Cafe Stella

★★★★☆
Authentic french fare at a charming Parisian style brasserie.
  • 3932 Sunset Blvd

    Los Angeles, CA 90029

    Cross street: Santa Monica Boulevard

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  • 323-666-0265

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Love their coffee and of course the ambiance of the place which is really relaxing..

3
★★★★★

Love their coffee and of course the ambiance of the place which is really relaxing..

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The cozy Cafe Stella gives me that New York/Parisian feeling that I long for.

3
★★★★★

The cozy Cafe Stella gives me that New York/Parisian feeling that I long for.

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Cafe Stella should be the best little bistro in Silver Lake--the setting is just right under the covered patio or at the bar or in the small, two storefront dining room. The look is boho chic--in an appealing way. The food and service--not

3
★★★★★

Cafe Stella should be the best little bistro in Silver Lake--the setting is just right under the covered patio or at the bar or in the small, two storefront dining room. The look is boho chic--in an appealing way. The food and service--not

Pros: Ambiance is bistro perfect

Cons: Service and food aren't up to the prices

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It is not a coffeehouse, it is a bistro with a small bar and it is not in East LA, it may be on the "East side" but it is in LA, Silver Lake. East LA is east of downtown so I think that may be a bit misleading.

2
★★★★☆

It is not a coffeehouse, it is a bistro with a small bar and it is not in East LA, it may be on the "East side" but it is in LA, Silver Lake. East LA is east of downtown so I think that may be a bit misleading.

Pros: romantic, nice ambience, patio, soft lighting, but not dark

Cons: none

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Skinny frites, a cavernous wine selection, excellent outside seating and cozy bar, Cafe Stella has it all, avec sucre on top!

2
★★★★★

Skinny frites, a cavernous wine selection, excellent outside seating and cozy bar, Cafe Stella has it all, avec sucre on top!

Pros: Delicious Steak au Poivre

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I have probably been to Stella about 15 times. The food is always good, but you can never go wrong with the beet salad and the moules frites. Dip the delicious bread in the white wine sauce....yum!!

Stella is a lovely dining experience, the ambiance is great and the service is consistently pleasant. Only once did I experience a less than accommodating hostess but the odds are in their favor.

Stella is my neighborhood fav!

2
★★★★★

I have probably been to Stella about 15 times. The food is always good, but you can never go wrong with the beet salad and the moules frites. Dip the delicious bread in the white wine sauce....yum!!

Stella is a lovely dining experience, the ambiance is great and the service is consistently pleasant. Only once did I experience a less than accommodating hostess but the odds are in their favor.

Stella is my neighborhood fav!

Pros: ambiance, the food, the patio

Cons: more meat dishes that fish or vegetarian but that is only a con if you don't eat meat.

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I've loved this restaurant for many many years and am so sorry to report that things are changing for the worse. The owner was there when I recently ate at the bar and he was loud and invasive to everyone. He strutted around like a rooster and commented on everything we all were doing. The wine list has gone through the roof and there is no bottle under $45. The menu is not as innovative and the prices have gone up on all the food as well. This place used to be the "go to" neighborhood spot for a quick Moule Fritte or the "special night out" for the high end elegant experience in the dining room. Now it's lost it's elegant vibe and has priced itself out of the "neighborhood hang." BoooHooo

1
★★★☆☆

I've loved this restaurant for many many years and am so sorry to report that things are changing for the worse. The owner was there when I recently ate at the bar and he was loud and invasive to everyone. He strutted around like a rooster and commented on everything we all were doing. The wine list has gone through the roof and there is no bottle under $45. The menu is not as innovative and the prices have gone up on all the food as well. This place used to be the "go to" neighborhood spot for a quick Moule Fritte or the "special night out" for the high end elegant experience in the dining room. Now it's lost it's elegant vibe and has priced itself out of the "neighborhood hang." BoooHooo

Pros: Joshua the bartender - food is still good

Cons: the owner - pricy food & drink - parking$$ - no longer cool

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This place was perfect before they covered the beautiful outdoor dining area with a horrible roof. I can't dine here anymore. I thought it would be temporary but it seems here to stay. I can no longer send my guests or dine there myself because the asthetic is ruined. There I've said it. Take down the roof, s'il vous plait.

2
★★★★★

This place was perfect before they covered the beautiful outdoor dining area with a horrible roof. I can't dine here anymore. I thought it would be temporary but it seems here to stay. I can no longer send my guests or dine there myself because the asthetic is ruined. There I've said it. Take down the roof, s'il vous plait.

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First of all, if you read the last review....That birthday party was my party and it was off the hook. I don't know who wrote the review but out of 20 people there, 19 of them LOVED it. The chef is one of the best, most inventive chefs in LA and if the waitress was a little overwhelmed, it is totally because we were a hectic party of 20 that the restaurant kindly took at last minute. The wine was delicious and the food was perfect, as usual. I work at a restaurant and it is always challenging when there is a big party and it's not fair for anyone who is part of the party to judge so harshly. I highly recommend cafe stella and mad props for the staff for helping me have such a great birthday!

