About Stella Barra Pizzeria - Chicago

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 $19.95 complete with cinnamon rolls, breakfast enchiladas, caramelized french toast and more, plus $5 select brunch cocktails. Kids 10 & under eat FREE. Reservations accepted.

1954 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Pizzeria, Italian

Hours of Operation:
M-Thur 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday 4:00pm - 12:00am
Saturday 10:00am - 12:00am
Sunday 10:00am - 10:00pm

Brunch Buffet $19.95 Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Happy Hour at the bar, Monday - Friday from 4:00pm-6:00pm

Cross Street:
Halsted & Armitage

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 634-4101

Website:
http://www.stellabarra.com/

Catering:
Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Stella Barra has a private back patio seating up to 60 guests. The room sits beneath a retractable awning, which can be opened or closed (weather permitting). The space is also heated during the winter months, creating the perfect atmosphere to host baby and bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, birthdays, corporate events and more! The space is also available for buyouts, private daytime luncheons (Monday-Friday) and weekend gatherings.

To inquire about private parties or off-premise catering, call our Catering Department at (773) 634-4101.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is offered for $14.00. Street parking is also available.

Public Transit:
Just South East of the Brown Line on Armitage.

Executive Chef:
Chef/Partner Jeff Mahin

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Stella Barra Pizzeria offers an ever-changing menu that spotlights Chef Mahin's knack for baking and utilizing fresh farmers market ingredients, in addition to small plates, appetizers and fresh salads.

Stella Barra has a private back patio space seating up to 60 guests. The space sits beneath a retractable awning, which can be opened or closed (weather permitting). The space is also heated during the winter months, creating the perfect atmosphere to host baby and bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, corporate events and more! The space also lends itself perfectly to full or partial restaurant buyouts, and is available Monday-Friday for private luncheons.

To inquire about private parties or off-premise catering, please call our Sales & Special Events Department at (773) 634-4101.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Take a break from your holiday hosting by letting us take care of Christmas Eve! Start your day with our all-you-can-eat brunch buffet plus $5 bloody marys, mimosas and bellinis, or join us a little later for your favorite pizzas like Butternut Squash or Spicy Salumi & Burrata.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Close out 2017 with brunch or dinner at Stella Barra! Start your day with our all-you-can-eat brunch buffet plus $5 bloody marys, mimosas and bellinis, or join us a little later for your favorite pizzas the Spicy Salumi & Burrata and the Butternut Squash with candied bacon.

Private Dining

Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Stella Barra Pizzeria offers an ever-changing menu that spotlights Chef Mahin's artisan pizzas, as well as a knack for baking and utilizing fresh farmers market ingredients, in addition to small plates, appetizers and fresh salads.

Stella Barra Pizzeria - Chicago Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Bar Seating (13)
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Neighborhood Gem (9)
Cozy (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
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Happy Hour (7)
Romantic (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Great Beer (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
People Watching (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Business Meals (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
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Authentic (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

The crispy brussels sprouts dish and the avocado pizza are a can't - miss

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had a great dining experience, food, ambiance, and service all great!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

What a great night on the back patio! A little noisy when we first arrived but that only because there were 3 birthdays being celebrated 🎂

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We love Stella Barra. Superb service and some vegan options available for us. Superb food

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The case of Missing Toppings
Firstly, the good...the service was excellent.
Our waiter Peter, was knowledgeable, accommodating and efficient.

We ordered the crispy calamari. It was neither crispy nor very tasty. The Large Leaf Arugula Salad was tasty but not nearly enough to share, which was explained to us by the waiter as one of the selling points regarding the restaurant style of serving.
Now, for the pizza, it was half ORGANIC SAUSAGE & SHAVED FENNEL and half BRAISED BACON & AGED FONTINA. The pizza consisted of mostly bread with a small selection of toppings. Don't be fooled by some of the photos shown on Yelp as they are property of the restaurant and therefore staged.
The wine list is ridiculously expensive, the wines prices start at $38.
Overall experience is that this restaurant is overpriced for the quality of the food they sell.
Next time, we’ll go to Capri, a block or so south of Stella. This is not one of Lettuce's best.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I really love Stella Barra! I love the squash and bacon and the Mushroom Pizza. Both are excellent!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Loved it! Food was delicious, service was very friendly and fun. Had a great time!

Tags: Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I had the Hot Mezzcraft cocktail and chopped salad. Both were amazing!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great pizza and salad. Best brussel sprouts ever. A casual find, good bar action.

