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Stella's Restaurant

For those of you who have been to Stella's out in Perrysburg, what do you think? Thumbs up or down?

created by PoshBug on Apr 14, 2009 at 05:08:51 pm     Food     Comments: 49

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never heard of it.

posted by Darkseid on Apr 14, 2009 at 10:46:26 pm     #  

Was there in late February or early March on a Friday night. The portions were generous and the food was fair to excellent, depending on the item, but definitely not good enough to justify how long it took to get attention from our poor overworked waitress, who was very friendly but just having to really hustle her butt off in a packed-to-the-gills dining room with hardly any help (it seemed). We were there a REALLY long time, like, approaching the 3-hour mark!

Prices were fair. If I recall correctly I had lobster bisque, a (huge) Cobb salad, creme brulee and a mixed drink and I spent around $35 including tip. The salad was amazing and I had tons left to take home, but the bisque was nothing special, sort of bland and runny, actually. The creme brulee was made ahead of time and not freshly crusted, which is OK and maybe it's even industry standard, I dunno, but I soooooo love a creme brulee that has just been prepared so that the hard sugar topping is still warm from the torch, and the custard is cool.

They have a neat wine sampler of five kinds for a good price, with more generous portions than you'd expect, which might be of interest to someone who enjoys wine but isn't really a connoisseur and wants to give themselves a self-taught mini-lesson. A friend ordered it and seemed to really enjoy it. Another friend raved about the mashed potatoes but I didn't have any. I did sample her fish and gave it a "meh."

So! Go in the middle of the week and avoid the bisque.

posted by jmleong on Apr 15, 2009 at 01:04:15 am     #  

Or hmmmm, maybe their wine sampler was only 3 kinds, I might have forgotten. I helped finish everybody else's drinks so excuse me if my memory's a bit foggy on a few of the details. ;)

Oh! And one other thing: Parking was kind of a hassle, I did have to walk about 3 blocks to my car. Another reason to go in the middle of the week instead of a Friday night, although this wouldn't have been so bad had it not been the during the armpit of winter, heh.

posted by jmleong on Apr 15, 2009 at 01:10:55 am     #  

Awesome - thanks for the suggestions, jmleong! I'll be sure to report back if anything has changed there, esp the service :)

posted by PoshBug on Apr 15, 2009 at 06:03:54 am     #  

I've eaten very well at Stella - solid service and good food for a fair price. I would be happy to go back anytime. The whitefish, potato encrusted, was a treat; normally I'd only go for whitefish someplace up north. The use of Maytag Blue as an option on the steaks shows a commitment to quality provisions that is not always apparent in these parts. Nice topper on the value priced Flat Iron steak.

It can be a tad crowded on a Friday or Saturday night, but most places are, I do like Thursday night outings for that reason!

Bonus points for not being a chain or part of some restaurant development group!

posted by bam2 on Apr 15, 2009 at 08:00:20 am     #  

I have never been, but just check their website and the menu looks great. I wonder how Zingos is next door.

posted by Ryan on Apr 15, 2009 at 08:25:28 am     #  

stella's service is pretty terrible.
zingo's next store is fantastic.

posted by upso on Apr 15, 2009 at 09:59:05 am     #  

Good to know, Bam2 -- much appreciated!

It makes me feel better whenever I choose locals over chains :)

posted by PoshBug on Apr 15, 2009 at 10:33:37 am     #  

Never been to Stella's, but did just experience Skis polish fare...not so good-ski

posted by justareviewer on Apr 15, 2009 at 12:30:31 pm     #  

ha ha. yeah. skis is pretty god awful

posted by upso on Apr 15, 2009 at 01:07:56 pm     #  

I stopped by Stella's last Saturday for lunch. It was fine. Good food and attentive service. I had the vegie club.

posted by bobo on Apr 21, 2009 at 09:16:44 am     #  

Anyone been to Stella's recently...as in the past 24 months since this post?

posted by justareviewer on Apr 15, 2012 at 06:49:52 pm     #  

nope

posted by upso on Apr 15, 2012 at 07:36:07 pm     #  

I was there in October, my only experience. It was for my fiancee's birthday and there were six of us there. I think all of us were very satisfied. It's a little pricey, but it's fine dining - you'd be paying a lot more for these dishes in most cities not named Toledo (or a suburb thereof).

