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Stella Osteria
Stella Osteria
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Stella Osteria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.stellaosteria.com
  • Phone: (613) 241-2200
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 4:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: One of Ottawa’s most popular restaurant choices, with flexible spaces, Stella Osteria is perfect for large reservations and events of all sizes. Meetings, corporate, personal, weddings or any type of celebration will be a resounding success with the atmosphere, level of service and cuisine.
  • Private Party Contact: Caitlin Keathley (613) 863-0915
  • Entertainment: Rooftop DJ every Friday and Saturday night
  • Special Events & Promotions: For PRIVATE PARTIES and large party reservations please contact Laura Ballester at 6132767112 or laura@firestonerestaurantgroup.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: William
  • Public Transit: Many transit stops in the immediate vicinity
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Many parking lots in the immediate vicinity
A word from Stella Osteria

Stella is beautiful inside and out. Whether dining on the roof top, or seated in one of the cozy banquettes, Stella serves superbly presented modern Italian cuisine…rooted in tradition. The delectable menu has been paired with an award winning wine list, and a large selection of specialty cocktails. One of Ottawa’s most sought after locations.

Happy HOURS at Stella Rooftop and restaurant bar from 3:00 - 5:30 and 10:00 - close.
Rooftop DJ Friday and Saturday nights.

“CHEEKY COCKTAILS” – Porter Airlines
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Diner Reviews
  • "We waited a long time for our food and it was a bit cold."
    Dined on 8/19/2011
  • "We had a great meal and a great time at Stella Osteria. The restaurant is a very energic hot spot with lots of beautiful people including the staff. But, with really good food and attentive staff. We celibrated my neice's 15th birthday and she was very excited. She loved the restaurant."
    Dined on 8/5/2011
  • "Great spot for a group on a hot steamy summer night!"
    Dined on 8/5/2011
  • "L'accueil de l'hôtesse est chaleureux et poli ce qui se vérifie également au cours du service. Le garçon fut attentif, discret et très poli. Les plats, préparés avec soin, sont savoureux et la présentation, soignée. Le décor crée une atmosphère conviviale."
    Dined on 8/5/2011
  • "I have been to Stella many times and it is usually very good. We were unimpressed with the service and the gnocci wasn't the best."
    Dined on 7/28/2011
  • "I thought that the food, service and atmosphere at Stella were all great. My meal was delicious, and the interior of the restaurant is beautiful. Will surely go back."
    Dined on 7/26/2011
  • "Nice location and patio in Byward Market - food very average given the cost - meal was not hot"
    Dined on 7/22/2011
  • "Food was great, with good portion size; had the halibut, and it was cooked to absolute perfection. We were on the outdoor patio in the market area; great for people watching and taking in the atmosphere of outdoor dining; so can't rate the ambiance and noise level of hte restaurant itself. A bit pricey, but so are many other restaurants that aren't nearly as good as this place. Would definitely come back again."
    Dined on 7/19/2011
  • "Reception was awful. Service was slow. Noise level was very very high. Will never return!"
    Dined on 7/6/2011
  • "I have been to Stella before and had an excellent experience. However, this time I was not happy with the service. Our server was very friendly and apologetic, but that still did not take away that we waited at least 45 minutes to an hour for our appetizer and another 30-40 minutes for our main course. There was a large table near us and I think we must have had the worst possible timing right behind them. Goog news is that the food once we finally got it was really quite good. I will likely try again, and hope for better luck next time."
    Dined on 7/6/2011
  • "Food was good and price very reasonable. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of our server but he was excellent and provided us with good service."
    Dined on 7/5/2011
  • "Stella Osteria is fantastic! They aim to please and try to accommodate large groups, especially when reservations are made at the last minute. I also appreciate that they allow reservations during the weekend, which few restaurants are inclined to do. The food is great (genuine italian!) and it is perhaps by far, the best pizza I have ever tasted in my life. A little pricy, which doesn't help a student budget... I especially appreciate the bilingual service that was offered during all my dining experiences. Keep up the great work!"
    Dined on 7/4/2011
  • "Pasta was terrible .. no taste.. Service was outstanding! Overpriced by 5 dollars on Canada day"
    Dined on 7/1/2011
  • "Seated promptly. Service for us: slow. Probably had 3-4 different people give us wine, food, but it was a wait. The manager bailed us out, apologizing for delay. Bread, water, wine came quickly. I had the filet mignon, which was great, wife had scallops with risotto, which she loved (except for fennel slaw). Bar was hopping, busy and fun, would have liked to have stayed longer. Will definitely go again."
