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Stella Alpina Osteria

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401 Primrose Rd, Lbby LBBY, Burlingame, CA 94010-4094
650-347-5733
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5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 59
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fabulous Italian menu and wines

Several times in this Burlington mecca. Small, very luxe Italian fine cooking. Delicious food every time by savvy and competent wait staff. Superb wine list. Easy access and parking right in the center of town. A real gem, never disappointed.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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San Juan Islands, Washington
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San Juan Islands, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Several times in this Burlington mecca. Small, very luxe Italian fine cooking. Delicious food every time by savvy and competent wait staff. Superb wine list. Easy access and parking right in the center of town. A real gem, never disappointed.

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Italian in California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The restaurant is small but does not feel cramped. I reserved a table for two at the first available time, that was 8 pm on a Friday night but we showed up at 7 and the hostess kindly found space for us in just a few minutes. We ate "family style" sharing appetizers and entree. A first look at the... More 

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Menlo Park, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Attended for a business dinner. Quite crowded on a Tuesday and now I know why: this is one of the best restaurants in the Bay Area. Excellent food. Started with the truffle gnocchi, then a simple salad Stella that was divine, then the fish special - a perfect pan fry with whipped potatoes and spinach. Delicious. I'll be coming back.... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Very highly rated from family in the area. The restaurant specializes more in braised meats:veal, lamb etc. Oso bucco-was excellent. Vitallo-milan also fantastic. The appetizer of sage truffle gnocchi was also outstanding. Desserts were equally outstanding.

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San Mateo, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

If you want a great dinner, try Stella Alpina. Chef and owner, Mateo is so careful about all his ingredients. You'll see him in the mornings accepting shipments and going through everything... and the results in his cooking are delicious. The soups are a must try.

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redwood City
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Have eaten here twice and the first time was fabulous we all enjoyed everything. But the second time I went back with my husband and it was acceptable but not fabulous. I feel the specials out weighed anything on the normal menu.

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Los Angeles, California
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Stella Alpina Osteria in Burlingame, California is a small, unpretentious restaurant on the corner of Primrose Road. On the weekends, reservations are a must. The menu choices are trendy and traditional. The salads are not huge but big enough to share. It is not an inexpensive restaurant but people seem to feel comfortable dining as a family. Entree prices are... More 

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Windermere, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Easily, one of the best restaurants I have been to in a long, long time. Made sure I hadn't had too much wine the first time, so I tried again. Did not disappoint. Away from the city in the quaint town of Burlingame. Who would have known! A must try! A must dine!

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Lovely place to dine. Authentic food with small bistro environment. Often hard to get in during the weekend prime times...make a reservation.

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San Francisco, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We've had dinner here numerous times and it has been a good experience but not as special as they have become to think of themselves. Seating is very tight and their prices are very high. We've enjoyed their menu but the price and attitude seems increasingly out of line with the quality of the experience.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 401 Primrose Rd, Lbby LBBY, Burlingame, CA 94010-4094
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Burlingame
  • Phone Number: 650-347-5733

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?