About Stella

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.

1525 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02118
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
Boston's South End

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 247-7747

Website:
http://www.bostonstella.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available directly in front of Stella Restaurant for $16.00 per vehicle, available Thurs thru Sat only

Executive Chef:
Mario Rivera

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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Come and ring in 2018 with all the Stella family!!!
Enjoy a three course prefix menu including a glass of prosecco, your choice of brut or rose.
We are looking forward to celebrating the new year with you, your friends and family!!!

Stella Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Special Occasion (18)
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Fit for Foodies (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Authentic (14)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Casual (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Fun (10)
Romantic (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Business Meals (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Cozy (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
People Watching (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

The food and service were remarkable. Best Italian food in the city.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

My sister and I took our 82 year old mother on a Friday night. The staff was extremely accommodating to our mother's limited mobility, coming outside on a very cold night to help us assist her into the restaurant and see us to our table. The service was attentive and the food excellent. The manager stopped at our table several times to make sure we were happy with our dining experience and if we needed more than was being offered.
The restaurant was very busy yet we felt like we were the only customers in Stella.
Stella offers superb food and drink, a warm, sophisticated atmosphere with a staff that is ready to please. You can't go wrong choosing Stella as a dining destination.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Giant restaurant. The room we were in was incredibly loud and freezing but the next room over seemed cozy. They got one of our items wrong and forgot to bring it back corrected until we were done. Food was pretty good.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I thought my meal was delicious and would definitely get it again....the orchiette with sausage. The only issue was that it was too dark in there for some of the older folks, I saw several people using their flashlight on their phone to read the menu!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our first time at Stella won't be our last. They had our table ready right on time, on a very busy Friday. The service was incredibly attentive, and our waiter was knowledgeable about the wine list. Everything we ate was delicious. We were delighted to have such an outstanding meal.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great great restaurant. Best bolognese in City

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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Ovi is the best waiter anywhere in the Boston area! And he and the manager found the BEST wine for us! What an amazing find Stella is!!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We had the the Pork Milanese and Braised Short Ribs and oh my. So many flavors and a very generous portion. The bar poured very tasty drinks. We has a very attentive waitstaff and we started our evening with courteous valet. Can't wait to return!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Stella is great. The food was fantastic, wine list was extensive, service and management were very attentive and friendly. We'll definitely be coming back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We ordered an appetizer which we never got. Then, we ordered a Chocolate Torte and got an apple tart instead. Everything else was great though.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Everything about our experience was perfect. We visited on a Saturday evening with our kids, 7 and 9. The service and food were wonderful as were our drinks. Every bite was delicious. Nice neighborhood feel but welcoming to outsiders. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Overall, we had a lovely experience at Stella. My daughter loved her short rib dish, my gnocci was delicious. My husband, however, said that his swordfish didn't taste super fresh, but still managed to eat the whole dish! Hand crafted cocktails were delicious. Our server is a grad student and was efficient and pleasant. We will return! We have heard amazing reviews about their brunch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

As advertised, the beef carpaccio was absolutely outstanding. We also enjoyed the seafood pasta.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Yummy food

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The restaurant was incredibly busy and noisy- it was very hard to carry a conversation with your tablemate and the staff barely spoke to you besides to take your order and deliver your food. Very transactional and not great for a romantic date.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Stella is reliably good. Food, service, atmosphere always great

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Everything was perfect and delicious. Haven’t been to Stella in a while, but it was still great food. Won’t wait so long for next time.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent meal and impeccable service. Will go again.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Stella is one of my favorite restaurants and I'm a frequent diner with friends, family, and my husband (I even got engaged at the restaurant awhile back) However, the service on Saturday night was AWFUL. We had reservations at 8:15 and didn't get seated until close to 8:50 (no apology provided). Our server didn't share the specials until I prompted her, she barely checked on us, the service took FOREVER. You actually lost service because we didn't order more drinks because it took her our whole dinner to get us another glass of wine (it came after we finished even though we ordered before). We also didn't order dessert because of the lack of attention and care. I hope this was just an off night for you (because I've always been a huge fan) but I was pretty disappointed with the service.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Delicious food but during a Saturday evening when most tables were occupied, it was too loud to converse and the food was severely delayed.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The service was not good at all! Were you short-staffed?

