Stella Nonna

1407 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
(510) 524-3400

Recent Reviews

tatiana w.

My husband and I happened upon this wonderful restaurant while driving through Berkeley. What a great experience all around! Delicious food (my salmon was cooked perfectly) and super friendly and attentive service. Our dog loved the patio!

Holly B.

My friend recently introduced me to Stella Nonna, and I'm SO glad she did! The food here is fresh and clean, and served with a smile. Yesterday I had the BEST beet salad I've ever had...and I've had a lot. Theirs has gem lettuce, plentiful avocados and beets, goat cheese and pistachios. I'll be going again and again just for that salad :)

Natasha F.

Came here for dinner with the family on a Saturday. Arrived at 5:30pm, so there was no wait. The parking lot is tiny so it was already full, but street parking was easy. The service was very attentive and they even have a little kids book section and crayons/high chairs for the littles. Food was good but nothing amazing. I had the pork carnitas in sauce with a chile relleno (filled with mac n cheese instead of cheese - VERY HEAVY). It came with cornbread, which was yummy. Other items: Kids mac n cheese with broccoli (broccoli undercooked, he wouldnt eat it), and the fried chicken sandwich (fine but not very seasoned, needed more flavor). Would probably come back to try out some other items but not necessarily rushing back.

Michael Gordon

Dessert was outstanding, dinners satisfying but not perfect. Wine and drinks make for a good time.

Ronin W.

Came here for the bottomless mimosas. Walked in and sat at the bar. Place was not too busy. Ordered the bottomless mimosa. Which were all ok. Had a small breakfast. Nothing was really memorable for me. Will continue you my hunt for the best mimosas in the East Bay.

Tam F.

$4.40 for a cup of coffee with begging to get a refill. $17.25 for undercooked eggs then re-delivered cooked to death, instead of making fresh ones. The parentals like this place, and we've had decent to great experiences in the past. After this last time, I would only come back if the folks insisted, and they won't since they know once I've had an experience like this, the place is off my list. Eggs= the one thing ANY cook or chef should know how to cook properly, just saying.

D B

Really enjoyable experience. Get the chopped salad to start!

Jess L.

No issue getting two-person seating for Saturday brunch by just walking in around 1pm. I am impressed by the size of the brunch menu, though the brunch prices were a bit crazy: $19 for some eggs (and other standard brunch fare)? That being said, the variety on the menu is great, and the brunch specials help bring down the price. I got the pumpkin (short stack) pancakes, which weren't so pumpkin-y, and I didn't see the cream cheese drizzle. However, they were tasty and the right amount of fluffy ($9). The side potatoes with sour cream were also nice to share, and I am forever transformed by having added sour cream to my potatoes! (Yes, I've been missing out!) My friend's chilaquiles were pretty good, and the added hot sauce was definitely a good add-on. The space is pretty eclectic - I didn't really get the decorating theme except that it's eclectic, to be honest. Our waitress was nice and attentive. The complimentary sparkling water option is always a plus.

Vanessa Campos

Delightful food and drinks. Great place to meet after work.

Terence Adams

The food was tasty and the service was exceptional.

Scoot M.

The home fries were unpleasant and stale. They were chewy and tough and had clearly been cooked much earlier and reheated. I requested a fresh portion which came out even worse, although a little hotter. Some pieces were black and inedible. The service was mediocre. Only when the check arrived did our actual server appear. The eggs Benedict was one of the worst I've ever had. The hollandaise sauce had so much lemon it was almost sour. The English muffin was also not toasted which made the whole affair soggy. If you are going to have the confidence to charge $19 for an eggs Benedict you have to know how to execute on the basics. Redeeming quality: very good sweet potato fries and solid wings.

Tina R.

A friend and I went here for brunch after hearing about the bottomless mimosas. They cost $20, and it is SO worth it. They don't skimp on the sizes and are very quick to refill your glass. We had incredible service and an even better meal. The hash browns especially were perfectly crispy and super flavorful. Would love to come here again, but the prices are a bit beyond my budget.

Nae F.

The service was great- staff was attentive and very inviting! The food was delicious!!

Lisa C.

Small parking lot and street parking. Decent prices. Good attentiveness from the staff. I got the chilaquiles which I liked although I do feel like the sauce is a little different than what I'm used to. Not a bad thing but also not the most amazing sauce ever? But the dish was still yummy overall. They also gave us these donut holes which were decent. My friend got the quiche and loved it (she's vegetarian and they have options for her).

Anngela Burt

I just moved to Berkeley 3 weeks ago, this is the only restaurant I've gone back to so far because I like the food so much. It's a little pricey but the portions are good so i don't mind it. Also, the staff seem really nice so that's a bonus.

