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Stella's Cucina, Boulder, CO

Stella's Cucina

4.6
4.6
457 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Stella's Cucina was founded in 2023 by owner Stella Spanu. A four-year project, Stella is excited to bring something fresh and new to the Boulder food scene.

Incorporating authentic Italian cuisine from Chef Filippo Piccini, an eclectic music program and a unique atmosphere and ambiance, Stella's is designed to be a feast for the senses. Conceptualized and built by architect Miguel Quismondo, Stella's is art deco inspired with modern furnishings and decor creating a one-of-a-kind space that teleports you away from Boulder.

We're excited to have you join us and experience Stella's Cucina!

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2 people

19:00


Booked 32 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Thu, Sun 16:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 16:00–00:00 Sat, Sun 10:00–13:45
  • Phone number
    (303) 943-1000
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Area
    Boulder
  • Cross Street
    11th and Walnut
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Entertainment, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wheelchair Access

Experiences

  • Après Lodge Drag Brunch

    US$75.00 per person

    16 Mar 2024 only
    Join us high in the Italian Alps for Après Lodge, a bougie Après Ski drag brunch brought to you by Champagne Tiger. Complete with drag ski bunnies, champagne, fondue, caviar, & plenty of laughs - we invite you to grab your pals & gals & head up the mountain before the season is over for this completely downhill drag experience. CO's favorite divorcees' the Paula's are your salty lead ski instructors joined by highly coordinated & totally uncertified high Alpine Queens: Felony Misdemeanor, Minor Misdemeanor, Mia Staxxx & Pony & Guest DJ Little Giant! Shows: 10:15 & 1:15 Price includes show, fondue & fixins, & glass of bubbles. Add-ons available including caviar, truffles, full beverage menu, & mimosa kits. Tax & tip not included.
    Après Lodge Drag Brunch photo
  • Easter Brunch

    US$45.00 per person

    31 Mar 2024 only
    STELLA'S invites you to join us for Easter Brunch featuring a Chef Filippo-curated fixed menu, specially selected wines & cocktails, and the ambiance of Stella's Cucina!
  • Easter Dinner

    US$115.00 per person

    31 Mar 2024 only
    STELLA'S invites you to join us for Easter Dinner featuring a Chef Filippo-curated fixed menu, specially selected wines & cocktails, and the ambiance of Stella's Cucina!

What 457 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boulder Area

    Best Overall

  • Boulder Area

    Best Service

  • Boulder Area

    Best Ambience

  • Boulder Area

    Innovative

  • Boulder Area

    Hot spot

  • Boulder Area

    Great for fine wines

  • Boulder Area

    Romantic

  • Boulder Area

    Good for special occasions

  • Boulder Area

    Most Booked

458 Reviews
  1. Peaches

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely evening.....service and ambiance were excellent. Great place to celebrate Birthday and enjoy friends in an extraordinary dining experience in Boulder.

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  2. EsmeR

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious, you get more than what you pay for (truly!).

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  3. DesireeS

    Denver

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The interior of the restaurant was very nice, unfortunately we were seated at a 2 top that was right next to the entrance to both the kitchen and bathrooms, so we literally had servers and staff walking next to our table a 100 times during our dinner which was VERY distracting and I don't recommend sitting at either 2 person high tops. The service was good, attentive, not a lot of personality but good service. The food was good, I'm vegetarian so my choices were more limited. I ordered the vegetarian bruschetta, I loved one of the three topping choices, which was the whipped gorgonzola with balsalmic pearls. Unfortunately I didn't love the other 2 that came with the dish. I ordered the ravioli which was good, but not remarkable in any way. The mushroom risotto with truffles that my partner got with his scallops was delicious and I wish I would have ordered that. He said the scallops were perfect and he absolutely loved that dish. He also ordered the seared duck special and said it was the best he ever had. He said the duck was cooked perfectly and was delicious completely on it's own. We got the pistachio creme brulée for dessert which was fantastic. Unfortunately they were out of decaf coffee, which seems odd for a restaurant. Overall it was a nice dining experience except for our table which took it down as far as the experience goes.

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  4. Bohns75

    Denver

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The sea bass was good not great. The creme brulee was excellent though. The atmosphere was not for me.

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  5. DawnM

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a cool hidden delight with very clean modern sleek ambiance. Food is really good and presentation is excellent . As a Boulder native- happy to see a place like this in my city! A bit on the pricey side so suggest the sides or an app and cocktail Molto Molto Eccellente!

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  6. LaurenE

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was not worth the money, very disappointed. But service and atmosphere were great!

