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Trattoria Stella, Traverse City, MI

Trattoria Stella

4.8
4.8
2098 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Established in 2004 in The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, Trattoria Stella is an award-winning Italian restaurant with an emphasis on authenticity and service. Our seating is limited due to COVID-related restrictions, so we are reservation only for the foreseeable future. We have a frequently changing menu featuring house made charcuterie, pasta, burrata, gelato, desserts and more. Our cocktail program is extensive. Our wine list is loaded with hand-selected items primarily from our three favorite peninsulas (Italy, Old Mission and Leelanau) with a sprinkling of favorites from elsewhere in the world.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–8:45 pm Fri–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (231) 929-8989

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Myles Anton

  • Neighborhood

    Traverse City

  • Cross street

    Village at Grand Traverse Commons GPS=830 Cottageview Dr

  • Parking details

    PARKING: You may park anywhere EXCEPT in the cutout between our main stand-alone sign and the bus stop. That area is reserved for curbside delivery.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,098 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

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    Fit for Foodies

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

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  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Notable Wine List

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Romantic

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Most Booked

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Overall

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Service

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Ambiance

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Value

  • Northern Michigan

    Fit for Foodies

  • Northern Michigan

    Healthy

  • Northern Michigan

    Notable Wine List

  • Northern Michigan

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  1. JG

    JohnG

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in the US…every time
  2. SR

    SteveR

    Orlando

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    One of my barometers of a terrific restaurant experience is how we'll we are greeted at an on-time arrival and with a reservation. Another is delivery of the basics--water, bread, drinks. For a 6:30 res yesterday, we arrived at 6:25. We sat for nearly 20 minutes with little attention from the hostess. Not a good first impression. After we were seated, the bread was served cold and no salt/pepper were on the table. My $15 glass of barbers d'asti was astringent and bitter, a bad wine at a high price. We waited another 30-35 minutes for our mains to arrive--too long in my view. Plenty of staff was in evidence; the place wasn't overcrowded. My wife ordered pasta, which she enjoyed. My plate, a charcuterie, was good, but not great. (At least the toast was hot!) The service was attentive, but not engaging. Bottom line: Trattoria Stella is overpriced and over-rated. I won't go back, but worse: I won't say great things to others.
  3. T

    Tristero

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great. Our server/bartender (Gabbie I think) was outstanding. She knew the food drinks and wine very well and gave excellent recommendations.
  4. JS

    JanellS

    Northern MI

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants! Cocktails are exceptional and the food is always delicious. Our only concern is the waiter brought the bill before our dessert was served.
  5. SM

    SMM1819

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always save Trattoria Stella for our last meal in Traverse City. From the food, atmosphere, and outstanding service, it is the perfect way to end our vacation.
  6. W

    Will3

    Columbus

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really a nice experience and comparably good value. The night before we ate at a place in Sutton’s Bay, paid exactly the same for two to dine, and the food and experience were not nearly as good as this. Salads and pastas were excellent. Our server was knowledgeable and we came to appreciate and follow his recommendations.
  7. KS

    KatherineS

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There were a lot of options, and great specials. Everything was delicious and well worth spending a little more money, for a great experience! I especially loved that it is in the old asylum, very cool vibes/experience!
  8. DD

    DrDan

    Detroit

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Dinner was okay Over rated on Trip Advisor Not sure I would recommend this restaurant
  9. KV

    KatherineV

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Ravioli was disappointing, sauce was like gravy. Asparagus had no flavor. Charcuterie would have been better with a little cheese, which I know is not traditional. Duck liver pate was the best part. Scallop entre and Beef Tenderloin were delicious.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience and tour of the wine and food menus. Our waitress was wonderful, I believe her name was Hailey. She made it that much better, along with the masterful menu
  11. JS

    JoeS

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Seated next to wait station, was rather load and hectic. We had the fennel salad, minestrone soup, bruschetta, tenderloin medallions, finishing with tiramisu for dessert. Fantastic!
  12. KP

    KristaP

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gabby was the best server, very knowledgeable and very friendly. The food was outstanding as always and the cocktails superb.
  13. BL

    BarbaraL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was absolutely beautiful everything was perfect down to the smallest detail the food was outstanding ending this wasn't just a meal but an event and well worth it
  14. S

    Smakosz

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The good was marvelous. Hardly any background music, just the din of people taking and eating- so rare these days when restaurants feel they have to provide loud adolescent sounds … love this place!
  15. C

    Cycling

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place to bring first time out of towners from NYC. Great service, food and wine suggestions, along with wonderful explanations of the dishes and their preparations supporting the farm to table movement. Look forward to repeat visits this summer season.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    Food quality was some of the poorest that we have experienced from a fine dining restaurant.
  17. KB

