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Stella

Italian Restaurant$$$$
South End, Boston
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  • Nicholas H.
    Nicholas H.April 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Stella is willing to accommodate a large brunch group and your coffee won't run dry—they serve an affordable brunch and a pricier, but generously portioned dinner. Outdoor seating, blankets available.
  • BU Today
    BU TodayMarch 29, 2012
    Modern twists on classic Italian fare. With its outdoor seating, Stella is a great place for summer dining. Stop by Mon-Fri from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for discounted appetizers. Read more
  • Annie M.
    Annie MullsFebruary 23, 2013
    MUSSELS!!!! Saffron cream sauce so delicious, that I literally used my spoon to consume the dish as though it was soup :) swordfish is pretty damn good too.
  • elli t.
    elli thomasNovember 15, 2015
    Great place for the Italian food in Boston. The food is yummy and staff is very friendly. This place is also good for Sunday parties.Really love this place. Read more
  • Patricio M.
    Patricio MujicaApril 23, 2013
    Great place. Had the three course meal for $40. Generous portions, delicious food. The best I've had in Boston! And their tiramisu is fantastic!
  • Boston.com
    Boston.comAugust 4, 2014
    Stella offers up all-white decor and a stylish scene. Come for the simple Italian fare (grilled pizza, pasta) and stay for the cocktails. Read more
  • AskMen
    AskMenApril 23, 2010
    Check out Stella's Monday Night Supper Club, the terrific guest-chef series at this South End hot spot. Acclaimed Chef/owner Ana Sortun provides Monday's cameo, preparing one special Italian meal. Read more
  • Gifted B.
    Gifted BostonSeptember 6, 2011
    The gnocci here was better than... It melted in my mouth and melted me. Make sure you have reservations and wear something fun. Fantastic date spot.
  • Peter C.
    Haven't had a bad meal here. Staff is very accommodating and friendly. Roasted chicken is a fave of mine. A little salty but still tasty
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CerdaJuly 6, 2014
    Try the Stella breakfast sandwich, with scrambled egg. It's delicious! And you can sub out the side greens to fruit or fries.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 24, 2010
    Stella is one of Boston's hottest hotspots, but her prices won't make you sweat - it's an oasis of affordability in a pricey neighborhood. Sip an oversized drink and dine on Italian comfort food.
  • Matthew G.
    Matthew GaskillJanuary 30, 2013
    The back room is great to hold a private event. I hosted a home-buying class here and the staff was amazing.
  • Kapado F.
    Kapado FernandMay 30, 2016
    Get whatever that Mussels appetizer we got. It was just so delicious
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CopetasJuly 14, 2010
    This place is off-the charts awesome. I had the halibut and it completely kicked my ass and will kick yours. Trust me. One of the best restaurants in the city.
  • Michael F.
    Michael FollansbeeApril 12, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Best bet, sit at the bar. Bartenders are super friendly and attentive. Ask for April or Steven.
  • Brittany H.
    Brittany HarrisonFebruary 4, 2016
    The linguini was to die for! If you like that wonderful truffle flavor you must try this!
  • Julian M.
    Julian MorrisAugust 10, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    New $5 appetizer menu in the bar and on patio 4-6pm weekdays is the bomb. I suggest the steak tartare and mussels.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousJanuary 27, 2015
    The drinks are oversized. The menu is straightforward. And the clientele is multigenerational, multicultural, and cool. Read more
  • Jenny C.
    Jenny ChengJuly 15, 2012
    Try the Watermelon Salad And Prosciutto - Perfect summer night salad. Perfect balance of sweet & salty
  • Rachelle G.
    Rachelle GrecoApril 9, 2015
    Really good food. Great gluten free menu with tons of options. Mussels & gnocchi were delicious.
  • José A.
    José AyalaOctober 19, 2014
    Very busy on a Sat night. More than busy, overbooked. First dining room is quite noisy, the inner one is much quieter. Waiters took too long to service and take note, but food was excellent.
  • Christina S.
    Christina SunSeptember 8, 2012
    Goat cheese, marinated beets salad and the mussels are MY FAVE! Also good: beef carpaccio.
  • Bryan G.
    Bryan GohApril 28, 2015
    Swordfish was cooked to perfection and melted in your mouth. Artichoke app was very tasty too.
  • Dina A.
    Dina A.January 31, 2016
    Great wine list. Food is solid but not out of this world. Great for groups, great vibes
  • Eugene S.
