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Stella Van Buren

3.8
3.8
977 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Stella Van Buren is a fresh take on the Italian-American steakhouse with the flavors of a classic Italian kitchen, modern style, unique design and food that appeals to today’s diner. Slow-cooked meats, fresh baked bread, and flavorful house-made pastas are the traditional comfort-food classics that Italians have been roasting, baking, curing, and making in their own kitchens for generations. Bar service begins at 4pm Monday thru Saturday, dinner service at 5pm. Breakfast available Saturday and Sunday from 7am-10am and 6:30am-9:00am Monday thru Friday.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (414) 847-5622

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Stella Van Buren can accommodate all of your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Alex Schubert: (414) 847-5622

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Cross street

    E. Michigan St.

  • Parking details

    Street parking, nearby parking structures also available and Complimentary valet parking.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 977 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.4Value

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  1. HN

    HarleyN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tomato basil soup was probably the best soup I’ve ever had. We had the white fish and the bolognese and both were phenomenal. Elias was our server and gave us great recommendations and was very prompt. Overall 10/10
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Was surprised at the limited menu for lunch But it was very good The waiter was good I will try doing dinner there
  3. BC

    BillieC

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The Tuscan Kale and Brussel Sprout with salmon was very tasty. My friend ordered the Panzanella which we thought would be a salad some bruschetta built in. Instead, it was a crouton salad with only a few tomatoes and cucumbers in the mix. The whole bowl was filled with croutons! Would encourage you to not get the Panzanella!
  4. JB

    JessicaB

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner
  5. CJ

    ChrisJ

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service with an excellent ambiance!
  6. L

    Lauren

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Everything was good, but the waiter shorted two people $5 and charged someone two times and never said anything, had to find out when looking at the credit card statement.
  7. M

    Matt

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Overall, the environment was nice, staff were very friendly, but the food didn't match my expectations.
  8. JC

    JudyC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The floor needs to do a through cleaning. Where we sat, there were liquid stains all over.
  9. t

    techsalesleader

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    It was VERY noisy - we had to yell across the table - which was not conducive for a business dinner. Additionally, the service was subpar! I would not recommend Stellas for dinner. Happy hour looked nice.
  10. H

    Hurricane

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Most of the evening was wonderful. Kevin took great care of us, the food was delicious and the venue is beautiful. The only drawback was the extremely noisy space.
  11. J

    Julia

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining here and we loved it! Definitely will want to come back. Staff, food, and atmosphere were all top notch. Thank you:)
  12. c

    coachtom

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Two people in our group had the foraged mushroom pasta and found it dry. Both mentioned they could feel sand while eating the mushrooms which suggests, to me, that they weren't properly cleaned. The other two in the group had the Bolognese which was excellent. The wine list includes every region and had a variety of prices. I thought $65 for a Super Tuscan was a great deal. Service was excellent and Eric did a fine job taking care of us. After dinner we sat on the patio and had an after-dinner drink. They have a very nice selection of bourbons. It is lovely inside with a nice bar area. The restaurant was crowded, and it got a bit loud. It would be worth trying again.
  13. KH

    KeithH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience1
    Basically you are eating in a hotel lobby. Service was great, food was way too salty - meat and the mash potatoes. Both items had bites that were just pure salt. Wine selection is limited and the wine by the glass was even worse. Overall, it was ok, but not worth going back. I guess if you are staying at the hotel and want a nice meal, it will do. But there are better options in downtown Milwaukee.
  14. DD

    DDHPRH

    Dallas

    50 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    We recently dined at Stella Van Buren while visiting Milwaukee. The dinner menu that was posted on the website is significantly different than the dinner menu that we were provided. My sense is the restaurant is struggling and they are cutting back on the items being offered and the quality (lack of freshness). It was a Thursday night dinning and there was only one other table dinning while we were there. It's unfortunate, the restaurant is extremely attractive. There are numerous other dining options downtown Milwaukee that provide a better product.
  15. PM

    PeopleMGK

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great waiter. Food served too fast. Friendly staff.
  16. TB

    TiffB

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience! The food is a little pricey, but the ambiance is wonderful. Great for a date night.

