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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:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am-9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am-10:00pm


Happy Hour in Lounge : Tuesday - Friday: 2:30pm-7:00pm, Saturday 4:30pm-7:00pm . and Sunday and Monday all day!


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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Valentine's Day is just around the corner... Come celebrate at Stella's!! We have a special Valentine's Day menu that we know you will love. Book your reservation today!!

Stella's Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Authentic (8)
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Cozy (7)
Romantic (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Live Music (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Business Meals (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Casual (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Waterfront (1)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

Tags: Seasonal, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Great Beer, Gluten Free Options, Waterfront, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Live Music
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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 6, 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!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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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food3
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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food5
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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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food5
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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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food5
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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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food4
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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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