Stella Barra Pizzeria - Chicago

4.7
748 reviews
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$30 and under
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Pizzeria
Stella Barra is an artisanal pizzeria with an eclectic menu inspired by the idea of simple honest cooking. Chef Jeff Mahin has developed a network of farms and purveyors to supply the restaurant with fresh-milled, 100% California flour for his handcrafted dough, as well as sustainably farmed organic produce, meats and cheeses. Pizza toppings range from prosciutto to shaved truffle to smoked bacon and can be served on a lighter “Thin Sin” pizza crust, or even gluten-free dough.

On Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-2pm, Stella Barra presents a chef-inspired brunch buffet for $21.95 complete with cinnamon rolls, breakfast enchiladas, caramelized french toast and more, plus $5 select brunch cocktails. Kids 10 & under eat FREE. Reservations accepted.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Pizzeria, Italian
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Hours of operation
M-Thur 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday 11:00am - 12:00am
Saturday 10:00am - 12:00am
Sunday 10:00am - 10:00pm

Lunch is available along with the full dinner menu every Friday between 11:00am and 4:00pm.

Chef-Inspired Brunch Buffet 10:00am - 2:00pm, Saturday and Sunday. Full dinner menu also available.

Happy Hour available in the bar area from 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Monday through Friday.
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Phone number
(773) 634-4101
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef/Partner Jeff Mahin
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Catering
Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Stella Barra has a private back patio seating up to 60 guests. The room sits beneath a retractable awning, which can be opened or closed (weather permitting). The space is also heated during the winter months, creating the perfect atmosphere to host baby and bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, birthdays, corporate events and more! The space is also available for buyouts, private daytime luncheons (Monday-Friday) and weekend gatherings.

To inquire about private parties or off-premise catering, call our Catering Department at (773) 634-4101.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Halsted & Armitage
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Parking details
Valet parking is offered for $14.00. Street parking is also available.
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Public transit
Just South East of the Brown Line on Armitage.
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Special events & promotions
Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Stella Barra Pizzeria offers an ever-changing menu that spotlights Chef Mahin's knack for baking and utilizing fresh farmers market ingredients, in addition to small plates, appetizers and fresh salads.

Stella Barra has a private back patio space seating up to 60 guests. The space sits beneath a retractable awning, which can be opened or closed (weather permitting). The space is also heated during the winter months, creating the perfect atmosphere to host baby and bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, corporate events and more! The space also lends itself perfectly to full or partial restaurant buyouts, and is available Monday-Friday for private luncheons.

To inquire about private parties or off-premise catering, please call our Sales & Special Events Department at (773) 634-4101.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 748 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Still waiting for the butternut squash pizza to be added back to the menu

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LC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was a nice atmosphere. Seems to be family friendly. Sunday brunch had some good options for a low price. I may go there again if in the area.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time as usual!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pizzas were high quality. Environment was warm and inviting. Service from Courtney was subliminal.

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CW
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy Stella Barra. Good food, good atmosphere!

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AM
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The grilled grapes are a must try. Delicious flavors!!!
Waitstaff was NOT attentive. I had to literally wave my napkin in the air to someone’s attention. Cute restaurant overall.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

While our service, quite honestly, wasn't great-- I kept having to flag down our waiter for drink refills, and they just weren't very busy -- our overall experience was still good. The patio is really a lovely place to engage with friends and family over a meal. And the pizzas were both very good!

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s
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Salads and pizzas were terrific, plus very good cocktails. We ordered the cracker thin crust which was outstanding. Basic combos were delicious as they are made with the right balance of high quality ingredients and we also enjoyed the creative pizza options, the corn pizza is highly recommended! Overall, a great dinner and I've already recommended Stella Barra to friends who were equally pleased with their dining experience. And get the cookies from the bakery in the lobby, so tasty!!

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VH
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch deal and great service!

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KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Was little pricier. Was surprised to see empty spots on Saturday night. Pizzas were great but found to be expensive.

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T
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We went on a Friday night for dinner. It was still great weather so I had called earlier in the week to request their outdoor patio seating. We arrive that night only to find out that they had rented the full outdoor patio to a wedding party. And, they never contacted me ahead of time to let me know - though I had specifically asked to have us sit outside. Frustrating.

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RP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative pizza entrees. Great appetizers. Young crowd.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Used to go a lot when it opened. We both were underwhelmed. Really wanted to like it again!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Came here last weekend for the second time. It’s super busy but a cool atmosphere. Lots of people and groups. The service was pretty good a bit slow at times. The food came out fast and hot and was super good!