    Stella Van BurenResponded on August 31, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to review Stella! We're delighted we were able to be part of date night, and hope to see you again in the future!

  17. FN

    FridayNightDining

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    This is the fourth time I have dined at Stella. The staff is excellent and the dining area is spacious and inviting. Unfortunately the food does not live up to the billing. For the price of each entree I expect delicious, not bland.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Adequate service but not the dining experience that would warrant the price.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    Our pasta seemed to not have any sauce on it. Not sure if that was how it was supposed to taste
  20. W

    Wendrous

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I reserved a table of 4 for my sister’s birthday dinner. We had a phenomenal time! FOOD: Food was delicious; we ordered the BLT and Caesar salad as starters. For main courses, birthday girl ordered the Linguini Allo Scoglio; her one critique is that she would have liked it a little more flavorful. The fresh seafood was excellent however. We also ordered the Ribeye steak, which was amazing, as well as our 2 orders of the Pesce all'Acqua Pazza. SERVICE: Eric was our server, and he was absolutely delightful. He was punctual, informative, and so helpful. We had dinner and then ended up staying on the patio for a little bit. Afterwards, we made our way on over to the bar. Throughout the night, Eric continued to serve and assist us. He was so patient, and we really enjoyed him as our server. Montes and Alonzo were also amazing! The bar service was spectacular. The service we received alone was absolute perfection, and this itself will be a huge reason of why we will be back. Thanks so much Eric, Alonzo, and Montes!!
  21. PM

    PeggyM

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Had a great lunch. Server was attentive. Wish I would of known there was a 20% service charge added to the bill and what it’s exactly for. If for the servers tip he certainly got an extra bonus.
  22. JH

    JimH

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    Servers were Great. Food was very marginal. Noodles dry flavor very minimal.. Would have no reason to return. Was very dissatisfied with food.
  23. J

    Jeff

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We went there for my fiancé’s birthday. The front seemed like a sports bar and the back was nice but the chairs were so low that she sat towards the front to eat comfortably. Service was quick but the taste was only good. Most of my food tasted of butter and not much else, the steak wasn’t seared at all and was overdone. As a matter of fact so was hers. When we were asked about dessert I asked if they had any cake as it was her birthday and our waiter didn’t even wish her a happy birthday, just a no to the cake but they had doughnut holes. It was a nice place but not upscale, the food good and service ok definitely not worth the money we spent.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My team was impressed with the attention to detail throughout our dining experience. The menu was extensive and held to a particularly high standard. The host astutely recognized the importance of our evening and demonstrated a welcoming and professional nature which set the well-mannered precedence of the night. We were pleasantly surprised to have an opportunity to sit outside on the balcony and leisurely enjoy a glass of wine before dinner. Elias was our server and was extremely poised, attentive, and authentically engaged while providing several great recommendations. The exquisite atmosphere and vibe of the restaurant complimented the meal in terms of promoting a captivating culture of consistency, high quality standards, and presentation. We had the forged mushroom pasta which was very flavorful and the Manhattan was cooked perfectly.
  25. 2

    2runners2

    Milwaukee

    24 reviews

    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    Food was great We miss the minestrsone soup. Was one of our favorites for lunch. The basil tomato soup was good. Two of us had the pasta with mushrooms Would get again. Our guest had the pork belly.. large size. Enough to take home. Cocktails were outstanding. Service was slow. He was not attentive to our needs.
  26. JP

    JPSMKE

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Very nice evening with out of town guest in for business. Reservation was easy, table was ready when we arrived, service was a bit slow and had to remind our server for a few items. Food presentation, quality, taste, and temperature were all outstanding. Closing out/a bill was quick and easy.
  27. AF

