I first went here with my boyfriend last year and absolutely loved it. The tagliatelle bolognese is the best we have ever had and the parmesan arancini are to die for. I went back here for my moms birthday a few weeks ago and once again, the meal was fantastic. My father went as far as saying it's the best Italian restaurant he has ever been to. The owner is so kind too and always makes us feel welcome. Also, order the Stella homemade gnocchi. I have had so many gnocchi entrees in the past from some of the best Italian resraurants and Stella's certainly tops them all.
Pros: The food, valet, atmosphere, service
I had high hopes for Stella and left somewhat unimpressed. Food was good, but not great by any means. My orechiette was tasty, but soupy. My girlfriend enjoyed her meal, but was not blown away either. Decent food, but overpriced for what it was.
Service was good, but again - not great.
Wine list was impressive, and desserts were very good (Orange bread pudding).
Overall I was unimpressed - our meal was not bad by any means, but our experience was very blah. It seems that others have had better experiences, so I may give it another shot - but only after trying the MANY other options in the South End.
Pros: Patio seating available, wine list, desserts
Cons: Mediocre service and food
There isn't much wrong with this place except the occassional hostess who greets you with a "can't you see we are really busy?" attitude. Other than that the entire staff is phenomenal, the food is amazing and the prices are just fantastic. I eat there once if not twice a week and I'm trying to come to terms with how popluar this place is becoming....go now before you can't get a table anymore!
Pros: Just about everything
Cons: Becoming the "scene", occassionally rude hostess
Went here recently wtih a group, wonderful service, great food, gorgeous ambiance. Reasonable too. I can't wait to go back!
My family recently had a party and made a reservation for 18 at 7:00. We were seated immediately and instantly received water but then waited for almost 30 minutes for our drinks to arrive. The waiter was friendly but forgetful. My dirty martini wasn't dirty and when I asked for some olive juice, it arrived so long after that my vodka was room temp. The food was great, nothing to rave about but very tasty none the less. Wouldn't go there again unless I wanted to spend all night in the restaurant.
Pros: ambience, beautiful place
I recently ate at Stella and found it to be superb. The interior of the restaurant is beautiful, stylish, and warm. The food was wonderful. In particular, the cauliflower soup is to die for.
To top off the fantastic meal, our server (who must had gleaned from the gift-opening that we were celebrating a birthday) brought out a complementary dessert with a candle in it without any of us having even made a birthday request.
I couldn't have asked for a more perfect birthday dinner!
I just loved it my boyfriend and I have been now a few times, great drinks fantastic crowd and supurb service!
The food so far is great we have just eaten in the bar area but have had a great service and we just love the drinks!
Pros: GREAT FOOD,SERVICE, DRINKS
We were excited when Stella opened as we lived just around the corner. Our first stop in was for a yummy brunch, but then mysteriously my boyfriend became extremely ill an hour or so later and ended up sick for 24 hours. We considered that maybe it was food p*isoning, but I wasn't sick, so we weren't sure. Poor guy. Fast forward to just a few months ago and my friend and I stopped in on a Monday night around 8:30. We wanted to sit outside and they told us it would be a 20 minute wait. We sat at the bar and were served by a very nice bartender, although surprisingly they had no sauvignon blanc which I think of as sort of a quintessential summer wine especially for al fresco dining. Sort of odd. The whole time we were waiting there were 4 4-top tables available on the patio. We waited, we waited, 30 minutes passed. I went back out around 9pm and asked if they would just seat us at a 4-top since it was already 9pm and I didn't think they would get a huge influx of people on a Monday night, the notoriously slowest night in the restaurant world. They said no and that it would just be a bit longer. They still made us wait another 20 minutes and then we just gave up and ended up going to Frankline Cafe which is always amazing and has truly friendly staff. I've worked in restaurants in the past and this was unbelievable. I could understand if it was a Friday night, but on slow night they refused us a table and ended up with 4 empty tables on the patio instead of our business. Not only have they lost us forever, they've earned a bad reputation in my book. I eat out all the time, people come to me for restaurant advice like it's my job, and no one is being directed to Stella.
