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Stella's

4.5
539 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Live Music
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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Cuisines
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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Catering
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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Entertainment
We feature a live saxophonist Tuesday through Sunday.
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Special events & promotions
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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

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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

What 539 People Are Saying
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4.7
service
4.5
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4.2
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Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Excellent service
Owner introduced herself and waiter kept a close eye on our needs

One recommendation
Increase wine list by the glass. Very small list if ordering by the glass
Or offer half bottles

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Food was fresh and authentic. Server was knowledgeable with the menu and specials.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

wonderful Itaian classics, great pizza with wood burning oven. Very acomadating to special requests. Nice music by saxaphonist Jery King.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Way too noisy!!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Quite lovely. Drinks great, salad crunchy. Everything well cooked. Just a little loud.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Love Stellas
One of my favorite Italian restaurants
Food is great...meatballs and eggplant were wonderful
Service great
Gary the sax player always entertaining
I always highly recommend to friends

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Great experience trying out seafood especially walleye it's the best!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I really enjoyed the place! Well worth a visit and a nice meal.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Nice restaurant the food

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4.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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!!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2017

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

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1.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2017

Salmon Sorrento! Perfect. Excellent spinach salad

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3.0Dined on October 20, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Food was great.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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

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