May 142011

Cuisine: Banquet, Fish & Seafood, Sushi
Restaurant Features: Bar, Banquet, Flatscreen TVs, Rooftop Patio
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Address: 1400 West Lake Street Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408 (612) 824-8862
Hours:  *Sunday thru Wed.11:30am to Midnight *Thurs 11:30am-1:00am (food until 11:30) *Fri-Sat 11:30-2:00am (food until 12:30am)

Links: Stella’s Fish Cafe Website * Stella’s on Facebook * Google Map

Atmosphere: Stella’s Fish Cafe and Prestige Oyster Bar is located on Lake St,  just across from Calhoun Square. The building is a large three-story building with a rooftop patio.  The main floor is where you will find the bar and the main dining room, as well as the kitchen.

The lower level also contains a tank with live lobsters, just outside the kitchen.

The main floor also has a large bar area with several bistro tables spread throughout.  There are many large windows that let in the sunlight and keep the room bright during the day.

Menu: Appetizers include Sushi Grade Tina Dip, Gorgonzola Table Bread, Surf and Turf Sliders, Jalapeno Skillet Cornbread, Edamame, Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes, Fish Tacos, Deep Fried Walleye Fingers, Coconut Shrimp, Fresh Fried Calamari, Champagne Mussels, Cajun Beef Bites, Oysters Rockefeller, Hot Crab & Spinach Dip, Crispy Fried Chicken Wings.

Stellas also has a Prestige Oyster Bar with a variety of fresh raw oysters including Blue Point, Malpaques, Hog Neck Bay, Hawks Point, Oyster Bay, Totten Inlet, Japanese Style Oysters (topped with ponzu and chives) and Mexican Style Oysters (topped with citrus salsa and pico de gallo).

There are also a variety of fresh sushi rolls including Salmon Explosion( marinated wasabi salmon, cucumber and avocado topped with salmon), White Tuna Roll, Stella Roll (spicy tuna and cucumber), Crunchy (shrimp tempura, avocado, cucumbers), Tuna Poke Roll (ahi tuna, pineapple, asparagus, cilantro, topped with toasted sesame seeds and wasabi mayo), Baked Lobster Roll (crab and asparagus rolled in soy paper topped with baked lobster), Spicy Tuna Palooza (tuna, avocado, carrots, topped with tuna and chives), California Roll and Dragon Roll (tempura shrimp, cucumber, spicy mayo, topped with fresh eel, avocado and teriyaki).

Other Raw Bar items include Peel N Eat Shrimp, Daily Razzle Dazzle Ceviche, Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna, Spicy Tuna Crisps and The Spicy Oshi.

Soups include New England Clam Chowder with Bacon and a Soup du Jour.  Salads offered at Stella’s include Walnut Salad, Caesar, Roasted Beets over Mixed Greens, Miced Field Greens, and Asparagus and Prosciutto.  There are also two larger salads meant for sharing: Caesar and  Grilled Tuna Nicoise.

Stella’s Signatures include Stuffed Tilapia, King Crab, Blackened Swordfish, Stella’s Fish Sampler, Jambalaya, Blackened Ribeye, San Francisco Cioppino.

Fresh Fish selections vary from day to day but may include Grey Snapper, Halibut, Ahi Tuna, Altantic Salmon, Swordfish, Diver Scallops, and Maine Lobster.

Pasta options include Linguini Shrimp Scampi and Blackened Chicken Fettuccini.

Stella also has steaks for those who prefer turf over surf.  Choose from 8 oz Filet Mignon, 16 oz Ribeye, 16 oz New York Strip, and 16 oz Bar Steak.

Platter and Basket options all come with french fries or garlic mashed potatoes and include Barbeque Ribs, Beer Battered Walleye, Coconut Shrimp, Lobster Roll, Fish N Chips, Cornmeal Crusted Catfish and Beer Battered Shrimp.

Price guide: Appetizers $6-15  Oysters $2.50+/ea Sushi $15 Salads $5-15  Signatures $22-55  Fresh Catch $22-35  Steaks $20-35

Happy Hour:

  • Mon-Friday 3-6pm
  • Sat-Sun 12pm-5pm
  • Sun-Thurs 9pm-11pm
  • Fri-Sat 10:30pm-12:30am
  • $5.25 Appetizers: Salmon Burger Sliders, Philly Cheese Steak Sliders, Buffalo Wings, Fat Tire Frickels, BBQ Rib Basket, 1/2 lb Peel & Eat Shrimp, Hot Crab & Spinach Dip, Spicy Fried Calamari, Champagne Mussles, Cheese Curds, Taco of the Day, Ahi Tuna Crisps,
  • $1 Oysters on the half shell
  • 2-for-1 Rails and Taps

Weekly Specials:

Thursday- Crab Feast $24.95

Sunday- 1 1/4 lb whole live lobster $19.95

What we ordered: There was no doubt in my mind that we would be eating fresh oysters to start, the question was which kind we would order.  Opting to eat in the dining room instead of having Happy Hour in the bar where the oysters were much cheaper, we ordered a dozen of the Blue Point Oysters because they seemed to be the best value and they came recommended by our server.  These were tasty and tender without any hint of fishiness and even better when dressed with lemon, cocktail and fresh horseradish.  My only complaint was that the size of the oysters was not consistent and some of them were very small.

There were many items on the menu that sounded delicious and the server had many good suggestions but when it came down to it, I ordered the Fish & Chips, a regular feature.  These thick pieces of flaky cod were very enjoyable; the batter that was used had a pleasant mix of seasoning and the perfect amount of golden crispiness without being too greasy.  There were three pieces of the cod which didn’t seem like an overly big portion for the price but it was truly excellent fish.  The fries were fresh-cut and also very good, as were the tartar sauce and cole slaw.

After hearing a lot about Lobster Rolls recently, that is what my companion decided to order for dinner.  The large pieces of cold lobster were tossed with mayo, celery, and a dash of lemon, then topped onto a warm, toasty baquette.  This sandwich was quite good, especially to eat on a warm summer day.  I personally prefer my lobster hot and buttery but this was a very refreshing way to eat it.

Service: We had pretty good service at Stella’s Fish Cafe.  Our server was knowledgeable of the menu and had many recommendations.  Our drinks were refilled in a  decent amount of time but our meals were served to us too soon after the oysters were brought out.  It is a pet peeve of mine to have the main course served before the appetizer is finished or taken away, the experience just isn’t as enjoyable when I feel rushed.

Overall Impression: I had been wanting to try Stella’s for years and finally made the trip to Uptown specifically to have oysters and fish.  The oysters were good and the fish and chips were also excellent.  Next time I will try to make it out on a nice day to take advantage of the rooftop patio and the cheap happy hour oyster specials!

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  3 Responses to “Stella’s Fish Cafe ~ Minneapolis, MN”

  1. Seafood in MN- YES!!! I highly recommend Stella’s. Stella’s is like eating seafood on the coast- fresh, high quality, and good variety. Lots of seating and a great place to meet for happy hour.

  2. Heck yeah, Jason and I are definitely All About going here for HH on Sat. or Sun. between 12pm-5pm, Perfect timing for a family and for our Oyster Fill, YAY!! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Great photos – love the location and space. And also the coconut shrimp!

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