Ristorante Lo Stella

4.6
727 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.
What 727 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
5
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lo Stella is our absolute favorite, Fabricio is such a wonderful person!

Report
Helpful
MD
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 stars all the way around. Authentic and amazing every time we’ve visited.

Report
Helpful
OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good
Excellent food

Report
Helpful
OP
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were seated next to the kitchen allowing us to watch the employees work. I would have preferred to be seated in the front of the restaurant. We chose this restaurant because it was close to the Curious Theatre. We parked there and walked a couple of blocks to the restaurant.

Report
Helpful
MW
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every person on staff was amazing! Trevor and Leo are great in front, and the food is homemade and authentic. We had a great time and definitely will be back. The food is pricey, but affordable for a special occasion.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic Italian food! Not the most luxurious interior, but the food and service was fabulous!

Report
Helpful
B
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Leo is amazing staff so friendly, best Northern Italian in CO

Report
Helpful
OT
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best restaurants in Denver. The food is delicious, but beyond that is really the service. The management and staff always make you feel like a VIP and like you’re family. They are perfect! I highly suggest the fish ravioli!

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is absolutely my favorite spot in town The food is absolutely wonderful, freshly and professionally prepared every day. The staff makes you feel like family and I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. We eat as much as possible and always bring people from out of town here. It’s just like being in Italy

Report
Helpful
D
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food at a great location. I am a former waitress. The waitress we had was condescending, abrupt and borderline rude.

Report
Helpful
OT
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this restaurant, the ambience, the stuff treats you like family!! The food is muy delicioso!!! Can’t wait to come back!

Report
Helpful
MS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The restaurant was very pleasant but the food was just OK. We had eaten there once before and I think the food was better that time. Portion size is on the smallish side prices on the moderate to higher side. Not terrible but not memorable either.

Report
Helpful
OT
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bellissima esperienza allo Stella! Cibo delizioso e servizio impeccabile! Ci rivedremo presto

Report
Helpful
D
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The pesto gnocchi is absolutely delicious, the best I've ever had. The charcuterie plate is enough for four to nibble on, though 2 hungry people did just fine cleaning it off! A gem hidden in plain view.

Report
Helpful
MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did not intend to have a dinner ‘la familia’-style, but our server, Fabrizio, suggested it and went on to deliver a superb and memorable evening.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent again

Report
Helpful
DZ
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place for a date night . Cozy and not too noisy. We had a lovely server who was attentive and warm. We shared a great tricolor salad , octopus potato appetizer (ok) and the gnocchi pesto which was delicious. I would go back to try other dishes. The wine by the glass was affordable and tasty . No room for dessert . We did make a reservation and requested a quiet spot .

Report
Helpful
VV
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite neighborhood place. Fabrizio is so welcoming. The tricolore salad with mushrooms is fantastic. Then there is the tagliatelle Bolognese…hard to describe how (consistently) delectable it is. Add a glass of Negroamaro and you will be in heaven. We’ve eaten at a lot of Michelin three-star restaurants but we keep coming back to Lo Stella and our meals here are just as satisfying.

Report
Helpful
b
Denver
158 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We've dined at Lo Stella on a couple occasions before attending performances at Curious Theatre, so we get there early before it gets busy. I'd guess that you would need to have a reservation if you plan to go there after 6:00 pm or so. We've never been disappointed with any aspect of our meals: the food is authentic Italian, service has always been excellent and wine choices, while limited, are reasonably priced for a decent pour. On this visit, we started with an excellent Caprese, our mains were the Ravioli Special (for my wife, who thought it was excellent) and Saltimbocca alla Romana (for me and it was quite good). We washed everything down with a Monchiero Nebbiolo, which was excellent and matched the food well. We had time for desert, so we ordered the Strawberry Crostata, which was okay, but not up to the delicious lemon something-or-other (?), that we've had on previous visits. We highly recommend Lo Stella to anyone seeking an authentic and tasty Italian meal, in pleasant surroundings, with attentive waitstaff, and all at a reasonable price.

Report
Helpful
ND
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We arrived for a 6 PM reservation and had theater tickets across the street at 7:30 and informed the server of this. At 7:20, our meal had still not yet been served and we had to leave without eating. This, despite the fact that when we arrived at the restaurant, there were just a half dozen tables seated. People seated after us were enjoying their meal when we walked out. Management was not apologetic nor did they offer any discounts on our beverages. They explained that “fillets take 20 minutes to cook.” However, we ordered a rare steak and we were there for an hour and 20 minutes and still had not received a dinner. We won’t be back.

Report
Helpful
JB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great experience. Excellent food and service. We go there often so would like to see them change up their menu a little. They do however have specials available that do address this concern.

Report
Helpful
I
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best and most authentic italian restaurant in Denver guaranteed. They can keep up with all the famous Italian restaurants in NYC too.

Report
Helpful
JB
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Menu selection not that great, not such a great romantic dinner place
with young children families present.

Report
Helpful
s
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Low key. Authentic. Friendly. Small. Good wine and food. Great value.

Report
Helpful
SC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service; a must have experience!!!

Report
Helpful
M
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome experience at Lo Stella. The waiter was from Italy, was so attentive but not too obtrusive and made the experience top notch. What a great restaurant. We will be back.

Report
Helpful
k
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was OK but one pasta dish was not good and other was delicious so I would say food is inconsistent.

Report
Helpful
LA
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had son and Future Daughter in law engagement dinner it was awesome

Report
Helpful
C
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My nephew and I dined with you Saturday evening. My family has also been to Lo Stella many times. Every time I walk in, it's like walking into my grandma's home. I love your restaurant. Keep it up guys.
Carole Pensiero (Lakewood)

Report
Helpful
RW
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Limited menue, but what was ordered was excellent. Service was excellent.

Report
Helpful
LS
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at this restaurant was absolutely fantastic. The entire staff is incredibly friendly and the food was just like when I used to live in Italy. Buonissimo!

Report
Helpful
PB
Denver
93 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. The service was excellent, our waiter was attentive, humorous and charming. The food was excellent and there were veggie options available. We will certainly return.

Report
Helpful
I
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best italian in Denver. Amazing service and food. Just like in Italy

Report
Helpful
JD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Only complaint is that there was no pesto gnocchi :(

We will most certainly be back. The service and food quality cannot be beaten

Report
Helpful
OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere for a date night out. One of our dishes was great, but the walnut ravioli was very bland—couldn’t hardly eat it. Will definitely order differently if I ever return.

Report
Helpful
c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Reservation was lost, restaurant was out of multiple items by 7pm. The restaurant did comp a few after dinner drinks after we were told the ordered drinks and desert were no longer available.

Report
Helpful
OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wished for a wonderful dining experience for Valentines Day and my wish was granted. Food/drinks were excellent and our waiter was charming and very helpful. Loved the ambiance and will visit again.

Report
Helpful
BD
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice service and good food. One of our favorites.

Report
Helpful
FN
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a charming wonderful place to go! Ugh I hate that I live in colorado springs I would be here all the time!!!!! Great history. 8th generation family. The know the business. Food, wine and ambience! Have something special to celebrate this Is your place!

Report
Helpful
c
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Locally owned Italian restaurant. Wines by the glass are reasonably priced. We ordered the veal and daily special tagliatelle with octopus--the best ever!!! Service was great--Leonardo! Best tiramisu. LOVE this place. Such a gem.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
19

Tweets by Ristorante Lo Stella