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
138 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (74)great for outdoor dining (61)vibrant bar scene (57)fit for foodies (52)hot spot (39)great for brunch (33)special occasion (32)good for groups (30)romantic (25)late-night find (13)notable wine list (12)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Always a great choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The menu, atmosphere, service, and venue all make for a real nice dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointing Brunch
    CarmensensemanVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Stuffy, crowded, and noisy serving marginal food. Nothing special here. Enough said!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food drowned out by noise
    DCELogan
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was good, if a bit salty, however the experience was very lacking. It was the first cold, rainy day of Fall, but we were so cold inside we had to keep our jackets on and were actually warmer when we got outside again. More importantly, it was so loud (we were in the second dining room) that my date and I had to yell to hear one another, and even then it was difficult. I would give the food another try, but will not be returning because of the overall experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian!
    njgalinwtVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We loved our meal at Stella's. We had the pizza for an appetizer which was excellent. My husband had pasta while I had Chicken Milanese. Both were excellent and we left full and satisfied. The decor is very modern and wait staff very professional. But the prices were reasonable, even for the city. Highly recommend. Can't wait to go back and try other menu items.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a pleasure
    Sandra
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We have been coming to Stella, from Rhode Island since 2010 and it never disappoints. The energy is always good, the staff attentive and the food spectacular. The menu appeals to a variety of tastes. We love the Marinated Beets / goat cheese salad, the Orecchiette pasta and many of the Grilled pizzas...the specialty drinks are a treat as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had an out of town guest in for the weekend so we wanted to take her to Stella after we picked her up from the airport. Everything was excellent as we expected. Great food and great fun, but we have to make special note of the outstanding service given by April at the bar where we ate dinner. It was extremely busy but she made us feel very relaxed and special. Very attentive, super friendly and fun. She made the night for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best gnocchi ever
    MyNameIsBarry
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Took the bf here for his birthday due to great things I had heard about the place. Stella did not disappoint. Service was attentive, courteous, and friendly. I had the BEST gnocchi of my life- so tender with the perfect level of richness. Bf had a salmon special that he deemed cooked to perfection. Ambience is nice enough for a date, yet laid back enough to relax. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We've eaten at Stella's several times and always had a pleasant experience. This last time, however, was not up to their general standards. We had a 6:30 reservation. From the moment we sat down, we were rushed through our dining experience. Our waiter, while pleasant, must have come over and asked us if we were ready to order five times. Even after we told him we would need several minutes. They had us fed and out the door by 7:30. Not the relaxing dinner we were hoping to spend with our daughter. Also, the noise level was so loud, my husband missed most of the conversation (we're in our 50's so not hard of hearing). If we go back, we'll ask to sit outside. Noise is much more manageable. As expected, FOOD was first rate.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food is amazing here. Servers are a little snotty but still good and professional.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • still our favorite in South End
    chuckmac07VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    great setting, perfect bar, the best arugula salad anywhere, and wonderful pasta & fish selection. modern Italian done to perfection.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LacklusterVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    As always, great service and delectable food! WOO WOO!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious dinning experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    It was a special occasion, but I would go back for any reason. Staff was very nice, good service and the food was great as well as drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Normally, I like Stella a lot, but this time it was so hot inside. They insisted their a/c was at maximum, but the temperature was unbearable and this, unfortunately made for a miserable dining out experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good quality food, but limited menu
    Gwanderlust
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Husband and I sat outside because the ambiance seemed better there than in the noisy inside. We were allowed to split a pasta entree at no additional charge, which was very nice. The half portion pasta plus a shared appetizer was just right. The food was very good, but the menu seemed small with limited options overall.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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!
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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
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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
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    • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 99 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1389 reviews are from the Stella reviews archive.
  • 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.