Ristorante Lo Stella

4.5
1177 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Was a little disappointed. This was our favorite place two years ago. Lines were brown. Server was mispronouncing basic Italian words and food. He misheard our app and made up for it- but the timing was delayed a half hour. They didn’t have the wine I wanted. The food all had chopped iceberg lettuce. The noodles were dry. Lights were bright, no music. Disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
72 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks were delicious, the specials were unique, and the service was great. Friendly staff, great food, can’t wait to come back with friends!

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crapsplayer
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great little spot. Fantastic service. Get there early...to be sure the specials are still available.

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EmiS
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. My husband and I enjoyed our dinner.

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ColoTourist
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Last night I enjoyed an early dinner at Lo Stella to accommodate a friend who was recovering from a recent surgery. It had been a while since I've enjoyed such a nice evening out - delicious food, excellent service, and an opportunity to linger over dessert and conversation. We chose the entree special for the day - a whole branzino, encrusted and baked in salt. It was delicious ! The waiter cracked open the salt tomb, carefully removed the skin, and served up the moist white filets. It was a great entree for 2 people and came with a choice of 2 side vegetables. As always, Lo Stella offers tasty and affordable wines and if you're lucky, they may have some of their yummy limoncello in stock.
I highly recommend this restaurant - great central location, nice atmosphere, excellent service, and delicious food.

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StephenJ
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience. Service was good, food was good. Had a very local feel to it. Friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
73 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian restaurant, they have pizzas back on the menu!

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RaymundoG
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

VERY GOOD RESTAURANT, GOOD PRICES, ONLY SMALL, BUT EVERYTHING OKAY

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GregS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding delicious food. Ask for server Brian! He is very knowledgeable on the dishes and can make excellent wine suggestions that will pair well with whatever entree you select.

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vipJaMwA
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again the service, food and atmosphere was top notch from beginning to end!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We went for our first time on New Years Eve. The bread was ice cold.

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TiffaniK
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have visited many times and never been disappointed. The staff is friendly, like family. And the food is always amazing!! Date night MUST for us! ❤️

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vipMickey
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is over the top.

It’s my favorite spot for Italian food

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JohnS
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, good for couples, close to museums.

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JenniferG
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our experience at this restaurant! We came in for our reservation, were seated right away. The waiter was very attentive, and made several excellent recommendations for wine and grappa to accompany our dishes. The meal itself was delicious - the pasta with shrimp and zucchini was outstanding, and the bistecca was perfectly cooked! The panna cotta was the best I've ever had! We were the last people in the restaurant, and never felt rushed - wonderful experience, will be. back!

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vipEvanK
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in Denver. This is our anniversary restaurant every year. Fabulous place for any special occasion.

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vipShawnP
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! All of the food was great and a wonderful atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
73 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and Brian was a fantastic server. Desserts are homemade and delicious. But the homemade pasta is the way to go.

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vipJaMwA
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again - a fabulous meal and experience at LoStella!

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TDMdenver
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went out for Christmas Eve dinner and was thoroughly impressed. Incredible food for the price although there are not many choices at lower price points. Service at the bar was top notch and we did not feel like they were trying to turn tables. Pace of the serving was perfect. Highly recommend.

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IrwinK
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose to spend Christmas eve there, and we weren't disappointed. It was our second time there. Allow the host/owner to make suggestions, especially if you're not familiar with the items on the menu. They're northern Italian selections, no meatballs, no lasagna. Be open to the specials. The pasta choices are carefully chosen and prepared. The wine he suggested was perfect, and you must try the tiramisu, it's nothing like what I've had before. It's pricey, but worth it.

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Margaret
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little slice of Italy in Denver's Golden Triangle!

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lessthanStellar
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Not a romantic place to go for an Anniversary. Host was not welcoming. Waiter was some what offended when we asked for a menu. QR code only. He did rebound and gave us the menu verbally with some excellent recommendations. Wine was good, food was good but the place had no charm.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
73 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Homemade bread homemade pastas homemade desserts. All delicious. Fantastic service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
73 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine selection and delicious food

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vipWelshy
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Great food, just everything was over priced - food and drinks.

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vipEllenR
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Italian restaurant! Reasonable prices and very good portions. Our server could have asked us if we wanted parm, cheese or pepper with our appetizers and entrees, but otherwise a good experience.

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JillG
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect—the waitstaff, the ambiance, the lighting, the music, and especially the food! You should make time for this gem of a restaurant!

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vipJuliee
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

The menu has shrunk and they were out of some of their dishes

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vipDenverFrank
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the most authentic Italian food in Denver. This place is a true gem

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vipCupcake
New Mexico
30 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Pasta with clams dish seemed expensive for the few clams that came with it.

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Toast
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always dependable for authentic, excellant, Italian fare!

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MarkG
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great. The food is outstanding and the servers were very nice. I'll be going back often.

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MarcL
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and Leo head waiter is awesome

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vipboulderfoodies
Denver
210 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lo Stella is our usual stop on the nights we go to Curious Theatre; that is until Covid interrupted our routine. It was nice to be back. A few changes since we were last there, but it's still an excellent choice for "date night" before a play. Since forever I've ordered their wonderful "Nonna Laura," but this time I tried something new: chicken saltimbocca with steamed spinach. Not surprisingly, it too was delicious. My wife ordered bistecca with mushrooms, which she said she'd order again in a second. We washed it all down with a very nice Barbera. All in all, a fine meal, friendly and helpful waitstaff, nice ambiance - just like old times. It's good to be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, cooked to perfection.

The home made mozzarella was out of this world

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vipMrWonderful
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a fantastic intimate restaurant. From the second you walk in you feel welcome. The wait staff are professional without pretension. The food was creative twists on some fairly standard dishes, but that synergy was magic.
Thank You

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
73 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The true Italian experience in denver. Bravooo

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KimberlyV
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The quality of service and food is still amazing! Just wish the lighting was a little dimmer. Was too bright.

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Marye
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was excellent. Apparently the Rolling Stones ate there in 2020. I would highly recommend Mick Jagger’s favorite dish

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Ristorante Lo Stella offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 825-1995.

Ristorante Lo Stella is rated 4.5 stars by 1177 OpenTable diners.

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.

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