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.
Boston, MA 02118
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
Boston's South End
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking is available directly in front of Stella Restaurant for $16.00 per vehicle, available Thurs thru Sat only
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Superb! We ate outside with friends who recommended Stella & our expectations were exceeded ! From the maitre d's greeting, service and food - spectacular! We ate outside on a quiet Sunday night . I'm reluctant to recommend as we will never be able to get a table!
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