Trattoria Stella

4.8
1111 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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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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1111 people are saying
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n911LF
Northern MI
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

TCRW Me: Lobster Shrimp soup had tremendous lobster flavor. Angus Short rib tender and flavorful, could use some juice/sauce. Mushroom cheese topping rich and tasty. Apple Zeppole - apple cinnamon tastiest part, stuffed pastry ok.

Service excellent. I love the venue.
Wife’s: saffron risotto fritters she liked, chicken w cavattapi tasty and tender, chocolate crostada excellent w the red wine (duh). We were full and brought home some of the cavattapi.

We didn’t get the foie gras on this particular night but it’s always superb.

Wine list good and bold run in 40-80 range for reds. Also by glass choices.

Had carry out take and bake several times and it was always best in area for take and bake. Risotto is amazing even in my kitchen.

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BKKKK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food during restaurant week was "okay," but was not thoroughly impressed as I have been in the past. I had the brussel sprouts as my first course and did not love the curry pairing. The picatta for second course had very little flavor. The ambiance always helps, but I definitely did not feel satisfied after dinner.

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AmyB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very attentive and friendly. Food was very tasty and hot. Definitely a wonderful night out and plan on going back soon.

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StevenB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

COVID considerate dining environment. Great dining experience!

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LindaK
Northern MI
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. It was restaurant week so we had their special menu. Three courses for $35. Service not quite as good as we normally see there. Covid perhaps?

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MarkF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Food was very good, service excellant. Covid 19 protocal annoying but understood. You could tell the facility wants to stay open but did not agree overall with the edict of Covid.

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KevinB
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we've had in quite some time. Loved every aspect of the food, atmosphere, cocktails, and service.

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RachelB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and service were phenomenal. Restaurant week menu was excellent and we chose to add the burrata.

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AmyF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our restaurant week experience. The chef chose great selections for each of the three courses. I think from our party of 4 we had almost everything on the menu. I am looking forward to returning in the near future to sample more of the broader menu.

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MicahW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to treat my wife for her birthday. Was an elevated, refined experience that we really enjoyed without even a hint of pretentiousness. The selections for Traverse City Restaurant Week were excellent!

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JaneS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week in Traverse City .. so great to be out dining again !

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TimK
Louisville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I forgot to put on my mask when walking from my table to the restroom, was snapped at by a manager and a hostess. The opportunity for moral censoriousness clearly overwhelms some people, it was completely unnecessary.

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KimA
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stella is always our go to place in Traverse City. It was restaurant week so it was a limited menu but as always, everything was excellent. Excellent waitstaff and superb food. We will go back the next time we are in Traverse.

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AnnI
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service good good

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AngelM
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, romantic atmosphere and great service. Also appreciated the mock-tail menu, as a momma to be, you get tired of only having a few options.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emily was an amazing server, she came highly recommended and did not disappoint! The food and atmosphere were bellissimo. Grazi!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I’ve had in a long time. Highly recommend the lamb meatballs, chocolate budino, Atlantic hake, and Step in Time cocktail.

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Tmommawest
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely date night. Enjoyed everything. The fois gras and charcuterie was to die for!

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KevinK
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful dinner, great food, staff. Couldn't have been happier. 2 Thumbs Up (me and my date)

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DrinksWithDarsh
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stella just continues to deliver each and every time we visit. This was the dining experience I was most excited about as we planned our trip. It did not disappoint. Cocktail game is on-point and the food is incredible. A requisite Traverse City experience for anyone who has functioning tastebuds.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time

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vipSarge157
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food and a great atmosphere.

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Shooch
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always love Stella's and tonight was no different. Food was delicious and service was top notch. We felt that COVID safety precautions were being taking very seriously. The only downside was the VERY loud group behind us making it VERY difficult for anyone else to have a discussion at their table. Definitely not the restaurant's fault.

Thank you for another fantastic dinner!

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PaulT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The chicken saltenboco was outstanding as was the calamari. The rib eye steak was good but overpriced. Drinks were small with too much ice. Service was slow but we were in no rush. Our waiter could have been more personable. When asked about the artist of the paintings he just shrugged his shoulders instead of finding out more information.

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vipSweetrobin813
Detroit
23 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here for an early Valentine’s Day dinner, and boy the food did NOT disappoint!!! Our waiter knowledgeably explained the specials, and we ordered 2 of them! The Foie Gras was the best we’d ever had!!

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AshleyC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic experience. Never had an off dish and the service is exceptional. I’ll be back every time I’m in town!

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dann
Northern MI
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Background music was weird and loud.I guess I must hace50 characters

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Jules
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely anniversary dinner here ... our first time at Stella!
Sea Bass was amazing. The music they had playing was really nice and we enjoyed the atmosphere!

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johnnybgame
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Craig our waiter was phenomenal. His attentiveness was perfect. A True professional that was only matched by the food. Ambiance is perfect for a snowy evening. We will be back!

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vipWindyCity
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding. The menu options are excellent and while upscale, one doesn't go away hungry.

JB
JasonB
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food had a vast selection of non alcoholic beverages which was a nice chance for a person who doesn’t drink. Waitress was amazing and knowledgeable and made a special drink for our six year old. Highly recommend.

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vipSpahrkle
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. We had the greens salad, scallops and steak. All cooked perfectly and well seasoned. What an enjoyable meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stella’s is by far my most memorable and enjoyable dining experience. No matter how many times I go I am never disappointed in my meal or the service. Quality is key and I never have experienced anything than amazing. Thank you for being so delicious and amazing. Until next time!!!

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Markc
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good - our most recent dining experience was stella(r)! From the Fois Gras - to the Beet Salad - to the veal saltimbocca - all was amazing! Great service with "Kathy" - made a much needed break very special for my wife and I. Thank you Trattoria Stella! Bravo! Can't wait to be back!

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vipSuechef66
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing d patience at Trattoria Stella. The service is impeccable and the ambiance sitting in the arches... so romantic. The food is always delicious and a little different that your typical American Italian fare. Reminds me more of Italy, using simple, quality ingredients. Brava!

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BrianB
Toledo
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience and will surely be back. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was enjoyable considering the current environment.

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CassC
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing!!! Very unique atmosphere. The wine was great. Our cocktails that we had while we waited were served in a plastic pouch. I wish they would have told us prior. We had the brushcetta... not a typical Bruschetta...but I loved it!! So very good. I had the butcher's cut pork....amazing. Our party also had pasta with scallops, the chicken and a beet salad with soup. Each dish delicious.

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PeterF
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner at Trattoria the evening of our engagement (Saturday, Nov 16th). From beginning to end it was fantastic. The Bruschetta, followed by beef carpaccio, then we split the veal (tomahawk) with mushrooms.

Mammoth gin martini (if you enjoy gin, and have not tried Mammoth from Northern Michigan, find it or have it ordered, it is exceptional) with blue cheese olives at the beginning of our meal was shaken to the point of perfection.

Our server was the proper balance of politely checking on us without being pushy or overbearing.

The dinner service at Trattoria added to a perfect day. We thank you and send our compliments.

Peter & Carrie

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ChristyJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, cozy and romantic. Very knowledgeable wait staff. Great experience

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CoreyR
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very unique setting and amazing food and service.

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 1111 OpenTable diners.

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

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.