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Stella Sera
Stella Sera

Stella Sera Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.stellasera.com/
  • Email: info@stellasera.com
  • Phone: (215) 248-1980
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm;
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Anis K
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: As another option for Sella Sera costumes we offer private dining for up to 60 people. Offsite cattering is also available upon request.
  • Private Party Contact: Anis (215) 248-1980

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bethleham Pike
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We are located at the top of the hill, conveniently across the street from the Chestnut Hill Septa bus terminal and close to the Chestnut Hill East and West train line.
A word from Stella Sera
Stella Sera offers customers real Italian meals, specialized in a variety of homemade pastas and dessert. We also offer the freshest seafood, milk fed veal, free ranged chicken, etc. that is sure to satisfy your appetite. All of our dishes consist of locally grown fresh ingredients.
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Diner Reviews
  • "This is a wonderful restaurant! I would call the menu sophisticated and inventive without being outlandishly challenging. There's the standard Italian fare and there is Stella Sera. The pricing is fair too. Service is excellent too. Be aware that this is a small restaurant, and, when full, can be a bit noisy. However, we keep returning, and are never disappointed. Don't forget that it is BYOB!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had another great meal with anise in the kitchen. Everything was perfection from the Caesars salad and buffalo mozzarella to the pappardelle with mushrooms as well as the spaghetti with meat sauce We always love dessert and the profiteroles were delicious. We love coming here as a couple or on our own and feel fortunate to have Stella sera in our neighborhood."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We had a good dining experience. We live in the neighborhood. I was there with my husband and business clients. The food was excellent and service was good. Unfortunately, someone from the restaurant made a mistake that cost them a potentially good client- my husband paid the bill and we left. As we were walking home, a waiter (not ours) followed us out, bill in hand, to ask us if the service was adequate (implication: you didn't tip enough). Unless someone did not leave a tip or left something vastly inadequate like 10% or under, I don't think this is appropriate, no matter how respectfully it is done . It has never happened to me, and frankly, I was enormously embarrassed in front of my clients. It's the first and last time I dine there."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Staff was very unfriendly. Waited 30 minutes before we asked for water and bread. Food was okay but not as good as usual. Have eaten here several times and were happy with experience. Brought my family here for a special dinner and was very disappointed. The waiter was very unfriendly. Sadly we will not go back."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Pasta dish was laughably small--priced as an entree, but portioned as an appetizer. Small dessert selection but all dishes tasted good, although the gelato was a bit frosty--like it had been in the freezer too long, or had melted and refroze. Didn't feel worth the price overall."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We had appetizers and pastas -- the artichoke heart and rollantini appetizers were great starters. All dishes were delicious and distinctive, lived up to the menu's description. There would have been no room for entrees. Service was friendly and competent -- they even have a wine aerator for your BYO. Ambience is attractive wall art, soft lighting, linen tablecloths that are decrumbed after each course, good quality glassware; quiet makes for easy conversation. The lemon custard and lady fingers, whatever it was called, was a perfect topper-offer, shared by three."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The veal dish was good but nothing memorable. Ceasar Salad was average. My appetizer was good but too much sauce and butter on top of the attichokes. Very noisy and loud and could hear the next table's conversation more than the person I was sitting with. It was very expensive for dinner and would not go back."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Atmosphere pleasant and our wait person very attentive and gracious. Pasta bowls average, Caesar salad great, Veal Scallopini chewy but palletable, Duck very good."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Friendly staff, knowledgeable and interesting maître d', good menu choices , more northern Italian than southern, moderately priced, BYOB makes it even more affordable, small enough to feel intimate"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We were entertaining guests from out of town and they were looking for good Italian food. We do not go out often so I used the Internet and found Stella Sera. We found Stella Sera to be outstanding. The food was prepared to perfection. . The restaurant was very busy the evening we were there but the service was terrific; each course served at precisely the right time. The menu provided just the right mount of courses so as not to be overwhelming. We would definitely return."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Every dish is individually prepared and it was apparent. The meat ball and the lump crab meat apps were great. All the pasta was fabulous. Only drawback is the room is smallish and the tables close together."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I expected a wonderful meal and it was mediocre at best. The vegetarian selection that my husband I chose was overly creamed and essentially two crepes filled with some spinach . Very unlike what we expected. The waiter was not very clear about the offerings. Our friends also were disappointed in their selections and had to send back their appetizer to be heated Our appetizer was excellent though, a smoked salmon, crabmeat combination. For the money, we could have done better, but liked the ambience a lot."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "This was my recommendation for my birthday. It was not as I had experienced before. My friends said hostess/ waitress was rude before I arrived. Menu/ specials not exciting food just ok. My 3rd time here will not return."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I wrok in Chestnut Hill and have dined at Stella several times. I love to sit in the window and look out onto the Avenue in Chestnut Hill. The food is always fresh and well prepared; the service very attentive. I also like the BYOB. Will continue to go to Stella and have recommended the restaurant to many friends!"