Stella Barra Pizzeria - Chicago

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893 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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Chicago
69 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pepperoni pizza was just great as well as the salad.

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MS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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!

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P
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

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KM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

White bean hummus was delicious!

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BS
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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s
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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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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!

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

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

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BC
Chicago
7 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

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

Great service and fantastic pizza!

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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!

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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!!!😊

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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!

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

Always great great food and a bustling atmosphere

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Chicago
4 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!

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

Great experience and great service! Love the pizza

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

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

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

Service a little slow. Otherwise fun place to dine

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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.

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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!!

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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!!!

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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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OT
Chicago
155 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The menu on Open Table did not mention the brunch was buffet style, so I was surprised when arriving to find it was a buffet (normally I prefer a la carte to buffet). We had to find a server for our drink order, but after that service was excellent. The buffet was good, but as with all buffets I ate too much. The pizza looked good, so next time I would order it. Based on today's meal, I can neither recommend or not recommend this restaurant.

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KC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious pizza, great service, fun casual atmosphere!

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s
Chicago
157 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the truffle pizza! Our server Faith was so sweet and very helpful. We will ask for her again.

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I
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was exceptional. Highly attentive and knowledgeable. Knocked it out of the park. 10/10

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o
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

We are used to very good pizza and salads here, and this experience did not disappoint—but don’t tell us you are serving a “salumi and burrata” pizza when you’re actually serving ricotta! A misleading if not inaccurate description on the menu. Sheesh!

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LH
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for happy hour and had thin sin pizza
It was amazing
Our waiter was fantastic

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was great, waiter did not pay much attention to us whatsoever, never once came to refill our water or check up on us (it was not busy whatsoever), and only seemed to care about his one other table. Took over 20 minutes just to get his attention to ask for the check.

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TE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have been to Stella Barra’s Brunch many times... this was not the best. Some of the food choices were only warm not hot. Most disappointing were the eggs which are usually perfect and yummy.... they were just not good at all. When I asked why they were different I was told it was a different chief.... bring back the other chief please! They did add an omelette station which is nice... but don’t forget about your scrambled eggs!

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MJ
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stella Barra is one of my favorite spots to dine in Chicago! Their happy hour specials are great and I love the regular menu too! A wide range of choices for food, wine and drinks. Cocktails are always on point and the staff always has recommendations when you aren't sure what to choose. Perfect spot for any occasion!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

There are a ton of kids

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MM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pizza and service!!

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v
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The pizza was just ok. It seemed over cooked. The buzzing atmosphere probably impacts the low quality of food. The kale Caesar was great! And so was our server! Would not go back. Plenty of better pizza joints in Chicago.

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QV
Chicago
190 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal california-style pizza amidst a sea of deep dish. The flavors are rich and combined perfectly. Love the butternut squash pizza. Great service, as well.

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CD
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Easter brunch was a wonderful event and food was top notch. Buffet tables were constantly monitored and replenished, so all dishes were fresh and not dried out. The selection was just the right size and not overwhelming. Our server was there for us when needed. I would recommend the Stella Barra brunch for a weekend nosh.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

The Sunday brunch definitely doesn't worth the price. The service is just ok. The food is just ok. I don't recommend this place.

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CW
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was good, food and service, noise level is loud. Tough for our group of 7, still enjoyed our birthday celebration!

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