Stella's Southern Bistro
Stella's Southern Bistro

Stella's Southern Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.stellasbistro.com/
  • Phone: 8647571212x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jason Scholz
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Indigo Room is an attractive, versatile space that can accommodate groups of up to 50 people. From buffet, to hors d oeuvres, to plated dinner- Stella"s can take care of any size or type of event.
  • Private Party Contact: Julia Scholz 8647571212x

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Stella's Southern Bistro
Stella’s offers cuisine influenced by the coastal Carolinas & American south. We support regional food artisans & emphasize the importance of sourcing products harvested locally. Stella’s offers from-scratch food & genuine hospitality all served in a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy the menu & cuisine of nationally recognized Chef Jason Scholz. Stella's can accommodate groups up to 50 in size in our beautiful & private Indigo Room.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Stella's Southern Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (61)neighborhood gem (59)special occasion (57)great for lunch (28)romantic (27)notable wine list (23)good for groups (22)hot spot (13)vibrant bar scene (8)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (5)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Overpriced for average food.
    DrDon
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Our first time there was a disappointment. Service was average bur that's ok. The wait for our meal was excessive. When it arrived the food was warm but not hot. Maybe sitting too long? Pricing for the meal was excessive; $88.00 less tip for an average meal of less than average quality is to me overpriced. Needless to say we would not recommend this restaurant and we would not return. Simpsonville does need a more upscale restaurant and this is not it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service!
    scguy2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Raving about the Shrimp and Grits and Pork Chop! Wow! Among the best we have ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Stella's is one of our favorites. Everyone we have taken there has raved about it. It was a little chaotic on Valentines, but that was to be expected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day
    CC14
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our evening got off to a rocky start as we had to wait nearly 30 minutes to be seated despite a reservation, but we were rewarded for the wait with one of the nice "old school" circular booths so that we could sit close and made conversation much easier than across a table. We ordered trout and tuna, both of which were perfectly cooked and delicious. I would have liked a little more of the puree under my tuna as it was also delicious, but the tuna was a perfect sized portion, well seasoned, and rare as ordered. My wife ordered trout and the skin was crispy and also well seasoned and tasty. We finished off with a chocolate cake with a fantastic bourbon and brown sugar ice cream and candied pecans. . We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great way to spend Valentine's.
    HappydinerVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great way to spend Valentine's. Food and service beyond excellent. Excellent presentation, comfortable. Enjoyed a great wine to top it off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch 2/2014
    MarkJVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Had a work meeting at Stellas because it would not be too lively and somewhat private. Checked all the boxes -- great food, service and we did not feel rushed. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food in Simpsonville
    JamKar
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Stella's offers outstanding food in a refined, yet comfortable atmosphere. This is a great local spot where a casual diner can not just eat but experience great cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed our early evening
    scfoodie
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Enjoyed our early evening dinner and want to thank the bartender for the tasty Sidecar he made for one of our group. He said he hadn't made one in years but it was good and brought back pleasant memories. We'll definitely return to Stella's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had only been to this restaurant
    JamesK
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We had only been to this restaurant for lunch but were impressed enough to try it for dinner. We were not disappointed. Food was just as good. Presentation appealing and the wait staff knew just about everything about the ingredient and food preparation for every serving where we had questions. Best service of any restaurant we have visited. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As usual
    Greenville
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Stella's never disappoints. One day, we just need to have dessert first.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Free Dessert
    HarleyDDog
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    This was my birthday month and again I received a free dessert invitation from Stella's. My husband and I made an early dinner reservation and each of us had a wonderful meal. The service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing this time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Stella's is one of our favorite restaurants but last Friday evening the food wasn't up to the usual standard we've come to expect from this restaurant. Perhaps a large party in an adjoining room through off the kitchen. Our waiter was attentive and concerned when our expectations fell short: the frisee salad topped by egg was so cold it had little flavor, shrimp & grits seemed like a large pile of chopped tomatoes with few grits, the duck 3 ways fell short. We hope that it was an off night and will give Stella's another chance because our past experiences indicates this is one of the better kitchens in the Greenville area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wife's Birthday at Stella's
    RichLarob
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We have visited Stella's many times and we always say that we've never had a bad meal or experience there. The staff is very friendly and Julia the owner makes you feel like you are at her home having a social gathering. Nothing is forgotten from the excellent bar staff to the main room waitstaff. Our friends visit about once a week and would not change a thing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stella's Bistro
    Chip
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Is great! We returned after a two year absence-we will put Stella's back at the top of our list again as the food is local and awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    TruffleFried
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Great menu choices, friendly, patient & knowledgeable staff. And delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Rush Meal
    NY02Transplant
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Excellent overall meal. Our server was fantastic. His timing was the perfect combinationof attentive but provided space. In other words, he was there just as another glass of wine needed to be poured! We shared our entrees, so the chef created split smaller plates instead of us having to do it. Excellent dessert and an overall wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Experience!