Pros: Nice location
Cons: Poor management, Poor Service, Nothing Special
I generally eat out a lot. I have friends come in from out of state often and like to take them to different places around the city. I have been to Stella a few times and found the restaurant and staff rather pleasant. Tonight however was a horrible experience. I had made a reservation that was honored timely, but the problem was the restaurant was hot. I found this odd because the last time I dined there it was the same situation. I never dreamed it would be a reoccurring situation . I opted to sit outside rather than in the dining room and was told that it was first come, first serve. I suppose normally I wouldn't have a problem with that, but inside was almost unbearable. Because it was late we decided to stay in. BIG MISTAKE! As I said it was hot. And then it preceded to get worse. Everyone around was asking the same question to the guy in the suit (host, manager?) but the answer we received was unacceptable. "The A.C. can't compete with the weather." It was hotter inside than out. The general atmosphere was a bummer. It was uncomfortable, the drinks took to long, there was nobody around to refill the water. The food took a long time and the tall, rail thin waiter who brought our food was sweaty and miserable. Not appetizing. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. These things happen, I run a small business. The entire dinning room emptied pretty quick with a bunch of unhappy customers. We ate some food and left promptly. To me twice out of the few times I have been is a bad average. It wasn't relaxing and I felt like a bad host. I was embarrassed. I was embarrassed for the establishment. Definitely not the summer hang out spot if they can't even get there act together to deal with the seasons. The food isn't good enough, and the drinks (if they arrive) aren't worth it if you are looking for a great spot to enjoy the night out. The only good thing was the parking. I don't think I will be returning to this "posh" spot. Proof that all that glitters is not gold.
Pros: Parking, Friendly Staff, Price
Cons: Service, Atmosphere, No A.C.
So here we go, a friend and I have been going to Stella for a couple months now.. for the outdoor dinning. Service was OK, food is OK-nothing to brag about. Until one horrible Saturday night, our waiter took forever, couldn't understand our order, since he manged to foul up everything from the drinks to the pizza. Lets not even get into the pizza... bacon (not prosciutto) was under cooked and just pale white and slimy, the appetizers were cold and as for the pasta... do these people even know what bolognese sauce is!?!?
To my "nasty" accusation, get ready for this one.. Our not so present waiter was flirting with the table of woman next to us, no big deal right, Until these woman started to leave and had a dog with them.. ya it was cute... cute enough for the WAITER TO BE PETTING THE DOG! yes in a food establishment, our not so attentive waiter was petting a "a little sick" as the owner said dog.. needless to say we left. As much as we luv our dogs... that crossed the line. Only thing going for this place is the drinks, but since that night I never will step into that place again.
For those that gave it good reviews.... you need to get out more often. Ive realized allot of people really haven't the faintest clue about good food and service, and get suckered in by the new smoke and mirrors restaurants. Sorry to be so rough, but don't bother with this one folks.
We sat outside and had TERRIBLE service. In fact on more than one occasion our waiter was MIA. In addition the food was mediocre (if you want real good Italian go to the North End). The best part of Stella for me was the people watching.
My friend and I went here for a special brunch. When we sat down, two people asked us what we'd like to drink and a manager came by to ask if everything was going well - all within about 5 minutes. But then we waited. And waited. And waited. Forty-five minutes, 3 complaints, and two drink order confirmations later, we were finally served our apparently complicated beverages: 1 black tea, 1 coffee, and 1 bellini. My friend stole some half and half from another table for me, thank goodness, becuase I am sure I wouldn't have ever received that. That food was good, but considering that this place was lited a a "best brunch place," I expected them to be able to serve drinks. Staff were completely unapologetic - the manager said she would take the drinks off the bill, but never did. Grumblings from other tables indicated that others were being treated the same way. Advice for Stella: hire for talent, not looks.
Pros: Good food, cool decor
Cons: TERRIBLE service
I can not say enough good things about Stella. The food is excellent the staff is wonderful and I love the modern simple decore. Stella is hands down my favourtie resturant in the city and everytime i go i'm treated special whether it's 7pm or 12 am the staff is always accomdating and the food is always wonderful...
