Often a university town is lacking great dining venues, catering instead to an impoverished fast food student crowd. Stella 12 Beech is a bold digression from this pattern, offering Oxford residents and Miami University aficionados an extra-ordinary dining experience. The restaurant is located just steps from the lively "uptown" area where the students gather to party, but still maintains a quiet dignity. The dining room is intimate with maybe 18 marble top tables surrounded by comfy seating. There is a bar at which you can dine, as well. Speaking of the bar-I must commend the bartender for mixing a laudatory Makers Manhattan. There is also a smallish gathering area to wait for your party to all arrive. Parking is at meters, which are vigilantly monitored during the day (you don't want a ticket in Oxford-they are pretty pricey), but after 6PM there is no need to feed the meters. We went after the University football game, and were able to get in early. The dining room filled up shortly after we were seated. If you are uncertain, you can call for reservations. The bean soup, a house specialty, was awesome while the onion soup was slightly under seasoned. They were offering a surf and turf with Filet and shrimp with crab that was delicious and filling. Their beet salad was yummy, but needed a bit more dressing in my opinion. Pasta dish was good, but sausage was a little light. The scallop appetizer was lacking-it smelled fishy and the scallops had been freezer burned. They were also overcooked. Desserts were tasty, especially the tiramisu. Thank God the lady fingers were of good consistency and not drenched in booze. They were light and the whipped was fluffy and delish. The desserts are made at a local bakery. The service was attentive, but not overbearing. The server was knowledgeable, and if he didn't know he asked! Ambiance gets an A, and the fellow diners were also appreciative. The tab came to about $50 per, but we ate very well. Stella 12 Beech is a place to come back to for any celebration, or just when you want to be pampered!