Stanza Italian Bistro & Wine Bar

4.6
510 reviews
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Contemporary Italian
Stanza Italian Bistro & Wine Bar is Salt Lake’s newest addition to the downtown dining scene. Executive Chef Jonathan LeBlanc has created an amazing menu with tastes of Italy and a contemporary take on a traditional cuisine. Beverage Manager, Raya Wall is on hand to guide guests through our wine list showcasing the wonderful variety from all over Italy.
Desserts, such as house-made gelato and sorbet and seasonal cannolis, are created by our talented Pastry Chef, Amber Billingsley. Located a few minutes walk from the heart of downtown, we are perfect for dining before shows and concerts and even U of U football games. And, with private dining space we can host private parties of 10-100. Please come and enjoy the gifts of good food and good wine with your family and friends.

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I went with my husband and daughter, and while the service was good, none of us liked our entrees. The descriptions of the entrees and what the food actually tasted like were very different for all three of us.

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D
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's not a budget option, but the food, service, and decor were all exquisite. The ribeye was the most flavorful I've had anywhere.
It's fully carpeted, so not nearly as noisy as most places. I'm all in favor of returning when we want great Italian and we find ourselves flush with cash.

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W
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were completely blown away by the professionalism and charm of the waitstaff (Andrew in particular) and the excellence of the food and it’s presentation. Not sure why we’ve never been here before, but now that we discovered this Gem we will return often.
The ambiance of the restaurant was modern chic, but warm and inviting.

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AB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I love the ambience, but when I go out to dinner the food is the most important part. Pretty disappointed, I will not recommend this restaurant to my friends.

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SH
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first visit to Stanza Italian Bistro, and we did enjoy it immensely !! We will go back there again with our frinds next time.

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RB
Salt Lake City
11 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance. We would recommend a visit.

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M
Salt Lake City
16 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, nice ambiance, quiet enough to have a conversation, and the food and wine were very good.

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SB
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stanza was much nicer than I first expected. Our server was Madison, and she was incredibly nice and quick. I will definitely recommend Stanza to friends and family.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The service did not match the price tag. It took over 10 minutes just to get water and the vegan menu

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Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious- they even filled a special request for my vegetarian husband! Thank you Stanza and crew!

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KC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Friendly service, nice atmosphere! Wonderful food!

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MW
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, and delicious food! The staff was kind and quick. Every dish ordered was perfectly made. I'll definitely be going again.

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EL
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The food was horrible. We ordered the Fritto Misto and there were co calamari only the bread crumbs. We also ordered the bake clams with mussels, what a joke baby clams and bay mussels that obviously were frozen. There I ordered the linguini with lobster and shrimp, the lobster was soft, of course I didn’t eat it. Anybody know lobster is hard. Horrible experience will never go there again and will never recommend and they called themselves an Italian restaurant, obviously their chef has never been to Italy or has had any seafood. Asqueroso!!!

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TT
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Already have recommended a few friends to go. Stanza is pretty amazing. We loved the atmosphere and the service. A tenured was training a newer waiter this night as I had taken my girlfriend and her two daughters for a night out. The ambiance, service, and amazing food made our night. We will be back. Next time, we'll bring our supper club with us. That good!!! 5 stars!!!

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LA
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So much fun, great food, fantastic, wonderful , professional staff and management ! Thank you Michael , Elizabeth for another wonderful, memorable, fantastic evening with friends !

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrancini are a great starter.
The pasta dishes are quite large.
The ricotta gnocchi with goat cheese was excellent.

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FC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food tasted amazing and service was very good and quick. A bit expensive though.

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DP
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Would love to see a few more vegan options on the menu. Food has always been good!

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TK
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the most delicious meals I’ve had in a few years, including trips to Paris, NYC, and Oaxaca Mexico. The place is a touch loud and is a bit cavernous for my taste, but I like the overall style of the place. Service is friendly and quite casual.

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KL
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

It had been a while since we had visited Stanza before we went two weeks ago. Our last visit had involved a poor meal in most aspects. That is why we waited so long to go again...
Unfortunately, we were still fairly disappointed in the service. The food was better, but we expected more. Our server was lack-luster (and didn't know the difference between vermouth and other amaro), the busser threw away our left-overs, and the manager was non-responsive to questions.