2
★★★★★

First of all, if you read the last review....That birthday party was my party and it was off the hook. I don't know who wrote the review but out of 20 people there, 19 of them LOVED it. The chef is one of the best, most inventive chefs in LA and if the waitress was a little overwhelmed, it is totally because we were a hectic party of 20 that the restaurant kindly took at last minute. The wine was delicious and the food was perfect, as usual. I work at a restaurant and it is always challenging when there is a big party and it's not fair for anyone who is part of the party to judge so harshly. I highly recommend cafe stella and mad props for the staff for helping me have such a great birthday!

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You gotta go here for fine French cuisine. It's small and crowded, but it just adds to its bistro feel. Great wine selection. Always a treat to go here. Service can be better at times. There's a long wait so make a reservation. They won't accommodate a group larger than 8, so beware. Eat at the bar so you can enjoy their wines. They change their menus regularly, so it's a treat!

4
★★★★☆

You gotta go here for fine French cuisine. It's small and crowded, but it just adds to its bistro feel. Great wine selection. Always a treat to go here. Service can be better at times. There's a long wait so make a reservation. They won't accommodate a group larger than 8, so beware. Eat at the bar so you can enjoy their wines. They change their menus regularly, so it's a treat!

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My friend and I went to eat here the other night and had a great meal and a great time....starting with the food, which was really exceptional...I had the steak frites and it was very tender and robust with flavor. My friend had the salmon which was as tender as a stick of warm butter. We started with a really simplistic heirloom tomato salad that was mixed with the most delicious mozzarella I have ever tasted. Our waiter Jack was really helpful in picking our wine, and here is a shocker for LA restaurants....he was funny and devoid of bitterness!! Didn't hurt that he was easy on the eyes either. The decor is really warm and welcoming....we sat outside which reminded me of being at a cafe back home in New York. It has a really great neighborhood energy that I have found to be a rarity in this city, and all these things considered, I will definitely be coming back soon.

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★★★★★

My friend and I went to eat here the other night and had a great meal and a great time....starting with the food, which was really exceptional...I had the steak frites and it was very tender and robust with flavor. My friend had the salmon which was as tender as a stick of warm butter. We started with a really simplistic heirloom tomato salad that was mixed with the most delicious mozzarella I have ever tasted. Our waiter Jack was really helpful in picking our wine, and here is a shocker for LA restaurants....he was funny and devoid of bitterness!! Didn't hurt that he was easy on the eyes either. The decor is really warm and welcoming....we sat outside which reminded me of being at a cafe back home in New York. It has a really great neighborhood energy that I have found to be a rarity in this city, and all these things considered, I will definitely be coming back soon.

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience

Cons: little pricey

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I love this place. really transports you-great ambiance AND food- quite a feat these days.
steak was delicious. went back and tried the cod..also very good.
food is consistent. I usually go to ethnic hole in the walls so I will not have yet another expensive, disappointing experience, but Cafe Stella impressed me.

2
★★★★★

I love this place. really transports you-great ambiance AND food- quite a feat these days.
steak was delicious. went back and tried the cod..also very good.
food is consistent. I usually go to ethnic hole in the walls so I will not have yet another expensive, disappointing experience, but Cafe Stella impressed me.

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Cafe Stella is a breath of fresh air. Yes, there may be better food or service elsewhere but Stella has something most restaurants in LA do not: ATMOSPHERE. I am so over the ultraslick Westside eateries that bear no resemblance to a true French bistro. If you want Hollywood gloss go there, if you want an authentic experience come here. The kitchen is more than competent and the service is cordial. I have been here on several occasions and the steak au poivre (medium rare, always) never disappoints. Charming place with character...a real gem on the East side.

2
★★★★☆

Cafe Stella is a breath of fresh air. Yes, there may be better food or service elsewhere but Stella has something most restaurants in LA do not: ATMOSPHERE. I am so over the ultraslick Westside eateries that bear no resemblance to a true French bistro. If you want Hollywood gloss go there, if you want an authentic experience come here. The kitchen is more than competent and the service is cordial. I have been here on several occasions and the steak au poivre (medium rare, always) never disappoints. Charming place with character...a real gem on the East side.

Pros: atmosphere

Cons: parking

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I give them a 2 star rating because I found the food very bland. For the price you spend, I honestly do not think the food should be so lacking in flavor and I need to mention NOT hot at all?just warm.
Unlike other reviews, the service was great and the staff was very nice.
I just do not think that I will return because I found the price very high for ultra average food. Nothing was terrible, just nothing to rave about either.
It is terrible because it would be great to have a nice place so close, but I will drive to better.

