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Stella Van Buren

4.6
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879 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Steakhouse
IMPORTANT: SMALL PLATES ONLY. As we navigate the reopening process and ensure the safety of our guests & associates, we will only be open for limited evening hours on Wednesday-Saturday 4:00pm to 10:00pm. Additionally, our menu will be limited to bar snacks only (plus full bar) until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.

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 features 45 tables in the restaurant, 50 seats in the bar, and two 3rd floor outdoor patios for dining or cocktails.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 879 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Christine
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very tasty, just unfortunately showed up during a private party as well so the bar area was pretty crowded. Once we moved to the dining area however our server was amazing and she gave great recommendations. The food was awesome too, we would definitely go back!

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vipJamesS
Milwaukee
33 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great venue and service. Drinks were not spectacular. Portion sizes were large and everything tasted good.

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Fargo
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Highly recommended.

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IngridD
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent and our server, Britt was knowledgable and very attentive.

Stella Van Buren
Responded on March 8, 2020

Ingrid thank you for the kind words! We will certainly share with Britt!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Great atmosphere. Great service.

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Mmsss
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Please unsubscribe me from Open Table.yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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JenniferR
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!! Definitely would go again. Everything we ordered was delicious. We got a free appetizer for signing up . Great for date nights!!

Stella Van Buren
Responded on March 8, 2020

Thank you for dining with us Jennifer!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and atmosphere!!!

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ShawntrelG
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Waitress was amazing. Food was nice and hot. Drinkers were well mixed.

Stella Van Buren
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thank you very much! We are happy you enjoyed your experience at Stella!

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Skibby
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was all excellent especially the food and service which are the two most important things. We would return.

Stella Van Buren
Responded on March 3, 2020

We appreciate the kind words, thank you for joining us at Stella!

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vipRonA
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The place was not that busy and took forever to get drinks and drink reorders

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ChrisR
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

All agreed the pasta dishes were excellent. The Caesar salad was unremarkable. Service was best described as minimalistic. Atmosphere was pretty modern, but with a lot of hard surfaces. It made the noise a bit bright, even for a slow Monday night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I was very impressed by the decor. Even though it’s a very large space we did not feel lost in it. The food was good, the service was excellent! The only issue we had was that the chairs are not suited for people who are vertically challenged LOL My friend had to ask for a pillow to sit on to bring her up to a comfortable height with the table. The gentleman next to us, who was 5’9” also felt that the chairs were way to low fir the height of the tables

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SMiller
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Jessica was great, super friendly and answered our questions about the food and drinks well. She was helping train a new server who was also very friendly. I had the dry aged bone in ribeye that was perfect and my fiancee had the Vodka Marinara that was also very good. I ordered two old fashioneds (one sweet and one sour) and the bartender knocked those both out of the park. We look forward to going back.

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CindyG
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We'd highly recommend Stella Van Buren for dinner or brunch. Both were outstanding beginning with the service. We enjoyed the Wagyu Beef, which was done perfectly. The large quantity of mussels had a yummy sauce/seasoning/spice. The Classic Caesar's salad (one of the tastiest in years) was large enough to share. Lastly, the Tagliatelle Bolognese was FANTASTIC!

We LOVED everything about our experience at Stella and will be returning soon.

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vipAdrianV
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening at Stella Van Buren. Our server was terrific. Food and beverages were very good. A nice find tucked into a hotel.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance and service was great as well. Definitely would be back. Bar area looked really nice and good vibe. Even the valet dudes were great. Cheers.

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KevinR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I was a little disappointed that the beef carpaccio was no longer on the menu, but aside from that the meal was really good, tuna tartare was splendid, the bronzino delicious and the minestrone was very good.

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vipJamesB
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with big city atmosphere

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JorjanL
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Birthday celebration
Pasta over cooked... Brit made it right
Everything else was delicious
Good because of her

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vipVeggieNmke
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vegetarian friendly. Wonderful addition to the Milwaukee restaurant scene.

Stella Van Buren
Responded on February 23, 2020

Thank you so much for the thoughtful compliment!

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DrewR
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our environment was skewed with a large gathering event in a portion of the restaurant. The service was incredible and the food was very good. I went for a quiet 2 person dinner and had to shout over the large event on the other side of a curtain.

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Anthony
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

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Valentine
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

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ChristopherC
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

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KimK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! The waitress and hostess were very kind and friendly. Great food options and variety.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipPamS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

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vipAdamabouttown
Milwaukee
137 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast and service

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BrianK
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 on February 14, 2020

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

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Jjwiedem1
Chicago
20 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.

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Chad
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 on February 14, 2020

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

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DannyP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Stella Van Buren
Responded on February 14, 2020

Danny we really appreciate the kind works, thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
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 on February 14, 2020

Thank you and congratulations to the two of you!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JackS
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 on February 14, 2020

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

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vipLynnK
Milwaukee
17 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 on February 14, 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
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.

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AlexM
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.

FAQs

Stella Van Buren does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Stella Van Buren is rated 4.6 stars by 879 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.