Stella Modern Italian Cuisine

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$30 and under
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Stella Modern Italian Cuisine specializes in fresh seasonal menus featuring local and organic ingredients when possible. The wood burning oven is the heart of the restaurant, producing Roman style pizza and the majority of the menu. Our culinary team led by Executive Chef Melissa Aust has created a modern menu using ideas that begin with traditional Italian dishes. The wine list is an interesting group of Italian and American wines personally selected by owner/operator Lori Burson.

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Our party decided to give Stella a try for brunch and boy were we disappointed. Based on the restaurant's billing, we were expecting above-average service and food, but the contrary was true. The greeter was unwelcoming and the waiter, although friendly, was slow and inattentive. Other than the check, we had to ask for everything (coffee, water, refills, etc.). The plastic chairs, which could not be moved without lifting them off the glue-down carpet, were laughable. All they did was add to the substandard atmosphere of the place. Can't imagine lunch or dinner being any better.

TN
Oklahoma City
37 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

We are frequents at Stella, but we haven’t been for brunch in years due to having a hard time straying from our favorite brunch spots. Brunch today was just not good. Mimosas were with commercial OJ instead of fresh squeezed (in comparison to other brunch spots). Bloody Mary bar was good. Aperol Spritz was awful - didn’t even finish. Chicken biscuit could not be eaten with hands & had to be cut up. It started off decent but seemed to become less appetizing while eating. Breakfast potatoes were oddly undercooked & overcooked at the same time? Lemon ricotta pancakes were okay but became soggy quickly & weren’t finished. Music, atmosphere, & service were good. With all the brunch options in the city, I would skip this place & go elsewhere. But, definitely seek them out for lunch & dinner.

RL
Oklahoma City
27 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Service improved a little.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

B
Oklahoma City
23 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, great restaurant and one of my go-to's!!

JS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We chose an afternoon visit between 3.15 -500. We were immediately greeted and seated. The service was very professional and our questions were immediately answered. Food was flavorful and was exactly as described. We had a nice conversation amid a great atmosphere. have definite plans to return.

B
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My husband's pizza was burnt on the bottom. The waiter told us that's what happens with such thin crust pizza. We responded that last summer we had thin crust pizza in Tuscany, and that is not the case. Also, my swordfish was dry. It was a disappointing experience.

SM
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food and service was delicious. We ordered 2 glasses each of the house red and was a little surprised when the check came and it was $12 a glass. That seemed a little steep for house wine.

PW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Brie appetizer is amazing. We celebrated my husbands birthday and they brought him the apple tart which was so good! Service was great! We sat outside so wasn’t so noisy although the chairs aren’t too comfy but no real complaints!!

BM
Las Vegas
44 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stella is always good, and some nights, really good. The Brie appetizer was presented in a cast iron skillet, bubbling hot, which put me off that it would be overdone. It was better than expected but not my favorite presentation:
Entrees of lamb shank and boar bolognese were really good, maybe as good as any in OK.
Service here is always good, wait staff know the kitchen and the bar well. Bottle of Venge wine went well with all our food.
Always rec’d Stella - if you haven’t been there, go!

RL
Oklahoma City
28 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was overall poor. Waiter checked on us rarely. I asked for balsamic reduction for our pizza. The waitress came and noticed we had finished the pizza and ran off with the balsamic reduction without a word.
This used to be our favorite restaurant. The service is overall poor and makes the experience less enjoyable. There is only one waitress that has been there a while that is great. We hope they correct this so it will become our favorite restaurant again

VS
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic experience with Stella. Selection, service, and specials - all top notch!!!

S
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a great time at stella!

SC
Oklahoma City
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were disappointed in the pizza and in the desserts. The pizza crust was overcooked and incredibly tough. Flavor was good, just difficult to chew. A berry tart was brought out instead of the peach tart we ordered. My husband does not like berries so we had to send it back for the peach we ordered- even though I though it looked delicious. The peach tart brought out was half the size - dough was thicker and hard and peaches were flavorless. So disappointed!!! The lentil salad was excellent. Would go back just for that.

D
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We Love Stella. Amazing food. Great Service. Perfect location.

SW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you to Chase! Not only were you very informative but you guided my nephew to some very delicious decisions. We truly had a great time as a family. Stella’s food is absolutely the the best Italian I have tasted outside of Italy.
This is a must do while in Oklahoma City. You will not be disappointed.
Great food and Great Staff! Thank you so much 😊

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

Great food and the staff was very attentive. Highly recommend the smoked chicken lasagna! Highly recommend the happy hour as they have a wonderful selection of wine and cocktails.

BC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Always a great meal at Stella. Fresh and different. However, after the tab was paid, the waitress could be found. She left a table full of plates on the table. Also, after dropping $240 on a meal, a “Good night” would have been nice from one of the employees all hanging around the bar, including the chef and manager.

RL
Oklahoma City
28 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent

W
Oklahoma City
17 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stella is pretty much at the top of our list when deciding where to go for a fine meal, Their take on Italian is imaginative, well prepared. Service is unfailingly great.

OT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Our server was excellent and very attentive.

RF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First experience out in OKC, and a great dinner at Stella. Really wonderful dishes, and the service was top notch professional. Perfect for a date night; we will be back.

Candy bar deconstructed was maybe the best dessert I’ve ever had!

DA
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good food. Very good service. If I had to choose something I'd call an "opportunity" it would be the ambiance. Clean and quiet? Yes. Warm or romantic? Not really. We'll definitely be back though for the food alone.

EC
Oklahoma City
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious!

S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly excellent service; halibut was cooked perfectly.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was early. Nice and quiet. Enjoyed the food. Nice Waiter. All went well.

OT
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in a hurry. They got us in and out in under 30 minutes. Great food and service.

SC
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Noise level was too high, but food and service were excellent.

BB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lori Burson & her staff at Stella Modern Italian Cuisine, have built their restaurant into one of the best restaurants, not only in Oklahoma, but one of the best restaurants - ANYWHERE. The food is always fabulous, & varied, the service is tremendous, the bar & wine lists are top-notch & extremely well priced - You won't find a better experience anywhere. It is also great for stopping in at the Bar to have a few drinks & appetizers, or pizzas, as well as having a nice sit down dinner.
We have been their many times & all of them have been great experiences!!

F
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed. We always enjoy our evening at Stella.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service was, too. Room
Was a little noisy for my taste, though. Definitely on our regular date list.

c
Dallas
48 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Quite a surprise - Loved the menu, great bar, pleasant atmosphere. Great service.

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

Sister was in town for conference and she likes when I show her nice places with great food, naturally I thought of Stella’s.

g
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Favorite Italian restaurant in OKC. Lori, the Chef and all the staff do a fabulous job. Love that the menu is seasonal and never gets stale. Great place for business lunches, drinks after work, weekend brunch. The patio is perfect (when it's not 100 degrees!). Stella will always be in our regular rotation.

HK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is the restaurant if you value quality Italian fare that is consistently prepared to your liking. I appreciate how the wait staff is able to accommodate food allergies and work with the chef to modify options to my liking. A tremendous customer experience that never disappoints.

JJ
Oklahoma City
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Menu seems stagnant.

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

We had an event to get to quickly after dinner. We alerted the restaurant beforehand and they were amazing! They had our food out very quick. Water glass always stayed full and the waiter was attentive and made excellent recommendations. Only comment would be to ride share of Uber/Lyft if possible as parking is quite tight. We will definitely dine here again.

LC
Oklahoma City
11 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and atmosphere!

l
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 5th anniversary at Stella and couldn't have been more delighted with the food or service!

TM
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pizza ever had in Oklahoma food is outstanding

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