Stella Barra Pizzeria - Chicago
Stella Barra Pizzeria - Chicago

Stella Barra Pizzeria - Chicago

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: 7736344101x
  • Hours of Operation:
    M-Thur 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Friday 3:00pm - 12:00am
    Saturday 11:00am - 12:00am
    Sunday 11:00am - 10:00pm

    WEEKEND BRUNCH: Saturday & Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Chef Partner Jeff Mahin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Catering: To inquire about private parties or off-premise catering, please call our Sales & Special Events Department at (773) 634-4101.
  • Special Events: To inquire about private parties or off-premise catering, please call our Sales & Special Events Department at (773) 634-4101.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Halsted & Armitage
  • Public Transit: Just South East of the Brown Line on Armitage.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking for $13.00 is offered. Street parking is also available.
A word from Stella Barra Pizzeria - Chicago
WE SEAT THE DINING ROOM ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS, HOWEVER WE DO RESERVE FEW TABLES IN THE MAIN DINING ROOM FOR PARTIES OF 6 OR MORE.

Stella Barra, an artisanal pizzeria highlighting Chef Jeff Mahin's knack for baking and utilizing fresh farmers market ingredients, located on Halsted and Armitage in the heart of Lincoln Park. In addition to Mahin’s signature pizzas, the menu boasts a selection of small plates and fresh salads as well as house made pastas and seasonal roasted vegetables. Hand-crafted cookies, pastries and a selection of breads to go are also available from a market counter located in the front of the restaurant.
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Stella Barra Pizzeria - Chicago reviews from OpenTable diners
212 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (121)hot spot (101)fit for foodies (81)good for groups (78)great for outdoor dining (76)vibrant bar scene (54)kid-friendly (37)special occasion (32)great for lunch (30)romantic (29)late-night find (18)great for brunch (18)notable wine list (16)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Cool space, average food
    gastronomen
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We went to Stella Barra early on a Saturday night with our 6-year old son. They have a "make your own pizza" deal for kids before 6 p.m. and there were plenty of other families with kids taking advantage of the same deal. We ordered a heirloom tomato salad and my husband and I shared a pizza. I would say the whole dining experience was good, but the food was only so-so. The tomato salad that was brought out was very cold, to the point that some tomatoes were actually frozen. We found the food to be under salted, bot the salad and the pizza. We may or may not go back. The kids make your own pizza is a big plus for families with kids, but we'd have to find some other food options for ourselves on their menu.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great/trendy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great restaurant would visit again!! Love the motif of the place as well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    Alim
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Pizza was great. Appetizers were delicious. Ambiance was lovely. Great for groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went with our family and had a great time. We ordered a little bit of each kind of food on the menu and shared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service/staff with OK food
    EB211
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Accepts reservations but does not honor them. Upon arriving to my 7pm reservation, I was told that we would have to wait for a table as they were "first come first serve". I questioned why I was able to make a reservation and the hostess rudely explained that she did not make the rules and was only doing her job. As for the food it was average, nothing special. You can get similar dishes and pizza from numerous different places throughout the city. While the food was not bad at all, I would not suggest traveling to this restaurant for the food alone. Overall I had a poor experience here with average food, making for a sub par visit. We will not be returning not recommending this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Atmosphere
    khosch
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Stella Barra has a great atmosphere--it's really fun to eat there in a group. The food isn't the greatest but the fun atmosphere makes up for it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A little more cheese on pizza would be better. I did still enjoy the food and the service was great. a bit pricey.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real gem!
    ChicagoDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Heard a lot of good things about Stella Barra and was not disappointed. We managed to score a table on the charming back patio and loved everything we tried. The pizzas are exceptional and the burrata appetizer with grilled grapes recommended by the server did not disappoint. They even let you go half and half on a pizza so you can try two different types. Great cocktails (the large bar area at the front is very appealing), interesting wine list, and the excellent service that you expect from a LYE restaurant all made for a delightful evening. Can't wait to try Summer House next door now.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Staff Rocks
    BirthdayMan
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I had a great time at Stella Barra. I brunched there with an omelet, coffee, and some amazing brussell sprouts. The sprouts were so good looking that someone walked by the table as they were departing and said, looks like I'm coming back here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot!
    Bdaydin
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Love this place - great food, great vibe and good prices. They even got us in a bit before our reservation time. I moved out here from LA so used to go to the one there often, and this one almost feels like you're in LA too. Def will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grilled Grapes!
    GBarinaVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Had an 8:00 reservation on a Tuesday night. Was happy to see the place was packed, but not so happy with the noise level. Anything more than a party of 4 is going to be challenging. It's not just the people, but they seem to have the music up awfully loud. But, overall made for an energetic vibe that is much preferred to dead on a Tues night. We attempted to start with 2 Allegash beers, which they were out of. Onto an app - LOVED the burrata with grilled red grapes. The grapes were amazing - smokey on the outside and sweet when you bite into them! We split the bacon & goat cheese pizza. It was good, although a little dry and could have used more goat cheese. Overall, it was a fun night out &I would go back to try more of the menu!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    All food was extremely tasty! Fabulous side veggies, appetizers yummy, and pizza was light and delicious! Service was wonderful...very welcoming from start to finish! Super nice staff, extremely helpful with ordering suggestions. My only complaint...the music was VERY loud and it became a bit difficult to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Sat outside. The mixed chairs, in height were very uncomfortable. We had a low table and I was sitting in a normal size chair...it was just awkward. Pizza was better than average....all just ok over all.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Loved their patio out back! We had caeser salad and bacon pizza, it was delicious- great crust!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    MikeytVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Extremely unique pizzas. Great twist on simple dishes
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Pizza
    Juli
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Stella Barra was a good experience overall and I will probably return. The pizza was very good and the cocktails were delicious. I loved that the portion sizes were larger, making it an affordable meal for 2.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not sure about late night welcome
    dinesalot
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We arrived for our 10 pm reservation so it should not have been a surprise to anyone, however our server was already mentally checked out. There was a few other tables lingering but we still tried to hurry up. We weren't told of specials and it took an Ct of God to get a second glass of wine. We were never offered dessert menus or after dinner drinks either. Just not the extraordinary LEYE hospitality I relish. The final straw was when we were leaving the waiter said "it's been real" Who says that to a diner in an upscale restaurant? Maybe they shouldn't seat until 11 if they really don't want you there. Otherwise,gorgeous place, great food. Decent wine list
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    j0review
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Although they weren't able to accommodate for us right at the reservation time, the wait wasn't long. The waiter was friendly and helpful in making recommendations. Other hostesses, waiters, and waitresses seemed also seemed to be well trained and provide quality service. The food, needless to say, was great. My boyfriend and I had pizza (1/2 Applewood Smoked Bacon & Goat Cheese and 1/2 Shaved Mushroom) and a Fine Chopped Salad, all recommended by the waiter. We also had bread with the house-churned butter. The amount of food was just right for both of us put together (I don't eat a lot, he eats a lot). Although the second serving of bread we got was a bit stale, I'm still giving 5 stars because for some reason, we weren't charged for it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The artichoke and spinach pizza was delicious. Do not miss ordering the brussel sprouts. They are absolutely amazing!! Even if you always disliked them, it's a must have.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Star 'Za
    oinospell
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Loved the inventive fresh spinach/date salad, the delicious cauliflower, and a fabulous un-gummy pizza! Decent wines by glass on compact list (80% Italian, 20% American). Not to mention a sweet butterscotch-caramel jar of hedonistic delight. All brilliant!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In general good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food was good, the Waitress was attentive and knowledgable and warned us about timing on the pizza, the hostess sat us 15min after reservation though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Pizza was delicious and so were brussel sprouts. Wine list was good too. Booths on the side are great for a group of 5 girlfriends. Will definitely come back. Wish the squash pizza was still on the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pizza, Great Service
    Jonisht
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Four of us went out for dinner and had an amazing server, we tried the Barrata app which was delicious, and tried three different pizzas as well. On the way out we grabbed a few cookies from Summer House, but next time I'd skip them and get the Butterscotch dessert at the table at Barra, I had a bite of one my friend had and it was awesome!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good time at dinner
    Rach
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    A friend and I went to check out the pizza and had some beers. We enjoyed the pepperoni pizza and different types of beers. Pizzas are 1 size. The cookies available in the entrance are awesome! Casual atmosphere and seating available in the back patio. We went on a Monday, so it was not too crowded.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok Patio Dining Experience
    Oylspyll
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Food: not that much selection. Would be nice if they had some pasta. The pizza was great for the price! The dough was tasty. Ambiance: I'm not liking the mismatched chair on the patio. The chairs were uncomfortable. The inside chairs look better. So not a lettuce typical restaurant...I tried asking the waitstaff to change seats to the padded booths but amidst the empty booths, we were refused. I'm guessing it's a waitstaff issue, like another server is assigned to those seats. Waitstaff: somewhat inexperienced. My friend got soaked (pants and shirt)w olive oil as a waitstaff was trying to clear our table. We were given wipes. We joked : he was "anointed". Otherwise,Service was fast. Drinks reasonably priced. Kids are welcome too!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    Kyleandjennywerehere
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great service, great waiter! Family friend with owner mike Cunningham, dad built part of the restaurant. Would go again for sure. Realllyyyyyy good food <3
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gluten free pizza - YAY!
