Stella's

4.6
911 reviews
$31 to $50
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!
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipTimofSanJuanCapistrano
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Father’s Day Brunch - Was very disappointed. The food was average and the service was very poor. I’m not sure whether the problem was the server, Michael, or whether it was a kitchen problem. Irregardless, the service was poor and very lengthy. Plus, as we sat down we were informed that we we would, in essence, be evicted after two hours of dining due to being restaurant being “fully booked.” The mood for a relaxing Father’s Day brunch went out the window. Scheduling shouldn’t be the customer’s problem. It’s the restaurant’s responsibility to own the schedule and make their customers feel welcomed and enjoy the experience. Anyway, won’t be going back.

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AmeerM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding service. classic italian meal: great ingredients, prepared with skill, not fussy. perfect for a celebratory family meal

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience3

We were seated with menus and sat for 25 minutes then decided to leave since we did not get waters, or even meet our waiter. Really disappointed.

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vipSusanB
Orange County
50 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Stellas provided a wonderful venue forget together with friends. The food and wine was delicious, nice ambiance sitting at a high-top table, and welcoming professional service.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food was just okay, service was great but they were telling everyone to leave after two hours (we were reminded twice while we were there and we stayed less than 2 hours), view is beautiful, saxophone player was great. It was very loud out on the patio. Just an okay experience unfortunately.

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BobW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great!
Always enjoy the people and food is excellent.

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vipKimpoz
Orange County
53 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our outdoor seating on patio was spaced out. Nothing special about ambiance. Our waiter Gage was exceptional. The food was good. A saxophone player played to recorded background music which made for a pleasant entertainment

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vip1skipper
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Treated special. Family friendly

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lose the saxophone. It’s noisy enough without it

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, gage, was awesome!!

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TOMA
New England
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience2

Tomato sauce had no taste . Bread stale. Soda watered down.

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AnnaD
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service, music (softly in background), and ambience made this an amazing first dinner out with friends in over a year. Three of four of us loved our food. I had the Dragonzello which was creamy with little flavor. The others loved their raviolis, spaghetti bolognese, and pasta with prosciutto. The calamari was also fabulous!

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BobW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fettuccine fish dish is excellent in the service was very good

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vipDebraC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I felt bad for sax player - we was working the room for tips - recommendation pay him more so all can enjoy his music and make eye contact

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RuthS
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was great but sporadic. When he was attending to our group he was great but then he'd disappear for too long

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BrianD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was our first time at Stella's. I wasn't expecting it to be great, since the reviews were mixed, but we enjoyed everything we ordered. The calamari was great -- not greasy, with two dipping sauces and some greens. The gnocchi was fantastic -- great flavor and texture. The pizza was also great.

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Ninah
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed food and atmosphere at this restaurant very much.

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FredF
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 44th anniversary and the ambience and music was perfect.

Thank you and hope to dine again soon at Sella's,

Fred Franks

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vipNicky
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely meal, and they even catered to us Vegans. The service was great!

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vipSuzanneV
Orange County
71 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food and pleasant atmosphere. We will be back.

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vipPSHJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, with wonderful food and service.

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vipSherryY
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so Good and we will definitely be back.

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lulu
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will be returning to this amazing restaurant. The service was prompt and plesent. We celebrated my husband's birthday and everything was outstanding. We will be back for sure.

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JulieG
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, excellent service, plenty of parking and ocean views

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vipHalB
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gage is the best of the best!!!

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Johnf
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Stella's was much larger inside than expected. It was early Saturday evening and the place was packed. The staff is super friendly, very accommodating. The service was excellent.
The food was very tasty and a good value but it was very rich, which I suppose is typical of some Italian cuisine. My wife and I actually had indigestion that evening but that might have been just us not being able to tolerate that type of food (we are over the age of 70).
The musician, sax player, came on and he was great, a nice personal touch to a true neighborhood eaterie.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, amazing cocktails, and great service ! Can’t wait to go back!

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BuckleyS
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!!

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AlHJ
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food

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TheodoreH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. Cool waiter, great food, nice views, fun Sax player. Some added entertainment - idiot customer caused a commotion and the staff handled it like pros.

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GrantL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience at Stellas! Food and atmosphere were amazing, bartender was super nice and made a killer old fashioned. Will be coming back!

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vipDano
Orange County
62 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

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vipHardtoPlease
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To celebrate our granddaughter's birthday, we were looking for a quiet alternative to the noisy and overpriced Laguna Beach scene. Stella's in Dana Point turned out to be the perfect "Neighborhood Gem". Relaxed, friendly, great service, excellent food,. Could not have been better. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night location. Food was wonderful. Nice to finally get out after a year of Covid related lockdown

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Over priced

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JohnM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was fine, just the dish I ordered was not the best. Ambiance was fine, and I enjoyed the service very much. Will go again!

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TonyL
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Stella’s! Great food and great service always. So great to finally get back there.

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ShannonG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience! The food and service is always fabulous!

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vipSusanW
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice food, good service, we sat in the back dining rooM with a beautiful breeze coming off the ocean. Everything about our lunch was lovely.

FAQs

Stella's does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Stella's is rated 4.6 stars by 911 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.