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Trattoria Stella

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1200 W 11th St, Unit One, Suite One, Traverse City, MI 49684-3287
+1 231-929-8989
17:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Traverse City, Michigan
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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our 2nd visit to this restaurant. Our first one trip we could hardly hear each other because the restaurant was so loud. The food such as the salad was very skimpy and overpriced. We decided to give it a second try but once again it was so loud and we couldn't enjoy our dinner. No real parking as well. Parking... More 

Thank lindacfischer
Troy, Ohio
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our food here was delicious. Started with the Mussels in a spicy mustard cream sauce. Yumm. Next I had a few oysters. I am still new to oysters and our server was very friendly and knowledgeable to help me make a selection. I thought they were great. We ordered one pasta dish and one meat dish. The pasta and chicken... More 

Thank JOhio1999
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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425 reviews
278 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this restaurant with very high expectations. Came away with very mixed results. The antipasti selections delivered. The beef cheek and beef bone marrow struck the right chord. Flavorful and delicious. The Atlantic mussels were OK with a bit of spicy zest from the mustard cream. The sea scallops were over cooked and rubbery. Entrees were also a mixed bag.... More 

Thank t-bonetraveller
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very unique building. So glad we went there. Beet salad was amazing. Very knowledgeable sever. She explained all the different dishes.

1 Thank Gayle S
Royal Oak, Michigan
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The atmosphere, menu and service exceeded my expectations! We were able to get a lovely table on Sunday the 30th of October-in time for dinner service-I opted for the chefs cut on appetizer and main course-with an additional beet salad- from the sparkling water onward the whole meal was above all expectations, a tad pricey?- Not really for the experience... More 

1 Thank Mary M
Grosse Pointe, Michigan
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cool ambiance-call well in advance for reservations-food very good but pricey, hence 4 stars rather than 5...could use some more affordable dishes on the menu to appeal to all.

Thank TCfallcolors
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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172 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Everyone that vacations in Traverse City and likes to support the locavore movement should try this restaurant. Built in what was the former state mental hospital, the setting is a unique place to enjoy good Italian food. Our service was slow, and a couple items fell a little short of expectations, but I would definitely come back again and try... More 

Thank Innerhousewife
Jacksonville, Florida
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

This is a very unique place whose former life was a state mental facility... but a good one! It has a beautiful bar and the entire place has remanants of it's previous incarnation with lots of brick and cell-like seating for intimate dining. Excellent wine list... lots of local vino and most items are farm to table with a wonderful... More 

Thank jaxhc6477
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Even though have been vacationing in Traverse City for 30 years, had never visiting Stella until Oct. 2016 for a birthday dinner. The atmosphere is romantic, the service is spot on, and the food is delicious. This place lived up to the hype, for sure. Authentic, delicious Italian. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 only because the prices... More 

Thank FlushingYummyeats
Commerce Township, Michigan
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

A great restaurant in a really cool setting. The location is incredibly unique, and the food is excellent. The bone marrow app was delicious. Our server was extremely thorough and he seemed to know the ins and outs of every item on the menu. We will certainly be back and absolutely recommend this place for a nice dinner in TC.

Thank Nick K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
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: +1 231-929-8989

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