The Star Portland

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At The Star Pizza, we have take enormous pride in serving our award-winning deep dish and thin crust pizzas. By offering organic salads, appetizers made from scratch, house made dressings and sauces, oven baked sandwiches, and fresh dough tossed daily, our once small pizzerias have blossomed into a dynamic neighborhood restaurants. Beyond dozens of signature dishes, our bar serves artisan cocktails, carefully selected wines and beer in an elegant yet comfortable environment. Our commitment to our employees, community, schools and local nonprofit organizations embodies who we are. We treat our guests like family, invest in our employees, and use responsible and high quality ingredients to continue The Star legacy. Thank you for choosing to dine with us.
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E
Portland
434 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I often recommend this restaurant. The pizza is consistent and well made. The service is very good. The cocktails and wine list are also very good.

LR
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really too loud during peak times, but the service was good and the food was terrific. The salads were fresh and interesting and the pizzas, both deep dish and thin crust, were top notch. We will be back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place. We’ve been a few times now and it’s great with kids or or date night. Service last time was spot on.

m
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Heard a lot of good things about The Star and it didn’t disappoint. The cheese on the pizza was advertisement-level gooeyness and delicious. Our server was great and would go back in a heartbeat!

R
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummmmmm the pies are greats the service is great. The beverages are great. The space is great.
The location is great!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food but expensive for pizza. Noisy environment but that was normal for a pizza parlor

DJ
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonder except for the noise-noise dampeners would be great.

CS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Tried both the deep dish and the thin crust and they were fantastic. For a business setting the music was thumping too loudly to want to return but will come again with friends.

DT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Being from Chicago, I wanted to try the deep dish here and was blown away. One of the things I don't love about Chicago Pizza is how dense the crust is because after 1 piece I'm full of all the bread. The deep dish crust here isn't as dense but has the perfect balance. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

JJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pizza but not your traditional deep dish. The cocktail menu needs work it sadly doesn’t have something for everyone but there are other good drink options.

RD
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent addition to the Portland Pizza scene.
The apps and salads are great too. But the “Star” of the show is the delicious deeps dish pizzas!

JN
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was good for the price. Waited 15 min. after being seated by the hostess befor getting water. You can tell they are a new restaurant, by the way they seemed unmanaged.

RK
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was exceptionally good but the server basically forgot about us; very little checking in, didn't offer refills, took forever to bring us the bill, and then didn't offer any help with splitting it. It was some of the worst service I've ever had, but the food was so good I'll likely to back anyway, so kudos for that!

B
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excited to try new. Pizza place. Pizza was excellent. Restaurant was very nice inside. While solid pizza , there are several places in PDX that are as good or better. The dining room here was much better than most pizza places though

OT
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are from NJ now Oregonians.
Your pizza was just as good as the pizza in New Jersey.

OT
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was good. Service was great. We had an arugula salad which was good but could have been a little more flavorful. They didn’t have large pie dough by the time we got there around 8:15pm. We had a small spicy sausage pie and we enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t say it was all the way to 5 star quality. As I understand it, they only recently opened so it’ll probably get even better. I would recommend the place certainly. I can’t imagine someone dining there and having a bad experience with the food or service.

N
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The pizza was really delicious! We got one deep dish and one thin crust and thought both were very high quality. The first thing we noticed about this place, though, was the NOISE. We couldn't hear anything the host, servers, or our friends were saying. Turn down the music and install some noise-absorbing material. I know it's a new place and therefore service will be a bit crazy. After being seated, no one came by for a drink order or to say hello for about 15 minutes. We ordered some beers and we could see that the beers were poured right away. Then we watched as the beers sat on the bar for another 15 minutes to be delivered. We watched this happen 3 more times as different members of our group ordered beers. The beers showed up to the table pretty warm. Overall, the pizza was awesome, but we are unlikely to return based on how loud the restaurant was and how slow and lacking the service was.

C
Portland
38 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious thin crust pizza - our new favorite!

w
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and cocktails and great waitress. Would happily go again!

