Stella Barra - North Bethesda
The food is always good....a basic menu that is done well in terms of ingredients and a good selection of pizza, starters and side dishes. I've eaten at Stella Barra since its opening at least twice a month and have noticed that the service can be inconsistent. It's never bad, but sometimes lapses. The only negative mark I give the restaurant is with respect to the acoustics....it's loud. You get used to it, and there's probably not much the restaurant can do about it, but I recommend NOT sitting near the large table in the back.
Made a 7 pm appointment and the “table” wasn’t ready until 7:15. They asked if we were ok w sitting in the entry way of the summer house restaurant next door... basically between the two host stands of the restaurants next to the doors and windows. I said no. So we waited another ten minutes for our table. After that everything was great and our server was wonderful as was the food. But reservations really should be more on schedule and not shoved at some random high table between two restaurant hostess stands.
Our reservation was delayed and we still had to wait even with a reservation. but they did the best they could.
Average pizza. Sauce was average. Crust was average. Nothing special to write home about. Good kale salad. Way too expensive for what you get.
Delicious pizza and the cookies for dessert are outstanding.
good place, kind of expensive but enjoyable throughout! One recommendation to improve would be to include more options on the menu. It felt quite limited.
Comfort is one of the best values here. Add the incredibly upbeat service and you have a really good experience. The brunch buffet fare was a mix of Italian with Mexican zzzing! A repeatable.
Great brunch! They keep the food hot and loaded for customers! Excellent service too.
We get the thin skin squash pizza all the time. It was different, thick pieces of squash. Tasted totally different and not very good. Waitress got order wrong and had to remake pizza.
Really great food! Love the pizza with the egg on it.
Music was a bit offensive, did not expect such a dramatic change from their main restaurant, summer house in terms of ambiance. Pizza was okay, interesting toppings but bread is a little flat.
Amazing brunch buffet, tasty, unique. LOVED IT ALL. (Went off keto for this good food.) Quickly replenished. Hustle and bustle and very energetic. Everything we had was as described, fresh! Bellinis and Cuban coffee......amazing! Great value. Staff and service were on point. Will visit again.
Made reservations, had to wait about 20mins because “we had so many people make reservations we ran out of tables”
What’s the point of reservations?
Exceptional food, outstanding service, and a great atmosphere for a brunch. I highly recommend Stella for brunch.
They are really good about replenishing food in the brunch bar. Great specialty coffee selections.
Wonderful food and drink options. Pizza to die for! Had an issue with our table- apparently someone else looked at the list of reservations and told the hostess they were me and took our table before we arrived. Would be better if customers were not allowed to see the reservation list.
The brunch is one of the best on Rockville Pike... Now Pike and Rose is considered North Bethesda. Rare mix of Mex-italian flavor s.
Would be good to see a do it your self Bloody Mary bar again, but the barman put together a second to none Mary!
We were a bit irked at first that we had to wait 20 minutes past our reservation, but it was a holiday and we were really hungry. The buffet (it was 2:00 by the time we were seated) was excellent. Awesome French toast among many choices. We left comply sated!
Food was great! And the servers were kind when they were around but it seemed their service was a bit slow.
Food was superb! Do get the starter of grilled Brussel sprouts - new and delicious flavors! The thin crust pizzas were a winner. Two of our party were gluten free - they had many choices. Wine list was so-so, but adequate. We are definitely returning.
We truly enjoyed our dining experience. We were there for a birthday celebration (the entire family). There were 4 adults and 2 children, 1 of which was a baby. The corner booth worked very well. Our grand daughter made her own pizza (Chef Dave was wonderful with her) and she really enjoyed eating her own creation. We had the wings and a giant meatball as appetizers and several choices of pizza....all wonderful. We will go back!
I’ve been to Stella Barra several times for brunch. The buffet is a good value for the great food. This visit, however, I was very disappointed in the experience. Knowing it’s often busy, I made a reservation for 12 pm for two people. We arrived on time and waited a whopping 45 minutes before our table was ready. We saw tables open throughout our wait, and watched the hostess seat several groups who walked in after us. What’s the point of offering a reservation when you can’t honor it? And in the end, we were sat at a table that had been sitting empty for 30 minutes while we waited. Incomprehensible. The waiter we had, however, was very attentive. May not return for a long time.
Amazes me that management will not politely tell a loud table to quiet down when obviously disturbing other diners.
Great deal on the weekend brunch buffet!
Great Kale salad and the pizza crust is amazing! Tried a white pizza for first time it was really good. Maya the manager was so nice to us!
Appetizers are very good. White pizza so so...and make your own. Thin crust was good. Great service... nice folks
Server was very attentive and friendly, and so was all the staff we interacted with! My son loves to watch pizza chefs, and they were so engaging and fun, and my son got to make his own pizza! He kept going back to the “bar” to hangout and watch and learn. Cool pizza dough flipping tricks! Soon other staff were meeting him, too. Pizza is amazing!! ... we’ll be back!
Fantastic place with great food! It's our go-to breakfast stop on Sundays...the buffet is high quality and consistent. Truly a neighborhood gem!
I love their pizzas and calamari. We got the garlic Parmesan wings this time. They were very good. I’ve been for happy hour which is nice, but no more burrata and jam on their menu. l’ve also been for the brunch buffet which is fairly priced. The only glitch was that our waitperson did not come back to check on us so I never got to order a glass of wine with my pizza.
Food was not the best at all. Really a disappointment from the last time I was there. Eggs were flavorless and soggy and the sausage gravy was beyond think and too spicy. Bacon was soaked in grease and the biscuit were hard as a rock. Plus it took a few minutes for someone to figure out who’s table we were :/
Impressive brunch, especially considering it's a buffet. Good quality, great value and service.
Reservatin but had 15min wait. Table was brojen, had to get up while mgr fixed it.
We were in town for a soccer tournament and on our way back to NJ and we decided to stop here for brunch. We scored big time and definitely did not disappoint. Fantastic brunch options, from eggs Benedict, homemade biscuits, delicious potatoes, to cinnamon roll french toast, salmon, enchiladas, yogurt,etc... and here is the kicker....$18.99. A MUST Try if you are there on a Sunday. We also had one of their thin crust Pizza's and it was A-M-A-ZING!! Oh, and let's not forget the happy hour $3.00 bottle beers, $4- $5 wines, mimosas, Bellini and $20 bottles of wine. Needless to say I was totally impressed and wished I had this near me in NJ. Go, don't wait and request one of the tables with couches, they are the best!!
Went for their brunch buffet and wasn't disappointed. The cinnamon roll bread pudding was delicious and we were all stuffed to the brim. Service wasn't anything super special but the staff were friendly and didn't mind us taking our time, even on a busy Sunday brunch.
We really enjoyed the food and service was great! Fresh ingredients definitely make all the difference. Drinks are a little pricey.
Dark & cold atmosphere. Music (rap) just screamed for me to leave. Was looking for a relaxing brunch out. It was anything but that. Food was so-so way over priced. The tea was totally gross.
fabulous atmosphere...delicious gluten free options. ❤️
Wonderful food, great music, nice bar area with 3 large tvs, and exceptional staff.
uppity and uninterested workers. No manager walking around to check service or customers dining experience. a place where they are just trying too hard to be "cool."