    FRIAR
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    We have visited Stella's many times but this was the first time during restaurant week. The selections from the restaurant week were fabulous. Hangar Steak coupled with a ground pork "short rib" was coupled with winter vegetables and a reduction. The wine selection fully complimented the entree. We also learned to ask for recommendations for wine from the "not listed on the menu" cellar.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always a great meal in local place
    billreedredVIP
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    eat here about once every 6 - 8 weeks when traveling in the area for business and never disappointed nightly specials are always good with fresh food, small place with friendly service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't Handle Crowds
    TapiBear
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We had a lovely experience there before and the last two times we've been backing, including this one, we did not have the level of service and quality of food we were used to having. Of course we went during new years eve, our waitress didn't seem to want to be there but over all didn't hinder our experience too much. We didn't get any bread at all, several tables around us did and we only took noticed half way through dinner. Our meal came about an hour later after ordering, and with new years eve, the restaurant enclosed special party accessories for each table. The table for two next to us, received noise makers and hats enough for two while our table for four only had one top hat. I would have hoped for a little better experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Year's Eve
    Enjoyable
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Stella's was great as usual. Just a little disappointed that the New Year's Eve menu was not a lot different than the usual menu. Would like to have seen a fresh fish and collard greens as a side dish instead of only with certain dishes you might order. The food we did have was great and the service was great as usual.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    Skscriv
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Went to Stella's on New Years Eve. This was my second time going. Both times I was highly impressed! The food is simply amazing! The wait staff also amazing. Great selection to choose from! One of these days I will try their dessert. I'm sure it will be outstanding as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Years Eve at Stellas
    Bartnk
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    This was our second trip to Stellas and it was every bit exceptional as the first. Food was great, service great, definitely a place to rely on when looking for the best in the area. A little louder than the first time, but this was New Years Eve.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a place where we take
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    This is a place where we take out of town guests to. It is always excellent and always consistant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great find. The previous
    JimK
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    What a great find. The previous reviews were right on. The food and service were excellent. The salad wedge with the home made blue cheese was the best I've ever had. Also a must try is the fried okra.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent lunch!
