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The Star
The Star

The Star Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thestarongrand.com
  • Phone: (510) 843-7827
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily 11:30am-5:00pm

    Dinner: Sun-Thurs 5:00pm-11pm, Fri & Sat 5:00pm-12am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Pizzeria
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mandana
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in our lot on the East side of the building, with two spaces reserved for take-out and 10 min loading/drop off of guests. Additional street parking easily available.
A word from The Star
The Star features the same delicious Chicago-style deep dish pizza that made Little Star Pizza Guardian's Best of the Bay in past years. We have an extended menu including many new salads, sandwiches and snacks. We feature an artisan full bar as well as diverse beer and wine menus. We are family friendly and accept reservations for large parties as well. Come see us soon!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Hands down, my favorite Pizza spot in the east bay. Love it."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I'm from Chicago and had yet to find good pizza in Oakland. The Star fits the bill. I like thin crust best so that is what we ordered. Excellent crust, not to chewy or crisp, and the sauce was spicy and full of flavor. Cute cocktail menu. Reasonably priced for pizza here (which tends to be more expensive than other places). The small salad is plenty for two to share; get the dressing on the side as it was drenched. Nice wait staff if a bit inattentive and overloaded."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Their thin crust pizza is amazing! Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Best Pizza in Oakland! Staff was wonderful. Accommodated all 12 of us with no problem."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We enjoyed appetizers, salads and the Tribune thin crust pizza. Super yum!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Ordered cheese with sausage pizza. Overcooked, almost burnt, and very very salty. Did not care for the crust. Teenager liked wings. Went early so nearly empty and therefore quiet. Waitress helpful."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We went here with a large party at 8pm on a Wednesday night. There were plenty of open tables. It took awhile to get drinks (and keep them coming). The Goddess Salad was delicious. Both thin crust and deep dish pizzas were good. With plenty of drinks and food we each spent a little over $40 per person (with tip). I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Our waiter was fantastic, he was very knowledgeable about wine, and while he did make a small mistake with our order he expedited our food to make sure we did not feel any repercussions from the mistake. our food came quickly as well as our drinks. overall a very happy experience."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "This was my second dinner at The Star, and we will be back. The pizza is excellent, the salads are tasty, and there is a good selection of beer on draft. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Had a great business lunch at The Star, with great service. Goddess salad with baked wings was just the right balance for lunch, reasonably priced, and great service. A nice addition to the neighborhood with a definitely cool vibe."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The experience overall was great. We were sat right next to the front window, which was amazing and gave us an incredible view of twilight over...the Texaco station (funny, but still beautiful). The food was solid. I lived in Chicago for 3 1/2 years, so I'm familiar with Chicago-style pizza. This place uses cornmeal in their crust, which is not my favorite. With that said, the flavors were great. We got the Grand pizza, which is baseline Chicago-style (spinach & mushroom). We also added roasted garlic, which gave it a sweetness that cuts into the bitterness of the spinach. The server seemed pretty nice, as was the host and other staff. But, the best part was the ambiance. It's elegant, yet stylish, without being gaudy. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Good neighborhood addition for thin or deep dish pizza; great salads, cocktails and good wine list. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Hoping to find excellent, thin crust pizza, I was SO disappointed in the cracker like, under risen, under proofed, non-interesting dough. The toppings were meager, esp considering I ordered mine with fresh mozzarella. I had a taste of my dining companion's gluten free pizza, and thought the kitchen gave us TWO GF pizzas. I thought the quality MIGHT have been as good as the uneven Boot & Shoe, or the more reliable Pizzaiolo. I was NOT expecting a Mario Batali experience, but jeesh, even the occasional Lanesplitter can be better than this poor excuse for a pizza. I have had better from Amazonia (even with their WAY too much sauce), or of course Chez Panisse, or Tony's in the city. The goddess salad was good. Good service. Won't be back "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Our server forgot my beer three times. In fact, it never came, but it still showed up on the bill, and we had to ask to have it taken off. Aside from that, we asked for garlic bread twice, but it never arrived either. The pizza was great, but our server seemed really out of it- like she didn't want to be there. In fact, she even told us we were here last table and she couldn't wait to go home..."