Trattoria Stella

4.7
457 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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KR
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , ambience and service . We arrived very early but they were able to accommodate us

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DP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always! Will return again and again.

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v
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we went for the atmosphere and were very happy that the food was great! the food wasn't very expensive, but the drinks sure were! the garlic stuffed olives are probably worth it though! it was easy to get in early on a friday night in march. most of the shops in the asylum are closed in the evening which is unfortunate. there was another restaurant/bar open there where we had a drink but stella had a much better menu, so we were happy overall.

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OT
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious Italian restaurant. Some menu options can be a little pricey but given a special occasion and the quality of the food/ingredients, I would say it is definitely worth a treat! The service was friendly and helpful. Our waiter was kind to help us pick a wine to share and also to tell, and explain twice, what the specials were for the evening too! Strongly recommend this place in Traverse City!

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LP
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Please keep pricing reasonable. Thank you for darkness and for tablecloths. Thank you for not making prices prohibitive. I will come back time and time again. Don’t change a thing!!

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OT
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to Stella many times but decided to come this evening instead of our original plan of Red Ginger with friends of ours who are new to the neighborhood so we could more easily talk. We got lucky and arrived on the last day of Chef’s special 4-course prix fixe menu offering from the boot of Italy. As it turned out our dining partner’s mother came from this exact part of Italy so he had a great frame of reference. In a word - outstanding. Chef created a menu that reminded our friend of his mother’s home cooking but that also was unique and what you expect for a big night out at Stella’s. Five stars + tonight. Thanks.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

4 course special was a good value. Interesting flavor combinations, but was a tad too salty for my taste.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food we have had at a restaurant in a long time - and the price could not be beat

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried the social 4 course food tour. Delicious!

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KB
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful service and amazing food! The staff was attentive and knowledgable and the menu was rich and decadent.

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E
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

restaurant was packed so it was very loud. Excellent service. Food options always unique.

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m
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Friendly clean some staff knows more than other staff knows and are friendlier

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NL
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week 2019. Trattoria Stella was FABULOUS, probably the best meal I have ever had in Traverse City. Our waitress, Anna, was very friendly and very knowledgeable. The food was so delicious and just the right amount so I wasn't overly full. Drinks were delectable (probably because I'm so used to cheap drinks)! I would definitely go back but it was a little pricey, even with the $35 tasting menu so I would wait for a special occasion! Nice job, Trattoria Stella! Five stars!

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KB
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our friends to stella's for their 30th anniversary and they and we loved it. Only thing I would suggest is that if people are coming for an anniversary, maybe acknowledge it. Even a small thing like a glass of wine or a dessert, would be a nice touch! Thanks again for a wonderful evening.

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DA
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely exceeded our expectations. The food and service were outstanding.

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c
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, fantastic service and cant wqit to go again

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KN
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great. Wine list is good, a little higher price that usual but good selection of local wines that is greatly appreciated.

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KS
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It is a very pricy place, and the amount of food isn't worth the cost.

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NS
Northern MI
22 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, ambiance, and service! The Arctic char was very tasty!

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KA
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic as always. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and the atmosphere was terrific. We love this place and eat here every time we are in TC!

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JE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was restaurant week in Traverse City and as we reviewed the menus of participating restaurants, Stella stood out for us. We were not disappointed. Our dinners were excellent, the service attentive, but not intrusive and the atmosphere just what we were looking for.

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T
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Stella's for Restaurant Week. The food was delicious and the ambiance was quaint!

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience for restaurant week. Food and service were outstanding. We will be back.

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LD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Trattoria Stella for our post-elopement dinner. It was phenomenal and delicious. The drink/alcohol menu is fantastic. Wonderful experience!!! Looking forward to coming back in the future!

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RM
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was simply outstanding- we had the minestrone soup, romaine lettuce salad, meatballs, and the scallops! The ambience- perfect. Nice wine list too.

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RT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Always a stop when in traverse city. One of the best wine menus in town.

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RD
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stella's is the best restaurant in TC. I've never had a bad meal there, the food is inventive and the service is always impeccable. Just go. It's pricey and it's worth it.

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BD
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The ambience was the best part of the experience. The menu was rather limited in selection. The salad, for an additional $10 was not all that great with very salty tasting olives, though the oil and vinegar dressing was good. Complimentary bread seemed like yesterday’s leftover French bread, not fresh and warm. The scallops were very good though meager for the price and the accompanying Risotto was pasty and similar to that from a Bertolli frozen meal (which is not all that bad considering). My friend and I both concluded that, though the meal was not too bad, it was not worth the $35 per entree.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch at Stella's was fabulous as always! Delicious food, great service! A favorite spot!

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AS
Grand Rapids
11 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was terrific. Love the creativity of the chef. Carpaccio, buratta, pasta with three meat sauce and onion pesto, empanadas with a spicy caper red pepper sauce. Quiet place to catch up!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband and I came here yesterday for a late Valentine's Celebration. We were the first to arrive in our section and the music was a tad loud but the noise level picked up as they filled our section within the hour. We were still able to hold a conversation and enjoy the atmosphere however. The food was amazing, as always, and our waitress was super nice. We love Stella's and definitely will go back again.

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PM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The mussels and oysters were very good. The lobster and cream soup was also very good. Our entrees were a bit over spiced but pleasant. The strawberry and chocolate crostata paired with a red wine was excellent. The waitress was very good at pairing drinks with our food.

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KH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Food and drink were amazing and the service was awesome. Unfortunately we were seated next to the kitchen which was very noisy and hard to have an intimate conversation and there was a lot of foot traffic going back and forth by us.

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AZ
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service! We have been 3 times now and finally reserved a table. Definitely recommend table reservations so you do t have to sit at the common table. Top notch food in traverse city!

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EF
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a bit pricy but everything I expected it to be

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KP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, ambiance, and service were all superb! Our friendly server Alison made perfect recommendations and was exceptionally helpful guiding our father through his first visit at Trattoria Stella. Thanks for a wonderful experience!

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CC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent environment and staff, really enjoyed the overall experience.

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RK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent . We are going to make this our go to place for important date nights

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RS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time
Superb food
Charcuterie board was sensational Especially enjoyed the rabbit
Valpolicella Ripasso was great maybe a bit over priced meh
Chicken was seasoned just right and the little gnocchi were a nice addition
Our server was attentive enough and never in the way
I have and will continue to visit Stella and recommend it for great dining and excellent service

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SR
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful experience. Exactly what I was in the mood for. We felt very catered to and I haven't had a meal that good in a long time.

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