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“Great Choice if You are in the Area”

Stella Barra Pizzeria
Ranked #52 of 709 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
Cross street: Bicknell
Reviewed 26 July 2014

We stumbled upon the restaurant while walking the area. It was one of the few in Santa Monica where we felt the food and service justified the price. The server was excellent and helpful in providing suggestions of places to go in the area. The food overall was very good. The pizza was excellent. The roasted beet app was excellent, but the green salad had no flavor at all. The dessert was also very excellent. Pizzas are individual size. Nice choice for families. Comfortable atmosphere.

Thank Anne A
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

It's a small restaurant, located a couple blocks off the beach and south of downtown. I wanted something different than the typical beach front seafood joint and was in the mood for pizza. They have salads & sandwiches too. It has your typical California pizza selection - super thin crust and interesting toppings, although you can add or take away any toppings. I ordered the mushroom pizza - and it was delicious. Pizzas were $13-15, unless you add stuff. If you have a large appetite, you can eat the pizza all by yourself. If you have an average appetite, you can split the pizza or take home the left overs.

Service was good, the hostess was very polite, professional, and accomodating. A family showed up with two baby strollers and the hostess helped them with getting the strollers placed safely out of the way of the worker's paths. The wait staff was attentive and also very polite. Everyone appeared to enjoy working there.

The drink selection was average size, but the bar tender would make almost any drink you want. Beer and wine selections were typical, local brew beers and national brands too.

I would definitely recommend this place. It is good for those eating alone, as a couple, as friends, and families.

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Thank lhwashere
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

Stella Barra serves excellent sandwiches and pizzas. We tried both and have no problems recommending this restaurant of you are in the Santa Monica area. We will definitely go back the next time we visit LA!

Thank John E
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

We were desperate for pizza in Santa Monica and found this place on Yelp. Atmosphere is hip and modern, wait staff very friendly and helpful. We started with a large salad to share. It looked beautiful and fresh, but had no taste. It was almost literally tasteless. It wasn't bad, just not seasoned. We were starving, so added salt & pepper and dug in.
Then our pizza came and we were very pleased. I saw conventional pizza ovens, but ours tasted almost as if they were cooked in a wood-burner. Crust was crispy around the edges, but softer in the middle. We've had pizza all over the world, including Italy so we are not pushovers.
I would rate this as some of the best pizza I've ever had. The only thing that could have made it better was a wood fire. We were dying to go back, but our schedule did not permit. If you are in Santa Monica and want pizza, this is the place to go.

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Thank mcarp
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

The crust was as good as it gets. The sauces and ingredients were very good, but not the best I have had. The service was excellent. If you have any room left, try the ice cream sandwich on your way out.

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Thank Mike H
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