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We ordered a large deep dish pizza, custom. Three toppings. $34. Kind of expensive. We tried vegan cheese as I’m lactose intolerant. Dreadful pizza. They were nice and comped our drinks. Not sure I’d go again. I’ll stick with Montesacro across the street. A superior experience.

AP
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

It was just mediocre. The service wasn’t great, we felt like we were unconvincing our wait staff. The food was okay, but not nearly as good as we were expecting from the Eatery site.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Took 45 minutes to get our initial drink order, and our server told us that “it happens sometimes”, not sure about the other waiters, but this one clearly shouldn’t be one. Rude and basically avoided our table after we asked about our drinks. By the time our drinks arrived, we had already finished our appetizers. Bottom line, great food, terrible service.

LW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, drinks and service! We were a party of 7 and everything flowed beautifully all evening. Attentive service, great salads and pizza and delicious beer! We would all definitely go back!

TW
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Heard about The Star and was like “Oh yeah, another pizza place...so what?” Their pizza is legit! Crunchy cornmeal crust, savory toppings wrapped in gooey mozzarella, topped with a zesty tomato sauce that has just the right amount of spice. Hard to find Chicago style pizza in the NW and this stands up to the real thing. Our new favorite pizza place in Portland!

MY
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Very under staffed and lots of mistakes. Didn’t even get drinks for 40min. But everyone is very nice and still love location and atmosphere. Pizzas, even if wrong, were very tasty!

GF
Portland
37 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Getting a individual pizza and salad was a great deal. Excellent as well.

E
Portland
435 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is an excellent pizza addition to Portland. The thin crust is very good and the deep dish is worthy of any Chicago establishment. The service has been consistently very good as well.

LA
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great pizza and service. Nice ambience. Would definitely eat there again.

DT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

I was disappointed in the pizza we ordered. They were not good at all.

TE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Being from Illinois, closest pan pizza to the Chicagoland. Fresh ingredients is evident, but missing a key flavor; needs fennel (more fennel). Way better than another Chicago establishment here in PDX on the East Side, Star makes it fresh to order. Waiter and support staff were excellent—actually tipped more than 20%. Highly recommend it and you can order out!

A
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have already recommended The Star to a few friends. Salads were fresh and tasty. Quite happy that we can order both deep dish and thin crust. Wish you offered prosciutto.
Only complaint(s) was that it was cold. Our server was great. When asked about the cold air he closed the windows. Very difficult for four people to have a conversation.
We will return!

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Son wanted deep dish pizza and lots of friends had been and said it was good deep dish. Well we had two piesbither were really great. Sauce is a little deeper and more savory than you would usually find in Chicago. It was all so good.

d
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great meal in a fun and energetic environment. Work team celebration was our reason for coming to The Star. Nice that they had both thin crust and deep dish pizzas, which were well-executed. Our service was outstanding - attentive without being over-bearing. Would definitely come back for a fun, group event again.

1
Portland
191 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Primarily a pizza restaurant. Although the pizza options are many and pizza is good, still there are better pizzas in Portland.

C
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my daughter’s birthday and we had a very nice dinner. We created our own pizza to share and it was delicious. Our waiter was really great! We got there early, so the noise level wasn’t bad at all, but it was getting much louder by the time we left. Overall it was a wonderful experience.

M
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was SO excited to see that The Star was moving to Portland - it was the one type of pizza that I craved that we didn't yet have. The cornmeal crust is amazing.... I also love that they take reservations, a huge plus and the only "good pizza place" in town that does!
Now if they could only add a Lambrusco to their wine-by-the-glass list....

SF
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pizza and appetizers! Does take time to cook but totally worth it!

VF
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

The deep dish was delicious, and cooked perfectly. The thin crust pizza was soggy on the bottom. The kitchen has a little trouble taking specific directions. It was also loud, and took a long time. Suggestion: don't go during peak hours. Maybe lunch.

BV
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Pizza was delicious. One large deep dish feed four of is including 2 hungry teens. Music was a little too loud.

PP
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was good but overpriced & small portions and the drinks with weak, if we go back again we won’t waste the money on the drinks we will make sure we drink before or plan something after. The location is perfect, with in walking distance from our place and I loved the open airy feel inside and the service was 5 stars!

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