    Eugene SAugust 20, 2014
    Super chilled vibe. Good drinks selection. Good place for pre dinner drinks.
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HayduApril 3, 2011
    The bolognese is amazing! They have half orders of the pasta dishes even though it's not on the menu
  • CityRover M.
    CityRover MediaJanuary 5, 2011
    From 10am to 3pm, enjoy an array of mouth-watering morning meals, including a Rising Star Breakfast – 3 eggs any style, with your choice of smoked bacon or prosciutto cotto. Read more
  • Kristen K.
    Kristen KApril 11, 2010
    Whatever you do, get the carpaccio. Amazing. And get here early because you have to put names in for actual bar seating. Worth the wait.
  • David G.
    David GoldmanApril 4, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask for Jonathan as your waiter ,he is amazing by far the best !
  • Barry G.
    Barry GraubartMay 23, 2011
    great food, terrific presentation and solid wine list (at reasonable markups). Read more
  • Caroline
    CarolineJuly 29, 2012
    the best drinks! make sure to try the pink guava and cucumber martini
  • Jessica
    JessicaNovember 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great staff, awesome martinis, and the food is always great!
  • Jesse H.
    Jesse HJuly 26, 2013
    One of my favorite places in Boston! Bolognese is amazing!
  • Rick Y.
    Rick YoungJune 5, 2016
    Short rib pasta dish and bolognese are amazing.
  • Joe M.
    Joe McAteerJune 30, 2011
    $5 apps from 4-6 Monday through Friday. Awesome choices & great portions
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 13, 2011
    The crispy fried artichokes, arancini and poached egg-topped linguine are must-haves. Read more
  • Laura R.
    Laura RuffAugust 30, 2012
    The mussel appetizer is amazing! Not too spicy..
  • Jeffrey K.
    Jeffrey KellerFebruary 28, 2013
    Try the arancini, arugula salad and bolognese...
  • E S.
    E SimonMay 2, 2013
    The bolognese is a MUST-HAVE!!! Great place to just chill with friends.
  • Wesley T.
    Wesley ThompsonSeptember 9, 2013
    The veggie panini from the cafe is delicious!
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MitchellJanuary 17, 2012
    Check out the Stella 75 - a delightfully st. Germainey twist on the French 75!
  • 👸Cindyrella
    👸CindyrellaNovember 6, 2011
    Good food. Fast service. Weird people. We will be back.
  • Nicholas Adam O.
    Nicholas Adam OwensSeptember 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Go in on the weekends and ask for Rob. Fantastic mixologist and great guy.
  • Sofia U.
    Sofia UzNovember 17, 2014
    Fancy fancy! Food is great! Have a drink or two
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HartJanuary 18, 2015
    Can't say enough. So I won't try. Must go.
  • Tim C.
    Tim ClarkeJanuary 4, 2015
    Get the swordfish & sub the potatoes for spaghetti squash!
  • ZAGAT
    ZAGATJanuary 10, 2010
    Get full entrees (not just bar food) from the late-night menu served daily from 11 PM–1:30 AM.
  • Taylor K.
    Taylor KearnsSeptember 6, 2012
    Tuna + salmon crudo is excellent.
  • Elizabeth W.
    Elizabeth WallaceMarch 15, 2011
    Tagliatelle with asparagus and egg are the best!
  • Clark V.
    Clark Van Der BekenAugust 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They need to find a way to fix the noise level. It was very loud. Otherwise, the food was great. Read more
  • Brian P.
    Brian PetersonJanuary 30, 2013
    The braised short rib pizza is awesome.
  • Joe C.
    Joe ChernovJune 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get arancini to start. Linguini / egg second. And Alex as your server.
  • Shilpa P.
    Shilpa PandyaJanuary 20, 2013
    Dragon Ginger. Yum.
  • Imelda A.
    Imelda AMay 27, 2012
    Try the spaghetti & meatballs, sooo good!
  • Aaz
    AazAugust 3, 2015
    Flatbread pizza was very nice and light!
  • Gary B.
    Gary BriggsNovember 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything rocks at Stella. The food is awesome. The staff is amazing. After 5 years, still boston's rock star restaurant !!
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikNovember 19, 2014
    On a warm summer night, grab a drink and sit on the patio.
  • Cate W.
