Food was good, although way too salty. Our server was not the most responsive to repeated requests. The noise level was intolerable to me and my party.
Didn’t know what to expect but it was yummy! Awesome drink called the lovebird too.
Place is ok. Food was alright but didn’t have a ton of flavor. Drinks were just ok. Only thing that was good was the service.
I likely won’t be going back and it’s probably just based on the lack of flavor to food
We go to Stella on a regularly basis. The food is always good with excellent service. Great Italian enters.
Staff is very friendly! Food is good, my choice wasn’t the best, but everything else seemed amazing! Will go back again :)
Very nice staff, but felt shorted on food serving and squished in a corner.
Made a reservation for Valentine’s Day without knowing that the menu was prix fixe. They made no mention of this and it was $72 a person. Usually Stella is pretty affordable but after buying a bottle of wine at the bar (which was before we knew the price of dinner) we were angry about the poor value. That, plus balloons and fake rose petals made for an underwhelming anniversary/ v day. The food is always great there. But to have a prix fixe with unnecessary double appetizers for the table and double desserts was just a transparent ploy by management to dig into the wallets of their customers. Probably won’t be returning ever again.
We had a wonderful double birthday celebration. I was able to make modifications to my meal so I. Luis stay within my healthy eating way.
It had been a while since my last visit to Stella, and it was just as superb as I had remembered. The arugula salad is always fresh and the fried artichoke was delicious and perfect for sharing. All the pasta dishes are excellent too. I was with two friends and we wanted to share everything. The waiter split the salad and the pasta for us without our asking him to do so. It was the perfect place for excellent food, service, and atmosphere for gathering.
I knew things were off to a great start when I was welcomed by a friendly, professional at the valet parking spot at the restaurant. Our waitress was great and the food was amazing. Everyone found something on the menu and I was with too picky diners. My only suggestion would be more specials would have been interesting. We had the beets, arancini, and artichoke dishes for appetizers and the gnocchi and short rib entrees. We followed it up with gelato and expresso. Thanks for making my birthday dinner a success.
Wonderful restaurant with great food and vibe. Everyone in the front dining room was happy and relaxed. Server recommended some outstanding dishes. Definitely on short list next time I want a nice dinner in South End.
All around enjoyable experience but we found our food to be salty.
The food was amazing from the drinks, to the appetizers, mains and desserts everything we had was perfect.
Great food. We all liked what we ordered. This is our second time here and found the quality just as food as the first time. The noise level in the middle room was very loud. Others (mostly younger and more energetic than me) seemed to enjoy it, but it was hard for me to hear my family.
Always great food and service. A neighborhood favorite.
Good place to meet up with out of town visitors. Nice ambiance and waitstaff was friendly and helpful. Food wasn't particularly inventive. Good-sized portions.
It was our second time eating a Stella, and just like our first time, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The pasta dishes are made with fresh past and are oh-so-delicious. We sat in the "quiet room" and it was indeed quiet. Service was very good. Love that it was easy to get a reservation, and then easy to add more members to our party upon advance request.
Great meal as always
Live this restaurant have been here twice and still everthing is great service is awesome food is really good cant wait to go back..
Love the food and service, but very disappointed to see they now charge $3 for each soda refill. There is such a huge profit margin on soda, so why irritate customers like this? Since there are so many fabulous restaurants within a few blocks, the refill thing will probably tip us in the direction of going elsewhere.
Great service ,We tried different entrees to share and taste and We love them all. The appetizers were brought promptly and We had enough time to enjoy the time while We got the main entrees. Excellent selection of wines and I like the cranberry cocktail , my girlfriends enjoyed the evening there and We will be back with our Families . Thanks and We love the bilingual staff 😉
Awesome as always
We love going to Stella! We have always had a great meal here and fantastic portions which was unexpected. We will continue to come back consistently as always, just so great!
Back when I lived in the South End, I only once went to Stella. Since moving a little further afield (only to Back Bay), I have been there 3 times over the past few months. It is a neighborhood gem, and in a very convenient location for pre-theatre dinners, both for the Calderwood and the Lyric. The atmosphere is pleasant, and they always find a corner that is a little quieter so that we can have a conversation. The service is also excellent: polite and well-informed about the menu. However, what I have really loved is the food: the salmon with spaghetti squash is superb, perfectly cooked salmon, almost raw in the middle and crusty on the top, and the spaghetti squash is the ideal companion for the salmon, wonderful texture and none of those useless calories hidden in traditional past.
This use to be one of my go to places but since it has expanded they seem to want you to order, eat and move on to the next customer. It is no longer a dining experience.
We love this restaurant, and this time tried it for New Year's Eve. It did not disappoint! The service and food were excellent. They offered a fix-price menu with adequate choices for each of the 3 courses. Hefty amounts of food, along with champagne . Drinks were extra. The decor is a bit minimilistic, and rather cold, but the food always makes up for that. We are thinking of going again next New Year's Eve since it all worked out so well.
Went to Stella for NYE with a group of 4. We reserved the table via open table the day before and had an awesome time! The food was great, atmosphere was festive but not overdone, and the service was quick and efficient.
New Year’s Eve prixe-fix menu was terrible. Food was below average and lacked any real flavor. No idea if this was representative of the food they serve regularly, but it was extremely disappointing.
Apps: veal meatball sauce was too sweet, avocado tuna tartare - the tuna was not fresh, some bites were super salty.
Main: bolognese tasted like it was out of a jar. Sirloin sauce was too sweet and seaped into the “black truffle” risotto (not sure there was any truffle, it had little hints but mainly tasted odd).
Dessert: apple crostada and chocolate torte — subpar. Gelato that it came with was good.
Overall, it was a below average meal and certainly not worth $72 per person. Would never come back or recommend to anyone.
Best restaurant in Boston.
Food was not very good. They forgot to fire a steak and then sent out one to the table that was late and almost raw. Waiter wasn’t super attentive, kinda disappointing for NYE price fix menu.
Very pleased with the food and service. Have always liked Stella, but wasn't impressed with service last couple of times. This time we were very happy with our server and food as well!
Service was excellent. Some of the meals were better than others, but we’d certainly return.
We had a delightful time! Food was top-notch!
Terrific modern Italian, from the bread to dessert. Service just OK (waiter declined 2 of our basic requests with no explanation). With better service, 5 stars
Excellent food and service. A bit crowded and noisy
First time here and everything was great
As always the food was delicious, the service was great and the overall experience memorable. For out of town folks the valet service is an added bonus. Highly recommend Stella. You will not be disappointed.
second visit here. Great food, impeccable service. Highly recommend. Will return.
We were very lucky to have been able to grab a quick reservation Saturday night - the place filled up shortly after we arrived. Our cocktails were unusual and yummy, the food was outstanding, the service absolutely excellent - we will definitely visit again!
Love the Bolognese!