Cafe Stella expands, a little


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There’s fresh paint on the walls in the dining room at Cafe Stella in Silver Lake, because the dining room just got a little bigger.

The bistro’s courtyard is always charmingly alluring — it’s outdoors but covered (and lined with potted olive trees), tucked away from traffic along Sunset Boulevard. In the evening, the candlelit patio seems to warmly glow as locals and various expats sip aperitifs. As long as you’re not sitting directly under a speaker blasting out Edith Piaf, it’s quite lovely.


The tables on the patio are highly coveted, but there’s spillover room in the two small rooms that house the quaint bar and a separate dining room, which now fits a few more tables.

— Betty Hallock