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★★☆☆☆

I give them a 2 star rating because I found the food very bland. For the price you spend, I honestly do not think the food should be so lacking in flavor and I need to mention NOT hot at all?just warm.
Unlike other reviews, the service was great and the staff was very nice.
I just do not think that I will return because I found the price very high for ultra average food. Nothing was terrible, just nothing to rave about either.
It is terrible because it would be great to have a nice place so close, but I will drive to better.

Pros: ambience

Cons: food, price

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To the guy who said Taix is better... you gotta to be kidding dude. As to Edendale, it's not better than Stella just on a par. I really wonder what people expect. Stella is a fun scene. It's pretty, it's fun, it's busy. There are lots of beautiful people. Many smoke, so don't go if you find that offensive. You know... a 30 something year old SCENE catering to the affluent influx in Silverlake. But the nice thing about Stella, is that for a scene, the food is perfectly good and honest, not great no, I don't think the claim here is fine dining, and it has a really fun wine list, not your usual crappy stuff. A part from that it's priced like a SCENE, on the high side. The waiters are irregular, some good some bad, like you'd find in any SCENE, and that can indeed be annoying, but bad service is not a reason to trash the food even if it's a perfectly valid reason to be angry. So if you want anything more, don't go, otherwise it perfectly lives up to what it set out to be and actually does it better than most. Recommended for good food, pretty patio with nice lighting, tasteful French antiquish things on the walls, ability to smoke if that's your thing, fun wine list, people watching.

2
★★★★☆

To the guy who said Taix is better... you gotta to be kidding dude. As to Edendale, it's not better than Stella just on a par. I really wonder what people expect. Stella is a fun scene. It's pretty, it's fun, it's busy. There are lots of beautiful people. Many smoke, so don't go if you find that offensive. You know... a 30 something year old SCENE catering to the affluent influx in Silverlake. But the nice thing about Stella, is that for a scene, the food is perfectly good and honest, not great no, I don't think the claim here is fine dining, and it has a really fun wine list, not your usual crappy stuff. A part from that it's priced like a SCENE, on the high side. The waiters are irregular, some good some bad, like you'd find in any SCENE, and that can indeed be annoying, but bad service is not a reason to trash the food even if it's a perfectly valid reason to be angry. So if you want anything more, don't go, otherwise it perfectly lives up to what it set out to be and actually does it better than most. Recommended for good food, pretty patio with nice lighting, tasteful French antiquish things on the walls, ability to smoke if that's your thing, fun wine list, people watching.

Pros: Fun, good food, good wine

Cons: Expensive, spotty service

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Service and style were great but the menu was disappointing. Friends from LA had heard a lot of great things about this place but once we got there it was okay. Maybe it was too much hype but I think the menu could use a little work.

I would go there again for the staff; but maybe just drinks and dessert.

1
★★★☆☆

Service and style were great but the menu was disappointing. Friends from LA had heard a lot of great things about this place but once we got there it was okay. Maybe it was too much hype but I think the menu could use a little work.

I would go there again for the staff; but maybe just drinks and dessert.

Pros: Service, Ambience, Wine and Dessert

Cons: Food

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I can't say the food was bad (mine was an evening special, the cornish game hen), but wasn't nearly was I'd expect for the pricetag. It tasted like the basic roast chicken I make at home when I'm too tired to make it special in any way. Which is good, but all things considered entirely under-whelming. Our waiter knew nothing of the food or wine, and it took forever. If you're going to spend $100+ on dinner for two, do yourself a favor and head to either Blair's or to Cliffs Edge, for much better everything all around. The food is about the same quality as I usually get at Taix for about half the $$, better service, and generally a much friendlier atmosphere. Then again, if you'd rather oogle movie stars and trust-fund twentysomethings than get great food (at great food prices) then go right ahead. Oh yeah, the owner is an A$$HOLE, especially when drunk!

1
★★★☆☆

I can't say the food was bad (mine was an evening special, the cornish game hen), but wasn't nearly was I'd expect for the pricetag. It tasted like the basic roast chicken I make at home when I'm too tired to make it special in any way. Which is good, but all things considered entirely under-whelming. Our waiter knew nothing of the food or wine, and it took forever. If you're going to spend $100+ on dinner for two, do yourself a favor and head to either Blair's or to Cliffs Edge, for much better everything all around. The food is about the same quality as I usually get at Taix for about half the $$, better service, and generally a much friendlier atmosphere. Then again, if you'd rather oogle movie stars and trust-fund twentysomethings than get great food (at great food prices) then go right ahead. Oh yeah, the owner is an A$$HOLE, especially when drunk!

