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81 Clarence st., Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5P5, Canada (William)
Many transit stops in the immediate vicinity
613-241-2200
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Today
11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Thu - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: “DELICIOUS…SUCCULENT…PERFECTLY COOKED…BEAUTIFUL DÉCOR… EXCITING...
“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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  • 42
    Excellent
  • 54
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Not up to our past experience

We have come here fairly often in the past but after a long gap we went again last night. It was a Monday night and not very busy until a bit later. We were seated near the window, as we requested, but had to ask for the seat of a chair to be cleaned. I HATE that!!! Why would I... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
Rosemary1938
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Ottawa
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English first
Toronto
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581 reviews
363 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

As you can see from my reviews, I am a pretty charitable reviewer, in that if someone does something right, I will tell you about it. This place, sadly, did little right. First, I ordered a gin martini. It was the itty bittiest martini I have ever had. I thought this was very strange. Next, we ordered the antipasto platter,... More 

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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

At an annual business meeting in Ottawa, we always have our last night dinner at Stella Osteria. It never lets us down. Wonderful food and wonderful service. The upstairs patio is a great if you can reserve a seat, but equally enjoy the downstairs pavement side patio. Everyone in our party of 6 had the Beef Short Rib Gnocci -... More 

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Ottawa
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We have come here fairly often in the past but after a long gap we went again last night. It was a Monday night and not very busy until a bit later. We were seated near the window, as we requested, but had to ask for the seat of a chair to be cleaned. I HATE that!!! Why would I... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

A great spot to be on the Byward Market on a hot Saturday late afternoon. We ate bruschetta from the lunch menu and it was very very tasty, love the sourdough bread. From the dinner menu we shared the beet salad with goat cheese (delicious), the chicken parmigiana (best ever), smoked chicken pizza (good but not great), the margherita pizza... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

I've been to lots of patio bars in the market, and this is by far the worse. I'm here now and I've been waiting a ridiculous time for my drink... 10+ mins is way to long for a drink as simple as a gin and soda. The bar staff if literally doing nothing at the moment... And as for my... More 

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Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Went there with my two sons. The caesar salad was 'deconstructed' so it was the romaine heart whole rather than an actual salad. The pizza was done up to look like wood fired, hand made pizza, but it was more like pizza crust covered in corn meal, purchased from Loblaw's. Beet salad with six pieces of beet hardly constitutes beet... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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86 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This is an amazing spot to go for drinks with friends. You have a birds eye view of the market from the great roof-top terrace. Service was friendly and you can't beat the atmosphere.

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Kingston, Canada
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82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Four people, late lunch (16:00) on a Saturday, sat on the upstairs terrace. No negatives at all (except it was a tad pricey but maybe that's normal for the area and 'big city' prices), but nothing to make one jump for joy either. A very competitive area, the Byward Market, so this trendy, sleek somewhat Italian restaurant you would think... More 

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Gatineau, Canada
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I arrived at 620 for a 630 reservation- I was seated with my friend who already had a drink and I then waited until 635 for someone to ask me if I wanted a drink. I ordered a beer. By 7 I still did not have it. The restaurant was busy, but not capacity. Servers would ask if we'd been... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

A server and manager tried to screw 3 out of 5 people at our table by charging for far too many drinks (1 for one person, 2 for another, and a whopping 5 drinks for the last). Apparently, not only can the server not count, she can't even figure out that the last guy came in hours after everybody else... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 81 Clarence st., Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5P5, Canada
    (William)
  • Public Transportation: Many transit stops in the immediate vicinity
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: 613-241-2200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 50
  • Cuisine: Italian, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

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
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?