Pros: great food staff and drinks
Cons: no late night parking other then valet
After reading the typical Boston Globe review in which average food but pretty people results in an outstanding recommendation, I was reluctant to try Stella. Finally, one Sunday, we went for brunch, as it generally has seating. I was very pleasantly surprised. The menu offered a diverse array of options, with a nice enough twist to differentiate it from Union, Metropolis, et al. My personal favorite has become the pasta carbonara which is bound to send me right back to sleep because it is so rich and complex. I think that being able to break the poached egg and mix it into the pasta makes this so wonderful and unique. I also liked their take on eggs benedict, which had a spicy kick, but they weren't served totally hot, which was disappointing. The drink selection is great, and I've had a fabulous bellini and a less than stellar mixed berry drink that just seemed too dull. It needed some sort of kick (probably more alcohol too). The service has ranged from competent to wonderful, and I appreciate that they have not rushed us, even as my party spent far more time than it should have on more than one occasion. I definitely recommend this place, as they seem to really have their act together and offer a solidly enjoyable meal. It may not be the most innovative meal you'll ever have, but it's different enough that it stands out in the South End. Try to grab a table in the front room on sunny Sunday mornings -it's really cheerful in there. Oh, and I really hope they change their menu more often. I want to see more of their ideas!
Pros: Very good food. Nice drink list. Bright and cheery dining room. Friendly.
Cons: Menu hasn't changed in a while.
I had read so many great reviews, but my experience at stella made me feel reluctant to go back until 2011. The manager, hostess and my server were excellent. All were friendly and polite with great recommendations. The food wasn't spectacular though. My tuna dish had a bit too much pepper, so I'm glad I refused my server's offer for fresh ground pepper. My date's gnocchi, while flavorful and delicious, wasn't enough to fill his stomach. He felt like the cheese plate at the end of meal should have been his entree.
There were several large groups, which made the restaurant incredibly noisy. I had to shout across the table and constantly ask "can you repeat that?" I also felt VERY young, but it was actually nice to know I'll have a place to go if I'm single in my 30s.
Pros: Decor, large groups
Cons: Loud, not worth the price
The food was below average and the service was very poor. We received tea with no water, overcooked pasta, burned pizza and one of the employees offered us drinks at the bar to give up our table.
A girlfriend and I went in for a drink and a bite to eat before we headed out on the town, we sat at the bar and experienced great service the bartenders were attentive and extremely friendly! We both had a martini then we split two thin crust pizzas that were to die for.
Pros: service, food, drinks
Cons: finding a cab in this area have them call before you are done
I enjoyed the food as always tried the Bolognese loved every bit of it! I love Stella and usually the bartender that serves me is OUTSTANDING. I guess he was on vacation this past Friday and it was unfortunate because the two bartenders that were on this past on were completely weak! They took so long in acknowledging our presence, they barely smiled. We requested menus and it took another 10 minutes to get them and it wasn't even busy. I tried to make the best of it and I smiled, tried some light chatting but one of them would not even bare a smile, the other was completely in another world. WHAT IS GOING ON! The barback had to finally get the menus. He was pleasant and smiled a lot. But the bartenders honestly were horrible. We missed our regular bartender Michael. This guy has more charisma then both of these bartenders combined!
Pros: great food!
I think this is the best restaurant in Boston. Atmosphere, service and food are always superb. I've eaten here at least a couple dozen times and I have never been the least bit disappointed in anything. A great addition to the Boston restaurant scene.
Two friends and I started with very tasty drinks at the elegant bar then asked to be seated for dinner. Everyone was very nice (even after we asked to be moved away from a loud party of women) and helpful. Our waiter was attentive but not intrusive. We enjoyed a very good, reasonably priced bottle of Italian wine. The apps/salad were great (fried artichoke hearts!) and the entrees were spectacular (chicken, pork, bolognese). Desserts were at steal at $5 and VERY yummy. I felt like our $52/person (including tip!) was very well spent at this restaurant. I will definitely go back for more.
Pros: Great price for high quality food. Great cocktails.
Cons: Main room can be noisy - try for back room...
It seems like so many good restaurants charge you and arm and leg than then treat you like your lucky to be there when you arrive. I am happy to note that Stella is an exception to the rule.
Atmosphere: The room is modern and trendy, but still inviting. The large windows make it feel light and airy and bigger than it actually is. At the same time the warm off-white with strategically placed candles make the space feel comfortable. The night sky artwork does not look quite right.
Drinks: Stella has a fun drink menu. Usually I think about ordering a bottle of wine, but the cocktail list looked too good to pass up. It should be noted that the wine list is good and you will find several bottles in the 30 to 35 dollar range.
