Cafe Stella

4.7
561 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Authentic French brasserie and wine bar in the heart of Silverlake. Beautiful patio and indoor dining space.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French, European
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Tue–Sun 9:00 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon, Sun 6:00 pm–9:30 pm
Tue–Sat 6:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(323) 666-0265
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Gareth Kantner
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Private party facilities
For inquiries please email: info@cafestella.com
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Private party contact
Gareth Kantner: (323) 666-0265
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sanborn Ave
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Parking details
Valet lot next to building. Enter on Sanborn Ave.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 561 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NU
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

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.

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DP
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food!! I love the choices and portions of food. Kind of hidden but that is part of the fun. Worth the price.

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TG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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TP
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would love more vegetarian options, but they had a few. They were delicious. Vegans should go elsewhere.

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DB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

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.

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MH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure dining here. Great ambiance and delicious food!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

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.

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RK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a first date there last night ;)

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Entrees were expensive and the service was not commensurate with the price point. Nice waiter but had too many tables.

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T
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. A little cramped in there, but service was friendly & accommodating. Will be back

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m
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Perfect romanitic well lit French spot. Perhaps my favorite place in LA.

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KW
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go-to for a relaxed and sophisticated environment. The food is always tasteful and presented well. We love Stella!

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RM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service (Alexander) was excellent! Food was very good - but also very pricey.

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RT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff was great, ambience was great, food was pretty good, and I really enjoy the overall vibe of the place. I go to Stella's about once a year and enjoy it every time!

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S
Los Angeles
112 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn't been in about ten years, but just went for the second time in as many weeks. At some point this went from being a cool locale with ok food and so-so service, to a cool locale with AMAZING French bistro food. AND really good service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Alexander was great!

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T
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this neighborhood favorite. Consistently great.

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S
Los Angeles
112 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn't been here in years. It was always a nice venue but with only so-so food and service. No longer. Food was outstanding, with friendly attentive service as well.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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FD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The bar is definitely a scene and great for people watching. The main restaurant is decorated well and the staff is better than a lot of other restaurants in town. The food was ok but the $38 steak au poivre was very thin and lacked both steak and poivre. For the price, I'd like to something more than 3/4" of an inch thick and maybe put some cream in the sauce. The jury's out on whether the wine pours were standard or short, though the wines themselves were pretty good. The chocolate pot de creme was the best part of the meal for me along with some very good espresso.

I'll pass and for the money, Puran's filet with peppercorn sauce hits the spot much more than Stella.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was just excellent on every criteria...Service, Food, Wine, Atmosphere....what a delight. A great French bistro you just can’t go wrong. Weekend are probably crowded but I can’t say.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My absolute favorite place for breakfast. A beautiful space tucked away in Los Angeles.

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S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Stella and Bar Stella ROCK!
Love the food ,drinks and service.
The best in Los Angeles.

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s
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service, ambiance, and food were excellent. Nth time dining here and it’s always a good experience. Most recently, my friend ordered four plates to share (hungry). Steak au poivre is a bit overpriced (small steak for $38) and the only rosé on their wine list was mouthwashy (the person serving us provides us a very good alternative). Recommend the beef tartare and halibut. Butter lettuce salad is good. Kir concoctions kick things off nicely. A must all aroud.

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CK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great first experience. The hostess who seated us was warm and friendly, and we got a table in the indoor section that definitely mitigated the noise volume level so we were able to have a nice conversation without shouting to each other. The wine menu was extensive, and the food was traditional French and the dishes we ordered were executed well. We had moules frites, steack au poivre, and the confit de canard, and any one of us would order the same dish again. (My spouse said that he would go back for the frisee aux lardons alone). There is a parking lot next door, no small detail in this neck of the woods, that only charges $10.
All in all, a fantastic dining experience that we would repeat in a heartbeat!

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L
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is fabulous.. authentically French. The wine list is superb. It can be difficult to get a decent table on the weekends though.

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AR
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Eclectic, friendly and most importantly - very good food.

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T
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Bar is cool, not a lot of food variety, not very exciting menu.

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s
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere. Service was good too. Just too pricey. Two appetizers and a cocktail, $78

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JF
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Typical french cuisine with a great service! A neighborhood gem

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L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing French bistro

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JK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were fantastic. Food was slow to come out, but we weren’t in a hurry. It’s fairly expensive for the neighborhood, and VERY loud. Overall, we enjoyed it, but because of the price, probably won’t go that often.

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CH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a wonderful Silver Lake dining experience

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good times

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WR
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, experience, and food. No complaints. Sommelier excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was immaculate and the overall ambience was also stellar. Thank you Cafe Stella!

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a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles, a special gem in Silverlake for sure. This visit had some issues as they ran out of a particular dish but the waiter did his best to accommodate and make up for things. I look forward to returning again soon.

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