Trattoria Stella

4.7
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
826 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
Since opening in 2004, Executive Chef Myles Anton, 5-time James Beard Award semi-finalist, has led the kitchen focused on sustainable ingredients sourced locally when possible and house-made pastas, fresh cheeses, charcuterie, breads and desserts. This year, Trattoria Stella is designated as one of the Top 100 Wine Restaurants in America by Wine Enthusiast Magazine thanks to nearly fifteen years of committing to the education of a loyal service staff and an innovative selection of wine from all over the Italian peninsula plus the best of the best from the local ones: Old Mission and Leelanau. The effort put into the beverage selection and delivery matches the quality of the culinary offerings making Trattoria Stella an unparalleled destination for dining in Traverse City, Michigan.
*MLive.com 2018 | Best Italian Restaurant in Michigan
*USA Today 2017 | Most Romantic Restaurant in Michigan
*Open Table 2018 | Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America
What 826 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Quiet
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
Loved For
Sort by
Filters
PS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambience were amazing, and we had possibly the best service either of us have ever had, Alison took exceptional care of us. A truly incredible experience.

AT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner experience! The food, drinks, and service were all outstanding. Pricing matches food quality. Might be worth taking a peek at their extensive drink list beforehand for those who have a hard time making decisions. I look forward to returning in the future.

LK
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Inventive cocktails. Very knowledgeable server. Great atmosphere.

MK
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was terrific but the wait staff was beyond wonderful. Alison, our waitress was so very knowledgable in everything from the wines to the entire menu. After listening to her superior explainations of the wines, I let her pick. Her choice was beyond good. The food was spectacular and Alison's recommendation of the burratta appetizer was superb

TB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner - recommend any time

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So very special! Definitely will do again!

CF
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was phenomenal and was very attentive to us. My husband ordered the scallops and said they were the best he’s ever had. I ordered the steak and it was absolutely delicious. We will be back again soon.

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic- attentive service, excellent & creative food, and unique atmosphere.

b
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went here for our anniversary. Meal was great! The waiter recommended a nice bottle of wine. Will definitely be coming back!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, but sat next to server alley and the servers would be on phones or talk about their own business to loud.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

New Years Eve

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was spectacular! The atmosphere is also extremely relaxing and comfortable.

GB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was the 5th time my wife and I have eaten at Trattoria Stella and while this wasn't the best meal we've ever had there (you can't hit a Grand Slam every time you come to bat) the meal was great and the service impeccable.

Highly recommended.

WM
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were recommended this restaurant from a couple we met in a hotel elevator. We were looking a unique setting for our 47th wedding anniversary.
What a wonderful setting ! The wine was from one of the local wineries we visited earlier, appetizer was excellent and brought to the table quickly. Entrées were delicious and prepared with flair.
Usually don’t order dessert but split a Tiramisu … well worth it !
Only down side, we were seated between a small children’s party and a table of loud talkers, nonetheless we enjoyed our celebration !
Being in a rehab’d asylum made it awesome !

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal here, wait staff is knowledgeable about the food and wine.

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stella’s never disappoints!

Report
OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, savory, delicious meal in a cozy and warm atmosphere. Excellent service. Highly recommend.

BD
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The food was not close to worth the money. Very disappointed in the quality to price.

t
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Too noisy for intimate conversation. Table next to us was very loud.
Good food and service but preferred a more quite setting for a romantic dinner

OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

12/23/19. Family together for the holidays

KB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent dinner at Trattoria Stella! The food and service were wonderful. My only complaint with my meal was the amount of oil in the pasta dish. (I ordered the bolognese.) The flavor of the dish, however was excellent so the oil was easily overlooked. The wine selection at the restaurant was also phenomenal!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was impeccable and the wine was the best we have ever had. New favorite restaurant right here

L
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed a delightful celebratory meal from beginning to end with our family. Hayley, our server, was enthusiastic and possessed knowledge and passion of their offerings. Bread service, drinks, and the fried calamari were enpointe. The beet salad was good as usual and the kale perfectly acceptable. Three of us savored pasta dishes for our entrees and the other scallops. Portions were large so we took half home for dinner the next evening. Everyone was completely satisfied with their main which can be a rarity. For dessert, tiramisu, gelato, sorbet, and cappuccinos! A truly pleasant dining experience.

CK
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our entire experience was wonderful! The white pizza was life changing and our server, Hayley, was friendly, knowledgeable, and very helpful. She made the experience very memorable.

OT
Grand Rapids
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner there to celebrate our anniversary. Excellent food and staff was incredible!

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this place! Food is amazing, love the ambience and the staff are always great!

MM
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Our server was not very friendly or attentive. She seemed to change when we didn’t order drinks, which was due to health issues.

DD
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service! Perfect for a good weeknight meal or a special occasion.

d
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trattoria Stella not only met, but exceeded our expectations! Loved the ambiance, extensive cocktail and wine list and our menu selections! Can’t wait to go back again, highly recommend!

SW
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trattoria Stella

We loved the romantic atmosphere, the wait staff...they were great.
The drinks they were amazing, a perfect place to take your date.
Each entree we ate was special, each a prize from local farms.
The Michigan wines and fruit desserts just added to the charms.
So if you’re thinking of a road trip... to an asylum in a cellar?
I highly recommend my new favorite, Trattoria Stella

Scott Wolbers

JM
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The finest gourmet restaurant in Traverse City. We have eaten there since they opened in 2004 and every element of an excellent dining experience has been consistent.

PM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Date night

MG
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, the food was exceptional, the staff were congenial and professional. Another great meal!

BS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was great. A couple of dishes were heavily salted, like the beans under the sweetbreads, but overall it was great.

OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019