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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I have always loved Stella but hadn’t been in awhile. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is vibrant. It’s great for special occasions and for grabbing a bite in the neighborhood. I am mostly vegetarian but will eat seafood and there were options on both counts. Stella is terrific!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Authentic, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on October 18, 2017

great food reasonable price - xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on October 17, 2017

I hadn't been to Stella in a while and I thought it was as good as ever. Warm, friendly--but not overly so--service. Lively atmosphere. Delicious food. My guest had the artichoke pizza. It was wonderful, a very generous portion and every bite was delicious. I had the short ribs with pappardelle and they were outstanding--perfectly cooked to fork tender; delicious sauce; al dente pasta. The wine list is reasonably priced with a good selection of wines by the glass. This is a great neighborhood place.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Way too loud. Our server was extremely busy and we waited for awhile before we were greeted and then again we waited awhile before we gave our cocktail orders. Food was very good.

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 (Tulsa)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Main dining room was freezing.

I started with the mussels - they were fantastic.
Wife started with the artichoke - were good, but she expected them to be lightly battered, not to be as heavily laden as a corndog at the Mississippi state fair. The sauce earned rave reviews, however.

I had the braised short ribs - didn't know how the meat/cream sauce combo would go, but it was DELICIOUS. Short ribs were cooked perfectly.
Wife had the salmon - prepared well, well accompanied.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Nice place. Good food. Noise so loud that it was painful.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Visiting from New York for a family wedding
A wonderful meal. Really added to our weekend. We are vegetarian and ordered the flatbread and pasta , both of which were excellent!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Went to Stella's based on the recommendation of our Airbnb host and it did not disappoint. Amazing food and service albeit a bit too loud for my taste. Would come back again when in Boston but maybe sit outside this time.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We go to Stella's because we know the food is always good here. The service could be better in that we weren't offered more bread or coffee at the end of the meal. Also, for a restaurant of this level of dining, serving cream in plastic little individual containers is so tacky. Can't they at least put a little in a pitcher? That surprised me more than anything.

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

After many years of dining at Stella it remains a consistently excellent restaurant, little changes in both the menu and the service...

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The service was off the charts bad and ruined the evening actually. Drinks took forever, meals came out one at a time with 2-3 min in between and lastly our credits cards returned to us with nothing to sign and was tempted to just leave but we had to track down our idiot waiter who left the slips near the register. DONT GO

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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Consistently excellent. Short ribs are amazing. Favorite South End restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 19, 2017

I've lived in the south end for 13 years and Stella used to be one of my go-to spots. I died over the bolognese and fresh focaccia bread. I don't know whether there's a different chef or what but for the last couple years it's not been the same. The bolognese sauce used to be a bit more pink...have some cream to it. Now it just tastes plain/average. And the focaccia bread seems to always be stale. So I stopped going. This time I had a business meeting right nearby so I decided to give it another shot. Again, my meal was just as described and disappointing. Also, the first server we had couldn't speak intelligible english. He mentioned one special (I couldn't understand what it was) and interrupted us 4 times within the first 10 minutes to take our dinner order. Thankfully for some reason, he was relieved by someone else who gave us spectacular service and told us about the specials (there were 4, not one as our previous server led us to believe). The pros: They make great drinks, have a nice ambiance and you can get half orders of the pasta. It's a perfectly fine restaurant, but it's lost something. If someone asked me for a reco in the south end, I might mention it with caveats but it would not be top on my list.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Incredible service. Some of the best service I have ever received in a restaurant. Great food. Ambiance is perfect for a lively dinner.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Love Stella - Great Food, Great Drinks and Great Service

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 (New England)·Dined on September 13, 2017

great cocktails and the bolognese was delicious. service was a little off--hostess asked if we would like to sit outside & we said yes, then she said actually there are no outside tables available, which we didn't mind it was just odd to offer and the rescind. the server was good overall but started to clear plates while my friend was still finishing her food, which was odd as the restaurant was only half full.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Stella is a vibrant, popular and noisy restaurant. We were grateful that upon request, they moved us to an outdoor table. Very good food. Generous portions. Service was a bit uneven probably because there were only 3 tables of diners outside.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Excellent food, excellent service, overall experience was wonderful. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We are big fans of Stella's. The staff and service is top notch... Friendly and very accommodating. During the spring, summer and early fall, we highly recommend sitting outside. We visited Stella's this past Saturday night to celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary and even though there was a very slight chill in the air, we sat outside. There are heating towers by each table but they actually brought over a second one to make sure we were comfortable. They also offered us blankets which again goes back to how they treat their guests. The food is always exceptional and I would highly recommend the Braised Short Ribs over pappardelle which is the best short ribs I have ever had.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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