Stella
Stella

Stella

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bostonstella.com/
  • Phone: 6172477747
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Late Night: 11:00pm - 1:30am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Robin King
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Stella is participating in Restaurant Week (March 15 - 20 & March 22 - 27, 2009) for Dinner Sunday-Friday.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Boston's South End
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available directly in front of Stella Restaurant for $16.00 per vehicle.
A word from Stella
Stella is a fantastic new Italian restaurant in Boston's hip SoWa neighborhood. Chef Evan Deluty is considered one of New England's most talented chefs. Evan and Candice Deluty celebrate the grand opening of their third restaurant, Stella.
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Stella reviews from OpenTable diners
129 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (66)great for outdoor dining (59)vibrant bar scene (54)fit for foodies (50)hot spot (36)great for brunch (32)good for groups (30)special occasion (29)romantic (25)late-night find (15)notable wine list (9)scenic view (7)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Always a Gem
    Mike
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great food, ambiance, and service...Stella is consistently excellent. Fit for all occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DarkKnightWKC
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I haveliked Stella for years because of its ambiance and its coll late night bar scene. The food has been fine in the past, but I really enjoyed my swordfish this time on top of a warm corn salad. My only issue in this visit was the fact that my guest and I wanted to catch up for a bit and the restaurant was not that busy, but our waitress seemed to not want to hear or respect that and kept pushing us to the next segment of the meal. After compliying each time, we decided after the main course to not order dessert and walk to another local place to continue our conversation. Outside of this matter, I found Stella the nieghborhood gem it usually is!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappointed
    GirlWhoEats
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I love coming here for brunch and dinner. It's a favorite go-to spot to bring my out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch at the bar
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I didn't get the his name, but the bartender was nice and put in the order correctly. My boyfriend's burger was slightly more cooked than requested, but still good. My steak and eggs were great. We always like Stella.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stellar Dining at Stella
    PastaLover
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had a great dinner at Stella! The waiter noted that we could get two half prices for the same price as a full pasta. This was fantastic and allowed us to try four different pastas. They were all great! I highly suggest this for some yummy Italian food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall good but hard to hear
    Noisybutgood
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Lively on a Thursday night! We sat in the second room which was filled with large parties. Our little party of 4 enjoyed the food, but could not hear each other over the din from the other tables.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great overall
    PrinceVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We sat outside and even with the cool weather it was a great dinner and we were not cold thanks to the blanket that he restaurant gives you. Dinner was delicious and the service was one of the best ever at Stella. The waiter was very attentive and very friendly. He even replaced an appetizer and a martini for free after one of my friend spilled it by accident. It was really a GREAT experience. And the terrace is always very nice for a dinner al fresco.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • marjoVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great all around restaurant. Always a loud vibrant crowd with plenty of noise. They also have good food and a good wine list. what else can you want? We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jackVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Standard brunch fare at a reasonable price. This particular Sunday it was not very busy so service was fast.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but always loud
    MichDonVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Stella is always good. We love the food but for some reason it is always loud...very loud. Hard to hear the person across from you. It was busy but not super busy. Oh well. We like the food and always nice service. We will keep going.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South End Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great vibe; food and drinks were excellent!! Outdoor option a plus! We booked on Open Table and got seated right away!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Lackluster food quality and presentation from an otherwise-reliable neighborhood venue. The foccacia was dry and stale, although the server was kind enough to find some that was "fresher", although that, too, was not even close to it's usual high quality. Entrees were lacking their usual standard quality; chicken cacciatore looked promising, but the chicken was cool, dry, and fairly flavorless despite nicely crisped skin. Chalking it up to a summer Sunday night B Team in the kitchen.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stella finale
    MuzzieVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    After a very disappointing experience at Stella a few months ago, I decided to give it another try because the menu is great and the food quite good. Again, and for the last time, the service was awful. The waiter was completely disinterested in service, and had zero enthusiasm. Never stopped back to check on us. I had to waive down another waiter to order a second beverage, which our waiter brought, without saying a word. I'm done with Stella. There are plenty of places that make dining pleasant - not Stella!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • back to Stella
    B2B2
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My wife and I have been eating at Stella's every 2 years over the past 12 years when we have made our pilgrimage to Boston. We have always remembered the food as being excellent, although noise level at the least "energetic". This July seemed not quite the same. Although the food was good, it was not singular. And, the noise level was deafening. This may be a measure of us aging rather than Stella's qualities. Regardless, we shall dine elsewhere in 2016.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Nice ambiance with the dim lighting, but they still have the plastic chairs that get uncomfortable for a long dinner. Food was good but a little over salted, particularly the red sauce dishes. The linguine dish was delicious. The Milanese was nicely fried. Service was friendly and attentive with the right balance. There is outdoor patio sitting which is nice, although we opt to sit inside due to the humidity. I would go back again
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Travis
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The AC was not working and we were not warned ahead of time. Once we got there they did not give us the option to sit outside or anything special despite the inconvenience of it being 90 degrees outside with no AC inside.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrible service
    Chefmikey84VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Food was amazing, fresh and full of flavor. The service was horrendous, over 20 minutes to get drinks with no apology. Will not come back ever especially w h en the north end in Boston has plenty of Italian places to eat. What a shame food was delicious.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • bad timing
    BadtimingVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We tried Stella recently for my son's 18th birthday. There were 4 of us, sitting at an outside table. The server could hardly be bothered with us all night. First he ignored us for 15 minutes without asking if we would like a beverage. Then he finally took our orders after bringing drinks after another 30 minutes passed. The food arrived in decent time but there was confusion about who it was going to and the servers had a nasty moment between them, which resulted in snarky service to us. Even though someone replenished the water, our server couldn't bother asking if the adults needed refills on cocktails. Finally, I had asked the host to mention to our server about my son's birthday - didn't happen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy
    js7417VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    OK, it was a Saturday night, but it was very noisy. The couple at the next table was yelling to be heard. Tables are close together, interior has little to absorb sound. Sidewalk dining appeared a much better choice, had we known.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Pleasant evening
    jims
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Stella is a neighborhood gem with an excellent menu that delivers. We saw families and couples on a recent Friday night - with excellent weather many people were eating outside and Stella had plenty of staff to handle a full house. The parmesan arancini was substantial with just the right amount of sauce, and the artichoke pizza and linguine with asparagus cream were great. Only one item disappointed - the tuna and salmon crudo misto appetizer was overwhelmed with lemon. The service was excellent - we'll go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for brunch
    AndyVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    great brunch, more of a gourmet brunch menu and less of a basic diner. clean, bright, and nice ambience, the bottomless coffee was a nice surprise, the French toast and fruit are delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, loud company
    centralsqcam
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Delicious food - had mussels in white wine and saffron and an argula/artichoke pizza with horseradish aioli sauce. Everyone at the table thought the pizza was excellent. The main room of the restaurant on a Friday at 8pm was loud and echo-y. I'm not sure if they can add some materials or the walls to absorb the sound but you had to shout to each other; not the best for catching up with others. We asked to move outside to where it might be quieter, and the host graciously offered to move us to a back room (who knew it existed?). While this room was also echo-y, there were fewer people and no bar, so the noise level was better. The food and service was very good. If the noise level was lower it would improve the experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place in the South End
    Phil
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Stella is a great spot for good food at a reasonable price. Outdoor seating is a little tight and the chairs are not comfortable, but it's worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always wonderful
    julesterVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    One of our fave spots in Boston - halibut special was delicious - all cuisine is consistent for quality & innovation. Hotspot for cocktails before or after you dine. Make a res - main dining room can get pretty loud so ask for other dining room if that's a concern.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going downhill
    EG33VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Stella has always been one of our favorite places but this visit was very disappointing. Everything took awhile, and the food which is usually excellent was only okay. Usually there is music playing but all we could hear was the screaming children at the table next to us which neither parents nor management did anything to mitigate. Perhaps the restaurant was not on its game because it was a holiday but I'm not sure that is a good reason for such a mediocre experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous as usual
    Mjant45
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Took a visiting friend to Stella for dinner. Superior service, wonderful food and we had a blast. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad I tried it
    SueL
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The menu was a bit pricey and limited for a picky eater. Maybe one or two "plain" dishes could be added? My salmon with spaghetti squash was fabulous! Very clean and bright. Friendly, abundant staff so we didn't wait long for anything.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Gnocci was a big soggy but everything else was pretty good
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great from start to finish
    JuliaVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The vibe is fun and appeals to all age groups. It can be loud, but we expected that. The food was great. Swordfish was cooked perfectly. Risotto was delicious. Kevin, our server, was attentive and clearly enjoyed his job. We will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always amazing
    BostonAASVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Such great food, great staff, and amazing drinks!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed my experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Food was great, second time there and I would return. Trendy hot spot.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time a disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Drinks are outstanding. The food is okay, not amazing, but the service destroyed the whole mood. 2.5 hours to dine there. Server never checked once we got our food. After appetizers had to ask for the salad and after salad has to ask for entree. It was almost 45 minutes after the salad before we had our entree. The communication between the server and his food runners fell apart, and the manager tried to show us the time stamps of when food was put in instead of just admitting that the whole experience just took too long. It's such a great location and has such potential, but if you go and visit, make sure to allow plenty of time. Granted it was busy but, they should have handled it better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome place!!
    Alexboy
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This is a pretty great restaurant! From food to martinis everything is just great!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 96 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 1381 reviews are from the Stella reviews archive.
  • Thank you
    Birthday
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    My son enjoyed his birthday, I enjoyed also. Not real Italian as I expected more on the contemporary side, with an upscale yuppy Boston feel! That is a compliment.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I really like the ambience and food at Stella's. However, the service is not great. Have been here twice and the host/ hostesses are nice, but once you get to your table is not always a great experience. We had to wait a lot for the waiter, then some more for our drinks to come, including a really long time for a cup of coffee to arrive. It took the waiter a long time to take our order, and he was not that nice tto make us forget the wait...
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • still our favorite SE spot
    chuckmac07VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    great bar, nice modern Italian menu that's well executed and friendly servers. a great experience every time
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We were early to our reservation of 7 pm and were seated immediately. Our server was attentive and when there was a mistake with the drinks, he quickly returned with the correct order. The appetizers (Caesar salad and arancini) were excellent as were the pasta entrees we had (linguini, orricchiette and pappardelle); the pizza (4 mushrooms) was not good (too cheesy, not very many mushrooms). We were never rushed and enjoyed a leisurely dinner on a Friday evening.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappoint front of house
    Notmyfirstrodeo
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I was disappointed by the front of house. I arrived and they claimed they did not have an opentable reservation in my name. They did give us a good table but I did not appreciate the face he made at me and the attitude of the maître d'. Food was fine, not stellar by fine.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food on festive night!
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    We were there on the evening of Marathon Monday and it was a festive, energetic, celebratory vibe. The food was great and our waiter was lovely. A great night. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Great for brunch! A little noisy but the food, service, drinks and everything were great!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic