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Little Star Pizza
Little Star Pizza

Little Star Pizza Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.littlestarpizza.com/splash3.html
  • Phone: (510) 526-7827
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily 11:30am-5:00pm
    Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Pizzeria
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 94706
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: In addition to plentiful street parking, parking is available behind the post office half a block east.
A word from Little Star Pizza
Little Star Pizza is the Bay Guardian"s Best of the Bay pizza two years running. We offer both a signature cornmeal deep dish and a traditional thin crust style, as well as beer, wine and a variety of appetizers. With our warm, rustic decor and casual environment, we're a great choice for family night or a night out!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "If I'm dieting I have the Greak Salad and my friends have the wonderful deep dish pizza. This was the first time that the salad was not made well. It was almost all lettuce only. Very, very disappointing. I've had this salad at this location and the SF location and it was excellent."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This place is outstanding! Their food is consistently tasty with fresh ingredients. Don't even get me started with their deep dish pizzas. They're always delicious no matter which ones you get. Their corn meal crusts are yummy and cooked just right. My family and I are regulars here because we have never been disappointed with either the food or service. I'm so proud to have this restaurant gem in our small neighborhood that I've taken so many of my coworkers here. They're also great for office parties."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We return for the pizza, what a shocker. The buttery cornmeal crust on the deep dish pizzas is fabulous, as are the fresh and generous tomatoes. At the Albany and Grand Ave (Oakland) locations, it's really hit or miss in terms of the ambiance. Often you get a restaurant filled with very energetic children and occasionally you get lucky and can have a bit more relaxed environment. Always with delicious pies."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "This eaterie should be named, Super Star! Our thick crust vegetarian pizza was sooo delicious - just the right amount of sauce and cheeese to augment the fresh veggies stuffed into an amazing and slightly crispy cornmeal crust."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Had the goddess salad which was super yummy and the deep dish veggie pizza, for which the waitress has no trouble substituting spinach (yummy) for black olives (yucky). The cornmeal crust is hard to describe but it may just be addictive."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I made a reservation easily for two here, online, which I liked. We showed up early and they accommodated us within five minutes which was great. The wait staff was friendly and efficient. The pizza and garlic bread were both very good! Also, the pizza re-heated excellently the next day so dinner twice! There is outdoor seating and it is very child-friendly. Issue one: They ran out of knives. Not the end of the world but still very strange for they were busy but not overcrowded, and still, how does one run out of butter knives? Their solution to the (spread your own) garlic bread: a pizza server. Issue two: the menu. Please describe that the sauce is on top of the pizza, what brand drinks are and the garlic bread is spread your own, etc."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Little Star is a comfortable place to have what is potentially the best deep dish pizza anywhere in the country. Crispy, buttery, cornmeal-containing crust with lots of clean tomato taste. Not overly laden with cheese. Just delicious."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I do enjoy the food from Little Star but from going forward, would much prefer to get food to go instead of dining in. Even with out OpenTable reservation, we waited over 20 minutes for our 7pm reservation. I did appreciate the staff keeping us posted with our wait time. They offered us (table of 5) an order of garlic bread on the house. But it was a "special occasion" and the wait did delay our schedule. I will be craving pizza (particularly the deep dish corn bread crust) from Little Star very soon but will choose not to dine."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We love Little Star Pizza and go there almost once a week. Both thin crust and deep dish pizzas are very good. They have several regular menu choices or you can choose your own ingredients from a good list, which is what we usually do. The staff members are always friendly and helpful. They also have a pretty good selection of different beers and wines by the glass."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Went to Little Star after a recommendation from a friend. I was NOT disappointed. Jeffrey, our server, was very attentive without being overbearing, I will ask for him again next time I go (and you should as well). The garlic bread with fresh roasted cloves of garlic is amazing - very sweet and not the least bit oevrpowering. The deep dish pizza with the cornmeal crust is out of this world. I had the Brass Monkey (which is not on the menu). It's the Little Star pizza with sausage added. One of the best pizzas I have had in the Bay area. Would not hesitate to go back again!!!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Went to the Albany Twin for a show then stopped into Little Star for dinner, our server was very friendly and the salad and deep dish pizza was tasty. Having had Zachary's before, I think I prefer Little Star. Thanks!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Was pleasantly surprised with the food, the pizza was uniquely delicious. Was pleasantly surprised with the tastiness of the cornmeal crust deep dish pizza. Great ambience, wonderful service. We arrived for an early dinner, and really picked up by the time we left. Very popular restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This is our favorite pizza restaurant. We go there almost once a week. Very good food--salads as well as pizza. Recommend the "Little Gems" salad; small size is large enough for two with a pizza. The wine and beer lists are very good. Friendly, accommodating staff. Good for families--we take our children and grandchildren there occasionally. We're pleased that they're now taking reservations through Open Table."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "This place is a true gem. I can not believe what excellent, considerate, friendly service they always give to such a wide-diversity of customers! Food is just great."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Before I tried Little Star I was a fan of deep dish pizza from their competitor. However, since then I went back one time to do a comparison and I was disappointed with what I received and never went back. I live in Oakland and commute to the location when I want pizza so that means a lot especially from me cause I'm a picky eater. I recommend everyone should at least give them a go one time. Once you do you will never view deep dish pizza the same. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The taste of the food did not meet our expectations. The service was quite poor as well. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "So glad we discovered Little Star a few months ago. The Goddess Salad is fantastic and the pizza exceptionally good! Service great this time for our big birthday group."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The service at Little Star was TERRIBLE. There were 8 in our group including small children. The place was NOT very busy when we arrived yet we had to wait 20 minutes after being seated before any waitperson showed would take our orders. The food was fine but hardly worth the long, needless wait."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The food was great as usual. Service was a different story. The restaurant was nearly empty and they would not accomodate us changing tables to a spot not in the sun. Server was not his jovial self and was not very helpful in other requests."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I've never been a big fan of deep dish because I always found it to be so heavy that it would sit in my stomach like a ton of lead. I had only tried the other deep dish in town so I had no other point of reference until now. Long story short, the cornmeal crust makes all the difference in the world. It is light, textured and holds up well to the toppings. Once you go Little Star, you will never want to go back to any other deep dish pizza. Oh, and get the signature Little Star, delicious!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Love the wood and warmth of the interior at this spot on Solano, near the Albany Movie Theater. Service is efficient and cordial, leaving you free to focus on your companion(s) and conversation. The pizza is delicious, with a crispy crust that is unexpected given the deep dish of juicy tomatoes, cheese and your other selection of ingredients. I think it is the freshness of the ingredients that really make this pizza a farm-to-table standout. Definitely will go again!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "If you're looking for a change from Zachary's, this is the place. I actually choose this place over Zachary's. They have great topping choices, including roasted garlic and roasted zucchini. They serve both deep dish and thin crust, but I've never had thin crust. Their garlic bread appetizer is just sourdough bread, roasted garlic, and softened butter. Highly recommended, and always delicious. They have local beers on tap and in stock. Their atmosphere is a little tight and quite loud, but it's a great place to hang out with friends, or go on date #15. Best part: their crust is CORNMEAL; it's not gooey, just delicious. When we went with an OpenTable reservation, we got there early, but still got seated immediately. How awesome is that?"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We were a group of 4 adults that wanted a bite to eat and a beer before going to an appoint at 7p.m. It was great food, great service and a good place to go. We will head back there again soon. The White pie was outstanding!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Deep dish - too few mushrooms and light on the sausage. Crust was a coarse meal (almost a corn bread), next lots of cheese, then your selected items and topped off with a thick tomato sause. Average."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Yes the pizza here is very good. One of my favorite, however, the real star of this place for me is the WINGS. I dont know what they marinate or rub them with but it is simply the best!! They aren't messy with unnecessary sauces. They are packed with robust smoky flavor and just enough heat. I will drive all the way from the 209 for these wings! Also, the services is always great! Very friendly and timely. Will definitely be back soon!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Popular place. Great pizza. Make reservations if you want a table!"
