Starbelly

4.6
400 reviews
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$30 and under
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Starbelly is a modern, urban restaurant that serves California Comfort food in the heart of The Castro. Our garden patio and fun atmosphere make Starbelly a neighborhood favorite, serving lunch, brunch and dinner. Our craft cocktails, beer and wine lists all play well with our seasonal menu.
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San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Chicken Bo Boy was dry and The French fries were over done.

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MM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

This place used to be awesome. Really gone downhill. Flavorless, bland food. Now overpriced.

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SF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine at Starbelly often, and it never disappoints! I love that they change their menu often based on what is in season. Such a gem in San Francisco!

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JF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Great place for brunch. A lively and casual atmosphere—great enclosed outdoor space in back. However, the server was too quick to pick up plates and he dropped the check before my friend was finished eating. Not sure what the rush was since there was no wait and empty tables surrounding us.

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TS
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was awful. It felt like they were in a mad dash to get us out of there. We ordered 2 appetizers and 2 mains, but they all came at the same time. It was very crowded at our tiny table. It was meant to be a very special occasion, and we were in and out in less than 40 minutes. Certainly will not be returning.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

All I can say is that there was a worm in my salad. Leaving it at that.

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WJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The staff was very attentive, the food good and the ambiance appropriate for an informal dinner. However, the space was fairly loud. We did have a very nice meal and a fun evening.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the relaxed ambiance and the food was delicious. Our servers were great.

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LS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their backyard patio area is very nice with heat lamps when it's chilly.

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RR
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Pizza’s were bland and nothing unusual. The crusts were rather tough. Starbelly has slipped over the past few years.

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CM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Brunch Menu looked great and it was tough to choose. Then we were sorry about our choices. Chicken and waffle: moist and tender chicken but, no flavor of seasoning at all and the waffle was dry and bland. Serve with a little blip of syrup and adding more didn’t make a difference as it was a poor quality syrup. Chilequillas was a tiny portion with no flavor or sauce. And accompanying salad was a good mix but, had to ask for more dressing. Other diners seemed to enjoy their choices. Waiter was initially attentive but, then forgot about us. Maybe other food choices and a more attentive waiter would have made a difference... along with no wind blowing trough the cracks in the patio siding (it was freezing even with the heaters). With so many other restaurants in the area, not sure I’ll give it another try for some time.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Everything was delicious except the flank steak wasn’t the best quality and was very pungent

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OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love love LOVE this restaurant. Every single person there makes you feel like they are glad you are there and want to share the yummy drinks and menus. It’s the BEST!

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AH
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was alright but a bit bland. The service could have been better. One of the dishes we ordered never came and it was a struggle to get the waiters attention when we needed another round of drinks.

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b
Las Vegas
82 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites.

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KE
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

New Years Day brunch. Food delivery was extremely slow. Fried chicken was dry. Sausages came out cold, but were comp’d. Partner had a skillet which was good.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good. Service was lackluster. We couldn't tell who our server was and were left alone with menus for a long while despite the restaurant not being all that busy. My pizza wasn't completely cut and there was no one looking to help.

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PD
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We are visiting San Francisco for the Holidays and booked a table for our family for New Year's Eve. The only slot available was 10:30pm. Upon arrival, at 10:20 we were told we have 20 min to order before kitchen closes. They had a NYE menu an all! By 11pm they had brought us the check and were cleaning up. Needless to say we had to leave and improvise celebration at our airbnb. Unhappy choice of restaurant.

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FV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and our waitress was super friendly
I ordered the meatball spaghetti and it was the best I’ve ever had :)

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DW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was great, the service was really friendly, and the atmosphere was comfy.

We were in the patio on a cold night, with a cold breeze coming through the fence, but even with that, we had a wonderful, romantic time. The back was lively, but not too noisy, so we could both be with people, and enjoy a comfy conversation with each other. Our server was knowledgable and attentive, yet not obtrusive.

We look forward to coming again for a romantic dinner, with just the two of us, or to bring guests when its time to celebrate something.

Thanks!