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  7. Brit

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely meal at Stella’s Cucina. We ordered a variety of small and large plates plus a few mocktails and everything was excellent. We loved the variety of flavors and how every plate/ drink was well balanced! Great meal for a special occasion or a nice date night.

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  8. ChristenM

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great ambiance, and happy to see true traditional Italian food in Boulder!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Unfortunately the food was caked in salt and that’s all I could taste! The bread was teeth breaking and the “Terra Misu” topping was so hard it felt like eating pop rocks. The waitress didn’t seem to care about us much. Overall just was expecting a better experience.

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  10. Richard

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful ambience. Food tasted great and presentation was beautiful. Service was excellent.

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  11. margay

    New York City

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great spot for a small celebration. Interesting menu and very fine service. The small trio playing live music was background noise and we were happy to be on the opposite side. Nice ( a bit overwhelming) wine selection.

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  12. JanL

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance. Great food. Our server Chris was awesome: very friendly, helpful, and attentive.

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  13. Olivia

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was exceptional, but the overall experience was a bit odd and our main course took nearly 1.5 hours to hit our table. I will note that our server was very kind and attentive. First, the food was fantastic when it did come. I absolutely love espresso martinis, and was excited to see they grind their own espresso beans and make fresh espresso. However, the drink was so incredibly spirit forward I had a hard time drinking it. Second, it was an odd experience because we were asked to order each of our meals all together to “space out the courses” but they didn’t tell us that meant roughly an hour for our appetizer (cheese and crackers) and then another half an hour for our pasta (total 1.5 hrs before getting our main course). We also ordered a very expensive bottle of wine and they put it in the corner near another table to stay cold but told us our glasses would be continuously filled. That definitely didn’t happen, and they even took my glass away at one point when we still had wine in the bottle. I’d recommend customers have access to the bottle of wine they’ve ordered. I understand every place has suffered from staff shortages, but for the high price, waiting nearly an hour for an appetizer that isn’t warm, and 1.5 hours for the main course is pretty lame. I probably wouldn’t come back here, which is unfortunate because when the food did come… it was amazing!

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  14. JenniferC

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing dining experience! Perfection across the board.

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  15. MaxP

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere with unique decor while not being too dimly lit or loud. Portions were fair and food solid — the cocktails and dessert are real highlights. Truly outstanding service from door to check. Great option for a memorable night out

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  16. Bri303

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For that price I would expect amazing flavors, but the appetizers and meat courses were just okay, nothing special in terms of flavors, somewhat disappointing for the price. But servings were generous, large pork chop. The risotto al fungi was the most flavorful dish, it was delicious. I would recommend to have the Primi Platti and skip the meats if you’re looking for something special. The desert was good and service excellent. We’re probably won’t go back because of the slightly disappointing main courses.

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  17. RichardC

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Noise is extremely loud. Musak and hard surfaces. Forcing other diners to shout, which makes the problem worse.

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  18. BoomVang

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and terrific, friendly, professional staff. Unfortunately, the food just doesn’t meet the same standard. Our observation was that creativity and style are prioritized at the expense of flavor. I found no balance, harmony, or satisfying dominant flavor in any single dish/course. Drinks were great and wine list was varied, interesting and very approachable.

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  19. DanJ

    Denver

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Not a fan of the $25 reservation fee-was not applied to the bill.

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  20. Emily

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely date night at Stella's Cucina! The entrance was a bit difficult to find but the ambiance inside was fantastic, complete with live music (but it was still a good volume/not too loud). Our waitress was very kind and ready to answer our questions. And the food was truly amazing! Rich flavors and good portion sizes that felt on par with the prices given their quality.

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  21. KeithC

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Been to this restaurant many times. When making the reservation I informed it was my anniversary, not expecting special service, but we were sat in the middle of the room with booths available. We were asked twice if we’d been to this restaurant before, which we have, just makes it feel corny an impersonal. Overall it was fine, but when you spend the money (close to $300/2 people) you expect a few things. Ex. When ordering a 2nd drink, my wife and I both were poured into the same glass as the first. I expect that at a neighborhood bar, not a restaurant and not with Wine. They asked if we had dietary restrictions and my wife said vegetarian, the response was, we have vegetarian items on the menu, and then the waitress walked away. Again, this is the service you expect at a basic restaurant, this is supposed to be a little more upscale, we def paid the upscale prices. When we walked in there was a public conversation about 8 tops and 12 tops going on between the person at the front and a chef, it just didn’t feel welcoming or setting an upscale mood. Overall it was meh, the food was fine, but the experience was basic. It will be a while before I go back. I’m going to keep searching for my date nights and special occasions spot.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best meal, best experience, best special occasion place in Colorado.

