Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar

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Stella Barra is an artisanal pizzeria with an eclectic menu inspired by the idea of simple honest cooking. Chef Jeff Mahin has developed a network of farms and purveyors to supply the restaurant with fresh-milled, 100% California flour for his handcrafted dough, as well as sustainably farmed organic produce, meats and cheeses. Pizza toppings range from prosciutto to shaved truffle to smoked bacon and can be served on a lighter tavern style pizza crust, or even gluten-free dough. On Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-2pm, Stella Barra presents a chef-inspired brunch buffet for $24.95 complete with cinnamon rolls, breakfast enchiladas, caramelized french toast and more, plus $5 select brunch cocktails. Kids 10 & under eat FREE. Reservations accepted.
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4.5
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4.6
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AC
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Our waiter was horrible. Food was good though

h
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Our service was terrible Very disappointing. I have been there numerous times and our waiter was extremely inattentive. The food was not as good either. Pizza was cold.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service — great recommendations

Food was mindblowingly good. All the pizzas were so flavorful and the crust was delicious. Could not recommend everything on the menu enough.

RK
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Food & service was amazing throughout the meal. Nice and filling portion sizes.

Unfortunately we had a sour experience to end the night. They did not honor a $15 off promotion from their website, even after we had our server double check with the manager. They stated that the promo code wouldn't work the same day we received it. Mind you, this exclusion was NOT mentioned on the website, or we would have picked another night! Hard to trust that they would honor their promos in the future.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Children everywhere - it’s a daycare center until after 730

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food5service3ambience5

There was water on the floor and my lady slipped and fail hard on the floor. She hurt her leg .

MG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, great ambience and super kid friendly. Our server was beyond kind and pleasant -- attentive but not over-bearing. The guys at the bar that made pizzas with my kids were great. Nice to have food the kids AND adults want to eat.

d
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch with all kinds of goodies. Will definitely be back !!!!

JD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

we went for their NYE brunch and after waiting nearly 30 minutes to be seated for our reservation, once seated it took the server nearly 15 minutes to get us both a mimosa. We opted for the brunch buffet which had a long line and many of the items offered they failed to replenish - including the shrimp and potatoes. I would never go back for the buffet but might consider one of their pizzas - those looked tempting.

JI
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fun New Year’s Day brunch with family. Food was great but ran out often. That would be my only constructive feedback.

c
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

I love Stella Barra! I've been here a couple times. It doesn't get the same love as Summer House for some reason but I think that the food is actually better. We went here for NYE dinner so it was packed, as to be expected. It seemed like they fit more tables in there than what usually fit there, so that's why I would ding them on the ambiance. You really can't beat the value here.

We got the classic caesar salad and sausage and peppers tavern style pizza as an appetizer than we split with another couple. Both were great. The tavern style was so light and nice to squeeze in as trying another item on the menu as a split item.

My boyfriend and I then also split the hobbs pepperoni pizza. We split a bottle of wine with the other couple and the bill was still under $100! We'll be back again!

K
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Get the mushroom pizza

e
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Our waiter was not interested in helping us as we were not drinking. it was a Sunday nght at 6:30 and they were ot f the truffle dipping sauce. The caesar salad we order was brown lettuce. I asked for fresh lettuce and they were annoyed. Very little salad dressing and asked for more...problem. Asked for fresh parmesan and we got a pinch. Asked for water every time our glasses were empty. Everything seamed to be difficult and the restaurant was half empty.

m
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i think about the prosciutto egg white pizza on a daily basis

NF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love the feel of this place. The meal was outstanding, with the service and ambiance to match.

R
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always enjoy eating there!

s
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

It was my birthday and I had requested a booth if possible we had never been there- they did not honor our request and the booths sat empty the whole time we dined our waitress was wonderful the food was great , But disappointed in the seating

R
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food

L
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went for any early dinner with our kids. Food was great and our server was fabulous! Looking forward to going back without the kids!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Reservation was for 8, we arrived early but didn’t get seated until 8:15-8:20

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

n
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food at Stella Barra is consistently tasty, but last night’s atmosphere definitely made it harder to appreciate the food. We had to wait to be seated until 20 minutes after our reservation started and the wait staff was obviously overwhelmed and barely paying attention to us. It’s not their fault, but restaurant managers definitely need to improve their operations so busy nights are still enjoyable for the customers. It was also very loud and noisy.

U
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Meatballs were cold and over spiced. Good for kids though. Service very agreeable.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience4

It was great and they have a nice happy hour menu.

OT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Egg prosciutto pizza is great

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation (thank goodness because the place was jam packed) we were seated shortly after arrival, food was good, staff was great and reasonably priced meal.

LS
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

My husband and I decided to give this place a try for my birthday this year. Our dining experience left a lot to be desired. The pizza was bland, the salads and wines we ordered were just okay. Our waiter appeared to be strung out on some type of upper and was very forgetful of minor requests we had made. The roasted Brussels we got as an app were good, but how hard is it to execute a roasted veggies? We left underwhelmed and will likely not go back as we thought the food was overpriced and not memorable.

m
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoy the Sunday brunch buffet. It is smaller than most, and not overwhelming, but there is plenty of food and choices, and the price is reasonable. There are some usual things, like great scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, thick bacon, pancakes, sausage, but there are some unusual things, like egg whites with kale, sausage hash, bacon mac and cheese, corn and scrambled egg cheese enchiladas, various roasted vegetable confits, desserts, and more. Service is warm, friendly, and efficient. Overall, a great Sunday brunch experience.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Stella Barra. We go regularly with our toddler. It’s a great atmosphere for families where you still get great food and drinks.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience3

Our service was incredibly bad. We were essentially ignored by our server aside from ordering and paying.

LL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have some of the best gluten free pizza and our waiter was super helpful with making decisions and giving his input!

DB
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best gluten-free pizza in the city

n
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

The squash pizza is terrible. It should not be in the menu/ is that bad. Bartender was very accommodating. .

MB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun spot to take an out of town friend visiting Chicago for the first time. Service and ambience was great

KN
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Maybe the worst pizza ever in Chicago. Came out like cardboard.... just soooo bad really!!

SW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was the best! Great service, great personality, friendly.

AP
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gluten Free pizza was surprisingly great and our waiter couldn’t have been nicer. Great for a casual night out.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous waitress who described the specials well and also encouraged us to try the AMAZING PUMPKIN PIE! Love this place!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Karylin was an amazing server!! She took such great care of us and made our whole experience. The food was also so excellent.

TM
Chicago
84 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is a solid bunch for $24.95. 90% of everything was good, the food is fresh, hot, tasty and good quality. The two negative are the breakfast sausage/bacon selection. The sausage does not appear cooked, it is white in color and not brown like it should be. I don't think it was chicken breakfast sausage. The bacon was dry and hard. It looked like plastic bacon that would be in a deli showcase showing what the meal looked like (even though it is not real food). Don't know how anyone can screw up bacon this bad. The bacon was not hot, it was cold. Error #2, our table ordered two Bloody Mary's. The waitress brought us three and told me the bar inadvertently made one extra and we would not be charged. We were charged.

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