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

Stella Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (31)
Special Occasion (26)
Fit for Foodies (20)
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Neighborhood Gem (19)
Romantic (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Authentic (14)
Casual (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Hot Spot (11)
Fun (11)
Business Meals (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Cozy (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Healthy (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Seasonal (4)
People Watching (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Love this place! Please remove the chicken livers from the pasta bolognese (yuck)!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Everything including the service was awesome. Husband and I on whole 30 and they were super accommodating and food delicious with choices!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Organic, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We were four people and everyone loved their food. We also had great appetizers and two wonderful desserts. The portions were generous and delicious. I would definitely go back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Our go to place for consistently great food and drinks. We love the bar!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My husband and I had a very enjoyable time on New Years Eve. The menu was special for the evening and very good choices. The staff wasn’t overly friendly but good service. The manager was great when I ordered an appetizer but it came out like an entree. Simple mistake but he took it back and made it right. The food is so good!! Very romantic.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Romantic
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The best food in Boston, bar none.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Delicious prix fixe menu for New Year’s Eve ! 3 courses and a glass of prosseco for 70$ a person. We’ll be back!

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

We really loved our experience at Stella. The service was great-- the perfect level of attention without being overbearing. They were passing out complimentary samples of a cocktail the bartender was testing. The food came out very fast. It was delicious and authentic. The restaurant was busy, but not too loud. I would recommend it for dates, special occasions, or just a night out on the town.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Four of us sat a the bar had great service, food, cocktails and wine. Espresso Martinis, Spicy Margaritas to start. 2 Bottles of Dolcetto to go with the deliccious Short Rib Pasta and our other other entrees. Beef Carpacio, Beef Tartar and Parmesan/Fresh Mozz Aricini for apps were all great. Can't wait to go back and try more of the menu.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

The wait staff were great; welcoming, warm, and were clearly customer focused.The hostess was not particularly friendly and as the first person who greeted us I was initially bummed out.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Stella was so much less than stellar. I picked it for my birthday! I added notes, spoke to two people & called about my reservation! I arrived early. After calling the to hostess to check she pushed valet parking while for no reason she very abruptly "good luck finding anything around here" After arriving I saw an absolutely empty street. Visible from her stand.
Not only did the waiter mixed up my drink order, was reminded of my birthday, he forgot after three subtle hints. Didn't deserve to tip he was left. Management actually managed to hang too closely while the overwhelming hands on deck was too much as well. I could have done without the dirty looks from all of them and hope my bar experiences are better my 2nd chance but I won't order the beef carpaccio. It shouldn't crust one fresh; I will add the photo of how irremovably stuck it was.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 17, 2017

First timer to Boston and was recommended by a friend to experience Stella + their brunch, in one of the trendiest neighborhoods. From the food to the service and the overall vibe made it an exceptional experience. It’s a great place for a date or hangout place with a group of friends.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

They honored our request for a banquet table at the rear of the main dining area. The service was excellent, as was the food. It's our go-to place with friends from the suburbs as it's always consistently delicious.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Love Stella for brunch, this was my first time going for dinner. Our server, Emily, was wonderful. She was helpful, fun and attentive and gave great recommendations. Our wine and cocktail were good and Emily was knowledgeable on the drink/wine list. We had the arronccini that were delicious but very small portions. The bolognese and spaghetti and meatballs were great. Very lively and loud but to be expected on a Friday night. Overall a good experience but did not find Stella to be a good value for what you were getting, high even for the South End area.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We had a great meal at Stella after a little hiatus. The menu is fantastic and the pastas were delicious. Our waiter was attentive and informative and overall it was a terrific meal. Minor issues - the space was chilly so we asked for the heat to get turned up as we sat in our winter coats for a while. Otherwise, great night and meal. Will go back again soon, too!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The food is always great at Stella and this wasn’t an exception. My only complaint is around the seating. I took my girlfriend here for her birthday (noted it in the reservation) because it’s an easy fave close to home. They sat us next to a group holiday party in the middle of the dining room, also right near a busy walkway.

I’ve been here many times before so I’m used to the close quarters. Just would have expected a little bit of a better seat on a special night. We had people walking by, bumping the table and the bussing staff were hanging over our space while clearing other parties tables. Just wouldn’t have taken much to read the reservation and place us in a better location on the floor.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great as always.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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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·Dined on December 9, 2017

I brought friends for dinner after the Pops. It was their first time visit to the restaurant. We had a great time. The wait staff were terrific and the food delicious. We will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great great restaurant. Best bolognese in City

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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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