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For 2
7:00 PM
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524 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Neighborhood Gem (7)
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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!
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am-9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am-10:00pm

Happy Hour in Lounge :
Tuesday - Saturday : 2:30pm-7:00pm
Sunday and Monday all day!

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Phone number
(949) 234-1679
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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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.
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Stella's provides full off-site catering for any event.
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Cross street
PCH & Crown Valley Parkway
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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.
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We feature a live saxophonist Tuesday through Sunday.
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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


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What 524 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Nice restaurant the food

whock (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

vipOut4dinner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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

SuzyQ (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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!!

barbarah (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food, amazing staff and gorgeous views. I would recommend this place to anyone who will listen.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Good is exceptional and entire staff couldn’t be more attentive. It’s become a weekly stop for us Worth the trip. Home cooked

vipNorm (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

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!

OpenTable Diner (London)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

Enjoyed a great meal with friends by the fire. Lovely background music; good wine. Great date spot too!

vipJP1960 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

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

vipMikeM (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

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

viprogersgw (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on November 4, 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 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

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on October 29, 2017

Salmon Sorrento! Perfect. Excellent spinach salad

vipKevin (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

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

Cohnjunkies (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on October 18, 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.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 16, 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

vipalpha42 (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on September 28, 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!

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

Food was great.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on September 17, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on September 15, 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

vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
2.0  Dined on August 22, 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.

bordercop (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on August 20, 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.

vipNaranja (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on August 13, 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.

LVSJC (Hawaii)
1.0  Dined on August 11, 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 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 ownership??? Also, they usually have AMAZING lasagna, but on a Friday night it was not being Italian restaurant???

vipDonnaS (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on July 24, 2017

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