I had the duck, and it was prepared perfectly. I've found people are often afraid to cook duck correctly (or just don't know how I suppose), so it's extra satisfying when you cut into it and see that beautiful red meat.

I know two other dishes ordered around the table were the ribeye (mid-rare) and ahi tuna, and both received excellent reviews from the eaters. I can't remember what else was ordered, but then again, it was half a year ago.

To speak to the service - they screwed up the birthday girl's order, and they left the faux pas at the table for all of us to eat and prepared a new one. I don't know if that's how they'd normally handle that situation, or the fact that it was a birthday, but either way - score!

posted by Johio83 on Apr 15, 2012 at 09:19:05 pm     #  

I am there for lunch a couple times a year - the last time was about 3 months ago - and the food is always very good. Sometimes the service is pretty slow, but I have never been treated badly. On the whole, I would recommend Stella's, but prefer the Rose and Thistle for both food and service.

posted by MoreThanRhetoric on Apr 15, 2012 at 10:11:32 pm     #  

I need to add that I do not believe the Rose and Thistle is open for lunch.

posted by MoreThanRhetoric on Apr 15, 2012 at 10:12:22 pm     #  

My family goes on a monthly basis. We love the place.

To be fair, it does happen to be owned by a family friend.

posted by BusterBluth on Apr 15, 2012 at 11:54:14 pm     #  

As a Perrysburg resident I know both of these places as well as their owners. Having said that, I will say that Stella’s is very good but not “Oh-my-god” good.

The Rose and Thistle (known to locals, much to the chagrin of the owner, as The RAT) has elicited such a response on many occasions.
The Rose is not open for lunch, in fact; it had been open only whenever the hell the owner wanted to open. But, recently he has taken on a partner who, by coincidence, was formally with Stella’s. The new chef adds new energy to the place as well as regular hours.

posted by Offshore on Apr 16, 2012 at 09:51:47 am     #   1 person liked this

I've been to both Stella's and the Rose and Thistle. Stella's is above average, but it has difficulty clearing the bar for fine dining. I think Stella's is a little pricey for the quality of the food, the service can be spotty, the kitchen is generally slow and I'm ambivalent about the ambiance.

For a real fine dining experience, go to the Rose and Thistle. Main Lady and I stumbled in there by mistake, as the sign outside advertises a pub and restaurant. We were underdressed, but were invited to stay anyway. The food and service were five star quality; the ambiance was four and a half.

There is no meaningful comparison to be made between Stella's and Rose and Thistle; one tries to be, the other exceeds.

posted by madjack on Apr 16, 2012 at 09:55:15 am     #  

Up until a few months ago I worked around the corner from Stella's for several years.

The food is consistently above average and some of the menu selections could be considered gourmet for the Toledo area, although in most larger cities it probably wouldn't be. It's a great spot for lunch in Perrysburg but I'd usually end up eating at Zingo's next door for a few dollars less and equally good food.

Service has been hit or miss over the years but overall my experience had been that it was decent.

posted by idinspired on Apr 16, 2012 at 12:03:13 pm     #  

Chef Rob Campbell, most recently with Revolution Grille, presented his new menu today at Stella's. The menu is inspired, the presentation unique and the taste superb. I am not a food reviewer nor a foodie. We happened to be in the neighborhood and hungry. A spur of the moment delight! Highly recommend. No, he is not a friend. We just liked the food at Revolution until the menu got a little stale, so we were glad to have stumbled upon Chef Rob's creativity. The new menu is not yet online ... Sorry I didn't think to take a photo. Now the wine list? Just meh.

posted by LetItBe on Mar 15, 2014 at 05:21:17 pm     #  

A friend of mine who left revolution with Chef Rob posted a bunch of pictures from the new menu on facebook. It really does look wonderful, and I'm really looking forward to checking it out!