    Cate WJanuary 31, 2012
    If they have it, order the Tuscan stew!
  • Justin O.
    Justin OverdorffOctober 13, 2011
    Get the swordfish or the spaghetti w/ meatballs
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BleimesNovember 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Mussels. Get the mussels.
  • Javier L.
    Javier LlamasJanuary 26, 2014
    good italian dishes. plentiful.
  • Pat A.
    Pat AddamsSeptember 18, 2014
    You can bring your own food into this place
  • Greg N.
    Greg NewmanSeptember 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Go for brunch!! and order a Martini! :)
  • Dan B.
    Dan BudApril 29, 2013
    The Roasted Chicken won't disappoint!
  • Rhett A.
    Rhett AsherDecember 7, 2014
    Wonderful food and great staff.
  • David S.
    David StopforthNovember 26, 2009
    The best Eggs Benedict in aaaaall of Boston lives here, just waiting for you to eat it.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BiggerJune 15, 2014
    The Gnocchi is amazing
  • Joe T.
    Joe TaglienteAugust 19, 2011
    Get the fried artichoke hearts appetizer.
  • Matt I.
    Matt IJune 29, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Watermelon martini and white chocolate martini.. Two of my straight roommate's favorites!
  • Dr. Matt A.
    Dr. Matt AntonucciSeptember 14, 2014
    Its all amazing!!
  • Paul T.
    Paul TuminaroAugust 9, 2016
    Everything is wonderful
  • Thas S.
    Thas SethApril 1, 2012
    Bolognese and slidders are fab.
  • Callie G.
    Callie GormanJuly 30, 2011
    The osso bucco was divine!
  • michael c.
    michael clintonApril 10, 2010
    Love the pork milanese! Great food and atmosphere!
  • Pooja M.
    Pooja ModiNovember 3, 2012
    Awesome spicy mussels
  • Melissa N.
    Melissa NormanJanuary 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to watch a playoff game!
  • Kunjal M.
    Kunjal ModiNovember 3, 2012
    Gnocci is great
  • Rob A.
    Rob AtkinsonNovember 30, 2015
    Food is good but not worth a special trip. Service was lacking, friendly but inattentive
  • Matt I.
    Matt IApril 10, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Arancini and breakfast pizza to die for!
  • @BostonAttitude
    @BostonAttitudeJanuary 28, 2013
    Pasta is unbelievable, #NuffSaid
  • Wendy L.
    Wendy LinApril 30, 2016
    Nice ambience, really mediocre food
  • Steve W.
    Steve WojnarMay 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The salmon sounds delicious. It tastes even better!
  • Javier L.
    Javier LlamasSeptember 17, 2013
    abundant italian food
  • melanie w.
    melanie walitsFebruary 25, 2010
    quattro funghi pizza, so good. ive even made it at home!
  • Marc C.
    Marc CunhaJune 1, 2010
    Great food, opened till late
  • SEONoobie.com
    SEONoobie.comMarch 15, 2010
    Try Stella for good drinks and amazing food!
  • Rob M.
    Rob MannkeApril 10, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Have to have the mussels & artichokes apps. Yumm
  • Chris B.
    Chris BeachApril 21, 2013
    Right on the silver line
  • Gregory L.
    Gregory LomannoMay 22, 2010
    Beef carpaccio is a must
  • Corina R.
    Corina RothMarch 1, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The mussels are to die for.
  • Sreejith R.
    Sreejith Raman2 weeks ago
    late night
  • Jason D.
    Jason DeGeorgeOctober 26, 2009
    Sit at the bar and have the Bolognese
  • Hov
    HovApril 26, 2010
    Arancini is a must!
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZeldmanMarch 27, 2014
    Location of #aeabos 2014 speaker dinner.
  • Dave L.
    Dave LNovember 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    April April April....Monday nights!
  • Irina S.
    Irina S.February 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Check if Corina is in the house -- she's the best!
  • Colin S.
    Colin SmithApril 19, 2010
    Sunday morning circuit parties! Amazing!
  • Kim L.
    Kim LeMarch 24, 2013
    The Chef is an asshole
  • Rob M.
    Rob MannkeApril 10, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Have drinks and dinner on the patio
  • Jaime D.
    Jaime Del ValleMarch 28, 2010
    Amazing breakfast sandwich
  • Christopher D.
    Christopher DaaboulSeptember 10, 2010
    Best arancini in Boston!
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