Stella Barra Pizzeria - Chicago

4.7
724 reviews
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$30 and under
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Pizzeria
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  • Good for a Date
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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 724 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 7 days ago

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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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Great for family dinner

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1.0Dined on July 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Always great service and food!

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great brunch buffet. Excellent food, laid back atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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

Jared and Michael fabulous bartenders!!

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Recently my last two visits to Stella Barra have not been very good. The service has not been good and the food has been sub par. They just changed menus and overall was not happy with the experience.

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Always a good go-to. choices. Server was great, food great and very convenient! Thank you Stella Barra! My only concern this time was music: too loud and I was not a fan of the choices.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Always a great choice! Love the gluten free pizza.

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Very popular spot as it was crowded already at 5:00 on Saturday. Service was pleasant but a little slow. All pizzas were tasty and delivered on menu promise. The gluten free pizza was super thin crust so was almost overwhelmed with the toppings. The gluten free chocolate chip cookie tasted a little stale, so was an expensive and disappointing treat.

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

This is pretty decent place but not spectacular. I think the pizza was average for a Neopolitan Pizzareia. The appetizer were significantly better than the pizza.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Javier was our server and was very knowledgeable and attentive. Our food was amazing and loved the ambience. We will definitely be back and can't wait to try the brunch! Thanks!

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Svc was excellent and some of the rewards very much appreciated !!!! Back soon

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Back room super hot and humid, otherwise great brunch and service.

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1.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Soggy thin pizza with minimal cheese. Mostly tomato sauce or cream sauce.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Great food!

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We saw the Chicago Best’s segment and this made us decide to try the butter squash pizza and it was great. We also tried the prociotto egg pizza and that was also good. Will come back and will try the Sunday brunch and come back on a regular visit and try other food in the menu.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Amazing pizza. I had the kale with white sauce and was blown away. The service was very responsive. Go early if you want to avoid the crowds as sound level increases some.

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2.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Usually love this place but food was sub par today. Disappointed! And outdoor space wasn’t open.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

I ordered the sausage pizza. I told the server that having had the same pizza before, it seemed like they were always light on the sausage. I also asked for fresh garlic. I could not taste the garlic and the sausage was light.
My wife ordered a gluten free Margarita pizza. Instead they brought a regular pizza. By the time they remade the pizza, I was half done. Very disappointing

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great selection on the brunch buffet. Service was great and atmosphere was casual and relaxing.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Outstanding flavorful thin crust pizza with fresh tasting ingredients and very flavorful which I rarely say for thin crust pizza. My favorite thin crust pizza in the Chicago area.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Omg!!!! The best brunch buffet for the pricw in te freakin world

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Fun place. Love the outdoor area especially. A little loud inside but lively! Brussel Sprouts are excellent. The pizza is fine, but there is better pizza in Chicago, so come for the salads and starters and the fun atmosphere. The service is excellent also.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Great food. WAY too loud

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The food and service were great, but it was so hard to have a conversation in the restaurant because the noise level was so loud.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Pizza great. Service slow and spotty. Our last entree came out five minutes late. Difficult to get a beer from our server who kept forgetting about our table.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Fantastic pizza! Our big Salads were excellent as well. Our waitress was very good. Gluten free options were sooo good! We celebrated Mother's Day there. We will definitely return.

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