"Grilled salmon/ leek bacon hash/ black truffle hollandaise"

"Pork saltimbocca"

posted by upso on Mar 15, 2014 at 05:57:17 pm     #  

A friend of mine who left revolution with Chef Rob posted a bunch of pictures from the new menu on facebook. It really does look wonderful, and I'm really looking forward to checking it out!

"Grilled salmon/ leek bacon hash/ black truffle hollandaise"

"Pork saltimbocca"

posted by upso on Mar 15, 2014 at 05:57:17 pm     #  

whoops

posted by upso on Mar 15, 2014 at 05:57:31 pm     #  

Thanks upso. I had the above pictured salmon. Spectacular. :) Did notice a couple ex-Revolution people, including our favorite waiter.

posted by LetItBe on Mar 15, 2014 at 06:18:31 pm     #  

Yes let it be-the wine list is going to be addressed soon.the new menu looks great-I saw the preview earlier this week. Among the highlights are house made pastas and some pretty cool and creative add ones for steaks. Rob is a top level talent in this town and really does a great job when given a chance to spread his wings. He's also a great guy. He brought his front of the house manager, Sara with him. Bright days ahead for Stella's.

posted by ahmahler on Mar 15, 2014 at 06:22:40 pm     #  

I am out of town for the winter. What happened at Revolution Grill? New owners?

posted by gunz1 on Mar 15, 2014 at 08:26:43 pm     #  

Really gunz? "Out of town FOR THE WINTER" is not going to garner sympathetic reaction. In fact, you might elicit some hipster adversarialism. Though it appears that Main Street Ventures still owns Revolution, this can only be confirmed for those who have suffered "In town" for the winter.

posted by LetItBe on Mar 15, 2014 at 09:47:40 pm     #  

Rob left revolution in January. Still Main Street Ventures.

posted by ahmahler on Mar 15, 2014 at 10:35:56 pm     #  

Hey, LetitBe, let it be....I'll be back soon enough!

posted by gunz1 on Mar 16, 2014 at 05:55:04 am     #  

While that may appeal to many, it all looks pretty fat and heavy to me.

posted by Foodie on Mar 16, 2014 at 03:06:28 pm     #  

Foodie posted at 04:06:28 PM on Mar 16, 2014:

While that may appeal to many, it all looks pretty fat and heavy to me.

Did you ever try our revolution? Curious what you thought if you did!

posted by upso on Mar 16, 2014 at 04:06:06 pm     #  

Foodie posted at 04:06:28 PM on Mar 16, 2014:

While that may appeal to many, it all looks pretty fat and heavy to me.

I'm sorry, did you say awesome and delicious?

:)

posted by endcycle on Mar 16, 2014 at 07:58:27 pm     #  

Sorry but the top picture looks like someone ate mushrooms and cheese and couldn't keep it down.

posted by MIJeff on Mar 16, 2014 at 11:50:53 pm     #  

OK-Here's the rough version of the menu-Forgive any misspellings or verbiage inconsistencies. This was the menu as of last Wednesday before final tweaks:

plates to share
secret-recipe mike’s hot bread 10
roasted marrow bones / parsley / pickled red onion / radish / crème fraiche / grilled bread 8
crispy brussel sprouts / bacon / scallions / sesame / honey / orange / sriracha 9
lobster tart / fennel / leeks / yukon gold potatoes / shitake mushrooms / saffron / basil 14
crispy pork belly / cauliflower / carrots / thyme / whole grain mustard cream 8
warmed triple cream brie / bacon jam / apricots / grilled bread 11
chef’s combination plate / for sharing market

