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Trattoria Stella

1200 West 11th Street, Unit One, Suite One, Traverse City, MI 49684
231-929-8989
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Ranked #3 of 255 Restaurants in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Troy, Michigan
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

In the former asylum, it is a great place with character and the lunch was excellent. The wine selection was superb as was the service. I want to go again!

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Petoskey, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Absolutely love this place. The atmosphere, the service, the food, the wine. My go to order is the beet salad followed by the grilled octopus. Last time, I had the duck. Fabulous. The staff is the best. It is a little pricey but the question is when you walk out, that was expensive or that was excellent. This was excellent.

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Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

What better place to have Holloween dinner than in a repurposed state mental hospital. Atmosphere was dark and intimate. The waitstaff was attentive. Our table split the house cheese wrapped in fresh mozzarella (yes cheese wrapped in more cheese) for an app. A dish unlike anything any of us have ever had, its confusing yet delightful and enough for 4.... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Recommended by friend and #2 on TripAdvisor; Can't figure out why??? My wife had a classic fettuccine with Italian sausage and marinara. Sauce was only as good as Ragu (or Ragu just may be awesome....not). Not special at all. My gnocchetti had an off taste and I only ate 1/3 of it. I had eaten here 5 years ago and... More

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Troy, MIchigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Was in TC for vacation and made a reservation at this restaurant based on reviews. Was first seated at a very noisy table in the bar area and was moved to a less noisy table on the other side of the wall upon request. Staff was very attentive and friendly. The food was OK (not exceptional) but I did not... More

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Amanda D, Owner at Trattoria Stella, responded to this review

In ten years, we have never used MSG, nitrates or nitrites in our kitchen. We only use Kosher salt. Everything is made in house with the exception of some cured meats and aged cheeses. As such, we are aware of the ingredients in every dish. There is no MSG, nor has there ever been, at Trattoria Stella. More

Clarkston, Michigan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We've had several meals here and enjoyed it every time. It's in the old state hospital so it has a very unique inside. We've also only had lunch as I think it is a little pricey for dinner. I am looking forward to our next experience there.

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Naperville, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed our Monday night meal on an early October trip to Traverse City, but it wasn't as good as the TripAdvisor reviews had led us to expect. It's a bit off the beaten path, but in a cleverly re-purposed building. Wait staff was efficient, although it didn't appear she had actually tasted many of the items... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Private dining if desired or a great bar area for a casual bite to eat. The food is prepared to delight the taste buds not cram the stomach. Great place to have a romantic or relaxing meal

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

If we ever come up from downstate again for our anniversary, we will never eat at this restaurant. After making our reservations a week in advance and specifically mentioning it was our 25th anniversary, they failed to acknowledge it when we arrived. They sat us at the absolute worst and smallest table, on the back wall of one of their... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Just came from dinner. Was a great meal! Unusual combinations but delicious. I'm from Boston and exceptional meals are normal but this was right up there! My sister had the coppa wrapped rabbit with Peaches. I had a bite and it was delicious. I had the octopus appetizer. Umm! Tender- Tasty! The whole meal was worth it and we didn't... More

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Address: 1200 West 11th Street, Unit One, Suite One, Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone Number: 231-929-8989
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
Cuisine: Italian

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