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Cafe Stella

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(48 Reviews)

3932 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

(323) 666-0265

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Today: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
21
YEARS
IN BUSINESS
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Hours

Regular Hours

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Phone: (323) 666-0258

Fax: (323) 666-0258

Payment method
all major credit cards, discover
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
East LA, Silver Lake
AKA

Cafe Stella Cafe Stella

Categories
Coffee & Espresso Restaurants, French Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Take Out Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, Valet

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: French, Coffee House, Take Out, Cafeterias, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, Continental

Alcohol: Beer, Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

Good For Groups: Yes

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Stella is a great balance of a nice, elegant meal without feeling overly stuffy. Most tables are on the patio (request when booking) giving a nice feeling of space. The food is solid French fare with all the brasserie classics you'd expect (escargot, foie gras, coq au vin, steak frites, etc.)and a solid wine list. Also be sure to grab a plate of profiteroles before you leave. Yummm.

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Love the atmosphere both inside and on the courtyard patio. Maybe it's the French cuisine, but the place just sort of transports you. The food is rich, but delicious. (Reservations recommended). I usually get the filet, but have been talked into sampling the escargot before. (Nope, still don't get it). They have a cool, more modern bar toward the street which is also a fun place to convene with friends.

Kaoru W.

09/28/2011

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I like the food here. Quite au...

I like the food here. Quite authentic french cuisine - steak, pommes frittes, escargots, onion soup, etc. The European atmosphere is also nice. BUT, the service is really bad. It's almost to the point of cliche about French snobs. The only way to get around with it is to go there when it opens, so that it's less hectic and more tolerable.

TastyLA

03/18/2010

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Sunset Junction's taste of France

Cafe Stella should be the best little bistro in Silver Lake--the setting is just right under the covered patio or at the bar or in the small, two storefront dining room. The look is boho chic--in an appealing way. The food and service--not what it was. Ingredients should be fresher (my sole tasted frozen) and presentation is haphazard at best. There's lots of butter (perhaps too much) and the frites can be perfect or you might end up with a side of leftover bits. Servers can be stressed (for no good reason)--appetizers and mains came out at the same time at my recent visit--not what one expects at these prices. Chimay on tap is a plus.

mohassan99

12/23/2009

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Nice, but not a coffeehouse and not in East LA

It is not a coffeehouse, it is a bistro with a small bar and it is not in East LA, it may be on the ""East side"" but it is in LA, Silver Lake. East LA is east of downtown so I think that may be a bit misleading.

LaMaria

12/01/2009

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Formidable!

Skinny frites, a cavernous wine selection, excellent outside seating and cozy bar, Cafe Stella has it all, avec sucre on top!

detmarlow

01/03/2009

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Try it, you will love!

I have probably been to Stella about 15 times. The food is always good, but you can never go wrong with the beet salad and the moules frites. Dip the delicious bread in the white wine sauce....yum!!

Stella is a lovely dining experience, the ambiance is great and the service is consistently pleasant. Only once did I experience a less than accommodating hostess but the odds are in their favor.

Stella is my neighborhood fav!

citypal

12/30/2008

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up up & away go the prices

I've loved this restaurant for many many years and am so sorry to report that things are changing for the worse. The owner was there when I recently ate at the bar and he was loud and invasive to everyone. He strutted around like a rooster and commented on everything we all were doing. The wine list has gone through the roof and there is no bottle under $45. The menu is not as innovative and the prices have gone up on all the food as well. This place used to be the ""go to"" neighborhood spot for a quick Moule Fritte or the ""special night out"" for the high end elegant experience in the dining room. Now it's lost it's elegant vibe and has priced itself out of the ""neighborhood hang."" BoooHooo

wehoconcierge

10/26/2008

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Frustrating.

This place was perfect before they covered the beautiful outdoor dining area with a horrible roof. I can't dine here anymore. I thought it would be temporary but it seems here to stay. I can no longer send my guests or dine there myself because the asthetic is ruined. There I've said it. Take down the roof, s'il vous plait.

rawrimeanmeow

09/24/2008

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Don't listen to the last review! this restaurant is the best!

First of all, if you read the last review....That birthday party was my party and it was off the hook. I don't know who wrote the review but out of 20 people there, 19 of them LOVED it. The chef is one of the best, most inventive chefs in LA and if the waitress was a little overwhelmed, it is totally because we were a hectic party of 20 that the restaurant kindly took at last minute. The wine was delicious and the food was perfect, as usual. I work at a restaurant and it is always challenging when there is a big party and it's not fair for anyone who is part of the party to judge so harshly. I highly recommend cafe stella and mad props for the staff for helping me have such a great birthday!

chic3p2

08/20/2008

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Viva Le France!!! thank you!!