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SK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Their food plumeted from decent to mediocre. The service is spotty. Sad about this.

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LS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

im becoming an old lady, but the music was wayyy too loud. also the rez was for 5 and we put an obvious 4-top which was tight with 2 pregnant ladies, an elbow-throwing lefty and tons of jackets/scarves/purses, right at the entrance - really more of a bar table than a dinner one. as always the food and service were excellent...mmm burrata.

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RP
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The only issue is that the service was not great, and they brought the appetizers at the same time as the entrees.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My date canceled on me but I still decided to keep my reservation. The whole staff was so friendly and catered to whatever I needed. I will definitely go back and dine at starbelly again!

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EA
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My joy in coming to Starbelly's is the freshness of the food.
The servers are very friendly people, and not in your face.
Your host was a special plus; quiet and noble demeanor!

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JJ
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 5

Not for nothing been going here for years. Brunch today was tired and weak sorry to say. Lame service tired of the shared spoons served with the crappy coffee and the indignant attitude when you ask for an extra spoon really? Sick of only Stevia??? And really one egg on a dried up loco moco?? I can hear it already than just don’t come. Ok I won’t.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Nos asignaron una mesa en donde caía una gotera , pedimos que nos reasignaran en el mismo espacio y el mesero de forma poco educada nos dijo que era imposible , que solo tenían mesa en otra sección, durante nuestra estancia estuvieron vacías todas las mesas de la sección inicial!

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AD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I think we just had the misfortune of having a terrible waiter. The ambiance was nice and the food was good! Our server was never around, we had to ask multiple times for things we already ordered. My toast came out after everyone had finished their food. Our waiter would walk away mid-order, he was just out of it. And on top of that, we accidentally way over tipped him, haha. He got tipped twice, since we had split the bill and gave him cash already, but my friend didn't realize and we tipped him by card too. He was just the worst waiter, he had bleached white hair and was forgetful and never checked on us and didn't care to sell us more drinks..

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k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

if you have high expectations for pizza you might be a bit disappointed here. bring a flashlight for the menu if seated in the back. overall a nice place.

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YP
New England
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I frequent starbelly a lot as a "go to" place when catching up with friends. Unfortunately this time was really disappointing. Didn't have table ready for my reservation, service was curt and forgetful.

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c
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I LOVED my hamburger and my partner loved his pasta! My burger was done medium rare just as I wanted it and it was very flavorful. Lots of delicious fries came with it and a few greens, too. We started with a nice appetizer - cucumber and jicama sticks to dip into a red pepper dip. I thought it was great quality for a reasonable price. My only suggestion is that they serve the burger on a Whole Wheat Bun!

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a
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Loved the food and the new cocktail menu. Service was good but server definitely had a "lot on his plate", so as to speak since it was a busy night. Forgot our order the minute we placed it (no biggie since he repeated himself and we were able to correct our order), took a while for water to be replenished, waiter was genuinely apologetic as he was trying his hardest and gave us a free appetizer. Otherwise good place. Maybe he was new? No biggie really.

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T
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem in the Mission. Went there for brunch before a play and the service was excellent. Everyone was friendly and were happy to give suggestions for their favorites. A must go to. I sure will again.

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NS
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm addicted to that damn spaghetti with HAM and jalapenos. Who even thought that would be a thing? The persimmon salad was amazing too. Everything is good here!

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RP
San Francisco
101 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Very disappointing meal. Tasteless salad followed by mussels that were oddly seasoned. One person in our party of four enjoyed his banger and mash entree. Otherwise, I saw nothing to come back for.

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TS
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar and had a lovely dinner. The service was very thoughtful, and the menu did not disappoint! The food was picked-that-day fresh and prepared with creativity.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Come for the chicken liver pate, bacon spaghetti and steak bavette.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Ran out of some items on menu.
Staff conversations and disagreements were held within hear shot.

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E
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Service slow. Not very attentive. Waitress broke bottle at table next to us and never said anything about the glass that shattered onto us.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places in the Castro! The food and staff is always great and consistent. Always a good time!

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