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Went there and waited for a table that we had reserved for over an hour. The hostess was lovely and apologetic which made it okay since we got to sit in the cozy bar area while we waited. Interesting crowd, great neighborhood spot. I would suggest that the staff know a bit more about the wine list. I had trouble figuring out what to select and at those prices I didn't want to make a mistake!
I wasn't very impressed with the menu selection or the food once it finally arrived.
It was decent but not great
I would go back for the ambience though

1
★★★☆☆

Went there and waited for a table that we had reserved for over an hour. The hostess was lovely and apologetic which made it okay since we got to sit in the cozy bar area while we waited. Interesting crowd, great neighborhood spot. I would suggest that the staff know a bit more about the wine list. I had trouble figuring out what to select and at those prices I didn't want to make a mistake!
I wasn't very impressed with the menu selection or the food once it finally arrived.
It was decent but not great
I would go back for the ambience though

Pros: parking, ambience

Cons: hard to get questions answered about menu and wine list

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Girls love this restaurant! As much as I don't want to give out all my tricks, I will say that this is a great place to take a date. The great thing is that you won't sacrifice atmosphere for food! The food here is awesome and the vibe is super chill and very french. The wine is good the waiters good but some times you feel that they are stealing your game. Worth it for the food and atmosphere......points.........i'm serious .............

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★★★★☆

Girls love this restaurant! As much as I don't want to give out all my tricks, I will say that this is a great place to take a date. The great thing is that you won't sacrifice atmosphere for food! The food here is awesome and the vibe is super chill and very french. The wine is good the waiters good but some times you feel that they are stealing your game. Worth it for the food and atmosphere......points.........i'm serious .............

Pros: ambiance

Cons: parking, your girl checking out the waiter...jk

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The overall experience was excellent. The west side prices are certainly justified considering the high quality of food that you are getting. The patio is extremely lovely! It's an ideal place for a date but a reservation is definitely needed. Both duck breast and lamb were wonderfully done.

2
★★★★★

The overall experience was excellent. The west side prices are certainly justified considering the high quality of food that you are getting. The patio is extremely lovely! It's an ideal place for a date but a reservation is definitely needed. Both duck breast and lamb were wonderfully done.

Pros: Good food and service, romantic patio

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nice atmosphere. the food is overpriced for the quality which is only average. not worth it. mediocre for the price.

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★★★☆☆

nice atmosphere. the food is overpriced for the quality which is only average. not worth it. mediocre for the price.

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Cafe Stella is expensive but worth it. The food is always prepared perfect AND served at the right temperature within a reasonable period of time.

I will agree with some of the reviewers that there's a little aire of snobbery but these waiters are the real deal - they're not actors wannabe's who are only serving you until their big deal comes forth. Cafe Stella waiters/waitresses KNOW the food their serving, how it's prepared, and what type of wine pairs well with it.

People that eat at the same place for 5 years and then have a single bad experience are what give CUSTOMERS a bad name. (They're probably the same people who divorce after the first fight!)

I'd recommend the Steak Au Poirve, Lobster Flan appetizer, Chocolate Creme dessert.

2
★★★★★

Cafe Stella is expensive but worth it. The food is always prepared perfect AND served at the right temperature within a reasonable period of time.

I will agree with some of the reviewers that there's a little aire of snobbery but these waiters are the real deal - they're not actors wannabe's who are only serving you until their big deal comes forth. Cafe Stella waiters/waitresses KNOW the food their serving, how it's prepared, and what type of wine pairs well with it.

People that eat at the same place for 5 years and then have a single bad experience are what give CUSTOMERS a bad name. (They're probably the same people who divorce after the first fight!)

I'd recommend the Steak Au Poirve, Lobster Flan appetizer, Chocolate Creme dessert.

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I LOVE this place. The menu changes daily, the food is authentic, delicate, and entirely French. The atmosphere is that of an intimate garded tucked away in a Paris side street - you'd never think you were just steps from the hustle and bustle of Sunset Blvd. Perfect date spot, make a reservation

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★★★★☆

I LOVE this place. The menu changes daily, the food is authentic, delicate, and entirely French. The atmosphere is that of an intimate garded tucked away in a Paris side street - you'd never think you were just steps from the hustle and bustle of Sunset Blvd. Perfect date spot, make a reservation

Pros: French Food, Romantic Ambience

Cons: Prices, Parking

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Cafe Stella was - up to a year ago - one of my favorite finds in LA.
Sadly, not anymore. The service has turned into an actor's studio (another waiter had to bring out our entrees because our server was talking up his "directoral debut" with the entertainment-connected couple next to us). The food, luckily, is still really wonderful (the halibut it divine), but because of the service and the recently overcrowded outdoor seating (only a year ago, the seating felt roomy and romantic), I'm thinking that takeout may be the best option from now on. It's always sad to see a classic fall below par. C'est la vie in LA.

2
★★★★☆

Cafe Stella was - up to a year ago - one of my favorite finds in LA.
Sadly, not anymore. The service has turned into an actor's studio (another waiter had to bring out our entrees because our server was talking up his "directoral debut" with the entertainment-connected couple next to us). The food, luckily, is still really wonderful (the halibut it divine), but because of the service and the recently overcrowded outdoor seating (only a year ago, the seating felt roomy and romantic), I'm thinking that takeout may be the best option from now on. It's always sad to see a classic fall below par. C'est la vie in LA.

