Ristorante Lo Stella

4.5
1138 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
What 1138 people are saying
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vipJuliee
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience4

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

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vipDenverFrank
Denver
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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

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Toast
Denver
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
206 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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MrWonderful
Pittsburgh
10 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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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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vipKathy
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our very favorite places!

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vipFoodiewithfamily
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Meh … limited menu and many better authentic italian options

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was just ok. Food was a little on the bland side. My steak was cooked perfect , just had no type of seasoning on it. My wife’s pasta was ok, but nothing special.

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denver662
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall a good experience. The food was good and the service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bolognese is fantastic. Insalata tricolore too. It’s nice to see them busy again—they deserve it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming and intimate neighborhood place with great food and service.

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vipMelL
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were so glad to have Lo Stella come back strong after it was closed during the height of the pandemic! My mom lives in the Golden Triangle so this is one of our go to restaurants. Although their prices have gone up considerably, the food is still outstanding. We love that they serve bread when you sit down. Not many restaurants do this anymore. We started with the Tricolor salad which is so yummy with warm sautéed mushrooms which softens the Parmesan cheese. I had the spaghetti and clams. This dish is loaded with fresh clams and pasta. It was a little salty, but I was able to tame it with some lemon juice. My mom had the Taglierini with shrimp and zucchini. Rumor has it that Mick Jagger dined here before one of the Stones’ concerts and this was his favorite dish. My mom loves it as well. The service at Lo Stella is fantastic. It was a nice relaxing pace and the owner and servers are super friendly. My parents were frequent diners here when my dad was alive, and even though we hadn’t been here since before the pandemic the owner recognized my mom and came over to say hello. We love having this restaurant in the neighborhood and will definitely be back!

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Redd
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful restaurant... True Italian. Staff is excellent

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vipRonT
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and wine. Pleasant staff. On our list of places to return to every month or two.

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Michi
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lo Stella never disappoints! Great food and superior service. Taking friends there is always a treat because they are always "wowed"

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vipMotsaball
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent authentic Italian! Highly recommend!

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Booblies
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate setting, authentic Italian food. We will be back!

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Michael
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Meh food. Meh server. Much left to be desired… a disappointing experience

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vipJimN
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent as always, their sauces really make the meal. The service was great, the waiter took the time to explain the sourcing of some of the dishes. The burrata and prosciutto appetizer was excellent.

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Michi
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience here...food was wonderful and service was superior. Leonardo was a joy! We will certainly return. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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CherylA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
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 on October 16, 2021
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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AnnP
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

If you like salt…….lots of salt you will like this restaurant. Otherwise do your heart a favor and eat somewhere else.

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JulieR
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
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
18 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
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
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
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 on October 12, 2021
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
207 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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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 1138 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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