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“Nice place. Good food, good service.”
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Stella 12 Beech
Price range: US$5 - US$29
Cuisines: American
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Description: Stella 12 Beech's head Chef Sean Bement uses his years of culinary experience to create unique Seasonal Menu's for the city of Oxford Ohio. Vegan, Vegetarian, and specialty request friendly. Open for Dinner 7 Days a week and Brunch/Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.
York Harbor, Maine
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Nice place. Good food, good service.”
Reviewed 7 October 2013 via mobile

Reviewing a restaurant in a college town like Oxford during something like parents' weekend can be unfair. Just getting into a restaurant, and finding parking, is a challenge.

But Stella did a good job under the circumstances during our recent parents' weekend dinner. After parking god knows where and tramping through a light drizzle to get there, we were looking forward to a nice cozy dinner with our daughter. We were not disappointed, and, luckily, we had reservations.

The place is small, intimate. Low lighting, candlelit. We were seated promptly. They were debuting a new wine list and menu this weekend - gutsy move on a busy weekend - but the wait staff was knowledgable about both, and the specials.

The staff handled the bustle well, with the different groups coming and going. And, they did it without losing track of us. Service, especially under the circumstances, was superb and professional.

It was not as noisy and hectic as other places on a weekend like this. We could easily converse and have a nice family chat.

The wine was a very nice malbec. Dinner was very good. Daughter had a wonderful, and huge, pasta dish with leftovers going back to the dorm with her. My wife had a tasty duck with wild rice, with enough leftover for me to get a few bites. I had a nice osso buco. Tasty, but i was a little disappointed with the portion size.

But, that left room for dessert. They split a yummy looking chocolate death cake. I had a pumpkin bread pudding to die for. Coffee was delicious. A very nice ending to a wonderful meal.

Not a cheap place, but probably the nicest place in Oxford. In the midst of the chaos, crowds, noise, and parking frustrations on one of the busiest weekends of the year, Stella was an oasis of quiet, atmosphere, and good food.

Visited October 2013
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English first
Columbus, Ohio
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Change at Stella”
Reviewed 28 July 2013

Having eaten several times at Stella, my friend and I were looking forward to another good dinner. We were very disappointed. The meal was mediocre and pedestrian. I had shrimp and scallops. They came on a bed of hard spaghetti with a strange cream sauce. The dish was sort of warm, but not hot. My friend's chicken on risotto was overly salted and not very good. We were both unhappy with the meals and the prices seemed a lot higher - $14 for a hamburger seems too high. The service was fine - kitchen a little slow (we were only the second diners that evening). Looks like we will be looking for a new dining spot next year.

  • Visited July 2013
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Denver, Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Nice cozy little spot to eat in town”
Reviewed 28 March 2013

We (wife, teen daughter and I) liked this place. Super friendly service, attractive space and excellent food right in the middle of town. Even though the place was somewhat slammed by unexpected large groups post-Spring Break they hustled and got the job done WITH a good attitude. The waitress actually came over and made sure we slipped our little order for 3 in before this huge table of 12+. I would definitely return here.

  • Visited March 2013
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Oxford, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good food and service”
Reviewed 12 February 2013

Stella's is a fine dining restaurant in the uptown section of Oxford. The food - filet mignon, shrimp and scallop pasta, pork tenderloin and mahi mahi - all pleased the customers. The presentation of the food was attractive. The service was good, but our dinner took a while to be served from the kitchen, and we were dining leisurely. We enjoyed our desserts - creme brulee, flan, cheesecake, tiramisu & chocolate were good also. The setting of the restaurant is contemporary and inviting.

  • Visited February 2013
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Long Valley, New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“New Culinary Team”
Reviewed 19 January 2013

Stella's is an upscale restaurant in the uptown section of Oxford. The restaurant itself is well decorated and has a nice ambiance; a nice restaurant with a more sophisticated feel than the other college eateries. The menu selection was good and offered choices that made it difficult to choose. The food, however was disappointing. The Cesear salad was overdressed and the croutons stale. Our table ordered a medium rare ribeye that was delivered quite rare, mussels that were good but the broth in which they were served was flavorless, and pasta which was nothing special. Bar and table service were both good.

Visited January 2013
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