    Shopgirl312VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I have been looking for gluten free pizza and found my spot! First time for us at Stella Barra and we were very happy. I got 1/2 goat cheese/prosciutto with red sauce and 1/2 mushroom with white sauce. Both were great although I preferred the goat cheese. My husband got spinach - 1/2 with red sauce and 1/2 with white sauce. We both enjoyed our pizza very much and already have a reservation in less than 2 weeks. Very crowded - get a reservation if you don't want to wait.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quick Service
    Eagle779VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Dinner in the outdoor patio was very pleasant. The salad and pizza were outstanding. We also ordered a single portion of olives, which could easily have served ten people. We had the goat cheese and bacon pizza with a thin crust, which was perfectly prepared and delicious. Service was friendly and prompt, actually, to a fault - the pizza arrived prematurely, while we were still eating the salad, and before we could even make a dent in the huge plate of olives. I think next time we'll wait until the salad is served before ordering the pizza.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Farmhouse Egg & Butterscotch
    plbandito
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Those two things keep me coming back for more. Oh, and the dips/sauces! Sit at the pizza bar sometime!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The good and the so so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Pros were that it was a trendy, hot spot and the food was pretty good. We had been wanting to try this place for a while. Cons were that the pizza was very greasy and the service was just okay. Our waiter was happy and nice, however, he didn't tell us that you could do pizza as half one kind and half another and our app never came out..we had to ask where it was as our pizza was being delivered. Also, I ordered a sauv blanc glass of wine and was told it was the last glass in the place. At least she gave it to us for free!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Enjoyed the food variety and the drink list. Had a great waiter who explained everything Great place. Would highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Casual Find in Lincoln Park
    NativeIL
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The menu is not huge but the food was very tasty. Lighter appetites can share a delicious appetizer and one flatbread or salad and be satisfied and have a nice variety of dishes. Noise level at bar and middle tables was a little high but not overly difficult to manage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet lunch in patio
    MomSaysVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The outdoor space is pleasant: no view or greenery to speak of. The pizzas are fine: not spectacular. The service was lovely. If you're nearby it's acceptable.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    HeyNeighbor
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The Lobster pizza was very average. Brussel Sprouts were excellent. Cocktails were good. Service started off bad but the server eventually, with some friendly banter, she warmed up. For the total package, it's over-priced.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The food is really good here! Pizzas are great! It's a little loud on the weekends. Overall, fun place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will Return
    YippeeVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Great pizza, with a variety of options. The kale salad is very good, as is the grilled artichoke pizza. The only downside is the drink prices - $8 for a pint of beer that costs $5 or $6 a couple doors down. The pizza is good, a little pricy, but unique enough to validate the prices, but the beer price is steep, which means I only get one.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, okay service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I love the food at Stella Barra! I like that you can request to make your pizza extra thin and crispy - "Thin Sin." It's definitely has a great ambiance and a great place to go on a date or with a group of friends. However, the last few times we've been the service hasn't been very good. We understand that they say that the food/pizza is supposed to come out as it is prepared but we will order appetizers/salads and they have forgotten to bring them out the last few times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good recovery
    EmptyNestersVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had reservations for 6 people, but had to wait better than 30 minutes more to get seated. We were all fairly grumpy by that point. The manager came out to apologize and offered appetizers (which were later comped); we were seated shortly there after. From that point on, things took a big turn. The appetizers, including the bread with WONDERFUL olive oil and balsamic; then the meatballs, which were the best I've had in years; and the topper was the goat cheese with toast. Everything was fantastic. Subtle, complex flavors. We had three pizzas--I would recommend the thin crust. All very tasty. We will return when we visit Chicago again. A restaurant of this quality should be given a second chance. GOOD Recovery by the staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    HighExpectationsVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The pizza and salads are fantastic. The ingredients are fresh, with great flavors.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Unique pizzas with crust that tastes like good bread. The shaved mushroom was excellent and the goat cheese terrific, also. Nice selection of beer.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.