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Stella Manhattan Bistro

213 Front St., New York, NY, 10038
nr. Beekman St.
212-233-2417

Avg. Rating

9
Food: 9
Service: 8
Décor: 9
"Highly Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

86% would go back.

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A GOOD TOURIST TRAP...NOT FOR LOCALS

By lewie on 6/22/2012

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

GOOD NEWS: We were seated promptly. It went downhill from there. Ordered the salad special and oysters for an appetizer. We received our wine and were waiting for our appetizers and after a 20 minute wait we inquired if there was a problem. We were told "oysters are difficult to open", really? Our neighbors happened to be seated next to us and we noticed that they received a bread basket while they were deciding what to order. We asked for bread and we were told that for parties of 2, no bread for you! Actually, no bread for parties of 3 either, as another group of our neighbors told us. We would not go back to the restaurant ever because when service is horrible, how can you possibly enjoy the food. The salad special was really nothing special and the entree (steak and mashed potatoes) was nothing to impress us with. If you are a tourist, welcome to their trap.

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22 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

YUM!!!

By DowntownDee on 12/19/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Stella is wonderful!! Excellent food! Creative and Delicious! Friendly staff! Great atmosphere! Have been several times and will keep recommending it! An excellent food adventure!! Braised Short Rib, Polenta, truffled macaroni and cheese, french onion soup! I could go on!!

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70 out of 132 people found this review helpful.

Seafood surprize

By Arhus on 4/18/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

On my last visit to NYC I was told by a friend to check this place out. I was there on business and I was really impressed with the area (before we even made it into the restaurant). The decor was ideal for a business dinner but more to the point the food was great. Main reason for the review though was the great service we had..As an outsider I'm getting sick of NYC restaurants taking advantage but these guys couldn't have been more different. I had the chowder and the chicken for main and was really pleased. No desert but they looked pretty impressive.

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71 out of 128 people found this review helpful.

AMAZING

By goodtaste on 7/26/2007

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Well, I have eaten at Stella Maris now 5 times and it has only gotten better and better. The Menu is amazing creative there are always new things on offer. All I can say is the Chef has a vision and that is very clear. The service is fab, u always feel like a celebrity when you go in there. The attention to detail is very impressive. I have been in the restaurant business for many years and this place is refreshing, i could go and say "it is like a breath of fresh air" All and all I would / do recommend this great restaurant to all, it is a crowd pleaser.......

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201 out of 452 people found this review helpful.

Love it!

By Pornie on 7/16/2007

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

My husband and I, and our infant daughter, often dine at Stella Maris and we have never had a bad experience. The restaurant itself is fabulous, very modern and stylish, without being pretentious. The staff is always super attentive and friendly. And the food is amazing. We usually go there for dinner, or in the evening, or go to the coffee bar next to the restaurant and have always enjoyed the food. Can't recommend it enough. It's a welcome addition to the neighbourhood.

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238 out of 456 people found this review helpful.

Where we should have started

By g8rh8r on 7/1/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I live in the neighborhood. The other night my wife and I wanted to go out for a nice dinner so we chose a somewhat famous nearby steakhouse. The food was good but the service was horrible especially knowing how much we were spending. So we decided to grab dessert and coffee somewhere else. We chose Stella Maris and our experiences at the two restaurants could not have been any more different. Stella Maris' staff treated us like kings. Everyone was so nice and cheerful. I joked with my wife that they must have mistaken us for celebrities. When our desserts arrived we saw that they had included samples of other desserts we hadn't ordered. I would definitely try their peanut butter galette. We were so impressed with the service, food and environment that we've made it a regular spot for lunch and dinner. We've never been disappointed. They also have a great brunch, however, I do wish they would open before noon.

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242 out of 463 people found this review helpful.

Excellent Food, Great Place!

By westing9889 on 5/29/2007

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

The food was great. I've eaten at Stella Maris on many occasions. From the Lamb Shank to the Salmon, everything was very flavourful. The food is packed with fresh flavors that are simply a delight. The service was great. For the prices and level of food and service I say it is a great value. The atmosphere is really nice and calm. Perfect for any occasion. I highly recommend it. It has a very upscale feel without the high prices. Also, it's a great way to experience the downtown seaport area.

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