Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar - Santa Monica

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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.
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DM
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of my favourite places to eat in Santa Monica. Fantastic food, and ambience.

BM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Definitely a different vibe than the one in Hollywood. Everything was fine, not great, just fine. A bit too loud for a Sunday lunch and the kids' cheese pizza was spicy. Not sure why you would make kids' pizza spicy, but hey. Just meant the adults ate it and the kids ate some of our salads. We made it work, just wasn't impressed by any of it.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Good was good, not outstanding. Good value, and decent wine selections.
Much too loud an atmosphere for me, and our party.

JA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dining at the Santa Monica location. I have been to the Hollywood location several times. Santa Monica is very happening, beautiful restaurant! Great ambiance, excellent service, fresh and delicious food! Their menu is simple, yet offers enough choices to satisfy! I will most definitely return to this location as well

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizzas. And thank you for having vegan cheese!

J
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On of our favorite places. We drive from Manhattan Beach!! Best pizza and meatballs!!

C
Los Angeles
70 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Needs work. Service not that great, food Luke warm and not that great, except for the Brussel Sprouts

OT
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cejebrating a birthday! Thank goodness

JW
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A few changes were made in design of this restaurant. More space and a nice cosy room added. Shaved mushroom pizza is still great.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good food for a nice casual dinner date

S
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Pizza was good - nice flavorful crust, delicious toppings (especially the carbonara.) The fried mushrooms were crisp, but could have been salted more aggressively, but the horseradish aioli made up for that. Our server was cheerful and charming and gave great advice. It was definitely loud between music and conversation, which isn’t my favorite, but it was fun, and the cookie at the end was delicious.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting this restaurant. Went because we have points. Loved everything we got. One of the best pizzas in LA!

EA
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great New York style pizza and yummy cauliflower appie. Good value drinks at happy hour. Extremely noisy, partly due to room acoustics, and partly to canned mechanical music thrumming in the background. It was packed on a Friday night, maybe less noisy on a different evening.

D
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Stella Barra is consistently good. The server was beyond excellent. As busy as it was she never made us feel rushed. We were meeting with friends we hadn't seen in awhile, so we were taking our time. We appreciated her understanding. She read us perfectly!!

M
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

In the past we’ve had great experiences at this restaurant, however with the promotion they were running on New Years Day they were not prepared. They ran out of multiple items on the menu (by 11:30am) and our food took over an hour to come out, which for 2 egg sandwiches and a grilled cheese should NOT have been the case.
The manager gave us additional gift cards for the inconvenience and we will try them again in the future but are still disappointed by the lack of preparation on managements end going into a holiday event.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Every pizza we ordered on New Year's Day was undercooked. I love Stella Barra, usually everything is excellent but this particular visit was a disaster

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great experience from top to bottom.

J
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable time at Stella Barra’s! Visiting from out of town so not sure what to expect. Very good crispy artichoke and a simple pizza. A couple of good glasses of wine rounded out our dinner. Service was good and the ambiance was delightful.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New years!

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A generally good experience.

Y
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and experience at Stella!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We love this restaurant & have been coming for years! Food is consistent. Tonight they fell apart. Unfortunately, I believe they focused on take out VS. Customers in restaurant. We let them know 4 times that entrees for two had been served out of 4 adults manager never came over to address. Waiter was nice but had no control over the situation in the kitchen. Even down to the bathroom we had to ask for hand towel In a not full restaurant. Leg needed co2 change butt took them one hour to let us know we weren’t getting another round. We brought friends from the valley. It was embarrassing. It pains me to write this because I honestly have enjoyed this place for years but they did not honor a loyal customer. Bummer!

JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Servers kept bringing food with cheese despite requests without it due to allergy — often bc cheese was in the dish but not listed on the menu (think it was more of a menu issue than the individual’s fault)

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bartender was amazing and went above and beyond

JB
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was worth the wait. Our server was very attentive and kind and even gave us a free dessert since it was our first time. Will definitely be back!

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Danny was legit 5000. That is all.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and our waiter was great. Didn’t love the high top tables but it was fine

J
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It’s way too hot with the ovens right there. Uncomfortably hot.

LS
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was awesome!!! The food was great!! Can not say enough about this place!!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and they didn’t have the cookie i wanted so they gave me one on the house. really great service and amazing pizza as always

KJ
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I enjoyed myself, it wasn't too crowded so we sat wherever we wanted. The music was too loud.

P
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

French toast was burnt, twice. The music at brunch was so loud we couldn’t hear our own conversations

c
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday treat. Held up to hype -super delicious specials with fresh farmers market ingredients. Doors open for fresh air and fur friends to hang out with you.

DS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were fantastic!! Loved the space will be back!

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our pizzas were right on target! I ordered the butternut squash, with a light sauce and candied bacon. Yum! Our girls were able to make their own pizzas at the counter and not a bite was left on their plates. While you are there, we highly recommend the sweets case. Everyone found something to take back to our hotel to enjoy later.

A
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Gluten Free pizza and vegan cheese options too! Fun place...we will return!

VP
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Très bel établissement. Les plats sont très bons et le service est sympa.
J’y retournerai avec plaisir si l’occasion se représente.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great wine, great service, all over great experience. Would definitely return.

VL
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Best pizza we’ve ever had. And my 3 children aged 18,15 and 10 agreed

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and happy hour.