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“A Truly Hand Crafted Experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Stella
10918 Brockway Rd., Truckee, CA
530-582-5655
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Ranked #2 of 102 Restaurants in Truckee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $55
Cuisines: American, International
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Excellent contemporary American cuisine. Lots of class. Superb tastes.
Orange County, CA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“A Truly Hand Crafted Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Chef Jacob Burton and his staff really do provide an incredible dining experience. The table service is terrific, and I strongly recommend asking the server to provide wine by the glass to accompany each course. I couldn't have anticipated such perfect pairings to what really is expertly prepared food.

If you're a fan of Charcuterie, please take advantage of the house made offerings. The thought of headcheese has always been very unappealing to be, until Chef Jacob sent over small crostini w/ headcheese and pickled red onion. Then Roger, Sommelier, asked me to wait while he poured a small glass of sparkling wine to accompany it. Now all of a sudden I'm a fan of headcheese...at least at Stella I am.

Favorite dish to date is Sous Vide Ribeye w/ Cab Demi, Wilted Mustard Greens, & Celery Root Mash. And the Chablis Poached Salmon Riliette... you kidding me?

They update their menu often to match what's seasonally available, and it's always on their website to view. Expect dinner to be somewhat pricey. It's deceiving because it's an intimate dining room, and there's such a personal touch to everything. It's not excessive by any means (like $25-30 entrees) considering the experience you get. In fact, I think it's the kind of fine dining experience you always expect, but never actually get, when you go a "fine dining" or famous restaurant. It's worth the price of admission at Stella to relax and KNOW that you're going to have an incomparable dinner.

TIP: Make reservations.
Bigger TIP: Stay at the hotel (Cedar House), and really enjoy the wine at dinner.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
San Jose, California
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Awesome restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

This restaurant is great, very elegant. The wait staff is friendly, and very knowledgable. The stomp sphere is intimate.

The only down side is that there is now bar. We were a bit early for our table, and really had no place to wait.

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Incline Village, Nevada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great restaurant, disappointing October menu”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

I love this restaurant! The menu, which changes monthly, always has something for everyone and the entrees are always supreme. That being said, I was sadly disappointed with Octobers menu. The duck rueben "sandwich" has been on the menu now for several, several months and needs to be retired. There is always a halibut entree that never disappoints until this month. Raviolis with a few pieces of halibut stuffed into them for $30.00 is a let down. The pork ramen is a substantial dish again on this months menu, or you can get a salmon entree. Chef Jacob,"Where's the beef?" I love your creativness and tasty dishes, however, I will not be back in October. Please make November a month to remember!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great special occasion dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We loved this restaurant. The menu changes regularly but is usually Asian inspired using fresh local ingredients. We had the tasting menu and loved everything. In between each course, it seems there's a different amuse bouche such as a cucumber, mint salad with goat cheese garnish, a winter squash soup, or a sorbet. The service was perfect. Not intrusive but our wine and water glasses were never empty and the courses were timed just right.

Visited September 2013
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Nevada City, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Simply the best meal ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Really, there is no way to explain how good Stella's food, service, atmosphere and experience is unless you go and taste, taste, taste. And, you will be as happy as we were with every aspect of a exceptional evening. Be kind to yourself and make your reservation today. I can truly say we were over the moon with each and every dish. High kudos to the chef!!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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