Stella Barra - North Bethesda

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327 reviews
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Stella Barra is an artisanal pizzeria with an eclectic menu inspired by the idea of simple honest cooking. Chef Jeff Mahin has developed a network of farms and purveyors to supply the restaurant with fresh-milled, 100% California flour for his handcrafted dough, as well as sustainably farmed organic produce, meats and cheeses. Pizza toppings range from prosciutto to shaved truffle to smoked bacon and can be served on a lighter “Thin Sin” pizza crust, or even gluten-free dough. From the signature pizzas to the seasonal specials, each dish reflects Chef Mahin’s passion for sourcing the best quality, local ingredients and presenting them simply.

The Market counter, shared with Summer House, serves a selection of fresh-baked pastries, sourdough English muffins and Chef Jeff Mahin’s famous cookies, along with locally sourced coffee and specialty espresso drinks.
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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We definitely enjoyed one another, our evening was filled with laughter. Would be mindful that the pizza oven does generate smoke which can impact the table closest to the pizza oven. And we did not appreciate that when we asked for lemon drop shots that a top shelf liquor was used without first asking permission.

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BF
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had one major issue: despite having a reservation, the restaurant was hosting a large party at the same time, which meant we had no table available when we arrived, so the staff (all very nice) sat us in the neighboring diner they own, Summer House. That was ok -- the staff made sure to attend to us. But the large party they were hosting meant the kids "make your own pizza" option wasn't available, and then the peppers for my pizza weren't available, as well as one of the house cocktails. It became a bit of a joke with my wife -- what DO they have for us at this point?! Again, the food we ordered was excellent, the server very good, but we wish we had done this some other night. If the restaurant is going to host a party so big that they can't fully handle other guests, they shouldn't take reservations.

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AC
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday’s brunch buffet was amazing! Lots of great options. Will definitely return.

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n
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I've been to stella a few times and I firmly believe they need to do better at training serves and bus boys. They seem to lack communication skills. The bus boys/server would take things off the table without communicating and asking if we are done using it. Very rude

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting and it blew me away! The restaurant is gorgeous and the staff was wonderful! Delicious food and great service!

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AG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation last minute on Sunday. Really good buffet for $20 & awesome bloody mary for $5. Buffet offers a great variety with something for everyone. Lively atmosphere located in beautiful Pike & Rose & plenty of parking in garage for only $1. (I think you get the first two hours free to park.) Pike & Rose is such a nice place to shop & dine.

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S
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fresh and delicious! Burrata was creamy and pizza sauce is amazing. Very nice place for a drink and dinner with friends.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Made reservation and got seated quickly on busy Friday night. Attentive service and chill atmosphere. We love the crispy brussel sprouts and super thin pizzas. Kids meals are on fun trays. Kid meatballs were a bit spicy, but everything else was great!

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Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Sunday brunch was excellent. The service was good - we were served promptly and got drinks quickly. The food on the brunch buffet was great and kept coming out hot with a lot of turnover (nothing sitting for long periods of time). I wasn't a fan of the decor of the room - but that's not going to stop me from returning. I'll definitely be back.

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EK
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to go to Stella Barra for brunch with my family. Enough good food to choose from and not overwhelming. My girls love your waffles and I absolutely indulge in Bread pudding ! Our sever was very nice and attentive !

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JG
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s been a while since my last visit. The menu has changed slightly. The tomato soup is quite tasty! I tried the kale caesar and it was very good and plentiful. The pepperoni pizza was spicy and the crust amazing! The prices increased slightly but the portions seemed bigger. I’ll be back!

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MA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food is always good....a basic menu that is done well in terms of ingredients and a good selection of pizza, starters and side dishes. I've eaten at Stella Barra since its opening at least twice a month and have noticed that the service can be inconsistent. It's never bad, but sometimes lapses. The only negative mark I give the restaurant is with respect to the acoustics....it's loud. You get used to it, and there's probably not much the restaurant can do about it, but I recommend NOT sitting near the large table in the back.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a 7 pm appointment and the “table” wasn’t ready until 7:15. They asked if we were ok w sitting in the entry way of the summer house restaurant next door... basically between the two host stands of the restaurants next to the doors and windows. I said no. So we waited another ten minutes for our table. After that everything was great and our server was wonderful as was the food. But reservations really should be more on schedule and not shoved at some random high table between two restaurant hostess stands.