Kaja Chavon Layton

Mmm!!!! Its been a really long time since I went out for brunch with friends. I of course got the basic plate, but there was a lot of great things on the menu. And oo, for those that can drink and like grapefruit more than mimosas

Kay D.

Great restaurant for Italian/American food. My boyfriend and I came here on a Friday night for a date night. The food was absolutely delicious, it's a hidden gem in Berkeley. I haven't had Italian food ever since I moved to California from New York, Stella Nonna definitely hit the spot for me. Wait time to seat: none Service: 9/10 Quality: 9/10 Wait time to serve food: 10min 10/10 -we were starving by dinner time after a long day of work Food: 9/10 Portion: 5/10 -very small portion Price: $$$ expensive for highly quality food I had the salmon risotto, my bf had chicken pesto spaghetti. I highly recommend this gem of a restaurant to everyone!

Barbara K.

Not a huge review type person but when something is really great or really sucky, then I might have to take a moment and share. If it's one thing I know, it's customer service and if you have great customer service then anything that goes wrong can usually be compensated by great service. Stella Nonna does not have the prerequisite great service. Therefore, anything that goes wrong is compounded by a wait staff that really doesn't GAF. On a low key night, with few other patrons, it took the waitress over 10 minutes to come by and get a drink order, then she came back with the drinks not as requested. When dinner was ordered it was for 2 appetizers, a salad and one entree. Again, the place was not busy and yet food was completely forgotten and when someone came by and was told of this, the attitude was like, oh well. It never did come and we had to request that it be taken off the bill, even though that should have been done automatically. Also, don't get the 'Bottomless' anything, as they never come around to re-fill and you are spending money for nothing. Just buy your drinks as you go....you might just get them faster too. It's a pity that a neighborhood restaurant, with great outside seating, doesn't have a wait staff that cares.

Jen B.

Well it's a great location. We've gone there twice and this second time will probably be the last. The first time about 6 months ago the portions were small and the food subpar. This last time food portions were larger but food still subpar and prices higher! The real kick was the service. Panicked overwhelmed hostess, waiting way to long at a table for water and drinks. 97 dollars for brunch for 2. I go out to eat for an experience and will pay for it, But i'll eat breakfast at home before this place again. Disappointed.

Bethany C.

I have been here 3 times total. Twice by myself and once with a friend. Let me review the first two times solo first. I had the Chiliquiles which were good. I wished the chips were a little softer but overall very nice flavors and presentation. I believe it was the owner who waited on me and she was very approachable and lovely. The second time I came in I had a different server (both times sat at the bar) and she was ON POINT. She greeted me right as I walked in and sat at the bar. She asked if I wanted water. She made me a fantastic bloody mary. I ordered the Beyond Burger and a side salad. DELICIOUS. The server was right on top of making my drink and giving me settings. Food came out in a timely manner and I loved the condiment dish (homemade ketchup is AMAZING). Overall a second pleasant experience. Third experience was a Saturday brunch with my friend. We came in and sat at the bar per usual. I did see the owner and the other server I saw the last time. This time was someone new. I get it I have been a server for many years before. I was just a little disappointed that my girlfriend got her benedict before me (of course she wanted to wait for my food) and then maybe 6-8 mins later my food came out. I had to ask for the condiments that we had requested previously which took nearly ten minutes. After biting into my quiche I found that it was still very cold in the middle. I just asked for a to-go box after I asked for it warmed up as I had lost the thrill to eat it anymore. Overall the last experience didn't kill it for us but the timing of the drinks, food, settings and condiments can be improved. The food coming out of the kitchen at different times should never happen; the rest is all something I can look over. We will be back; I know I will for sure.

Marylynne C.

I have been here 3 times total. Twice by myself and once with a friend. Let me review the first two times solo first. I had the Chiliquiles which were good. I wished the chips were a little softer but overall very nice flavors and presentation. I believe it was the owner who waited on me and she was very approachable and lovely. The second time I came in I had a different server (both times sat at the bar) and she was ON POINT. She greeted me right as I walked in and sat at the bar. She asked if I wanted water. She made me a fantastic bloody mary. I ordered the Beyond Burger and a side salad. DELICIOUS. The server was right on top of making my drink and giving me settings. Food came out in a timely manner and I loved the condiment dish (homemade ketchup is AMAZING). Overall a second pleasant experience. Third experience was a Saturday brunch with my friend. We came in and sat at the bar per usual. I did see the owner and the other server I saw the last time. This time was someone new. I get it I have been a server for many years before. I was just a little disappointed that my girlfriend got her benedict before me (of course she wanted to wait for my food) and then maybe 6-8 mins later my food came out. I had to ask for the condiments that we had requested previously which took nearly ten minutes. After biting into my quiche I found that it was still very cold in the middle. I just asked for a to-go box after I asked for it warmed up as I had lost the thrill to eat it anymore. Overall the last experience didn't kill it for us but the timing of the drinks, food, settings and condiments can be improved. The food coming out of the kitchen at different times should never happen; the rest is all something I can look over. We will be back; I know I will for sure.

