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Stella's Serious Italian

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17 Monarch Bay Plz, Dana Point, CA 92629-3467 (PCH & Crown Valley Parkway)
+1 949-234-1679
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Mon 16:30 - 22:00
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 16:30 - 22:00
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san diego
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very Italian, great sax music, service could have been better. the salad / appetizers were fine and the penne with sausage was prepared excellently. There is a charge for splitting meals which I guess is acceptable. seating is close and suggests conversations should be quiet. The Sax player and song availability is worth the visit.

Thank GATechSlick
Dana Point, California
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29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

This is a small local restaurant and bar that we love. The service is always first rate and the home made pasta is wonderful. I recommend it to anyone visiting Monarch Beach.

Thank Steve I
Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
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295 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

We enjoyed our lunch.clean place great menu and excellent service. Many different options for dining.

Thank Colby R
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108 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Well, to be fare, it's in a good location, and it's a lovely setting, and the staff are truly nice, and the wait people bend over backwards, too. We had to wait for our group to show up, so we did have some starters, and they were quite good, as were the drinks. Finally, we were seated and given menus,... More 

Thank Michael F
Laguna Beach, California
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61 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Tucked away in a shopping center next to Gelsons market Stella's is a great Italian experience, but a little pricey Friendly greeted by the hostess and the manager/owner Services very attentive and made every effort to make our evening enjoyable The gentleman playing the saxophone and he will come around to you with a playbook and notepad for you to... More 

Thank KNT5
Huntington, New York
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322 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Stella's is in a strip mall right off the PCH, but once inside you get a nice view of the ocean and some really good Italian food! Nothing too fancy, but good hearty, traditional Italian- tasty pastas, excellent salads, and good service! They have a guy playing sax which adds a nice flavor to the evening...all in all a really... More 

Thank drjeff77
Troutdale, Oregon
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Made reservation, they called to confirm a couple hours before which was nice. We sat outside and had a great house red with garlic bread for start. Service is very good, waiter was very knowledgeable and patient with questions. Orders came at appropriate times and were fast. Patio was great, we missed sunset☹️our fault not theirs! Overall a great experience,... More 

Thank goduks73
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed the 2 lunch specials ... Sole in caper butter sauce and seafood salad on a bed arugula !! Both excellent. Can't wait to come back again.

Thank banasha_s
Dana Point, California
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454 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Have dined at both the bar and at a table. Must say the bar if the favorite. Mike the bartender is awesome! They have a strolling sax player which is a cool touch most restaurants no longer have. Portions are very generous and prices are right. Nice wine list and cocktails.

Thank romazzino
Aliso Viejo, California
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Congratulations to Stella's for earning my very first 1 star review, you deserve it! Dinner reservations were made through yelp and the confirmation was received. Our party showed up right on time but that's where it went off the rails. Neither the hostesses, nor the owner (I'm assuming he was anyways) could find our reservation in the system, so I... More 

Thank Tony M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
View, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Monarch Bay Plz, Dana Point, CA 92629-3467
    (PCH & Crown Valley Parkway)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
  • Phone Number: +1 949-234-1679

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