Stella

4.6
2323 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Bar Sunday-Thursday: 4pm-12am
Bar Friday & Saturday: 4pm-1:00am
Late Night (Fri & Sat): 11:00pm - 12:30am
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 247-7747
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mario Rivera
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Boston's South End
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Parking details
Valet parking is available directly in front of Stella Restaurant for $16.00 per vehicle, available Thurs thru Sat only
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous brunch!

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JD
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Got the cornbeef hash w/ egg. Corned beef was nice, the potatoes were bland and soggy. The egg fried medium was properly cooked but no salt, herbs no seasonung whatsoever. Blandest brunch ever. No offer of hot sauce or any condiments. The coffee was so weak I gave up after two cups. Disappointing

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NS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We made a reservation but had to wait 20 minutes for a table, the noise level was very high, we had to yell to speak but it grew quieter as the night wore on. The food was pretty good and service was friendly.

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J
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food. Waiters were more than attentive. A little too noisy.

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OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Greet evening

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AR
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service was very good, and pricing was reasonable. It was a little loud only because there was a group of ladies celebrating an occasion.

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F
New England
29 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The menu and concept has a lot of potential. However, food is over salted and masked all the flavors that its ingredients offer.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal was great. Hard place to hold a conversation

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Stella is a nice restaurant. I showed up a little late and they would not sit my girlfriend without me. The bar area is relatively limited so she couldn't grab a drink so she had to wait awkwardly. I'm passing blame for my tardiness, but they weren't doing me any favors. As soon as I arrived about 8min after the reservation they sat us. Service was pretty quick but hectic. Waitress seemed like she was frantically moving table to table but got the job done. It was on the loud side in the restaurant even though I couldn't hear any sort of music, made it a little difficult to hear each other. Also, tables were closely packed so you might get the feeling that other's are listening in on your conversation.

Otherwise, the food was great if you're okay with a moderately pricey night out.

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l
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was great except for noise level at the tables.

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J
New England
14 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the food.

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D
New England
33 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ovi Is by far the best waiter in town! What a wonderful experience overall!

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stella is a find, everything was wonderful from start to finish. The fried zuccinhhi appetizer scrumptious and our entrees both a bologna pasta and the swordfish divine. The noise level which I always worry about, was not an issue and the large windows facing the park made for a feel like we were in a garden. Stella has a cool vibe, modern decor and we will be back.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I really enjoy the Brunch menu and service at Stella. It has great quality food and service at a good price.

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CB
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My boyfriend and I had dinner last night, it was delicious, our waiter was very good, food came out steaming hot , huge delicious portions. We are definitely going back. We added Stella to our favorite Italians restaurants list.We loved everything about this place

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TS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful experience at Stella. Excellent food and service! My only suggestion would be to try to alter the acoustics a bit so that it isn't so loud.

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stella is stellar! The steak was amazing!! Ambiance was very nice and the service was excellent. We’ll definitely be back.

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L
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! The food was fabulous. Will definitely be back

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K
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brunch is always fabulous.

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BB
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy. Delicious. Its like comfort food minus the sweats. I go here for dinner all the time and I love it.

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DM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were amazing! Had the short ribs with gnocchi and cream sauce. Simply amazing. Best meal I had while in Boston.

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K
New England
67 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Stella has a nice menu and the main dining room with bar is very modern and ambient. We were seated in a back room which didn't have the ambiance, was really loud, and the music felt like a club rather than a nice Italian restaurant. Our service was mediocre, likely because she had too many tables including large ones. The wine list left something to be desired and the food was just OK. we were expecting a little more special of an experience and left feeling like we weren't welcomed.

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P
Montreal
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We met a friend for an after theater dinner and our expectations were fairly low, but wow we were so wrong. The service was very good and our waitress (I hate "server") was very nice and appropriate (not intrusive, but attentive). The food was above average - I had the steak (which was good for the price), my wife and our friend both had and liked the swordfish. The food preparation and presentation was clean, and it tasted very good. I also like the room's clean design. We will definitely visit again.

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B
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

The food was good. The service was fine given how busy the restaurant was.

The piped-in music was waaay too loud!! You crowd a lot of people into your space which means the talk level is very high. When you add music to it, no one dining can comfortably hear each other and one has to nearly shout to be heard. The music is unnecessary. Why do you have it at all? To make the place "exciting"? Excitement doesn't come from piped-in music, it comes from the company you keep when dining and your food. Diners don't need anything else.

Trust the good you got going - a great location and menu. Cut out the music. It doesn't add anything to the vibe or ambiance except NEEDLESS ANNOYING NOISE.

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MB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great atmosphere, great food, had a fabulous time would definitely go again.

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SV
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Comfortable and attractive atmosphere. Great menu, not too big. Everything came out tasting delicious.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food atmosphere definitely go here.

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t
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Manager/host? Was nice initially and then every time we wanted to tell him how nice everything was, he would “suddenly” see someone he knew and avoid us. We are not from Boston, and while I understand catering to your local, more likely to come back soon clients, we do have friends in Boston, including two who are new to the area. And based on his bizarre/poor behavior alone, I would not return. Plus, two salads, two dinners, one side, no drinks or dessert was $120 with tip seems expensive. Add being ignored or avoided and it’s not a good value.

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s
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious. The service was great. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. We like the drinks, too!

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RS
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on a quiet week night so may not hold always but we adored our meal and the service. Never write a review but this place was great. Even my glass of wine was exquisite.
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WP
New England
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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 14, 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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New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 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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