Stella Barra - North Bethesda

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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 tavern style 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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k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Our waitress was eh. The food was good but pricey.

RB
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service and food.

ES
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We made a reservation to sit on the patio with our dogs. We checked in with the hostess and she sat us immediately. About 10 minutes later I had to get up and go to the host stand to ask someone to please come to our table. A young male server asked me if I sat myself outside making the presumption that we hadn’t been greeted or served now for over 12 minutes because nobody knew we were there. I told him the hostess sat us and then he said he’d look for our server. A couple minutes later our server came out to greet us. It took about 15+ minutes to get a glass of water and a drink. We enjoyed our pizza but literally, we only saw our server to drop off the pizza and drop off the check. Didn’t get a second beer as we never saw him again. Additionally, numerous tables in the patio were not bussed and just sitting dirty. Eventually people came out to clean them up. We were extremely disappointed in our experience!

ZK
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their pizzas are amazing and staff was very friendly and we had excellent service. Our appetizer wasn’t brought out until after the pizzas so they comped that appetizer. Also the restaurant was very crowded as it is a Friday night and we still got our pizza within 30 minutes of being seated.

P
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We arrived at 6 p.m. and it was crowded, evidently early bird special was on and there were kids galore because you can't feed a family pizza here otherwise. The cost was close to a theme park admission fee.
The marguerite was Okay, fed 2 with a side salad, also pricey.
The special pizza with fresh tomato and creamy was very tasty.

Matt, our server was excellent.

We are from New York, although it holds true for Chicago as well where you can get a really good pizza for around $25 that feeds 4 just about every other block.

It is very hard to get a decent pizza in the DC/MD area that is real, so if you go by that standard, then Stella Barra was fairly good.

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Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Everything was good. We were there early, so it wasn’t very crowded.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was okay, but not great. The ambiance is nice, and service was okay, but the prices were too high for the level of quality.

r
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

Celebrating a friend

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great time! It was hot inside at times but the food was delicious and i would definitely come back for their brunch.

j
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Poor waiter We had to clear our own plates and chase down our waiter for refill on coffee. The bill was totally messed up and we lost our lettuce entertain you points. Not a good experience in any way.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Terrible service

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V
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent and food outstanding

SF
New England
29 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great surprise! Delicious pizza with all fresh ingredients. Service was great. Perfect for a wholesome meal that is gourmet.

LW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Cute place, good food for the price. It’s a little dark in there but otherwise a cute place

j
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Hadn’t been there in a while. Price value not great if you want pizza got for it. But apps were pricing chicken wings not cooked meatballs super spicy and kale salad tasteless and heavy with dressing. Service good. Place was empty if you do t want pizza skip it

D
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

So nice to children who can make their own pizza!!!!!!

LK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

They have a limited menu - only pizza - but they do it very well.

It is connected to the Summer House - I would go back to Stella Barra 10 times before returning to the Summer House

RR
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Waiter virtually ignored table after serving drinks + appetizer. Perhaps too many tables but dining room was about 1/3 full - we dined al fresco but I made a trip to the washroom. When food arrived only 2 of 3 pizzas delivered...by hostess. She appeared to be untrained as a server; a slice from one pizza fell from the tray onto the table and she was un-phased. When pointed out, she didn’t apologize nor take any action; the slice simply lied there. After 7 minutes of waiting for the 3rd pizza, we asked. The waiter still wasn’t around. Another 5 minutes passed before it arrived. The next time we saw the waiter was to request the check, and ask if we wanted another glass of wine. Really? Oh, and he picked up the “wayward” slice of pizza from the table. We assumed there must have been some dialogue about it...yet he offered no apology. In many years of dining, this is perhaps only the second or third time I have left an unacceptable tip.

RG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Been eating here regularly since it opened and have had several bad experiences over the past few months. Both the food and service have definitely gone downhill. With so many local options we will not be back for a while.

TH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

The sparkling wine was warm and I had to put an ice cube in it to cool it down. The pizza was no better than dominos but three times the price. The only thing that was good was the service--and mostly because he did not bother us overly much. Will not go back again and disappointing as I like summer house next door.

