Lovely lunch at Stella's
Stella's is an old favorite for a group of ladies I meet with occasionally for lunch. Sitting in the enclosed patio next to the fireplace is lovely. And the noise level is low so that we can hear each other. The food is always excellent.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
I selected this resaturant
I selected this resaturant because I had a craving for steamed clams with lots of garlic and saw that Stella's had this on their menu. So we enjoyed that dish but better yet was the crab cakes. Wonderful flakes of crab tender and devine. We were not terribly hungry so then we shared a salad and we were delighted by the meal. Thank you for wonderful service.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
food and service was excellent
food and service was excellent cant wait to get back
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ivan was a great waiter...the
Ivan was a great waiter...the way it should be
disappointed to hear that johnny sold the restaurant. hope the food and service remain the same.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great people, wait staff, brought my mom for mothers day , they gave her roses. musician, live, great.
Lamb was wonderful, as was the lobster ravioli, the crab cakes were awesome. Good wine.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great ambiance for a special
Great ambiance for a special dinner with someone special. Though the tables are close together, they still make your dining experience memorable. Wait staff is knowledgable and attentive and the food is outstanding. Never disappointed.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous Italian Dining Experience!
Great Service, Outstanding Live Sax Entertainer/Comedian, and Totally Delicious Food. If you are prepared to spend between $50-100 per person for a special and memorable dining experience, and you love Great Italian Food, then Stella's in Monarch Bay, Dana Point should be at the top of your list. My only regret is that I did not find this restaurant sooner. It's definitely on my favorite's list now.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Introducing New Neighbors to Sella
We always enjoy our evening at Stella. The servers always seem to remember little details from our previous visits which make it even more special. We are always seated promptly. They are very accommodating in changing up the entre a little to your liking.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
WONDERFUL EVENING WITH FRIENDS
WHAT A GREAT RESTAURANT. THE FOOD WAS INCREDIBLE...BUT THE OWNER AND HIS PERSONAL TOUCH AND ENGAGEMENT WITH OUR DINNER PARTY MADE THIS VISIT TO STELLA'S MUCH MORE PERSONAL FOR MY FRIENDS AND I. LOVED THE MUSIC AND THE SAX PLAYER CAME BY AND SPOKE TO US SEVERAL TIMES!! STELLAS IS NOW ONE OF MY FAVORITE OC DINNER SPOTS
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Like going back in time.
It's so refreshing to have everyone treat you like they have known you for years.
Very enjoyable dining experience.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant has great and service great food. We sat outside which was great on a warm summer day. Another table was pretty noisy but besides that it was a great date night.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a Pleasure
Another delightful evening of service, food and a close to home romantic spot!
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a great restaurant hidden in the corner of a corner strip mall. Great outdoor dining with great food!
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was very authentic, tasty and rich. The service was fast, but not rushed. A good balance.
Our waiter, Daniel, was very helpful in recommending dishes and describing preparation.
An overall treat! My husband had a business dinner in the back for 30 people a while back and he said it went flawless.
A new favorite, will be back.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
They were prompt and courteous. Although the tables were close, we were still able to have an intimate dining experience. They treated us very special for our anniversary. All in all, a great time and good food!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A delicious dinner
Stella's is a low pressure, dependable dining experience. As the staff make you feel welcome and relaxed, you are treated to fresh and well-made food in a congenial atmosphere. On a recent visit we enjoyed a black cod special with creamy risotto, as well as fork-tender short ribs. The burrata salad is always excellent. The patio was lively on a Saturday night, which fit perfectly with the mood of our party.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Was staying at St. Regis up the street and found Stella's via Yelp. Could not have been happier. Our meal was fantastic (Chicken Parm) as were the apps and bread. Had a nice glass of Chianti to boot.
There for our 15th wedding anniversary, we got a corner table that provided great views of the ocean. Our server was excellent and provided suggestions upon request.
Had the Lemoncello Gelato and the Chocolate/Vanilla in the chocolate shell for dessert, delicious!
Finally the sax player taking requests was a cherry on top. Deano, The Chairman, Stevie Wonder, he knew em all and provided a great ambiance for me and the Mrs.
Well definitely be back in the future and highly recommend this gem!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
all the wonderful things you
all the wonderful things you hear about this place is true!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quite a Surprise
Located in a small shopping center, we didn't expect the great view of the ocean. We were seated at the back of the restaurant which offered a view west across PCH. The food was also very good. Make sure you check the specials on the board on the way in. Our waiter failed to mention any of them and was surpised to see the table next to us enjoying Osso Buco which we knew nothing about. This is the reason for my fair service rating. For dessert, the canoli shell was crispy and the filling light as a feather. One of the best I've ever eaten. Live saxophone player in the background was nice but the performer was a bit intrusive by forcing a book of his repertoire on you and annoyingly asking for requests.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Live music & great food
We love to listen to live music while dining but music that's not so loud that you can't hear yourself think! The sax player at Stella's added just the right amount of music without it being overwhelming. And he took requests, which was such a nice touch
Our waitress, Kristen, was outstanding and the food was superb!!
Even though we live out in Pasadena, we will definitely make the drive back to Stella's for dinner again very soon!
8/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Romantic ambiance with good food
Romantic evening in a nice restaurant that serves traditional Italian dishes. The restaurant was especially busy that Sunday evening and the manager went out of his way to greet us and provide personal service and wine suggestions.
Nice ambiance with sax music playing favorites and requests.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Patio setting is lovely, with ocean views. Food was very good, although prices were a little on the high side. Waiter was attentive, but a bit pushy on recommending dishes at every course, even trying to talk me into a desert when my wife had made it clear that we were trying to watch our calories. Sax player was also a little aggressive in leaving a "song selection" book at the table and then returning to see what requests we wanted. Overall, was a very enjoyable evening and we will definitely be back.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have dined at this wonderful restaurant on many occasions. The food, service and ambience are wonderful! One of our party ordered the salmon dish and said it was the best he ever tasted. I ordered their homemade ravioli and delicious house salad and savored every bite!! Everyone in our party agreed their meal was outstanding. Their menu has something for everyone. If you love great Italian food, wonderful live jazz sax, don't miss the opportunity to experience this fantastic gem. It will become one of your favorite places to dine!!
9/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great personal attention
Stella was very attentive and made excellent suggestions for our recent lunch. My salad had great flavors and textures. My son and I will definitely be back!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner was wonderful and our server was amazing. She was professional and thought of every detail.
Not an easy feat for a party of eight.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dined on the patio and found it to be very inviting. It had a lovely ocean view and very comfortable seating. The addition of a
saxophone player just added to our enjoyment. Our waitress was very helpful. We loved her suggestions. Would definitely return.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was fantastic and
Everything was fantastic and first class from reservation through getting the bill. I highly recommend!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great night out
Was told about Stella's by a co-worker and took my mom ,who was in town for my birthday.
Everything was awesome! Server, food and the live saxophone player made this celebration one to remember. We will be going back! Thanks again to everyone at Stella's that made my birthday dinner so special.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Waiter was charming but inaccurate about several items. Asked if minestrone was very tomato he said no it is clear. Was a red base soup. Several items similar wrong described.
2of us had veal. The veal was too thin & very dry & overlooked sauce was delicious & covered it well.
Why no decaf capicino??
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
This reservation was confirmed
This reservation was confirmed for 11/09/13. Not sure how this happened?????
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've been going to Stella's since they opened. The plating of the food has become sloppy and unappetizing. There is too much food on the plate and it is not artfully presented.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
celebrated my birthday there. they went all out with free dessert, sax player playing happy birthday.
they made it a special event
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM