Stella Van Buren

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$30 and under
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Steakhouse
A modern Italian-American steakhouse, brings Milwaukee a fresh take on the traditional steakhouse dining experience, combined with a destination-worthy wine and bourbon selection.

Located on Van Buren Street, Stella Van Buren will feature 45 tables in the restaurant and 50 seats in the bar.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.4
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4.6
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a small bit pricy, but that is what we were looking for. It was a very nice restaurant downtown with excellent Italian dishes. The only thing I would improved is better views out the window. The overall restaurant is wonderful.

V
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time trying Wagyu beef and it did not disappoint. The food was absolutely perfect, our service was excellent, and the restaurant was beautiful.

CC
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Nice ambiance. Not too loud. The Stella old fashioned is a different and delicious take on a Wisconsin classic. The Sazerac was very spicy and sweet but good. The chopped salad was outstanding but somewhat slow to be served considering the restaurant appeared to be at about half capacity and fully staffed at the time. None the less, we enjoyed it. From that point on the service picked up nicely. My wife loved the salmon. I went with the filet prepared medium rare. It was cooked perfectly and the tangy bernaise paired with it well. Sides of smashed potatoes and Parmesan encrusted asparagus were the perfect compliment. We especially liked the asparagus. Because it was my birthday, a complimentary chocolate with cherry and caramel cake was offered. Unfortunately the service took a serious nose dive at that point. We ordered coffee with the desert. A few minutes later the cake was served and the coffee was promised right away. Our server then proceeded to vanish from the restaurant completely, abandoning not only my wife and I but four other tables in our area of the restaurant. For the next twenty five minutes the only restaurant employee to come anywhere near our section was the sommelier. I was on the verge of going in search of some assistance when I noticed our server scurrying across the restaurant and looking nervously in our direction. A few minutes later she appeared with the coffee a full thirty minutes after we ordered it. Unacceptable under any circumstances in a fine dining establishment. Not only did our server drop the ball, but apparently there was nobody in the restaurant to insure that all the bases were covered. It’s a shame that an otherwise good experience went straight down the drain at the end but that’s the unfortunate reality. As I’ve pointed out, this wasn’t just a server issue. Management was missing in action also. We refused the coffee, paid the bill and left disappointed. Great place otherwise.

KK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Disappointed in the food. Brussel Sprouts were drowning in glaze, way too much. Salmon was swimming in citrus flavor with nothing to balance it out.

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had an incredible experience at Stella’s. Food and service was and always has been incredible!

PS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience1

The noise level was so high that my dining partner and I both had to lean across the table to be heard when we tried to speak. It detracted from our romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. We eventual stopped talking and just sat there. By the time dinner was over we each had a headache.

A
Milwaukee
134 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast and service

BK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent meal and service! Left my cell phone, and it was safely held for me until the next day. Thank you!

Stella Van Buren
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you Brian, happy we were able to assist in getting the phone back to you!

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J
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Had kids with us for breakfast and I should have considered the menu before making reservation. Breakfast was very good but did not have much in the way a kid friendly options. That was my mistake not the restaurant. The adult options where very good.

C
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Service was great and food came fast which was perfect. Arrived with a party of 8, all of us ordered something different and everyone loved their dish.

Stella Van Buren
Responded 5 days ago

Chad we are happy all enjoyed themselves with us, we hope to see you again soon!

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DP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food ...great prices ... great ambience !!!!

Stella Van Buren
Responded 5 days ago

Danny we really appreciate the kind works, thank you!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I propose to my fiancé that evening everybody that worked there was super helpful and made it very special evening for us and even offer a complementary glass of champagne for us I’d like to think Marie she was a great help and help set it all up!!-
Sorry for any grammar or spelling errors this is a recording/was recorded

Stella Van Buren
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you and congratulations to the two of you!

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OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gathered with our MU student/girlfriend for birthday dinner. All was perfect!

JS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brit was a very well informed host and very pleasant. It was an enjoyable evening.

Stella Van Buren
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you Jack, we are proud to have Brit on our team and will share your kind words!

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LK
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful server who made our experience very personal. Good variety of choices. We will be back!

Stella Van Buren
Responded 5 days ago

Lynn thank you so much for choosing to dine with us!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went to Stella Van Buren on Super Bowl Sunday, so it was nice and quiet. The food was absolutely delicious! The bruschetta and ribeye did not disappoint. Service was great. I made a note in open table that it was our anniversary and the manager made sure to wish us a happy anniversary. It was a nice touch.

AM
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Nice location, very open and updated decor. Food was great and cooked to perfection. The only issues we had was a dirty coffee cup and then the coffee refills were delayed due to the waitress not coming with the coffee pot often enough.

T
Milwaukee
79 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The setting was made more comfortable with pillows to sit on, but the wait for drinks was still too lengthy. I had to call over the server for fear we would not eat dinner before another long wait. The branzino was delicious but should be accompanied by a few veggies. The Rose by the glass was lucious!

TL
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! I had the vodka marinara pasta with a delicious and flavorful lamb sausage. My husband's flank steak was cooked perfectly and seasoned well. Great service, nice ambiance.

CS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding and Angel was fantastic!! Great service, beautiful setting, and our meals were fabulous!!

Stella Van Buren
Responded on February 2, 2020

Thank you Carrie, we are happy you enjoyed your visit!

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B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

food was excellent and we had an outstanding server I believe Eric was his name...just exceptional.

I had salad with shrimp and my friend had a chicken dish that was out of this world. the lemon tart for dessert was the best ever. Very "new york" atmosphere...loved it. will be back.

A
Milwaukee
135 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and awesome service

JC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Alonzo was friendly, efficient and knowledgable.

RW
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here - impressive! From the host to the bartender, service was excellent!

AR
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great location for groups looking for great food and easy going service.

s
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good and service from Jessica outstanding! Thanks.

M
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view, not crowded, professional services

L
Milwaukee
44 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday lunch, at one of my favorite places! Being a solo diner is never awkward here, and my server was friendly. Chicken parm with spaghetti--a very large portion and yummy. And a complimentary b'day dessert--thank you! A very nice lunch

ND
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Food was very good. Service was sub par. After being seated we waited at least 10 minutes to be greeted by a server who never even introduced himself. We then waited again for water and at least another 15 minutes for our drink orders. I believe the servers name was Chris (I had to ask him). We were a group of 4, he took appetizer/salad orders from 2 of us and ran away, we had to track him down to get him to come back and take orders for the other two. Our service never got better.

L
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Entire meal was great. Bruschetta, pastas, chicken parm....apple turnover so crispy and donuts with sauce delish! Bar is great with fun drinks!

Stella Van Buren
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thank you Lynne!

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SR
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. As always, outstanding in every way. Stella has quickly become one of our favorite restaurants.

Stella Van Buren
Responded on January 19, 2020

Thank you Scott!

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S
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I booked a reservation for my wife and her sister to celebrate a casual "Sister's Brunch". I called ahead and asked the management to arrange something special for their afternoon. Both my wife and sister-in-law couldn't stop raving about the service and experience they enjoyed at Stella. Miguel, their server, was attentive and friendly. The food was terrific, and the ambience was chic and sophisticated.

All in all, Stella totally came through in putting together a small, special brunch for a pair of very deserving and very discerning ladies; no small feat! This is the second time that Stella has impressed me, and I absolutely look forward to visiting again, and arranging more events here.

Stella Van Buren
Responded on January 19, 2020

Thank you for choosing Stella for them to celebrate! We are happy they enjoyed themselves!

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RG
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is very big and beautiful. The staff was great and coming over to say happy birthday to my girlfriend. That's why we were there.

Stella Van Buren
Responded on January 19, 2020

Thank you for choosing to celebrate with us Russ!

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P
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food. Service was very personable and friendly.

JL
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Terrible service for anyone under 30. Upon being seated, every table receives bread, yet we had to ask for bread and received it with our meal. Furthermore, I ordered the filet mignon, and had to wait five minutes to even ask my waitress for a steak knife... Yikes.

A
Milwaukee
135 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

MS
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Nice ambience- our waiter Miguel was excellent! We will go back again and bring friends

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Stella to have dinner with a couple of old co-workers and we had an amazing time. Johnathon was our waiter and he was by far the most amazing, attentive and knowledgeable waiter they have. He took his time and went over the ENTIRE menu with us. In his explanations there was so much detail and because of that i wanted to try everything. He came numerous times to fill up our waters. By far one of the best nights.

s
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food and great service

SB
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Average food. Nice staff .Beautiful space. Not a place I would put on my top ten list.