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Stella's delivered once again with a great tasting lunch mad excellent service. The chef is so talented, and adds a nice twist to favorite southern delicacies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We can't stop eating here!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    As always, Michael is so amazing! We just love him to death. Tonight, my wife asked him the difference between the hanger steak and the NY strip. He informed us with the differences between the cuts of meat as well as giving us a description of where the cuts were found! EVERY menu item is described as if Ernest Hemingway was writing the review! The other waitstaff, the bus staff, the managers, and the host staff back him up in a manner that is unparalleled! In addition to the best service that we have ever had, the Chef's cuisine is brilliant! Michael and crew have transformed my family into billboards for this restaurant! We tell everyone! In fact, we were there tonight because our 7 yr. old son picked Stella's for his birthday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • an "OK" experience
    EpicFoodieVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    I am an avid foodie. I know restaurants have hiccups in terms of service and quality of food, rarely do they happen at the same time. Tonight it did: our waitress "Frankie" seemed very green or distracted. She either hovered over us - asking me three times if I wanted a glass of wine after I said "maybe later" 2x already, or she wasn't around at all. The shrimp and grits were delicious, with the tomato 'dressing' over the top was a perfect match of the grits underneath. There was an issue with the shrimp & grits that was sorta corrected with another dish. However, with the decibel level (read via iPhone app) at a steady 95-97 dB, peaking at 106dB, it was WAY to loud. I'd hate to work there and be subjected to this ear splitting noise.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everyday Gourmet
    luv67dineVIP
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    I could eat here every day. I want to go back as soon as possible. The menu was unbelievable and I wanted to try everything on the menu. The night I was there I had duck 5 ways: sausage, breast, confit, fritter and jambalaya. So good. Also, I had a salad that had sweet potato pound cake croutons on it. So good. I definitely recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but a bit loud
    SirSmiles64
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    This place has great food! I really enjoy how they embrace using local products. Our waiter, Duke, was excellent. However, at times the noise level reached such heights that it was difficult to hear Duke while he was talking to us. Also our table arrangement put us in a semi-circle with the other couple that was with us. The noise level again would reach a height where we were yelling at each other to carry on our own conversation. Great food, great service, reasonable prices, but if you are looking for a quiet, romantic place to eat you may want to consider somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    EllisonR
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    This was our first trip to Stella's Southern Bistro, but it will not be the last. Everything was fantastic, from the appetizer through the coffee and dessert...and the service was even better. I cannot say enough good things about Stella's. Locally owned and sourced from area farms. Give it a try, you'll be glad you did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Excellent!
    JetWally
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    Having eaten at Stella's several times, I have always had great experiences with the food and service. The only drawback to the restaurant is the noise level. I wish they would install some sound panels. I have tried a number of selections, and each is prepared with wonderful seasonings and a wonderful combination of ingredients which make it truly southern gourmet. Service was wonderful and the detailed descriptions by the waiter had my mouth watering even before I ordered. Although they do not have many choices of deserts, make sure you leave room to share one. They have a nice wine list and a full bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our New Favorite Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    Michael waited on us. He is spectacular! We have never seen a server who is so personable, and so knowledgeable about the menu! Backing up this brilliant server was impeccable cuisine, and a support staff that assists each other to make sure that our dining was truly an experience! Management has created a team atmosphere that I have never seen before!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding experience!
    MZMM
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    This was the second time I had dined at Stella's Southern Bistro - first time was a few years ago for a friend's rehearsal dinner party and second was for my anniversary. The ambiance is very nice and our waitress was very friendly and service very timely. The price was reasonable for the food and atmosphere. Food presentation was very nice and the Chocolate sampler dessert was amazing! My only complaint was that the crab cake I ordered tasted funny - must've been a bad batch or probably need a new recipe. Overall, I definitely recommend Stella's and it's a great way to support local restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    TapiBear
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    They forgot about our food order for a while but the food was good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GOOD Eats
    CUdiners
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Went to Stella's for an anniversary dinner - didn't have the overall "WOW" factor that is common at restaurants in large cities/abroad. You can't expect too much from the Upstate, but that said the food was definitely very good. It didn't quite cross the threshold of "great" but hey, not bad at all! Definitely a good place for a fancy but not terribly adventurous dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food! Fresh ingredients,
    CharlestonDinerVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Excellent food! Fresh ingredients, beautifully plated and perfectly cooked. Service was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    SingerchefVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    We are so happy that we have such a good restaurant that isn't far from our home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Lunch Spot
    MarkJVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    Not many options in Simpsonville, but this place never disappoints. Great service, varied menu and price make this a must stop if you are close by.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great night at Stella's
    HappydinerVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Our server, Austin, was excellent. We had a tenuous situation come up, and his intuition and social dexterity was very impressive. As we have always experienced, the food was creative, tasty and perfectly prepared. On Austin's suggestion, we also enjoyed a fabulous bottle of wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as the first time
    Clarice
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    The first time I went to Stella's it was great. Good food, good service and an overall great place to enjoy a special meal. This last time was disappointing. I was with a party of 5 at 5:30. Service was slow and the food was not great. I spent over $200 dollars that night and it was totally not worth it.. I think it was my last time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate