LaStella's Restaurant & Catering
LaStella's Restaurant & Catering

LaStella's Restaurant & Catering

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lastellasofboca.com/
  • Phone: 5615442081
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jamie Barlow
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our catering menu is extensive.
    We can accommodate intimate dinners for two or large parties of up to 3000.
    Our Restaurant can service groups of up to 60 people.

    For info regarding your next event contact Jamie direct at 954-614-8386.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South Federal HWY (US-1)
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from LaStella's Restaurant & Catering
La Stella's of Boca Raton serves only the finest Italian food and provides full service catering, with over 18 years experience. Chef owner Jamie Barlow comes to us from Federal Hill Providence, Rhode Island and brings with her an authentic Italian style of cooking using only the finest ingredients.

D.O.C certified San Marzano Tomatoes, Olio Verde' grade A+ olive oil, hand selected produce, meat and fish are key to our authentic style of cooking.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
LaStella's Restaurant & Catering reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (33)fit for foodies (15)great for outdoor dining (15)romantic (9)great for lunch (8)special occasion (7)notable wine list (4)hot spot (3)good for groups (3)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • SueM
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Slow service tonight. Wasn't crowded but our waiter was not attentive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice neighborhood Italian
    DMMinFL
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner here. The music was too loud inside for a place with concrete floors. We could barely hear the server give us the specials or talk to each other. Later in the evening or when the place is crowded and full, it's ok, but there were only two parties and it was 6:00. The grouper picatta special and chicken marsala were delicious. The server recommended the pizzelle dessert. This is cannoli cream, only layered with pizzelles and strawberries. They kindly comped the dessert for my mother's birthday. The wine by the glass menu was nice too. Overall I thought the prices were kind of high for food & wine. Our bill for 2 ppl (not including tip): 2 entrees + 3 glasses of wine = $98 I'd go back for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great anniversary setting.
    Cozy
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This was our first visit and found it great for the occasion. The food was good and a large portion. Atmosphere was okay. I have told others about it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service
    Honeybunch
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our server Matt , although he did change all the mistakes correctly he wasn't the best. He was ok, they need more servers in that restaurant
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • shelly11
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was excellent and service was great. We sat inside but I prefer outside - inside gets too loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great food and service. One of our favorite restaurants in the Boca-Delray area. Jamie, the proprietor is very welcoming. We look forward to dining there!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • pleasantly surprised
    MbocaVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The Italian food at La Stella is amazing! Very fresh and hearty portions. It is located next to Casa D'Angelo, and frankly, the Italian food at La Stella is as good or better that Casa D. Also, the service was great, and a very cute ambiance for dinner with friends or a date. Now we want to try the Mexican food during the day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice find
    Tony
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Small but great service and food.Had Sunday Gravy was very good ...sausage needs some work but all in all yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small and neighborhood feeling
    APersonOfInterest
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I like a small, intimate restaurant that doesn't get lost in cooking for the masses. When the sun sets, there's candlelight on the tables here and 'sparkles' (white Christmas lights?) strung atop the front window. I had a 'Special' that was not on the menu: Salmon topped with crab meat, & on the side, and haricot vert (enjoyed our waiter's explanation that this was a fancy word for green beans.) The other dish was Chicken Parmesan, nicely crusty and not soggy.Nice patio dining but a bit too hot in August to opt for that. It is a bit noisy, and though carpet would absorb the noise, I like the concrete, natural warehouse-type flooring. Anyway, I really love the place and highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • our 2nd visit
    Nonna
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was our 2nd visit and once again everything was fantastic. The special ravioli of the day was the best I have had! We love LaStella and now it is one of our "favorite" spots!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    Brel
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food, atmosphere and service were all fabulous. A definite find in our community.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our first time here!
    Nonna
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was our first visit to LaStella's. We will now become regulars! Everything was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Unsatisfied
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We felt the menu was very overpriced the wine list extremely overpriced and very very loud. I think if they cut down the amount of tables in the small dining room it would be better, it felt like you were eating with the other tables.
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  • A gem
    kitchendesigner
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Everyone I've sent here has the same reaction--they adopt this as their go-to restaurant. Especially nice in summer when you can get in and seated more easily.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Gravy is Awesome
    DemandingMaxVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I've eaten at LaStellas for years and this was the first time I tried the Sunday Gravy. A HUGE portion with braised pork, meatballs, sausage, really fresh ricotta cheese, tomatoes, and rigatoni, with a great sauce. Will definitely recommend and re-order.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • roco
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Great food. Friendly staff. Great local find. Will definitely go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • La Stella Always a delight.
    hsriceVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This is not our first time at La Stella. It is a pleasure to eat here.The food is exceptional. The Xhef came to speak with us, and I explained that his Sunday Gravy ruined me for eating this dish anywhere else. Jamie,the owner,was not present, but it was very early.We highly recommend LaStella.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Interesting Specials
    DemandingMaxVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Always ask about the specials, I am consistently surprised and impressed. Tonight I had an appetizer of seared scallops over risotto, 4 large scallops and an impressive amount of risotto, as well. More than enough for two hungry men to share. And the grilled wahoo entree was cooked to perfection, served with a generous salad. The wine list is changed every 2-3 weeks, so don't become attached to any specific wine, trust owner Jaime's taste in wine that you'll always get an outstanding one. Fierce service by manager MATT - - it just doesn't get any better Food + Service = Excellent
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good but not excellant
    Tom1
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We got there right after they openned. The staff were chatting in plain sight, and did not approach us for 5 minutes or so. The food was good, but at that preice break a pasta side woyuld have been nice. If in the neighbiorhiood I wouyld return. I prefer the Trattatoria >Romana just down the street.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 228 reviews are from the LaStella's Restaurant & Catering reviews archive.
  • neighborhood find
    tommymd
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The place was packed on Saturday night - great bread, fairly priced wine list with a good selection, good menu...a bit pricey but no more than the upscale restaurant next door, service was very slow because they were very busy but we were happy anyway-we even moved to a larger table as our party of 2 ended up being a 4, food items were flavorful, Cioppino should have been larger and could have a better presentation for the price or maybe add a side of pasta with it, dessert was a warm chocolate torte and it was not as smooth as it should have been-almost broken or maybe microwaved too long, the music seemed much too loud and not appropriate to the atmosphere especially late when the room started to clear out.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Stella's is delish!
    melissar
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The food here is fantastic! The grilled calamari is amazing! The linguini with clams is devine (and I am not a clam lover). The space is small, cramped and noisy, but if you can deal with it, the food is worth it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Now Mexican @ Lunch!
    DemandingMaxVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    LaStella's has gone Mexican at lunch, and they have done an awesome job! The dishes are not anything you would get in a fast food or chain Mexican restaurant. Each is individually prepared by established Mexican chefs, with recipes from their country. The mole and rojo sauces are quite tasty, and the rice and beans cannot be matched. Guacamole can be prepared mild, medium, or hot, and is a huge portion size. Try any of three different salads, and add chicken, meat, or broiled shrimp (HUGE SIZE), and you'll be really impressed. Home made sangria with lots of interesting fruits fermented overnight. You will walk away and be more than satisfied and surely return.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continues To Impress!
    DemandingMaxVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    For my own and spouse's birthday dinners, we had many Boca restaurants to select from, and decided on LaStella's. They continue to achieve outstanding customer service, have added new "eager to please" wait staff, a host/general manager (MATT), and WEEKLY SPECIALS which are truly special, exciting, and tasty (chicken meatballs with sweet papers), broiled trout are examples. PORTION SIZES are large enough to SHARE, so ignore negative reviews complaining they are too large! The food is prepared for each table, it will take time, be patient, have a bottle of wine from diverse well priced menu. Leave room for YUMMY DESSERTS, and they only serve espresso, don't complain about no coffee. They get crowded on very weekends, thats a good sign!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our waiter was the best we've
    Judith
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Our waiter was the best we've had (indicating that there have been some problems in the past; the staff seems to change constantly). The food was as good as usual. That, along with COUPON KEEPS UD=S COMING BACK.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kiddie servers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Used to be our favorite. Food is great. The teenie bopper help is atrocious. Gum chewing, un knowledgable, clumsy, totally inept! So are is the greeter and sweater. Chaos reigns. The owner was not there, so. The inmates were running the asylum. We are through with this place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great non pretensious restaurant
    DemandingMaxVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Loved the shrimp appetizer, a special I hope is offered again. The chicken francese was two huge pieces of chicken breast, and the sauce was tangy and great on my taste buds. Had a reasonably priced bottle of Argentian Chardonnay and suggest you not pass up their ever changing wine list. Desserts are all well done, leave room.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was bad
    firsttimecustomer
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Food was delicious but because the service was bad it was hard to focus on the good food. We waited forever, even for our drink order to be taken. It was the same with our food order. I don't think we would go back.
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  • DON'T EAT HERE
    GIRAFFE
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    THIS RESTAURANT SERVES THE WORST FOOD I'VE HAD IN A LONG, LONG TIME. MY HUSBANDS LINGUINE MUST HAVE BEEN SITTING AND COOKING FOREVER, AS IT WAS A PILE OF MUSH. I ORDERED CHICKEN MARSALA AND INSTEAD OF NICE THIN MEDALLIONS I RECEIVED BIG FAT CHICKEN BREASTS WITH AN AFTER TASTE. I ORDERED A SPLIT OF PROSECCO, AND WAS TOLD AFTER RECEIVING A GLASS AND COMPLAINING THAT THEY NO LONGER HAD THE SPLIT. MY FEELING IS YOU TELL THE CUSTOMER BEFORE NOT AFTER. THERE BREAD WAS SO AWFUL THAT IT REALLY COULD NOT BE EATEN.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always lots of food
    richmis
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Food and service are always good here. However, I am now convinced that the portions really are too big. They have a signature app of meatballs, served in tomatoe sauce with a dollop of ricotta. They are delicious, but you get two and each one is the size of a regulation base ball. I ordered the roasted half lemon chicken and it was not a small capon, bit a regular size fryer, served with roasted potatoes and broccoli raab. The wife ordered chicken francese with a side of penne. Both meals were great, but we each brought half home. I noticed that some of the reviews complain that the prices are high; here's the reason, the portions are too big!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service the worst
    sassy
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    on Sat, nice wine outside, but that's where it ended. Had been there before, this time the worst.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So-So
    fussyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Food is just Ok. App prices very high, about $17-19. Salads high too, about $15. You are paying for the prime location. Flat bread crust was like cardboard. Pomodoro sauce was flavorless. Chicken Francese drowned in lemon juice. But large portions of everything. Servers are polite and friendly but overall service is amateurish. When you make your Rez., they "assign" you a table. Some tables are very undesirable, especially the hi-tops outside which are squished between busy street traffic on one side and pedestrians on the other side. Check before you show up to see if this is what you've been "assigned."
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  • Great Food
    CustomPenVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    La Stella's has great food but the service suffered.... Extensive wait for our table even with the reservation and afterwards they were understaffed..... But our server John was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Years Eve
    fun4foodies
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We booked our reservation at the last minute and were offered an outside "hightop" table. Although we werent sure we would be satisfied with the table, since it was in close proximity to our home decided to try this restaurant on a very busy evening. We were not disappointed. We were seated at the time of our reservation. The staff was pleasant and accomodating, the table was comfortable and the food and wine were excellent. We will be back for another enjoyable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Too bad that the service was so bad as the food isn't too bad but there are better places in Boca
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  • Always terrific and we are NYers
    RubyVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Jamie Barlow the owner/chef make this wonderful. She welcomes every customer and always ensures that you are enjoying everything. One salad is better than the next from the Pistachio goat cheese one to the great calarmari salad. Each entree is better than the next from chicken scarpariello to great pastas and seafood. You must go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First the good news - the
    FoodFan
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    First the good news - the food was exceptional. The server was great, but he was clearly working too many tables. The restaurant is very small with tables crowded together. The outside terrace is about the same size, which is great, except when it rains and they don't tell you that your table is outside! Specify that you want inside or outside when making your reservation. Very important! They were not ready for the reservations that they took. They ran out of several food items and several more wine selections from their menu and this was at 7:30 PM. I would give them another try simply because the food was soooooo good!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service again
    Judith
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Unfortunately, La Stellas must be short handed. Our waiter was a little rough around the edges but the problem was that he was apparently too busy to take timely care of us. Once the restaurant filled up forget it. I had to go to the bar to ask for a second glass of wine. I'll try to avoid Saturday night.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • up and down
    StNick
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    very good to excellent food offset by terrible service.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently great
    RubyVIP
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We really enjoyed the restaurant and plan to be back while in S.Florida. This is our 3rd time and love everything from great salads to delicious entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Ginger
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    The food is fabulous! Do not be disapointed by the fresh bread that is brought to the table. It is not even worth trying. However, the appetizers and entrees are fabulous. The service is far from wonderful. The college kids did not know the specials and could barey read them. They just kept on complaining how they didn't want to be stuck working late another night and couldn't wait to get out of there. It was a big turn off as the food was so wonderful, and probably causes them to lose a lot of returning customers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.