Stella San Jac

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Stella San Jac invites guests and travelers alike to experience the warmth and character of Austin through a mix of genuine service, modern styling and a diverse menu with crafted cocktails, local beers, and handcrafted spirits.
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KM
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dinner w/colleagues. Everyone loved the biscuits and the vegetarians in our party were easily accommodated when they asked for Parmesan instead of goat cheese in their entrees. Server was friendly and attentive w/o being intrusive. Best of all, we had no problem hearing each other despite the airy high-ceiling atmosphere. Good for people watching, too.

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Laurel was an amazing server! She went above and beyond to make dinner special for us. She also had great recommendations.

S
London
22 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Family brunch in the heart of downtown Austin. This is a great spot and probably all the better for being in a large hotel, as food choices were all available, delivered on time and plenty of engaging professional staff. There really is an eclectic choice and favorites on this trip were the chicken and waffles, biscuits (outstanding) and the buttermilk pancakes (substantial).
Brunch is never the healthiest meal, so the smoothie choices were great, delicious and made us feel more virtuous. All that said, we will be back again soon

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Biscuits were amazing! So was the chicken and waffles!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New years eve very nice
Attention very good!!

OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night was a great meal! Tep was an awesome waiter and the food was great!

CR
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have overlooked this restaurant in the past amid the many choices downtown. Stella is now on our favorites list for food, service, atmosphere and craft cocktails. Best Manhattan around! Wine list is unfortunately mostly limited to domestic selections. Try the lamb lollipops, large portion for an appy, succulent!

DC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved all the food we ordered included almost everything from the small plates. Fried chicken and waffles was great. Service was really good, friendly and helpful.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took a quick trip from Dallas to Austin, and decided Stella San Jac would be the brunch spot. Everything we ordered was delicious. Highly recommend the pecan French toast, crispy brussels sprouts, deviled eggs, chicken and waffles and their biscuits. Always get the biscuits!

B
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stella San Jac was amazing! We celebrated my son's 21st birthday with a birthday brunch. The Stella Mimosas were amazing, the Chicken and Waffles were great (amazing chicken), the Salmon Benedict was really great and you have to get the biscuits for a starter! Can't wait to go back!

JG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The restaurant itself has a nice ambience and decor. The positives end there. We saw great reviews on Yelp and decided to go here for our Christmas dinner. There were some miscommunications among the staff about our preferences for a table (didn't want to sit outside or at a high top in the bar and they tried to seat us in both of those before finally giving us a standard table in the restaurant). It took a long time to finally get seated. The service was super slow...we probably sat there for close to 20 minutes before our server came over to acknowledge us and then another 10 minutes to even get water. We ordered dishes that other reviewers online said were great (short rib and burger) and both were far from being great. We eat out a lot and have realized that many reviewers probably aren't the foodies we are. The management comped some wine for us in an effort to make up for some of the trouble, but it wasn't enough to make me ever go back there.

JB
Austin
52 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Imagine Christmas dinner at a nice restaurant with 100s of your not-so-closest friends. Was there a wait despite a reservation - you bet. Were there unhappy customers - definitely. But...we were sat within 20 minutes of our reservation at a nice table with a fabulous waitress. Inspite of her crazy evening, she was friendly, joyful, charming, and most attentive. The food was timely, hot, and delicious. The drinks were cold, inspiring, and celebratory. The staff in general (front desk, manager, other waitstaff) - all friendly and helpful; even the poor gal at the front desk who was taking the brunt of all the angry, not so jolly customers. We had a wonderful family dinner even with our fear of Christmas dinner in a restaurant and will definitely return on a less-than-stressful evening for another fine dining experience. Thank you Stella San Jac for helping to make our Christmas merry and bright. (And, delicious)!

K
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mashed sweet potatoes on Christmas Day where absolutely outstanding!!

EC
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Stella was the perfect Christmas lunch restaurant experience. The staff were so inviting and kind. The food was so good from the beef short rib to the lobster mac and cheese. We also really enjoyed the music they play inside the restaurant. We had a memorable day and we will be back soon.

D
Richmond
172 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Croque Monsieur and breakfast tacos with scrambled eggs, chorizo and potatoes were sooo good. Sliced avocados can be added.

g
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pre-Christmas Sunday Brunch. Yummmmmm...

c
Atlanta
51 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our dinner. Would definitely return on another trip to Austin.

JL
Central Texas
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

This restaurant is stunning and the wait staff is friendly. The food, however, while fine and prepared well, is dull and nothing more than I could easily prepare at home and do nearly every night of the week. The menu definitely needs more flair and flavor for me to return or to recommend to others.

OT
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my wife’s birthday here and our server Tyler went above and beyond to make it a special experience!

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I have been there twice and had a great experience both times. The food is excellent and the ambience very pleasant. I was there yesterday for a birthday lunch, and our server Abraham was fantastic. Very prompt, polite, and helpful. He took care of my lunch and brought us an amazing s’mores cake. Thanks Abraham!!!! I’ll be back for sure.

J
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Nice ambiance but very loud and very crowded. Drinks were not great but not terrible and kitchen took a very long time to deliver food. Waiter was great however and comped a round of drinks due to wait however, not sure I'll be interested in returning unless it's a slower day.

DM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food variety was excellent. There was something for everyone. The vegetarian options were delicious and everything was beautifully presented. Our waitress could not have been more courteous or efficient.

IH
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Perhaps it was because of the Thanksgiving holiday, but my experience here was not overall in line with my expectations or the reviews. We waited beyond our scheduled reservation time to be seated. We were seated at a high top in the bar area, in front of a TV. This is not how I envisioned a Thanksgiving dinner at a nicer restaurant. Service was slow with lags between drink order and receipt and receipt of the biscuits. The biscuits were an additional cost, $7 for 3, and were not memorable - overdone, lacking any real flavor, and served with a butter that had no special qualities. The Thanksgiving menu sounded good but there were too many sweet dishes, too much starch, and the fried turkey was dry and flavorless. The dessert was two small pies each in the same, inedible crust. It seemed institutional. The table was too small for the number of plates and further detracted from the experience. Overall a disappointment.

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at Stella San Jac for friendsgiving and had an absolutely lovely time. The food was beyond delicious!

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We had Thanksgiving dinner here with our whole family. I think the staff was really overwhelmed, the service wasn’t very good and we all felt the food was definitely meh, except for the carrot soup which was next level! The cocktails on the other hand were wonderful and the space itself is beautiful! We’re a really fun group of native Austinites so we pretty much enjoy ourselves no matter where we go, so we were all really glad we tried it, but probably won’t eat here again and will just drop in for drinks. There’s so much amazing culinary competition in Austin right now, I personally think don’t waste your taste buds here.

SS
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great and the service was even better.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Thanksgiving meal

KP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was a fun place for a group of friends. Most of our group was non-American and unfamiliar with Southern food. We had fun sharing dishes. Service was very good. Lobster Mac & cheese was the table favorite but it’s really rich so we were glad to share.

D
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Table was not ready at reservation time. Appetizers were good but the manager then came by to stay they had some trouble with the entrees. There was a substantial delay and all of the dinners were luke warm, and that's being generous. For the price of the meal, the food should have been hot and delivered timely. It was not a memorable birthday experience.

k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The biscuits were awesome. The Service was excellent, very attentive!

LL
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great shrimp and lobster roll and short ribs!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very consistent kitchen. Love the biscuits! Bring back that pecan old-fashioned!!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was very slow despite lots of open tables, some of our coffee cups looked dirty. Had to wait almost 15 mins past reservation time to be seated. Food took a very long time. Our water cups were almost always empty. Had to ask for some of our silverware. One of our dishes, French toast, was warm along the outside but cold in the center making it inedible to our pregnant group member (they removed it from the bill but she had to stop somewhere else for breakfast). One members poached eggs in his biscuits and gravy meals were cooked hard like hard boiled eggs. The coffee was not good, especially not for $6. The server was friendly and the food was pretty good but we would not return or recommend.

Stella San Jac
Responded on November 8, 2019

First and foremost thank you for dining with us and taking the time to share your experience. I apologize that our quality of food fell below our standards when you joined us. I have shared your feedback with our culinary department to ensure that this is an isolated incident and our quality of food is upheld. Please let us know if you ever wish to join us again so we can make sure you have a great second experience. Sincerely, Chris Abinsay Restaurant Manager

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The biscuits!!!! If you do nothing else at all, get them; they are beyond phenomenal. Tyler, my server, was also amazing. He delivered superior service.

Stella San Jac
Responded on November 8, 2019

Thank you for dining with us at Stella San Jac and I appreciate you taking the time to leave us a 5-star review! I'd also like to thank you for taking the time to write the note about one of our staff members. Tyler is a very valued member of our team and we are very glad you had a amazing experience dining with us and enjoyed our wonderful biscuits! We can't wait to serve you again! Sincerely, Chris Abinsay Restaurant Manager

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first time experience! Food and atmosphere both wonderful! The service was top notch by Laurel Canyon and Autumn like the season! Thank you!

Stella San Jac
Responded on November 8, 2019

Thank you for dining with us at Stella San Jac and I appreciate you taking the time to write this review. It is our goal to provide all of our guests with exceptional experiences through our quality of service and food. I'm very glad you enjoyed your time with us. We look forward to serving you again! Sincerely, Chris Abinsay Restaurant Manager

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t
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot and wonderful service...super super loud if you want to have any conversation at all!

Stella San Jac
Responded on November 8, 2019

Thank you for dining with us at Stella San Jac and I appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review! My deepest apologies on your experience being too loud however. I will definitely bring this matter up regarding noise control to all necessary departments to ensure that this is an isolated incident. We look forward to regaining your confidence with us in the future! Sincerely, Chris Abinsay Restaurant Manager

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v
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant!

Stella San Jac
Responded on October 11, 2019

Thank you for the five star review! We're happy to hear you had a great dining experience, and we look forward to serving you again!

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing deviled eggs!

Stella San Jac
Responded on October 11, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We're glad you enjoyed the deviled eggs!

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PR
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a friend’s birthday and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Not our first visit and we will be back.

Stella San Jac
Responded on October 11, 2019

Hi Pam! Thank you so much for taking the time to write a 5 star review! We're glad to hear your party had a great birthday experience, and we look forward to serving you again in the future!

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W
Las Vegas
30 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good price for the food. Highly recommend the deviled eggs and the biscuit starters. The pork chop was a thick cut and well prepared. Excellent brussel sprouts.

Stella San Jac
Responded on October 11, 2019

Thank you so much for the great review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed the plates our culinary team prepared for you! We look forward to serving you again!

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