Stella Barra Pizzeria - Chicago

4.7
910 reviews
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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 “Thin Sin” 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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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JS
Chicago
197 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
2 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
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

White bean hummus was delicious!

BS
Chicago
19 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.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They where great we where 30 min late and they still took us right away!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go with the Thin-Sin crust - light, crispy, delicious!

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

The food was excellent. We had crispy Brussel sprouts, A cheese and prosciutto starter and three pizzas for five people. Only a little pizza left. Everything was tasty, especially the avocado and arugula pizza. The cocktails are delicious too

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

Great service and fantastic pizza!

N
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Our service was extremely slow and our server forgot to order one of the 3 items we selected. Otherwise, we love Stella Barra!

L
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful to celebrate my birthday here and the service is just absolutely amazing!!!😊

E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The restaurant, the food, the desserts, all was great! Congratulations!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great great food and a bustling atmosphere

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a really neat place and the open layout really makes the place feel huge. Service was top notch and the food was very good. If you get the thin pizza, be prepared for a very thin pizza. It was a very different type of pizza, but we really enjoyed it! We’ll definitely be back! Oh, and the cookies from the bakery were AMAZING!

p
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience and great service! Love the pizza

GH
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matt was our server and gave us the best service ever!

CA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service a little slow. Otherwise fun place to dine

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It is disappointing that Lettuce Entertain You restaurants continue to use disposable plastic cups and straws for children and don’t even bother to ask before dropping them on the table (not to mention take away containers). I’m sure the company has heard that less than 9% of Chicago’s recycling actually gets recycled?! Or that there’s a serious problem with plastic waste?! Stella Barra and Lettuce Entertain You, Please do your part to consider your impact on the environment as you profit from your business.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal and our server was so amazing with our son. She surprised me by asking if we wanted to order for him right away (something we do all the time, but no one ever asks!). We will be back!!

KM
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say, this is the BEST pizza in the city. I know, high praise but seriously it is so good! The crust is outstanding but in no way interferes with the different flavors of the pizza. Normally I can take or leave fried calamari, but we ordered it and it’s possibly the best I’ve had. Very crunchy and obviously high quality squid. It also comes with two sauces that are so good you want to eat them with a spoon. Service was excellent. Don’t change a thing!!!

AC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the pizza and atmosphere of this place! Great wine :)

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