Fare: Contemporary Italian
Food Quality: 2 1/2 Stars
Service: 1 1/2 Stars
Decor: 3 Stars
Overall Rating: 2 1/2 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = Poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Trendy, upscale ambiance with awesome ocean views. Outdoor dining is great for people watching.
Noise Level: Moderate - High
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy good food and upscale, trendy ambiance with stunning ocean views
Not Recommended For: Budget conscious diners who prefer heavy sauce food preparations served in large portions.
Recommended dishes: When available, Mailale alla Diavalo, Grilled prime pork rib chop with long hot peppers, broccoli rabe, fingerling potato; The Lamb Osso Bucco; and The Spaghettini Vongole
Liquor: Full Bar service with an extensive wine list with over 130 selections. Bar scene is vibrant.
Stella Marina covers two floors with awesome views of Atlantic Ocean and serves up very good Italian contemporary food enjoyed by a 30+ vibrant crowd.
The restaurant is operated by co-owners owners, brothers Michael and Joseph Cetrulo, and Executive Chef Kenneth Mansfield., with successful backgrounds as owners and chefs with many fine dining restaurants including the Sirena Ristorante in Long Branch.
The upscale ambiance has a New York City feel to it. The interior dining area seats 210 spread over two levels adorned with attractive bottle chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, quality tile and stone, neutral color tones, and plenty of open glass for excellent ocean views.
The food is well prepared, creatively presented, using fresh ingredients.
For starters the serve excellent bread made by Balthazar Bakery.
The service at Stella Marina is friendly and anticipatory, although inconsistent, especially during the busy summer times.
During the warmer months there is outside boardwalk dining with great boardwalk ocean front views.
(updated: December, 2016)