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About Permanently Closed - Stella Sera

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Stella Sera BYOB Restaurant in Chestnut Hill serves classic Italian cuisine with fresh homemade pasta in a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

At Stella Sera, you can have appetizers such as calamari, goat cheese stuffed meatballs, Caesar salad, salad with arugula, crab cakes and much more. For entrées, you can choose from risotto and pastas such as gnocchi of the day, tagliatelle with Bolognese sauce and grilled items such as duck, veal and filet mignon with mushrooms and Roquefort cheese. Desserts include profiteroles and hazelnut mousse. At Stella Sera, you can bring your own wine to enjoy without being charged with any corkage fee.

8630 Germantown Ave
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Philadelphia, 19118-2841
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm;

Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Bethleham Pike

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:

Website:
http://www.stellasera.com/

Parking Details:
We are located at the top of the hill, conveniently across the street from the Chestnut Hill Septa bus terminal and close to the Chestnut Hill East and West train line.

Executive Chef:
Anis K

Private Party Facilities:
As another option for Sella Sera costumes we offer private dining for up to 60 people. Offsite cattering is also available upon request.

Private Party Contact:
Anis: (215) 248-1980

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Stella Sera - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.3

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4.2

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3.9

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4.1

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 19, 2014

Always a wonderful time - great food great service and one of the best restaurants in Chestnut Hill.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 19, 2014

Once again we had a delicious dinner! The service was outstanding, the food was delicious and the ambiance was warm and cozy! Oh, the wait staff was very attentive. We'll definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2014

Another excellent meal at Stella Sera- excellent waiter, great salads and fantastic entrees. We had the veal parm, stuffed chicken, fish special and filet mignon- all were piping hot and excellently prepared.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2014

This neighborhood gem is our favorite. Take a group of 6 and ask for the window seat, then grab some good wine across the street and enjoy the evening. The food is amazing. Ask for the Gnocci with Pink Sauce as an appetizer for the table, they are very accomodating. The special Branzino is out of this world and fileted table side. It gets noisy but that is usally because everyone is having fun!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 29, 2014

Stella Sera offers a nice mix of European flair and American hospitality with better than average food. We settled in to our table for four early on a Saturday evening and felt as if we could have stayed until closing, which, oh by the way, we did! The service was superb with every host/server in the place fulfilling our needs at one time or another, with the timing and grace of an orchestrated symphony. Dishes were served at perfect temperature and we seldom had to ask for anything. This is a well run BYO that I highly recommend to anyone, especially those who appreciate their own wines with fine Italian cuisine!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 28, 2014

I have had dinner at Stella Sera at least 10 times and have always had a wonderful meal and a wonderful experience. The owner and his wife and their staff are always very pleasant and helpful. I recomend it highly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2014

This was our first time dining here and we weren't disappointed. The service and the food were both great and we appreciated the privacy that the table set-up offered. It is a small restaurant, however the tables weren't squeezed in as you find in most small restaurants. We appreciated that factor the most, as it very much affects the overall experience. The menu consists of classic Italian dishes with an inventive twist. The flourless chocolate cake was the most amazing thing ever.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2014

We were there a few nights ago and had an absolutely delicious meal. The artichoke heart appetizers were the best we have ever had and the veal dish was delectable. A very comfortable, enjoyable event.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2014

This was our second visit.We were looking forward to enjoying the eggplant rollatini appetizer again, but it wasn't on the menu. The calamari and polenta appetizers, however, were just as delicious. We also thoroughly enjoyed our veal and duck entrees. Too full for dessert, though we would have made an exception for chocolate mousse, or something containing or topped with chocolate mousse. Pleasant staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2014

Delicious food. Attentive service. Would have been nice to have a side stand for wines. Table was very crowded.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 24, 2014

Decent meal, but I doubt I'd return.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2014

On a recent Sat. night our dining experience at Stella Sera was good, bad, and indifferent. The service was very good--informative and attentive wait staff. The noise level was totally unacceptable. With a full dining room, diners had to shout to make themselves heard--even the waiter was shouting. The decor is OK, but unforgettable. Likewise, the food was so-so. It was not bad and was served nicely, but certainly not worth the high price. Stella Sera would not last a month in Center City. Needless to say, we will not be returning.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 17, 2014

Everything is always fresh and delicious! I am amazed that there is such variety,

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 12, 2014

Food was good and the atmosphere was quiet. Service was great. My only recommendation is that many of the vegetarian options listed on the menu online or not available on the menu in the restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 10, 2014

Our 5th anniversary dinner was a last-minute choice, and we were both extremely pleased. We have already recommended this place to everyone in the area. A good option for a neighborhood dinner.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2014

very serene, byob, excellent food, elegantly presented
friend low keyed staff

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 5, 2014

Great food, excellent service, comfortable, warm ambiance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 3, 2014

The restaurant is very dark and unappealing. There were little bugs flying around all night and no air circulation.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2014

I thought the food was okay. However, when I got home I received a call from the restaurant accusing me of "stealing" their wine aerator which I happened to have complimented about it to them earlier in the evening. I was alarmed and shocked when I spoke to them and the gentleman said they had surveillance cameras all over the restaurant and I told them that I had not taken anything at all from the restaurant and it was preposterous and to please go ahead and look at their video camera tapes....he then apologized and said perhaps someone else took it after having already accused me doing something I did not do. I was very offended by this and I have never been treated like this and do not plan to go back there ever.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2014

The service was so sweet, very quiet Tuesday night so we had incredible service. The food was great, very great care to make every option delicious. The price was a bit much for a neighborhood restaurant, even if it's Chestnut Hill. I'd suggest slightly more reasonable pricing and get that place crowded at night. Very good overall!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 20, 2014

It is one of the most consistent restaurants I know--consistently outstanding, whether a quiet evening during the week or a busy Saturday.
It offers high quality ingredients, artfully prepared along with knowledgeable, accommodating waiters. Last week, I had looked forward to one of Stella Sera's wonderfully-fresh fish dishes. When we arrived on Saturday evening and heard the specials, the preparation of the Bronzino didn't especially appeal to me. I asked if they could prepare it with a simple white wine, lemon and butter sauce. Their answer: Yes, of course. This is a restaurant that tries very hard to make its diners happy. In my opinion, it succeeds.
I've visited, perhaps, six or seven times and look forward to going back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 18, 2014

Hidden away in a storefront at the top of Chestnut Hill, Stella Sera is a joy. The pastas are fresh, the marinara sauce tastes as if the tomatoes were freshly picked, the atmosphere is quiet and serene. This was our second visit to Stella Sera: the first time we went on a very busy Saturday night; the food was good but the kitchen seemed a little overwhelmed. We tried again on a weeknight, and are happy we did; the food was as good as before, and we had a better opportunity to appreciate our surroundings.
We also like that it's a BYOB; if you forget to bring your own, the Wine and Spirits store is just across the street!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 12, 2014

A true Italian would never have cheese with seafood!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 12, 2014

Charming little BYO at the Top of the Hill. Our server was friendly and attentive, despite having a full house halfway through our meal.
We enjoyed everything we ordered, especially the arugula salad with lemon vinaigrette and the smoked trout & crab timbalo.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 6, 2014

Our party of six found the ambience of this small restaurant warm and comfortable. We all enjoyed our appetizers, our main courses and our desserts. What disappointed us greatly was the indifference of the staff. We were not greeted at the door with a hello or a smile and it took far too long for a server to ask if he could uncork our wine in this BYOB establishment. We all agreed that in spite of the fact that the food was well prepared and enjoyed by all, we would not return to this restaurant based on the indifference and uncaring attitude of the staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 29, 2014

Pasta puttanesca (new on the menu), pasta Bolognese, and branzino (special) delicious. Great service -- very professional, attentive and friendly. You never feel rushed. And the noise level is low -- so you can actually have a conversation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 27, 2014

As usual, great food and good service. Still one of our favorite restaurants in Chestnut Hill

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2014

Very nice! Excellent table setting. Food tasty and well-presented. Highly encourage this neighborhood gem be supported.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 24, 2014

we were pleasantly surprised to find the gem of Stella Sera. The food was excellent quality and delicious - definitely worth trying. The service was very friendly and attentive though at times the waiters seemed to disappear for long periods. We were in no rush so it didn't matter.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 19, 2014

Great evening with delicious food. Was wonderful. All items were cooked to perfection and the evening was enjoyed by all. Stella Sera prepares all of their food in-house and everything is made with a very special touch of sophistication. Excellent! Highly recommended...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2014

I order beet salads wherever I can find them, and Stella Sera's is one of the best I have ever had. I am so happy it is on the new menu, rather than a special, so I can go back and get it whenever I want! This is a lovely BYOB, and the service is kind and attentive and never intrusive. Though it is a simple storefront on Germantown Avenue, the ambience is great. The lighting is just right, the white tablecloths set an elegant mood, and the tables are perfectly spaced. There was a lot of garlic in my eggplant dish, so much that I think garlic should be listed as an ingredient on the menu so that diners are forewarned, but other than that it was a delicious dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 16, 2014

In a nutshell, it was as many reviewers have described. The kitchen is very slow and there is nothing on the walls to deaden the sound of the other patrons. The risotto balls are wonderful and would be worth ordering on their own if it did not take half an hour to get them. The rest of the food was good but not spectacular. Portions are reasonable. The deserts looked fabulous, but we had no room to try them.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 9, 2014

The halibut special was excellent. The almond crust added an interesting taste and the fish was done perfectly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 19, 2014

We read the reviews and took the advice to order dishes with their homemade pasta. It was fantastic! Great little neighborhood find!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 18, 2014

From the time I walk in to the time I left the service was A plus. The food was so good that I didn't have room for dessert. I will be coming back for sure.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 10, 2014

High quality, fresh ingredients.
Creative recipes.
Excellent (very professional) service.
I love Stella Sera!

PS Beautiful, immaculate powder room

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 6, 2014

I've been to Stella Sera two times before and it was very good. This time was not....the service was unknoedgable, and had me wait to find out what the specials were. The mozzarella di bufala was good however the oysters were not as fresh as they could've been. Also, the filet meatballs and spaghetti dish was so peppery it was unpalatable. I complained to the server and he didn't offer to fix yes situation. I will not recommend Stella Sera.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 21, 2014

We enjoyed another fabulous meal at Stella Sera on Sat night. Bronzino was excellent, pasta great and lamb divine! Wonderful little BYOB in Chestnut Hill.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 13, 2014

I had high hopes for this place based on reviews. Cramped seating, tiny portions, and extremely slow service. I guess when they put on the menu, "everything is prepared to order, please allow us time" expect to sit and wait a long time for food. Many restaurants are a la minute these days, yet they can put out a dish in 20 minutes no problem. It's was our first time dining and it will be our last there.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 11, 2014

Split an arugula salad with lemon, so refreshing! Had the homemade gnocchi but chose the pesto shrimp sauce instead! Delightful!! Then the halibut almond crusted special! When we arrived 4 people were leaving at the time sooo HAPPY about that Special! Amazing!! The server was too sweet!!1 Very accomodating and chef made us gorgeous plates! Very fresh! My friend said it was the BEST halibut he ever had in his life! :-)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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