Stella's - Richmond
Birthday. One of our top 3 restaurants in Richmond.
Great as always
Stella's offers the best Greek food I've had outside of Greece. Having lived in Athens for two years and traveled across Europe and the U.S. for the last twenty years, I've had my fair share of Greek cuisine, and Stella's stands out as the very best. Not one of the very best, but the very best. The wait staff friendly and knowledgeable and the food is divine. Don't miss the shrimp in ouzo sauce. The portions are huge, so bring your appetite and plan to be a repeat diner since you'll want to order everything on the menu.
The food here was excellent. Two people beside us told us they drove here from NC and were headed back the same night. Almost 6 hours round trip, just to eat here. They advised us to just order several appetizers/mezza and share that between us and I think that was spot on. Every dish we tried was great and I can't wait to go back and try more. I would definitely make a reservation on the weekend. We had to make one for 5:30 and the place was packed when we got there. It is not a big place and the tables are pretty close together, so it was somewhat noisy. It didn't detract much from the experience for me, but it is worth being aware of. I will definitely be back next time I'm in town.
Ordered apps and dinner. Dinner came out within 10 minutes of the arrival of the apps. Terrible timing on the servers part. This place isn’t Applebee’s.
Amazing! Food is phenomenal, and there are plenty of vegetarian options (fewer vegan, although there are at least 2). Staff is friendly, and the atmosphere is fun. It’s usually crowded, so seating is tight- but it’s a fun place to be.
A LOT of food with mixed results. Tasted a few appys which were fine. Salad good. Most things needed salt. Lamb shank tender but not especially tasty. Sits on a gigantic pile of flavorless pasta. Roasted potatoes were limp. A major disappointment given online ratings.
Atmosphere was good but the space is crowded. No intimate space. The food was delicious and the service amazing. Our service was outstanding and recommended a Greek wine that paired with beef and chicken. We didn't want for anything!
Great food and service.
Rockfish Santorini excellent.
Lovely menu choices. Ample portions. The carafe of white wine was fine table wine. Had a great time with out of town guests.
Excellent service by our waiter. Didn't feel rushed to finish quickly. Food quality was excellent and excellent selections on the extensive menu. Very nice ambiance in the restaurant.
We have been here several times and they only reason I go is the smelts. I love the smelts, however, this time the smelts were not tasty. These smelts were fried and I dont believe they have not changed the oil in the fryer in a long time. Other than that, service and the rest of the meal was fabulous!
Every bite was delicious. You will not find better hummus and tabbouleh anywhere. The lamb and beef meatballs were succulent, and the fried calamari crisp and delicious with the sauce. And these were just the appetizers. How this restaurant does this quality so consistently, I don't know, but it is quite a feat.
Great family owned restaurant with consistently great food
We love Stella’a! Highly recommend! One of the BEST in RVA.
Anniversary dinner at Stella's was perfect as always. Great service, good and atmosphere. Highly recommend everything, especially the desert.
One of my favorite restaurants in Richmond. The food is incredible, the service is wonderful, and the value is notable considering the generous portions and plenty of food to take home with you and enjoy again. The bar crowd can tend to get a little noisy and encroach on the front tables by the window, but other than that the ambiance is excellent and the space is lovely.
We made a reservation on Open Table for the first available time about two months ago for a party of four. We arrived and were seated at a four top right at the front door -- surprising since we made a reservation two months ago and requested a private table. The table to our left was less than 10 inches away -- there is no privacy in this restaurant. There were people 2 feet away on our right waiting for a table -- about 6-8 of them . The noise level was VERY loud. We found ourselves shouting across the table. The service was excellent but we felt hurried. Drinks are $10-$12/apiece. They will not split a check -- even for a party of 4. The food was disappointing. The waiter mentioned specials but no prices -- one of my pet peeves. Two in our party got lamb ribs -- neither enjoyed them. Only two in our party had alcoholic drinks (2 each), one had water and another diet coke. The cost BEFORE tip was $177. We split the check in half, since they will not split a check and added a 20% tip. We will NOT be back anytime soon.
Food was AMAZING! Already planning our next visit here!
Great waitress. We never felt rushed or ignored
We were sat right away. Great service and delicious food!
