not many options if you are
not many options if you are vegetarian and only by special request if you are vegan. for omnis, the menu is fantastic and the service was spot-on.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Delightful live guitar (acoustic)
Delightful live guitar (acoustic) Thursdays and Fridays. Delicious fresh fish, homemade pasta; tantalizing menu makes it hard to choose. Our whole Bronzino (the special, in salt crust and filleted tableside) was actually enough for two if preceded by appetizer &/or salad. BYOB or (if it's early) walk up to the beverage store once you know your food profile.
4/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Friendly, service oriented
Friendly, service oriented atmosphere with a variety of delicious menu options. It's definitely a place to go frequently.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great branzino and warm atmosphere
Loved my mediterranean sea bass (branzino). The atmosphere was warm and welcoming with wonderful scenes of italy on the walls.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
It is an outstanding BYOB
It is an outstanding BYOB located in the middle of Chestnut Hill. Both the food (Italian) and the service was outstanding, with the pasta and deserts homemade. We are already planning a follow-up trip.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Buona Sera at Stella Sera!
Went to Stella Sera to celebrate my daughter's induction into Sigma Tau Delta. Had to change my reservations several times which was not a problem. The wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable. We placed several special orders which were honored and served just as we wanted..no judgements or hesitation! The food was delicious! The chef even sent a special appetizer! The BYOB meant we were able to bring a special bottle of wine for the occassion on which they did not even charge a corking fee! There was a wonderful guitarist that played music that was appropriate, as well as unubtrusive, during dinner. Wonderful dining experience! We will definitely return!
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was excellent.
The service was excellent. The food was very good, but not great, and probably not worth the price.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a great neighborhood gem.
We really enjoyed our dining experience the other night. The service was great, the ambience was very pleasant and the food was delicious. This is a BYOB neighborhood gem.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Stella Sera Shines
This is one of my "go-to" places in Chestnut Hill. (One of my other one's is Mica, but I digress.) The food is consistently good and the service is always pleasant and timely. The fact that it's a BYOB is nice if one is trying to keep the bill down. Would recommend Stella Sera to anyone.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a great little restaurant this is! The staff is courteous, friendly, & willing to do whatever it takes to make your dining experience wonderful. I love this restaurant!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service & Savory
Stella Serra (Starry Night) is beautiful restaurant located in Chesnut Hill PA. We started off with fresh decaf coffee & salads. Caesar with romaine hearts & House with organic greens.Soft, warm bread was brought with a tasty concoction of olive oil & seasoning. Entres were Paillard, grilled herb dusted veal medallions & Siciliano chicken breast. It's BYO, so a nice touch to evening at Stella Serra. Veal was pounded to perfection and every morsel was moist and savory. Chicken breast was tender and a nice taste.Continued service throughout the meal, servers cleaning off bread crumbs, filling our water glasses, checking on the meal, coffee refills added up to a top notch evening. Check out Stella Serra. Great prices with great food & service.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great BYOB Italian restaurant!
I went here with my husband to celebrate his 40th birthday on the recommendation of a friend. It was INCREDIBLE! The food was delicious and the wait staff was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. My only complaint is that it seemed to take a long time for our entree to arrive...but that could be either because the food is made to order, or because our appetizers were so good we practically inhaled them... :-) We will definitely go back if we get a chance!
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and Service was good.
Food and Service was good. Each of us (5) enjoyed our choices very much. My out of town guests were very pleased with my choice of restaurant, considering they had a bad experience in DC the night before.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
BYOB -- but they do the rest!
Stella Sera has fantastic homemade pastas and the rest of the menu is delightful as well. You have to bring your own wine, but otherwise you're pampered from the get-go. Because each dish is made in real time, they can accommodate everyone's finicky requests, such as my MIL, who didn't want garlic. (Seriously?! In an Italian restaurant?! Thank goodness they live in California.) I had the whole fish, fileted at table. It was great. The others all had pasta. The weakest link was the Bolognese, which was good, but I would have added cream (it was a bit dry). Our party ranged in age from 11 to 85, and everyone left happy!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a treat!!!
Lovely charming restaurant in Chestnut Hill. Reasonably priced with excellent food. Always leave looking forward to a return.
BYOB a big plus here. Service charming and exceptional.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious Italian in chestnut hill
What a beautiful spot. Music playing ang wonderful service. I have already recommended to many friends.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a very good dinner although the veal was very tough. The maui maui, and tuna were excellent. The service was very good and the waiters were very attentive.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect neighborhood BYOB
Delicious homemade pastas, attentive service, and a charming atmosphere make Stella Sera a wonderful option in Chestnut Hill.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful BYOB in Chestnut Hill
Steps from the Train, Great Italian Food, wonderful Service.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
delicious food, real value on entrees, salads outstanding, gracious service
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
nice little place
We had reservations at 6 at Stella Sera and it seemed rather empty but it filled up just a little later. The food was good but not great. The spaghetti bolognase was tasty. The seafood pasta had a pretty anemic sauce. The noodles were homemade and were just a bit too al dente.The passion fruit sorbet was bright and flavorful. The coffee was pretty nasty. They really should buy a better bean.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second time at Stella Sera-
Second time at Stella Sera- this time was for an anniversary. Everyone was pleased with their meals. The veal medallions in cognac cream sauce and crab-amazing. Finishing off the meal with the flourless chocolate cake was the right choice. It was almost like fudge. Can't wait to return.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
reconnecting with old friends
Stella Sere was perfect for getting together with old friends. On a Tuesday evening it was not busy, and consequently blessedly quiet. The food was good, the selections interesting. Despite a complaint from a prior reviewer that the veal was tough, we risked ordering the veal medallions with crabmeat, and I didn't think the veal was tough. The crabmeat was in large lumps and very fresh. Overall, the dish was enjoyable. The service was very accomodating. My husband and I prefer sharing, and each course was delivered evenly split and attractively plated. The servers were professional yet friendly. We will definitely go back.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great little spot
We enjoyed a lovely meal. The salmon appetizer not only looked beautiful but it tasted great also the carpaccio. The pasta bolognese was delicious and a good size portion. The wait staff was outstanding. They were very pleasant and attentive. A very enjoyable experience.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was O.K. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing special. Menu was a bit bland.
