Stella Barra - North Bethesda

4.4
241 reviews
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$30 and under
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Pizzeria
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Pizzeria, Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
Saturday: 10:00am - 12:00am
Sunday: 10:00am - 9:00pm

Brunch Buffet $18.95 Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Happy Hour at the bar, Monday - Friday from 4:00pm-6:00pm and Saturday - Sunday from 10:00am-4:00pm

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Phone number
(301) 770-8609
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef/Partner Jeff Mahin
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Catering
To inquire about private parties or off-premise catering, please call our Sales & Special Events Department at (301)770-8609.
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Cross street
At Pike & Rose (at Old Georgetown Road)
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Parking details
Parking Lot at Pike & Rose.
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Public transit
Just North of the White Flint Station.
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Special events & promotions
Stella Barra is pleased to host wine dinners, beer tastings, cocktail classes and more. Please visit stellabarra.com for the latest.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 241 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Loved Father’s Day brunch

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Usually the brunch at SB is good but not today. Made a reservation on open table, showed up DID NOT get my points, wtf? On the reservation we made a note it was my daughters birthday and when called the hostess told me they will bring a cookie and ice ream but that NEVER happened - so much for a nice experience. Food quality was good but they ran out of many items and when asked where are the eggs, where is the lox and toast points mgt said we are working on it, 20 minutes later, nothing. By the time the manager said the food will be coming out I said just forget it, too late.

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1.0Dined 7 days ago

Mediocre food, which is hard to do with pizza. Service was awful. Had to move tables after they sat us at one where a worn out leather couch sagged so much we couldn't reach the table to eat. Then took a long time to place our order. Lost a drink order. Failed to deliver mains to the table at the same time so I was left eating 10 minutes after everyone else had finished. Plus expensive. No thanks.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Our service (outside) took forever! We ordered 2 pizza’s and were there over an hour. I have eaten her a lot and this is the first time the food wasn’t good. It was overcooked and chewy not crunchy. And why is the wine $11 a glass but $46 for the bottle? 4 glasses would be $44.
Very unimpressed last weekend!

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

So-o-o noisy. Service was good, food was OK. Restaurant could be cleaner.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

The pizza was great, especially the one with butternut squash. I am not a big fan of their beer selection. No lagers on draft.

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Pizza was excellent! Crisp, crunchy, well cooked crust. Margharita pizza sauce tasted like fresh tomatoes and not overly sweet. Prosciutto pizza with egg was divine; like Ham & eggs for breakfast. My only complaint is, it was very hot in the restaurant! Doors are left open and with the ovens going, it was never cool and comfortable in the restaurant....hot!! It was 80 outside but, 95+ inside.

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1.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Staff seem uninterested in actually paying attention to customers. Order was wrong and food took forever. First and last time going here.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Delicious brunch. No waisted item choices like some brunches that offer a plethora of subpar items.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Food and restaurant were great as always server was a bit slow and not very tentative

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Love their cocktails. I've tried several on various occasions, never disappointed. Salads are good. Used to like the stuffed pappadews, don't see them on menu anymore.

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1.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Way too loud, slow, and expensive for pizza. There are much better options nearby. Waited forever to pay and finally escape. Way too loud for casual conversation. Could not wait for my visit to be over.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Food is always delicious. However, the service was extremely slow. I believe that the kitchen was the hold-up. Then, half of my son's pizza fell on the floor (in the kitchen). They made another one for him, but we were all finished eating and stayed a long time waiting for him to be fed (and we were celebrating his birthday).

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The food is excellent but the service was horrible and the restaurant was basically empty. When we pointed that out the waitress she just shrugged her shoulders. Also the pizza took 40 minutes!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The brunch was great. Nice variety!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It is a small restaurant but the food is awesome. They have a great Cobb salad and pizza. I recently had their brunch and it was delicious. Everything was phenomenal.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day Brunch was Amazing

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

First time there and will definitely go back. Food was excellent, decent service, and nice ambiance.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great place for families or adults wanting a casual evening out. The Caesar salad was large enough for two and not overly-dressed. The margherita pizza was especially tasty, if a bit salty. Our server was very friendly. Our one complaint was that it was too dark in the room. But overall, an enjoyable place, and w plan to return.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We were seated promptly for our reservation. The wait staff was attentive and pleasant. They try hard to please guests. One of the managers was also working the buffet. The food is yummy and there’s a good selection. My favorites are the scrambled eggs and the chicken sausage. The bacon is of good quality but a little salty. The yogurt parfait is excellent. The salmon is fresh. It’s a nice buffet for brunch overall. The mimosas are good too. Thanks

