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Cafe Stella is a romantic French restaurant at the heart of Sunset Junction that serves French classics with California flare. However, it's the wine bar, tucked away just off the Sanborn entrance, that is truly a gem. The decor will make you feel like you're drinking absinthe in 19th century Paris. The blue cheese burger is not on the menu, but you can order it exclusively at the bar. They also have a nice selection of beer on tap that includes Chimay Tripel, Blanche de Bruxelles, and of course, Stella.
Came here with a friend. We were in the. Came here with a friend. We were in the mood for sharing so we ordered a bunch of cheese. So good! Their bread is hot and they cut it right before serving.
Tucked behind bustling Sunset Blvd,. Tucked behind bustling Sunset Blvd, Cafe Stella is a romantic spot for French bistro fare. Steak frites is spot on. They also offer weekend brunch and their egg dishes are delectable.
Solid French bistro with a great. Solid French bistro with a great burger. Quaint, cozy bar with good wine and beer menu. Perfect neighborhood spot.
Love their coffee and of course the ambiance of the place which is really relaxing..
The cozy Cafe Stella gives me that New York/Parisian feeling that I long for.
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.
Citysearch Editorial Review. This gritty little gem has been around practically forever and it shows. (Although, given its neighborhood and the insouciant vibe it's going for--think rusty Moroccan lamps, vintagey photos hanging askew, dusty pillows--it probably looked well-worn the day it opened.) Hidden away behind the Intelligentsia courtyard right next to the Cheese Store of Silver Lake, the outdoor patio crammed with a dozen or so wood tables leads to the tiny indoor bistro. Eastside locals and canoodling couples are who you'll find here most nights while weekend brunch often brings in larger groups. The one-page menu is heavy on cream and butter (this place is French, after all) with standards like escargot, French onion soup and steak au poivre. Don't forget to bring your wallet and a lot of patience--prices are high considering the portions and service can be painfully slow.
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.
Formidable!. Skinny frites, a cavernous wine selection, excellent outside seating and cozy bar, Cafe Stella has it all, avec sucre on top!
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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 .............
It's a great find!. The overall experience was excellent. The west side prices are certainly justified considering the high quality of food that you are getting. The patio is extremely lovely! It's an ideal place for a date but a reservation is definitely needed. Both duck breast and lamb were wonderfully done.
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