Ristorante Lo Stella

4.6
621 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
"Lo Stella" Ristorante is the oldest and most successful family owned restaurant operation in Portofino, Italy. It is one of the country’s most renowned historic family owned and operated restaurants for more than 167 years. Now, downtown Denver is home to this historically famed Italian restaurant, led by the 8th generation family member, Alessandro Polo.
At " Lo Stella" Ristorante you will find the original recipes from previous generations like Pesto sauce, Bolognese sauce, marinara, fish ravioli, vegetable ravioli, pappardelle, tagliatelle, pizza and a lot of Colorado meat and fish products cooked in our "ligurian" style.
Lo Stella Ristorante has also had 25 years of great success in Tokyo, Japan until 2013 when Alessandro decided to move to Denver to open this authentic Italian Restaurant.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Mon-Sat 4pm-10pm
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Phone number
(303) 825-1995
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Luca Pascarella
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Cross street
11th and 12th
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Public transit
Bus 52 stops right across the street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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PD
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We had been to Lo Stella once before and our recollection is it was much more quaint and quiet and the food was terrific. Which is why we chose to bring my elderly parents there. This time it was extremely loud and the food was only satisfactory. Disappointing as we thought we had found a real diamond in the haystack in terms of quaint Italian restaurants in Denver. Maybe better off on a Mon, Tues or Wed night instead of Sat night. Fortunately our server was very good. And there was a very cute baby next to us that my mother adored.

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P
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and we were hoping to find a really excellent Italian place. Our hopes were exceeded by a wide margin. We can heartily recommend Lo Stella and we will visit again whenever we are in or near Denver.

We’ve eaten Italian food in many countries including Italy and this place is simply excellent!!

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Felt like we were eating in Portofino. Food, service, ambiance, wine was exceptional. Will be bringing my family next !

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SB
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the authentic Italian food and atmosphere. Glad they've opened up this sister restaurant in Denver!

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d
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lo Stella NEVER disappoints...I will always recommend. The food, the people, the entire experience

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AW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This restaurant had been highly recommended by a friend who is well versed in Italian food. The service was a bit slow, but good when we did have it. I had the bolognese, but was disappointed when it came out luke warm and even cold in some spots. The other diner had the fish ravioli and it was hot and good. The restaurant was very hot and stuffy on a cold night.

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KB
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love the food, atmosphere, and the owners and staff. They serve amazing and authentic Italian and really care about their customers. Highly recommend.

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F
Phoenix
89 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best most authentic Italian restaurant outside of Italy. Fantastic home made from scratch old world cuesine. I highly recommend this neighborhood gem.

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Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent. I had the bolognese and it was prefect. Moderate portion, very flavorful. Sauce was meaty and the pasta had the perfect texture. Exactly what I was looking for on a chilly night. Cozy, authentic atmosphere and attentive and friendly service.

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LI
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were served by the owner, and you could tell how much he cared about good restaurant and the experience everyone had - even those tables he did not serve.

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CC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love LoStella. It's my new favorite restaurant. The food is delish and the staff are interesting, kind and welcoming.

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MO
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!!! The service is as outstanding as the food. Tradition Portofino food cooked to perfection.

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LT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We have been there many times & always had good food & a good experience but Sat. It didn’t seem to be the same restaurant at all. I was very embarrassed that I took guests there.

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LS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lo Stella is as close to Italy as one can get without going there. Terrific food and fun atmosphere. Our waiter, Fabrezio, is so joyful about his work you can’t help smiling.....

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a beautiful, romantic, and delicious anniversary dinner at Lo Stella. They have the best pasta in Denver.

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F
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everytime I go, I love this place more. Truly exceptional.

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BO
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. The food and service are excellent. The parking is a breeze in the evening. Love the ambiance and over all feel

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NG
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Lo Stella since they opened. Love their food, service and atmosphere.

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OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! Always good! Service great! Food excellent!! Overall excellent!

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FJ
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food at Lo Stella’s is wonderful and beautifully presented, but the noise level is overwhelming. The wait staff are very pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful, but I think they may have been short staffed the night we were there. Definitely go for the food but avoid Friday nights when the place is packed.

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reminded me of dining in Positano. Highly recommend! Our new favorite place!!!

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DM
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh my goodness! What a gem! Homemade everything and fresh. Service was perfect, friendly and fun. If you stay at the Art Hotel, like we did, or just looking for a fabulous Italian restaurant near the Denver Art Museum... this is the place!

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JN
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at Stella. Very enjoyable dinner with friends. Waitstaff knows menu and made great recommendations. Food was served in a timely but not too quickly fashion. Portions were correctly sized. We like the low-keyed atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was outstanding, the decor was adorable. The waitstaff was friendly, just wish they were a bit more attentive. The restaurant wasn’t outrageously busy and there were moments where we saw our waiter meander about not really doing anything, and the only time we were helped was to take our order and bring out the food. They were friendly, just did the bare minimum. Regardless, it was still a fantastic experience!

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OT
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The linguine and fish ravioli were amazing! Virginia treated us like family.

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GS
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s become a staple. My kids love it and it’s a great spot. Definitely recommend.

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KR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious tagliatelle bolognese, yummy wine, and Fabrizio always makes us feel at home. Love Lo Stella!

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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service and good food. The mushroom salad was the best!! We were seated at a table for two side by side another table of two and we felt like we were eating dinner with them. They talked and talked AND TALKED, and it was very loud and uncomfortable.This is a classier restaurant than to have the tables placed like that. It was so uncomfortable that we said we wouldn’t go back even though we greatly enjoyed dinner, especially the mushroom salad.

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MR
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

This was our first time trying Lo Stella. We were meeting friends. We had a reservation at 5:45. We ordered drinks and a couple appetizers that came to our table promptly. We gave our waiter our dinner order when he served our appetizers. The restaurant got quite busy. We did not hear back from our waiter until we got his attention to ask where our dinner was? This was about two hours later. We ran out of water. We were not asked if we would like another glass of wine. We were not told what had happened to our dinner. Finally our food was brought to the table and we were told that our meals went to another larger party by mistake. Really?! The food was delicious but we were already frustrated as it had been over two hours since we placed our orders.

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DM
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

They used to serve really good decaf coffee to finish off the meal, but this is no longer available so we will consider other restaurants before we return to Lo Stella.

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B
Denver
104 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pasta dishes were very good. Little disappointed they did not have a Chianti by the glass

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a
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

One of our 4 dinners was served 2 minutes after the first 3.

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DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Denver had no quality Italian for years - a short list of imitators and pretenders: This is the real deal! Lo Stella's food is simply outstanding and truly genuine Italian in recipe, preparation, service and attention to detail without being pretentious. This was my 5th meal there this year and there will be many more!

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JS
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the Most authentic Italian restaurant in town! Family-run, attention to detail. We have frequented it many times, for many occasions and always had a delightful time! Everything on the menu is wonderful, we've tried them all!

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OT
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shayla was great! I loved the filet, which came with green beans in a tomato sauce. Superb!

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JW
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Waited for a entrée for over an hour Service was the Worst would never go back

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MK
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian in denver . Superb food and service . We’ve had dinner here often and they always deliver a great meal and a welcoming authentic Italian ambiance

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall we enjoyed our meal. The only downfall was the rack of lamb had a little too much fat and not enough meat. Appetizers, drinks and spaghetti Bolognese were very good.

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CS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Over- priced, small portions and too noisy to converse in. Nice atmosphere and the food was very tasty!

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MO
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love this restaurant. What a find! Our second time and certainly won’t be our last.

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