Tapas house drawing from influences across the globe. Taps feature Belgian beers. Formerly called Stella's.
I feel like I'm transported back to Belgium when I step into Stella's - it's quite a cozy place with sea of chatter and laughter. The place is quite small and packed with people - some tables seems smaller than a 24 inch computer monitor. For those who are claustrophobic, Stella's won't be a good choice for you but for those who don't mind the tailend of rushhour on the skytrain- Stella's is a great place to sit back and do a bit of catch up with friends.
Mussels aren't the best here as I remembered it to be the first time around! I've been served raw mussels once so that was a bit of a turnoff. All in all, the food isn't bad here, it's just that I like my mussels to be memorable and magical....
Service is good though the kitchen seems to be slow at times.
I go here for the ambiance! I haven't sat out in the patio but that seems to be a great spot for people watching on the Drive.
I'll go to Chambar to see and taste what the hype is about - I'm not sure if I'll return to Stella's...
I've been to Stella's twice now and I'm on the fence regarding the food but I'll definitely be back to see which side of the fence I fall on. First off, their beer selection is fantastic and they're reasonably priced. Their Leffe Blond Ale is under $7 (I think) and I distinctly remember paying at least $8 at Seymour's Pub in N. Van.
Beer aside, the first time we went there, the service was good and the food was excellent. We absolutely loved it and decided to go back again. The 2nd time we went there our server was fantastic (nice and helpful without being annoying or in your face). The food was hit and miss. Some dishes were great, in fact most of them were great. The Ahi Tuna was so so (tasted kind of bland) and they had some new Satay dish which basically tasted like it had been drenched in peanut butter. The sauce was too strong and thick. We did mention this to the waitress and she apologized, she told us the satay dish was new on the menu and they were working out the kinks and they appreciated our feedback. She said she would be sure to mention it to the kitchen and would see what she could do for us. In the end, there were two dishes we didn't quite like but the server ended up removing the satay dish from the bill, as well as adding a dish for free that she ordered for us (that may bother some ppl but this dish was super tasty and free). The service definitely made up for the issue with the food (again I state that the rest of the dishes were good). I will definitely be back again, it is entirely possible that the tuna was simply not a great cut, and I just won't order the satay again. The rest of the food was good, beer was great, and I wish I could ask for that waitress every time b/c she was wonderful!
it was good. had a bunch of tapas though now i'm unsure exactly what. had japanese taco's which were delicious, as well as some muscles which were great as well. oh, had calimari as well which was pretty good, not great, but i loved the tacos.
beer was good, service was good, nice little place but super busy. a little too busy for my liking.
overall nice place to go hang out, a little yuppyish for the drive, but oh well --
Not sure what consititutes pub food for some of the reviewers, but if you are expecting burgers, fish and chips etc. you are in the wrong place. I find the food quite good and innovative, and of course the beer is excellent. I travel quite a bit internationally and do see the inside of some very nice restaurants. Stella's holds its own quite well. My partner and I usually go for the mussels, prawns, scallops, and salad dishes, and some of the specials. I have not had a bad dish, they have been quite consistent across perhaps 6-8 visits. I was not as impressed by the steak tacos as some of the others, but it was certainly nothing to complain about.
I'd have to agree with the gist of all the previous reviews. The ambience and decor of the place are both really appealing. We actually had quite good service and the food came out quickly. We ordered the french fries and later on got tempted into trying the chocolate cake with the cherry lambic sauce. This odd combination served to remind us of the dangers of eating at bars with delusions of restauranthood. Though it wants to be a tapas place a la one of the Bins, it's really a bar. The golden rule of bars, of course, is stick to basic bar food, like fries. Never fall for the lure of fancy schmancy sounding food when you're at a bar! The fries were superb, crispy, hot and the lemon-mayo was incredible. Sadly, the cake was delivered up lukewarm and tasting more eggy than chocolatey. Live and learn. The beer list was amazing and offered up some choices I'd never seen before - even in Belgium. Overall, like so many have said before, stick to beer and the solid bar food and you'll be all right.
