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The Star
The Star

The Star Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thestarongrand.com
  • Email: littlestarpizzasb@gmail.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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "We loved everything except the noise level, which was pretty load, especially for my elderly parents."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Star makes cornmeal crust, crispy all the way through. If you like the limp-in-center Neapolitan style, or foldable NY style, don't come here. This is a (slightly) thicker, oven-baked, high quality dough, but it is not "bread-doughy", like Zachary's. The toppings are very high quality, and the cheese is too, being moderately applied. Do not expect the overcheesed Pizzeria Uno style; Star goes for quality over quantity. This is fine with us! The stuffed mushrooms with garlic & thyme are excellent. Do note: The place is RIDICULOUSLY noisy; to the point of being unpleasant. Also, individual deep dish pies are only guaranteed at lunch; by mid-dinnertime, they usually run out (shells are made fresh each morning). Good service, small parking lot."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "I had not been to The STAR but it came highly recommended ....food was excellent....the service very good except at the bar..the bar needed not only an extra bartender and bar back but it needed bartenders who were not afraid to make eye contact even if it was only to say i will be right with you....whether you are spending $5 or $25 on a glass of wine, you want a friendly smile and the knowledge that you will not be forgotten...we were forgotten at the bar trying to order a glass of wine...the rest of the experience of Friday evening from the host stand to,the server was excellent....I will most definitely return....my new favorite neighborhood spot..."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The Star was very helpful with my wife's food allergies, and they created a special pizza just for her. She is now telling our family and friends about her wonderful experience."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We love this place! The wedge salad and the grand deep dish,"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I chose The Star because it is relatively new to my neighborhood, because I had a big group (10 people) and it seemed like a great place to have a down home, no frills, family type meal. It did not disappoint. We hung out as long as we wanted, the service was great and the pizza was delicious to boot!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Nice ambiance although a bit noisy. Menu is limited to pizza, salad, and drinks. The pizzas are quite pricey given that there are other established non-chain pizza joints in Oakland. Ok if you need a quick bite...however, the deep dish pizzas will take 30 plus minutes and are still a bit doughy for my taste..."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Compliments all around on the food. We had stuffed mushrooms to start, customized our deep dish pizza, and split a slice of the vanilla cheesecake. Additionally, we had one mixed drink and several whiskeys. The stuffed mushrooms were very tasty. They come in two sizes. We got the larger. I could have eaten the whole plate of them alone. Our pizza was amazing. The crust tasted like the perfect biscuit ... and it was perfectly crunchy. All of the fillings /toppings of the pizza were of good quality and well prepared. I particularly liked the tomato "sauce". It was more of a tomato mince than puree, and there was no apparent sweetness to it. The cheesecake was good, but you'll be disappointed if you're a cheesecake connoisseur."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Great for families. Good addition to the neighborhood. Simple but tasty food."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "Had lunch with 3 friends, got a table in the back of the restaurant. Not crowded at all, most people seated in front so we had a lot of privacy for a good time catching up with each other during the holidays. Wait staff was very attentive and took our order promptly. The deep dish pizza was excellent, both crust and filling. Lots of choices on Grand Ave, this was a good one. Would go again."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The Star is a nice new addition to the Lake Merritt restaurant scene. The thin crust and deep dish pizzas are super tasty and the waitstaff and hostesses are very friendly and helpful (a stark comparison to the 'too cool for school' staff at some of the other restaurants in the neighborhood.) I've been twice and will definitely go back."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "The deep dish pizza is delicious. Had a very nice Zinfandel from Sonoma County too."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "One of the very best vanilla cheesecakes I have ever had. Very good salads, very very good pizza, very great garlic bread. Just a good addition to the neighborhood."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "The biggest issue is finding a place to park. The deep dish meatball pizza was good. There wasn't quite enough meat, and there was too much tomato sauce. The flavor was very good, and the crust was really good. Don't be in a hurry if you get the deep dish, as it takes about 30+ minutes to cook, The wedge salad was just like it was supposed to be, and was good. Friday night around 6-7 is not an ideal time to go even if you have a reservation. It was very crowded. Lots of kids, but all were very well mannered. I think I will try it again at an off hour. I had to park up at Safeway (about 3 blocks) and it was raining."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Went to The Star on a friend recommendation (whom I trust with food opinions). We are meatball fans so we tried the meatballs: taste was good (sauce as well) but they were a little heavy. I like that you can get a salad for the table and share. I was bothered by the music because from our table near the back all I could hear was the base. But the pizza… we got The Grand Ave and we were all very happy. I like the texture of the crust better than Zacharys and the options are plentiful. We'll be back for the pizza. The thin crust also looks terrific (many tables got that)."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "It was dinner and a movie night, so we made a very early reservation, expecting The Star to be lively with kids and parents talking loudly over pizza. We also expected to wait a while for the pizza to arrive; the menu alerts you to the fact that deep-dish takes 35-45 minutes. What we didn't expect was that they would "loose" our pizza. It was over an hour later when I flagged down our server who said he was just about to come talk to us. He explained that our pizza was "lost", which meant that it was given away to another table by accident. Accidents happen. He said we wouldn't have to pay for the new flat crust pizza, which we scarfed while ate while walking to the movie. Not the meal I expected to have, nor should you."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "This is a lively neighborhood restaurant on Grand. The staff from the front door to wait staff were very good, attentive, not overly so. The quality, freshness and flavor of the food was fantastic! We chose thin crust pizzas and the Goddess and the Wedge salads, and we were very happy with everything. I will definitely return to try the deep dish pizza style."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Have never been a fan of deep dish pizza, it always seemed like a triumph of quantity over quality. The Star has changed my mind, at least at that venue and under the guidance of our younger friend, a connoisseur of The Star's menu options: a sweet and savory "extra helping" of tomato sauce with sausage, peppers and other ingredients. A crisp Classic Greek salad with tangy crumbly feta and fresh greens. Great selection of craft beers. Very friendly service, though just a tad slow for our needs after the main dishes were served; had to work a bit to get the tab. Will definitely shift our takeout business to The Star, and will definitely go back often to the Grand Ave. site."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Went with girlfriends for a birthday lunch. What a nice surprise. The food and service were just great! It was my second visit since their opening. Much more impressed on this visit. It is a great neighborhood place even with prices high for pizza. Will be sure to go again."
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "Nice to have a "star" close by. Been to the Mission and Solano spots but having one closer to home with the same exceent good makes it great. Hope you stay busy for a long time"
    Dined on 11/17/2013