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "We've enjoyed several evenings with friends at Stella Sera. The menu is excellent with delicious choices for everyone's preferences. The service is gracious, attentive, but inobstrusive. Great place to catch up with friends; we've never felt rushed."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Super dining. Tuna entree 1 1/4 inch thick, crusted, rare : the best tuna for a thick rare tuna steak lover"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Outstanding....not sure why I've missed this before when I'm looking for a Chestnut Hill restaurant. Going north, I turn at the corner before the restaurant so didn't actually drive my it in my travels...maybe that's why...but have looked online before for something nice in CH....so this was a great find! I measure an Italian restaurant by the veal and mine was EXCELLENT!! My friend had crab with linguine and thought it was excellent also...shrimp soup terrific!!! A pleasure for a nice occasion and was thoroughly enjoyed...no one rushed us on a Sat. night!!!!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "This is the third or fourth year we have eaten at Stella Serra on New Year's Eve. We have never been disappointed. The food is beyond wonderful, and we always have an enjoyable time. I had the salmon with lobster risotto. It was absolutely delicious. The other three people in my party also very much enjoyed their meal. One had the chicken dish and the other the seafood medley. The fourth person had the Chilean sea bass. For dessert, everyone enjoyed the creme brulee or the flourless chocolate cake with vanilla gelato - both delizioso! Stella Serra is a can't miss place for dinner anytime."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I have been to Stella Sera a number of times and have always had a good experience. The only time it was not top notch to the entire party was when I took my elderly parents. This may be more because of my parents than the food or service. Last time I went was on New Year's Eve and even with the large crowd and limited menu the food was still wonderful and the service excellent. A bit noisy, however, but that could not be helped. The restaurant is BYOB and we did not bring wine. They offered us a complimentary glass of champagne or a champagne cocktail. It was lovely. In the past, they had a live guitarist on Fri nights and he is clearly a very accomplished musician. Unfortunately, he no longer plays on weekends and I do miss him."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Lovely setting in a convenient location for those who live in Northwest PA. I hope that this place gets better, and I think it could. Food and service was o.k. but not great. Salads lacked dressing (or adequate dressing); duck prosciutto on one of the salads was barely there. Server was sweet but unpolished; had difficulty remembering the specials and brought me the wrong pasta dish. Gnocci with vodka sauce was really good; other pasta dish was just o.k.. There are many better pastas to be had elsewhere, especially for the price point. We like that it is BYOB. Atmosphere is lovely."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "the chicken Siciliano, with artichokes, mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, and kalamata olives was wonderful"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "This place is awesome! We've eaten here at least 20 times! The food is delicious, the service is elegant and professional and the ambiance is perfect! Menu is very reasonably priced. We try to eat here every Friday if we can. They have about 12 tables so it's perfect for a dinner date with friends or a special night out. Just prefect in every way. Our new favorite spot! Kim the owner always goes out of her way to make sure everything is perfect...and it will be. Trust me!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Food tastes really good -- make sure they don't over cook the fish and the veal (what we had) - both were a little dried out The hostess (owner) is a delight Will go back frequently"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Really enjoy the food here at each visit. Service is warm, knowledgeable and efficient. Menu has some very creative Italian touches, but basic pastas, veal etc. too. The holiday decor is tastefully done and only serves to add to the quiet, cozy ambience. Guitar on Thursdays is also an asset. BYO makes it a real winner!"
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed this small, authentic Italian restaurant. Our second visit and we will return..."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "The food was average as well as the service but way overpriced. Forty four dollars for sea bass with risotto??? We could have got a steak at Mortons for those prices. Better off spending your money where you will get better value and a better dining experience."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Fantastic food but the service was twice as good. Made to feel welcome and taken care of very graciously. Will come back soon!!"
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "We thought the food was good, the service very good, but the noise level a little too loud. I'm not sure if it was the patrons or the acoustics. If we could make a suggestion, you may want to add something to the entre dish. I had the chicken, which was quite good, but there was nothing else on the plate. You should consider including roasted potatoes or a vegetable."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Perhaps this is a bit unfair, as we returned from a 3 week trip to Italy in October. It has been very difficult to find a place that would be an acceptable 2nd to where and what we ate while in Italy. The service was very good and the best part of the meal was the Grilled Fresh Artichoke Hearts appetizer. The gnocchi with Marinara sauce was ok, the gnocchi being the better part of the dish with the sauce being just ok. It would be hard to call Marinara as is was more like a plain tomato sauce. The fettuccine with grilled vegetable and shrimp was overdone in the sense that there were just to many flavors competing. It seems to be an American style to overcomplicate the dish and over spice. Perhaps we will give it another try."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "A truly lovely experience for both menu selections, very tasty dishes and pleasant service people."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Gnocchi were delicious, home made fettuccini with seafood was very good. BYOB. Good alternative to driving into the city for excellent food."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "I've never had a bad meal here and the service is very good. It's BYOB which my wife and I really like."
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "Lots of good aspects to this restaurant, especially that it is a BYOB, However, we had a lousy table way in the back and we could not hear each other easily, and sometimes not at all. As the wine flowed, so did the volume. Disappointed."
    Dined on 10/25/2013