Ristorante Lo Stella

4.7
1063 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1063 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipKevinB
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I need to come more often. Sat at the bar and the staff was the best though the food was fantastic too. Special of Pappardelle al Cinghiale. I left feeling like they were friends and family which is the goal of any Italian restaurant.

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christineg
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting from Seattle on business and sat at bar. We had an amazing dinner! Waiters were friendly and atmosphere was awesome! We will defiantly be back! Highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! One of my favorite restaurant in Denver.

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lloyd
Las Vegas
31 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My favorite Italian restaurant in Denver!

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vipMcKinney
Dallas
33 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful place. Small friendly.
Food was outstanding as was the service. We would absolutely recommend this gem

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

guests from out of town

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic “Italian” cuisine. Incredible homemade pastas with fresh beautiful sauces. What a treat. Friendly casual atmosphere. Can’t believe it took us so long to discover it. Not one miss on our table. From the prosciutto and burrata to the tricolore salad to the ravioli in shrimp sauce to the saffron shrimp taglierini. Scrumptious. And thank you Leo for your excellent service.

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vipUnique
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and comfortable restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience. We would recommend it to anyone.

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CoreyB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is amazing! The Bolognese is nearly identical to one I had while in Bologna, Italy. Well done!

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LynnS
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very, very good Italian cuisine! We were genuinely surprised with everything we ordered!

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SusanneC
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Unimpressed with our server

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vipUptown
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice local place, friendly service, good Italian basics and a few innovative specials.

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KeithB
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love this place and so happy they survived. Great date night last night!

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MikeDede
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Insalata Caprese with buffalo mozzarella was so tasty! The Valpolicella red paired well with Nona Lauren’s ? Tagliatelle Bolognese dish. Our wait person, Jessica, couldn’t have been more accommodating and friendly. Can’t wait to go back for another relaxing dinner.

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vipdallasina
Dallas
116 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a precious dining spot in an underserved neighborhood. The food is good, the service is quite well-meaning and attentive and they actually care about the quality and the experience. Wine list is brief but a few bright spots so it is fine. Dined here twice in two days, once solo at the bar and once with a group of friends. Both times were a success. These guys are doing good work and should be celebrated.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food amazing and our waiter Leo great

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vipInTheKnow
Los Angeles
104 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was looking for a restaurant for a three person business dinner and made the reservation based on reviews from Opentable diners. The restaurant did not disappoint. The food was delicious and the service professional and pleasant. We will definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! We are visiting from out of town and had a craving for Italian. Definitely the place to go! Great atmosphere, and delicious wine and drinks! We had the bolognese and fish ravioli, delicious!! Would definitely go back if we lived in the area!

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vipDanL
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Intimate atmosphere is belied by the ambient noise level made obtrusive by the reflective surfaces on all sides. Thankfully, most of the crowd was reasonably restrained last night.

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ColoradoBlondie
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Perhaps they were short staffed, but our service was quite scattered and didn't live up to the upscale restaurant they are attempting to be. The bread, pasta dish and panna cotta dessert were amazing, but the steak was just ok and our wine was way too young for the price. We were disappointed to say the least.

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FredB
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Lo Stella - it's our favorite restaurant in Denver. The food, service, atmosphere --everything about it is fantastic.

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vipNYClovers
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were exquisite! It has been too long since we were last here.

We will return again soon

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deborah
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been going to Lo Stella since it first opened. I love the food especially the freshly made pasta. Grandma’s sauce is superb and the portions are large. The large salads are fresh. I always order the Tri-color salad with sautéed mushrooms.
The seafood ravioli is a favorite). Everyone loves the great Italian wines. The staff was attentive and helpful. They make customers feel like family. The ambiance is welcoming inside and on the patio and the prices are reasonable. Lo Stella is my go-to restaurant. My friends keep coming back. You’ll love it too.

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AlisonM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great food - it was fun to be out again! I think of this place as a nice secret spot.

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vipSuburb
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

4th visit to Reatorante Lo Stella and ever time the service was lively, friendly and efficient. The pasta plates and pan fried steak were great. We also love their wine selection

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vipKristen
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The pasta was delicious....the service not so wonderful. We arrived in what amounted to a war between servers who fought over every table, verbally bickered and threw tantrums that made customers very uncomfortable. Unfortunately we were seated in the center of the drama. Our evening and dining experience was definitely marred by the lack of professionalism. The food was heavenly but I would recommend getting it to-go until they workout the strife.

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vipaurelianobuendia
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. They serve authentic Italian food, which is rare in Denver. So glad to be able to return after the pandemic restrictions got lifted.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian dishes and outstanding service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love this place. Closest thing you’ll get to real Italian in Denver.

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Tuttapanna
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great dinner! Octopus app and shrimp pasta were both delightful!

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AnthonyO
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was truly wonderful, the food is authentic Italian and prepared very well and the service was prompt and friendly. I plan on bringing friends and family to this lovely little oasis in Denver.

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vipkathyt
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! This is a place of contention! Lovely neighborhood restaurant with a great atmosphere for competition with the best!

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vipMichaelDBrown
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservation at 5:30. Only two tables taken. Host tried to seat us at a high top, which won't work for my spouse's short legs. Very uncomfortable for her.

Host fumbled around forever (so it seemed as we stood around) trying to find another table when our server intervened and instantly found us a table. I was just about to leave.

But this server, who found the table, saved the evening. His service was outstanding.

We've eaten at Ristorante Lo Stella numerous times and always found the food to be outstanding. It was again and we'll be back. We'll just make sure to specify a high top is not acceptable.

Highly recommend this little gem.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
26 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was great--filet and Bolognese were both great. Service was...eh. Not terrible. But not particularly good, either. I think the server forgot about us for the second half of the meal.

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Zeck
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noise level was low because we dined at 4;00... by the time we departed, noise had increased but was still very tolerable. That is the only clarification I needed to make on my rating -- who needs to explain 5 stars???

As most of us in April of 2021 are still wearing masks even tho vaccinated, our party of 4 felt very comfortable in the restaurant and with our server. He also was very attentive to our requests and accommodated everything with ease. Highly recommend this restaurant but you really do need reservations!

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MissyD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

It was fine, nothing terribly wrong. The pasta dishes simply weren’t worth the price they are charging for them.

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KurtL
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This ended up being the best experience even though this wasn't our 1st choice for dinner. Leo, our waiter ordered for both of us because the menu was a little hard to understand and he couldn't have been any more perfect in his choices for us. If you love authentic Italian then this place is a MUST visit. Ask for Leo to help you too- he made our night!

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Carman993
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent menu. Delicious food. Veryefficient friendly service.

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Bakken53
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellant service, the food was delicious. A little pricey.

FAQs

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

Ristorante Lo Stella is rated 4.7 stars by 1063 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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