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Trattoria Stella

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$31 to $50
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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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 963 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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NancyW
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server described the food like ready a line of poetry. The food equality matched the description It was an amazing meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so good! Definitely the best food in town! Such a classy establishment! Will go back for sure!!!!

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ReginaB
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly, just amazing. I had an incredible server who helped make the meal even better. Burrata for life. It’s a fantastic location and would be a perfect date night. As a non-local, I will try and eat here every time I am in town. Absolutely delicious, and while not inexpensive, it is worth every penny. I loved it!!! A+++++

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vipDaliaL
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and Our waiter Skyler was outstanding

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vipRobkat
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Unique cave like setting. Restaurant not easy to find. Food very good with nice wine list.

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vipccurran
Cincinnati
349 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat by the bar and loved the space, the food and drink. While a drive from downtown Traverse City it was easy and worth the trip.

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vipDanaL
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

While our server was superb and the food delicious, the evening was less than I'd hoped for because, on a Sunday evening, I had music of The Cars, The Police, and techno music blaring in my ear throughout dinner. I love that music, but not on a Sunday evening for an elegant birthday dinner. Inside the restaurant, the COVID protocol was as promised, but we had a wait for our table and the crowded waiting area was full of folks not wearing masks properly. We around outside and checked back a few times. Some kind of paging system would have been helpful.

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JoeF
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal experience, overall. Shay was an excellent server and we would request her again in a heartbeat! The pork tenderloin stole the prize of the night, but everything we got was cooked to perfection. Cocktails were great. Shay tailored to our tastes and her personal touch was noted! Look forward to returning one day.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily the best dinner I can remember having in a long time! Went here for our anniversary as a recommendation from a friend and I will absolutely come back again and again! Food was fabulous, wine suggestions from our waitress were delicious, impeccable service, and the ambiance was perfection.

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vipShawnH
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are going then you need to try their oysters and their bone marrow. These dishes set the stage for a rich and decedent meal.

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SarahP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my best meal at Stellas, we had the burrata, pork tenderloin and scallops. Burrata and pork were excellent, scallops were good but the side dish was disappointing.

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MMMOLE
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I almost didn't make a reservation here because of their ridiculous no-show policy, but I'm glad I did because our dinner was fabulous. For starters we had fried squash blossoms and mussels, and for mains we had oriechette with vegetarian "meatballs" and spaghetti bolognese. All were absolutely delicious. The atmosphere is really nice - it's in a very cool old building with brick arches, and low lighting, giving it an underground sort of feel. Our server was great, although it seemed like she was a bit overtaxed with one large table and several smaller ones. I would highly recommend it and will definitely return if I go back to TC.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!

VJ
VickieJ
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit, and we were totally impressed, the food was wonderful!!
Our waitress was fantastic, knew her stuff, and her recommendations were
spot on. It's a great place for a special occasion.

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vipluv2dine
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful beginning with the ambience, our waitress and the food. Presentation was exceptional and the quality of the food, superb. Our waitress went out of her way to suggest offerings she thought we would enjoy. Overall, it was a delicious meal and an exceptional dining experience.

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ClaraC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Highly recommend the burrata. Really cool atmosphere. Service was wonderful.

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GailV
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner with many awesome selections to choose from! Syllabus our waiter was excellent and great quiet ambience , so you could have great conversations without background noise! Better than 5 stars!

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Katherine
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

So glad to venture out amidst the pandemic. The restaurant was clean, organized, and attentive to details. Our waitstaffers Dylan and Grace made our anniversary evening really special.

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Chefpyro
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If your looking for a romantic dinner in a unique place with the most amazing food then you have to eat here. It's more than a meal it's an experience!

LG
vipLuckyGirl55
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After stopping in for afternoon drinks and charcuterie a couple years ago, we vowed we would return for a dinner the next time we were in Traverse City. Tonight was the night...and it did not disappoint!!!

