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Trattoria Stella

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1200 W 11th St, Unit One, Suite One, Traverse City, MI 49684-3287
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Harbor Springs, Michigan
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369 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stella's has been a part of the lively Traverse City restaurant scene for a number of years, and I am pleased to say that it continues to maintain its high standards for cuisine and for service. On a Sunday evening during shoulder tourist season, the restaurant, which seats some 180 people was full. Reservations are strongly recommended. Wine selection is... More 

Thank LouBobHarborSprings
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88 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Stella is really one of the few five star restaurants in Northern Michigan. My rating of 4 stars is only because Stella competes against itself and the past meals we have had there over the years, which are hard to live up to every time. The things we love: -beautiful atmosphere in a lively fun restaurant that was hopping on... More 

Thank DinerIndiana
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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211 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lunch at Stella's is an occasion to remember. The soups are fabulous as are the sandwiches and flatbreads. Their bread is over the top delicious. At in the alcove which is a bit creepy at first but once the staff comes over to chat the ambiance becomes warm.

Thank Marguerite B
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very unique because of its location in the old state hospital. This was the forth time we ate there when we were traveling to TC. As before, the food was outstanding, with great service that went out of their way to make sure you were attended to. We love Italian food and their individual approach to prepare your none standard... More 

Thank Roger V
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was recommended by an employee at Bowers Harbor Winery as not your typical Italian restaurant. The menu is far from ordinary, but our server Moe was fantastic at explaining it and offering suggestions. Since we weren't super hungry, my sister and I split the fresh heirloom tomato caprese and a flat bread fresh pizza. Plenty to share and... More 

Thank Janette C
Bay Area California
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stella is situated in the basement of a retired and converted hospital, along with diverse shops and businesses. The seating is suggestive of catacombs, with many subrooms connected by brick arches and providing a welcome sense of privacy. Stella presents an unconventional menu. For example, rather than standard steak, chicken and fish, they offer boar, brains, lamb, and monkfish, each... More 

1 Thank Bolond
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

not my thing. Felt creepy to me. My wife agreed. Menu is very foreign with no regular favorite Italian dishes. Ecclectic is the word for it.

Thank Nathan N
Traverse City, Michigan
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When we are short on time, want great (not just food) we want Stella. Service is beyond compare, food is exceptional and we know everyone there who makes out meal great. Moo-tiny is updated and wonderful!

Thank Molly49685
Anchorage, Alaska
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a fantastic surprise to find such a great Italian restaurant. You will not be disappointed with anything you order here. Homemade pasta is hard to beat. My husband loved his steak. They source locally as well. Thank you for being here Stella's !

Thank anitaalaska
East Lansing, Michigan
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66 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband enjoyed his lamb entree very much. I loved my mozzarella and tomato salad with local heirloom tomatoes. I did not enjoy my pasta - not that it wasn't prepared well. It is that I find Stella's food a bit too "rustic" for my palette. Our server Stuart was excellent as was the entire staff at Stella's. We requested... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1200 W 11th St, Unit One, Suite One, Traverse City, MI 49684-3287
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: 231-929-8989

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?