About Cafe Stella

Authentic French brasserie and wine bar in the heart of Silverlake.

3932 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
French, European

Hours of Operation:

Brunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm.
Dinner: Monday-Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm; Sunday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm.

Cross Street:
Sanborn

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(323) 666-0265

Website:
http://cafestella.com/

Parking Details:
Valet lot next to building. Enter on Sanborn Ave.

Executive Chef:
Gareth Kantner

Private Party Contact:
Gareth Kantner: (323) 666-0265

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cafe Stella Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (13)
Romantic (11)
Special Occasion (11)
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Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Authentic (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Fun (7)
Casual (6)
Cozy (6)
People Watching (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Worth the Drive (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Business Meals (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 7 days ago

Enjoyed the dinner, service could be a little better. I️ ordered an Onion soup to go. They brought it out and said they didn’t do soup to go. Ended up eating it there, pretty tasty.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We made a reservation, but when we got there they didn't have a table, and told us it would be a 20 min wait. Why make a reservation if you are going to have to wait 20 min? Also, the hostess was incredibly rude, and not apologetic at all. We ended up leaving because the experience was so bad.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Los Angeles staple. Perfect little neighborhood spot. Love the setting, 3 unique spots. A little outdoor area and two inside. I'll be coming here more often.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Everything was perfect. I think every table is a good table.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Cold food, high prices, insufferably self-important hostess and disappearing waiters. I like this place, but I know better.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Cafe Stella is a bit of France right at Sunset Junction. The frisee salad is one of the best I've had, terrific, well-curated, well-priced wine list. The only disappointment was the rack of lamb. The lamb was bland, like they are breeding all the wonderful lamb taste - some call it 'gamey' whatever - out of the meat. But Cafe Stella is a wonderful French Bistro!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Beautiful atmosphere

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 (London)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very good.
The big cote de boeuf comfortably fed 3 with a doggy bag to go. Lucky doggy.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

This was our first visit. The hostess was super nice because I made reservation for five
and arrived with a party of seven, and the place was booked. We had to wait a little,
but she found us a table. The food was really good and the place is great. We had wonderful dinner.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Wonderful delicious the best French food in silver lake area. I will come back soon. Lovely

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 25, 2017

A very nice Silver Lake restaurant. I had lamb rack. My wife had steak frite. Both were perfectly cooked to order, beautifully presented, with professional service. The atmosphere on the covered patio is very nice. The place has a sophisticated feel. Our experience was good.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Hostess was incredibly rude. Worst attitude. Ruined our whole night

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Very slow to get seated. Brought us wrong meal, and although they were polite, they continued to neglect us.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Good quality food. Outstanding service and attention

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

We were very disappointed in the food, service, and ambiance. The host is rude and unwelcoming. Why have a host who is unable to do the job as host?? The menu is terribly overpriced for less than mediocre dishes. I read in the Yelp reviews that the chef has changed hands and hence the likely reason for less quality in preparation. Very unfortunate as this was such a nice place at one time.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

Outstanding! Absolutely loved everything we got, moule frites, escargots, salmon tartare, steak frites. The chilled red wine was exceptional! Will certainly be back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We love Cafe Stella - the food and ambiance are fantastic. The only thing we didn't love was that the hostess seemed annoyed that we brought our baby.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

A very beautiful French brasserie in Silverlake. The steak frites is perfect. Attentive service from attractive servers who seem to be actually French.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Great service and place. My friends had a great time. Thank you! In fact I have made another reservation for Sunday for my friend anniversary dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Sit in the wine bar if you can. Ross and Zack are the bartenders and servers there and they are amazing.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Cafe Stella never fails, the service is terrific, food is delicious. The atmosphere is lively but could be romantic. Great wine list, cocktails are superb!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 23, 2017

I really don't want to bash this restaurant, but there are some things that should be addressed that could make Stella's a 5 star rated restaurant. No. 1, tell the little girls that serve that you need to stop chatting with your other servers and pay attention to the guest. We received our bread basket, but no plates. Had to get the attention of our server to get plates. Plates, but no butter knives. Again, find server to get knives. The food was mostly very good, vegetables and duck outstanding. Oyster, steak tartare, and escargot boring. Lastly, it took so long to get out dessert, key lime pie and mousse, that we left without it. These things are already made. Pretty disappointed. Hope you get your act together.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Always a sublime and relaxing event going to Stella. A bit of Paris, NYC and large dose of LA cool.
Love Cafe Stella.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

All good. Only quibble was that there was a side that we ordered that wasn't delivered. Server apologized that he had forgotten to put the order in to the kitchen and assured me that he would not charge for his oversight. I didn't check the bill until after the charges went though. Sure enough, the charge was included in our bill.