Elijajuan F.

Oh Yeah!! Second times the charm! I finally made it back to check out their egg plate. I have to say its pretty tasty. I'm talking about nice long thick-cut, curly pieces of meaty bacon, with a slight jaw jerky pull-of-the-teeth. I'm curious, where does the restaurant shop for their meat? The quality speaks for itself and I'm usually a stickler for when it comes to portion sizes, and my preference of meat. The cube potatoes with grilled onions and a dallop of sour cream to go along on top was light and crispy; only suggestion would be just to pull back on the addition of salt. My grandmother bragged to me about her cornmeal waffle and fried chicken. Her words: "the waffle was light and fluffy". I can only comment on the golden color of the waffle as my grandmother already consumed the waffle by then. After I rushed back from the bathroom *poof* it was gone. Wow! Thanks a lot Gram! Parking: Their parking lot is fairly small. If you can not fit there is space located along the side of the street curb. I completely forgot Ann the owner from Graceful Yogi, recommended I try their cinnamon pastry. Darn! Well I guess that gives me something to look forward too. When I stop by in the neighborhood soon. Thanks again, Ari. It was nice seeing a friendly familiar face. (;

Kyle W.

I went here after yoga class next door at The Graceful Yogi, and it is a pretty standard brunch place. In the wall, there is a small piece of paper that describes this restaurant to be roughly translated to "Star, grandmother." I did not get the opportunity to check out the food here, so i cannot really comment on that. There were still a few empty tables when we walked in, but it took a good 10 minutes for the waitress to seat us because she was doing a lot of other stuff before we were seated and given menus, so that was not really convenient. We got the lillet drink which is, in my opinion, a glorified mimosa as it has orange flavor and is sparkling, but it tastes much better than a regular mimosa. The taste of alcohol is definitely a bit stronger, and the orange peels inside the drink provides a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Overall, it was a nice drink to have, and I would want to come back for food next time I am in the area.

Shasta Nourian

Their happy hour menu is great I love their Hotsy Totsies, would definitely recommend. The fried ravioli and the pizzas are fantastic.

Neil Tobin

Beautiful well lit friendly staff indoor outdoor casual dining

Maxine R.

Happy hour ends at 5. If you have a job, skip this place. Parking is mostly on the street and it's metered until 6. So why end so early when there's a parking surcharge? Moving on .. My gal pal asked me to watch her purse. I failed. Dude picked it up when I wasn't looking and relocated from the bar to a table. Four regulars supported his integrity. He had his and her bags by the time we figured it out The police supported the white dude's story, leaving my comrade of color distraught, and amazed by the indignity of the event. No No Stella Nonna.

Monique M.

Thursday, August 7, 2019 an evening of relaxation and dining out at a nearby restaurant. I've dined before; professionally and personally on Saturday mornings for fresh baked scones and homemade jam, turned uneventful and alarming. Despite notoriously known for slow service, overly priced drinks and average food. It's convenient if your not in a hurry. Regrettably we are at a time of vigilance. "No good deed goes unpunished." Making room for another couple at the bar, I placed my zipped handbag right next to me in a chair that was unoccupied. While engaged in conversation, it presented an opportunity for vulnerabilities unbeknownst to me. A vacant seat between me and another. Despite my best awareness efforts I caught in the act, a man remove my handbag from my possession to his. The bar does not have cameras, I asked for footage to no avail. If you frequent this establishment the odds of encountering this "regular patron" is highly possible, I was informed. His act of thievery was disregarded. S.N., the reminder disparity in treatment is real is disheartening. The expectation of valuing and respecting your clientele equally isn't unreasonable. Sensitivity and customer service lacks.

Maureen Cruzen

Great food, great coffee, great service! Inside is kind of industrial chic - nice, but I LOVE the patio. I've had breakfast, brunch, & lunch - all were delicious. Yesterday my daughter & I shared a fried chicken sandwich and a burger. The chicken was savory, perfectly crunchy on the putside bit juicy inside. The meat in the burger was so flavorful. Mixed greens salad very fresh, onion rings crisp. Love the Ruby's Roast coffee - robust but not bitter.