    KentB

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ALWAYS a great experience. Food was amazing! Great ambiance. Excellent service!
  18. WA

    WendellA

    Columbus

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary trip enjoying great meals. We both had Chicken Saltimbocca which was wonderful. We started sharing Lumache; highly recommend.
  19. Z

    Zestruction

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to the highly recommended Trattoria Stella and it definitely delivered on the hype. The food was delicious, the service was excellent and we enjoyed every moment.
  20. SG

    ScottG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Services was very good explaining the menu and specials. Food was exceptional. First time there and was very happy we chose this restaurant.
  21. LP

    LindsayP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very accommodating to our vegan diet. Chef made an excellent entree. Good service, drinks, appetizers and dessert.
  22. JM

    JohnM

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We don’t live in the Traverse City area but love visiting there about three times a year. We ALWAYS have a dinner at Trattoria Stella; it is always truly outstanding and a treat. It is expensive but worth the occasional splurge.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently one of the best dining experiences in the state of Michigan.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    30th Birthday
  25. LS

    LindyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We eat at Stellas everytime we visit Traverse City.
  26. P

    Pistol

    Denver

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Very good restaurant with a limited menu. Food was good, service was lacking as our server was training a new employee
  27. PT

    PeterT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Trattoria Stella is quite literally our favorite restaurant in the country.
  28. SM

    SometimesMelvin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious. The Bruschetta was absolutely fantastic.
  29. MK

    MarissaK

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place to eat in Michigan in my humble opinion.
  30. CF

    CateF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This quite simply has to be one of the best restaurants in the state, and maybe neighboring states as well. The service was superb, the food was out of this world. Yes, it can be pricey, but worth every penny.
  31. TF

    TonjaF

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, much of it locally sourced. Staff is professional and knowledgeable. The lighting, artwork and layout of the restaurant all add up to the perfect ambiance.
  32. FT

    FirstTimer

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a fantastic meal, and excellent service!
  33. K

    Kingofbeef

    Orlando

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Meal and service were spectacular. The special that evening was a veal “tommyhawk” and it was cooked perfectly to medium rare and was paired with Parmesan risotto and vegetables. We had 6 in our group and everyone’s meals were perfectly prepared and the service was spot on. We will definitely be back the next time we visit Traverse City!
  34. DV

    DesireeV

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always Stella's staff and food are perfection. I don't know what else to say, it just doesn't get any better.
  35. 1

    1968foodie

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had visited Trattoria Stella six years ago and remembered it fondly. This visit only reinforced our appreciation for their cuisine. We chose mostly dishes that were special additions to the menu; each selection was outstanding. Our server, Joseph, was excellent: congenial, efficient, and helpful, and even provided a suggestion for a place to dine at our next destination on our Michigan trip (and we are grateful, as it turned out to be a terrific place!) The dishes are creative, well-thought-out, and delicious. We asked to be seated in a rather isolated spot, and this was done appropriately. In addition to our meals that evening, we ordered two other dishes to take with us. On reheating the next day, these were very good, a pleasant reminder of the quality of Trattoria Stella. Overall, a truly remarkable restaurant.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time dining at this establishment. All around wonderful experience! Highly recommend making this place a stop on your ventures to Traverse City. Ask your server for recommendations, as they will help guide you to what is best.
  37. PM

    PaulaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have never been disappointed. Can’t wait to go back
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have never had a bad experience at Stella! The service is always top notch and the food is spectacular. I recommended always trying the chef’s taste, even if it doesn’t sound like something you’d get on a normal basis - you’ll be surprised how creative the chef gets! They also had morel mushrooms last night which were out of this world and fairly priced. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Drinks are also delicious and price is about what you would expect for a fine dining experience.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated our wedding anniversary with first time visit to Trattoria Stella and both the food & service were outstanding! The charred octopus & minestrone were delicious - best grilled octopus ever. Entrees of scallops and hake were PERFECTLY prepared. Ended the evening by enjoying their house made limoncello. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and attentive service throughout the evening.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the best Italian meal we’ve ever had. Everything is fresh from farm to table. The menu changes daily. Our waitress was Haley. She was a solid 10 and simply amazing! We will be back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Trattoria Stella offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (231) 929-8989.

Trattoria Stella is rated 4.8 stars by 2098 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Trattoria Stella

1200 W Eleventh St Traverse City, MI 49684-3287

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Village at Grand Traverse Commons GPS=830 Cottageview Dr

  • Neighborhood

    Traverse City

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–8:45 pm Fri–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    PARKING: You may park anywhere EXCEPT in the cutout between our main stand-alone sign and the bus stop. That area is reserved for curbside delivery.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Myles Anton

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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