Ristorante Lo Stella

4.6
1107 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 1107 people are saying
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CherylA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were at the Portofino restaurant 3 years ago and loved it. We were visiting family in Denver and had to go to the Denver restaurant, it did not disappoint!

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KristenS
Denver
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great little italian spot! My husband and I went with some friends and sat in front of the kitchen window and the big parmesan wheel. It was so fun being able to watch all the action. The Gemelli pasta in the parm wheel is a must have! I hope to back soon.

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JulieR
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the hi top table near the door; great seats in the house- away from the bustle of the kitchen and near the cozy rock wall. Great ambiance!

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vipCarlos
Denver
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The menu and quality of food at Lo Stella still hasn't quite revived back to its pre-COVID shutdown standard but it's getting there.

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SusanF
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and impeccable service, actually felt like we were in Italy! Clams and Spaghetti was amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It always feels like a special occasion at Lo Stella! Fabulous food, atmosphere and service. The staff always make you feel like you are the most important guest in the room!

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DWLikesEats
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every course and dish were very good, and we are discerning! Our waiter made a great recommendation on the wine. Nice ambience in a smaller, quaint restaurant with quality service and food.

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Dave
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, restaurant and staff never disappoint...

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vipboulderfoodies
Denver
204 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to get to Lo Stella again. We haven't been there since Covid started because we usually combine a dinner at Lo Stella with a performance at Curious Theatre. Some things have changed since our last visit, but the menu and food quality has remained the same: Outstanding! We started with an excellent Prosciutto di Parma both were delicious. Our wine choices (Valpolicella & Tascante) were reasonably priced and matched the entries well. No time for dessert. We had not met Brian, our server, before, but he took excellent care of us - very friendly and helpful. We look forward to getting back to normal.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

On a Saturday night they ran out of their salmon entrees! Two at our table ordered the dish after seeing 2 come out only to be told they are out at 630! Disappointing

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AraD
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We've been to Lo Stella a number of times and have never been disappointed. The food and drink are excellent. We split a Caprese salad, which was just right for two. I had the taglierini with shrimps and zucchini in a saffron sauce, she had the chicken scaloppina in marsala sauce topped with prosciutto crudo and fontina cheese. Both were great. Best of all, though, was the panna cotta for dessert. It was light, creamy, with perfect berry sauce over the top.

Absolutely recommend.

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KathrynA
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

This is my go-to restaurant when I'm going to Curious theatre. Very warm, bustling and inviting place. My friend and I split the trout and pasta with Monk Fish. The trout was out of this world; the pasta dish was good but not as good as Lo Stella's Family recipe for Fish Ravioli. Only one complaint: our drinks were skimpy. Maybe, three sips, max.

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JaniceJ
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious homemade pastas, great atmosphere and wonderful service. I wish I lived next door.

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LWM60
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We have enjoyed Lo Stella over the years but they appear to have serious staffing issues now
The service was impacted by having only two people on the floor and bar.
The food was also not up to par as in the past

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WarrenP
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

First they should tell you when the streets are ALL blocked off. We has no idea how to get to the restaurant. When we finally found it, they do not have menus you have to use your phone. Which we did not bring. They had to tell us what was on the menu. The drinks were so weak you could not taste any booze. The wine pour was so small it was gone instantly. They did not have enough servers and everyone was running around trying to serve people. Awful. Food was good but no worth the trip.

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vipljljrich
Denver
51 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had not eaten at Lo Stella before. I was shocked at how good our dinners were. The tricolore salad was very good and plentiful. The pasta with clams was better than any I’ve ever had in the US (better than mine, too). It was delicious and the pasta was perfectly al dente. The fish ravioli (don’t let the name put you off) was really exceptional. The duck special was a knockout and cooked perfectly. We will return soon.

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Bruce
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and easy to get reservation!

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ColleenT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love this restaurant and everyone who works there. The food is so authentic and so delicious. I wish I could go there every night.

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LyndaD
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great friendly service. Delicious food. Relaxed atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant

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JasonD
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in denver, must go to and the Nonas Bolognese is a must try

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nacy
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent. The steak our daughter offered was cooke perfectly. Our pastas were delicious too. The dessert as a real treat

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Sossie
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great service! Great food! For some reason, the interior reminds me of a sports bar, but I would go back bc of the food and service.

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ChristopherU
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A bit pricey for the food, but otherwise well done

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vipedwardm
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is still our favorite Italian restaurant in Denver!

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vipscott5864
Denver
47 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food restaurant was a little noisy but the food made it well worth it.

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DebP
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place! Quaint, great service! Top notch food!

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SheilaG
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious scallops, pancetta, pea puree appetizer as well as octupus. Pasta with zucchini (too much) and shrimp (too little), was tasty. Good menu, but wish there were a few more choices. I’ll be back!!

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vipJoJo
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic food, casual atmosphere, and outstanding service.

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vipJonathon
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location. Chill vibe

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friend moving and wanted to celebrate

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal and experience. Staff was awesome. Definitely old school Italian

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jeant
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Lo Stella! Love the vibe, the amazing food and the great service!!

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vincentb
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Leo our waiter was charming and knowledgeable about the menu. Truly a gem in Denver

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vipNaraG
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The filet was so tender and perfectly cooked. Best I’ve ever had.

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Tricia
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food is always great here. The wine is also amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

This restaurant had good food but I was kind of stunned at the price for what it was. $20 for an appetizer of Caprese seemed a little ridiculous. The wine glass I got was dirty. I did not feel like our dinner was worth the value by the end of the night. A little disappointing when the dinner was a birthday gift for my boyfriend. All of that aside our waitress was really fantastic, she was warm, welcoming and attentive.

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DaveFromDenver
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience4

We will have to give this restaurant another try some other time because this time was poor. Our old fashioned drinks were terrible, the wine we ordered Cabernet) came as something else. Tagliatelle Bolognese had no tomato sauce at all, and the portion was way too small for how much they charge. Caprese salad was really good with fine tomatoes, but $19?

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Rebekah
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic simple Italian food done well. Loved everything about this neighborhood Italian place. We would go back again!

FAQs

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

Ristorante Lo Stella is rated 4.6 stars by 1107 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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