Food: I was actually most impressed by the appetizer list, which seems to be the most daring part of the menu. Ordered a semi-raw tuna and salmon appetizer and thought both the taste and presentation were excellent. The entree list offers many meat choices (duck, fish, pork, steak, chicken) despite not being that long of a list. The entrees are very reasonably priced for this level of a restaurant. The food was very good, but not amazing, which should not be a surprise considering the prices.
Service: Service was both warm and professional. We never felt rushed even though it was a Saturday night. The only oddity was that the waiters and waitresses wore blue jeans and white oxfords and the wait staff wore all black. This is a minor detail, but the waiters looked a little underdressed.
Three quick warnings 1) Because of its prices and location dont be surprised to see a few of the patrons underdressed. 2) The restaurant is labeled Italian, but dont expect red sauce classics like Chicken Parm, which is a good thing 3) Food is very good, but is 4 star not 5 star. These are not reasons to skip Stella, but rather things to be aware of. Overall it was a wonderful experience.
Pros: Ambience, Drinks, Value
Cons: Small, Somewhat out of the way
I loved Stella. I went there with my fiance and brother in law on Sunday night. It wasn't too crowded, but not empty either. Every seat at the bar was taken. The white decor is perfectly accented by candle light. There are walls of windows to take in the action outside. The artichoke salad, Caesar salad, tuna and salmon tartar, and aracini (rice balls) were all so delicious. I had the linguine with asparagus cream sauce served with a soft cooked egg on tops. It was wonderful and unique. The pasta bolognese was heavy dish, but tasted great. Unfortunately we had no room for dessert. There were a couple times I was looking around for the waitress to take our drink or or refill, but other than that she was very attentive. I look forward to going back again.
Pros: Delicious food, Good value, Great atmosphere
Stella is the perfect restaurant to WOW a date. I was honestly shocked on how excellent this restaurant actually is. There are plenty of places in the South End that hold that "you should try it" or "it's a good place" cachet, but this restaurant blew my mind. The ambience is very Manhattan-esque yet, the people inside and the waitstaff are very down to earth. The food was amazing and my experience at Stella was out of this world. Few places live up to a positive billing, and this is one of them (at reasonable prices).
Pros: Ambience, Waitstaff, Demeanor
Cons: Intimidating at First
My boyfriend and I went on a Friday night at 7:00 and were told we would have to wait an hour. We were seated within 35 mins and had a delicious meal. The sausage appetizer was so tasty and my entree of Chicken Cattiatore was so good I almost ate the entire portion. The scene is trendy but warm. The bar is small however and gets backed really quickly. Can't wait to go back!
Pros: Food, Scene
Cons: Small Bar
I recently went to Stella's for dinner. It was a very pleasant experience for me. The food was excellent and the service was top rated. I felt very welcome and was treated like a VIP. I will definitely be going there more often. I recommend everyone try this place...at least once.
Pros: Excellent Food, Welcoming, Fast Service
I have been here now around ten times, with friends, partners and my fiancee`, never had one bad experience, its one of the only restaurants that serves late, massive if you are in the service business like we are, and the food is fresh clean and wonderfully put together, from the ceasar to the lamb, to small plate pastas, and pizza's, Evan and family have started a something very special, and the prices are excellent.
Pros: Food, Staff, Ambiance
I've been going to Stella's since they first opened in the summer. I went again last Friday night. Wow, they have overcome the kinks and have made for a very enjoyable dining experience.
They have a new manager, who was very very friendly. The food is amazing. The beet salad is like a dessert. Also great cocktails, and lot's of beautiful people to look at.
This place is great for a date, great for friends, or just hang at the bar.
I would and have reccomended this restaurant to many friends and family. I find myself going there almost too often due to the high quality and resonable price. The executive chef was the chef at Mistral. This is like Mistral, but a little more casual, better atmosphere, and more affordable. Try the Bolognese saucenon the pasta, as well as their salads. The bread is also unbelievable.
Pros: Easy Parking, Atmosphere, Quality/Price
Cons: Smaller Menu, No Replenish Bread, Drinks can cost you
I have lived in the South End for over two years now and have to admit that this one of the greatest additions to the neighborhood. Yes, Stella's is located on the corner of a busy intersection, but that has never stopped me from dining at any restaurant. I have been outside at their "terrazino" many times and have never been bothered by any noise. I however must say that the service is better when you dine indoors. There is nothing better than being able to grab a good meal so late at night (late night menu served till 1:30AM). I highly recommend the Spaghetti with garlic, olive oil & parmesan as well as the cherry tomato salad and caesar salads. I'm always taking my friends and family here and they have all loved the place. Service has really improved since they opened in May. You won't regret dining here.
