Menu changes were a disappointment. The Sole lacked flavor and was dry. Disappointing.
Cafe Stella is a great find! My fiance and I went there for dinner on a Saturday night before a fancy dress party. The ambiance was cozy and romantic. The service was attentive without being intrusive. Best of all the food was delicious. We ordered the salmon tartare for an appetizer. It was a perfect balance of flavor and texture. My fiance had the lamb and I had the steak frites. Both were cooked as ordered and we had no leftovers! The wine recommendations paired perfectly with both of our meals. We visited the bar afterwards for a different vibe. It was chic without being pretentious. We'll definitely return when we find ourselves in the LA area again.
Great as always
This is a great place for a romantic dinner or casual Sunday brunch. Ambiance reminiscent of Paris bistros. My wife and I have dined there off and on for many years, but the new chef in the kitchen has really taken the quality up several notches. We look forward to returning often.
I made a reservation for my birthday dinner on Saturday March 9 for 8:30 PM. I called twice to confirm the reservation - and was twice told I as all set.
We waited 30 minutes when we arrived, on time, for hostess to even acknowledge we'd been waiting for a while. She as rude, abrupt and inept. She called on the manager to solve the problem - shockingly, the manager was even ruder. Dismissing my reservation by saying "people are relaxing and have their deserts - chill".
40 minutes after our reservation time of 8:30 PM we left. I told the manager the hostess "sucks" - because she truly did - and was summarily dismissed from the restaurant.
They were able to accommodate our food restrictions, which was appreciated and the service was pretty good but not overly warm. I didn't feel that the value was very good for what we paid - our meal came to about $120 for a plain piece of fish, a side of french fries, a side of green beans, 2 sorbets and 2 glasses of wine. Perhaps if someone had no dietary restrictions, the value might be better but we left hungry. The cocktail bar attached to Cafe Stella is great - we went there for cocktails after our meal and the decor was so beautiful.
Love the fish & vegetable dishes! Occasionally get filet mignon which is also great. Seems the salads could be more interesting. Service is typically friendly & professional. Met with a French friend here from out of town the other day.. it got her seal of approval.
Sole was very bland
For $44 should have more vegetables and value
Check out Le Petite Cafe in Santa Monica.
Amazing food...at great value
I come to Cafe Stella for your ambience
I don’t come often because you are expensive
and your food’s average. Although I live in east
Hollywood, I drive to Santa Monica to Le Petite Cafe because their sand dabs are the best in LA for
Overall we had not a nice time, we had a reservation and although we had to wait for almost 45 hours.
The service was completely stressed and not polite, our food came separately s may friends and I could not eat at the same time.
Completely overhyped and not worth to go....
Stella has great ambiance and really yummy food, but the prices are pretty steep. The fries were $14! For a pretty small portion, and a glass of wine will run you at least $15. It's the perfect spot for a date or a ladies night...if you're willing to splurge.
Valentine’s Day was great!
Great food snd service, just a little cold by the doors that night.
Always great food & wine. Always a fun time.
Always comically slow, yet incredibly good service which I guess is just authentically French?
Will always go back
Very good food but our waiter was also bartending and the service lacked. Too loud, drafty, and very high priced.
For the prices, the food was deeply disappointing. $44 for a 1/2 chicken that was soggy, served with undercooked vegetables and generally uninspired was a deep disappointment. When our dissatisfaction was noted, we got an "oh, sorry you feel that way" but no effort was made to improve our experience.
In broad strokes, Stella is in a great location with cool vibe - but with a built-in clientele due to locationm there is little pressure to raise the quality of the food to align with what they are able to charge.
Prices gone too high. Usd44 for chicken. FFS
Cafe Stella favors a standard French bistro menu, impeccably prepared. A wonderful green salad with butter leaf lettuce, simple but full of its own flavor, excellent steak-frites and fish dishes, including the truite aux amandes, and an excellent presentation of duck confit. Mostly simple dishes of a classic kind, but largely perfect. The wine list is excellent and the sommelier really know her stuff. My only complaint was that the duck confit was a little overdone, or done in too hot an oven, too fast, and was therefore a bit dry.