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  23. JenniferD

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family and I went to Stellas last night for my birthday. Everything about Stellas was amazing! The service, food, drinks and ambiance perfect. The experience felt special! The staff exceptional! The food was very rich, flavorful and touched on all your senses. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful and we can’t wait to go back!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience as always! Our local favorite

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  25. Chezmo

    Denver

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated a friends Birthday at Stella's and decided to try and share a bunch of their dishes. We started with the Bruschetta and Octopus. Both were delicious and fun to share. The Octopus was perfectly tender in a rich tomato sauce. The Bruschetta came in 3 varieties. The whipped gorganzola was a real treat and the figs and caponata were spot on. We also enjoyed the Mushroom risotto, the Shrimp fettuccine. the gnocci and the ravioli. They were very well prepared and unique. Also had the whole sea bass - cooked to perfection - buttery and moist. 4 deserts as well and mostly enjoyed the tirimisu and bruelle. Absolutely a wonderful dinner and great vibe overall.

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  26. ExperiencedDiner

    Cleveland

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place, wonderful staff and food was incredible. Pricey but worth it. Eclectic decor. Would definitely go back the next time we are in the Denver area.

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  27. EVSandMLC

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional and greatly appreciated attention to detail, from entrance to exit. Truly the Best in Boulder, especially for a special occasion. The atmosphere and the great food & drinks are only part of what makes Stella’s Cucina great. The staff’s expertise, engagement, and genuine care push the total experience to excellence.

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  28. IrfanE

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food and service. The restaurant’s location is difficult to find so we had to ask shops in the area about it and they told us that they get this question almost daily. Better signs are needed to help identify patrons of the exact location of the restaurant.

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  29. sweeteileen

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stella’s always exceeds expectations! From the moment you walk in to the moment you leave. The friendliness, exceptional service, incredibly knowledgeable, staff, and every delicious, innovative bite. Italians know quality and craft and this team has that going on! You may leave feeling like it’s the best night of your life. 

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  30. Bird

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for my wife's birthday. Unbelievable food, service, ambiance...everything

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  31. Tess

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food and our server Florin was fantastic. The best meal we've had in Boulder by far. The truffle risotto was our favorite and loved the nonalcoholic cocktail options.

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  32. HollyT

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second dining experience at Stella’s and it met every expectation! It’s rare these days to find a restaurant that serves delicious, unique dishes with full-on flavor, fantastic service and gorgeous ambiance.

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  33. Debbie

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food and great service but the restaurant was extremely loud and got louder as the dinner progressed. Speakers located right above each table. Couldn't talk with guests easily.

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  34. chuck

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Just a little too much. Over attentive service, awkward seating, lights too bright, and a hurried feeling- I guess they were trying to get a couple of seatings! Too bad, because the food is good, just way over priced!

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  35. JosephG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    excellent food and service, we went for our anniversary and had a wonderful experience.

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  36. BrandonC

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an experience. It was like walking into a parallel universe, starting with the hidden gem door that opens into a wild underground feeling gateway to italy. Loved it.

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  37. JonathanK

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic spot! 10/10 would recommend to anyone. We’ve already set our next reservation.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Interesting place, sort of a cross between an Italian club and NY bistro, excellent food, good waitstaff, fun bar area, very unlike most places in Boulder.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This is my second time in here. I’m a young adult (closer to 30) and have been in here once with my parents and this time with people my age. The experiences were very different. I noticed with my parents the service was 10x better than this time with 3 young adults. The food was also better last time. I actually had the same waiter last time and this time. The waiter was great in my previous experience with my parents in attendance, but this time with 3 young adults the service was not great. The waiter did not ask if we had been in before (last time he did), he did not explain anything on the menu to us (my previous experience he did), and he came over only to take the order and serve the food (not to refill drinks etc we had to wave him down). I had a reservation last time and this time. This time with 3 young adults we waited even though we had a reservation and 3 groups of 2 or less people were seated before us. The person in the booth table next to us was so drunk they passed out and fell onto the floor when they tried to stand up. The food was good this time, but the overall experience was just not great and truly just odd. If I ever go back I’ll be sure to have people that look like they’re 20-30 years older than me so I can get the same service they are receiving.

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  40. JoshA

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great interior design. Friendly, professional staff. Desserts were packed full of flavor. Cocktails were well done.

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Stella's Cucina is rated 4.6 stars by 457 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 32 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Stella's Cucina

1123 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302-5116

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    11th and Walnut
  • Area
    Boulder
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Thu, Sun 16:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 16:00–00:00 Sat, Sun 10:00–13:45
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Entertainment, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wheelchair Access
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