SC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food really needs to be better. Best thing I had was the arugula salad, which was simple but good. The tomato sauce on the pizza is a bit heavy and dense tomato. It needs a little more complexity and seasoning. And the crust is not great either. It's tough and the inner dough is flimsy. They should really be getting the pizza right. Meatballs were tasty but again, too dense with that same too blah tomato sauce. Calamari was excellent.

Service was very good. Friendly and helpful.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

As I told you yesterday we didn’t honor the reservation because no one greeted us or served us so my niece wanted to leave and go to DelFrisco across the street Please do not include my ratings as we didn’t eat there

TR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service. Had a business meeting and Valentina provided perfect service. Food was yummy too. Thank you!

B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent pizza in a casual but comfortable environment.

BF
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our kids had a ball making their own pizzas in the back and the staff were outstanding with them. The adults cocktails and food were also excellent. We will be back.

B
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This pizza is so tasty! It makes you not want to eat pizza anywhere else

BW
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lively atmosphere, prompt service and good food. Will go back!

Z
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The overall mood and vibes of the spot were good. It was my sons birthday so he got to make a pizza and that was awesome!!! The food was above average. The wings were bland to me but pizza was very good. Service was ok. The bar area is crowded I noticed but I had a booth that was perfect! I would go back! Good times

GK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

One of only handful delectable brunches in area. Still love the salmon toast (& I add guac), breaded mac & cheese, sausage home fries... I like how the egg white changed to a fritata because the egg white & kale was quite bland before. Spoons for yogurt parfait could have had more attention (only one left and was dirty when I needed it). Can we make the chicken sausage & french toast less dry?

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pizza dinner is very good but wings are messy.

n
Washington DC
86 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stella Barra was great. We started with Tomato Soup and Brussels Sprouts. Delicious. Then we shared a half and half, thin crust pizza. All in all, it was a wonderful dining experience.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Long wait time for food with no explanation. To go order was wrong

OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

Our waitress was good. The non- pizza food we ordered came out almost immediately. However, the pizzas took about 40 minutes to arrive at our table. Something was not right with the pizza making line up. We sat close by and watched them hoping for our pizzas to come out. The man handling the dough looked confused and moved at a snail’s pace. The other two men on the line were chatting a lot. Upshot was that the pizza production was ridiculously slow. The table next to us had elderly people in wheelchairs as part of their party. The wait got too long for them and when their pizzas finally came out they got them to go. When our pizza arrived it was a tad more bland than usual. A pinch of salt helped. The dough man was replaced in the line up after the table next to us complained. But he returned and yelled some stuff at his replacement, clearly not happy. The only drama at a restaurant should be happening within the conversations at the tables among the customers. We should not witness drama among the workers at a restaurant. This kind of evening is really unacceptable. Stella Barra - please do better.

K
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Found hair in my food, no management came by. Wings were good, margharita pizza was just ok

BM
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were great and our server Chris was very friendly and helpful despite having a lot of other tables to look after.

DB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server did a good job considering how understaffed they were on a holiday weekend

DH
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pizza was delicious, service was excellent, but it was a little noisy.

DC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stella Barra was delicious. Chilled spot, sevrice was good amd pizza was bomb!!!! Kale salad!?! Was good too.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have only been for brunch but it’s never a let down. Every time we have family or friends in town Stella Barra is our go to for Sunday brunch. The cocktails are always well made, the food is fantastic. We can’t ask for more!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We had a reservation which we were ~5 mins early for but were seated about 20mins after our time. Once seated we had to wait again for 15 minutes before we were even asked for our drink orders. Those took a while and it was frustrating because it seemed like staff was just chilling around socializing with each other, the bar tender had plenty of time. The other tables in our section had a similar experience. When we got our app it was about half the size of the other calamari orders we had seen go past us and served on a small plate. We got our food an hour after being seated. The pizza was undercooked so I think they just forgot about us. Sever did nothing to offer reparations for several let downs throughout the experience. We are pretty calm and patient people but this almost ruined our night. For the prices this service should be at least decent. We will likely not return.

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