Stella

4.6
2293 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Stella is a fantastic new Italian restaurant in Boston's hip SoWa neighborhood. Chef Evan Deluty is considered one of New England's most talented chefs.
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New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

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.

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TG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Didn’t know what to expect but it was yummy! Awesome drink called the lovebird too.

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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

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JW
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Stella on a regularly basis. The food is always good with excellent service. Great Italian enters.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff is very friendly! Food is good, my choice wasn’t the best, but everything else seemed amazing! Will go back again :)

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MH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Very nice staff, but felt shorted on food serving and squished in a corner.

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 2

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.

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LT
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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L
New England
31 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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EG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

All around enjoyable experience but we found our food to be salty.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing from the drinks, to the appetizers, mains and desserts everything we had was perfect.

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B
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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SM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service. A neighborhood favorite.

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L
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

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LM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal as always

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s
New England
49 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live this restaurant have been here twice and still everthing is great service is awesome food is really good cant wait to go back..

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CG
New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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LC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 😉

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always

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SF
New England
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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GT
New England
24 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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FB
New England
34 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

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M
New England
36 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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LB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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MD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Boston.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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.

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MP
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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LM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. Some of the meals were better than others, but we’d certainly return.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful time! Food was top-notch!

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g
London
519 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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

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RD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. A bit crowded and noisy

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s
New England
49 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and everything was great

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JT
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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PS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

second visit here. Great food, impeccable service. Highly recommend. Will return.

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CB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the Bolognese!

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