Stella's

4.6
645 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
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!
What 645 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service and food was outstanding!
We’ve lived in the area for 13 years and this is our first visit. We’ll definitely be back.

Report
Helpful
JS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always a pleasure . . . great setting, great service and great food!

Report
Helpful
CM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were happy with everything. The asparagus were so good I ordered another side order.

Report
Helpful
OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

Report
Helpful
B
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and the service was fantastic!

Report
Helpful
SM
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time and everyone enjoyed their food and the view!

Report
Helpful
KA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff, very friendly. Best Italian food in the area

Report
Helpful
A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Everyone working there was extremely friendly and accommodating. Views in the patio are fantastic (ocean views). Great wine selection and not a huge mark-up on wine price.

Report
Helpful
J
Cleveland
21 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with great food, service and entertainment!

Report
Helpful
GP
Orange County
37 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I can easily recommend this restaurant for the quality of its food and service. It's one of the few restaurants in the area where you can get fresh Dover or Pacific sole on the menu, cooked deliciously with tasty fingerling potatoes. Also, the pasta choices are excellent as well. There's a nice feature every night except Monday with a softly played saxophone in the corner of the main dining room and adjacent to the bar/lounge so all can enjoy. My only luke warm criticism is the main dining room can be noisy if the wrong mix of diners are in the room as was the case for us. It can be a bit chilly on a cool night because of its canvas roof. There are gas heaters however but one person's chilly is another persons comfort zone, so it can be an issue. Other than that, its truly a great restaurant hidden away in a little strip center with views of the Pacific Ocean from the main dining room.

Report
Helpful
L
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stellas’s never disappoints. The menu is lovely with ‘specials’ added every night.....entertainment if you’re lucky enough to go on a night he’s on.....service that is friendly....cozy ambiance.....always a good time with friends

Report
Helpful
LP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Entrees were too expensive for the quality received!

Report
Helpful
BW
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. This place is really a hidden treasure.

Report
Helpful
NP
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. Atmosphere casual and enjoyable.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about it and will be back!

Report
Helpful
f
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service

Report
Helpful
t
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed this restaurant. Food was authentic Italian, fresh, and tasty. Service was superb. The particular night we went, there was a saxophonist and that added so much to our visit. He interacted with our daughter asking for requests and being so friendly. Not let the location (being in a strip mall) fool you. It is a very good restaurant.

Report
Helpful
SP
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere! Loved the sax player! We will definitely be back!

Report
Helpful
SS
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our last night of vacation and we were craving Italian. We found Stella's through a friend and were not disappointed! It was great!

Report
Helpful
j
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

My only misgiving about Stella's is the food is not as good a it should be. Appetisers are fine but entrees tend to be overcooked and heavy in oils and or sauce. Ambiance, service, Gary on the saxophone are all great, but the dinners keep me from visiting this establishment more regularly.

Report
Helpful
KE
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just loved our dining experience . My mother was recommended to visit Stella's by the owner after a long and very pleasant conversation with her. We both decided to go for dinner there as it was my mother's last night in Newport as she was travelling back to London . The attention to detail by our server was superb - nothing was too much trouble for a fussy English palate . We both had a wonderful evening . My mum remarked that this was exactly what she was expecting from her conversation with Jacqueline . There is no doubt we will be coming again . 5 Stars all the way!

Report
Helpful
f
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good

Report
Helpful
OT
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service from daniel our waiter and Mike the bartender was terrific...apps and entrees very good ...pastas were overcooked. ..sax player adds a nice ambiance to the evening...

Report
Helpful
P
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This has an incredible atmosphere where music and the fireplace are the prefect date environment.

Report
Helpful
D
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We loves Stellas The food is great and we love the music.

Report
Helpful
FA
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I visited Stella’s on a cold, windy and rainy afternoon for a late lunch. The food and service were outstanding. We tried the linguine with meat sauce, and the sausage/penne pasta dishes. Both were quite tasty, and well presented! The restaurant manager Ricardo and his staff member Ramon checked in with us periodically to make sure everything was good. Both gentlemen made us feel welcomed and at ease! We will definitely be returning to Stella’s to enjoy their cuisine again!!

Report
Helpful
CW
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best service and food as always. Can’t wait to come back

Report
Helpful
C
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

This was our 3rd or 4th trip to Stellas & were disappointed by the lackluster entre (chicken parmigiana w/linguini), only “2 glasses” left of a. Belle Glos Pinot, & a sluggis/disinterested waiter. The minestrone was excellent, however only bringing the overall rating up to average. Still, I doubt that I will go again.

Report
Helpful
DG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good. We sat next to the prep station. That was a dummer. Sax player was good.

Report
Helpful
C
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Valentine Day meal. Warm &cozy with the fireplace alight. Service and food superb.

Report
Helpful
HP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

If you want a warm atmospheric dinner, grab an outdoor table. There's a fireplace crackling near by and area heaters warming the air. The lighting is softened by the wooden interior and perfect for a romantic evening or a friendly gathering. Topped with a smooth jazz soundscape by thier talented live musician.
I went once with my best friend for a casual dinner and again with my girl for Valentine's. We loved it.

Report
Helpful
p
Orange County
190 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for lunch. We were the Only ones there @ 12:30. 2 more wandered into the bar later.
The manager/ server was. Dry mice & inviting.
Had a delicious salad. Wild greens with artichoke etc. dressing was especially good. Tangy without being too acidic. Pizza with meats was good.
I love this restaurant!

Report
Helpful
R
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly staff. Food was excellent. Very relaxed and enjoyable meal with friends. will be going back soon

Report
Helpful
OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Couple of not so good meals there. The salmon on their menu is a large piece covered in an unappealing sauce - something like you would get a Denny's for 1/4 of the cost. One time I asked for the scallops with vegetables instead of pasta and got scallop soup. Their flatbread is the worst in Orange County, they use pizza dough and just spread it thin. The 'outdoor' seating is not really outdoors, it is in a area covered by an awning - it is cool in the winter months. The seating along the wall in the outdoors area is held up by cinder blocks.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stella’s is the best Italian restaurant in town!! We came in for a casual dinner & had the best night ever. The owners, Marcelo & Jackie are the sweetest. Our server was so aware but we never felt rushed or anything. Customer service was overall phenomenal. Not to mention the food was absolutely delicious! They have live music, patio & inside seating, & a full service bar. I will definitely be back! & i strongly recommend!!

Report
Helpful
LV
Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 1

Awful experience. The noise level on the patio was like being at "Chuck Cheese" with better food. I had requested an inside table as the same thing happened to me the time before. Even the staff and saxophone player were rolling their eyes.


As a couple that have enjoyed this restaurant on many occasions, it will be tough to select this restaurant in the future.

Report
Helpful
MM
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This was our first time here. We selected Stella's because it was convenient to meet our friends, being it was equal driving distance. Our server, Sean, was great. The food was tasty and HH selections good.
However, their website menu is years [confirmed by our server] out-of-date in both items and pricing. I think the owner should be advised to keep their online menu's current, as many guests, including myself, look online for information when going to a restaurant for the first time!

Report
Helpful
DV
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our monthly dinner date with besties and it was a perfect evening.

Report
Helpful
SN
Toledo
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a must try! The best eating experience ever! Great food, great staff, great atmosphere, great everything!!! You will not be disappointed!

Report
Helpful
MS
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stella’s is a wonderful Italian restaurant. Intimate feel, great service, and a sax player to round the experience out.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
17