Trattoria Stella

4.7
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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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JenniferB
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trattoria Stella has been our favorite restaurant in TC for several years now. No other restaurant can match it for service, quality, and ambience.

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EricH
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great, service top notch, menu is always changing and fresh from local farms. If your visiting Traverse City this is the place to dine.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent good with unbelievable service. The level of knowledge that the staff have regarding everything from the menu to wine and cocktails is amazing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was our second time at Stella’s and we were very pleased with our dining experience. The food was excellent. My meal was a bit salty for my taste but I’m sensitive to salt so I would say that it was probably perfect for others. Kate took care of us during our meal and she did a wonderful job. She checked on us from time to time to make sure we didn’t need anything but did not hover. She had just the right amount of presence. She was knowledgeable about the food and wine offerings and was very helpful in our wine choices for our meals. The vanilla gelato was delicious and the strawberry and blood orange sorbetto was exquisite! I would recommend Stella’s to anyone who wants an exceptional dining experience.

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SarahC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We have been several times before and have always enjoyed our dinner. Unfortunately, this time was a much different experience. The service was slow, our drinks took quite awhile to come to our table, and the food wasn't what we had experienced in the past. Food-wise it was comparable to a chain restaurant, not what Stella's used to be. We won't be back.

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asmith
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar. Loved our location. Burrata cheese starter is delicious. Empanadas are a tasty Italian/Spanish fusion. The fettuccine with duck was creamy and layered with flavor. The bolognese is even better. Cocktails are not to be missed here. You can build your own take on a Negroni. Really enjoyed this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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KristinP
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My take home container was lost and to compensate they gave me a card for a free drink and appetizer at my next visit! Even though not having my left overs wasn’t a big deal!

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RoniT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect blend of excellent food, attentive service and stellar ambiance.

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HaroldL
Northern MI
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, informative, helpful, not intrusive. Food very good, a good value.

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Ckhs
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was bland & left us hungry. Was noisy at first w music quite loud, but waiter turned it off for us when requested. Staff was pleasant and attentive. For the price, I wouldn't recommend it.

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AdamE
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is truly my girl friend and mys spot! Every date night in Traverse we stop. Staff is great, beverages and wine selection are well done, food is beyond expectation. Definitely a great spot!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good meal! The burrata is a must have!

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CarolS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been meaning to dine here for years and finally made the reservation for Restaurant Week. The drinks menu, and especially the cocktail menu is massive, and my ‘Herban Legend’ was excellent. It did take a while for the drinks to come out, but the rest of the meal was served promptly (honestly we could have waited a little longer between courses). We will definitely be back, the regular menu also looked very interesting.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely delicious meal with great service. Staff was helpful and knowledgeable about the menu and compatible wine offerings.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant and we loved our meal! Server was also very good.

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LoisR
Northern MI
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and our service was stellar. The restaurant was busy for our local restaurant week and they were very accommodating when we brought an infant with us who was not part of our reservation. Definitely a favorite restaurant of ours.

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother-daughter date for TC restaurant week. Promptly seated. Attentive and professional service. Awesome food and drinks! Will be back.

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vipMatt
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Short Rib was underwhelming. Too much oil. Everything else was good.

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MacrinaC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stella is a fabulous place for a date night. The atmosphere is second to none, and the food is awesome. Our server was very knowledgeable and personable.

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maryl
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always above and beyond and soooooo romantic! My husband proposed to me here!

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Houdini
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn't been to Tratoria Stella for a while, so since it was Restaurant Week in Traverse City, we thought we would go... and we are very glad we did. The ambiance reminded us of some of the places in Italy we enjoyed a while back. From the greeting upon arriving all the way to settling the check, it was relaxing, inviting, tasty, and pleasant. Thanks for the winter dining experience with friends.

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JackieR
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The Service tonight was slow and not as attentive as we are used to. The server did not keep track of where we were at with our meal and tried to give us our bill before desert. We sat go a very long time between dinner and dessert making it hard for the 2 young boys we had with us.

The food was fantastic! The Restaurant Week menu is great!! Mozzarella was amazing, fettuccine noodles were perfect and the chocolate dessert was amazing!

We hope to experience better service on our next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience start to finish

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ThadM
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

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ColleenD
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

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

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HowardS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipIndyTransplant
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TC
vipTomC
Columbus
7 reviews