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Special offer
Elevate your weekdays, thanks to the best Happy Hour in Milwaukee. $5 Stella drafts, $5 Wheatley cocktails, and $7 select wine pours are offered Monday through Friday from 3:30pm–6:00pm.
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Food and ambience

Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings
Sponsored by: Stella Van Buren

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Great Service
1. Great Service
"Marco gave excellent service at Stella!"
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2. Dinner Night
2. Dinner Night
"Great place to have cocktails and food."
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3. Happy Hour
3. Happy Hour
"well executed cocktails, and the coolest bar wall I’ve ever seen."
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About
Stella Van Buren is a fresh take on the Italian-American steakhouse with the flavors of a classic Italian kitchen. Offering a selection of prime steaks, fresh baked bread, and flavorful house-made pasta, Stella Van Buren is one of the top restaurants in downtown Milwaukee.
PRICE RANGE
₱528 - ₱2,814
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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CUISINES
Italian
FEATURES
Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Private Dining, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Non-smoking restaurants
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Reviewed May 5, 2024 via mobile

First of all I have to say that we got good service from our waitress. She was very attentive and friendly. The food and drinks on the other hand lacked in taste. I had the truffled Bucatini. The truffle did not taste fresh. The whole...pasta just swam in a big sea of butter which just tasted like butter, no taste of Parmesan. I was really hungry so I just ate it. My husband had the bone-in ribeye which was cooked well. The ordered sides we had to send back though. The mashed potatoes where cold when served, and the asparagus was not cooked at all. It was almost inedible very hard and also cold. We did not have to pay for the mashed potatoes or the asparagus hence why I gave 2 stars. Maybe it was just an off night. We had some great dinners in Milwaukee so I would recommend trying some place else if you’re in town.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed June 18, 2023

Great place to have cocktails and food. The beef carpaccio was to die for. The garlic parmesan fries and the asparagus were phenomenal. So were the steaks with the Marsala mushroom sauce.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed April 29, 2024

We had a reservation and they stuck us in a horrible back room. We had chosen the restaurant after looking at the beautiful pictures of two rooms. Well, we got the annex w/o decor or beauty. We also got an inexperienced waitress. I ordered bottled...still water. Everyone else had their regular water and ordered mixed drinks. They received their mixed drinks I did not receive my bottled water. I had to tell the waitress as I had ordered water right up front and water should be served right up front. No, I had to watch them with their mixed drinks and still had nothing to drink. Food came out fairly on time and as we were half way through our dinner the waitress came back and wanted to know what we wanted for dessert. That is a big no. Then I was still eating my dinner and they came out and cleared everyone else so I alone was left eating. That is so rude. I wouldn’t ever go back unless I was guaranteed a good table with the beautiful atmosphere of the bar; that would also be where the best servers reside. Very disappointed to pay high end and sited/served low end.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed January 30, 2024

Stella Van Buren is not ranked #2 in Milwaukee on Trip Advisor for no reason. For those who think “hotel restaurants” are never better than “OK”, we’re here to tell you that THIS “hotel restaurant” was GREAT. From top-to-bottom, everything was first-rate. Décor, noise level,...cocktails, wine list, apps, soup, entrees, dessert and service - everything was extremely well done. Creative, fresh, house-made and delicious. One of the best meals we’ve had in months. A special shout-out to our server, Kaity. Well done! Go there. You won’t be disappointed.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed December 31, 2023 via mobile

Our server Kathy was great. She really made our meal special. The wine and bourbon choices were extensive. Many fine wines, bourbon and tequila to choose from. The small plate bruschetta and waygu meatballs were a tasty start. My filet was cooked perfectly. The pasta...entrees were very good. As was the bread pudding dessert. The only reason it was not five stars, was the timing of the drink and kitchen service. Just a little bit off. We will return to try another of the many entrees. And hopefully have Kathy as our server.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed December 31, 2023

First time here - came to celebrate my friend’s birthday ….Disappointed!!! Service was good our waitress was quite nice. I ordered the Barrel Cut Fillet medium or slightly more but less than med well. It came back well done, the waitress got another one for...me and I thought it was fine after initially slicing into it. We sat and talked for at least an hour and I had it boxed up. Upon arriving home, I looked at it again and found that after resting it is also well done. So now I’m stuck with an inedible brick because it certainly can’t be heated for consumption.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed September 30, 2023

This restaurant provided dinner and breakfast before we boarded the Pearl Mist. Both meals were included in the cost of the Pearl of Seas Cruise. Everything we had was very good.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed August 31, 2023

Chris has been my server many times, and always gives 5 star service. However, the new uniforms that the staff now wears makes them look completely ridiculous - not matching the modern aesthetic of this fine restaurant. The fabric for the vests looks cheap and...dated. And the bow tie? Tacky. This isn't Chuck-E-Cheese. The staff is the face of the restaurant, and in this day and age, outfits matter. They help contribute to the aesthetics and experience of the restaurant. On a different note, the bolognese is my favorite, but the new menu bolognese just doesn't hit the spot the same way. The former menu bolognese was definitely more authentic and tasted far superior to the new menu. The former menu should be brought back - or some parts of the new menu need to be revisited and improved.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed July 29, 2023

Terrific. Excellent food, excellent service by Kelly and Rohit, beautiful restaurant. Food was delicious.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Laura Smith, Other at Stella Van Buren, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2023

Thank you for dining with us at Stella Van Buren and for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your experience with us and that Kelly & Rohit took such great care of you. We look forward...More

Reviewed June 27, 2023

Fun with friends and good food! Hannah was a great server :). Focaccia and cocktails were delicious :)

Date of visit: June 2023
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Laura Smith, Other at Stella Van Buren, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2023

Thank you for dining with us at Stella Van Buren. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your experience with us and that Hannah took such great care of you. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

Reviewed May 27, 2023

Everyone was very accommodating. Kelly, who I assume was running the floor, was very welcoming and professional. Spent time interacting with Aaron, Morgan and Brittany, servers that were running around busy but still made time to connect with me. Food was great but the experience...was better. Great time in a new city while staying by myself at a hotel. Rare thing! 5 starsMore

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed May 14, 2023 via mobile

What a disappointing dinner! The venue is spacious and beautiful, but the inattentive service was matched by the bad food and drinks. The two hostesses could have been cardboard cut outs. The waiter barely spoke and did not smile. When we ordered a special dessert...for my parents’ 60th anniversary, the plates and forks came out … but the dessert never came. We couldn’t find the wait staff but saw a lot of employees in the kitchen on their phones. This would forgivable if the food and drinks were good, but they ranged from mediocre to bad. The risotto tasted good but was mostly salt. The salmon was inedibly undercooked. The pasta was bland. The burrata was bland. Even the Mac and cheese was bland. The Caesar salad and croutons were tasty as were the brussel sprouts and potted ricotta. Most of the drinks had no detectable alcohol - even the neat bourbon was under poured. The drinks sounded great but tasted watered down. This level of poor service, food, and drink was shocking given the high prices and how good this restaurant used to be.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed May 7, 2023

We were there for a special birthday dinner. The staff was amazing and extremely welcoming and attentive! Our server, Hannah and her team, were fabulous and offered lots of suggestions to make our experience even better. Hannah was perfect-we will be back and will request...her section! We had the Tomahawk and it was incredible! Pasta, scallops, salads and appetizers were all just as good! Hats off to the entire staff—you’re doing it right!!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed May 5, 2023

Our server Hannah was excellent! She went over and beyond to make us feel special. Her recommendations were spot on and the food delicious. We will definitely be back and ask for her section again. Looking forward to warmer weather and being able to sit...outside for cocktails.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed April 27, 2023

Breakfast is so fresh and delicious here! The restaurant is gorgeous and all of the employees are happy and helpful! I've come here several times during my stay for dinner and drinks. Delicious! I had breakfast this morning and it was amazing!! So delicious -...especially the toast! Brittany was my Server and she was such a delight: helpful, kind, and patient. I am so happy I decided to have breakfast here before my flight. The prices are super reasonable as well!More

Date of visit: April 2023
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