Trattoria Stella

4.7
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843 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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
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TM
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was extremely helpful and gave us the space to enjoy our meal. Food was hot and delicious. Completely satisfied with the experience.

OT
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good. They were initially going to put my husband and I in a very small space in the walkway, but the hostess moved us before sitting us at that table. Very appreciative.

CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience5

My meal was just ok. I thought it was boring. My beet salad was good. Not worth the money.

HS
Detroit
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food set in a very distinctive setting ( lol look up the History of the building). A little pricey but the food was excellent and service was fast and friendly

OT
Northern MI
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service. A must stop whenever we are in town.

IT
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, wonderful food and wonderful service. This remains one of our favorite places to dine in Traverse City.

TC
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stella never disappoints. You can order anything on the menu with confidence, or let the chef pick if you can't decide. If you've never tried octopus, or even if you have, theirs is one of the best things on the menu and I promise you'll love it.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

AR
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place had amazing food, and even better service. Please get the octopus you won't be disappointed!

PM
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food was not bad, distinctive in comparison to what you would get at a normal Italian restaurant, with good presentation. I found my spaghetti with duck leg to be too salty. While I enjoyed my first few bites, by the end of the meal it was less palatable. My date said her ravioli was just ok. Portions were small. Service was excellent, as you would expect from a restaurant of this quality. Atmosphere was nothing special. It was clean. Pricey, but within the norm for this quality of restaurant. Not disappointed I tried it, but nothing that led me to believe a return visit is warranted.

L
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was absolutely amazing! All four diners enjoyed their meals, appetizer and drinks!

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, loved the ambiance, 5 star service.

BK
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding, food and entire dining experience made for a very memorable evening

SS
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! This place is so special! Allison (our waitress extraordinare) was like a Jedi Mind reader and recommended the best wine! I would like to go there every single day!!!

NA
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and one of the best wine lists at an Italian restaurant we have seen .

TS
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Music was great. Sinatra and Dino. Set a great mood for dinner. Service was great! Very customer focused and wanting to know the good and bad about your dining experience! I had the Chicken Saltimbocca and I highly recommend it! While the piece of chicken could have been bigger, the tastes in the dish were great with two wonderful sauces. It was wonderful. My wife had a steak that was overcooked with a side of pasta that was really underwhelming. The manager was kind enough to take it off the bill without hesitation. They also gave us a desert for our trouble (tiramisu) which was delicious! We will return!

AS
Meath
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our first time at Tattoria Stella this past Friday night was amazing. We started with oysters, chose the canneloni and chicken saltimboca for dinner and both were incredible. When our server found out it was my birthday they brought us a complimentary dessert of my choice. We enjoyed our food and drinks and we cannot wait to go back again!

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
3 reviews
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 !

KR
Detroit
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!

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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