Might have been an honest mistake in billing but, considering that he couldn't remember to put our order in correctly, perhaps he could have checked and insured that we weren't going to be charged after his mistake.

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

Very disappointed with the service! We weren't treated like locals but instead some outside strangers. The waiter was rude and totally forgot (or chose not to) bring us a bucket of ice after ordering a nice bottle or Rosé. Ambiance is great but service needs work!

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·Dined on August 7, 2017

Restaurant was a tremendous disappointment. Food was tasty but not special in any way. The pricing was equivalent to the Gotham in NYC where I dine at least once a week, yet the food and service were nowhere near as good. Service was embarrassingly poor. Food came out at different times. The preparation and display were very ordinary. I dig California relaxed, but that is not an excuse for an unprepared. The service was unprofessional. Wine list was appropriate and diverse. Presentation ordinary and food pricing a full 40% above what would have been warranted for distinctiveness of the dishes, ambience and quality.

At 60-65% of existing prices, this would be a fine restaurant. I was extremely disappointed.

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Always love Stella , never disappoints but it is way to over priced and for that reason I have to think about going back ... meal for two $160 plus is too much

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Fun, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Stella's great as always, but they seated us 30 minutes late...they get busy on a Saturday. We just had wine in the bar, and they were apologetic and helpful.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (London)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Beautiful space, acceptable food, disengaged service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 14, 2017

As always, amazing! Eating with friends on the beautiful patio is treat for any occasion.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Will not go back. Food was not very good and was expensive.

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 (Portland)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Hostess was amazing and super wonderful!! Beautiful blonde woman. A warm presence.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 3, 2017

The ambience can't be beat, but the food was incredibly mediocre this visit - the steak overcooked, escargot lacking any flavor, artichoke grossly undercooked. The service was also spotty; we sat for a good 15 minutes before anyone even said hello; tables that had been seated after us had their drinks and had placed orders before anyone noticed us. After our appetizer the waiter asked if we wanted to see the dessert menu...we hadn't even gotten our mains. It seems, based on other reviews, that service is something Cafe Stella management really need to commit to working on, but will they? It really is their biggest issue, and the prices certainly demand a higher level of customer service and consistency with food. Just overall a very bad experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Wonderful, consistent restaurant.
Lovely environment and delicious food you can count on.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 24, 2017

There's not a bad thing on the menu, and the service is great.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Without fail, every person we encountered from bus boy to hostess to server was gracious and lovely. Felt like we were dining at a friends home ... but didn't have to do the dishes.
And the food was superb.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Great food, but the hosts didn't make us feel welcome

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Excellent experience. A few dishes like the entrecôte and the duck were a bit pricy for the portion size but overall it was very nice

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 9, 2017

After reading reviews and a few write ups on Cafe Stella, I was really looking forward to trying this place. Our server was great. Friendly, knew the menu, did not hover but was always attentive. The food was good, albeit a tad rich. The menu is extensive but not overwhelming. The prices were not bad either. The issue I had is with the hostess. Upon entering, the hostess simply looked up at me. No "Welcome" no "may I help you". Just looked at me. I told her my name and I had made a reservation. Again, ZERO acknowledgement. I do not expect a red carpet to be rolled out but a simple acknowledgement is required. She then grabbed two menus and proceeded to walk away from us. No "right this way" or "follow me". Just walked away carrying two menus. Since it was not my first time dining out, I figured she was showing us to our table. She put the menus down and walked away. I was shocked. I watched as she walked away seeing if she would look back, but she did not. It was appalling and if I did not have a show to see that evening (Friday night and did not want to try to find another place to eat), I would have spoken to a manager and then left. This hostess was either very poorly trained, hated her job, didn't think I was worth her time, or a combination of all these. Her service was appalling.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 5, 2017

We always have a lovely time at Stella. Sadly this time, the steaks weren't cooked as well or as true to temperature as they normally are. Also we tried the artichoke for something different and sadly it was a disappointment. The wine was lovely as was the service and dessert.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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