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Permanently Closed - Stella Sera

4.2
280 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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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.
Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
3.9
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4.1
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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2016

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2016

Fantastic meal.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2016

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

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2.0Dined on July 2, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2016

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

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3.0Dined on June 18, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2016

The restaurant has an old menu on line. The new menu is completely different and smaller. The day we went they had an even smaller more limited menu due to it being Saturday of Mother's Day weekend. I made the reservation on opentable but when they called to confirm the reservation no one informed me of the limited menu. We wouldn't have gone because we were going based on the menu on line.
Our server was completely uneducated about the menu. He was very disturbed that we weren't getting appetizers. He repeatedly asked if we were sure we weren't having apps which was annoying since we would have if there were better choices.
The restaurant was very understaffed. I did ask Who seemed to be in charge about the menu and she said they don't use the menu online anymore. We will go back again to give it one more shot but how are we to know what the menu is?
This is by no means an inexpensive dinner and what we did have was good but disappointed by the lack of communication of the menu and in the service.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2016

Food was delicious. The only problem was that there was a huge party next to us and there were not enough servers to handle the party, so we had a very long wait before being served

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2016

The service was excellent again, and the food deserves every bit of 5 stars. We have been to Stella Sera a number of times, and it never disappoints. We truly recommend you try it for yourself and see why we keep coming back.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2016

We would definitely return. We all ordered different salads including the artichokes, spinach, arugula and goat cheese, crab and smoked salmon and we're pleased. Our pasta entrees were all delicious and worth waiting for. We tried the eggless pasta with clams, tagliatelle, bolognese and gnocchi. Try it, you'll like it!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2016

Food was very good - mussel appetizer was great - fresh and a beautiful white sauce. Dinner for me was the duck breast, also excellent with a turnip mousse. My companion is a vegan and the chef whipped up something special for her. And desert was a shared orange rum cake. For a neighborhood BYOB, overall terrific.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2016

The chef is amazing, dinner for 4 and we all loved every bite.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2016

Always a great experience. Stella Sera has a wonderful location and the menu is fantastic. All food is prepared beautifully and the personalized touch is nice. We had a great time and enjoyed our meals.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2016

When my wife and I get a few hours away from the kids, Stella Sera is one of the very first places I call to get a reservation. Small, quiet and delicious. Small menu and great specials. Great service too. My favorite part, it's a BYO! Love it.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2016

food and service was very good.... don't sit next to the door going downstairs.... that is the kitchen!!!!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2016

Loved it! Food was great. The atmosphere was quiet but comfortable. The service people were more than pleasant and never invasive.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2016

We really enjoyed Stella Sera. The arancini and tagliatelle with bolognese were amazing.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2016

We enjoyed a kid-free Valentine's Day dinner at Stella Sera. We had the arancini (fried rice ball), pear salad, Bolognese and Castagna pastas and the crème brulee for dessert. Overall, the food was very good, the ambiance was cozy and we had a lovely date night. We'd recommend this restaurant and do plan to go back.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2016

Outstanding service, appetizers, entrees, dessert. Fantastic evening at Stella Sera.

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3.0Dined on January 28, 2016

We tried to get a 7pm reservation and could only get 6:30pm or 8 pm. So, we took the earlier one. When we arrived there was only on table with patrons and during the time we were there, I don't think that all of the tables were ever filled, which seemed a bit strange. However, the food was good, as always. The service was a bit spotty. I had to ask for an ice bucket for the white wine (its a BYOB) and it took quite a while to get our food, but otherwise, it was fine.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2016

Such good food! Wish the service was better, but she was BUSY with a full house on a Wednesday night! That says a lot about the quality of the food and value.

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4.0Dined on January 2, 2016

This is at least out forth time (lost count) and we have enjoyed every time the food is done to perfection and the service, lead by the owner is so attentive, last time we went we took friends and the owner was off, have to say we missed her, the service was not quite to her standard, but we will be back, great food, great service, great value... need I say more.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2015

Outstanding BYOB.
Great food and great service!

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2015

My wife and I split the mussels appetizer and we each ordered the Siciliano chicken dish (our favorite entree at this restaurant). The food was excellent and so was the service. We also like the fact that it is a BYOB.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2015

Great BYOB Good for meeting friends and or special occasion.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2015

Outstanding food and service.
The whole staff is right on top of things and very nice.
Food is outstanding.
Kudos to the Chef and Staff

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised to find this neighborhood gem in the heart of Chestnut Hill. The service was terrific and the food was delicious. We would highly recommend this restaurant.

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3.0Dined on November 21, 2015

We loved this restaurant on our first visit, but this time many things made it a below par experience. We arrived on time for a 7 PM reservation on a Saturday night. The waiter was slow to greet us, slow to let us know the specials and slow to take our order. We didn't see our appetizers until we has been seated for and hour and a half. And with no apologies. Everyone thought the food was fine but nothing exceptional. We thought we had found a new gem, but maybe only go there on a week night.

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4.0Dined on November 12, 2015

We truly enjoyed our meal here. It is another good find in Chestnut Hill and a BYOB. Food well prepared, reasonable priced and delicious. We will return and bring friends.

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2015

We went with another couple and everything was delicious!!! Calamari appetizer, halibut, sera, and veal parm main dishes all were excellent.

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3.0Dined on October 21, 2015

I gather the fresh-made pasta is the prime feature of this restaurant. My dishes and my dining partners (two other people) were fine but nothing worth recommending unless you're in it just for the fresh pasta.

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