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Stella Osteria

81 Clarence st., Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5P5, Canada
613-241-2200
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Ranked #522 of 2,090 restaurants in Ottawa
Price range: $25 - $50
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian, Bar
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: William
Transit: Many transit stops in the immediate vicinity
Description: “DELICIOUS…SUCCULENT…PERFECTLY COOKED…BEAUTIFUL DÉCOR… EXCITING ATMOSPHERE” The Ottawa Citizen Stella is beautiful inside and out. Whether dining on the roof top, or seated in one of the cozy banquettes, Stella serves superbly presented modern Italian cuisine…rooted in tradition. Stella Osteria has thrived amidst the energy and excitement of Ottawa's downtown core since 2006. Draped in a stylish atmosphere and surrounded by a feel of contemporary Italian elegance, Stella Osteria offers patrons a fresh and memorable dining experience like no other.Every meal is expertly prepared and made to order using only the best and freshest ingredients. The menu boasts the finest in both Italian classics and contemporary dishes, complimented by our outstanding level of service. The delectable menu has been paired with an AWARD WINNING WINE LIST, and a large selection of specialty cocktails. During summer months Stella Osteria also offers a beautiful summer rooftop patio perched above the hustle and flow of Clarence Street. ONE OF CANADA’S BEST PLACE TO DINE – Enroute Magazine “CHEEKY COCKTAILS” – Porter Airlines
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English first
Ottawa, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Went with a friend for dinner and the environment was absolutely amazing, the food was full of flavor and the staff was extremely helpful. I ordered pizza while my companion ordered pasta and having tried both I can just say that Stella's really does know how to make good food. Worth every penny.

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Ottawa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Pasta was cold because parmesan cheese balls were cold and cherry tomatoes were hard and cold (straight out of the refrigerator).

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Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

The staff was phenomenal in Stella. I've never had such attentive, courteous waiters and waitresses. Nice uniforms. Food was fabulous. Can't wait to go back.

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Ida F, Owner at Stella Osteria, responded to this review

Dear Ann C, Thank you very much for your wonderful comments regarding your last visit to Stella. We also appreciate you taking the time to share them on Trip Advisor. We work diligently to provide excellent food, service and atmosphere, and it always great to hear that we reached our goals! Thank you for choosing Stella, we appreciate your business... More

Ottawa, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Went for lunch with friends, and everybody was dissapointed: slow service, and overcooked food. My plate, chicken parmigiana, was not better then the one at East Side Mario, but way more expensive. I used to consider it the best, but not any longer. It became a regular restaurant but with high priced menu. I don't think it is worth.

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Ida F, Owner at Stella Osteria, responded to this review

Dear Max M, I was sorry to read your comments regarding your lunch experience at Stella. I can assure you, we continue to strive for a level of excellence in food quality, service and atmosphere. I am sincerely sorry we did not reach our goal on that day. If you have a moment please email me directly at ida@firestonerestaurantgroup.com so... More

Cambridge, Canada
Top Contributor
146 reviews 146 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Judging by the number of people on the patio when we walked by, we thought it would be a good place to enjoy a leisurely Sunday brunch and people watch at the same time. Wrong! From the moment we were seated, things went from bad to worse. There seemed to be a lot of staff working, but they seemed very... More

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Ida F, Owner at Stella Osteria, responded to this review

Dear MandB56, I am very sorry to hear you were disappointed with your brunch experience at Stella. At Stella we strive for a level of excellence in food quality, service and atmosphere. While we did not reach our goal with your meals, I am pleased our manager tended to the issue by apologizing and comping your bill. If you have... More

ottawa, ontario
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Stella Osteria is an eating establishment I've been to many times. The food is good and, in the summer, it's got a terrific patio in the Byward Market. Lots of buzz in the room on a weekend night and they've got a couple of sharing starter platters that are quite excellent. Their flatbread pizzas are large and creative. Their salads... More

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Ottawa, Canada
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Excellent service and food. Perfect location right in the heart of the Market in downtown Ottawa. Highly recommended!

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

There were 8 of us. Service was excellent. She was very attentive and prompt. My husband and I both had the chicken parmesan. It was very cooked well and the flavour was excellent and nothing like i had ever had. It was a little spicey but good. No appetizers or desert or coffee. Husband had 2 beers and I had... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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128 reviews 128 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Good food / good service. I had the caesar salad / my husband had the chicken sandwich. I would recommend Stella to other Ottawa visitors. Weather was great, so we had brunch out on the front patio which faced the street.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

I entered the restaurant, the waiters looked at me as if I came from another planet. I had to mention that I was a client and wanted to sit. They took me to the patio where there is barrier all around (not friendly). Quite expensive for just a drink, I assume it's because it's on the market. I won't go... More

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Ida F, Owner at Stella Osteria, responded to this review

Dear Ottawa_CanadaAna, I am sorry you were not satisfied with your experience at Stella Osteria. Certainly our staff should have greeted you in a timely and friendly manner. With regard to the patio, it is raised off the sidewalk and therefore we must have some sort of barrier to prevent the possibility of guests falling off and injuring themselves. Please... More

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