Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar - Chicago

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Stella Barra in Santa Monica has transformed into Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar, debuting a new menu that includes Italian wine bar favorites, in addition to featuring the restaurant’s signature hand-stretched pizzas. From Chef / Partner Jeff Mahin and Executive Chef Ben Goodnick, the new concept highlights seasonal antipasti, pastas, and tavern-style pizzas. Utilizing the freshest, local ingredients to prepare high quality simple dishes is a top priority for the Stella Barra team; even the tomatoes are locally canned in the fields of California. To compliment the menu, the expanded list of hand-selected wines focuses on Italian varietals, to celebrate the diversity and regionality that make Italian wines so special. Guests can order porrons to share with friends or large format tableside pours.

On Saturdays & Sundays from 10am-2pm, enjoy a chef-inspired brunch buffet for $24.95 complete with $5 select brunch cocktails. Kids 10 & under eat FREE. Reservations
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DS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

TOP NOTCH happy hour menu. The Pizza was delicious.

KK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience5

I brought my daughters and two friends before a basketball game. Service was slow and then I left my credit card there. I realized it 2-3 hours later and called the restaurant and no one could find it. No one bothered to ask the wAitress. I called 3 more times over the course of 2 days. Finally, I ASKED the manager to call the waitress at home and it was in her apron. I did not even get an apology. This was poor customer service. I was frustrated and will likely cancel my daughter’s sweet 16 party there in March.

SS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time at Stella Barra. The food was excellent as well as the drinks and the ambience was a good setting for a get together on a Saturday night.

OT
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great choice. Good fried artichokes, salads, and pizza. Wine choices were very good and happily a better value than most LEYE restaurants. (Maybe someone is listening after all these years!) Service terrific even though it was very busy.

p
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress, I think her name was Karilyn, was excellent!!! Super attentive and accommodating.

T
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

service was excellent and you can't beat their happy hour selection and prices

k
Chicago
200 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved it. Great neighborhood restaurant.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great casual atmosphere. Unique experience, brussel sprouts a must for an appetizer. Cesar salad with white anchovies very nice. Pizzas are Napolitano style light and fresh. Good craft cocktails and vino.

m
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We've been here for the buffet brunch many times and always enjoy it. They have changed the offerings a bit, so we missed the crudites, Gulf shrimp, quiche, etc. but overall the selections were great, particularly the 10 grain oatmeal. However, our only criticism was that the food was too heavily salted, especially the vegetarian pasta selection, the scrambled egg enchilada, and the sausage hash. These savory foods did not need the level of salt applied. Otherwise, we enjoyed the brunch, and the lively atmosphere.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic ambiance! Beautiful scenery. Great service

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I came to Stella Barra for Valentine's Day and had the most wonderful experience. We kept it simple and started off with some calamari, then had the classic margherita pizza with all the dipping sauces. The food was delicious, but the service stole the show. Faith, our outstanding server, was friendly, genuine, and personable. She really made us feel special on our first Valentine's Day together - we'll definitely be requesting her next time!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was good.

M
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Restaurant week and another brunch with some girl friends!

LR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was amazing. The room is small and there are a lot of tables crammed into the space so that was a little off-putting but not a big deal. It was a Saturday night so the restaurant was very busy. Our waiter was clearly busy which is fine but when he did check on us he didn't offer to refill drinks or see if we needed anything. He would just walk by the table, look at us and keep going. We had to ask for refills a few times. It would have been nice if our waiter was a little more attentive but other than that the food was outstanding. We will definitely be back!

KM
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We’ve been a few times and enjoyed it each time. This time wasn’t great. We ordered an appetizer, salads and pizzas. The appetizer came almost immediately. After a very long wait (probably 45 minutes) the salads and pizzas came at the same time. Most of the pizzas were good, a couple weren’t great. Maybe they were just having an off night. It was Saturday after all and quite full. Sitting in the back patio section however was fabulous and cozy.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Our reservation was for 12:45 on a Saturday afternoon. We were not seated until past 1:30. We were starving so we ordered a cold appetizer thinking it would arrive quickly. It took 25 mins for the appetizer, that came the same time as our first pizza. The second pizza came 5-10 mins later completely burnt like the left it over the heat lamp and refired it. We asked for more bread with our barrata because a whole plate came with 4 pieces, three times before it arrived. The whole experience was a “shitshow.” No one came around to apologize for the experience. I would never return.

r
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was very busy.
That was fine as we had a reservation. But even with the reservation we felt as if we were seated after others.
The food is just ok. Very good but with many choices in Chicago for pizza and pasta this food is not worth the wait or price.
Won’t be back.

n
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

good brunch for the price.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pizza took longer then usual. Service was ok our server seemed a little overwhelmed.

ED
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great happy hour. Went before the theatre and had a fun time with friends.

RW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Normally Stella merits five stars. This time the restaurant was insanely busy and service was not good.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was very professional. I thought the wine was a bit overpriced. Overall great experience.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food3service1ambience5

Ambiance and food are great!

D
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely brunch buffet with a huge bellini for $24 during Restaurant Week? Yes, please.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The gluten free pizza crust has changed and it’s not close to as good as it used to be! I have ordered this pizza over 100 times and I used to love it but I won’t eat it again until it changes

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch experience for restaurant week. We were a party of 8. Things started off rough getting seated 20 minutes after our reserved time but they were extremely nice about about it and kept apologizing. Even offered to bring us drinks while we waited, we chose not to but then when we were leaving they gave us a comped bag of yummy goodies. We had 5 children with us and the server was really kind and didn’t seem annoyed with all the craziness that ensues when there are so many toddlers at the table. They were quick to remove plates (we did the brunch buffet). Highly recommend this place if you have kids especially since they eat free for brunch!

OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We waited 30 minutes to get seated when we had a reservation...

OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We were sat 40mins after reservation. We were with two toddlers and shown no accommodation or apologies .

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

We had to wait over 30 minutes to be seated with a reservation. The manager did offer us an appetizer (via a server) which was much appreciated. However our service was a little disorganized after we sat down and beverage refills were not that high of a priority. It appeared that maybe some cuts had been made on the floor and a few servers we perhaps stretched a little thin. We will definitely go back as this is the first time we have had this type of experience at this restaurant.

JV
Acapulco
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, truly friendly service. Wonderful place!

AC
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Our waiter was horrible. Food was good though

h
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
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
33 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.

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