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Took my parents there for a Sunday brunch and service and atmosphere was awesome. Food was delicious and a variety to choose from. I liked the music in the background too! This was my 2nd time back!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We always have a delicious meal and a good time at Stella Barra. Only complaint is noise level -- in a larger group it is almost impossible to hear across the table. Very courteous wait staff that aims to please. It's one of our go to restaurants -- mainly because they have gluten free crusts for me!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Eight of us out for a 14th birthday celebration for our daughter. Our server Alex was amazing and made the whole experience wonderful. The food is amazing and priced great for what you get!

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Beautiful evening so this place was jam-packed! Must be why the service was slower than usual. As always, the pizza was delicious. Oh, and the butterscotch pudding was amazing!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I hate pizza in general, but my wife (who dragged me unwillingly here) and I actually very much enjoyed this place. We consider it an unexpected gem of a find and would defintely recommend. Our server Katherine was great. The option to add prosciutto to any pie is also an enticement for the meat connoisseur. The giant dessert cookies are also a must have — even for a guy like me with no sweet tooth.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great night. Food better than I remember. Service was perfect. We arrived at 8:30pm and there was a nice buzz in the restaurant without the rush of parties waiting to be seated.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

My daughter had a birthday lunch with friends, which they had a wonderful experience. We made reservations with Joellen for a decent sized group, which made our arrival seamless. Our server, Chris was spot on and kept everything flowing beautifully. And the manager, Kevin made sure everyone was happy! Definitely a great place to visit with friends and family.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

My family and I really enjoyed this restaurant. It is certainly a gem in this area. The pizza was excellent and my children enjoyed the spaghetti and meat balls. Desert was great - fresh, enormous cookies!!!!

We appreciated the large, clean bathrooms as we have a newly potty trained toddler.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Hand down the best brunch for under $20 a head in the local area. Great selection of hot, fresh and very tasty items.

Book straight away and you won’t be disappointed

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Our go-to Sunday brunch. Food is always good. Definitely need a reservation!

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1.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Poor service !!! We wait for everything : drink and pizza, the check ! And the restaurant wasn’t full !

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We have enjoyed Stella Barra on many occasions - the pizza is delicious (love the butternut squash)! Unfortunately, this time our pizza was made with the wrong toppings and it was undercooked (crust was wet and gummy). The waitress and manager were very apologetic and accommodating, but the pizza was pretty disappointing. We will likely return, as this has not been the typical experience at Stella Barra.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Service was horrible. Open table reservation was worthless. Asked for a quiet table. One high top adjacent to bar was available.

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2.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The restaurant was so loud that we couldn't hear anyone speak at our table of 8. The salads were delicious but nothing that I couldn't make at home. The brussel sprouts were delicious, the best part of the meal. The pizzas had some interesting combinations but I wouldn't call them tasty and no one wanted the leftovers. The dessert cookies were extremely stale which makes me wonder if that's why they always offer to warm them up.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Very good thin crust pizza. Calamari was tender and delicious.

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1.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Probably the worst dining experience I’ve had in a long time. Ordered children’s meals that didn’t come out until almost the end of the dinner, pizzas were cold, cheese was not melted and service was horrible. The time it took to get everything was ridiculous and the server never cleared the tables once. The server kept apologizing and blaming the mishaps for various reasons. They ended up comping half of our dinner and giving us $100 in gift cards to come back. Not sure we will ever come back. Having been an almost regular at the Santa Monica location, this was a REAL disappointment. I recommended that the staff take a trip out to see how that Stella Barra is.

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Given the solid reputation of the parent company - Lettuce Entertain You - in the gluten free world, we were extremely disappointed in this restaurant. We couldn't get a straight answer about safe food prep (different answers over the phone versus in person) and didn't feel comfortable the entire meal.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

My fiancé and I went to Stella Barra for Valentine's Day. Our reservation was at 8:00 and we arrived at 8:05, but we weren't seated until around 8:20. Our server was very attentive and upbeat and checked in on us several times throughout the evening. Food came out quickly despite how busy the restaurant was. We love that the restaurant vibe is both hip and laidback!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great service and healthy food, team members well trained.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

They were out of gnocchi but the pizza was out of this world! Definitely felt a little overpriced but the place is nice, the food is delicious, and it’s the perfect spot for a date.

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