My friend and I went to eat here the other night and had a great meal and a great time....starting with the food, which was really exceptional...I had the steak frites and it was very tender and robust with flavor. My friend had the salmon which was as tender as a stick of warm butter. We started with a really simplistic heirloom tomato salad that was mixed with the most delicious mozzarella I have ever tasted. Our waiter Jack was really helpful in picking our wine, and here is a shocker for LA restaurants....he was funny and devoid of bitterness!! Didn't hurt that he was easy on the eyes either. The decor is really warm and welcoming....we sat outside which reminded me of being at a cafe back home in New York. It has a really great neighborhood energy that I have found to be a rarity in this city, and all these things considered, I will definitely be coming back soon.

luvfood7

08/06/2008

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great overall dining experience

I love this place. really transports you-great ambiance AND food- quite a feat these days.
steak was delicious. went back and tried the cod..also very good.
food is consistent. I usually go to ethnic hole in the walls so I will not have yet another expensive, disappointing experience, but Cafe Stella impressed me.

glorianaf

03/23/2008

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Paris in LA

Cafe Stella is a breath of fresh air. Yes, there may be better food or service elsewhere but Stella has something most restaurants in LA do not: ATMOSPHERE. I am so over the ultraslick Westside eateries that bear no resemblance to a true French bistro. If you want Hollywood gloss go there, if you want an authentic experience come here. The kitchen is more than competent and the service is cordial. I have been here on several occasions and the steak au poivre (medium rare, always) never disappoints. Charming place with character...a real gem on the East side.

wg78

02/15/2008

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doubt I will return

I give them a 2 star rating because I found the food very bland. For the price you spend, I honestly do not think the food should be so lacking in flavor and I need to mention NOT hot at all?just warm.
Unlike other reviews, the service was great and the staff was very nice.
I just do not think that I will return because I found the price very high for ultra average food. Nothing was terrible, just nothing to rave about either.
It is terrible because it would be great to have a nice place so close, but I will drive to better.

chrilu

08/31/2007

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Nice scene

To the guy who said Taix is better... you gotta to be kidding dude. As to Edendale, it's not better than Stella just on a par. I really wonder what people expect. Stella is a fun scene. It's pretty, it's fun, it's busy. There are lots of beautiful people. Many smoke, so don't go if you find that offensive. You know... a 30 something year old SCENE catering to the affluent influx in Silverlake. But the nice thing about Stella, is that for a scene, the food is perfectly good and honest, not great no, I don't think the claim here is fine dining, and it has a really fun wine list, not your usual crappy stuff. A part from that it's priced like a SCENE, on the high side. The waiters are irregular, some good some bad, like you'd find in any SCENE, and that can indeed be annoying, but bad service is not a reason to trash the food even if it's a perfectly valid reason to be angry. So if you want anything more, don't go, otherwise it perfectly lives up to what it set out to be and actually does it better than most. Recommended for good food, pretty patio with nice lighting, tasteful French antiquish things on the walls, ability to smoke if that's your thing, fun wine list, people watching.

justvisitingla

08/07/2007

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Great Staff and Dessert

Service and style were great but the menu was disappointing. Friends from LA had heard a lot of great things about this place but once we got there it was okay. Maybe it was too much hype but I think the menu could use a little work.

I would go there again for the staff; but maybe just drinks and dessert.

rufustf

06/04/2007

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Skip it unless you're rich and can't taste anything.

I can't say the food was bad (mine was an evening special, the cornish game hen), but wasn't nearly was I'd expect for the pricetag. It tasted like the basic roast chicken I make at home when I'm too tired to make it special in any way. Which is good, but all things considered entirely under-whelming. Our waiter knew nothing of the food or wine, and it took forever. If you're going to spend $100+ on dinner for two, do yourself a favor and head to either Blair's or to Cliffs Edge, for much better everything all around. The food is about the same quality as I usually get at Taix for about half the $$, better service, and generally a much friendlier atmosphere. Then again, if you'd rather oogle movie stars and trust-fund twentysomethings than get great food (at great food prices) then go right ahead. Oh yeah, the owner is an A$$HOLE, especially when drunk!

maybell

05/12/2007

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Great ambience

Went there and waited for a table that we had reserved for over an hour. The hostess was lovely and apologetic which made it okay since we got to sit in the cozy bar area while we waited. Interesting crowd, great neighborhood spot. I would suggest that the staff know a bit more about the wine list. I had trouble figuring out what to select and at those prices I didn't want to make a mistake!
I wasn't very impressed with the menu selection or the food once it finally arrived.
It was decent but not great
I would go back for the ambience though

zzmachine213

05/11/2007

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take your date here!

Girls love this restaurant! As much as I don't want to give out all my tricks, I will say that this is a great place to take a date. The great thing is that you won't sacrifice atmosphere for food! The food here is awesome and the vibe is super chill and very french. The wine is good the waiters good but some times you feel that they are stealing your game. Worth it for the food and atmosphere......points.........i'm serious .............

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