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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

89% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
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Fit for Foodies (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Romantic (5)
Cozy (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Business Meals (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined on October 8, 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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food4
ambience3
service4
value3

 
·Dined on September 25, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Comfort Food
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on September 18, 2017

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

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food2
ambience4
service4
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Food incredible! Ambiance/design needs professional help.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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food5
ambience1
service5
value5

 
 (Miami)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Wonderful food! Great ambience!

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food5
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·Dined on September 4, 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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food5
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 2, 2017

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

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food3
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service1
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 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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food5
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on August 26, 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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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 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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food5
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 9, 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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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Everything was great

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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 4, 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 3, 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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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 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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food5
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 31, 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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food5
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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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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 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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food5
ambience5
service3
value5

vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 29, 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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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Dallas)·Dined on July 28, 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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food4
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 27, 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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food2
ambience2
service4
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Lunch
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food5
ambience4
service2
value2

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 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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food5
ambience5
service1
value4

 
 (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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food5
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service3
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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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food1
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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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food2
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Did a great job with my sons engagement dinner. We had a great time.

Tags: Romantic
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food5
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service5
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 2, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Great food with excellent service. Meatballs and Carbonara best choices.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Accommodating, knowledgeable staff. Get a half-order of pasta or risotto as an appetizer. Fantastic bread that you can purchase to take home. Good wine list and real Italian ambience.

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food4
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Our server was very good and made our visit comfortable

Tags: Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly
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food5
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Amazing locals spot in the lovely lower village of Montecito.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Authentic
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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 3, 2017

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!
Grazie!

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The food was authentic and very tasty.
The staff seemed a bit chaotic, but we never felt neglected.
I'd definitely come back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Everything was perfect-even though the restaurant became busy they did not rush us at all.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Very good Italian food, nice ambience, very good service, Italian speaking, tasty, healthy and not pretentious.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

We had another enjoyable experience at Trattoria Mollie. There is something on the menu for everyone. Some of our group loved the lasagne, but others had great, healthy fish with roasted vegetables. Of course, all the pasta is great too. Thank you!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Healthy, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Mollie's still remains my favorite restaurant. I'm not sure if it's Mollie herself that keeps me coming back, but something about the love put into each meal that makes this a special experience every time I go there.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Went in a Tuesday night.Not very busy. Took forever for waitress to take our order as she tripped over herself wait I g on the table of regulars next to us. Guess what? We tip,too! Probably better if we hadn't had to ask for bread and Parmesan 3x before it got to our table. But we Came for Oprah's favorite turkey meatballs, not for the service

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Came here to have a romanitc dinner with my husband. The ambiance was perfect for what we were looking for. However, the service wasn't too great, the food was bland, and considering the place was pretty much dead, we got seated next to a loud group anyway. The waittress we had didn't seem excited to be there, she was quite rude and would talk to her coworker in Spanish about the people at the tables that she had. As far as the food went, husband got the meatballs with spaghetti, the meatballs were good but nothing to rave about and the pasta was absolutely tasteless. I got the ravioli with ricotta and spinach and it was a disaster. No flavor, it was cold, and I had no appetite after a few bites. We came on a Friday around 8 and it was absolutely dead. Very few people were there and we got sat next to a group. Other couples were scattered around the restaurant but us. So we were dissapointed. Would we try this place again? Probably not.

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