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Stella Italian Fare
Stella Italian Fare

Stella Italian Fare Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.stellalajolla.com
  • Phone: (858) 551-3242
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:30pm
    Dinner: Daily: 3:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Vincenzo Mauri
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: For private dining we offer 3 separate levels. Our patio will seat up to 70, main dining room will seat up to 50 and our sky room will seat 40.
  • Private Party Contact: Gary Duplaisir (858) 551-3242
  • Entertainment: Live music from jazz, lite rock and flamenco.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Prospect
  • Public Transit: Plenty of taxis and public transportation available near.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking with plenty of paying lots near. After 4 is all evening parking in front of the restaurant.
A word from Stella Italian Fare
Welcome to Stella and thank you for choosing to dine with us. We are glad to have you experience our authentic central and northern Italian cuisine in the jewel of San Diego, La Jolla cove. We offer a view with indoor and outdoor seating, full bar and live entertainment.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Enzo Mauri has taken a great location and made it into a great restaurant. You are made to feel like family and there is a genuine attempt to let you know you are appreciated. The waiters and waitresses are always making sure you are comfortable and enjoying your meal."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "we ate here by default- couldn't get another reservation and the food was wonderful and so was the service- would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Let me see start by saying that the food was good. The service was terrible. They did not provide bread initially and we had to ask for it. We easily waited over 20 min to order and besides one other family, we were the only ones there. View was great."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Food was fine. The only dissappointment was the size of the kids portion. They do not have a kids menu, but said they can serve a smaller size of pasta with sauce. It was a VERY small portion and cost $10! If I'm going to pay 1/2 the price of the adult portion, I expect 1/2 the serving. The other meals were fine, but I was shocked by the price for a few noodles in a little bowl."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "If you love homemade pasta, this is the restaurant for you. The menu also features unique, delicious spreads with bread toasts. Much of the staff is Italian and they are happy to chat with the customers, making it a warm, friendly experience. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Food was great, wine was great, service was great. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Nice view of the the coast from my seat. Food was very good and very authentic. Service was good even when we got through the accent barrier. Wine list is nothing much, but with the view, I didn't care too much."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The staff bent over backwards for us. Outside there was music in a small area so we could not sit there. We wanted to be able to have a conversation. The bruschetta was fabulous. My kids were very content."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The view and the attentive staff make this a place that we will want to return to. My husband had osso bucco which was prepared in the classic way and was perfect. I wanted something lighter and had the ahi tuna which came with a very tasty red pepper sauce. Only one negative is that although the restaurant serves wine they don't have a wine list which seems a bit odd for an Italian restaurant in La Jolla."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Stella is located in the downtown portion of La Jolla. The patio, on the 2nd floor, offers a wonderful view of the ocean. 2 guitarists sang and played their guitar as we dined. Food was awesome. Portion size was a little on the small side. Our party all agreed the dishes tasted great. The price was fair and actually an excellent deal if you factor in the live entertainment and an awesome view of the ocean."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "What a find in La Jolla - this place has it all. The food was delicious, the ambience can't be beat, it's casual and friendly and the waiter was fantastic. Outdoor seating has an ocean view. There was live music on Friday night. Although we stayed for 4 hours until after they were closed, the staff never made us feel rushed. our waiter made great recommendations and even made the most awesome blueberry lemon drop martini for us, with his own blueberry infused Vodka. The fish was perfectly cooked, the pasta delicious. We are going back two nights later!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Stella's has a basic menu, and it does not offer the most exceptional food or a fine dining experience. It has a great view of La Jolla's coast, a strong selection of Italian fare, and a staff that is willing to work at making you feel welcome, comfortable, and glad you shared their hospitality. The dipping sauces are a nice innovation, and the wine list (a figment of our server's memory) does hold a few surprises. Go there if you want great eats w a casual atmosphere. The outdoor seating is superb and the Saturday night we were there, there was a nice band that rocked out without splitting any timbers or eardrums."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Stella Italianfare in LaJolla has fast become my favorite restaurant in San Diego. The ingredients are fresh, the combination of flavors inspiring, the drinks sophisticated and delicious. The food is, simply put, outstanding and by far surpasses other restaurant options. The spreads (appetizer) are to die for. This last Saturday night there was an excellent guitarist/vocalist who entertained on the outside patio. Everyone really enjoyed his style, song selection and the ambience he created."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We sat outside with a view. There are views from inside as well. The service was very good as well as the food. The gorgonzola, mango, papaya, beet dip was incredible. My husband loved the traditional lasagna and I loved the ensalta esotica. Add to that a nice bottle of Sangiovese, lava cake and a 3-person band playing flamenco sounds. We had a fabulous evening and will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We went to Stella's on Monday for our 2nd year wedding anniversary. The staff was very friendly and very knowledgable about the menu. We were seated at the best table with a great view of the ocean. We had the lobster ravioli and another pasta dish with crab, shrimp ad lobster and both were amazing. We also had a cannoli for desert and it was delicious as well. We will Definitely be returning!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "This is the second time we have eaten at Stella La Jolla, and it won't be our last. The food was just terrific. Their Seafood Pasta is one of the best I have eaten (Inluding the 12 years I lived in Italy!). The staff is terrific and our lunch for five was delightful. You should note that there are a bit of steps to climb....don't be like us and make our 91 year old step mother walk up the stairs to find out their is an elevator to the resturant just past the stairs. Great views from the patio as well as some tables inside. Charming resturant, view, great food and good staff..it can't get any better that that."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Outstanding customer service. Friendly, music and dance. Full portions of food. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food and environment was perfect, but the server completely ignored us after taking our order. We had to have another server get our check, after waiting about 30 minutes of trying to get our original server's attention. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We sat down.. The server said there was no wine list, and that if we wanted ice in our drinks it would be an additional $1 per person. For ice? The view was great, and I'm sure they have good food, but we didn't stay long enough to find out. If you want a classic italian meal, (pasta and meat sauce, fettucine, pizza, etc.) I wouldn't suggest going here. And if you're a La Jolla local, be prepared, because you'll be paying tourist prices. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Fresh food but bland. Needed more flavor. A bit to expensive for just a pasta plate. About 2 weeks ago, I had a reservation and when I got there it was closed! :-( I can all the way from San Marcos. Then they told me they had been calling me to inform me. I had my phone with the all the time and the ringer was on. The guy told me that he got a message that my phone was not working! really?? Disappointed! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This was our first experience at Stella. Danko was our server. It was if it was his restaurant. His goal was to be sure that we had a memorable experience. Food was authentic Italian, and they were all about the customer. We sat outside and had great views of the water. A very pleasant evening!!!!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "This was the first time at Stella Italian Fare. we sat inside because all of the outdoor tables near heaters were full. They didn't have our name on their reservation list until I told them I had made the reservation through Open Table. I guess that list is separate and may explain why they didn't honor my request for seating. Wait staff were very good, food was excellent, and i would definitely go back there again."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Stella's has become our favorite 'special occasion' restaurant. EXCELLENT food. "Donko" is a great waiter! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Stella is getting its groove. The food was delicious (nut-crusted yellowfin and fresh pappardelle with a lamb ragu) and the server was knowledgeable, friendly and poised. However, the wine list had changed and had not been printed, and our OpenTable reservation had disappeared/not been recorded(?)."
    Dined on 5/10/2014