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R
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t wait to go back! Pizza was the best wood fired I’ve had. We’ll be back often.

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SS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the buffet, great choices, kid friendly environment, my 4 year old loves it so much, he calls it “my kind of place” :)
Staff’s great, very friendly and they have good service. We visit this place often and have visited many times with friends and family and consistently have had fantastic experience.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I really liked the food at Stella Barra, however, the tables were packed too tightly for a family restaurant. There was a large family group dining while we there and a couple of the children were running all over the restaurant. Obviously the parents should have taken control, but they didn't. It totally detracted from the dining experience.

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a
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

This is good, interesting pizza options.
Restaurant is loud,service adequate. Worth a tr!

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GL
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Noise level "energetic"? It is ear-splittingly loud and that combined with too many tables for the space makes any normal conversation impossible and detracts from the quality of the food and service.

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Have been several times, but for brunch very disappointing. They aren’t that busy so food seems to sit around waiting for a customer. Meant that bacon was super dry and eggs were so so. For the price would go to their restaurant next door and just buy an individual menu item. Love their pizza and can appreciate the attempt at being a brunch place too, but the offering needs to change.

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CS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Best pizza around in a hip and fun atmosphere. Cool craft cocktails, too. Deducted a star because of the awful desserts. Rice Krispy treats and humongous chocolate chip cookies? They could do better.

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CG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I've been going to this restaurant for a while. I love the burrata and pizza options, but the service is typically poor. It takes forever for them to take your order and to get your check, so good luck getting anything in-between.

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RH
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Very very loud music couldn't hear one another or server. Food was good but wouldn't return due to noise level.

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VG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We popped in for a quick dinner on the patio and stayed to sip cocktails because of the great ambiance. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. Make sure to grab some sea salt chocolate chip cookies on your way out.

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SS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance and wonderful service! Our waitress, Savannah, was delightful the last time we went. We’re right in the neighborhood and we love to frequent Stella Barra. Great pizza and good cocktails too.

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GS
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We made dinner plans for our group after whiskey tasting at Binny’s. The table was ready right away, and we were put in the back outside area. The dining alfresco was beautiful and made you forget you were in the DePaul neighborhood. The food was very good, but I had just returned from Italy so I wasn’t impressed. The service was good except for the rushed bus service. Overall, Stella Barra Pizzeria is a hot place in the neighborhood and worth a stop to experience all the excitement.

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BC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best gluten free pizza crust in Chicago and probably the best gf crust I’ve ever had!

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s
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We've been to Stella Barra many times as it is a nice local place. Sometimes it can be a bit loud, but it has a good energy. We go there for the pizza, and it never disappoints. The Brussels sprouts are also really good!

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E
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our waitstaff was great she gave us choices of what we can order. She checked on us enough times that it did not bother our dining. Second time there and will be back.

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E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Disappointing that outdoor space was closed but grateful waiter got A/C dialed down a bit so less like a meat locker. Food terrific!

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J
London
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for family dinner

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NA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

They seated us on a table underneath a dripping air conditioning duct that felt like “Walking in a drizzle”
Food was mediocre.

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OT
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and food!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most amazing waiter who gave us complete insight. Not only do they have the best pizza/food, but the attached bakery has cookies the size of your face that are TO DIE FOR. You can't find a better cookie. The food, service, and vibes are unbeatable and I can call it one of my top favorite restaurants in Chicago!

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d
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

yum yum yum // love love love
I've only ever gotten the mushroom truffle pizza but figured I'd try something new and went with a red sauce most recently; I was not disappointed. Can't wait to get back to try even more.
The cocktail list is void of drinks with rum or vodka which was a bummer as I don't prefer gin tequila or burbon, however, their specials are usually amazing.
Love the contrast of Stella compared to Summer House next door.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great brunch buffet. Excellent food, laid back atmosphere.

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C
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite place to go when we go to the city!!

Jared and Michael fabulous bartenders!!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great experience! We waited about 45 minutes for our reservation because we requested outside, but we didn’t mind and had a drink at the bar while we waited. The pizza was outstanding and the wine was great. The mushroom pizza with truffle oil is one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had. The outdoor patio is adorable and we’re glad we waited to sit outside!

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W
Nashville
466 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Anytime this place gets busy, the kitchen slows to a crawl. 50 minutes wait for a thin crust pizza...really?
This is a common problem with Lettuce Entertain You restaurants. Strange...they get most things right.

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JG
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So happy we found this spot- great food and incredible service. Made a reservation and the table was ready when we arrived, our waitress was great and the cocktails were fun! You can go half and half with any of their pizzas, which is great to try a couple different kinds. Will be back!

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