    Dined on 6/25/2011
  • "Our table was in a busy spot, next to the kitchen -- this, despite having made a reservation a few days in advance. We asked to move tables but all that was done was to physically move the table a couple of feet -- not a very satisfactory solution. There were a number of large groups. The atmosphere was therefore quite noisy and not really conducive to quiet conversation. The service was good, as was the food."
    Dined on 6/25/2011
  • "Great food, great service, beautiful setting. Will go back!"
    Dined on 6/24/2011
  • "The food was good, the pasta was fresh and al dente. The waitress was quite inexperienced and forgot the caesar salad we ordered. Also, we reserved online a week ahead and were seated at the table right next to the kitchen, at the back."
    Dined on 6/23/2011
  • "Attempted to post private note to restaurant but you limit words. Too bad. You may not like this, and I wanted to give you opportunity to fix. Great food just took 2+ hours to get served! Had an early 5:30 reservation for 4. Food served at 7:45pm. Betting our table's order never got placed based on 4 tables around us who arrived hour after us, were served, ate and left while we still waiting. Mistakes happen ... including neglecting to actually place order OR it got lost somehow. Suggest train staff to be a little more attentive. Food was good and company was great."
    Dined on 6/21/2011
  • "Service was quite slow at the beginning but eventually picked up."
    Dined on 6/20/2011
  • "We had an excellent family meal on Saturday. We were celebrating our daughter's birthday, and were very pleased with Stella Osteria. The Bruschetta Duo is an excellent starter, and sized for sharing.We can definitely recommend the cioppino (seafood in a tomato broth), the braised short ribs with gnocchi, and the salmon as main courses. The wine list is good, with more than average choices by the glass and 1/2 litre carafe. The interior is a little noisy (many loud conversations going on at nearby tables) but this did not detract from the overall experience."
    Dined on 6/18/2011
  • "THe welcomer was very cooperative and worked out a table for us next to the window. We had run short on time and the waiter was excellent in suggesting how we could still enjoy dinner and get out on time. He rushed our meal through the kitchen and made up our bill early so we would still hit our time frames. It was an excellent experience and we would definitely go back again"
    Dined on 6/17/2011
  • "The roof patio is great for outdoor dining, although it's a little noisy if you want to chat. It might be more appropriate to try the dining room inside if you are with a special someone. I was there once for brunch and came back another time for dinner. Some of the brunch dishes tend to be a little small (French toasted croissant). However, the food is delicious and fresh, I loved my experience!"
    Dined on 6/14/2011
  • "Beautiful restaurants, great atmosphere. Not really romantic, but fun to people watch. The food was fresh, but a little bland, we had the Linguini de mare and the Osteria cioppino. Would try it again. The bread was fabulous!"
    Dined on 6/10/2011
  • "The noise level was extremely loud and at times very uncomfortable. The food was excellent, however I did return the veal parmigiana because there was a section of it that was uncooked, but the replacement gnocchi was amazing. Thanks for that."
    Dined on 6/10/2011
  • "I went with two friends for dinner and while we had a good time overall I wasn't blown away by the food. The last time I ate at Stella was a few years ago and I remember LOVING everything I tried that night, so I went into this experiencwith fairly high expectations. I ordered the mussels and clams since I'm a HUGE mussel lover but was pretty dissapointed by what I got. One plus is that the portion was humongous for an appetizer, but the "cream and white wine" broth that they were supposed to be served in looked more like old dishwater (and sadly tasted about the same). Still, that being said, our server was amazingly helpful and friendly and the rooftop patio can't be beat! Great setting for any number of occasions - minus the mussels."
    Dined on 6/5/2011
  • "Convenient to parking garage across the street. Average food - sea food salad was more like an entre. Spinach dip was thick, tasteless and globby. Waiter was cheery, prompt at first but then we waited too long for our meal. Outside deck is loud, rough (wire mesh table top) and table was unstable, environment outside was not enjoyable and relaxing. Sun was directly overhead and heat was uncomfortable. Had to ask for the awning to be drawn. It was too hot and it was not a hot day. Dubbonet cocktail was "stale" and returned for gin and tonic. I would not return and would not recommend this restaurtant. Suggestion is to improve outside terrace wlith partial shade, green shrubs for privacy and improved tables with smooth level floor."
    Dined on 6/3/2011
  • "Dinner out with friends was disappointing. We asked for a quiet table but the music was very loud everywhere in the restaurant and it was difficult to hear one another. The scallops were good but the risotto was undercooked and hard. The eggplant parmigiana was bland. The appetizers, including salad and the parma ham were good. Overall, the meals were disappointing compared to several years ago."