Pros: Good food

Cons: Inattentive servers, Crowded

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I went to cafe stella last night and had such a nice time....I picked this place because it seemed small and romantic...the perfect place to get to know my date and make the evening feel special. What I didn't expect was how great the food is and the service was so personal. Our waitress was sweet making sure to suggest a wine that we would enjoy not an easy task since I have little knowledge in that area. But she was spot on with her recommendation. Me and my date had a nice long meal finishing with a fromage plate. When we left we both decided this place was our new favorite.

2
★★★★★

I went to cafe stella last night and had such a nice time....I picked this place because it seemed small and romantic...the perfect place to get to know my date and make the evening feel special. What I didn't expect was how great the food is and the service was so personal. Our waitress was sweet making sure to suggest a wine that we would enjoy not an easy task since I have little knowledge in that area. But she was spot on with her recommendation. Me and my date had a nice long meal finishing with a fromage plate. When we left we both decided this place was our new favorite.

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I have been to this restaurant many times and I love everything about it. It's bustling with something so not los angeles. There are not many places that allow you the time to enjoy a meal outside even though it is small and seating can be limited there is no feeling of being pushed out. The food is great and better then ever and the wines are unusual....ask your server to suggest a wine, you can find great ones for under $40. I've always enjoyed the personal service and love the recognition I have received for being a familiar face. Now if that isn't special in this city I don't know what is....one of the most romantic spots....I am happy such a place exist.

2
★★★★★

I have been to this restaurant many times and I love everything about it. It's bustling with something so not los angeles. There are not many places that allow you the time to enjoy a meal outside even though it is small and seating can be limited there is no feeling of being pushed out. The food is great and better then ever and the wines are unusual....ask your server to suggest a wine, you can find great ones for under $40. I've always enjoyed the personal service and love the recognition I have received for being a familiar face. Now if that isn't special in this city I don't know what is....one of the most romantic spots....I am happy such a place exist.

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It's true. The service was subpar. Waited 15 minutes before even getting water. The waitress was sweet, but went to get a sample of wine for my mother before taking my drink order, and man was I eager for a glass of wine. Also, when taking dessert orders, I asked what the sorbet flavors were and she said she'd check. She came back 5-10 min later asking us if we had decided on dessert, and turns out she forgot to check on the flavors. When we got the dessert, the anjou pear was not good at all and the ice cream was a strange, icy consistency.

Otherwise, the food was very good. Duck and steak were great, delicious tomato and mozzarella appetizer, amazing wine (Magnet Pinot Noir). Hot male waiters. Beautiful, romantic atmosphere took me out of LA.

I would recommend, but don't expect too much.

2
★★★★☆

It's true. The service was subpar. Waited 15 minutes before even getting water. The waitress was sweet, but went to get a sample of wine for my mother before taking my drink order, and man was I eager for a glass of wine. Also, when taking dessert orders, I asked what the sorbet flavors were and she said she'd check. She came back 5-10 min later asking us if we had decided on dessert, and turns out she forgot to check on the flavors. When we got the dessert, the anjou pear was not good at all and the ice cream was a strange, icy consistency.

Otherwise, the food was very good. Duck and steak were great, delicious tomato and mozzarella appetizer, amazing wine (Magnet Pinot Noir). Hot male waiters. Beautiful, romantic atmosphere took me out of LA.

I would recommend, but don't expect too much.

Pros: ambience, food, wine

Cons: service, dessert

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cafe stella offers some of the best dining atmosphere is los angeles. tucked neatly behind the storefronts at sunset junction in silverlake, the closely situated patio dining is perfect for the euro-vibe-craving angeleno. crowded but unobnoxious at 8pm on a wednesday, my companion and i stuck to the appetizers, desserts and wines, forgoing the more expensive dinners. and neither of us felt cheated. The food was outstanding, if standard-issue, and worked quite well with the wine. the waitstaff was relaxed and friendly (fyi to you impatient eaters: service was hardly prompt) and provided very unpretensious guidance (always nice).

Escargot was exciting, cheese plate was slightly skimpy but very good, heirloom tomato salad was perhaps the highlight, and wines quality. the shortbread/lemon curd dessert is not to be missed.

In combining unbeatable ambience with un-crushing prices AND a very respectable menu, one cannot go wrong with stella.

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★★★★☆

cafe stella offers some of the best dining atmosphere is los angeles. tucked neatly behind the storefronts at sunset junction in silverlake, the closely situated patio dining is perfect for the euro-vibe-craving angeleno. crowded but unobnoxious at 8pm on a wednesday, my companion and i stuck to the appetizers, desserts and wines, forgoing the more expensive dinners. and neither of us felt cheated. The food was outstanding, if standard-issue, and worked quite well with the wine. the waitstaff was relaxed and friendly (fyi to you impatient eaters: service was hardly prompt) and provided very unpretensious guidance (always nice).

Escargot was exciting, cheese plate was slightly skimpy but very good, heirloom tomato salad was perhaps the highlight, and wines quality. the shortbread/lemon curd dessert is not to be missed.

In combining unbeatable ambience with un-crushing prices AND a very respectable menu, one cannot go wrong with stella.

Pros: atmosphere, food

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Cafe Stella is now my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles, and I have been searching for a place like this for over 2 years. The food, ambiance, service, overall experience is amazing. Was raving about it for days. The Kobe steak was incredible! A wine list to be proud of and a desert menu to brag about!

I have returned 3 times within 2 weeks!

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★★★★★

Cafe Stella is now my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles, and I have been searching for a place like this for over 2 years. The food, ambiance, service, overall experience is amazing. Was raving about it for days. The Kobe steak was incredible! A wine list to be proud of and a desert menu to brag about!

I have returned 3 times within 2 weeks!

Pros: Food, Wine, Ambiance

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Simply the best french in LA

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★★★★★

Simply the best french in LA

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I want to like Cafe Stella, I really do. It's charming, it's quaint, it's a neighborhood joint. But the lackluster service, the overpriced uninspired wine list, the meat and side dishes cooked within an inch of their lives (when my steak came out medium well instead of the requested rare we were told "that's how the chef cooks it"). Too bad too, it's such a beautiful spot...........

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★★★☆☆

I want to like Cafe Stella, I really do. It's charming, it's quaint, it's a neighborhood joint. But the lackluster service, the overpriced uninspired wine list, the meat and side dishes cooked within an inch of their lives (when my steak came out medium well instead of the requested rare we were told "that's how the chef cooks it"). Too bad too, it's such a beautiful spot...........

Pros: charm, patio, music

Cons: , food, price

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The dishes are predictable, but well executed. The patio is just a delight, though. And the unrushed, Continental service easily turns dinner into a three-hour affair, which is nice in this town for a change. Not a bargain, but I'd recommend it for ambience alone.

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★★★★☆

The dishes are predictable, but well executed. The patio is just a delight, though. And the unrushed, Continental service easily turns dinner into a three-hour affair, which is nice in this town for a change. Not a bargain, but I'd recommend it for ambience alone.

Pros: Patio dining

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that Stella's service was less than stellar, because the food was actually very good. We went on a Friday and it was at maximum capacity granted. We were a group of 7 and were in good spirits when we arrived, though we were made to wait 30 minutes for our table, the wine list was indeed intoxicating. My fiancee never got his entree, the waiter hadn't put his filet order in and once he did there were no filets left, nor was the steak au poivre, he ended up with nothing and we were celebrating the waiters girlfriends birthday. We ended up at J&B. I can't convince him to go back.

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★★★☆☆

that Stella's service was less than stellar, because the food was actually very good. We went on a Friday and it was at maximum capacity granted. We were a group of 7 and were in good spirits when we arrived, though we were made to wait 30 minutes for our table, the wine list was indeed intoxicating. My fiancee never got his entree, the waiter hadn't put his filet order in and once he did there were no filets left, nor was the steak au poivre, he ended up with nothing and we were celebrating the waiters girlfriends birthday. We ended up at J&B. I can't convince him to go back.

Pros: great food, wine

Cons: , hard to find, service

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BEST place to dine on the east side. We like Lucques, Campanille, and Patina used to be great, but Stella rules. We live 3 blocks away - walk there. Comped wine by the staff (get to know em - very good wine list) ALWAYS good & satisfying food. Candlelight. Walk home tipsy. Yeah, your neighbors there, but they would be there as well if you were in Paris. We've eaten there 50+ times in 6 years and have NEVER had a bad food or service experience. Waiters are great. Menu is upscale bistro - nothing fancy. The tomato soup might be the best special we have ever ordered anywhere. Also good in the hood - Pho 87, wonder bakery egg custards, sashimi combo @sushi gen, Rambutan and Simply thai, Backdoor for breakfast, Ocean Seafood Dim Sum (if you wont drive to rosemead), Marios deli Glendale.

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★★★★★

BEST place to dine on the east side. We like Lucques, Campanille, and Patina used to be great, but Stella rules. We live 3 blocks away - walk there. Comped wine by the staff (get to know em - very good wine list) ALWAYS good & satisfying food. Candlelight. Walk home tipsy. Yeah, your neighbors there, but they would be there as well if you were in Paris. We've eaten there 50+ times in 6 years and have NEVER had a bad food or service experience. Waiters are great. Menu is upscale bistro - nothing fancy. The tomato soup might be the best special we have ever ordered anywhere. Also good in the hood - Pho 87, wonder bakery egg custards, sashimi combo @sushi gen, Rambutan and Simply thai, Backdoor for breakfast, Ocean Seafood Dim Sum (if you wont drive to rosemead), Marios deli Glendale.

Pros: it's all good

Cons: not enough seating

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After reading all of the replies here I was expecting to be kept waiting, which I wouldn't have minded considering I was out with my boyfriend for a romantic evening. However, we were not kept waiting for anything at any time. The service was excellent and it was a busy Friday night. We had an 8pm reservation and chose to sit outside. Our waiter was as charming as can be, joking with us in his suave French accent. We ordered the ahi tartar appetizer, filet mignon and a chicken wrapped in shrimp special, and, of course, red wine. Everything was absolutely delicious. I think this is my new favorite restaurant. You can't beat the atmoshpere. It's just a romantic and lovely place.

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★★★★★

After reading all of the replies here I was expecting to be kept waiting, which I wouldn't have minded considering I was out with my boyfriend for a romantic evening. However, we were not kept waiting for anything at any time. The service was excellent and it was a busy Friday night. We had an 8pm reservation and chose to sit outside. Our waiter was as charming as can be, joking with us in his suave French accent. We ordered the ahi tartar appetizer, filet mignon and a chicken wrapped in shrimp special, and, of course, red wine. Everything was absolutely delicious. I think this is my new favorite restaurant. You can't beat the atmoshpere. It's just a romantic and lovely place.

Pros: delicious food, ambiance, nice, funny waiter

Cons: none

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Okay I read some of the other reviews thinking people were being high maintainace but I have to say the service was SLOW here I swear we went on like a tuesday night or something there was maybe one other couple in the place and we still got our food at a snails pace....I mean I know the french enjoy their food more...but pahleese could we atleast get some food to enjoy first...augh

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★★★☆☆

Okay I read some of the other reviews thinking people were being high maintainace but I have to say the service was SLOW here I swear we went on like a tuesday night or something there was maybe one other couple in the place and we still got our food at a snails pace....I mean I know the french enjoy their food more...but pahleese could we atleast get some food to enjoy first...augh

Pros: silver lake cool, valet parking, nice wait help

Cons: slow, slower, slowest

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The food is fantastic. This is a great place to bring a date. Get cozy with the table next to you. I love coming here. It's a fantastic treat.

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★★★★☆

The food is fantastic. This is a great place to bring a date. Get cozy with the table next to you. I love coming here. It's a fantastic treat.

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Cafe Stella, no matter how popular it becomes, serves up a lot in terms of atmosphere, food and service. I had dinner there with my best friend the very first opening week (a lonnng time ago) and it was really wonderful. They were still ironing things out but the chef came out to greet us and thank us for our business and brought out complimentary creme brulee. We had a great conversation with him (he's hilarious!) He was funny and very welcoming. I felt as if I was eating at a secret outdoor little restaurant in a tucked away Parisian street. Steak is melt in your mouth delicious. I've been back many, many times and always leave feeling like I've experienced something very special.

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★★★★★

Cafe Stella, no matter how popular it becomes, serves up a lot in terms of atmosphere, food and service. I had dinner there with my best friend the very first opening week (a lonnng time ago) and it was really wonderful. They were still ironing things out but the chef came out to greet us and thank us for our business and brought out complimentary creme brulee. We had a great conversation with him (he's hilarious!) He was funny and very welcoming. I felt as if I was eating at a secret outdoor little restaurant in a tucked away Parisian street. Steak is melt in your mouth delicious. I've been back many, many times and always leave feeling like I've experienced something very special.

Pros: charming & special, friendly service, good value

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The atmosphere is very romantic; the wine list is pricey but excellent. The service was really friendly but somewhat slow which actually makes for a more romantic evening. The starters were excellent and the main course delicious. Take my word for it you have to leave room for the dessert. The chocolate mouse thing is pure heaven. I will eat here again, very soon.

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★★★★★

The atmosphere is very romantic; the wine list is pricey but excellent. The service was really friendly but somewhat slow which actually makes for a more romantic evening. The starters were excellent and the main course delicious. Take my word for it you have to leave room for the dessert. The chocolate mouse thing is pure heaven. I will eat here again, very soon.

Pros: food, ambience

Cons: price

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i have never found the service to be sub par, even when busy. the new addition of a small wine tasting bar is wonderful. always romantic and the food has always been fantastic. try the french onion soup for starters. the steak au poiuvre (sp?) is fantastic. a good wine from the chateauneuf(sp) du pape region on the wine list will complement the meal beautifully. the waiters can be curt, but that doesn't imply rudeness. i've been there more than a few times and have never been disappointed.

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★★★★★

i have never found the service to be sub par, even when busy. the new addition of a small wine tasting bar is wonderful. always romantic and the food has always been fantastic. try the french onion soup for starters. the steak au poiuvre (sp?) is fantastic. a good wine from the chateauneuf(sp) du pape region on the wine list will complement the meal beautifully. the waiters can be curt, but that doesn't imply rudeness. i've been there more than a few times and have never been disappointed.

Pros: food, wine, bar

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Quiet Euro ambience, delicious food, friendly/not annoying waiters. A little hard to find, so keep your eyes peeled.
The lamb chops were brilliant!