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AM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress gave amazing recommendations. Will definitely be going back.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was amazing, and Zachary gave us some fantastic service. We started with the antipasto, which was decent, but I don't know that I would get it again. I got the market fish, which was Mediterranean Sea Bass, which was delicious. Both of us loved it, and it was actually fairly priced for being market fish. Definitely worth going just for this. My husband got the duck, which was good, though not my favorite. The duck itself was good, I just was not a fan of it paired with the blackberry sauce. I do, however, know of others that love the dish, and we came here at their recommendation of that dish. My husband also does not like wine, but Zachary recommended a wine that he actually thought was pretty good. We ended the meal with their dark chocolate panna cottage and the gelato sampler. The ?lemon? Pine nut gelato was like a zap of electricity to the tongue, with a similar flavor to key lime pie. The chocolate panna cotta was very delicious, though I wish there had been more raspberries, or a lite raspberry drizzle. A big thing for both of us is service, which was impeccable. Zachary checked in often enough that we felt we were paid attention to and welcomed, without being pushy or imposing. We were very happy with the experience, and plan on coming again in the future. Very affordable for a high end restaurant. Usually at nice places we spend about $200 (with tip), and we spent only $150 (also with tip).

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this place and will go over and over again! The service is always top notch and we are always checked on by the manager at some point. The food is out of this world and always served at a perfect temperature:

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BB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We had a reservation for 7:30 and had to wait 25 minutes. We were told we could wait at the bar or in the lounge area which would have been fine but it took the bartender about 10 minutes to even acknowledge us. When we were finally seated it took our server a while to come over. The food was good but didn't compensate for lousy service. Would not go back and would no recommend. I did mention all of this to the manager before we left in hopes that they will improve because it has potential.

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KP
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Very good food.

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K
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It feels like an average restaurant trying to be a fancy expensive restaurant. The food is good but not worth the prices they charge for them. The parking is terrible and they have no valet so we had to park two blocks away. The lighting is bright in the dining area so it seems less intimate and just kind of odd. Overall, a decent restaurant with some good food, but doesn’t quite reach the level of others in that price range.

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J
Salt Lake City
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The ambiance is very nice and we enjoyed our visit. The food was good as well. We liked what we ordered and would likely return.

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F
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the food & service at Stanza. The pastas are made in-house, the quality and food presentation are top line. The Valentine's Day menu sets the mood for an important celebration.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing 5-course fixed menu (choice between 4-5 different dishes per course) for Valentines Day. Waitress was incredible as were the bartenders and other staff we interacted with. Thanks for making the night very special!

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Salt Lake City
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Valentines Day perfected!

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v
Salt Lake City
49 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Stanz for Valentine’s Day because they’ve never let us down. This visit exceeded our expectations with their five course fixed priced menu. The only complaint is that there was too much food offered. One course featured a stuffed sausage in a flavorful sauce. While every dish was great, this one was exceptionally seasoned. I wanted to lick the plate and end the meal with that dish, it was so good. The service is always great and their manager is always a great host.

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SW
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Great menu usually but do NOT ever come here on valentines day or any time they have a different menu from the regular one. The food was terrible. I was expecting the same high quality food I have had before but it was the opposite. It should have been better food than normal for such a special day. The food was all cold & didn't even taste good! It tasted like it was pre-made & heated up. Not worth it at all for the price of $65 per head. Waste of money & time. I wont be coming here again.

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l
Salt Lake City
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The 5-course Valentine menu was extraordinary. It was difficult to choose because all offerings were enticing. The service was professional, attentive and well timed. We will definitely return.

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TM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location for our group of 6 on Valentine’s Day. The service was on point and food was incredible. We thoroughly enjoyed the venue and we will be back.

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JF
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Terrible service, the food was okay, but not worth the price... wine not good. Overall a disappointment.👎🏻 Will not be returning...

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AT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The duck breast was delicious, especially the blackberry reduction. I would have liked to see a few more wine options but the wine was very good that I ordered. I sat at the bar and when it got busy the server couldn't really keep up with the restaurant drink orders and also his bar customers but it wasn't awful. All of the staff was very kind and polite. The interior design and lighting is another reason why I keep returning.

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SB
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have never had a waitress ask us what time we needed to be out to make it to our special event. That was so courteous. The timing of service was just right, the atmosphere is wonderful, and the food was delicious and seasonal. Great, memorable experience.

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s
Salt Lake City
21 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried many different dishes amongst our table on Saturday night, and everything was absolutely delicious! Service was fantastic, and the dishes are original and flavorful - everything from the appetizers through to desserts.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was great. Only change I would make is the seating is very close together. But 5 out of 5 overall

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E
Salt Lake City
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is always great! Food is delicious. Servers are more than willing to make modifications to meals to keep customers happy.

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