Everything TOP NOTCH: Server Skyler was terrific...the Red Pizza and the Squash Blossom starters were out of this world. Each of our 3 entrees were very good. Here's what I really found exceptional: My daughter's spaghetti entree didn't come out with the 2 others. Who knows...perhaps they noticed that the requested exclusion of mushrooms was missed...?? They neither let the 2 entrees go cold while the correction was made....nor did they bring the 2 entrees and let the 3rd diner sit without anything. Instead they brought the 2 ready hot entrees and brought the 3rd diner a complimentary cup of piping hot minestrone while noting her spaghetti would be out momentarily...which it was.

Well done, Trattoria Stella! We WILL be back.

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SamB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good and service are terrific. It’s a great spot to have a nice dinner when celebrating a special occasion. You won’t be sorry.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

We ordered squash blossoms, bone marrow, ravioli and pasta bolognese. Squash blossoms were okay, but didn’t like bone marrow (not grilled enough?) and both pastas were sooooo greasy that we all got sick (upset stomach) and still had grease in mouth. Didn’t like craft cocktails either. Atmosphere and service was great but food unfortunately. So disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our one year anniversary and it definitely lived up to the hype. Amazing food, excellent service, wish we lived closer!

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WyattD
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience with them again. We love coming to trattoria Stella when we visit traverse city. Their food is incredible and well thought out. The staff is exceptionally knowledgeable on the whole menu and their suggestions as well. Overall we will be going there again!

LD
LaborDayWeekend
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second trip to Trattoria Stella did not disappoint! A weekend getaway from our six children and our first dining experience was a re-visit to Stella. The food is impeccable, gourmet and your palate is awakened with interesting and tantalizing tastes. The presentation is exquisite and the service is wonderfully relaxed and considerate. What a wonderful way to begin our getaway weekend! We will be back next year....

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LeighAnnD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing meal and ambiance. We’ll definitely be back!

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EvanB
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Wait staff super knowledgeable and helpful even in the midst of a pandemic!

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MaryL
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and the wait staff was knowledgeable and prompt. 10/10

KJ
vipKimberleyJ
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Menu wasn’t great. Had a hard time finding something appetizing.

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Lucky7
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience. Server was very knowledgeable, food was great, interesting building, but very pricey.

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MelissaC
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic evening and a unique setting! Excellent service and food.

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vipDominicP
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great and the service was fantastic!

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KeithS
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. It was upscale but reasonably priced. The service was beyond reproach. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable and offered spot-on suggestions related to the menu, cocktails and wine.

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vipBg211
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was outstanding and the setting was phenomenal.

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FaithW
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It’s was a fun experience and they made excellent drinks!

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Shooch
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit since re-opening from COVID. SO happy to be back and to see that Stella's impeccable food and service were still intact.

Thank you for a lovely evening!

KA
KimA
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Stella was fantastic. We are always so pleased with everything about our dining experience there. I had the veal chop which was perfect! Cannot recommend this place enough. Every time we are in TC we make reservations

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ScottL
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant was recommended to us by a good friend who ate there before and had nothing but good things to say about it. The food and wine did not disappoint! We will certainly go back again someday.

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JEANK
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were pleasantly surprised to find that our reservation had been reassigned to an alcove per our request. It is so nice to have a quiet location for a 50th anniversary celebration. Our server was very attentive and helped us choose an excellent wine. Appetizers were served in timely manner. The chicken dish was amazing. Flavors and preparation were spot on. The charcuterie board contained many delicious bites. Finishing our meal with a Tiramisu to share was the perfect ending to a special meal hosted by my son and his girlfriend. Kudos to Stellas for making it extra special.

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Bradandgina
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Food is very good. The atmosphere in the old mental hospital just didn’t work for us. It felt gloomy and creepy.

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 963 OpenTable diners.

Trattoria Stella does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.offthemaphospitality.com/gift-certificates/.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.