    AnniversaryFail

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience1
    My special request of a romantic table was not honored. We were at by a 10 top, so it was nosier than we would've liked. Food was sub-par. Calamari was very chewy, we did not even eat half of it. My steak was way over cooked. My wife's pasta had very little sauce. We way over paid for the whole experience. I will not be recommending this restraint to any family it friends.
  28. VA

    VeronicaA

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    The food here is absolutely delicious. From the salad to the lamb chops to the dessert. The biggest reason we didn’t give it 5 stars is because our waiter was awful! It took him 10 minutes to even come to our table after we sat down. And we walked past us 8 times! Then even after that it didn’t get any better. He had to have other people bring out our food cause he was so oblivious and paying way to much attention to one of the hostesses!
  29. K

    Karesma

    Milwaukee

    32 reviews

    2.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Disappointing, compared to pre-pandemic experiences. Had to ask for white wine list because it wasn’t with the wine menu. Server didn’t know which table to bring food, but our waiter was ok. Most of all, our main courses were marginal, not worth their $$$$. Three scallops on some cream with 1/4 cup of greens for $35?? Lots of pretty good pasta, though. On the other hand, the bar is fantastic! Try their sazerac!
  30. SF

    StevenF

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Annual meeting
  31. K

    Kayla

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    My boyfriend and I went here for our anniversary, the ambiance was nice, moderately loud. I was debating between two dishes and asked the waitress for her recommendation. She said the linguini was better for the pasta if you want something creamy. Our food came, I received the seafood with plain linguini, no sauce, nothing. I asked out waitress for more sauce, and she checked, but the chef didn't offer anymore. I expected more than bland pasta for a $35 bowl of pasta. I was surprised the waitress didn't offer anything else or anything, I understand it wasn't her fault. Our server was great, but the food was poor. I would probably not go back.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    For the price point, I expected the service to be a little more upscale. While the wait-staff was pleasant, they didn’t have the attention to detail I was expecting: The runners wandered around unsure of where to deliver plates; dirty plates themselves were left on the table for too long before being cleared for the next course; my soup was served without a spoon and it took about 5 min to flag down our waiter for one; after dinner drinks and desserts were not offered after we had finished our entrees, the waiter just if we were ready for the check. Had the restaurant been crowded, I would have been more apt to let these things slide, but it was only at about 50% capacity with many open tables. The space itself is gorgeous, definitely would be a fun place to come get after dinner drinks, but I wouldn’t recommend dining here if a friend asked.
  33. M

    Misty

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    A table of 3 50+ year old ladies and our server called us guys several times even after being corrected. I'll go to fast food for that greeting. Please bring back items from old menu. Gluten free on your current menu is extremely limiting. I was looking forward to the shrimp and avocado salad!! Steak was ordered medium rare and came out medium well. Potatoes were so salty they were inedible. Server said, "oh sorry about that." Quite an expensive evening out with the "guys" to walk away hungry.
  34. DL

    DonnaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Stella Van Buren and will definitely recommend.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome!!!
  36. TB

    TravisB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Not what I expected. Menu small and food was just alright
  37. MB

    MaryB

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome! Our waitress was great! Food-delicious
  38. AB

    AndyB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Restaurant seemed wholly unprepared for a busy Summerfest weekend. Slow and inattentive service, so so food, and hotel lobby atmosphere. Nice menu though restaurant did not live up to its hype.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my girlfriend’s birthday. She loved it. Everything about it was great.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    The music was not right for the ambiance, I think smooth jazz would make for a better experience. The outdoor seating was not fitting with restaurants style and could have been done a lot nicer. The lighting, while I do enjoy it being dim in a restaurant, you were either in complete darkness or had the most unappealing bulb shining down onto ur face. My visit in February of 2020 was more impressive by far but maybe it was just the pandemic.

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Stella Van Buren does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Stella Van Buren is rated 3.8 stars by 977 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


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

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Google Map for Stella Van Buren

550 N Van Buren Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    E. Michigan St.

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking, nearby parking structures also available and Complimentary valet parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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