Stella Barra Pizzeria - Chicago

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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. On Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-2pm, Stella Barra presents a chef-inspired brunch buffet for $24.95 complete with cinnamon rolls, breakfast enchiladas, caramelized french toast and more, plus $5 select brunch cocktails. Kids 10 & under eat FREE. Reservations accepted.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.6
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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

n
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food at Stella Barra is consistently tasty, but last night’s atmosphere definitely made it harder to appreciate the food. We had to wait to be seated until 20 minutes after our reservation started and the wait staff was obviously overwhelmed and barely paying attention to us. It’s not their fault, but restaurant managers definitely need to improve their operations so busy nights are still enjoyable for the customers. It was also very loud and noisy.

U
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Meatballs were cold and over spiced. Good for kids though. Service very agreeable.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience4

It was great and they have a nice happy hour menu.

OT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Egg prosciutto pizza is great

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation (thank goodness because the place was jam packed) we were seated shortly after arrival, food was good, staff was great and reasonably priced meal.

LS
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

My husband and I decided to give this place a try for my birthday this year. Our dining experience left a lot to be desired. The pizza was bland, the salads and wines we ordered were just okay. Our waiter appeared to be strung out on some type of upper and was very forgetful of minor requests we had made. The roasted Brussels we got as an app were good, but how hard is it to execute a roasted veggies? We left underwhelmed and will likely not go back as we thought the food was overpriced and not memorable.

m
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoy the Sunday brunch buffet. It is smaller than most, and not overwhelming, but there is plenty of food and choices, and the price is reasonable. There are some usual things, like great scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, thick bacon, pancakes, sausage, but there are some unusual things, like egg whites with kale, sausage hash, bacon mac and cheese, corn and scrambled egg cheese enchiladas, various roasted vegetable confits, desserts, and more. Service is warm, friendly, and efficient. Overall, a great Sunday brunch experience.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Stella Barra. We go regularly with our toddler. It’s a great atmosphere for families where you still get great food and drinks.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience3

Our service was incredibly bad. We were essentially ignored by our server aside from ordering and paying.

LL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have some of the best gluten free pizza and our waiter was super helpful with making decisions and giving his input!

DB
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best gluten-free pizza in the city

n
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

The squash pizza is terrible. It should not be in the menu/ is that bad. Bartender was very accommodating. .

MB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun spot to take an out of town friend visiting Chicago for the first time. Service and ambience was great

KN
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Maybe the worst pizza ever in Chicago. Came out like cardboard.... just soooo bad really!!

SW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was the best! Great service, great personality, friendly.

AP
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gluten Free pizza was surprisingly great and our waiter couldn’t have been nicer. Great for a casual night out.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous waitress who described the specials well and also encouraged us to try the AMAZING PUMPKIN PIE! Love this place!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Karylin was an amazing server!! She took such great care of us and made our whole experience. The food was also so excellent.

TM
Chicago
84 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is a solid bunch for $24.95. 90% of everything was good, the food is fresh, hot, tasty and good quality. The two negative are the breakfast sausage/bacon selection. The sausage does not appear cooked, it is white in color and not brown like it should be. I don't think it was chicken breakfast sausage. The bacon was dry and hard. It looked like plastic bacon that would be in a deli showcase showing what the meal looked like (even though it is not real food). Don't know how anyone can screw up bacon this bad. The bacon was not hot, it was cold. Error #2, our table ordered two Bloody Mary's. The waitress brought us three and told me the bar inadvertently made one extra and we would not be charged. We were charged.

KJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Dining at Stella Barra is always a delight. I loved celebrating my birthday here and bringing my friends from out of town. And, I LOVED the cookie and ice cream they brought to help me celebrate my birthday!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was awesome!!! And the food and service was great

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Very cold in the restaurant

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Devin was an awesome server. He was very attentive. He made the dining experience great!

GP
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stella Barr’s is a best kept secret - always great food and 10⭐️ service from the staff !

OT
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food here is always great, it’s just so pricey for what you get.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a MUST visit kinda place! SOOO GOOD. It was my first time and I will definitely be back many, many times. Easily one of the top 3 pizza places in the city. If you want heavily food, great drinks, and a super chill ambience, I'd highly recommend. We ordered the Prosciutto & Local Burrata Plate, Shaved Mushroom White Pizza, and Tequila Mockingbird cocktail. The burrata is some of the best we'd ever had and the proscuitto was a perfect compliment. The Shave Mushroom White Pizza is a must have and is utterly delicious. It was a busy Saturday night and the place was packed but very welcoming. We can't wait to go back and try more and order our new found favorites again!

AH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch with friends and really loved their brunch spread! Great quality food and reasonable prices.

N
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recently went to Stella Barra with some friends from out of town that have 2 small kids...and it was the perfect environment for a family. I don't have kids, so I was nervous and unsure of where to go — but the staff and space were great. They even let the 4-year old play with some dough while we waited for dinner. And he was beyond excited when his PB&J sandwich was served without the crust. As for the adults, we loved our pizzas, wine and the brussel sprouts. So delicious. Also, the bartender made an AMAZING espresso martini that I will be back for.

TS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

This is a great Lincoln Park staple. The food is delicious and the service is spot on! I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for a twist on pizza that is modern and mouth watering!

f
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I have been here in the past maybe two years ago. I found the pizza this time not very good. The crust was way too thin (no I didn’t get the thin version) and there was very little sauce and cheese was almost non existent for the pepperoni pizza. The mushroom pizza was just ok. Again way too thin of crust on bottom. For the size and price I wouldn’t go back again

HS
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Stella has good food, a really good atmosphere, and good service! My favorite part is the cookies bar, which is a big favorite for all.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome!

CK
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service and food were great! Drinks just took a while to come out

OT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was incredible and made a special occasion truly memorable! Great, unique pizza - even for Chicago!

K
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special pizza of the day was fantastic and Matthew made the evening !!

CD
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lettuce Restaurants are consistent in their delivery and customer experience. Pizzas were tasty as usual.

We could have done without the glitter covered table (there was a bachelorette party earlier and glitter covered the seats/floor/table) - not easy to clean up).

JS
Chicago
200 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lived the patio

HC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our grand daughters 16th Bday. The waitress sent the special dessert of the day free! 1st visit for our grand daughter. She is a fan for life!!! You manage your business with just the “right” human touch!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Mediocre food for the price, but great service and ambiance.

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