Starbelly

4.5
583 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

JB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
2 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.

MS
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fun place to facilitate fun memories. It was my first time going to Starbelly, and I will definitely be back!

KM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great prices great food though very noisy

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

In a city with so many great restaurants I would not recommend Starbelly. OK place, nothing bad... just very mediocre.

SW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and excellent service. We especially liked the corn and ricotta dumplings and the salmon. It got really loud.

OK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely as always!

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

This has been a place where I have been going regularly...but this visit was really bad and most likely won’t return. Our server couldn’t answer any questions regarding the food and ignored us the entire evening. The mussels were small, over cooked and shriveled up, lacking flavor and texture. The pizza was disappointing as the dough was extremely soggy.....so sad to see this restaurant go south.

A
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative menu options between pizzas, salads, and other Californian dishes. I highly recommend the corn / cilantro pizza and the barley salad. The outdoor patio seating was perfect for a nice day. Really friendly, attentive staff.

HM
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a local gem in the heart of The Castro. I love taking all my friends and co-workers here.

BM
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Fried chicken was dry and did not have much taste. Waitress knew chicken was bland and offered to bring sauce. The cornbread was dry and celery slaw dresser was overpowering with vinegar.
Waitress also tried to take back 3 dumplings that were given to us on the house and said they weren’t for us but for another table. Fortunately we ate them.
Other than that ambiance was. Do not recommend due to poor value for dining. I would go back for a glass of wine and appetizers though

PD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We were a party of 6 and the service was impeccable. Food was tasty and did not disappoint. High point of the meal was the sticky toffee pudding!

n
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food in the Castro. A very welcoming environment.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was bland.

JC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This was my third time trying this place. I really wanted to like it which I think is why I gave it 3 chances. All my visits here sucked. First and foremost the service is awful. Pretentious millennials that feel you should feel lucky they are serving you. No gay people in sight despite the fact they are in the middle of the gayest neighborhood in SF. Everyone is a straight techie. I felt unwelcome as a gay man. Then there is the marginal food. Not bad per se but not worth the high prices. Oh and did I mention the service? One of the couples in our party got sick and had to cancel last minute. Even though we had a reservation they made us stand and wait 30 to 40 minutes because we were now 2 people instead of 4! But low and behold the 4 top they were going to seat us at could have easily been split into 2 tables for 2. See my picture. Then there was the fact that before seating us they sat at least 3 straight couples that didn’t have a reservation. To me just flat out anti gay bias!!!!! The aesthetics of the place are nice but the people are evil don’t make the mistake I did by giving them your business!!!

B
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From my first step in the door, to being taken to a sweet table on the patio, everything was delightful. Service, food presentation, fabulous Bloody Mary, ambience, Starbelly has it all.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was helpful, engaging and patient. She really made for a nice experience.

S
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been numerous times and love the quality of the food, and friendliness of the staff!

BC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The chorizo with egg pizza was good enough to recommend as a breakfast pizza. The loco moco was alright as well, a little small and a little sweet. I did like their take on the bloody mary.

SF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great lunch in the sidewalk seating area. The service was great and the food was wonderful.

K
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and impeccable service. A fun lively atmosphere. Absolutely love this neighborhood gem!

LG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was our second time there, because we had friends coming from Europe we tough it will be a good place and it was, we where a party of 4 and took 4 pizza's, everyone was very happy with them. We also took a bottle of pinot noir witch was very good.

EV
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The appetizers arrived quickly and were good. We had the fries and white bean puree. However the steak was full of gristle and the green beans were basically raw. I still have no idea who our server was, since we had no fewer than 6 different people take our orders, bring the food, bring water, and a different one still for the check. Overall the service was more disappointing than the food.

B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good environment and even better food! Brunch style and good drinks 👍🏼

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, especially the corn dumplings, delicious!
Service was excellent!

S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Food quality has gone down immensely! Food was not up to the pricing standard. Seems they are reaching out to the rich millenials and not really to us normal folks who have lived in this neighborhood for year. I had the locomoco which was $17!!!!!! and it was simply a small mound of rice, hamburger patty (not cooked to my specs) with a fried egg. soy sauce included. 17$$$????? Give me a break.

I will never return to Starbelly. Ever!

D
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love the patio for brunches.

I
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Still delicious as ever!

T
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I had never been there for dinner, and it was fabulous. Brunch was spectacular so I thought it would be fun to try for dinner. I took my sister and brother-in-law for dinner. They had never been there and felt the same way I did. We all had different mains. I had the salmon, which was so sweet and wonderful. My sister had an assortment of three different vegetable dishes, and my brother-in-law had the steak. We all loved our meals. I will definitely be back!

u
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Starbelly serves good comfort food at moderate prices providing good value for your money; a great choices for families or young clientele.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great and the service was great!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and fun atmosphere. Very very loud inside.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Much better for breakfast / brunch. Dinner menu was underwhelming.

CB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went on. Friday mid day...perfect as restaurant probably quieter than on weekend/evening!
Food superb, complemented by helpful service. Planning my next available weekday mid-day visit!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Old neighborhood get together

d
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely dining experience with very good food, excellent service and comfortable ambiance. Always a good choice.

LK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Early for our reservation & they saated us immediately.
Lunch hour, i expect food not to take half hour after ordering.
Portions of food & drink, not ample, but quality was good.

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