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★★★★★

Quiet Euro ambience, delicious food, friendly/not annoying waiters. A little hard to find, so keep your eyes peeled.
The lamb chops were brilliant!

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I've eaten everywhere in LA; from highbrow to lowbrow; and Stella gets top nods for disarming and attentive service without being overbearing and one of the best steaks on the eastside. Make a reservation or don't bother trying to find a seat!

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★★★★★

I've eaten everywhere in LA; from highbrow to lowbrow; and Stella gets top nods for disarming and attentive service without being overbearing and one of the best steaks on the eastside. Make a reservation or don't bother trying to find a seat!

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First, and let's be perfectly clear about this, the service can be chaotic and disorganized. Don't go hungry and don't go expecting stellar service, though some waiters are better than others. Timothy, for instance, is very nice.

The best way to enjoy Stella is to be in good company, drinking good wine--be with the person you could be happy talking to while possibly waiting over an hour just for your appetizers. Just relax and enjoy the ambiance--the courtyard is quite charming.

I'd give the food a solid B. Especially recommended is the pecan encrusted goat cheese salad with fresh pears--very tasty. Stay away from green pea side--they're cold and hard. The steaks are delicious and the wine list is extensive.

Bon Appetit!

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★★★★☆

First, and let's be perfectly clear about this, the service can be chaotic and disorganized. Don't go hungry and don't go expecting stellar service, though some waiters are better than others. Timothy, for instance, is very nice.

The best way to enjoy Stella is to be in good company, drinking good wine--be with the person you could be happy talking to while possibly waiting over an hour just for your appetizers. Just relax and enjoy the ambiance--the courtyard is quite charming.

I'd give the food a solid B. Especially recommended is the pecan encrusted goat cheese salad with fresh pears--very tasty. Stay away from green pea side--they're cold and hard. The steaks are delicious and the wine list is extensive.

Bon Appetit!

Pros: charming courtyard, tasty french food, extensive wine list

Cons: slow service, no substitutions

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My goodness. The food is delicious and I didn't have any problems with the service. Just go. You won't be disappointed. It's small and inviting and warm and has a great atmosphere.

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★★★★★

My goodness. The food is delicious and I didn't have any problems with the service. Just go. You won't be disappointed. It's small and inviting and warm and has a great atmosphere.

Pros: cozy, delicious, candlelight

Cons: a bit cramped, there's a wait

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ok, ok, yes the tables are stacked on top on one another and the service can be wanting but the food is divine and the atmosphere intoxicating. it all adds up to a decidedly un-la experience that can only be described as "french". if that's what you're looking for, give it a try, otherwise stay at patina.

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★★★★★

ok, ok, yes the tables are stacked on top on one another and the service can be wanting but the food is divine and the atmosphere intoxicating. it all adds up to a decidedly un-la experience that can only be described as "french". if that's what you're looking for, give it a try, otherwise stay at patina.

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Like perhaps, the restaurant? What the cripes is everyone talking about? The tables are cramped and on top of one another which might be why the service was so bad. It seemed like the waiter was too inconvenienced to even make there way over to our corner. We might as well have eaten WITH the couple at the next table. The food was overall "OK", with one "good" dish, one "bland" dish and one "OK" dish. But when you match them up to the prices, you really have to ask yourself, "What am I paying for?"

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★★★☆☆

Like perhaps, the restaurant? What the cripes is everyone talking about? The tables are cramped and on top of one another which might be why the service was so bad. It seemed like the waiter was too inconvenienced to even make there way over to our corner. We might as well have eaten WITH the couple at the next table. The food was overall "OK", with one "good" dish, one "bland" dish and one "OK" dish. But when you match them up to the prices, you really have to ask yourself, "What am I paying for?"

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Such a wonderful little place in LA....eat inside if you can't handle the smoking ... but the food is amazing as is the service!

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★★★★★

Such a wonderful little place in LA....eat inside if you can't handle the smoking ... but the food is amazing as is the service!

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We live in Silverlake and we eat, play, & party here. There simply are too few great places to eat like Stella in this n'hood. The food is top notch, the ambience (although it's a bit small, loud) is nice and the staff is professional, courteous and attentive. The filet mignon is out of this world and the wine list will meet your needs without denting your wallet too bad. Look, this isn't b-hills. Those who knock Stella must live in areas where they have too many better places to eat. Go try Stella...maybe they'll have to expand to meet the demand!

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★★★★★

We live in Silverlake and we eat, play, & party here. There simply are too few great places to eat like Stella in this n'hood. The food is top notch, the ambience (although it's a bit small, loud) is nice and the staff is professional, courteous and attentive. The filet mignon is out of this world and the wine list will meet your needs without denting your wallet too bad. Look, this isn't b-hills. Those who knock Stella must live in areas where they have too many better places to eat. Go try Stella...maybe they'll have to expand to meet the demand!

Pros: quaint, authentic cuisine, reasonable

Cons: small space

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