fitting snugly with the vibe of the Drive” – Westender
“Good value, good fun” – Georgia Strait
“A perfect marriage of food and atmosphere, not to mention great beer” – The Province
“It has Belgian roots but likes to travel around.
It’s upbeat and offers good-value food.” – Vancouver Sun
“It seems that all of Vancouver is in love with Stella’s tap and tapas bar.
Rockin food, chipper service, Belgian beers, moderate prices and easy ambiance
make this one a keeper” – City Food
“Taking Belgian belching and global digesting to new heights of dining.
Big bar, wood panelling with a sort of Pacific Northwest tapas-lodge feeling and a great Belgian beer lineup to accompany the “world citizen menu.” Excellent mussels and frites, including the Orleans with Andouille sausage and Cajun cream or the chorizo, plum tomato, white wine and serano chili Madrid version. Also worth sampling are achiote flat iron Yucatan steak tacos, Thai spiced freshwater jumbo shrimp with a citrus aioli or the Szechuan-pepper Jumbo Bay scallops with a spaghetti squash bird’s nest construction and bits of applewood-smoked bacon.”
– Mark Laba, The Province Published: Thursday, December 29, 2005
“Starry-eyed at Stella’s
The Commercial Drive hot spot Stella’s Tap and Tapas (1191 Commercial Drive, 604-254-2437) is more the place for a tentative first date than a fully engaged bowl-’em-over, because it’s lively and casual rather than quiet and snugglicious. But there are all kinds of romances — including the ones where you don’t want to scare off the new person by spouting your entire repertoire of sonnets. Stella’s mussels and frites allow for sharing, greasy fingers brushing each other deliciously and so forth. Cold beer or wine may have to “complete you” for the time being; feel free to hint that booze can’t do the job forever.”
– Kate Zimmerman, Special to the Sun
Published: Thursday, February 09, 2006 Read the review in the Vancouver Sun.
“….There are good reasons to check Stella’s out. If you’re tired of routine fare, work your way down the couple of dozen dishes on offer and it won’t take long to lock onto a taste that fits the bill. Whatever we might want to call it, this is a good list that waltzes its way around the culinary world in a very satisfying, ballsy kind of way. ”
– Tim Pawsey, Vancouver Courier Read the full review
“With the “tap and tapas bar” right in the name, you know you can’t go wrong,
but better than that, the dishes are purely inspired.” – Beyond Robson Read the full review
“There are many things to be admired about tapas. For one, it includes a wide variety of dishes, which means that there’s always enough to choose from. Secondly, the fact that the dishes tend to be of a manageable size means that they encourage people to share and to try different things. And thirdly, there’s something undeniably civilized about ordering something to eat with a nice glass of beer or wine”
– Vancouver Plus Read the full review