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very average. nice atmosphere. the food is overpriced for the quality which is only average. not worth it. mediocre for the price.
The best food in Silverlake. Cafe Stella is expensive but worth it. The food is always prepared perfect AND served at the right temperature within a reasonable period of time. I will agree with some of the reviewers that there's a little aire of snobbery but these waiters are the real deal - they're not actors wannabe's who are only serving you until their big deal comes forth. Cafe Stella waiters/waitresses KNOW the food their serving, how it's prepared, and what type of wine pairs well with it. People that eat at the same place for 5 years and then have a single bad experience are what give CUSTOMERS a bad name. (They're probably the same people who divorce after the first fight!) I'd recommend the Steak Au Poirve, Lobster Flan appetizer, Chocolate Creme dessert.
Passport to Paris. I LOVE this place. The menu changes daily, the food is authentic, delicate, and entirely French. The atmosphere is that of an intimate garded tucked away in a Paris side street - you'd never think you were just steps from the hustle and bustle of Sunset Blvd. Perfect date spot, make a reservation
Losing charm. Cafe Stella was - up to a year ago - one of my favorite finds in LA. Sadly, not anymore. The service has turned into an actor's studio (another waiter had to bring out our entrees because our server was talking up his "directoral debut" with the entertainment-connected couple next to us). The food, luckily, is still really wonderful (the halibut it divine), but because of the service and the recently overcrowded outdoor seating (only a year ago, the seating felt roomy and romantic), I'm thinking that takeout may be the best option from now on. It's always sad to see a classic fall below par. C'est la vie in LA.
wow. I went to cafe stella last night and had such a nice time....I picked this place because it seemed small and romantic...the perfect place to get to know my date and make the evening feel special. What I didn't expect was how great the food is and the service was so personal. Our waitress was sweet making sure to suggest a wine that we would enjoy not an easy task since I have little knowledge in that area. But she was spot on with her recommendation. Me and my date had a nice long meal finishing with a fromage plate. When we left we both decided this place was our new favorite.
I love this little gem. I have been to this restaurant many times and I love everything about it. It's bustling with something so not los angeles. There are not many places that allow you the time to enjoy a meal outside even though it is small and seating can be limited there is no feeling of being pushed out. The food is great and better then ever and the wines are unusual....ask your server to suggest a wine, you can find great ones for under $40. I've always enjoyed the personal service and love the recognition I have received for being a familiar face. Now if that isn't special in this city I don't know what is....one of the most romantic spots....I am happy such a place exist.
Lovely, however.... It's true. The service was subpar. Waited 15 minutes before even getting water. The waitress was sweet, but went to get a sample of wine for my mother before taking my drink order, and man was I eager for a glass of wine. Also, when taking dessert orders, I asked what the sorbet flavors were and she said she'd check. She came back 5-10 min later asking us if we had decided on dessert, and turns out she forgot to check on the flavors. When we got the dessert, the anjou pear was not good at all and the ice cream was a strange, icy consistency. Otherwise, the food was very good. Duck and steak were great, delicious tomato and mozzarella appetizer, amazing wine (Magnet Pinot Noir). Hot male waiters. Beautiful, romantic atmosphere took me out of LA. I would recommend, but don't expect too much.
stella is hella good. cafe stella offers some of the best dining atmosphere is los angeles. tucked neatly behind the storefronts at sunset junction in silverlake, the closely situated patio dining is perfect for the euro-vibe-craving angeleno. crowded but unobnoxious at 8pm on a wednesday, my companion and i stuck to the appetizers, desserts and wines, forgoing the more expensive dinners. and neither of us felt cheated. The food was outstanding, if standard-issue, and worked quite well with the wine. the waitstaff was relaxed and friendly (fyi to you impatient eaters: service was hardly prompt) and provided very unpretensious guidance (always nice). Escargot was exciting, cheese plate was slightly skimpy but very good, heirloom tomato salad was perhaps the highlight, and wines quality. the shortbread/lemon curd dessert is not to be missed. In combining unbeatable ambience with un-crushing prices AND a very respectable menu, one cannot go wrong with stella.
Absolument merveilleux!. Cafe Stella is now my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles, and I have been searching for a place like this for over 2 years. The food, ambiance, service, overall experience is amazing. Was raving about it for days. The Kobe steak was incredible! A wine list to be proud of and a desert menu to brag about! I have returned 3 times within 2 weeks!
