Stella's

4.6
824 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Stella's is the embodiment of serious Italian cuisine - original recipes and techniques alongside the freshest organic products, housemade cheeses, and carefully selected Italian flavors. Stella's is the perfect place for friends and family to gather - be it at the bar with a chilled martini, an appetizer in the lounge, or dining alfresco while tasting your way through the wine list and menu. Whatever your pleasure or mood, Stella's can make it happen!
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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KarrieC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Horrible service! Food was mediocre. We will not be back!

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Jjjj
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstandingand the ambienceis top notch. We will go back again and again!!

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AnneC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Stella’s!

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vipCrystalR
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Ivan was AMAZING - V cute - would go back for drinks

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JaciS
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Super neighborhood place. Food excellent.

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MichaelS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time to Stella's and certainly not our last. We were staying at the Monarch up the hill and the valet recommended the restaurant, and boy are we glad he did. We're former New Yorkers, so our standards for Italian are pretty high. And Stella's met them with flying colors. From the appetizers to the specials and the wine selection, completely delicious from start to finish. Our waiter Ivan was outstanding. We will absolutely be paying them another visit on our next trip to the OC. Highly recommend!

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vipKyraF
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't want anyone else to know about this charming little diamond but they need the business. Unbelievable and perfect.

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viplbbonnie
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I love the atmosphere at Stellas, though I miss the sax player. The food was fine but not memorable.

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vipFoodfor46
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greatest food for the value. Fantastic service and thrilled to eat out!! Very safe!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Dishes too salty, told waiter, did nothing

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josev
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the best places to eat Italian food.
Every meal was just amazing.

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vipsherryH
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first experience at this Italian restaurant. The food was fresh. So many choices to choose from and every dish was impressive. Our waiter recommended a great wine also. Very nice ambiance for a date.

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Marie
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food! I'm Italian, and rarely go to out for Italian, because I'm always disappointed. Stella's get it right, every time! And, the service is terrific.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for a good Italian place to eat and good thing we found Stellas. The food was delicious and the service was really good. The patio was covered and nice and warm. We will go back for sure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far best restaurant I’ve been too. Everything was amazing and food was perfect. I will definitely be returning

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JimM
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael’s service was outstanding. Food was delicious. Thank you for accommodating us, Marcelo!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. They have wonderful food as always and the staff are extremely attentive! Get the mussels and the Sea Bass!!!!

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vipAbeU
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual! Stella's is a fave of ours. We like its consistency, great service and ambiance at least before COVID restrictions. We discovered the garlic bread on this visit and highly recommend it.

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MARCC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

waiter was rude and stated they had 2 hour limit but there had approximately 15 % capacity being used. Would never go back.

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vipMaryP
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great last nite dinner with friends due to gruesome NEWSOM’s outrageous unfair dishonest shutdowns!

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vipPCHSUMMER
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We discovered Stella's a couple of months ago and love going back. The food is great and the service is outstanding. The staff is very friendly and ready to make your dining experience top notch. There is also live music - a gentleman playing the sax to recorded accompaniment. He was very good and enhanced the ambience. I am looking forward to or next visit. Five stars go to our waiter, Gage. He is outstanding. Stella's is a hidden gem!

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Kwaktaco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb gem! The lobster ravioli is a must! All of the ingredients were so fresh and were cooked to perfection. Cant wait to visit again in the near future

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to the circle of life, our traditional Thanksgiving giving plans had to change, so we tried Stella’s Italian. Had a wonderful experience, the atmosphere and warm family feel was amazing, I’m grateful you were open!!

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MarilynN
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food, good service,who could ask for more!

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vipJermo
Orange County
50 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The usual great experience at Stella’s. Top notch service, quality service in a great atmosphere, especially in a strip center location.

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Randy
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for another Dana Point Italian restaurant and happened onto Stella's. Went online and was able to make a reservation for an immediate table that night. Other places in the Dana Point need a day or two in advance. What we found once we arrived was a quiet place to have dinner. We were seated by the fireplace cozy and warm. The menu had many alternative selections. Everything from service, bar, to food was excellent. We will be dinning at Stella's more often.

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vipJohnS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Stella’s! The food is consistently great and true to the italian cuisine it is advertised to be and Gage is just the best!!!

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lovetodine
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and so close to home!! Love that we discovered this place!

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Marie
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch with my dear friend!! Food was perfect, as usual. Can't wait to visit again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service impeccable. Ambiance fabulous, love the music. Food was delicious!

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vipJacqueO
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The dining area is nice and spaced enough to feel safe. The food was OK!

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vipDebraL
Orange County
55 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service very nice
House wine very good for house - Pinot liked
Food way too expensive, bring it down please.
Choppino... seafood cooked nicely- $44.00?????
And not even choppino- served over a bowl of Tomato sauce. I’m a personal chef & know Choppino-
There was NO TIME in preparing the base sauce for this dish!
Pizza ordinary, salmon dish good.
Spaghetti meatballs - ok
We sadly may not return

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vipDano
Orange County
59 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience3

Chicken pasta dish with very dried out chicken. Not good this time.

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vipJmack
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent authentic Italian food!

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vipJohnK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

food was great as usual and good to see Gary back playing the sax

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AnneC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! And service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating. Beautiful view. Awesome service. Wonderful wine. Amazing food. We will definitely be back!!!

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vipSadie
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stella's offers a lovely setting for sunsets, delicious traditional Italian food, and above-average wine list. Mario, our waiter, was new to us and we all loved his wit, his attention and recommendations. While the saxophonist adds a nice touch, he tends to be a bit too intrusive both in terms of the volume of his playing and his roaming through the dining room to solicit requests.

Nonetheless, it is a "go-to" place for locals. Out-of-towners should be impressed, too.

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vipMamacita
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife had Muscles and I had Veal, both nice preparations. Good Caesar Salad to begin with. A very pleasant evening out.

FAQs

Stella's does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Stella's is rated 4.6 stars by 824 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.