I went with some friends for dinner... I was hungry... big mistake. We all had beer and shared food. The beer selection is quite good. The food was fairly tasty. The service was very slow. The bill was extreme.
One of our party said she had been there a few times and sometimes the food is horrible. I guess I was lucky I at least had decent food for the price I paid.
The server was almost non-existent, plus we ordered a few sets of dishes, a few people wanted this dish while others wanted this other dish. All the dishes I was sharing in, came very very late (I was hungry). We asked a few times about them, and a server even came and asked if we were the table that order this and that. Even after that we had to wait a long time.
It's probably an ok place to hang out for a long time having beer, talking, and the occasional dish, but don't go expecting to have a meal.
I like the vibe of this restaurant. I like the look. But man do they ever have to work on the food. And I really hope they do, cause it's a nice place. But I've been here 3 times and twice the food was only so so and once it was just plain awful.
My suggestion: go for the beer and the decor and grab pizza slices later.
It's true that on a weekend night there may be a wait for a table. But it's worth the wait.The staff doesn't ignore you and doesn't underestimate the wait time. They just do their best to get you seated, without making the already seated clientel feel like dogs meat for not eating fast enough. The food is quite good and I have tried a lot of dishes but love the simple mushroom miso soup, the giant grilled prawns, and the lamb chops. I don't eat desert because I am a huge lame-o but they all look so good, and I avert my eyes when the staff parades by with trays of cakes and cream. I would turn off the television and turn up the music on the weekends. Good wine. Very good beer. Lovely staff.
I went to Stella's a few weeks back for some beers and appy's and it was ok, not great but not disappointing. A little overpriced for the portion sizes but I decided I would come back. I recently went again and I dont know what they did but the food was terrible, my ahi tuna seemed like it was days old. There was no pink flesh anymore it was all gray and had had a rubbery texture. My korean ribs were no more than a few VERY thinly sliced ribs that I could have got at Superstore and were burned to a crisp. I paid ten bucks for the ribs and only got about 6 small bites. Also the salad that came with it was way overdressed and had mounds of sushi ginger in it, not very good at all. Our server did not seem like she knew anything about anything wether it be the food or the wine. When we mentioned that the food was mediocre she did not attempt to make any adjustments or give us any comps. Overall I was very disappointed about this place and will not be going back again.
After reading many reviews, a group of friends and I decided to visit Stella's last night. While waiting for our table, the service was horrible as the bartender paid little attention to us and offered very little in recommendations for beer. After waiting an hour and a half for a table, they seated us in the corner of the bar at a table for 4 when we had asked for a table for 5. When we were moved to our table, the waitress asked us to bring our own stools as there were not enough at the table. The poor service could have been forgiven if the food was outstanding; however, once again we were very disappointed. The bbq beef short ribs were nothing more than Maui ribs that you purchase at Costco. The carpaccio was smothered in a mayo type sauce and the roasted vegetable antipasto platter had only 2 or 3 grilled vegetables and was overpowered with a mound of blue cheese. The tortilla chips and three dips were something that you would find at a football party and gave us all an upset stomach. We found it quite astounding that so many people could give this place good reviews when there is so much competition in this city. Vancouver is flooded with restaurants that serve amazing tapas with a balance of flavour and presentation. Stella's is sorely lacking in both. We rated this restaurant as poor in all areas and until the service and food are improved, we do not feel that Stella's will have the longevity that I'm sure its owners are looking for. Once the novelty of this new place wears off, it will sputter and sink.
Just had brunch for the first time at Stellas. The eggs were perfect, the hash browns delicious and the chorizo fantastic. Even the buttered brown toast was excellent. All this for $6.50. The cappucinos were top quality as well but at $3.75 were a little expensive for the smallish cup. Overall a really good, decent and filling breakfast.
I've been a couple of times now and I quite like it but the food is a bit over priced as what seems to be the trend in vancouver these days - but the beer is good and it's always good to get some new blood on the drive
finally a decent place to eat on the drive. the food is excellent both in taste and presentation. the service is good and the ambience is wonderful. lets hope the drive gets more places of this calibre. highly recommended.