Ehhhhhhhhhhhhh. I want to like Cafe Stella, I really do. It's charming, it's quaint, it's a neighborhood joint. But the lackluster service, the overpriced uninspired wine list, the meat and side dishes cooked within an inch of their lives (when my steak came out medium well instead of the requested rare we were told "that's how the chef cooks it"). Too bad too, it's such a beautiful spot...........
Sweet and casual. The dishes are predictable, but well executed. The patio is just a delight, though. And the unrushed, Continental service easily turns dinner into a three-hour affair, which is nice in this town for a change. Not a bargain, but I'd recommend it for ambience alone.
Unfortunate.... that Stella's service was less than stellar, because the food was actually very good. We went on a Friday and it was at maximum capacity granted. We were a group of 7 and were in good spirits when we arrived, though we were made to wait 30 minutes for our table, the wine list was indeed intoxicating. My fiancee never got his entree, the waiter hadn't put his filet order in and once he did there were no filets left, nor was the steak au poivre, he ended up with nothing and we were celebrating the waiters girlfriends birthday. We ended up at J&B. I can't convince him to go back.
Tops - and stay out of silverlake. BEST place to dine on the east side. We like Lucques, Campanille, and Patina used to be great, but Stella rules. We live 3 blocks away - walk there. Comped wine by the staff (get to know em - very good wine list) ALWAYS good & satisfying food. Candlelight. Walk home tipsy. Yeah, your neighbors there, but they would be there as well if you were in Paris. We've eaten there 50+ times in 6 years and have NEVER had a bad food or service experience. Waiters are great. Menu is upscale bistro - nothing fancy. The tomato soup might be the best special we have ever ordered anywhere. Also good in the hood - Pho 87, wonder bakery egg custards, sashimi combo @sushi gen, Rambutan and Simply thai, Backdoor for breakfast, Ocean Seafood Dim Sum (if you wont drive to rosemead), Marios deli Glendale.
Yum. After reading all of the replies here I was expecting to be kept waiting, which I wouldn't have minded considering I was out with my boyfriend for a romantic evening. However, we were not kept waiting for anything at any time. The service was excellent and it was a busy Friday night. We had an 8pm reservation and chose to sit outside. Our waiter was as charming as can be, joking with us in his suave French accent. We ordered the ahi tartar appetizer, filet mignon and a chicken wrapped in shrimp special, and, of course, red wine. Everything was absolutely delicious. I think this is my new favorite restaurant. You can't beat the atmoshpere. It's just a romantic and lovely place.
Stellaaaaaaahhhhh. Okay I read some of the other reviews thinking people were being high maintainace but I have to say the service was SLOW here I swear we went on like a tuesday night or something there was maybe one other couple in the place and we still got our food at a snails pace....I mean I know the french enjoy their food more...but pahleese could we atleast get some food to enjoy first...augh
France on Sunset. The food is fantastic. This is a great place to bring a date. Get cozy with the table next to you. I love coming here. It's a fantastic treat.
I Never Liked France But I Love Stella.. Cafe Stella, no matter how popular it becomes, serves up a lot in terms of atmosphere, food and service. I had dinner there with my best friend the very first opening week (a lonnng time ago) and it was really wonderful. They were still ironing things out but the chef came out to greet us and thank us for our business and brought out complimentary creme brulee. We had a great conversation with him (he's hilarious!) He was funny and very welcoming. I felt as if I was eating at a secret outdoor little restaurant in a tucked away Parisian street. Steak is melt in your mouth delicious. I've been back many, many times and always leave feeling like I've experienced something very special.
Great Place for a date!. The atmosphere is very romantic; the wine list is pricey but excellent. The service was really friendly but somewhat slow which actually makes for a more romantic evening. The starters were excellent and the main course delicious. Take my word for it you have to leave room for the dessert. The chocolate mouse thing is pure heaven. I will eat here again, very soon.
Great experience. i have never found the service to be sub par, even when busy. the new addition of a small wine tasting bar is wonderful. always romantic and the food has always been fantastic. try the french onion soup for starters. the steak au poiuvre (sp?) is fantastic. a good wine from the chateauneuf(sp) du pape region on the wine list will complement the meal beautifully. the waiters can be curt, but that doesn't imply rudeness. i've been there more than a few times and have never been disappointed.
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