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Stella Van Buren

4.0
4
958 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Stella Van Buren is a fresh take on the Italian-American steakhouse with the flavors of a classic Italian kitchen, modern style, unique design and food that appeals to today’s diner. Slow-cooked meats, fresh baked bread, and flavorful house-made pastas are the traditional comfort-food classics that Italians have been roasting, baking, curing, and making in their own kitchens for generations. Bar service begins at 4pm Monday thru Saturday, dinner service at 5pm. Breakfast available Saturday and Sunday from 7am-10am and 6:30am-9:00am Monday thru Friday.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (414) 847-5622

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Stella Van Buren can accommodate all of your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Alex Schubert: (414) 847-5622

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Cross street

    E. Michigan St.

  • Parking details

    Street parking, nearby parking structures also available and Complimentary valet parking.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 958 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. W

    Wendrous

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I reserved a table of 4 for my sister’s birthday dinner. We had a phenomenal time! FOOD: Food was delicious; we ordered the BLT and Caesar salad as starters. For main courses, birthday girl ordered the Linguini Allo Scoglio; her one critique is that she would have liked it a little more flavorful. The fresh seafood was excellent however. We also ordered the Ribeye steak, which was amazing, as well as our 2 orders of the Pesce all'Acqua Pazza. SERVICE: Eric was our server, and he was absolutely delightful. He was punctual, informative, and so helpful. We had dinner and then ended up staying on the patio for a little bit. Afterwards, we made our way on over to the bar. Throughout the night, Eric continued to serve and assist us. He was so patient, and we really enjoyed him as our server. Montes and Alonzo were also amazing! The bar service was spectacular. The service we received alone was absolute perfection, and this itself will be a huge reason of why we will be back. Thanks so much Eric, Alonzo, and Montes!!
  2. PM

    PeggyM

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Had a great lunch. Server was attentive. Wish I would of known there was a 20% service charge added to the bill and what it’s exactly for. If for the servers tip he certainly got an extra bonus.
  3. JH

    JimH

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    Servers were Great. Food was very marginal. Noodles dry flavor very minimal.. Would have no reason to return. Was very dissatisfied with food.
  4. J

    Jeff

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We went there for my fiancé’s birthday. The front seemed like a sports bar and the back was nice but the chairs were so low that she sat towards the front to eat comfortably. Service was quick but the taste was only good. Most of my food tasted of butter and not much else, the steak wasn’t seared at all and was overdone. As a matter of fact so was hers. When we were asked about dessert I asked if they had any cake as it was her birthday and our waiter didn’t even wish her a happy birthday, just a no to the cake but they had doughnut holes. It was a nice place but not upscale, the food good and service ok definitely not worth the money we spent.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My team was impressed with the attention to detail throughout our dining experience. The menu was extensive and held to a particularly high standard. The host astutely recognized the importance of our evening and demonstrated a welcoming and professional nature which set the well-mannered precedence of the night. We were pleasantly surprised to have an opportunity to sit outside on the balcony and leisurely enjoy a glass of wine before dinner. Elias was our server and was extremely poised, attentive, and authentically engaged while providing several great recommendations. The exquisite atmosphere and vibe of the restaurant complimented the meal in terms of promoting a captivating culture of consistency, high quality standards, and presentation. We had the forged mushroom pasta which was very flavorful and the Manhattan was cooked perfectly.
  6. 2

    2runners2

    Milwaukee

    23 reviews

    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    Food was great We miss the minestrsone soup. Was one of our favorites for lunch. The basil tomato soup was good. Two of us had the pasta with mushrooms Would get again. Our guest had the pork belly.. large size. Enough to take home. Cocktails were outstanding. Service was slow. He was not attentive to our needs.
  7. JP

    JPSMKE

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Very nice evening with out of town guest in for business. Reservation was easy, table was ready when we arrived, service was a bit slow and had to remind our server for a few items. Food presentation, quality, taste, and temperature were all outstanding. Closing out/a bill was quick and easy.
  8. AF

    AnniversaryFail

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience1
    My special request of a romantic table was not honored. We were at by a 10 top, so it was nosier than we would've liked. Food was sub-par. Calamari was very chewy, we did not even eat half of it. My steak was way over cooked. My wife's pasta had very little sauce. We way over paid for the whole experience. I will not be recommending this restraint to any family it friends.
  9. VA

    VeronicaA

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    The food here is absolutely delicious. From the salad to the lamb chops to the dessert. The biggest reason we didn’t give it 5 stars is because our waiter was awful! It took him 10 minutes to even come to our table after we sat down. And we walked past us 8 times! Then even after that it didn’t get any better. He had to have other people bring out our food cause he was so oblivious and paying way to much attention to one of the hostesses!
  10. K

    Karesma

    Milwaukee

    32 reviews

    2.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Disappointing, compared to pre-pandemic experiences. Had to ask for white wine list because it wasn’t with the wine menu. Server didn’t know which table to bring food, but our waiter was ok. Most of all, our main courses were marginal, not worth their $$$$. Three scallops on some cream with 1/4 cup of greens for $35?? Lots of pretty good pasta, though. On the other hand, the bar is fantastic! Try their sazerac!
  11. SF

