1525 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
Phone: (617) 247-2900
Stella Restaurant & Bar
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Deli, American, Cafeterias, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Continental, Bar & Grills, Pizza
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
07/20/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I first went here with my boyfriend last year and absolutely loved it. The tagliatelle bolognese is the best we have ever had and the parmesan arancini are to die for. I went back here for my moms birthday a few weeks ago and once again, the meal was fantastic. My father went as far as saying it's the best Italian restaurant he has ever been to. The owner is so kind too and always makes us feel welcome. Also, order the Stella homemade gnocchi. I have had so many gnocchi entrees in the past from some of the best Italian resraurants and Stella's certainly tops them all.
07/07/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I had high hopes for Stella and left somewhat unimpressed. Food was good, but not great by any means. My orechiette was tasty, but soupy. My girlfriend enjoyed her meal, but was not blown away either. Decent food, but overpriced for what it was.
Service was good, but again - not great.
Wine list was impressive, and desserts were very good (Orange bread pudding).
Overall I was unimpressed - our meal was not bad by any means, but our experience was very blah. It seems that others have had better experiences, so I may give it another shot - but only after trying the MANY other options in the South End.
05/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
There isn't much wrong with this place except the occassional hostess who greets you with a ""can't you see we are really busy?"" attitude. Other than that the entire staff is phenomenal, the food is amazing and the prices are just fantastic. I eat there once if not twice a week and I'm trying to come to terms with how popluar this place is becoming....go now before you can't get a table anymore!
I recently ate at Stella and found it to be superb. The interior of the restaurant is beautiful, stylish, and warm. The food was wonderful. In particular, the cauliflower soup is to die for.
To top off the fantastic meal, our server (who must had gleaned from the gift-opening that we were celebrating a birthday) brought out a complementary dessert with a candle in it without any of us having even made a birthday request.
I couldn't have asked for a more perfect birthday dinner!
My family recently had a party and made a reservation for 18 at 7:00. We were seated immediately and instantly received water but then waited for almost 30 minutes for our drinks to arrive. The waiter was friendly but forgetful. My dirty martini wasn't dirty and when I asked for some olive juice, it arrived so long after that my vodka was room temp. The food was great, nothing to rave about but very tasty none the less. Wouldn't go there again unless I wanted to spend all night in the restaurant.
09/06/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We were excited when Stella opened as we lived just around the corner. Our first stop in was for a yummy brunch, but then mysteriously my boyfriend became extremely ill an hour or so later and ended up sick for 24 hours. We considered that maybe it was food p*isoning, but I wasn't sick, so we weren't sure. Poor guy. Fast forward to just a few months ago and my friend and I stopped in on a Monday night around 8:30. We wanted to sit outside and they told us it would be a 20 minute wait. We sat at the bar and were served by a very nice bartender, although surprisingly they had no sauvignon blanc which I think of as sort of a quintessential summer wine especially for al fresco dining. Sort of odd. The whole time we were waiting there were 4 4-top tables available on the patio. We waited, we waited, 30 minutes passed. I went back out around 9pm and asked if they would just seat us at a 4-top since it was already 9pm and I didn't think they would get a huge influx of people on a Monday night, the notoriously slowest night in the restaurant world. They said no and that it would just be a bit longer. They still made us wait another 20 minutes and then we just gave up and ended up going to Frankline Cafe which is always amazing and has truly friendly staff. I've worked in restaurants in the past and this was unbelievable. I could understand if it was a Friday night, but on slow night they refused us a table and ended up with 4 empty tables on the patio instead of our business. Not only have they lost us forever, they've earned a bad reputation in my book. I eat out all the time, people come to me for restaurant advice like it's my job, and no one is being directed to Stella.
08/02/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I generally eat out a lot. I have friends come in from out of state often and like to take them to different places around the city. I have been to Stella a few times and found the restaurant and staff rather pleasant. Tonight however was a horrible experience. I had made a reservation that was honored timely, but the problem was the restaurant was hot. I found this odd because the last time I dined there it was the same situation. I never dreamed it would be a reoccurring situation . I opted to sit outside rather than in the dining room and was told that it was first come, first serve. I suppose normally I wouldn't have a problem with that, but inside was almost unbearable. Because it was late we decided to stay in. BIG MISTAKE! As I said it was hot. And then it preceded to get worse. Everyone around was asking the same question to the guy in the suit (host, manager?) but the answer we received was unacceptable. ""The A.C. can't compete with the weather."" It was hotter inside than out. The general atmosphere was a bummer. It was uncomfortable, the drinks took to long, there was nobody around to refill the water. The food took a long time and the tall, rail thin waiter who brought our food was sweaty and miserable. Not appetizing. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. These things happen, I run a small business. The entire dinning room emptied pretty quick with a bunch of unhappy customers. We ate some food and left promptly. To me twice out of the few times I have been is a bad average. It wasn't relaxing and I felt like a bad host. I was embarrassed. I was embarrassed for the establishment. Definitely not the summer hang out spot if they can't even get there act together to deal with the seasons. The food isn't good enough, and the drinks (if they arrive) aren't worth it if you are looking for a great spot to enjoy the night out. The only good thing was the parking. I don't think I will be returning to this ""posh"" spot. Proof that all that glitters is not gold.
