Cafe Molise

(801) 364-8833 | View Website

55 W 100 S, Salt Lake City, UT | Directions   84101

40.767117 -111.893081

Open Hours

Monday To Thursday From 11:30 AM To 02:00 PM Monday To Thursday From 05:30 PM To 11:00 PM Friday From 11:30 AM To 02:00 PM Friday From 05:30 PM To 02:00 PM Friday From 05:30 PM To 10:00 PM

 
Restaurants, Vegetarian, Italian  more

Price: $$

Tags: Local Favorite, Outdoor Dining, Quiet, Romantic Dining, Special Occasion Dining, Theater District Dining

Payment Methods: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: Rio Grande

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Menu
Pomodori E Mozzarella, Bruschetta Misto, Polenta, Aglio E Pomodori, Pollo, Spinaci, Mediterranea, Gamberetti, Polenta Con Salsiccia, Polenta Con Funghi... more

Reviews for Cafe Molise

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

AVOID PERIOD – This was one of the worst dining experiences we have ever had and we will never go back. We waited one and half hours for our entrees becuase the kitchen could not handle a full restaurant. The food was bland and undercooked, like it was rushed out of the kitchen. We had a similiar experience 3 years and had not been back and thought tonight would be different, but nothing has changed. The service and food were terrible and I would not recommend this restaraunt TO ANYONE, especially if you want to recieve your meal in a decent amount of time. Starter salads took an hour to come out of the kitchen which was ridiculous since all is was was too much vinegar, lettuce and cheese and nothing else. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS A DECENT MEAL IN A REASONABLE TIME. If the kitchen can't handle a full restaraunt then they should close or limit the number of people.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Definitely not Olive Garden... much better! – I had never heard of this restaurant (or even seen it when I pass by every month) but I was told I should visit. And I wasn't disappointed. The restaurant is small (seats maybe 100-150 people??) and cozy. The waiters were very prompt and helpful. The food tasted 10x better than any Americanized Italian restaurant. The price was just right for a good value.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

If you are looking for a place to compare to Olive Garden don't come here. This is better. – The food here is from the Molise region of Italy. They are not serving Americanized Italian food as many of the other main stream restaurants are. The chefs do a great job of keeping the food authentic. I have been bringing out of town guests to this local treasure for years and we are never disappointed. I suggest showing up a little early on the weekends to take advantage of the live music at night . Take your time, order some wine, enjoy the flavors of the food and the fun atmosphere, our experiences here usually last 2 hours or more. Do not be afraid to ask about a item on the menu before ordering, I have had the chefs gladly come out and personally explain menu items, which is a perfect touch to our dining experience here. In the summer dine outside, it is perfect for a romantic date. My thanks to the staff.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Uneven. Some highs some lows – While well regarded, I found the restaurant unpredictable in its execution.

Appetizers have all been good, though they aren't geared for mainstream american tastes.

Pasta is properly cooked, a sad rarity in italian food in America. I though the suaces tended to be bland, so pair them up with something exciting. Portions are adequate, but skimpy by modern standards. I'd score that as a problem for overwieght diners, not Cafe Molise.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Worth trying, not much more..... – Our visit (06/20/06) was anything but perfect. Very slow and rather poor service for the level of business and the 'class' of establishment. The food was also just fair, nothing over the top or shocking. The salad was nothing worth writing home about, especially the NON-EXISTENT dressing. If you feel like being adventureous you might give Caffe Molise a try, but it has not met my standards and won't be a place that I frequent or return to.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great Spot to Wine and Dine – The weekends at Molisse feature a live Jazz band, which makes for a fun atmosphere. I love their Polenta and their Mozarella antipasti with Balsamic Vinegar and ripe tomatoes is addictive. Molisse has been consistently delicious and is relatively affordable, particularly in light of the superb quality of the food. It is definitely a favorite.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Extremely Impressed – Never been to Caffe Molise before and was beyond pleased. The food was authentic and full of flavor - the Arista is to die for! My friend is vegetarian and the server was very helpful in recommending options for her. The ambiance is great and the service is exceptional. I heard how wonderful their patio is in the summer and can't wait to try it out. This place is ideal for a date or even a group get-together. It was definitely exceeded my expectations and have been recommending it to everyone!

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

It was okay. – Our experience at Caffe Molise was mostly a bummer. Caffe Molise has an excellent looking menu. The ambiance is nice, the art is a treat, the music is wonderful, and the service is excellent. But the food is pretty unreliable. Two of the four dishes we tried were delicious (pork entree and clam appetizer), the other two were totally blag (squash soup and salmon special). With more quality control in the kitchen the experience could have been yummy and memorable. Instead we had buyer's remorse.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great for a romantic night out. – We went to Cafe Molise for our anniversary and were pleasantly surprised. The live music, food and wine combined to make a wonderful evening. The bill was very reasonable considering the food we ate. Definitely try their filet mignon.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Disappointed – When the Molise first opened I was pleased that Salt Lake had a resturant which reminded me of my mothers cooking. She was from Abrutzi, a province that is just south of Molise in Italy. Putting delicately cooked pork with Lasagna (and with other tomato sauces) was familiar. HOWEVER, the Lasagna I had last night had tough pork sausage and the sauce was blunt, bitter and poorly seasoned. The Penne Sugo's sauce was the same and when we said it was not at all to our liking, (something I have done once in my life) the irritated waitress said, she would "fix it." The plate sat, untouched the whole evening. Nothing was done. This should not happen in any 9.5 rated resturant. The Gamberi Puttanes(pasta with shrimp) had 6 shrimp, $17.50.

Roasted lamb and mutton are the meats of choice in Molise as well as many vegetables and savory sauces.

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