soups & salads
creamy lobster bisque 6.50
soup du jour 4.50

baby kale / celery root / asparagus / radish / parmesan / poppy seed dressing 8
spinach and quinoa / onion / tomato / pistachios / broccoli / lemon vinaigrette 10
beef carpaccio caesar / grilled romaine / shaved parmesan / grilled bread 12
smoked salmon cob / arugula / egg / tomato / red onion / bacon / radish / honey dijon 11

sandwiches
(served with slaw or waldorf salad)
cranberry turkey melt / chipotle-mint aioli /
muenster / caramelized onions / cranberry- nut bread 9
grilled chicken / ginger tomato slaw / avacado mayo / braided roll 9
shaved prime rib b.l.t. / white cheddar / red onion / garlic peppercorn aioli / ciabatta 10
lamb burger / goat cheese / spinach / tomato / braided roll / chimichurri 11
juicy lucy / house ground chuck / bacon / bleu / onion / bibb / dijon / french roll 12

entrées
(served with soup or salad)
corriander crusted scallops / roasted yukons / escarole / romesco / sherry reduction 27
pork saltimbocca / proscuitto / fried egg / sage / lemon beurre blanc 16
cedar plank-roasted walleye / roasted yukons / broccoli / herb butter / lemon 23
grilled lamb chops / 2 potato gratin / brussel sprouts / chimichurri 27
grilled salmon / leek-bacon hash / black truffle hollandaise 25
grilled marinated chicken / barley / arugula / eggplant / roasted tomatoes / goat cheese 19

(all pastas made fresh in-house)
fettuccine / shrimp / pancetta / vodka tomato sauce / parmesan 21
linguine / clams / calamari / shrimp / vermouth / extra virgin olive oil/ oregano 23
rotini / grill chicken / calabrese olives / asparagus / sundried tomato pesto / goat cheese 18
penne / short ribs / roasted plum tomato / jalapeno / basil / shaved parmesan 19

steaks & prime rib
(pick a side)
rib eye / 14 oz. 28
filet mignon / 8 oz. 30
new york strip / 12 oz. 24
prime steak / usda prime / chef’s choice market

slow-roasted prime rib / au jus / queen (12 oz.) 25 / king (1 lb.) 29
(pm only until sold out)
toppers
au poivre / brandy cream 4
cajun / blackened / shrimp etoufe 7
à la oscar / lobster / asparagus / béarnaise 12
roasted bone marrow / chimichurri 5
sautéed shrooms and/or onions 4
creamy maytag blue cheese 4
roasted garlic compound butter 2

posted by ahmahler on Mar 17, 2014 at 08:30:17 am     #  

Foodie posted at 04:06:28 PM on Mar 16, 2014:

While that may appeal to many, it all looks pretty fat and heavy to me.

I'm right there with you. I want to try both restaurants, but those pictures are very unappealing to me.

posted by slowsol on Mar 17, 2014 at 11:16:50 am     #  

I would suggest you keep an eye on the FB page-They're posting pictures of new dishes every day-there are plenty of grilled and lighter dishes if Hollandaise and Saltimbocca aren't your thing.

https://www.facebook.com/stellasrestaurant

posted by ahmahler on Mar 17, 2014 at 12:37:35 pm     #  

Do the changes at Stella's affect Swig at all? Aren't they owned or managed by the same people?

posted by dell_diva on Mar 17, 2014 at 01:04:16 pm     #  

They are owned by the same people. It's a father in law/ son in law-They get along great, the father in law is getting ready to maybe partially retire, and Stella's has been his baby. Son in Law is young and has been running Swig since day 1.

