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Trattoria Stella, Traverse City, MI

Trattoria Stella

4.8
4.8
2429 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 2,429 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Overall

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Food

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Ambiance

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Value

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Fit for Foodies

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Healthy

  • 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 Food

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Ambiance

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Value

  • Northern Michigan

    Fit for Foodies

  • Northern Michigan

    Healthy

  • Northern Michigan

    Notable Wine List

  • Northern Michigan

    Romantic

  • Northern Michigan

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  1. t

    tennisashoe

    Northern MI

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So glad we picked Stella for our 35th anniversary. The champagne, food and service were extraordinary. Ali took great care of us and made perfect recommendations. Wonderful night!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A nice neighborhood venue for us with a casual bar. We walked over to enjoy their delicious red pizza on a quiet weeknight after the busy Thanksgiving holiday.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hailey was an amazing server, so knowledgeable and friendly. She was an absolute delight and the food was outstanding!
  4. DO

    DanO

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome meal and Dave was excellent. He knew all the best things on the menu. Not sure there was a bad item!
  5. GF

    GregoryF

    Western NC

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was good. Not exceptional. Service was very good - albeit a bit rushed. Good restaurante, nothing exceptional about it though
  6. DW

    DaveW

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, atmosphere, service, cocktails and wine list. And yes, dessert was Excellent as well. We have tried several items on the menu and their specials, and we have never been disappointed.
  7. S

    Snowbirds

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We hadn’t been to Stella since the pandemic, but it hasn’t missed a beat. Wonderful selection on the menu, and everything we ordered was A+, as was the service.
  8. SC

    SamC

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Joseph is an awesome waiter. The setting and the food are superlative.
  9. BL

    BeachLov3r

    Indiana

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wine was wonderful. The other 3 in our party loved their food. My pork chop with rice was so salty it was nearly inedible. I could only taste the salt. Even my son-in-law who is a former college football player with a big appetite didn’t eat mine. If not for the most amazing atmosphere and ambiance, I wouldn’t go back. This is such an amazing experience to just be there! Maybe I will order the mushroom pizza next time? My husbands short ribs were wonderful he said and prepared to perfection. My son-in-laws lobster and Gulf Shrimp dish was wonderful too. Excellent limoncello.
  10. LD

    LaurenD

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place for a romantic dinner with outstanding Italian food and service!
  11. JW

    JudyW

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect location to celebrate our anniversary. We chose a couple appetizers to share, good wine, and wonderful entrees (I had the Hake and I'd order again for sure!). My husband chose the gelato for dessert, I chose the lemon/raspberry option (our waiter said it was custard) - they were both delicious and the perfect ending to a wonderful evening!
  12. EG

    ErickaG

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    David and Abbie were excellent! The food, service and ambiance was amazing.
  13. WW

    WilliamW

    Northern MI

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great use of innovative flavors and distinctive variations on old standbys. Only critique was entrees tended to be too salty for our taste. Great staff and very nice evening.
  14. SN

    SNDThomas

    Oklahoma City

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat for all the reasons you would want. We will be back!
  15. B

    Benr

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    For two people, one drink, one appetizer, and no desert was 133 bucks (not counting tip) which is pricey for the marginal food quality. Both entrees were incredibly salty (surprisingly so). The hake fish was very oily. The food was OK, but not gourmet. Other restaurants in this class range tend to be superior (Apache Trout Grill for example or the old Franklin [now defunct])
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Server was extremely knowledgeable and chefs creations fantastic. The brick walls make a little chilly but love that you can hold a conversation.
  17. KK

    KatieK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The scallops were amazing! 😍 The salads were delicious as well.
  18. KB

    KeriB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing experience here! Amazing service and equally incredible food.
  19. M

    Meggy

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Annual trip to Stella did not disappoint! Always inventive dishes and cocktails.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite, every time, never leave still hungry like lots of tc “small plates “
  21. KS

    KearyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience! We were there for our engagement moment and they made us feel like the only people in the restaurant. We will be coming back for all of our special occasions, especially our anniversary. Thank you to Abby and the countless other team members who made our experience amazing. Let’s not forget the kitchen, you rock as well.
  22. SA