Let me begin by saying that I am a restaurant manager at a fairly polular seafood restaurant.
On my last visit to Stella's on Commercial Drive I was very unhappy with the food that came to the table. The mussles were totally overcoooked and smelled horrid. I expected much more from a Belgian restaurant. When I order mussles I expect them to be plump, juicy and swimming in a wonderful broth. Not so good. I dod however enjoy the mushrooms in blue cheese.
We then ordered a bocichini salad and a lobster dip. One beer, two beer's later our server let's us know the kitchen is busy and our food would arive shortly. Nope. We waited 45 minutes for the salad. I actually had time to go to the video store and pick out a movie. When the salad did finally arrive it was decent. Shortly thereafter our lobster dip arrived. Please never order this dish. It was just plain awful. Stale chips placed around what looked like a vomitous mas of blah.
Great beer selection. Not worth your time or money. I will certainly not go back to this restaurant.
I've been here twice since they opened and have enjoyed myself both times. Some menu items I really liked and others not at all, and I did find the tapas to be a bit pricey but okay overall. The beer is really what makes this place a good spot to visit though. So, good for a quaff and a snack...but maybe not a meal.
I visited Stella’s on November 11. We arrived at 8pm and the place was packed to the brim. We stood around for a few minutes with our beers until two seats became available at the bar. Waited another 20 minutes and got a table. The menu had 30 or so tapas, I ordered duck sausage with white bean hummus and the beef carpaccio dish. My friend had miso soup and salmon done three ways. All the dishes were great, if a little on the expensive side given the size of the portions and that they were tapas. Also, there were actually no “regular-size” dishes. Lastly, my biggest pet peeve is that they don’t take reservations.
I would suggest to fix two problems: First, add a few TV sets, since its supposed to be a “sports bar”, and from where I was sitting I could not watch the Canucks game. And second, decrease the price of the tapas by a buck or two. A bowl of miso soup for 6 dollars is not my idea of bar-food pricing.
I would recommend this place to anybody who loves good beer (and they have boatloads of good beer) and likes to have a variety of different foods in a loud, fun atmosphere. I will return to Stella’s, if I get my ass to the Drive again.
The boy and I went to Stella's on Saturday night for his birthday dinner. There was a long line up when we got there, but since we only needed a table for 2 we were seated very quickly. Bigger parties definitely had quite a wait. The atmosphere was upbeat, and fun, if a little noisy at time. As someone else mentioned, not the best place for a quiet, romantic night, but perfect for a fun night out.
Our server was friendly and attentative. She took our drink orders promptly and came back quickly with our drinks. She checked on us frequently enough during the meal, but was not overbearing at all. The beer selection is fantastic here and the martini/cocktail list was impressive also.
We had the beef carpaccio, marinier mussels with bread, poutine, caesar salad, and duck breast. All of the food was delicious but the carpaccio was definitely my favourite. The crispy capers, garlic sauce all complimented the delicate beef perfectly. Save room for dessert too...we shared the creme bruleé of the day (white chocolate and espresso that day) and it was delicious. Light, creamy, and the perfect way to end our meal.
We will definitely be back soon!
The staff at Stella's are great and the beer selection is very good. The menu theme seems to be confused fusion, and the food is only ok. Overall, it's a good place to hang out and catch up with friends - good for drinks and munchies, not great for a real meal.
My Dad and I went for a quick beer and snack and we wouldn't go back again.
Service was just OK and the female bartender's attitude was awful. We went in Friday October 7 afternoon and it wasn't really busy. They are usually very busy so I don't think they are motivated to be polite. Either that or there is a morale/leadership problem. I don't need to pay for rude service.
Frankly, you are better to go to the Portuguese Club across the street. It is rarely full, there is no hassle and at least they are friendly.
The beer selection is good at Bier Craft, the menu is OK too. Maybe you have to be "cool" to go there?
Lots of Variety 100 s of imported beers and beers on tap are amazing... more choice of food and nibbling would be amazing
Being a hotel professional from many years i was just trying to check the knowledge of the server and all she did was make up her own description.
however, If u love beer this is the place to be