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About Ristorante Lo Stella

"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.

1135 Bannock St
Denver, CO 80204
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Sat 4pm-10pm

Cross Street:
11th and 12th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 825-1995

Website:
http://www.lostelladenver.com/

Public Transit:
Bus 52 stops right across the street

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Ristorante Lo Stella Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (22)
Authentic (20)
Good for a Date (17)
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Quiet Conversation (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Fun (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Healthy (4)
Business Meals (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

If you want to go to dinner and feel like you are going to a family’s house vs a restaurant, go here! Pasta is amazing and the food doesn’t just taste good, it makes you feel good.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic service and food was outstanding. Bolanase was one of the best ever. We I’ll return.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

so good authentic homemade pasta cooked right before our eyes-sat next to the kitchen window

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Amazing - just like every other time. Customer service is top notch and the food is fantastic.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Four friends met at Lo Stella for our annual dinner together. The intimate setting was perfect for getting reacquainted. We could actually hear each other talk. The menu is varied, the food was excellent, and the service was perfect. We may decide to hold our annual get-together here every year.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a lovely dinner at Lo Stella. The staff were attentive but not intrusive. The appetizers (caprese and mussels) were toothsome. We had pasta bologonese and a lamb special. Both were delicious. We’ll definately return to try more items.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We impressed our foodie friends with this restaurant choice.

Tags: Special Occasion
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food5
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

The house salad was large and reasonably priced but contained only lettuce and a couple tasteless tomatoes. Waiter did not give us any choice on the dressing. The dressing it came with seemed to be just oil. Fortunately there was balsamic vinegar on the table which I kept adding to give it flavor. I ordered the Veal Scallopini with Marsala sauce for I believe $26 - $28. The plate contained three reasonable size pieces of veal, a handful of lettuce with no dressing and my choice of side, sautéed mushrooms. The veal and mushrooms were somewhat tasty but it wasn't a very satisfying meal. The other side option was mashed potatoes. I wish the entree had also come with a vegetable and also that pasta had been a choice of sides. The waiter said pasta wasn't a choice as pasta is what the restaurant is known for and if I wanted pasta that's what I should order. The restaurant seemed to be understaffed so we rarely saw our waiter and had to flag him down to pay. The wines by the glass are limited but wines on the list are a good value. I doubt that I will go back but if I did I'd only go for the pasta however while I love pasta, all the pastas come with a red sauce and prefer other options.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We frequently dine at Lo Stella, and as always this visit did not disappoint.
It's has a nice, cozy atmosphere and is a great place to take friends. Location in the Golden Triangle and near the Denver Art Museum makes it convenient too. The service is wonderful, and staff knowledgeable and accommodating.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I love this place. My wife and I have been here three times in the past 12 months. We went this past weekend for her birthday with friends. A family business. We had Leo wait on us and one word - authentic. He recommends the best dishes and pairs with amazing wines. Their food is some of the best Italian in Denver. Can't recommend enough.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great food. Great service. Good location. Easy to park.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Family run (from Portofino, Italy).......outstanding service (especially the Daughter Virginia). She is not only a cutie pie.....but very sweet and takes the time to explain anything you want. Very attentive service. AND the food is amazing....especially anything with red sauce. Finally, the prices are VERY reasonable. Tremendous food and value!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This was the second time I've been to Lo Stella and the second time that they have been out of several of the items on the menu. I specifically went for the Pesto which I was informed they were out of. Ordered the walnut ravioli instead - very disappointing. My son and husband both had the Bolognese and were pleased with the dish.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food great service, perfect for date night!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great neighborhood restaurant. However, it is very noisy. I requested a quiet area but it didn’t happen.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Seasonal, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I discovered lo Stella in the midst of a snow storm 3 years ago. It’s my favorite Italian and one of favorites overall in Denver. Great wine by the glass and good steaks and sides. Of course this owner comes from a family owned restaurant in portofono Italy that has over 150 years of history. Its location is convenient to downtown and has good street parking. Great for a special occasion or if u want to spoil yourself during a snow storm . 5 stars and kudos to the handsome owner and his staff.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Very welcoming. Fantastic food good wine
We will be back and hope to become a regular

Tags: Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Authentic Italian. Exquisite menu. Very friendly and professional staff. Truly a gem!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Have dined here many times now when we visit Denver. The food is always delicious and it's just got a wonderful old school vibe. I always offset the trout and it's spectacular.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent Authentic Italian, affordable wine list.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I love all the pasta sauces and that ithey ( and the homemade pasta ) passed down from family recipes .
I have sent several friends and everyone thanks me for the recommendation .

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great food and good ambiance. My wife and I have eaten at Lo Stella 4 times and we have always been satisfied with the food and service. The waiter was very friendly and helpful in making suggestions from the menu. There is a nice selection of Italian wines on the menu. You can park on the street and the neighborhood is safe. We plan on returning again in the near future. If you go there, try the pesto or the bolognese. They are both great!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Very nice and comfortable spot for Italian, especially pasta.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Very nice restaurant and delicious food

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Never never a disappointment. It is our go to Italian restaurant. Family owned and run. Homemade pasta amazing.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Nice staff but the food was just ok

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Most authentic northwest coastal Italian food in Denver.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Excellent service. Food was delicious!

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We have been to Lo Stella several times and it never disappoints. The food is excellent and the service is great! authentic Italian food, great atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I always have a wonderful dining experience at LoStella. I love the food and the service is extraordinary. It retains the feel of a great neighborhood bistro, but is very convenient to the downtown and Golden Triangle area. It's my go-to place, espcially for out of town guests or a quiet dinner with a good friend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 6, 2017

As good as it gets outside Italy. The food is easily on par with their 8 generation home in Portofino.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Food is great!

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We live around the corner and it has become our go to for great food and a fun evening with friends/family, we love the wait staff they are really great!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 25, 2017

What an amazing experience as always. It reminds me of my visits to Italy. One of the 3-4 very authentic restaurants in all the US in my opinion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 24, 2017

I loved this restaurant! It was the first time we have been there and we plan to go back again! The only reason for the four stars is that I did not care for my meal (ravioli with a walnut sauce), but it was not because of the chefs...just not my cup of tea. I will try something different next time. However, my husband loved his Fruitti di Mare spaghetti.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Authentically Italian cuisine and attentive, friendly service in a comfortable, relaxed venue with low lighting.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Birthday celebration

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We started with a Insalata caprese (Buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes and basil). It was a bit disappointing. It is peak tomato season and it seemed the tomatoes were hot house sourced. Such a shame as they didn't add any flavor.
The rest of the dishes we had were lovely and I would get them again. The Tagliatelle della “Nonna Laura” (Homemade tagliatelle with my grandmother’s bolognese sauce) was perfect. I would go back and try other pasta dishes and pizza as well.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

I was disappointed with the homemade pasta, it didn't taste fresh and it seemed undercooked. It was my date's birthday bit they ended up charging me for the birthday dessert, pretty surprised by that. I thought the place was just OK, wouldn't go back.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Impeccable service, first class treatment without the formal attire. Friendly and helpful. The tables are far enough apart that you don't feel like you are eating dinner with the people next to you. They went over & above to meet our food requests. This restaurant is our new best friend!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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