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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 #1 of 257 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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Milwaukee, WI
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This restaurant was recommended to us by locals and tourists so we thought we'd try it. We knew the menu changed daily and was full of fresh foods. We did make the highly recommended reservation. Upon being seated and looking at the menu I was lost, Many foods were foreign to me, I felt like walking out not being able... More

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United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

Excellent night out for dinner in an unusual setting, visited this place for an Italian style meal & was not disappointed with the evening, good bar with attentive staff, take a few minutes to appreciate what they have done with the decor & realise what the building was before. Good job done. Would go back again next time in Traverse... More

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This was some of the best food I've ever eaten. Yes, it was expensive, but it was worth every penny. Service was also excellent.

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Ferndale, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I was looking for someplace very special to take my boyfriend for a birthday dinner on a surprise trip to Traverse City. Several people recommended Trattoria Stella. I called Tuesday for a Saturday reservation and was lucky to get in. I have a peanut allergy and since they fry in peanut oil I was concerned that I may not be... More

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Waterford, Michigan
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49 reviews 49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Very unique...it is located in the basement of what used to be an insane asylum. The original walls are still there and the seating areas are quite unique. Service and food selections are outstanding. Everything was perfect. So much so that my scallops arrived late because the chef wasn't pleased with how the first ones looked. He sent out a... More

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Haslett
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Our server knew the menu which was a plus. However, she was terrible in every other regard. Incredibly slow and unattentive. Dishes were not cleared, water glasses were not filled, and the food arrived cold. The overall food quality was good but not great. I will not go back and consider it it to be vastly overated.

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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201 reviews 201 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

If you are planning to eat here - and I would seriously recommend you do - then be sure to make a reservation. We thought that midweek we would be able to just turn up and it was lucky we went in the day before to have a look - they had only a few spaces left for the next... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

On vacation up in Traverse City and found this charming restaurant. As others have mentioned it is inside a large building complex undergoing renovation from a state hospital to a mixed residential, retail, and commercial use. Leave a little extra time to walk through the building, it's really interesting. The farm to table concept is very common but I've almost... More

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Milwaukee
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163 reviews 163 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Our family has vacationed in Western Michigan for many years. However, we don't usually go as far north as Traverse City. We have been very unimpressed by the restaurants we've tried in lower Michigan. However, this year we took a trip up and around Lake Michigan, with a stop in Traverse City. A friend had recommended Trattoria Stella and then... More

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Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I guess the building this restaurant is in was once a state hospital? That's what someone told us anyways. The directions took us here and we were a little confused because it was such a huge building. Their are restaurants and shops inside, now we know! I had the veal and it was fantastic and my husband really liked the... More

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