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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Very cold in the restaurant

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

GP
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

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
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome!

CK
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

OT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

K
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

CD
Chicago
87 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
199 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Lived the patio

HC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Our server was great and had awesome recommendations

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and kid friendly
We really enjoyed our evening evening dining with a 3 yr old and 1 year old

AR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve recommended Stella Bara to many friendS. Being from NYC, it’s the best pizza I’ve had in Chicago.

h
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Server was pushy and impatient - not the friendly service we normally get at Lettuce

LP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun place to have drinks and pizza! The barrata and salami pizza is a must try!

DS
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Always a great go to

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the outside patio for happy hour!

JR
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch buffet! I had only been here for dinner/pizza in the past, but their brunch had a really cute spread of options ranging from parmesan risotto & roasted mushrooms to pancakes & fruit. $5 drink special as well :)

RN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

servers were much better a while ago... The waiter this time was so careless about us.

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was good, was a little slow to get seated, but overall really great experience.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We always love going here to grab a few pizzas! Tonight’s service was kind of awful. The restaurant wasn’t busy when when sat down at 7:30 on a Wednesday. We had to flag our server down for every glass of wine refill. No one seemed to be around at all and every one seemed annoyed to help us. The runner that dropped our pizzas rolled his eyes when we asked for fresh plates. His response was “well you have one on the table. I guess I can scrounge up another”. Really? Thanks. Not sure if it was just an off night but after spending $150 for and app, two on pizzas and some wine I’m not sure I’ll be back for a while. It’s too pricey to have awful service.

RB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The outdoor seating area is a must on a nice, sunny day. The happy hour extra thin crust pizza (mine has pecorino) is to die for. I also highly recommend getting their focaccia; the sauce that comes with it is dangerously addictive.

For dessert, it would be a miss not to get a chocolate chip cookie. Ask to get it warmed up—makes for a wonderful dessert experience.

On the other hand, would have enjoyed better music selection for the outside space. The mood clashed as it was early evening and we felt that the music playing fit a more late night vibe. Additionally, we were served the wrong food twice. May have been a person in training, but that was rather disruptive.

DD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Fresh food, bright smiles and no deep dish style anywhere in sight!!

BL
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good spot! We had friends in from California & the restaurant was a fun place to enjoy!! We made the happy hour & that was a big savings for us! Will be back! The pizza was delish!

r
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pepperoni pizza was just great as well as the salad.

MS
Glasgow
19 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal was great. Service was attentive without being intrusive. Even popped by to talk to the kitchen about pizza dough and they were all lovely!

P
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have a long history with this restaurant. We were married next door at Summer House five years ago. Ever since then we've been loyal customers. This time, as a party of eight, we were seated on the patio of Stella Barra. It was a rare Chicago night when the weather was perfect. We started off with some apps: a new tomato and cucumber salad and an artichoke spread with crudité. Both were perfect for the warm summer night. We also ordered the amazing pork meatballs. We followed it up with the prosciutto pizza with an egg on top, the mushroom and truffle oil pizza and a Margherita pizza with some added prosciutto. Everything was really delicious. The service from our server Karylin couldn't have been better. We also were greeted by partner and general manager Corey, who always goes out of his way to make us feel like valued customers. Both Stella Barra and Summer house hold a special place for us and we enjoy every return trip.

KM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

White bean hummus was delicious!

BS
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour beer, wine and food specials. Cute outdoor patio and great service

s
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved it 1st time. Pizza excellent crust. Will go back soon.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 2ambience 2

I mean the noise level is just insane! Not a good place for kids or anyone looking to have a good conversation! There’s not even a quiet are. Food is fine.
Service is okay. Our waitress was so nice but that’s the best of it.

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