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Little Star messed up reservations and we waited (big group) an hour to be seated. Sucked. But they treated for free 1st round of drinks and let us wait at the bar. Service thus 1 star for goof and 5 stars for make-up equals 3 stars. Thin pizza yum - 15 minutes to make. Deep dish 30 minutes (never tried because thin is so good.)"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "So happy that Little Star decided to open up their first restaurant in the East Bay in Albany! Out of all the places, Solano Ave was the one. It's a quick walk from my boyfriend's house and a favorite of ours. We introduced it to so many of our friends who come to visit. They're usually always busy, so I like making reservations ahead, especially through Open Table. It makes it so easy. I always get their deep dish pizza, spicy wings, and a salad here. To share of course. ;)"
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "Little Star is excellent if you are a fan of thin crust pizza. The ingredients are fresh and the pizzas are remarkably yummy. The ambiance during our visit was less than enjoyable, simply because there was a table of small children whose parents apparently think it's okay to allow their children to use a restaurant's silverware and dishes as musical instruments. Frankly, I go out to dinner and spend money to enjoy the relaxation afforded by escaping my own kitchen now and then. Uncontrolled kids should be left at home or charged extra! But enough of that rant. Go to Little Star, by all means. It's delicious and the staff is very pleasant. But be sure to reserve a table or you could be faced with an hour-long wait list (it's that good)!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "The pizza was good, no complaint. Friendly service, good beer and wine selection. No complaints."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "Frequent guest, always content. Deep Dish takes long to cook, especially on busy nights. I recommend you relax, have a beer, order salad, chat with company, and revel in the fact that you're out. Its worth the wait! Re: price point complaints; take-out and saves $, or enjoy lower priced lunch. Staff's always been courteous & professional. Some have been more "friendly" than others, but service has never lagged. Only issue I've ever had with Little Star is limited draft beer options, which they do augment with bottled beers. Its Pizza, which = families; don't feign shock at sight & sound of children. If you've got a hungry clan, call in pizza order ahead or make reservations and order ASAP. Any pizza is better with Racer 5! Come Hungry."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "This place HANDS DOWN has the best deep dish pizza around. Its light cornmeal crust does it for me every time!! Whether deep dish or thin crust both have the same delicious crust!! The chicken wings & bleu cheese have a great flavor as well!! I would highly recommend this place to come for great pizza. The seating is a bit tight and this isn't the best place for crowds but the food is amazing."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "My family comes here for every birthday and anniversary. We love Ronnie he's our favorite waiter and does a wonderful job! Unfortunately he moved to a different location so our last experience for my sisters birthday sucked. Go Ronnie or go home!"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Although they don't advertise their deep dish pizza as being "Chicago style," it is the only restaurant on the West Coast that I've found that meets (and even, dare I say, exceeds) the deep dish experience in Chicago. Little Star gets everything right: the cornmeal crust, the cheese, and the tomato sauce is beyond heavenly. The sauce has more spices and fresher tomatoes that what I've found in the Chicago digs."
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "Little Star has some of the best deep dish pizza that I have ever eaten, including that in Chicago. Servers are helpful and polite. It is best to make a reservation if you want to eat during typical meal hours. Parking may be hard to find nearby. Restaurant gets noisy when it is busy. I highly recommend!"
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "Food was pre-ordered for 12:10 except the food didn't come out until 12:35 which reduced our eating time because we have to get back to campus by 1:00 (only have an hour lunch). The pizza's didn't even come out hot so I makes me wonder what took the pizza pies so long."
    Dined on 8/21/2013
  • "Little Star Pizza has interesting and tasty pizza. The salads are good. I have eaten there at least ten times. Usually I have gone for supper and the restaurant is crowded and noisy. This time I took a group of seniors for lunch. There weren't as many people and it was fine. The folks seemed to really enjoy the food."
    Dined on 7/31/2013
  • "Our family loves this pizza we had a salad that was delicious and tried the chicken wings outstanding!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2013
  • "We've been here a few times since this Little Star "store" opened. It's been fairly convenient, even from the So Bay Area, since we used to come up to visit kids living in Berkeley. There are lots of pizza places around, for sure, but not many that do really good, very thin crust as well as a genuinely Chicago style deep dish. This really is a treasure of a place. On this visit we had great service from each of two servers who seemed to be teaming up to keep us happy. One note, I don't know how "noise" here is supposed to be rated. If I rate low does that mean low noise, or a poor condition regarding noise? During this visit, for lunch, the restaurant was not crowded, and certainly not noisy"
    Dined on 6/23/2013
  • "The superb cornmeal crusted pizza crust never fails to disappoint, and the tomatoes are less acidic than Zachary's Pizza. We always get the Little Star (spinach, garlic), and add chicken for an extra protein boost. The chicken wings are delicious but the Greek salad was limp and lackluster. Service was decent, but the servers were not scanning the room when they walked by. Water refills, extra napkins and the check all took a little effort in flagging down the servers."
    Dined on 6/16/2013