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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"
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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
Olive Mill Road
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Off-site catering and cooking classes are available.
Underground parking lot is available in addition to street parking.
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
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Trattoria Mollie Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the celebrity following and so amazing reviews I expected so much more from Trattoria Mollie. We were stuck in the back of a dated restaurant while the staff waited on two larger parties, we were ignored and when finally given some attention, it was hurried and our questions about the menu and wine list were barely answered. I was having seriously restaurant envy watching the spots across the street and several times my husband and I considered walking out. Over all a terrible experience and the turkey meatballs were flavorless.
Our first experience and a beautiful one at that! Carlos took great care of us and Mollie made us feel welcome as well as feeding us incredibly well. Wine, salad, bruschetta, a slice of delicious cheese pizza & perfectly executed pasta. We've just returned from Italy, the land of handmade pasta cooked al dente AND we felt as if we were back there with the tastes and flavors. Creamy and delectable tiramisu finished off our evening. Lovely conversation with Mollie at the end of the evening and we will return on a regular basis!
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