We waited for at least an hour if not more for our main course to arrive with no explanation. I also had the trout which was totally bland and served with just green beans and no sauce or condiments. A disappointing attempt at French food.
Got there early. They turned the music down so we could have an intimate/actual conversation. Our waiter was fun and super attentive yet not intrusive. As usual, ordered our favorites which are consistently excellent.
It was a perfect NYE
Best moules frites ever!! I hope they never change the recipe.
I arrived with a friend who was 6'4" tall and we were taken to a tiny corner two-top, even though there were plenty of tables available. When it was clear that he could not fold himself into that corner, we were then seated next to a very loud table of six. We left after an hour - and still there were empty tables available which would have been far more comfortable and quieter. Why aggravate regular customers? I will think twice about coming back and I've been a regular for years.
We had a great time at Cafe Stella. Really nice atmosphere, delicious food, great service. Just a nice place to spend the evening.
Can not go wrong, fabulous food, great cocktails and a good wine list ; but, they did not have the bottles we wanted. They were accommodating in effort but did not have a good follow through. Forgot the coffee with the desserts! The Dover Sole is a winner as is the escargot- but it need champagne and for some reason they were out! Ouch
Ok experience. Overpriced for what you get.
We've loved this restaurant for years but the prices have gone up incredibly and the food was only so/so. My favorite steak frites was over cooked and so thin I would imagine getting it medium rare would be very difficult. It was disappointing and not our normal experience with this restaurant. Will definitely try again before passing it over in the future but if we have the same experience that might be that.
Normally this is a family favorite. We've been loyal patrons of this restaurant for many years but were there a few days ago to celebrate a birthday and - although it was Monday evening and not very busy - we had the worst service ever. And to top it off the food (normally consistent and good) was very hit and miss. People and places have their off days so I'm sure we will continue to eat here, but it's always concerning when a manager is made aware of service and food issues during the meal and does nothing to apologize or address the concerns. Such a shame.
Great food!! I love the choices and portions of food. Kind of hidden but that is part of the fun. Worth the price.
An amazing night with close friends. Stella is one of our favorite places in town, and the halibut and filet are ridiculously excellent. We have and always shall come back.
Would love more vegetarian options, but they had a few. They were delicious. Vegans should go elsewhere.
Cafe Stella hits the spot with all the right notes! A neighborhood gem with a vibrant and warm atmosphere. Cafe Stella transports you to a cozy Parisian bistro without ever having to leave Sunset Boulevard. A good go to when ever you are in town.
I was invited to join a small group for a birthday dinner and loved it so much, I returned two weeks later. The lighting, glass windows and decor created such a romantic setting. And the food was perfect, both times. Seafood and steak prepared perfectly.
This has the best Pasta in LA - the people are lovely, the atmosphere is great. They are warm and friendly. Great wine - great everything. 10/10
Always a pleasure dining here. Great ambiance and delicious food!
I have been to Stella I half a dozen times. The last couple times in the weight service has not been good and the place seems understaffed. Though it is charming this time I will be coming back. I was there two months ago and there was a price increase a dramatic price increase it makes all of the shortcomings of the place more apparent. My salmon was undercooked my rice was undercooked and dried out. The bus boys left stuff on our table. When the food was brought out it was not sufficient silverware to eat with. I had to get up and go get it. And though our waitress was very cheerful she was not around enough. It troubles me what this happened because Café Stella has been the players for a numberI have family celebrations. But not anymore.
The hostess was overwhelmed and we had to wait several minutes to be seated even though we had a reservation. I had steak frites, the steak was fatty and it just wasn't worth the high price. Overall, underwhelming.
Had a first date there last night ;)
Entrees were expensive and the service was not commensurate with the price point. Nice waiter but had too many tables.
Food was excellent. A little cramped in there, but service was friendly & accommodating. Will be back
Perfect romanitic well lit French spot. Perhaps my favorite place in LA.