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was good but not as good as expected based on reviews. Drinks were overpriced based on quality, and service was inattentive, though we understand we were there on a Friday evening.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

It was fantastic!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

First time trying this place, the pizza was very good. Both the red and white sauce had great flavor and the ingredients were fresh and tasty. I would definitely go back here again and recommend this place for a good bite to eat.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great service! Egg on pizza is a winner.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The buffet was better than expected and I'm excited to go again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Even w reservation. Mixed bag. Long wait times.
Noise level extreme. Pizza remains very tasty.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Love the new arugula and pear salad! Always such great service here as well.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

If you have a craving for pizza, I would not recommend Stella Barra. They try to be artisnal, but the quality is just not there -poor flavor and soggy crust. The vibe and decor is good; Iwould go for a drink and snack/appetizer.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Wonderful brunch buffet with a variety of options (though it could use some salads and fresh fruit) and excellent pizzas and salads!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Food was inconsistent in this day.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Definitely would go back for the weekend brunch! Quite a deal for the diverse, yummy buffet! Some of the favorites were the breakfast enchiladas, the smoked salmon bruschetta, and the custardy cinnamon roll bread pudding. Our server was great, drinks came out a little slow, but worth the wait! Beautiful day to sit on the patio. Our son ordered a pizza, and he loved it as well.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Fourth visitto StellaBarra and the last. There are just too many other good options in Chicago dining. Pizza was bland, service mediocre and the price is high for what it is. The outdoor seating was nice and good draft beer selection. However I have been underwhelmed by the food my last three visits now.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

ordered favorite appetizers, signature cocktails and pizzas but for some reason pizzas were off that night! Gluten free pizza tomatoes and cheese pizza fennel missing?
What happened?

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Delicious pizza and cookies were perfect! The only thing is that it's a bit loud so hard to hold a conversation across the table

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Great shared pizza and apps for 3-6

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Fantastic Burrata. Mushroom pizza and Sausage and fennel on regular crust was delicious. Super Tuscan wine was the perfect pair.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

My friends came into town from Wisconsin. I was looking for a casual spot to go when they got in on Friday night. I have been here before, but they had not. They thought the pizza and burrata were awesome! We were seated about 15 minutes after the reservation time, so they gave us a free appetizer which was very generous of them. My friends were very impressed with that kind of service!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Love the burrata and that you can do half and half of different pizzas!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The service and atmosphere were great, but we were a little underwhelmed by the food. Definitely didn't match our expectations based on feedback from friends!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We had a wonderful experience at Stella Barra today. We will definitely be back!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Waitress should have warned of the long wait and overly spicy pizza

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The restaurant was not prepared for our reservation. The kitchen was desperately understaffed for the amount of tables seated. 1 person rescued his dinner 45 minutes earlier that the last person in our group. This is awful service. I doubt we will EVER go back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Made the reservation for a Friday night for my family of 4 (kids 5 and 7) so we could get in, get out and just start the weekend with ease. The restaurant was running behind by about 30-45 minutes, and then there were a couple unintended kitchen snafus. We waited unusually long for our food. But while it wasn't the original experience we were looking for - the restaurant was really gracious and thoughtful in how their staff and management handled things to help our kids stay patient. I truly appreciated the extra effort that will help us come back again. Thanks Stella Barra!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 9, 2017

We love that kids can make their own pizzas at the bar by the chefs, evenings before 6pm! Such a fun dinner activity!

Tags: Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Comfort Food, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (México)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Lugar agradable pero la comida muy regular

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Fun atmosphere....great outside seating.....unique pizza. Always try to go when in town.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

I always have a great meal at Stella Barra! Amazing Pizzas.

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 (Beirut)·Dined on August 4, 2017

This is one of our favorite places. The pizza is very good and unique. The crust is tasty. Service is good. But be prepared for lots of noise.

It also has a good bar scene.

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Food took over an hour to get to us and the waiter rarely stopped by to check in with us or give us an update on our meal. We weren't asked if we wanted anything while we waited nor were we offered anything in return. I'm disappointed because I love this restaurant and have been here many times

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Perhaps we were there on an off night, but I have to say the service was not good. We had ordered appetizers that never came and after bringing our pizzas our waiter was MIA.
Unfortunately, no one in my party was swept away by the food either and I wasn't much of a fan of the ambience, it was very dark and loud. If I return, perhaps I would give a seat at the bar a try and not go with the intention of sitting down with friends for a full meal.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Great food and great service! I highly recommend. And they can make any pizza on the menu gluten free!

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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