Starbelly

4.5
438 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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 hours ago
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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks, lovely back patio and delicious food!

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j
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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 15, 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 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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R
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great go-to place for a little bit of everything. Love that they have cocktails now! Pizzas are good and the pastas.

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y
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very cool ambiance, beautiful bar, great for outside seating when it's not too cold, and staff is friendly. The pizza is delicious, crunchy crust and great toppings. The small plates are very small and I think they should have given a heads up about that.

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HA
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We had a really distracted server that forgot a few dishes and then forgot to take one off the bill. That brought the experience down a notch for sure but we still enjoyed ourselves.

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ZT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We arrived and we're promptly greeted by the hostess who sat us almost immediately. The server (girl with red hair) greeted us and told us she would give us time and came back shortly there after with water. She took our drink and food order at the same time. Little did I know this would be the last time we would see her until we were finished with our meal. Someone else brought our drinks and our food. Never once were we checked on, at any point. No one came to offer more water (we got up and refilled it ourselves). No one checked on us after we got our food. We finished and sat there for a solid 10 mins with completely finished plates in front of us. I know our server saw us because I watched her walk by several times and check on the table next to us. When she came to clear our plates she finally offered us another round of drinks. Well, no... We are done. I would have ordered another one 20 mins ago had you ever come to check on us.

I personally wouldn't recommend this place until they get their service standards under control. The food was good, but not good enough to deal with such subpar service.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have loved Starbelly for years! It never disappoints!!

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Great food. Kind of expensive for what we got. Poor service. We ordered 3 small plates and a dessert to share. The waitress didn't take away used dishes from our small table without our requesting it. She put our pozole in front of us with one spoon even though we said we were sharing.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. The staff are very attentive. The vibe is casual.

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g
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a brunch reservation on Saturday ... something unheard of in San Francisco, and were able to get right in. They allow reservations for up to 50% of their capacity which is ideal for those who just want to drop in or those who want to be guaranteed no wait (like me). The service was great, despite it being crowded. I had the fish tacos and they were delicious. We shared a plate of super good French fries with 3 options for dipping. My friend ordered some of the best French toast I’ve ever tasted. Perfectly browned and crispy, it had marscapone, crushed pistachios, and other delicious toppings. The bill was very reasonable. I will definitely be going back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service

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

There was an irate customer sitting next to us, rudely yelling at another customer at another table. It was very uncomfortable. The waiting staff did not intervene, but I feel like they should have said something or made the gentlemen leave by how uncomfortable he was making everyone feel.

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SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a busy brunch, which was to be expected so I'm glad we had a reservation. The busy isn't a negative. The atmosphere was great and our service was great. The entire staff was friendly. The food was very good and quite filling! We had a really good time.

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

Delicious Sunday brunch in a cozy, bright, and good energy filled spot! Perfect and unique cocktails that were delightful on the taste buds, lovely attention to details and kind, warm service. I’ve now had dinner, lunch and brunch at Starbelly and can’t wait to go back!

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JG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Birthday dinner

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F
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food great value and outstanding service. Well run.

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b
San Francisco
151 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

No wonder this little jewel has survived — it’s better than ever, & so reasonable!👍

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MJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch from the special menu for restaurant week. Everything was delicious, especially the butternut squash soup. Nice ambiance. Great service. Would definitely recommend to a friend and return for another visit.

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MD
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for restaurant week; and we were not disappointed! 3 course meal was absolutely delicious! If there was anything I would ask to change, please adjust the opening hours to 11am instead of 1130.

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JF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Not especially impressed, and wouldn’t necessarily return. Wooden stool dining seats very uncomfortable.

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BR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks are very good!!!

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SH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

First time to Star Belly and it seems like it’s a very popular place for brunch. We arrived at 11:30 on a Sunday and it was packed and full of energy. We sat at the front of the restaurant so we saw people coming and going and being near the bar it was lively. I took at peek at the back covered patio and it seems that the noise level is much lower - good to know! Although they weren’t offering the restaurant week menu it was still a tasty meal. We had the loco moco and the po’boy sandwich. We cleaned our plates well!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The noise level on the patio is great for conversation although it closes early. Inside is a little loud comparatively. Overall great spot for small plates and pizza!

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J
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Although a trendy restaurant, we found the food to be lacking and service was not good. The restaurant was packed and I believe under staffed. We had to wait for everything and usually our waiter was not the one to provide our requests. For the price not and the availability of other restaurants in the city, we would not return. Techies apparently love this place. If sitting on the back porch be aware that it can be drafty and cold.

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CR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great time at brunch! The only issue I had with Starbelly was being seated at a hi-top table. Food was great!

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for restaurant week prix fixe menu. The food was absolutely amazing, I had the chicken liver pate and fried chicken po'boy. They were both phenomenal. The service was laid back, but very attentive and friendly. I'd love to come back but their pricing outside of the prix fixe menu is a tad higher than I'd prefer. Worth it? Possibly if they have both of those items on their regular menu.

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EZ
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yum meal for SF Restaurant week! Omg the sandwich, the dessert...the lovely outside seating.

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LC
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Restaurant Week option!

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AS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience start to finish. Service and food are excellent. I definitely recommend the sumptuous spaghetti with hunks of savory bacon and the pizza is light, chewy, delightful. I also personally enjoyed one- okay more than one- margarita verde with mezcal and basil. Should out to our server who made the night seamless and fun! Will definitely be back and bringing my friends with me!

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DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Incredibly disappointed by the service. The food was good, but not the best. It took forever to get drinks & food, but then they were taking our plates away at a rapid pace with food still on them! Likely will not return.

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CC
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

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

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TH
San Francisco
137 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Patio was very drafty and our server removed my plate while i still had food in my mouth.

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MM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
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
6 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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