Always busy but worth the effort. Staff is attentive, food great with daily specials, solid cocktails from the bar, and don't skip the bread!
Food is amazing. Great cocktails. Fun atmosphere. Well staffed. I would highly recommend, and if I lived in Richmond, I would be a regular. H
Amazing as always. The whole fish was excellent, the grilled calamari was incredible and the pastas and appetizers were great. We had a group of 6 and just ordered a bunch of food because we all wanted to try different things. Best restaurant in Richmond.
Stella's has always been one of my favorite restaurants in Richmond! The food and service are always amazing!
I always order the fish special. It is a white usually fish (frequently halibut or rockfish) served atop seasonal vegetables. This rockfish was fabulous but overpowered by the feta in the risotto. This is the first miss in at least eight servings so I will continue to order the fish on every visit unless the description includes feta risotto.
All four of us greatly enjoyed our dining experience at Stella’s . Portions were large enough for 2 more meals at home. My braised lamb shank was Superb. We heard about Stella’s from an article and story in the Times Dispatch. We sure enjoyed our dinner and will be back very soon.
Food was fabulous, as always. Only complaint I have was the noise level. I could barely hear my fellow diners. And this was at 5:30 on a Tuesday night! Highly recommend Stella’s. Very good service as well as outstanding food.
The best reservation I could get on a Monday (substantially in advance) was at 5:15. We were not seated at my requested table but in a corner by the windows which was tight and had a chair below the booth level. The other chair was too close to the bar so people kept bumping into my son-in-law's head. We were crowded, uncomfortable and the noise level made it impossible to talk. My dish was virtually inedibly salty, and we were reminded, after ordering our appetizers, that our table was booked shortly - in other words, we were rushed. I've loved Stella's since it was in the fan, but I would no longer recommend it, and I am in no hurry to go back.
Overall experience was wonderful, my wife and I were pleasantly greeted and promptly seated for our 5:15 reservation. Once a year we visit Stella’s for dinner, and we look forward to it all year. We’ve never been disappointed and have enjoyed each dining experience completely, we’ve sat at the bar on a busy evening, at the country style table and table for 2 and it simply doesn’t matter to us, we’ve love it just the same. Michael was our server and his calm a professional demeanor was pleasant and relaxing, he offered the evening specials and was so easy going but engaging and it was complimentary to one of the best dinner experience of the year for us. We know to expect delicious and beautifully plated dishes, but this year’s dinner March 16th was simply Magic! From start to finish, every taste and sip was a memory in itself and of course we’re looking forward to next year’s dinner already. Thanks Stella’s and Michael for a very special night.
Best restaurant in town
Amazing every time we come! They work magic combining delicious ingredients to make memorable dishes.
Had a great meal for our 2nd wedding anniversary. Will be back!
I love Stella’s food, though the cauliflower/feta-cheese purée with the rockfish was a bit of a fail...too much on the plate creaming up the vegetables and fish to the loss of their flavor. However the shiitake crab soup made dinner! I find myself wishing to have a cozy intimate table, but that is not the ambience of Stella’s.
Past two visits we have had excellent service! Glad to have friendly, knowledgeable, professional, competent service.
The food, service, and atmosphere at Stella's are always great. Sitting near the door in winter is a little chilly, but this doesn't really detract from a great meal.
This was our second visit to Stella's. Everything was exceptional. We had the baked oyster appetizer, the seared rockfish entree and creme brûlée for dessert. Our table was ready at our appointed time, our sever was attentive but not over bearing and the food was to die for. I know understand why it is difficult to get reservations at Stella's. It is most definitely worth the effort to get a reservation well in advance to be able to dine at this great restaurant.
Wonderful! Food was delicious and atmosphere is super nice!
Awesome! Food is fantastic, service great & value at lunch is tremendous. Highly recommend.
Stella's never disappoints! The food is always delicious. The only slight negative is that the noise level can become very loud as the evening progresses. I highly recommend a reservation if you can get one. And if you haven't tried it, their market across the street is equally amazing.
I used to live in Richmond but moved away. This is the place I come to every time I’m back. The food and atmosphere feel make me feel at home - elevated comfortable is how I’d describe it. The moussaka is my personal favorite item on the menu, but I haven’t had anything I have not liked.