    StevenF

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Annual meeting
  12. K

    Kayla

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    My boyfriend and I went here for our anniversary, the ambiance was nice, moderately loud. I was debating between two dishes and asked the waitress for her recommendation. She said the linguini was better for the pasta if you want something creamy. Our food came, I received the seafood with plain linguini, no sauce, nothing. I asked out waitress for more sauce, and she checked, but the chef didn't offer anymore. I expected more than bland pasta for a $35 bowl of pasta. I was surprised the waitress didn't offer anything else or anything, I understand it wasn't her fault. Our server was great, but the food was poor. I would probably not go back.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    For the price point, I expected the service to be a little more upscale. While the wait-staff was pleasant, they didn’t have the attention to detail I was expecting: The runners wandered around unsure of where to deliver plates; dirty plates themselves were left on the table for too long before being cleared for the next course; my soup was served without a spoon and it took about 5 min to flag down our waiter for one; after dinner drinks and desserts were not offered after we had finished our entrees, the waiter just if we were ready for the check. Had the restaurant been crowded, I would have been more apt to let these things slide, but it was only at about 50% capacity with many open tables. The space itself is gorgeous, definitely would be a fun place to come get after dinner drinks, but I wouldn’t recommend dining here if a friend asked.
  14. M

    Misty

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    A table of 3 50+ year old ladies and our server called us guys several times even after being corrected. I'll go to fast food for that greeting. Please bring back items from old menu. Gluten free on your current menu is extremely limiting. I was looking forward to the shrimp and avocado salad!! Steak was ordered medium rare and came out medium well. Potatoes were so salty they were inedible. Server said, "oh sorry about that." Quite an expensive evening out with the "guys" to walk away hungry.
  15. DL

    DonnaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Stella Van Buren and will definitely recommend.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome!!!
  17. TB

    TravisB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Not what I expected. Menu small and food was just alright
  18. MB

    MaryB

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome! Our waitress was great! Food-delicious
  19. AB

    AndyB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Restaurant seemed wholly unprepared for a busy Summerfest weekend. Slow and inattentive service, so so food, and hotel lobby atmosphere. Nice menu though restaurant did not live up to its hype.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my girlfriend’s birthday. She loved it. Everything about it was great.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    The music was not right for the ambiance, I think smooth jazz would make for a better experience. The outdoor seating was not fitting with restaurants style and could have been done a lot nicer. The lighting, while I do enjoy it being dim in a restaurant, you were either in complete darkness or had the most unappealing bulb shining down onto ur face. My visit in February of 2020 was more impressive by far but maybe it was just the pandemic.
  22. SZ

    SharonZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time at Stella’s. The food and service was terrific. Would make sure we visit again.
  23. MH

    MatthewH

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and cocktails were delicious! Bone in ribeye was one of the best steaks I have ever had!
  24. MS

    MichaelS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    The ambiance and location of this restaurant is wonderful. The bar is incredible. The restaurant is very highly rated and advertised as one of the best Italian restaurants in Milwaukee. I’ve been to many of the Italian restaurants in Milwaukee and unfortunately I do not agree with that rating. I would not rate the restaurant in the top 5. If you are looking for authentic Italian food in Milwaukee I suggest Zarletti, Onesto, or Calderone Club.
  25. AD

    AlonsoD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing overall experience. Had a great time and food was fantastic. 10/10
  26. K

    Koj56

    Milwaukee

    93 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    So I think this is one of the prettiest bars in MKE ! The outdoor space is pretty cool Service was very good Thanks Henry our steak was amazing !! Shrimp and avocado salad with good flavors probably would not do the fried calamari again :) overall a very nice evening so glad Stella’s is back !!!!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    service was spectacular from hostess, assistants to server and server - a pleasure!
  28. B

    Blong

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Nasty food super expensive wouldn't recommend.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Appetizers and drinks were outstanding. Ambience was vey fun! My shrimp with spaghetti was disappointing. It was very plain and the shrimp were small and poor quality. Not a good value for $26. My husbands steak was good, but very over priced. Dessert selection was lacking.
  30. CJ

    CaJoSpe

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great service team! Do plan to order side dishes - main entree came alone on a big plate.
  31. C

    Christian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very attentive and polite server. Pork was delicious however next time will ask for medium rare instead of medium.
  32. AS

    AlgisS

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was tasty, but not very hot.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Ask for medium and got well done plus had to wait long for second steak. Kitchen staff wasn’t wearing hair cover, hair was in my bf steak. Awful expensive experience.
  34. CP

    CindyP

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was good and quiet environment for a enjoyable meal.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wife’s Birthday
  36. AC

    AnnaC

    Naples

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have a great time at Stella’s! It’s a favorite of my husband and mine. Today we went for a belated birthday celebration and before we went to the Bucks game. Food is excellent and we love the vibe in there. Just be prepared to receive quite small portions for a higher dollar value. Overall a great experience but you will not leave feeling full.
  37. s

    shak

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Nice enough. Rather overpriced for what it was. No sparkling water which for a high end Italian is slightly unforgivable.
  38. TB

    ThomasB

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Service was not very attentive
  39. TR

    TimothyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was our anniversary, the staff made it feel special and the food was really good. Meatballs and steak both had great flavors. Wife really liked her cocktail.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal, great service, and perfect atmosphere for a date nite but would workout well for a group dinner too.

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Stella Van Buren does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Stella Van Buren is rated 4 stars by 958 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

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Google Map for Stella Van Buren

550 N Van Buren Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    E. Michigan St.

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking, nearby parking structures also available and Complimentary valet parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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