Eddie Galvan

Food is not great. Not terrible either. Cool atmosphere though

Paul Rosas

Great food! Love the art here as well. I had the polenta and eggs today. So tasty!

Amanda Cuoco

I just adore Stella Nonna. We bring all of our family and friends here whenever they come to visit..the drinks are great, the atmosphere is nice and artsy but no where near stuffy, and the food is incredible!

Sonya Gordon Durham

love it here, cute, good food

Dominika B.

Stella Noona horrible place! They allow non disabled employees to illegally park in their only handicap space. They seem to think this is OK and it's no big deal. When I was upset about it I was told it was OK because they were shortstaffed and somebody's husband has a handicap placard who wasn't even there. I was initially lied to by the manager that it belonged to someone disabled. It did not! I know because the person who parked there said so. They felt that because someone helped me push in my chair to the table, I should not be upset. I have enough ablest bullshit in my life. I don't need to deal with this when I'm on a fun date night out with my sweet Aid. I hope people take this into account and avoid this restaurant. You call them ignorant and unprofessional would be a massive understatement.

Chatty C.

My wife and I love this place. it is a hidden gem. Sarah the owner is so nice and Brian the bartender is awesome. we usually eat at the bar because we love the casual neighborhood environment there. We have done brunch, the happy hour menu, and the dinner menu and eaten a fair amount of different items. Everything has been delicious. Tonight we also had the chocolate brownie desert with vanilla ice cream and burnt caramel topping. Holy Yum!

Toni M.

Alan and I have been to Stella Nonna countless times since my earlier reviews, but this is the first update in a while. We had dinner here tonight. We walked in w/o reservations and found the place full and buzzing w/ conversation. Sarah, the owner, greeted us and the hostess offered us the last available table, asking if it were OK. We said of course it was. When you walk in w/o a reservation on a Friday night you're grateful for what you get. The table was closest to the front door and offered a great view of the staff coming and going from the kitchen, which we enjoyed. Sarah came over and took our drink orders, a Sidecar for me and still water for Alan. She asked if we'd like the cheesy bread balls they serve at dinner and we said yes. They're delicious. Our server was Rosalind. She took our order, fried chicken for me and the fettuccine special for Alan. She put in the order and came back w/ the news that they had just run out of fettuccine and asked if penne would be OK. It was fine w/ Alan. I would have been disappointed because penne is not my favorite pasta, although the bite I had of his was tasty and perfectly cooked. I just prefer broad, flat pastas like fettuccine or pappardelle. My fried chicken came w/ mac n cheese, cornbread and collard greens on the side. Everything was delicious. All the staff were working hard and keeping things running smoothly. I had two Sidecars. When we had finished dinner and Rosalind had brought our check, I asked if she had been named after the Rosalind in "As You Like It" and she acknowledged she had been. Very cool.

Rabih Obeid

The service was very good . We tried the beyond burger . It wasnâ??t that good to be honest .

Lilma 1510

Always amazing and a standard for a great dining experience that never let's me down

Beth Wright

Another excellent dining experience here. Food, drinks, service, all well done.

Angela C.

NOT allergy friendly/staff not knowledgeable about food allergies! Do not eat here if you have allergies. I've dined here a few years before and had a good experience. My most recent experience was unfortunately not good at all. Before bringing my toddler who has multiple food allergies here, I called and spoke to someone who seemed very confident that they could work out a meal for my child. When I got there and explained the situation, the waitress was not knowledgeable about allergens in the dishes. She went back to check with the kitchen and returned to say that there was NOTHING on the menu she could have. This is the first time I've ever dined somewhere (including overseas) where they couldn't make ANYTHING. Shocked, we started to suggest some things- can you grill some chicken? Add it to pasta and change the sauce? She stood there obviously unsure of what to do and went back again to check on ingredients. By this time we had completely lost confidence in this restaurant accommodating us and did not want to risk an allergic reaction and we left. I know not every restaurant has to accommodate children with allergies which is why I called beforehand. There was a huge disconnect with what I was told on the phone and what I encountered when I arrived. Furthermore, I knew there were things on the menu that could have worked if they were willing to be flexible and make small modifications (put the sauce on the side, skip the cheese, put together a few side dishes to make a kiddie meal, etc.) But there was just an attitude of disinterest in helping us and an obvious lack of training and knowledge on the staff's part. I hope they can fix this by training both the wait and kitchen staff better to accommodate allergies.

Dave Monk

This place is a gem. Great breakfast, brunch, lunch food. Super fresh and nice portions. Lots of homemade pastries and sauces. Very friendly staff and the coffee is delicious.