I'd heard a lot of good things about Stella's Barn and had driven by many times. Last week my son, his partner and myself stopped in for dinner at around 5:30pm. The small parking lot out front was packed full. We drove around to the back. There was another lot back there but it's located on a rather steep incline and not what I'd call 'elderly' friendly. (I'm not elderly, just saying.)
Inside it was pretty much as expected, refurbished rustic barn decor theme. We quickly found out there was a holiday party going on in the larger of two dining areas. We waited in a VERY narrow and over-crowed hallway until one of the waitresses finally broke free from her party duties and seated us in a small room not much bigger than the hallway we'd just been standing it. Good thing none of us are claustrophobic. Apart from the party, there was one other table of about 6 people in the place. Our drink orders came - eventually. Silverware and napkins were brought upon request after we'd ordered our meals.
And we waited...and waited... and waited. I was beginning to think we'd been forgotten in our little private oubliette or maybe they'd had to wait for the eggplant to ripen before our meals arrived. The food itself was fine. Nothing to rave about apart OTHER THAN the superb cornbread we were brought - sans any cutlery with which to spread the butter with.
I got the eggplant parm, my son got ravioli and his partner went for the chicken parm. They were pretty much on the lower end of the price scale for the place and the bill, with tip, was over $50. We left full but I don't see myself suggesting it to others.
The service was slow. You could blame that on the party going on but it wasn't like the party was a random thing. They should have had an extra waitress on that night to take care of regular customers.
The atmosphere was less than welcoming and we felt forgotten being stuck in that little side room. The food was alright but nothing to rave about. The parking was very limited. The prices were too high.
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