Service was quite good. An O.K. experience, but nothing to write home about.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was expecting something good, I got something better than that: an incredibly romantic dinner for my wife and I. the food was outstanding. Nothing too bold or different but solid and incredibly wonderful. the vegetable croquettes were out of this world. my Caesar salad's dressing was pleasantly different. It was light and had a lemon citrus edge to it that I was not used to but was amazing against the other quality ingredients in the salad. the entrees were very good. I had one of the homemade pastas with crab meat and some other things that was very nice. The staff was incredibly knowledgeable and kept up on keeping our water filled in addition to repeatedly removing all crumbs from the tablecloth.
I look forward to going back.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a neat little restaurant with a quaint atmosphere and our service was exceptional. They had dinner style entertainment going on while eating which was very cool. Food was great and we met the owner afterwards and he was very gracious. I would definitley return.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food excellent( and I'm an
Food excellent( and I'm an Italian food snob!). all was excellent.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was all scratch made and the pasta is made daily! You can't beat that and it's a BYOB! The service was great, wait staff was very attentive and knowledgable! We were there to celebrate our one year anniversary and it was a wonderful meal! We will be back again very soon!!! The only drawback is how small it is. You definitely need a reservation.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small BYOB Great Service
Went with my wife for a quiet dinner Sunday. There just 4 other tables were occupied. Have been on a Saturday and it was really busy so this was a nice change. Sundays will be my first choice from now on.
Shared Smoked salmon salad, Calamari, Gnocchi, and a Filet Mignon. Everything was nicely presented, flavorful, hot and fresh. Nice spice in the Calamari and the perfectly done steak and vegetables.
Have to give recognition to the attentive friendly service. Since they were not busy they left us alone but checked in and were a very pleasant change from indifferent service that seems the norm. The servers actually added to the enjoyment of the meal. Since it is a BYOB it ended up feeling like a very good value as well.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous meal! Fabulous service!
Fabulous meal! Fabulous service! Fabulous ambiance! Everything about the restaurant from start to finish was perfect!!!
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great local restaurant
I've never had a bad meal here and the service is very good. It's BYOB which my wife and I really like.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a true neighborhood gem. The setting is beautiful and the seating is comfortable. The service is great. The food is all homemade, and it is delicious...from seafood to pasta dishes, and everything in between, you can't go wrong. This evening was a birthday get together. Choosing Stella Sera was the absolute right choice. Although busy, service was done with care and the food was excellent. Great choice!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
We really enjoyed our evening
We really enjoyed our evening and the calamari appetizer was outstanding.
The host was very accommodating, when we asked to be seated at another
table than the one initially offered, this despite the fact that it was a busy night.
A must go to place for a lovely dinner out.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Solid Italian in the suburbs
Gnocchi were delicious, home made fettuccini with seafood was very good.
BYOB. Good alternative to driving into the city for excellent food.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great evening celebrating a birthday with close friends. Service, location, and food all were outstanding. This is a true neighborhood gem with excellent and consistent quality dining. Always a great choice and much appreciated.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
A truly lovely experience for both menu selections, very tasty dishes and pleasant service people.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
A gem on the hill
This restaurant in Chestnut Hill is a gem. BYOB and an excellent menu of great Italian dishes. Very crowded on Saturday evening but worth it. I had veal and other s had seafood. Veal was a little tough but still tasty. The noise level is high but energetic. A nice neighborhood place to dine and will return soon!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
A last minute switch for our
A last minute switch for our anniversary dinner turned out beautifully. The food is very good to excellent; service very attentive without being overbearing. Only downside was the night was really cold and windy,and the are deuces are placed up front near the door. However, this restaurant has improved GREATLY in all ways since our last time dining there about two years ago - we will be back!
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Italian !
What a wonderful surprise~a small BYOB in Chestnut Hill~Homemade pasta is as delicate as in Roma~
Portuguese influence is an interesting twist on Italian cuisine~ Will be enjoyed by all! Excellent!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Like mom would make it
This was a fantastic meal, very authentic. The calamari is to die for (very spicy) and the price for what you get is reasonable for a nice evening out.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
BEAUTIFUL EVENING AT STELLA SERA
Fantastic food but the service was twice as good. Made to feel welcome and taken care of very graciously.
Will come back soon!!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM