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Permanently Closed - Stella Sera

280 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm;

Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Anis K
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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.
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Private party contact
Anis: (215) 248-1980
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Cross street
Bethleham Pike
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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.
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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vipTerri (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

We were a table for 4 and 2 liked the food and 2 were disappointed. We've dined here before and usually they had a few specials to add to the menu but not this time. So I would return, but not for a while. It could have been an off night in the kitchen.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

I have never had a mediocre meal...always fresh and always amazing. The staff and service equally impressive. A must-go!

viplafayettehilldiner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on September 24, 2016

We had an absolutely wonderful meal here, and will definitely be back. There was a long wait because the chef decided the last piece of swordfish wasn't big enough to serve, but otherwise service was good.

BygoneAnnArbor (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on September 20, 2016

We have dinner at Stella Sera twice and both experiences were stellar. Stellar Stella Sera. So there is a lot of consistency in attentive, warm service and absolutely delicious food. The calamari melts in your mouth. And the gnocchi are a must! They are like puffy potato cumulous clouds. And the no cork fee is great too. We went once with friends and another time with our parents and can't wait to go back.

JulieS (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2016

Great BYOB with a small but excellent menu. It is an intimate space but does not feel crowded or noisy.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on July 22, 2016

We had a lovely meal at Stella Sera and the food was delicious! The service was a bit weird though - our server rushed us to order and didn't put in our appetizers until our whole order was in. He didn't tell us this until we asked for more time deciding on entrees. He seemed to rush us due to future reservations but when we left there were empty tables.

vipMcBurney (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on July 22, 2016

Fantastic meal.

Deziner (Portland)
3.0  Dined on July 9, 2016

My caprese salad was one of the best I'd ever had. The dessert was fabulous. My husband loved the gnocchi but I didn't care for my veal entree. It seemed soggy and you could see the flour that it was coated with. That was dissappointing.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on July 5, 2016

Consistently has very good food. The fish special has always been very good

amyt (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on July 2, 2016

Really excited to have homemade pasta- service was fine but food took forever!

vipDrRon (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on June 21, 2016

Absolutely delicious. Food is prepared beautifully and is delicious. Everything, I mean everything, is fresh and outstanding.

Barb (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on June 18, 2016

Our food was very good from start to finish....but the service was really lacking.

francie (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

Amazing appetizers, recommend trying chef specials. Waiter was great- told us soup wasn't their best dish and brought us a glass of white wine because we had a fish appetizer. Really good food and service.

vipsteve (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on May 13, 2016

I've enjoyed every meal I've had here. One small point, though: my wife is convinced that the website's claim to serve "homemade pasta" is inaccurate. She's a dyed-in-the-wool foodie and says the pasta we were served, while certainly good, was not homemade.
One final note: My melanzan appetizer was superb as was my wife's artichoke. We'll be back soon.

vipLGFoodie (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

I met a friend for dinner and we shared a couple of entrees and everything was delicious. The menu is limited but the food was really good. A cute little place!