Starbelly

4.5
471 reviews
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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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SF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always consistently delicious!

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SF
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good—no dish was bad. We ordered per the server’s recommendations: loved the pate and starbelly salad. The mushroom pizza was highly recommended over the steak, and it was pretty good but it did not stand out as anticipated. The pasta was also good but not memorable.

The server was helpful when present but he did disappear for a long time and we waited at least an hour for our mains. The appetizers came out instantly. So that awkward wait was a disappointment. We might try again but our first experience left something to be desired.

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t
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Underwhelming experience. Food was okay, service was slow. Really nice atmosphere and accommodating for large parties though.

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FY
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the service staff were wonderful. The pizza was an amazing blend of styles and flavors. The beers offered a gentle yet profound compliment to th meal. Despite having left my hoody, Megan, was able to retrieve and keep it for my later retrieval.

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PG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had dinner here on a Friday night and it was packed. The noise level was very high. Next time I will sit in the patio. We hadn't planned on eating pizza, and ordered one. I have to say, this was the most tasty pizza I have had in quite sometime. The flavor and texture of the crust is amazing. I will be back for more!

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KB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had an amazing lunch on the warm patio. The restaurant was busy for lunch but there was attentive service so we felt very taken care of. The server was a very cute guy wearing Converse shoes.

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RG
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Great food, fresh seasonal menu and good wine list. A wonderfully reliable brunch/dinner destination in the Castro which typically cannot hang onto a good restaurant. Service is poor poor poor. I’m never certain who my waiter is and once food is dropped off, good luck flagging them down for condiments, a second drink order, etc. You’re on your own until the “too little too late” drive-by offering up a dessert menu.

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H
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, excellent food, service was amazing

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M
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Probably our 4th visit; a good standby. Restaurant was very accomodating as we were 1/2 hour late (we called) due to 45 minute delay getting out of parking lot by DeYoung (note to self: don't park in garage if you need to leave at museum closing time), so we couldn't complain when they (very nicely) told us just before bringing desserts that they also were leaving our check because the front area buy-out was waiting for our table. Loved it all - drinks, fries, burgers, vege burger and butterscotch pot de creme dessert.

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JN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love visiting Starbelly. The food is always amazing and the price is great. I've always had helpful, happy service. My only complaint is there needs to be a way to dampen the noise as it does get loud. Overall I will still keep combing back.

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LH
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 3

Poor food quality and not the best service. There is a nice patio with heat lamps that make it enjoyable to eat outside.

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t
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Surprisingly cheap in a city where food tends to be expensive.

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TB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great saturday brunch, excellent service, good prices on cocktails

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere. I haven’t been for years (i didn’t remember them having a liquor liscense? maybe?) and now i’ll definitely be back more often.

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J
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice ambience. Food is pretty good. Service could be a touch better, as in they could use some more staff. The folks they have are very nice.

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RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Used to LOVE this place. And it was as packed as ever. But the experience was just meh this time. Likely won't return for awhile.

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K
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The quality of food has gone down significantly since the last time I visited. Food was cold unfortunately.

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c
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Decent food although I was underwhelmed by the fires and the pizza.

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NT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Adorable place, delicious food, lovely service!! I wish I lived in Cali so I could go back!

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and ambiance!! Will go back again ...and again

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Sunday happy hour

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AS
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love it, great food service and location , awesome they have now and open bar.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and i love starbelly. They forgot to add bacon to our pizza but it actually worked out better cos we had olives on it and it would’ve been too salty. So even when they make mistakes it works out!!
The staff are all pretty friendly and the food is always yummy. I don’t even think it’s that expensive. So they should keep doing what they’re doing.

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ES
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such friendly and acommodating staff! And great food. Thanks for a nice birthday brunch!

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BR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went for a late dinner with a friend visiting from Italy. Food and service were both great, but it was a little louder than I'd prefer (the venue itself is a bit close-quartered, but that's urban real estate for you). Also, I didn't really care for the cocktail list (subjective tastes, to be sure), but the wine and beer list were pretty good, especially for the size of the place. Overall it's one of my preferred places to eat in the Castro.

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JG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, lively atmosphere, a bit loud
Great service.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is an excellent choice.

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c
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

For a good time with very good food & margaritas, go to Starbelly!

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YA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Some of the tables were too dark not enough light so we moved to another table.
Overall very nice experience and the is very good.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress who helped us was extremely welcoming. Our group was having a dinner after not seeing one another for 10 years and she made it a great experience!!!!

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely, friendly service. Delicious appetizers & good mains. We sat at the heated & covered patio in the back which was beautiful.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Cesar salad with fried fish was delicious was lunch. Volume of glass of Dry Creek Rose was less than minimal.

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Food was mediocre to fine. Service was bad, we had to keep stopping our conversation for him. And it wasn’t like we were camped out there for a long time. In total, we were at the restaurant for about 1h-1h15m.

Our waiter was pushy. He came up to us right after sitting down to ask if we’d made any decisions so we asked for a little more time. He came back about 2 mins later, to ask if we made any decisions, and we apologized and said we would. He then took about 5 minutes to talk about practically every item on the menu, which is great if there’s additional insight they can provide. But this wasn’t the case. He then set a timer on his phone for 3 minutes (trying to be funny probably?) to come back to our table. He then came back exactly 3 minutes later and we ordered.

They delivered the first courses. And we were chatting. He comes up again to tell us to eat the courses and don’t let them get cold, especially one since it had butter.

Over the course of the meal, we were interrupted several times, way more than is necessary. To me, great service is pleasant but mostly invisible. This was not the case.

We paid our bill about 45 mins in. And I’m pretty sure he left right after, since we never saw him again. So perhaps he was just trying to get home?

Hard to tell. Regardless, the food was fine/mediocre. So that in addition to the service, I likely will not be back. And would not recommend it to my friends.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

We were out in the very back table outside with no light and barely any heat. Seemed like the server forgot about us. Also, the buratta was so tiny and not what I’m use to getting. I come here a lot so maybe just a one off.

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JS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks, lovely back patio and delicious food!

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j
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely place to share a meal with friends...
Food was delicious and the ambiance friendly and light.
Good bar scene as well. Quieter in the back room for good food and conversation.

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B
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great lunch on the outdoor patio. Was tasty and We had attentive service.

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved the food-amazing pizza and service was excellent. Great atmosphere too. Was pleasantly surprised by
This gem

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a
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Had to wait a long time to get served. Had asked for a meatless dish. Ended up getting one with meat. Restaurant apologized and refunded the dish.

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ME
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, lively vibe. Great cocktails and food. Staff were all around attentive and friendly.

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