    SteveA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food and service was excellent. Our table was in a high traffic area, a bit of a challenge to have a dinner conversation.
  23. T

    Thomas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As usual, food was outstanding, as was the service. But the background music was awful and obtrusive...like something you'd hear in a cheap bar. Come on, let's have some quality music that doesn't detract from the food. Or better yet, no music at all, so patrons can concentrate on the great food. (Maybe the music should be confined to the bar area.)
  24. PK

    PamKelley

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and attentive waiter Craig. It was a perfect setting for a cool November night.
  25. TH

    TimH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Outstanding from every angle. The perfect special occasion destination.
  26. J

    Jenn

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely adore this restaurant. Food is always on point, service impeccable and atmosphere, wonderful.
  27. CP

    CherylP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Knowledge of waitstaff impressive. Gave great advice on all parts of menu. We loved the Spanish Octopus and Hake
  28. DM

    DeliciousMeal

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service!
  29. t

    tigerpaw

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual another great experience at Stella’s!!!!
  30. NF

    NorthernFoodie

    Indiana

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Still my favorite restaurant in Traverse City,. Great white pizza, homemade pasta. Lovely local farm Salads, home made bread, wonderful pasty chef making an apple dessert. Having to wait a pretty long time to get our wine which then rushed our appetizer and salad and main courses would be the only suggestion to improve - but overall a truly memorable wonderful evening.
  31. DD

    DanielD

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our third time here and each time is unique and very special. The staff are warm and friendly and very good at what they do, even the those that cleared our table of plates were very pleasant. But then there is the food. Wow - what the chef creates is music to our taste buds. Thank the Lord he gave us the ability to taste and gave the chef the creativity to create fabulous meals. Have an appetizer, salad and/or cheese plate so you experience something new. The good news is you won’t be able to eat all the main course so you get to bring home leftovers. Oh yeah, the bread, another must have and ask for extra just so you might have to take some home. Great environment and ambiance - a very special place!
  32. GW

    GlenW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    one word - Delicious. Will most-definitly go back!
  33. CL

    CrystalLakeFoodie

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The cuisine is absolutely fabulous! The restaurant and our table next to a window was a bit chilly (not surprising being located in an underground cellar). Our server was VERY knowledgeable about the wine offerings and the dishes.
  34. KM

    KatieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wild boar spaghetti was a delight! Also the chefs selection for the day was fantastic- blood sausage with the creamiest polenta. Absolutely loved this meal.
  35. BL

    BenL

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the tomahawk pork tenderloin and it was fantastic. And the mushroom risotto was just as good.
  36. EL

    EricL

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service, and location. A little pricey but worth it. Sat near the bar and it was a little loud but not too bad.
  37. DR

    DonnaR

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!!!!
  38. PH

    PatrickH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were here for our Anniversary and it was outstanding. There is nothing about the ambiance, food or service that we would change.
  39. JR

    JenniferR

    Northern MI

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food is absolutely amazing! The oysters are to die for.
  40. CC

    CC1212

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience5
    Excellent food, poor service. We had a 7pm reservation, we were sat at 7:10pm while another 7pm reservation came after us and was seated before us. Our waitress told us there was a great special but said she couldn’t tell us what it was until she told a different table. Didn’t take our drink order- asked if we had any questions about the drink menu, but I had a food question and asked it, she replied that she was only asking if we had drink questions. We ordered a bottle of wine, it was now 7:30pm. She asked if we wanted her to go get our wine or if we wanted to wait for the wine while she told us the specials…just very odd demeanor for a higher end restaurant in TC. She brought our glassware and it was now 7:40pm. The waitress told us she was too busy and another server would bring our wine. We go to restaurants for a whole experience, including service. I went up to the host stand and mentioned that it had been 40 minutes and we hadn’t received a drink nor been able to place an appetizer order. The host came to our table to take our order. Our server came to say she wanted to apologize for ignoring us, which was followed up by her explaining that she was just very busy when we were seated. The rest of our meal she was very short and seemed irritated that i mentioned something about our service. Will I go back to pay $180 for delicious food but sub par service? No. But the food WAS so good!

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 2429 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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