mollie's. The finest, carefully prepared cuisine, nightly specials and favorite regular items. Friendly, professional staff & management.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 1, 2017

My family came to Trattoria Mollie to celebrate our sister, Erlinda's 70th Birthday. The service was excellent and the food was delicious, exceeding our expectations. Our group ordered different dishes, sharing the dishes to let others taste. All agreed every dish was scrumptious and worth every bite. Meeting Chef Mollie and taking pictures with her was the highlight of our dining experience. Our birthday celebrant was so delighted with meeting Chef Mollie. Thank you, Chef Mollie for taking the time to meet us and for the pictures with you that we will cherish always.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Just a delightful place; very reasonable prices for this special restaurant. The very warm and friendly service could not be better. We were greeted like old friends from the moment we walked through the front door. And, of course, excellent food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 30, 2017

A fantastic dining experience. Excellent, fresh and creative food, perfect service and the pleasure of Mollie's presence. A must place to eat in the Santa Barbara area. Indeed, perhaps the best place to eat in the area of one appreciates Italian food at all.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Absolutely incredible food. The lasagna is to die for. Would not change a thing except ensure they had more wait staff. I think someone called out sick that evening and they were under staffed. HOWEVER, the wait staff was exceptionally apologetic for not being able to be as helpful as they would have liked and that smoothed everything out.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 28, 2017

First class italian with excellent service. New York quality

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual, Authentic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Very nice location and beautiful entry landscape. Average interior decor with too much lighting. Food was very good but little pricey for the fare.

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 26, 2017

We were disappointed with lack of variety, in the high price of risotto, ... There was a fight in the kitchen the night we visited. I've been to this restaurant many times but this visit was quite underwhelming.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Service was not good. Food was amazing. Although, overpriced.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Food was great. Service wasn't. We've been here before and things went well. We were informed one server didn't show up so understandable poor service, but anything we needed (water refills, a cocktail, wine, dessert, etc, etc.) involved flagging someone down. The meal took FOREVER and wasn't a pleasant experience because of that.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Food was fantastic. Servers seemed preoccupied and were slow to take care of us

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Cozy, People Watching, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Reserved a table. Shown to the patio, where swarming flies and an overhead intense halogen bulb and the incessant road noise of Coast Village road greeted us. Requested a seat inside. Waited 20 minutes under the interrogation lamp. Was never seated. Left, and will not return.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Disappointing. Greeting by the hostess was awkward and no server nor anyone else in the restaurant was concerned that our table was the only table without service for a very long time, although tables around us were being serviced regularly. Service remained slow for the entire evening and the food was far from extraordinary. Appetizers were competent, the bread on the table (which also was not provided to us for a very long time) was fresh baked but rather bland. The signature dish was neither interesting nor very tasty. My dining companion had a similar view of her main dish entree. All in all, it was a disappointing dining experience. If you do try this place, start with low expectations and hope they can rise above them. We did the opposite and regret it.

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