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“Consistently good with friendly service”
Review of Stella Restaurant

Stella Restaurant
Ranked #12 of 50 Restaurants in Ventnor City
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Consistently good with friendly service”
Reviewed August 3, 2014

I, along with family and friends, have eaten at Stella's many times ever since they opened in Ventnor. The menu is creative and the food is consistently very good. Yes, it is relatively small although the noise level is lower than in many other shore restaurants during the summer. We have always found all of the waitstaff to be friendly and helpful. We will continue to make Stella's our dining destination in the AC, Ventnor, Margate, Longport area.

  • Visited July 2014
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English first
Haverford, PA
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Delicious & Foodie-Worthy if you're willing to put up with spotty service”
Reviewed August 1, 2014

We at here for the first time Tuesday, July 29, 2014. A charming byob, we were able to make a reservation for 6:00 pm. We were greeted right away and seated, however, our server never introduced himself and we had to ask for the bread to be brought to our table (they had brought the dipping oil for the bread, but not the bread). Bottom line, the front of the house is understaffed - even for a Tuesday night! Our server was working plenty hard, but there was just too much for him to look after throughout the evening. It cost the restaurant a couple - they were seated at 7:00 pm and left at 7:30 pm with their wine still unopened. Two other servers showed up at obviously strategically staggered times, but it's just not enough. Spend the extra $ and hire them to come in earlier!

Our food was delicious and wonderful. I love a simple menu without pages and pages to wade through. They made it easy with everything on one page. We ordered the beet salad, stuffed dates, short ribs and lemon dover sole special. All were terrific.

I would go back knowing not to be in a hurry or too hungry.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank pineapplegirl
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Nicholas L, Owner at Stella Restaurant, responded to this review, August 3, 2014
pineapplegirl,
Thanks so much for visiting Stella. We appreciate your review and hope to always provide great food and service with an overall positive dining experience. Regarding your comments referring to service on Tuesday July 29th, we unfortunately had one of our key waitstaff have to go home moments after opening due to falling ill. Then other waitstaff were called in on their day off to cover this unexpected situation. This explains the "obviously strategically staggered" presence of more staff in the dining room as the night progressed. I am sure you understand that life cannot always go as expected. Once again, thanks for your review and input. I hope this explains this situation.
Regards, Nick LoBianco chef/owner
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philadelphia
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Consistently excellent”
Reviewed July 20, 2014

Stella has become one of our favorite restaurants. We have a house nearby and have come here many times since it opened. It has continued to improve with age. Both the food and the service are consistently excellent. Our favorites are the scallops (which are amazing), short ribs, mushroom appetizer and eggplant parm. The only negative is the noise level. It's very loud on weekend nights in the summer. Otherwise, it's a great neighborhood place.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank phltraveller530
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Philadelphia, United States
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Nice Staff Nice Menu Good Food”
Reviewed June 25, 2014

As a born and bred Ventnor citizen I can tell you that the "dining" experience in this town was limited to say the least. And along came Stella. Yes, it is small, it used to be beauty salon, but the menu is very good with something for everyone, the staff and owner couldn't be nicer and the food was served promptly right off the stove. It is not fancy dining, but for a shore dinner and a byo to boot, it hit the spot. They really aim to please and it shows.

Visited June 2014
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Thank Carole W
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Ventnor City, New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great place”
Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

This place is great! The food is awesome, and its very cozy and elegant inside! Its always a pleasure when we have dinner here! Their short ribs are amazing, i get them everytime!

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Thank Cory T
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