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The Star's menu is simple, but craveable. Whenever we can't decide where to go for dinner, but want something less casual than usual - we end up at The Star. They have great vegan & gluten free options, as well as a crowd-pleasing cocktail selection. All of the waitstaff have great senses of humor & they never fail to deliver great service. Order the Green Goddess salad. It is a must!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The deep dish pizza here is truly wonderful! We've been three times so far, and it's been consistently great each time. One of these days we'll try the thin crust as well. But judging from their sister restaurant Little Star Pizza in Albany, I expect it will be great as well. Also had the brussels sprouts appetizer that was very nice as well. We will be returning here again and again... :)"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "By far the best pizza in town. Not too gimmicky but certainly original enough to be unique. Love the fresh ingredients and OMG that take on the old fashioned cocktail is on point!!!! "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Great pizza and awesome drinks! The waitress and hostess both offered their suggestions that we ended up loving. Great place for groups, pizza is decently priced, and drinks are creative. "
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Absolutely love The Star. The pizza has a delicious corn meal crust that makes gives it a great crunch and texture. The toppings and sauce are great and they have some delicious combinations which you can also alter and make your own. Their portion size of their salads are more than generous and the stuffed pizza is definitely filling. You definitely won't leave feeling hungry! The Star also has a full bar with experienced bartenders ready to serve. The restaurant was not crowded (probably due to the impending holiday) but we were well catered to and had a great experience. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Thank you for making the surprise birthday party an enjoyable and friendly experience. Our server was great, and we'll be back for more common and special occasions."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "There are so many damn good pizza places in the Grand-lake and Temescal neighborhoods that do an amazing job with thin crusted pizza - Arizmendi, boot and shoe and their sister place, etc. So I don't know why anyone would open another pizza place unless their pizza was out of this world....and it just isn't at The Star. In any other town people might find their pizza stellar but in this town, with the hot competition, if was really just ooookay. The service was great - staff were friendly and efficient- which was the only standout of my experience there. ."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We were in town for just a couple days to visit family and friends and decided to try this place due to location and reviews. The food was very tasty, the atmosphere was cool and comfortable. Also, because it was a sunny day, they had the front section open so the tables were half outside in the front, and it gave it a more relaxed feeling. Our server was excellent with great suggestions and quick service. We were definitely happy with our decision and will come back on future visits."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This member of the Little Star restaurant family doesn't disappoint. The pizza here has that same, substantial cornmeal crust, with a delicious sauce and fresh ingredients -- a welcome local find for anyone who's craving but doesn't want to make the trek for the San Francisco original. The specialty pizzas come with East Bay-themed names (i.e., "The Grand") -- and there are a few menu items I don't remember seeing at previous locales (i.e., meatballs). Great bar with a decent wine selection and local beers (had the Linden Street Hop Candi on this visit) -- and service has been great, even with a group of six. (Our waiter really kept up with the water, which was welcome after a long afternoon at the ballpark.)"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had to wait about 10 min to be seated with our reservation. But the pizza is great, the salads are good, the beer/wine selection is pretty awesome for a pizza spot. We had the Yerba buena pizza and small wedge salad (enough for 2-3 people). When the salad came, the server came over and asked if there was too much dressing and offered to remake it. It did have too much dressing, though we hadn't noticed yet! Wonderful service."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "First time here last evening. Ate the Tribune (garlic infused olive oil, ham, bacon, ricotta, emmentaler) & Diablo (spicy calabrese sausage, cherry peppers, red onions, crushed red chilies, served with hot sauce) pizzas. Highly recommend the thin crust pizzas. For a person who doesn't care for bread & never eats the crust on pizzas, I ate every single bite. The Old Fashioned on the cocktail list was delicious as well. The chocolate & orange bitters were a nice touch. Service was fantastic, prompt and not at all overbearing. I visited with a large group and we were all very LOUD (sorry!) having a great time but the staff was gracious and didn't tell us to shut up. They totally could have. A great spot!