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About Stella's

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!

17 Monarch Bay Plaza
Dana Point, CA 92629
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily beginning Saturday June 17th 2017: 11:30am - 2:30pm


Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm

Mondays - Open Until 12am


Happy Hour in Lounge - Tuesday - Friday: 2:30pm-7:00pm, and
Saturday & Saturday 4:30-7 . Sunday and Monday 4:30 pm until close


Cross Street:
PCH & Crown Valley Parkway

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 234-1679

Website:
http://www.stellasitalian.com/

Entertainment:
We feature a live saxophonist Tuesday through Sunday.

Catering:
Stella's provides full off-site catering for any event.

Parking Details:
We are in the shopping center and there is parking in front, on the South Side, and in the back of the restaurant.

Private Party Facilities:
Our patio is available for private parties for lunch and dinner. A minimum number is required for a completely private affair depending on the day and time. The patio offers an ideal setting for Saturday and Sunday afternoon affairs as the restaurant is closed and the ocean views are spectacular. Please call for more information.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Sign up for our email club on our website to receive information about wine and cheese tastings, special entertainment and events.

Stella's Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (11)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Good for a Date (7)
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Authentic (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Romantic (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Casual (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Live Music (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Cozy (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Fun (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Scenic View (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

First time here and loved it. Great food, excellent service and classy musician.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The service, setting, and food were all fantastic. I highly recommend Stella's and I look forward to returning!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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

Tags: Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Cozy, Authentic, Live Music, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Salmon Sorrento! Perfect. Excellent spinach salad

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Pasta was good but not great. Service and ambiance were exceptional.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Stella's is ALWAYS notable! We enjoyed Chef Scott's risotto of-the-day as a shared appetizer. Chef uses very fresh local ingredients.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

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.
Jane P.
Aliso Viejo

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Burrata salad was excellent. My wife had the rack of lamb which was delicious. I had the veal saltimboca which was well prepared.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on September 29, 2017

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!

Tags: Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Cozy
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was great.

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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Live music, engaging waiter, food was hot and delicious. Nice first time experience.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion, Authentic
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 23, 2017

It is a BIG shame what happened to this restaurant since the change of ownership. BTW this was a frequented stop for my wife and I and we gave the new transition team (4) visits to assure ourselves that we were not judging on a freak bad night. The fare is school cafeteria bad. Please bring back the original recipes or find a capocuoco who knows how to cook Italian.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Food and service was excellent. I thought a bit pricey, but I guess that's to be expected in Dana Point/Laguna Beach area.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 14, 2017

We enjoyed our evening. I wouldn't say the food is wonderful, but it's okay. The service was good and the people were friendly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Went here so excited to have my FAVORITE dish. The Dragoncella. It tasted literally like basic cream sauce. No flavor. I had waited all week for this usually amazing dish...so disappointed. We never received bread, only smelled it burning on 3 occasions. Our waiter started out good, but then became pretty scarce. Our scallop appetizer was a bit fishy and lean...really a disappointment. We had another couple with us too and I was so sad to disappoint everyone after I have raved about this place.....new ownership??? Also, they usually have AMAZING lasagna, but on a Friday night it was not being offered...an Italian restaurant???

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on July 24, 2017

We went for lunch and enjoyed a fabulous salmon Caesar-delicious!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on July 24, 2017

First time at Stella's and thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Reasonably priced Italian home cooking. Service was great and sax player is a nice added touch.

Tags: Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

our waiter was very attentive. Had a cream-less bisque made from garbanzo beans top woith shrimp which was excellent. aour entres were equally good.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Food is always excellent. A neighborhood Italian place we have a soft spot for.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Music is great! Once they have the outside landscaping done it will be a better view, deco needs updating, too dark.

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Food was good!
Service and Sax player make the meal special

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Great food, service and ambiance. Perfect dinner spot.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 27, 2017

After eating a lot of resort food, Stella's was a welcomed change. Everyone there was so nice and made you feel very comfortable from the moment we arrived until the time we left. The Saxophone guy was not only good he was very entertaining to talk to All the entree's were great! If you like original Italian food and good service this is the place to eat. Do not let the shopping plaza location deter you. It is definitely worth a visit.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Live Music
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Food was very delicious and tasty, staff was also amazing! Good place for any occasion

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Under new ownership & still need to work out bugs. The 4 of us were seated on the patio after requesting a quiet area so we could chat. Soon after a table of 20 sat down adjacent to us. Some kind of family reunion & hadn't seen each other in a while. Noise level became intolerable so we asked to move. We were accommodated, however after placing our order waited 1 hour for food. Apparently the large party was severely impacting the kitchen

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 (Miami)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Terrific staff. Wonderful entertainment. Delicous dinner !

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great atmosphere very warm and lively greetings. Excellent food and service. The live music saxophonists was wonderful and romantic. Would make this our usual place to go for a lovely time out. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Thrilled we were able to experience the wonderful food and hospitality of new owners of this fine restaurant.
Rossandro was exceptional as our server accompanied by professional assistants.

The wild salmon was prepared perfectly. It was artfully plated but more importantly it was divine. Tender and flavorful but still slightly firm. Perfecto.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Hadn't been to Stella's for a couple of years. Had a very good experience, food and service wise. Met the new owner who was very charming and attentive. It's great seating on the patio because you can see the ocean which is nice. The entertainment, saxophone player, can be somewhat overwhelming when you are having a business meal. He's good, but sometimes the volume was too much... Will definitely go back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Wonderful, personalized attention to help us select exactly what we were looking for. Our children were especially spoiled by the waiter's surprise treats he brought them.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Friendly and attentive staff, fabulous saxophonist, great service!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Went to celebrate my girlfriends birthday and I couldn't have had a better restaurant to celebrate. Table was in corner looking out at ocean. Cocktails were perfect and our waiter let us enjoy the drinks without pushing us to order. Food was outstanding. Great waiter. Brought over a birthday dessert and sang to her. The new owner also came over. Just a great experience. Will come back often.

Tags: Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 2, 2017

We have been very pleased in the past--with both the food and service--but two of the three of us dining were disappointed with their entrees this time. They said the tomato sauce tasted like it came from a can and the pasta wasn't that good. We learned there is a new chef (along with new owners) started in the past month) and we hope that future meals will be better.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Nice atmosphere, live music, warm vibe, extremely busy at the Dinner time, must have reservation between 6-8 pm. Welcoming personal!
Food: ask for the specials of the day.
Portions: warry in size.
Definitely will be back !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Live Music, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on May 31, 2017

We had a nice meal but it is very expensive for what you get.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 16, 2017

When we walked in, there were very few patrons, which for me is not a good sign. But it was a Tuesday, so not a big dining out night either. The food was very authentic Italian and the sauces were excellent. I always rate an Italian restaurant by whether I want extra bread to sop up the rest of the sauce. So, Stella's passed this test. The only downside is that their wine list was not very extensive and we ordered 2 different wines from the list and they were out of stock on both. However, the manager came to our table and recommended some alternatives and then after looking at her selection, ultimately recommended a final bottle and charged us the lower price of the wine we had ordered. So, overall I would recommend Stella's based on service, location and food. I don't think you will be disappointed if you go there.

Tags: Waterfront, Casual, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Meal was terrific and our waiter Rodilio was terrific also

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