They brought Rob in to immediately improve Stella's. It sounds like they want the 2 restaurants to work closer together, they want to develop catering and Rob can help add a creative voice to Swig, although, Rob will be the first to tell you that there not much to improve on with Swig. There are thoughts of a commissary and house cured meats, maybe even potential expansion. That's all down the road though, right now, they're just pooling talents.

posted by ahmahler on Mar 17, 2014 at 01:39:12 pm     #  

Chiming back in regarding the above photos: the grilled salmon/leek bacon hash/ truffle hollandaise did not come out with the sauce poured over the salmon filet. The hollandaise is a very light whip of a whisp of sauce... And mine came out as two beautiful poufs on each side of the salmon. I wish I had been served more. It was beyond perfect. The salmon was very fresh and perfectly grilled. The potato leek hash did have some bacon, but what an amazing taste combination. My tastes tend toward vegetables, minimal refined carbs, lots of whole natural foods. I don't like heavy, greasy, fatty foods, and the salmon fit my requirements for a bit of a splurge. I probably would not eat the entire saltimbocca, but my husband would. Life is short, regardless of how carefully you preserve your health. Be sure to experience, experiment and enjoy.

posted by LetItBe on Mar 17, 2014 at 07:44:53 pm     #  

Quick update-endcycle and I dined at Stella's last night. we shared Brussells sprouts and Bone Marrow appetizers (both were killer), we got the Carpaccio Caesar-perhaps the best caesar I've had in Toledo. The Romaine is grilled, which is an awesome touch. so the lettuce is cooked more than the meat. I love that. Entrees-I had the Pork Saltimbocca, which was so, so good. Perfect salty creamy crunchy. Lots of sage and a perfect egg. Not light, but an incredible indulgence. My wife had the quinoa with chicken-really excellent. Huge portion, great for a healthy dinner. well dressed/ seasoned and the pistachios added a great texture. Endcycle got the Lamb Burger and raved (forgot to save me a bite) and his wife got one of the pastas, but I didn't get a verdict on it. They were VERY busy, and service times were a bit slow, sort of across the board. The cocktail and beer programs have been upgraded, wine still needs some help. spoke to chef at length after dinner, and he is still working hard to bring the team up to speed. Other than the amount of time it took, our dinner was flawless. Highly recommend-service time will improve as they become more adept at the huge menu overhaul, they're only a week into it at this point.

posted by ahmahler on Mar 22, 2014 at 08:42:26 am     #  

small correction - i got the 'juicy lucy', which is an all-chuck burger stuffed with bleu cheese. the bun was awesome, the burger great. my wife got a rotini pasta dish that was pretty awesome. A bit overkill with grilled chicken, though.

Overall, the menu choices we saw were a vast improvement over the old way they were doing things. If they cleanup the service a bit, it'll become one of my faves.

posted by endcycle on Mar 24, 2014 at 07:55:01 am     #   1 person liked this

Bumping this old thread in hopes someone sees it before we head out. Boyfriend made a reservation for Stella's for my birthday dinner tonight. We haven't been there in several years. Very concerned about several negative reviews posted on Yelp for the past year. There didn't seem to be a positive one in the bunch. New ownership was mentioned more than once. Facebook reviews were markedly better, but I'm not sure if they can delete negative reviews there or not.

So, for anyone reading...has anyone been there recently and if so, should I be worried? :)

Thanks in advance!

posted by valbee on Jul 01, 2017 at 03:56:42 pm     #  

It's ok. Food and atmosphere pleasant, bu every time we go...not too often...we find the service poor. Enjoy and hope it's all good.

posted by gunz1 on Jul 01, 2017 at 04:11:41 pm     #  

Tony doesn't own it anymore?

posted by SensorG on Jul 01, 2017 at 07:27:15 pm     #  

nope

posted by upso on Jul 01, 2017 at 08:54:56 pm     #  

It ended up being a good experience. Food was delicious and my friend overheard our server telling the customer at the next table that she was the owner's daughter. She was very nice, and aside from a drink order getting mixed up, due to another table ordering the same thing, it was pretty flawless. And the delayed drinks were on the house, so it all worked out. The food was delicious and I got my glass flower. :)

posted by valbee on Jul 01, 2017 at 10:38:56 pm     #  

Nice!

posted by upso on Jul 07, 2017 at 09:50:57 pm     #