Starbelly

4.6
532 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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Austin
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the pizza, especially the crust. Thin but crispy, not chewy...just right. Fries were also good. Server got pretty busy and could have been more attentive near the end when we were done, but overall, great place.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

My friends and I had a delicious dinner here. The service was lacking because we had to ask three times for water because our server kept forgetting. We also never received the salad we ordered. Our server handled the situation really well and did not charge us for our second round of drinks. She said there was an error in their system and the salad got marked for a different table. She was very nice and professional and this experience would not inhibit me from going again!

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Starbelly! Delicious cocktails, great service, and yummy food. The back patio is especially nice.

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RB
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Average food. Mediocre service. Not worth it. Service was slow, after we ordered drinks, took forever to give order for meal. We had to track down the waiter. The house cocktail looked disgusting, resembled Pepto-Bismol. I actually sent the drink back. The cheese board was not so bad, but the pizza was very mediocre. You could grab a slice in the Castro with more flavor, not to mention soggy crust. I don’t get why this place is popular. Location maybe?

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch place! Super friendly professional staff and amazing food

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J
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

I emailed the restaurant the following letter, and received no reply, which sadly echoes my recent experience:

As regular and enthusiastic patrons of Starbelly, I feel compelled to share that our experience last night was very disappointing.

My mother (a senior who has some disabilities after a stroke) is in town, and we 3 came for dinner. The food was excellent as usual, and we took our time with the meal - especially my mother, who now takes a bit longer to eat. I’ll admit that we were at the table for a while, and it was a Friday night. In the past, at other restaurants, we have occasionally gotten the, “we’re so sorry to rush you, but we have parties waiting for this table.” And we get that, and then vacate the table. But instead, the team hurriedly took everything off the table, including the water glasses that we were still using, and it wasn’t until I said that we’re still using those that somebody mumbled about others waiting.

It was a very disappointing end to an otherwise excellent meal. And I’d recommend that in the future, your team consider that seniors do take a bit more time, and that simply communicating well is much better than a not-so-subtle push out the door.

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j
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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AK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sat in the backyard. The heaters kept the place warm enough for the evening . I did not need a jacket. Food was delicious especially the appetizers and desserts.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance on the patio, excellent food, and very attentive service. Perfect place to meet up with a friend who was visiting SF.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Not enough food in the loco moco. Otherwise always had a good experience here!

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was great.

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g
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All good. Will be back

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k
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside and had a great time. Everything was wonderful! Great food and cocktails!!

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GM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointed in the food. After our last excellent experience at Starbelly we now know it's hit or miss.

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S
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We will never return....Starbelly charges your bill more than the price on the menu. Sullen and curt waiter did not appreciate us noticing.

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SF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is good at any time of the day but the late night dining is a huge plus!

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SY
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We should have ordered the pizza which appeared to be the most requested. We had the Babette steak which we would not order again. Overall it was an okay experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. We had to have the check split between food and alcohol and the wait person was rather snippy when we asked, saying, “Next time it’d be helpful if you’d tell me that BEFORE you order.” Um, ok. We had no way of knowing that, and it was said with a healthy dose of attitude, which me and my colleague both noticed. Other than that, I always enjoy this place.

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LL
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Server made us feel rushed, didn't offer dessert, took my plate too soon, and generally wasn't very pleasant. I have been to Starbelly twice recently and both times this server was less than stellar.

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ES
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Good food but very bad service. I hadn’t been there for 2 even, and server kept coming to check “if we needed anything” every 5 minutes after we paid the bill... funny that, before then, it was really hard to flag her when there was something wrong with my food.

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Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great neighborhood find. We were visiting San Francisco from Seattle and I wanted to find a spot in the Castro Neighborhood. Based on multiple sites, Starbelly was the obvious choice. Everything we ordered was fantastic and the service was spot on. We were able to sit on the back patio and it was a perfect evening. I would highly recommend Starbelly to anyone!

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D
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last minute reserv bringing major airline pilot & great accommodation!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and excellent service. Music was too loud.

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DP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a bit windy and cold in the garden. The heaters were nice.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

food and service was great! hostess was cold and uninviting, which is sad when that sets the tone for the evening.

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FM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very knowledgeable server.

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d
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy bring friends for a great dining experience

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AL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, good portions of food and friendly staff. Would go again.

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P
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

All the food was delicious. We will plan to return and try other dishes

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YE
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice place, the steak was more similar to one you get on cheap flights

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i
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic customer service and delicious food. Will definitely return again. Thanks, Starbelly!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Our table wasn’t ready until 9:45. It took forever.

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

Good cocktail and wine menu. Great place to share a few small plates and an entree or two. Perfect place to eat as a group. Not a very intimate setting; but nice ambiance. Staff are great!

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JA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The hostess was so nice. We were a little late, coming from a Castro movie. I'd written that might happen when I made my reservation.

The gazpacho, salad, and the pizzas were fantastic.

Pretty loud at a middle table inside. There were five of us and I had a hard time hearing from the far end of the table. But I then again I might be going deaf.

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SF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice mix of casual elegance. Thinking about sitting in the patio. Make sure it's a windless night or seated under a heat lamp.

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GM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We mentioned to our server, Sushi, that it was our first time at Starbelly and he asked if he could order for us. We agreed. The dinner was amazing. He ordered dishes we wouldn't have ordered and we were delighted with the choices. He was an outstanding server - attentive, but not invasive. Looking forward to returning for another excellent meal.

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MS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service,staff, food are one of the best in San Francisco!
Thank you chef Adam and the crew!!

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FT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They had these amazing platters at brunch. French toast was delicious. Great drinks and fried chicken sandwich.

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TF
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A+

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

All 4 of us enjoyed our food and were happy to be a part of the Dining Out for Life event. The only drawback was the noise level which made it hard to converse. Next time I will ask for a table out on the patio. We were close to the bar, and a large communal table where guests were occasionally screaming.

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