Stella Barra - North Bethesda

4.3
269 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.
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Delivery or takeout
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 269 People Are Saying
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4.1
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4.1
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3.9
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CL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had such a great experience -- we needed to modify our reservation twice, and the staff was so friendly and helpful. Our food was great, and our waiter was perfect -- gave us exactly what we needed when we needed it without be intrusive.

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k
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was good until it got busy. Way too dark to see the menus. Parking around Pike & Rose is not very good. But the pizza was good.

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KE
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, even better service

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MJ
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good pizza, nice wine selection , great Happy Hour specials.

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P
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good pizza. The gluten free option was shockingly good. We were there on a Tuesday and got the table with a couch which was very cozy on a date. Wait staff were very helpful and responsive

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SC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Very nice ambiance and great pizza. The only thing is the when asked if the juice was natural, waiter said yes, but no, juices were not natural. Perhaps if he is not sure, he should ask somebody else about it

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EH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to their weekend brunch on Bethesda restaurant week. Really terrific; nice different spins on brunch classics.

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S
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The pizza was terrific when the restaurant first opened. This time service was slow, although the restaurant was not full. And my husband's pizza arrived cold and he said it was just okay. Mine was good but we likely will not be back any time soon.

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JL
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I want to like this place so badly. Their sister restaurant next door is SO good, but Stella is overpriced, meh pizza. The calamari was good and their tomato sauce is pretty good too. Both pizzas we got, however, were greasy. The thin crust was so thin with so few toppings that it amounted to an $18 cracker with tomato sauce. The salumi was good for the first few bites but we both felt that heavy belly feeling after just a few slices because it was so greasy. Fancy $15+ single serving pies should not be dripping. They just shouldn't be. While ours were basically ok, I noticed several other tables with over-done pizzas, burnt bottoms (like black). Look, the food is not the worst. But it could be SO much better.

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AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Stella Barra never disappoints. Pizza is spot on and the calamari is tender and crispy. Best feature for us is that the kids get to make their own pizzas and the counter with the kitchen crew. Always a treat.

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SK
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I always enjoy the pizzas. We had excellent service. Server made some recommendations on draft beers. She brought samples for us to try. We also ordered the brussel sprouts- slightly burned.

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I
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To bad Sunday August 5 AC wasn’t working but the food was great as usually

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Y
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Got seated right away. The waiter was outstanding. The food was delicious!

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i
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it here! We come at least once a week. The pizza is amazing, the kid-friendly options are a big hit with the kids. The servers are always on top of it and taking care of you. We are never disappointed when we come.

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MR
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great, ambience and service was perfect!

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A
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Stella Barra was good, but nothing special. Food was good, service was fair. Extremely loud and dark ambience, which is somewhat odd for a family and kid friendly place.

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H
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Quaint place, great food! I enjoyed the atmosphere, and the lighting is perfect for nice dinning!

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P
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent weekend brunch- love the staff (Carissa, Stella, Alex, Joellen, Dana, Chris, Tom)- always wonderful service!

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pizza was delicious. “Light” pizza, if pizza can ever be called light. Didn’t come out feeling so full to busting. I purposely saved a few slices so I could re-experience the taste again later in the week! We sat out side, it was a not-too-hot summer evening. Very nice. My only comment is to suggest coasters under the glasses when placing them upside down on the outside table. (or don’t place glasses on the outside tables at all; wait until the table is seated)

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T
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Pizza was barely edible. The crust tasted like the one we get from Trader Joe’s. The sauce was just as bad. The toppings were sparse. The pizza was over priced for the value of the pizza served. Go somewhere else.

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NI
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was absolutely amazing and even better fresh than when we had it delivered. The dining experience not as much. Took many many minutes to be greeted and given water. Service was unnattentive and slow. The music was excellent 90s hip hop but it was just a tad to loud for a dining experience.

Would definitely return though.

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NS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Not really best choice of music for weekend brunch...

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f
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere, delicious food!

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v
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Made a reservation and it was a perfect summer day - but cool by Washington standards so we ate outside. Very relaxing. Sausage and fennel pizza was great and we got the brussel sprouts as an appetizer - mmmm. Very relaxing. Oh and the "Surrender Dorothy" beer from the close by 7-Locks Brewery made me happy to help out a local brewery though there were other good choices on the menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was awesome, I really wish I could remember her name! I usually come with the hubby and 2 kiddos. But this time I went for Sunday bfast for my best friends bday. We were there before the rush so we got to choose our seats! Food was great per usual, service was fast and attentive but not over bearing. Got a bloody maria for my self and my friend got a variety lol. Drinks were on point. We did sit outside so the noise level wasnt bad but its what you should expect when you go to a place thats poppin. It was also my friends first time and she loved it!

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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was pathetic. Had to flag down staff constantly.

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C
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant with a consistently high quality buffet in a relaxing, casual setting. My happy place on Sunday mornings...

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F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our furat trip to SB. The Italian salad was wonderful as were the house brined olives. The spicy salume burrata pizza was a hit but the mushroom white fell short of my hopes and didn't agree with my palette at all. It must be a matter of taste. I will definitely be back but won't order the mushroom pizza again.

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C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Father’s Day brunch

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PO
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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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LD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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OT
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

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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B
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

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

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AL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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AT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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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DP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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S
Washington DC
110 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

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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