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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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Maumee, Ohio
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

During our roadtrip through Northern Michigan, we used Traverse City as a base camp to explore Sleeping Bear Dunes, Leelanau wineries, and dine at wonderful farm to table restaurants. Trattoria Stella came recommended by friends and TA so I felt comfortable we were going to be in for a treat. What I did not realize was that we were going... More

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Hilton Beach, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Stella didn't disappoint but still think a few changes could make for a more exquisite meal. Bread served before dinner was unremarkable ie was expecting crusty and rustic. We all had the duck which was delightful but a few things to enhance the meal would include a crispy potato with skin intact finished in duck fat to make it crispy... More

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Traverse City, MI
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The dinners at Stella's are always great - fresh herbs, interesting combinations, so even for a person that loves to cook, there are always interesting and new ideas and wonderful tastes. The ambiance at the restaurant is comfortably private : not isolated but your own talking space to have an intimate dinner. Always a wonderful dinner or lunch experience. I... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Wow was it shocking to have dinner at Trattoria Stella's this last weekend and find the food ordinary instead of a step above. I choose shrimp fettuccine while my husband had a gnocchi dish that actually had burned gnocchi boring. We were very surprised and taken aback. Usually we order the more expensive dishes and we are wondering if the... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

Pasta was overcooked mush and tasted like you were eating from a jar of salt. Yuck and i mean yuck was like eating salty Chef boy are ddd and was very overpriced

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Houston-Tx
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135 reviews 135 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is one of the best restaurants I have ever been.It was my second time! My husband and I had problem to pick what to eat because we loved all the menu and there is no way to go wrong! I loved the staff, the food, desserts,but in the beguining was too noisy , walls and floor makes reverberation ,... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We have been to Trattoria Stella a few times and we enjoy the decor and atmosphere, great Italian food.

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Troy, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Had a chance to try Trattoria Stella for lunch recently. Nice ambience with the arched walls and exposed wood ceilings -- which initially attracted us to the place. But the food was a real surprise. The offerings use locally sourced ingredients but are prepared to be savored. This isn't fast food or a 10 minute lunch. You need time to... More

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Warren, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We were very exicted to come to this restaurant because of TripAdvisor. When we pulled up we were taken back by the beauty of the building. It was an old Asylum that was completely renovated into lofts and shops. Beautiful architecture. One of the only down falls to this restaurant that we experienced was with the host staff. We made... More

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Livonia, Michigan
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86 reviews 86 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Authentic Italian cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients. Not inexpensive, but well worth the money. Very reasonable for lunch as an alternative. This business was the first to locate in 2004 within the walls of the old Traverse City State Hospital as it was being redeveloped into the current Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

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