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Trattoria Mollie

4.6
492 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
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 492 People Are Saying
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4.6
service
4.4
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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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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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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on October 7, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on September 17, 2017

Food incredible! Ambiance/design needs professional help.

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5.0Dined on September 12, 2017

Wonderful food! Great ambience!

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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 💙💙

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5.0Dined on August 15, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Everything was great

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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