After reading the typical Boston Globe review in which average food but pretty people results in an outstanding recommendation, I was reluctant to try Stella. Finally, one Sunday, we went for brunch, as it generally has seating. I was very pleasantly surprised. The menu offered a diverse array of options, with a nice enough twist to differentiate it from Union, Metropolis, et al. My personal favorite has become the pasta carbonara which is bound to send me right back to sleep because it is so rich and complex. I think that being able to break the poached egg and mix it into the pasta makes this so wonderful and unique. I also liked their take on eggs benedict, which had a spicy kick, but they weren't served totally hot, which was disappointing. The drink selection is great, and I've had a fabulous bellini and a less than stellar mixed berry drink that just seemed too dull. It needed some sort of kick (probably more alcohol too). The service has ranged from competent to wonderful, and I appreciate that they have not rushed us, even as my party spent far more time than it should have on more than one occasion. I definitely recommend this place, as they seem to really have their act together and offer a solidly enjoyable meal. It may not be the most innovative meal you'll ever have, but it's different enough that it stands out in the South End. Try to grab a table in the front room on sunny Sunday mornings -it's really cheerful in there. Oh, and I really hope they change their menu more often. I want to see more of their ideas!
Pros: Very good food. Nice drink list. Bright and cheery dining room. Friendly.
Cons: Menu hasn't changed in a while.