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our reservation was delayed and we still had to wait even with a reservation. but they did the best they could.

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t
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Average pizza. Sauce was average. Crust was average. Nothing special to write home about. Good kale salad. Way too expensive for what you get.

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BM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious pizza and the cookies for dessert are outstanding.

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IB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

good place, kind of expensive but enjoyable throughout! One recommendation to improve would be to include more options on the menu. It felt quite limited.

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h
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Comfort is one of the best values here. Add the incredibly upbeat service and you have a really good experience. The brunch buffet fare was a mix of Italian with Mexican zzzing! A repeatable.

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PO
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch! They keep the food hot and loaded for customers! Excellent service too.

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N
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We get the thin skin squash pizza all the time. It was different, thick pieces of squash. Tasted totally different and not very good. Waitress got order wrong and had to remake pizza.

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JB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food! Love the pizza with the egg on it.

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BK
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Music was a bit offensive, did not expect such a dramatic change from their main restaurant, summer house in terms of ambiance. Pizza was okay, interesting toppings but bread is a little flat.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch buffet, tasty, unique. LOVED IT ALL. (Went off keto for this good food.) Quickly replenished. Hustle and bustle and very energetic. Everything we had was as described, fresh! Bellinis and Cuban coffee......amazing! Great value. Staff and service were on point. Will visit again.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Made reservations, had to wait about 20mins because “we had so many people make reservations we ran out of tables”

What’s the point of reservations?

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TD
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food, outstanding service, and a great atmosphere for a brunch. I highly recommend Stella for brunch.

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LF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They are really good about replenishing food in the brunch bar. Great specialty coffee selections.

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b
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food and drink options. Pizza to die for! Had an issue with our table- apparently someone else looked at the list of reservations and told the hostess they were me and took our table before we arrived. Would be better if customers were not allowed to see the reservation list.

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h
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The brunch is one of the best on Rockville Pike... Now Pike and Rose is considered North Bethesda. Rare mix of Mex-italian flavor s.
Would be good to see a do it your self Bloody Mary bar again, but the barman put together a second to none Mary!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service!!!!

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LF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were a bit irked at first that we had to wait 20 minutes past our reservation, but it was a holiday and we were really hungry. The buffet (it was 2:00 by the time we were seated) was excellent. Awesome French toast among many choices. We left comply sated!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great! And the servers were kind when they were around but it seemed their service was a bit slow.

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l
Washington DC
366 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was superb! Do get the starter of grilled Brussel sprouts - new and delicious flavors! The thin crust pizzas were a winner. Two of our party were gluten free - they had many choices. Wine list was so-so, but adequate. We are definitely returning.

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GD
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We truly enjoyed our dining experience. We were there for a birthday celebration (the entire family). There were 4 adults and 2 children, 1 of which was a baby. The corner booth worked very well. Our grand daughter made her own pizza (Chef Dave was wonderful with her) and she really enjoyed eating her own creation. We had the wings and a giant meatball as appetizers and several choices of pizza....all wonderful. We will go back!

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SK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I’ve been to Stella Barra several times for brunch. The buffet is a good value for the great food. This visit, however, I was very disappointed in the experience. Knowing it’s often busy, I made a reservation for 12 pm for two people. We arrived on time and waited a whopping 45 minutes before our table was ready. We saw tables open throughout our wait, and watched the hostess seat several groups who walked in after us. What’s the point of offering a reservation when you can’t honor it? And in the end, we were sat at a table that had been sitting empty for 30 minutes while we waited. Incomprehensible. The waiter we had, however, was very attentive. May not return for a long time.

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MA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Amazes me that management will not politely tell a loud table to quiet down when obviously disturbing other diners.

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MA
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great deal on the weekend brunch buffet!

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PO
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Kale salad and the pizza crust is amazing! Tried a white pizza for first time it was really good. Maya the manager was so nice to us!

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k
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Appetizers are very good. White pizza so so...and make your own. Thin crust was good. Great service... nice folks

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was very attentive and friendly, and so was all the staff we interacted with! My son loves to watch pizza chefs, and they were so engaging and fun, and my son got to make his own pizza! He kept going back to the “bar” to hangout and watch and learn. Cool pizza dough flipping tricks! Soon other staff were meeting him, too. Pizza is amazing!! ... we’ll be back!

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C
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place with great food! It's our go-to breakfast stop on Sundays...the buffet is high quality and consistent. Truly a neighborhood gem!

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