Pros: Great Food, Great Service, Valet Parking
Cons: Small Menu, Crowded, Cheap on the Bread
I have 2 words for you... Briana Dworkin... If you want to put class, beauty and perfection then go to Stella and ask for her... I think I'm in love...
This is NOT Newbury Street dinning. The location is horrible. The restaurant is on a corner at a light and patrons get to listen to everyones music blasting from their cars as they stop for a red light.
The service is poor. We waited 15 mins for our drinks to arrive. When we asked for a second drink the waitress forgot all about us. She was very rude and unfriendly.
The food was BLAH. My pasta was very salty and lacked and real taste. My husbands swordfish was just as bland.
For a party of 4 our meal came to $300 plus.
High prices+poor location+blah food+bad services = NOT a place to have a Friday night dinner.
Contrary to some reviews on this restaurant, we found the food to be great, the wait staff attentive and the ambiance met our expectations. I have to think the negative reviews of this place were written by someone trying to bash this quality establishment.
The food is excellent. Have eaten there three times and everything is good. The pizzas are very good and the tuna we ordered was perfectly done. The waitstaff is superb--not too much attention and not too little. Would like them to fill the cocktail classes to the top, however.
Pros: food, wait staff, ambience
Really liked the style of the place however the granite tables and no soft furnishings results in a constant clattering of dishes and silverware which is distracting. Our waiter stood around doing nothing even when we were well finished with our meal or our glasses were empty. We even had to ask him to clear our entree dishes and give us the dessert menu. Food was OK but nothing amazing, however the grapefruit cocktail was really good. Despite the restaurant being good looking, the experience is flat.
Cons: Bad service
When I was at the opening party for Stella, the food was fantastic. What happened? Every time I have been to dinner there since that night, it's been disappointing. The tuna was cooked more than tuna should be and over priced for the serving size. The pasta dish was bland, the swordfish was...swordfish.
It's a shame, because the place serves late and right down the street from my house, so I keep giving it another chance, but at this point I think it's going to be for drinks only. The food just hasn't been a good experience. I'm still hoping they apply seasonal menu changes, and maybe I can modify my review then.
And I have to add, the editorial review says that they have one of the largest outdoor patios. As far as I know, they only have the sidewalk patio, and the sidewalk of Washington Street...not so swanky.
We live in the neighborhood and went in on a lark on a Wednesday night and found the place to be pretty full for a mid-week summer evening. We felt a bit underdressed (in t-shirt, sandals and shorts) compared to the rest of the crowd but the staff paid no attention to that, gave us a great table, and made us feel right at home. To start, we agreed the Caesar salad, which was ample enough for two of us to share, was the best Caesar we ever had in a restaurant. I found the pasta Bolgonese to be cooked to delicious perfection while my friend found his pasta dish to be just OK. We'll have to go back and explore the wine list and desserts. We found the service to be knowledgeable, friendly, and just attentive enough. Great addition to the neighborhood list of culinary options.
Stella is a hip and tasty new restaurant in the "up and coming" SoWa district of Boston, and lucky for me I live 2 blocks away!! I had a late dinner on a Wednesday night and the place was packed with a hip crowd ranging from young scensters to older neighborhood residents. The food was perfect as was the service. My boyfriend's swoardfish was cooked to perfection, and my pizza was delicious. I can't wait to take my friends to the bar for a late night drink and snack.
Pros: ambience, food, location
I had wanted to go to Stella because I loved my dining experience at Torch. Unfortunately, the newly opened restaurant did not live up to it's big sister. Everything (and i mean EVERYTHING) was too salty, including the bread, pizzas, pastas, and fish. My bellini came out unmixed, with all the pulp on the bottom. The waitstaff was very pleasant and attentive, but almost too much. Many waiters were just standing around watching people eat. The ambience was very nice.
Worst pizza I ever had in my life. Crust was like the sole of a cheap shoe. Shouldn't have been allowed out of the kitchen. What an enormous disappointment. Having lived in Italy for many many many years, I'm getting so sick of these restaurants that claim to be Italian, Roman, the real thing, but don't even come close and charge too much just because they make the claim.