Starbelly

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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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DR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Sat in outdoor patio area. Very very very loud. Would NOT sit back there again.

JK
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Experience was great.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding. The cocktails and food came in a timely manner but more enjoyably, the Sailor Moon server was so kind and helpful, pointing us in the direction of some very delicious dishes. This little neighborhood secret has really become a great place to meet with friends for a meal as tonic to challenging days.

FT
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for friends or a date. Food is excellent and inventive. The presentation and attentiveness of the staff was outstanding!

AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I took my mom from out of town here for a Sunday brunch and EVERYTHING we ordered was amazing! Super stylish, great service, better food!

QT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service and great tasting food. Picnic table benches we were seated at felt unstable at times and rocked a lot due to the uneven flooring.

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

I love this place! It has some of the best vegetarian food I've ever had and I will definitely be coming back just to have the roasted corn pizza

RA
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, the chef should be very proud. Our server gave great service, excellent recommendations, and she timed it perfectly. From one chef to another, bravo! We will return and give you guys great recommendations for others to try. Thank you!

L
San Francisco
244 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service was great . The Shasuka eggs wee amazing and the service was 100%. Can't wait to go back.

NC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cute restaurant with a very unique menu. We ate on the patio which was pleasant- nice shade on a warm day. The fries came with 3 dipping sauces - I had the Old Bay and it was delicious. The small salad with an added protein was plenty for lunch. I don't usually order fried chicken, but this was marvelous. Light crispy coating, but no grease or oil. My companion had the grilled chicken with her Caesar salad. Also great. Service was attentive and friendly. Parking is a bit of a pain, but I was able to park on the street a block away.

NC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn't been there in a while and suggested going there for lunch because we were in the area and because of the back patio.

The experience was better than I remembered as the restaurant has since expanded their lunch menu to include brunch items, which (at least what we had) were really wonderful.

Service was excellent (friendly, efficient, welcoming, etc) and the food was perfect for sharing.

We had Challah French Toast and Chilaquiles, both of which were really really good and which would have been too complicated to make at home (that's a big reason for going to restaurants right?).

I just assumed that, as I was liking everything so much, the check would be a horrible surprise but it was not and turned out to be a pleasant surprise instead.

My big takeaway from the meal is that I need to remember to go there more often.

SA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Great except for the level of music. We were a party of four — sitting in the back — enjoying the food and not the “music.”

r
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food was fair to good. We each had a different entrée for a total of four, but none of them stood out. We also had a side of fries, which were fine. The bad part was when we asked for sugar for the coffee. The server brought a container with sugar in the raw inside, along with at least half a dozen live ants. We called the server over who immediately took it away and returned with another container. This one had at least two dead ants on top of the sugar. We didn't for look for any more live ones but simply sent it back again.

Ants at a picnic are inevitable. Ants at a restaurant are unfortunate. But a second container of ants (even dead ones) brought to the table is unacceptable.

Otherwise, service was fine.

OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The dumplings, gazpacho, burrata and grilled peaches, the cod and the steak. All delicious!!!

Our drinks came out after we finished all three of our appetizers but the food made up for it.

d
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Starbelly has excellent pizzas, good wine, and a spectacular space.

AT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Waiter brought out wrong order for half the table so half the people finished their food prior to us getting our food.

b
Las Vegas
91 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still one of my favorites!

H
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great drinks. Good food but not great. Pricey, even for SF. I ordered the most highly recommended item on the menu (steak) but it was dry and less flavorful than expected.

LC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic drinks food and great service

OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The dessert was very good, the service was good and they have a great selection of wine by the glass but the rest of the food was underwhelming.

OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Atmosphere was nice in the patio, server attentive. I thought the food was pretty decent, but nothing special/memorable.

PL
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great - we added one extra person at last minute and they accommodated us but then told us we had to complete meal by 8:15 in 75 minutes. We finished by 8:05

SK
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made a reservation by accident for thursday when I meant wednesday and Starbelly was able to accomdate my party of three quickly and were very gracious. Servers were freindly and attentive.

KG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed Starbelly and found their dishes consistently delicious. The dumplings were a particular favorite and the in-house bacon was terrific. Great place to catch up with friends. We also saw families and dates gathering to meet that night. We definitely recommend.

ES
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambience was rustic and casual, we enjoyed the covered patio seating at back. The chicken liver pate with the buttered bread, heirloom tomato salad and the chorizo pizza with egg were delightful! Hope to return soon.

D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love Starbelly. I have never eaten brunch at the restaurant but thought this would be a great setting/great food to share with my friends visiting from Portland. We had a fabulous meal and a great time. The Starbelly team was super accommodating and allowed us to move up our reservation. The staff was extremely knowledgeable, engaging and we left happy. The biggest win is that my husband, who has never been to the restaurant, said he would love to go back again to try the dinner. Thanks for everything!

AA
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great brunch at starbelly. Friendly service, great cocktails and food

VM
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Service was spotty but we had a great time and enjoyed the food.

F
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy our lunchtime meals out on the patio at Starbelly. Great service and food was delicious.

RM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good. Service was mediocre.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

In spite with a reservation, we didn’t get seated till almost 30 minutes after we arrived on time. No tables were ready. Nor did we get offered with high top bar tables or anything.

Food was really just ok and did not live up to the reviews. We ordered a chorizo pizza with eggs and a burger. The pizza dough was really tough to chew. The pizza itself was blend with a lack of any flavors. We didn’t know there was no cheese on the pizza. The burger was mediocre. I would prefer in n out for a better value.

CM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been to Starbelly several times over the past few years and each time our experience is the same. GREAT. We love the food, food portion sizes (not too big), variety of menu choices and eating outside in the Patio. We tend to come early (5:30pm) but an hour or so later it gets a bit noisy. That won't deter us as well just continue to come early.

AS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The service and ambiance here are fantastic but I feel like the food has gone downhill. I used to LOVE this place. Now I feel like I barely tolerate it.

A
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Started off stellar. Frim the receptionist to the appetizers we had high hopes. Read ALL those positive reviews. And I cook and eat out often. Sadly, not going to return.
The burger was so average the fries practically inedible, the fried chicken? Seriously. Shameful. Deboned? Like a cutlet. The accompanying vinegar slaw? So thoughtless. The cornbread moist yes.
Now that pate!! Wow. And wow. The dumplings? Delicious
Not coming back for average. So many stellar why would we?
Sorry.

g
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy Starbelly ---- the drinks, the food, the ambiance, the customers. I've been there many times and always enjoy myself. Yes, the noise level can rise but it wasn't irritating.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Starbelly is always a good consistent spot for food and great service.

JB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Pretty disappointing experience overall. Despite having a reservation They wanted to see me at a hightop by the door on a cold night. They ended up sitting me outside with no heater and rushing through dinner so that they could get us out of there before they are 930 curfew. Service was completely robotic and almost no interaction or I contact with the wait staff. It’s like they couldn’t even stand being there themselves. And food was just average slightly better than diner food

DR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Person serving us was attentive but not overbearing

D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Granted I ordered a pretty basic breakfast, but it was pretty bland - scrambled eggs were extremely dry, toast was burnt, and food did not come out very hot. Service was also slow.
Ambiance was wonderful though and I'd go back and try something different.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the service and ambiance. The set up of the restaurant was comfortable and open. The food is amazing, great place to go with friends.

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