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great food as always. Great space. They need to hire more waitstaff. Our person was too busy to pay enough attention to all the tables. Understandable, but irritating when your drink is empty."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Overall great meal. Been a fan of Little Star in SF for years. Glad they opened here."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great food, Great pizza, Great service. 'Nuff said."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Haven't tried the deep dish. I really liked the corn meal crust. I would also say that Star is very generous with the toppings which are also of high quality. Its really nice to be able to make a reservation at a top Pizza restaurant so as to not have to wait in line for ages to get a table. We also had a small Greek salad that was more than enough for two. Very fresh ingredients. I'll be back."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "An offshoot of Little Star, which has 3 other locations in the Bay Area. Have eaten at the other locations and the Chicago style deep dish pizza was as good as those. This restaurant seems roomier because of the high ceilings. I prefer it to the other locations. The cocktails were very good. But the service, although friendly, was a bit slow. Pizza took an hour to get to the table. And the servers looked a bit overworked. I still give it a thumbs up. Definitely need a reservation on Friday nights. Line was out the door!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Always nice to have a decent pizza place in the neighborhood that has great toppings, fresh salads and a variety of appetizers AND doesn't cost an arm and a leg! Very comfortable ambience. Quick service. Great drinks. Modern look. We'll make this a weekly spot for quick balanced dinner.. Try the Gluten Free crust!! Crispy, golden brown - best flat bread ever and the fact that it's GF is a huge bonus!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "This is my second time here and I still love it and would definitely go back. The deep dish is delish. The bread with roasted garlic is so indulgent. I loved every bite. I was stuffed at the end of the meal and very satisfied. The space has high ceilings so noise seemed to carry. . .or that could have just been due to the kids that were there that night playing hide and seek around the restaurant."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Service was terrible; understaffed? After waiting ages to order anything including drinks, we were then told that there was no bread for sandwiches or garlic bread as the order had not come in yet. It did not seem like the place was that busy, but of course this always happens when my critical parents are in town.....bad showing for the The Star"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Great pizzas - generous size and interesting names and ingredients. The salads are huge and very good too. They seemed a little understaffed so service was a bit slow. It was fine as we weren't in a hurry, but it could be a problem if you were in a hurry. I would certainly eat there again."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We went to Star primarily because the offer gluten free option as my wife has celiac. A was also interested in knowing what replaced Milano. We always liked frequenting the neighborhood restaurants when we lived in the area and Star fits is a nice addition to the local fabric."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We've been here three times in the last couple month - the deep dish pizza is phenomenal, the salads are great, the drinks are great, the service is great. Nice lighting, great music. It's always easy to make a reservation and we've never waited once we got there. It's quickly become a favorite."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The cocktails were perfect! We ordered two pizzas. One was custom and the second was off the menu. Both pizzas were well prepared."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "The salads are excellent and the service couldn't have been better. They went out of their way to make our lunch special for the Birthday Girl. The Staff is so kind and friendly"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "friendly warm service. Noise level too high for the older guests in our party. tasty thin crust pizza - we all liked it. the deep dish was popular with 3 out of 5 of our party."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "This is not Pizzeria Uno. Do not expect cheese-laden fat bombs, nor the floppy NY style. Less noisy at lunch, tho. Note individual deep dish ONLY available at lunch. If they have leftover shells (made fresh every a.m.) you can sometimes get them at dinner, but no guarantees. "Town" deep dish has loose filling of chkn, ham, light topping of cheese: spouse loved it. My choice is "Yerba Buena" thin; note that individual sizes really are only for one. Meatballs are the solid/no brdcrumb style; stuffed mushrooms are better with bacon & thyme than garlic (ours had too much raw garlic making it harsh). Great pizza, but this place is ear-splitting. You will come out with ears ringing and must scream across the table to be heard."
    Dined on 1/16/2014