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Sun 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 8:00PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 7:00PM 8:30PM - 11:00PM
Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM
Whether getting a snack at HH or fine dining the owner/hosts provide the Tops in food and hospitality
Gary in sax adds to the “magic” of Stella’s.
Truly a jewel in Monarch Bay
Owner introduced herself and waiter kept a close eye on our needs
Increase wine list by the glass. Very small list if ordering by the glass
Or offer half bottles
Food was fresh and authentic. Server was knowledgeable with the menu and specials.
Stella's has been a local gem for at least 10 years that i have lived in the local community. The food is great. Happy Hour is a super bargain though this meal was dinner in the main dining room. Stella's is one of two restaurants in South Orange County where the food reminds me of the authentic Italian restaurants of Little Italy in New York, or South Philadelphia in my home town of Philadelphia. The staff was cordially and welcoming when my party of 6 arrived. Our waiter provided excellent, non-intrusive service. And, the food was delicious. Stella's has become a staple for fine local dining and I eat there at least 3-4 times per month.
Great local location in Monarch Beach.....fun local crowd....hip atmosphere....great bar with fun saxophone player who walks around really adds to the atmosphere....food good but could be better....still would go back ...is a great spot
wonderful Itaian classics, great pizza with wood burning oven. Very acomadating to special requests. Nice music by saxaphonist Jery King.
Bruschetta had mushy tomatoes on a piece of bread toasted like a cracker, cioppino was in a marinara sauce rather than a tomato broth. Crab cakes were ok
Way too noisy!!
Such a great experience. The service was great, as well as the food. Had great beef carpaccio, lasagna, and seafood pasta. Our uber was late pickin is up and the owner offered to give us a ride if needed, since our hotel was around the corner. He also gave us a free glass of limoncello while we waited.
Quite lovely. Drinks great, salad crunchy. Everything well cooked. Just a little loud.
We were meeting up with friends from out of town and trusted OT to help us select a restaurant in an area we weren't familiar with. Based on reviews and the menu we booked Stella's.
Not disappointed at all. It is tucked away in the back corner of a little strip mall so don't be fooled. It was great!
The hostess knew out guests had already arrived and that they were at the bar. We were promptly seated in the back room.
The was a great saxaphone player in the room. Our waiter was an older gentleman with obvious experience. He knew the wine list and was able to make appropriate suggestions.
We started with the bruchetta, tasty. The special was Lobster Ravioli that two of us ordered. I had Veal and the other had Seafood Linguine. The food was very good all around.
What really impressed us was the friendliness and warmth from all the staff and even the other customers. We asked the table next to us what they had and recommended and they were very nice. All the staff said goodbye when we left.
Good food, great service, exceptional warmth. You won't be dissatisfied.
One of my favorite Italian restaurants
Food is great...meatballs and eggplant were wonderful
Gary the sax player always entertaining
I always highly recommend to friends
Great experience trying out seafood especially walleye it's the best!
It was amazing. The host was super friendly. Despite, showing up early to the restaurant.. she was able to accommodate us . Good ambiance, but I would say food was not anything extraordinary.
I really enjoyed the place! Well worth a visit and a nice meal.
Nice restaurant the food
Located in the corner of a small shopping center, this is a very good neighborhood restaurant. The menu offers a wide variety of traditional Italian dishes. Service is friendly and attentive but not overbearing. The veal picatta, swordfish and lobster ravioli were all excellent. Noise is a bit higher than I would like but overall this is a very pleasant place to enjoy a meal.
We had a terrible experience here. My husband son and I came to the restaurant on the later side - about 8pm and were seated immediately. A bar tender came over and asked if we wanted a drink- we all declined except water. He said he was not the waiter and he’d be over shortly. After about 10 minutes another bar tender came over and said he wasn’t the waiter but would we like a drink - we said no just waters, and he said the waiter would be over soon. The table next to us had waiters coming over and chatting with them several time’s. Then the same bar tender came back to us and said he could tell us specials even though he wasn’t the waiter. Finally about 25 minutes after we were seated the waiter came over with no apology for how long it took to come to the table. When I asked what happened he laughed and said it’s no problem. We have a process that we take drink orders first. Then with an attitude he said are you ready to order? At that point we were so annoyed waiting so long when there seemed to be so many people working there - that we decided to leave. It was very expensive, the decor was so-so. It’s in the corner of a strip mall.
Wonderful evening with my wife. Great service by Daniel and the live musician made it even better. Would recommend this to anyone looking for a relaxing evening with a great wine selection
Great food and our waiter was superb!! We have dined at your restaurant on several occasions and have never been disappointed. Thank you for the experience!!
Large group 10-12 adults and about 8 kids and we sat across from them they were loud.But it was ok they were having a good time.
Great food, amazing staff and gorgeous views. I would recommend this place to anyone who will listen.
Good is exceptional and entire staff couldn’t be more attentive. It’s become a weekly stop for us Worth the trip. Home cooked
It was a great evening altogether! The ambiance and warm atmosphere, the food, the music and our server Daniel were all exceptional! A gem in Dana Point! Would go back anytime when traveling to that area!
The ambience was fine. There was a significant draft so I had to put my heavy jacket back on during dinner. The service was good other than the fact the server wasn't able to answer some questions about the menu (...and didn't ask the chef). The food was not innovative, but they commanded a price that rivaled some of the best restaurants in Dana Point/Laguna Beach on New Year's Eve. This was our first and only visit. Too many better options in the area.
Enjoyed a great meal with friends by the fire. Lovely background music; good wine. Great date spot too!
First time here and loved it. Great food, excellent service and classy musician.
The service, setting, and food were all fantastic. I highly recommend Stella's and I look forward to returning!
This restaurant was horrible, they served me cold risotto and vegetables with my veal marsala.
The veal was so caked in the sauce you could not taste the veal.
My wife dish was spaghetti and meatballs and there was not sauce so the dish was dry.
Noise level is just too loud.
We will never dine here again and I plan to write a review on Trip Advisor.
Th food here is always so good, we had Caesar salads, calamari apps, spaghetti Bologna’s and the Oslo bucolic wwas to die for! The fish sea bass special was great and I’ve had the fresh wild salmon here before too. I will definitely come back again. Service was wonderful too
Salmon Sorrento! Perfect. Excellent spinach salad
Pasta was good but not great. Service and ambiance were exceptional.
Stella's is ALWAYS notable! We enjoyed Chef Scott's risotto of-the-day as a shared appetizer. Chef uses very fresh local ingredients.
Stella's is THE BEST find in years. I tend to go to the same places over and over but I had a date and I wanted to make it convenient for him as well. I saw Stella's as an option and it has become our favorite place.... Ever. The owner, that I know now, Jackie, who is passionate about her restaurant has put together a staff of extraordinary people. The waiters, bartenders, but, most of all, the new chef, that take pride in their work..... and the Food. I highly recommend the Osso Bucco (one time we had it two nights in a row), the risotto and the Carpaccio to start. I can not recommend Stella's highly enough. You will not leave disappointed.
Burrata salad was excellent. My wife had the rack of lamb which was delicious. I had the veal saltimboca which was well prepared.
I cannot believe I had not been here before to this local neighborhood gem of a restaurant. We had so much fun. Love the food, the service and the wonderful saxophone player. Great evening.
Tucked away in the corner of a shopping center, Stella's curb appeal will fool you. It's really quite nice inside with different seating areas and a warm atmosphere that one would not expect from the outside. The menu was very nice, the food prepared attentively, the service friendly and efficiently, and the live sax player delightful. All 4 in our party declared Stella's a wonderful surprise. Would definitely go back and recommend to others!
Food was great.
Live music, engaging waiter, food was hot and delicious. Nice first time experience.
Stella's was a great surprise. Great variety of Italian food with delicious sauces. We were also surprised by the saxophone player. He really set a great mood. The staff was also very friendly. We were from out of town so we can't get there frequently but if we are back in town we would certainly get back