07/01/2007Provided by Citysearch -
So here we go, a friend and I have been going to Stella for a couple months now.. for the outdoor dinning. Service was OK, food is OK-nothing to brag about. Until one horrible Saturday night, our waiter took forever, couldn't understand our order, since he manged to foul up everything from the drinks to the pizza. Lets not even get into the pizza... bacon (not prosciutto) was under cooked and just pale white and slimy, the appetizers were cold and as for the pasta... do these people even know what bolognese sauce is!?!?
To my ""nasty"" accusation, get ready for this one.. Our not so present waiter was flirting with the table of woman next to us, no big deal right, Until these woman started to leave and had a dog with them.. ya it was cute... cute enough for the WAITER TO BE PETTING THE DOG! yes in a food establishment, our not so attentive waiter was petting a ""a little sick"" as the owner said dog.. needless to say we left. As much as we luv our dogs... that crossed the line. Only thing going for this place is the drinks, but since that night I never will step into that place again.
For those that gave it good reviews.... you need to get out more often. Ive realized allot of people really haven't the faintest clue about good food and service, and get suckered in by the new smoke and mirrors restaurants. Sorry to be so rough, but don't bother with this one folks.
06/10/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My friend and I went here for a special brunch. When we sat down, two people asked us what we'd like to drink and a manager came by to ask if everything was going well - all within about 5 minutes. But then we waited. And waited. And waited. Forty-five minutes, 3 complaints, and two drink order confirmations later, we were finally served our apparently complicated beverages: 1 black tea, 1 coffee, and 1 bellini. My friend stole some half and half from another table for me, thank goodness, becuase I am sure I wouldn't have ever received that. That food was good, but considering that this place was lited a a ""best brunch place,"" I expected them to be able to serve drinks. Staff were completely unapologetic - the manager said she would take the drinks off the bill, but never did. Grumblings from other tables indicated that others were being treated the same way. Advice for Stella: hire for talent, not looks.
04/04/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I can not say enough good things about Stella. The food is excellent the staff is wonderful and I love the modern simple decore. Stella is hands down my favourtie resturant in the city and everytime i go i'm treated special whether it's 7pm or 12 am the staff is always accomdating and the food is always wonderful...
03/21/2007Provided by Citysearch -
After reading the typical Boston Globe review in which average food but pretty people results in an outstanding recommendation, I was reluctant to try Stella. Finally, one Sunday, we went for brunch, as it generally has seating. I was very pleasantly surprised. The menu offered a diverse array of options, with a nice enough twist to differentiate it from Union, Metropolis, et al. My personal favorite has become the pasta carbonara which is bound to send me right back to sleep because it is so rich and complex. I think that being able to break the poached egg and mix it into the pasta makes this so wonderful and unique. I also liked their take on eggs benedict, which had a spicy kick, but they weren't served totally hot, which was disappointing. The drink selection is great, and I've had a fabulous bellini and a less than stellar mixed berry drink that just seemed too dull. It needed some sort of kick (probably more alcohol too). The service has ranged from competent to wonderful, and I appreciate that they have not rushed us, even as my party spent far more time than it should have on more than one occasion. I definitely recommend this place, as they seem to really have their act together and offer a solidly enjoyable meal. It may not be the most innovative meal you'll ever have, but it's different enough that it stands out in the South End. Try to grab a table in the front room on sunny Sunday mornings -it's really cheerful in there. Oh, and I really hope they change their menu more often. I want to see more of their ideas!
01/15/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I had read so many great reviews, but my experience at stella made me feel reluctant to go back until 2011. The manager, hostess and my server were excellent. All were friendly and polite with great recommendations. The food wasn't spectacular though. My tuna dish had a bit too much pepper, so I'm glad I refused my server's offer for fresh ground pepper. My date's gnocchi, while flavorful and delicious, wasn't enough to fill his stomach. He felt like the cheese plate at the end of meal should have been his entree.
There were several large groups, which made the restaurant incredibly noisy. I had to shout across the table and constantly ask ""can you repeat that?"" I also felt VERY young, but it was actually nice to know I'll have a place to go if I'm single in my 30s.
11/04/2006Provided by Citysearch -
A girlfriend and I went in for a drink and a bite to eat before we headed out on the town, we sat at the bar and experienced great service the bartenders were attentive and extremely friendly! We both had a martini then we split two thin crust pizzas that were to die for.
09/28/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I enjoyed the food as always tried the Bolognese loved every bit of it! I love Stella and usually the bartender that serves me is OUTSTANDING. I guess he was on vacation this past Friday and it was unfortunate because the two bartenders that were on this past on were completely weak! They took so long in acknowledging our presence, they barely smiled. We requested menus and it took another 10 minutes to get them and it wasn't even busy. I tried to make the best of it and I smiled, tried some light chatting but one of them would not even bare a smile, the other was completely in another world. WHAT IS GOING ON! The barback had to finally get the menus. He was pleasant and smiled a lot. But the bartenders honestly were horrible. We missed our regular bartender Michael. This guy has more charisma then both of these bartenders combined!