Trattoria Stella

4.7
430 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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New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
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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BD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 17, 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 16, 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 16, 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 15, 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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KB
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great wine and great service!

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CD
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed every moment. Our server, drinks and food..... PERFECT! Thank you.

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LS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and our server was knowledgeable, patient and friendly. We cannot wait to come back.

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DZ
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

We both had to eat with our jackets on, very cold. They need to offer a few simpler type dishes vs. ones with ingredients you never heard of, a bit much.

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TG
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was outstanding and recommended a wonderful bottle of wine that perfectly complimented our food choices.

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KD
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

This was my third visit to the restaurant. I have not been overly impressed by the food before and was even less so this time. The menu does not appeal to my personal taste as my options are limited (I would prefer more vegetarian options). My salad was good but overly dressed and my pasta dish, though having some lovely flavors, was too heavy on the salt. I've just never been wowed and would expect to be, given the cost and their reputation. The atmosphere, however, is nice, the wine list impressive and the service has never disappointed. This is off the table as a choice for us in the future. There are other restaurants in the area, one in the same building, which exceed our expectations nearly every time.

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B
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The entrees are way too salty. The restaurant was not very crowded an the put us in a two top in the corner by a large noisy party of eight.

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A
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

This was the second time we visited and after having a nice meal the first time, we set up a business meeting to go again.
The food was not good,
My husbands ravioli was tough and the sausage was VERY strong. His beet salad was very mediocre.
My salad was nothing special and my fish did just not taste right. Our business partner said his was fine, but we didn’t know if he was being courteous or honest.
On the positive side, our waitress was very nice and prompt.
Also, after telling the waitress about our disappointment about the meal, the manager came to us, apologized and comped the dish.
It does say a lot about the management and the restaurants desire to customer satisfaction.

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L
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place in anywhere. The food is exceptional, very creative. Everything tastes amazing. The wine list and paring is off the charts. I am giving this place million stars. :-)

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LR
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was interesting and we were happy to try something new but descriptions are so lengthy and hard to follow it’s a little difficult to figure out what you will like. Meat was VERY fatty, which is I guess what you did on purpose but not what we were expecting or like. Server was VERY nice and knowledgeable, and the ambiance was nice as well.

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SH
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and the best service!! My favorite restaurant!

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GR
New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Our waitress was condescending, but other than that we enjoyed our experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous and service great.

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KG
Grand Rapids
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Did not have Myers, our fav rum. But did have our favorite wine label (La Spinetta). A little light on the veggie options, but they are known for their high quality and variety of meat. Ate once and had a fabulous, attentive, knowledgeable waiter. Went once for bar only and bar tender was interesting and knowledgeable. We met the chef and he was interested in our opinion. Music was slightly loud for conversation, but overall highly recommended.

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AM
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous at every turn! Friendly, knowledgeable staff. The food was AMAZING and such a cool environment 👍👍

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CH
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, waitress was super friendly and knowledgeable

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C
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We found the quantity insufficient and the entrees had little to no taste

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BF
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place to take your wife for a nice dinner.

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DF
Northern MI
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here numerous times, and it has NEVER disappointed. There are always unique items available, and every dish has been scrumptious. We usually ask for Kelly, but she had the night off. We were served by Dillon (sp?), and we were informed that he was training. He was friendly, knowledgeable, courteous, and informative. He is truly an asset to this organization. DO NOT leave without dessert. If it is available order the beef cheeks. The octopus is wonderful also. I am saddened only by the fact that we have to drive 2 and 1/2 hours one way to eat here. If it was closer we would eat here every chance we got. Best. Restaurant. In. Michigan!!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Last night before kids went back to college:)

Dinner was wonderful!! Plus we ate on it the next day!

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OT
Northern MI
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Kelly, was friendly and knowledgeable. We have special dietary needs and she was easily able to inquire/inform us as to what we could order. Wine/cocktail selection is always outstanding. Burrata is a must.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anna was our server last night and words cannot express how amazing she was! We were celebrating a special evening and Anna was the icing on the cake! She made us feel so special and welcomed while maintaining a very professional approach!! We can’t wait to come back!

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Food was very strange and i wouldn't have a desire to eat it again. Server was nice, but also very strange. The menu is overpriced for what it is.

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DS
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable food and service. Wont be disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, our waitress and buss girl were very accommodating. Genuine and knowledgeable about the wine and the food. Will definitely return when I’m in town!

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JA
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful!
Would recommend to anybody looking for a nice place to treat the one they love.

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