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Trattoria Mollie
1250 Coast Village Rd, Montecito
Phone: (805) 565-9381


Reviews by the General Public

Never Again, 1/7/2014
Reviewer: Peter from Santa Barbara, CA
I have dined at Mollies twice over the last fifteen years or so. The first time I took my Dad for his birthday and we were completely ignored. Terrible service. This time (last Sunday) I went with two friends and Mollie was too busy directing her staff to fawn over "special" tables with multiple rounds of amuse bouche that we were again forgotten. By the time our pizza came out (which takes all of 3 minutes to bake in a hot wood fired oven), our other dishes had been on the table for 10 minutes and were getting cold. They blamed it on the fact that we had specifically asked that it be cooked very crispy. The fact was that they forgot to make it. Please do not lie to us. Once meal was finished our waiter could not be bothered to offer us dessert and coffee. We called out to him as he sped by. We finally told the busy boy to get us the bill. I know that Mollie won't care about this review. I called her the first time I had a horrible experience (Yes, it was bad enough that I called her)and she had essentially nothing to say. It's too bad that she is still able to survive with such poor manners simply due to her rubbing shoulders with Oprah.


mollies is fantastic
Reviewer: virginia markel from Santa Barbara, CA
my husband and i eat lunch at mollies at least once a week. the food is delicious. some of our favorites are chicken with a lemon/caper sauce, fettucine bolognese, frutti di mare, shrimp rissoto, gnocci marinara or bolognese--the latter being an off menu item, chicken cacciatore, pizza so thin it floats, affogato al cafe (gelatto with espresso poured over it) for dessert. the wait staff (monica, memo, michele, and ali) and very friendly, knowledgeable, and accomodating. mollie is also very friendly and very accessible to diners. she is almost always working the kitchen--very hands on. not just a pretty face! btw she has a new cookbook, primi piatti, on first course dishes. it is a beautiful and easy to follow guide on sumptuous italian cooking.


Burned too many times
Reviewer: Candy from Santa Barbara, CA
I keep hearing decent things from various sources about Mollies. But after several disappointing visits I'm through. The last experience sealed the deal. I arrived with a party of four on a Saturday afternoon at about 1:45. There were several tables filled outside on the patio and only one table filled inside. After standing at the hostess station for easily five minutes I went back outside to enquire about getting a table. I was told to go back in. Again the four of us stood in the practically empty dining room completely ignored. Finally the waiter from outside re-entered and we practically tackled him to talk to us. He asked us what did we want. Lunch we answered. He glanced around the virtually empty room and actually asked "Do you have a reservation?" Thinking he was joking, we replied, that no but we would appreciate it if he could find a table for us. He walked away for several minutes and we continued to stand some more. Finally he returned and asked if we wanted lunch because they stopped serving at two! We told him we'd been there since 1:45 and were ignored. He told us to sit anywhere and left. He never returned. At 2:20 we stood up and went across the street to Tre Luna and enjoyed a lovely lunch.


Great food, great ambience, and gracious owner
Reviewer: Bob and Julie Sullivan from La Jolla, CA
We have dined here frequently over the past 5 years and always enjoyed it! Mollie is a very talented and gregarious host and chef! She personally greets her customers as if they were family. The food is homemade and delicious, and we found the prices reasonable.


The worst food ever!
Reviewer: Diane from Santa Barbara, CA
I've been in the industry for 25 years and this has to be the most over-priced, and worst food I've ever eaten! I'd be ashamed to lay the check and have my customer pay for what was provided to us. The pasta was a very small portion with a few seafood items on top, the sea bass was thin and slimy with a sauce so salted it was inedible, and the easiest thing of all to prepare - vegetables were absolute mush! No salad, no alcohol, no dessert and for the three of us it came to $140.00!


Excellent
Reviewer: Susan Dick from Glens Falls, New York
We went to Trattoria Mollie in 1999 based on an interview given by Jeff Bridges recommending Mollie's as one of his favorite restaurants in Montecito. We're from upstate New York and whenever we're visiting the west coast, we do our best to return to Mollie's because we absolutely loved it. We met Mollie and she was very hospitable and simply a delight. The pasta bolognese is one of my favorite entrees. Oh, almost forgot to mention that Mr. Bridges was dining a few tables away from ours the first time we had dinner there. I also recommend cocktails at the Biltmore before dining at Trattoria Mollie.


Very bad service
Reviewer: Nitin Kataria from Santa Barbara, CA
Of all the restaurants that we have been to, this is the worst on our list. We had a reservation and when we showed up, the staff very conveniently ignored us. Then we were seated by one of the kitchen staff who was very unfriendly. There were no host or hostesses! Having been ignored at our table with no server showing up for 10 minutes, we decided to leave. Given the upscale area that this restaurant is in, it surprises me that they survive with such a bad attitude and a very snobbish staff. Makes me wonder if the welcoming experience is so bad, then how terrible the food will be.


Beautiful Setting, Wonderfully Prepared Food, Excellent Menu
Reviewer: Barbara and Peter Wouters from Santa Barbara, CA
We love the ambiance at Mollies! No little bitty tables crowded together so you can't move your arms. The risotto with asparagus is absolutely delicious! The seasonings are balanced and the vegetables are fresh and not overdone. We dine there often and highly recommend the pastas, pizzas and risottos.


Best Pizza, Pasta, and specialty italian foods
Reviewer: Ashkan from Santa Barbara, CA
This is the absolute best Italian food in SB. Pizza is nice, simple and crispy (just like the ones they serve in cafes by Pompeii). The spaghetti and turkey meatballs is awesome. Fish soup and other specialties are magnific. Go and enjoy. I'm going tonight.


Don't bother, save your money!
Reviewer: Barb Aquino from Santa Clarita, Ca.
My husband and I were in Montecito and passed this restaurant and thought we would try it. Big mistake! We asked for a table on the patio with a heater and had to wait 20 minutes before they brought one over, right about the same time we received our drinks. We had to wait minimum 45 minutes for our meal. They never asked us for refills on our drinks, and we waited another 20 minutes for our dessert. Portions are very small and high priced. The waiter acted as if we were in invisible. We paid $100.00 for 2 small pasta meals with salad and 2 glasses of wine. We left feeling ripped-off and still hungry. Save your money, go elsewhere!


Worst never coming back!
Reviewer: Candy from Santa Barbara, CA
My boyfriend and I go out to eat a lot so we try to go to new places each month. I've been here in the past but it was my boyfriend first time! Service here was horrible. We got seating in the corner and the place wasn't even full! The buss boy paid more attention to us then our waiter. If we are going to pay what we paid here we should have good service. I wanted to get up and leave. We finally got our food after 45 min. the food was bland and not good. small portions for pasta….no thank you! If you want good Italian food go to Ca Dario!!!!


Feels like home
Reviewer: Jon from Los Angeles, CA
I have been going to Mollie's for years, and each time I am equally satisfied with the wonderful, incredible food, and the warm, happy service. Mollie greets the customers and the waiters and waitress remember what I love to eat. I always recommend Mollie's and will continue to do so


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