    Dined on 6/2/2011
  • "Restaurant was very busy on a Friday night. Had an appetizer of deep fried clams, shrimp, and calamari. Had only one shrimp and one clam, the rest was calamari. was not hot. My wife had a dip (spinach?) with bread. Dip was very good but bread was burnt. Another waiter must have noticed our burnt bread so came to our table with fresh bread without us having to ask. The burnt bread should never have left the kitchen however. Our pizza was not burnt but a little too brown and dry for our tastes. The calabrese sausage on the pizza still had plastic wrap on it. The waiter forgot my drink order so I had to ask another passing waiter. I have been to this restaurant before on a weeknight and had very good food and overall experience."
    Dined on 5/27/2011
  • "The food was great but the service was horrible. Our waitress was rude over and over again and just did not understand her role as a waitress."
    Dined on 5/25/2011
  • "I made a reservation online a couple days in advance, but was very disappointed when I arrived, as the restaurant did not have our reservation. We requested a table by the window, but all they wanted to give us was a tiny table next to the kitchen (a very busy, high traffic area). When I requested a booth, they said it was reserved. I had to ask another staff member to move us away from the tiny table and we finally got something decent just across from the bar. I have to say, that my initial impression was very disappointing, I felt we were not treated as valued guests. Everything was fine after we finally got seating that was decent."
    Dined on 5/22/2011
  • "My husband and I live in the area and have been to Stella on several occasions. The ambiance is great and the food is always excellent. Hence we took my parents to Stella this past Saturday and disappointed to say that although the above two points still stand; the service was poor. We ordered our entire mail at around 8 pm and the entrees arrived well after 9 pm. The drinks we had ordered didn't arrive so we asked on two occasions and finally received them in tow with our entrees. That being said, the server was nice and did provide us with complimentary desserts as well as tea/coffee. At this point, my husband and I may return to the restaurant but certainly not on a weekend evening. Thank you."
    Dined on 5/21/2011
  • "Charmingly situated in the historic Byward Market area of Ottawa. Extremely creative & superbly prepared food."
    Dined on 5/19/2011
  • "Arrived with guests, male server greeted us at door. Told him we have a reservation. He went to computer, walked away, we stood there for about 10 minutes before someone else asked us if we've been helped. Lots of staff looked in our direction but had kept walking without asking us if we've been helped. The male who had originally greeted us was the bartender who was within our view the entire time. Once seated, the service from our server was attentive, professional and friendly. We understand that he was on a training shift. Shameful how we were treated by the bartender."
    Dined on 5/17/2011
  • "No better place for rooftop dining in the Byward Market. Great ambiance for dining or just a drink."
    Dined on 5/13/2011
  • "Food was okay, but overpriced for what you get. Service was painfully slow. However, it had a great atmosphere on a friday night. Would return for drinks, but skip the meal at Stella next time."
    Dined on 5/13/2011
  • "I have been to Stella often, for both lunch and dinner. This time the service was VERY slow. For lunch a restaurant needs to pick up the pace and offer dishes that are partially prepreped. Our salads were not outstanding."
    Dined on 5/11/2011
  • "Zucchinis appetiser overcooked, Medium rare Filet was Rare, music level was too loud for my licking for a dinner, (noisier then the Keg!) difficult to carry on a conversation! Setting & style of restaurant very nice, would probably return, but would return items not prepared properly!"
    Dined on 5/6/2011
  • "I attended with my spouse and a couple for a special occasion. We were incredibly impressed with everything. The little details count a lot. The fact that our door was opened at the entrance, the fact that we were offered sparkle water or plain water, the friendliness of the waiter and staff; everyone looked happy. The washrooms were beautiful and clean. The food is outstanding! We will definately be back and soon."
    Dined on 4/23/2011
  • "I was really disappointed with the entree I selected. The salmon was tasteless, the risotto was watery , not creamy and cheesy as you would expect. The vegetables had way too much butter and salt. The waitress did not provide warm friendly service. When asked for 4 spoons for dessert sharing, she replied that she had already brought them, insisting that she had.....brought them to the table instead of just going ahead and providing them to us. On our you out she never thank us and wished us a good evening like many other restaurants do especially when you just dropped over $200 for casual dinning.... very disappointing Will stick to my friendly neighbourhood joint , Frateli's, Kanata"
    Dined on 4/8/2011
  • "It was our twenty-fifth anniversary and the food was great and service outstanding. The atmosphere was electric. The booth was intimate but at the same time it felt like we were a part of the whole group."
    Dined on 3/19/2011