The Star

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$30 and under
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Pizzeria
The Star features the same delicious Chicago-style deep dish pizza that made Little Star Pizza famous, with their consistent Guardian's Best of the Bay Pizza. We have an extended menu including salads, appetizers, and sandwiches. We feature an artisan full bar as well as a diverse beer and wine menus. We are family friendly and accept reservations for large parties as well. We look forward to you joining us!
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stickyquarter
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great staff,food,ambience,and drinks. Phenomenal spot

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Louiseb
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early for our reservation and were seated right away. The server was friendly and our cocktails were delicious! The thin crust pizza is so good...and the appetizers too. We were happy with everything!

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vipNatashaR
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met a business associate here for lunch and had a very good experience. The food was delicious and the service excellent. The noise level was low so we had an easy time conducting our conversation.

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LiveGuy
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We had a reservation for a table however was seated at a cold bar area. Overall not a good experience. Does not seem that they need my business. Will not return to dine again.

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vipWilliamN
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pizzas, both deep dish and thin crust, along with delicious salads (try the Goddess), chicken wings, crostini, etc. All served by an energetic, friendly, and knowledgeable staff in a beautiful converted bank. We make the trip from the city to Alameda in part just to come here.

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Marc
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Server was very unfriendly. Restaurant was cold; we had to have our jackets on. Pizza took FOREVER to come out and the crust was hard and generally not very flavorful. Pretty much a flop all around.

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vipDiane
San Francisco
80 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I have always enjoyed star in Grand, but haven’t been in awhile. Something has changed. My favorite wedge salad was watery. We ordered thin crust pizza (I usually get the stuffed) it was warm, not hot and not tasty. Service was scattered. Hoping it was just an off night.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Server was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Did not honor Oakland Restaurant Week advertised menu. Refused to make substitutions on special pizzas when this was never a problem in the past. Jalapeños were added to pizza after twice requesting none! Took 20 mins for replacement pizza to arrive & all other parties had completed their meals.

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VincentG
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really loved the vibe that this place captures. It felt cool and inviting. We had the Chicken Pesto Pizza and it was hella good.

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Grey
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ordered the "Little Star" and a vegan pizza. Both were great! The ingredients were fresh and their crust is tastier than the other places with stuffed pizza. The Star is a very pleasant place to hang. Often it's pretty loud but not this time. We'll always go back!

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vipCorsetiere
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant week lunch deal! Love this place; always reliably good.

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vipOritV
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We were there for the Oakland Restaurant Week. Salad and a personal pizza for $10. Great value for the food but the service was bad. The waiter never once checked to see if everything was ok and it took forever to get his attention to get the check.

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vipboboo13
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We did oakland week specials. Food was plentiful and excellent. Would recommend

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vipLaura
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Star never disappoints. Great spot, great pizza. :-) Perfect spot before a movie at the Grand Lake.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating 7 adults and two young children. Service was efficient.

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EmilyM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

the spicy sausage pizza is no joke; none of us could quite take it! wish the server had thought to warn us (we had 80 year olds with us), and we know that the Alameda Star is super cacophonous (former bank, not great acoustics) but otherwise it's still a favorite spot. Usually delicious and always fun.

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BigDaddy
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good value for the price.
Good competition for Zachary’s.

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SueG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to the Star a few times, and they never disappoint. Yummy salads and pizzas, flat and deep dish, red sauce and alternatives, meat and veggies. The pear, gorgonzola and arugula special pizza was especially good this time.

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vipAnnieF
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun neighborhood spot with amazing pizza and salads. LOVE their take on the wedge, best I've had. Their deep dish pizzas rival any I've had here or in Chicago - perfect crust and not too heavy.

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Cyndif
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We were seated right away in the back next to a wall that needed cleaning. The waiter took his time coming over. We had to ask his name. Once we ordered our food, he came by one time to see if things were ok. The appetizers weren’t hot...they were luke warm. My previous visits were much better.

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vipPTJPTJ
San Francisco
438 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This is our go-to pizza restaurant in Oakland. It's good pizza, and the appetizers are equally good. We usually have the wings, a salad and broccolini, all of which are solid. Service is generally attentive. I only give it a 3 because it's a pizza place. If you want a 4 or 5, go to a Michelin-rated place.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Perfect spot to hang, watch the game and enjoy delish pizza.

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Annie
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good meal with great service. This is our very favorite Oakland cafe.

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vipianlynn
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great Pizza.. good friendly neighborhood restaurant

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vipTiffini
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had a wonderful time and they are very accommodating. I threw a last minute surprise bday party for my kid and it was amazing! We will be back!!!

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vipLikesgoodfood
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, The Star was great. Love the food, the service, and the atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great venue. Perfect neighborhood spot with great food and drinks. Always go back to this spot.

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vipYCymro
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I recently gave The Star a negative review relative to its sister restaurant, Little Star on Solano Ave in Albany. My visit to The Star last week showed that they have upped their game and service and pizza offerings were very good. I especially note the improved service and attitude of servers. The Star salads still need some work however and they lack the freshness one expects in restaurants.

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vipAlwayshungry
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is my go-to, can’t-fail neighborhood place. The pizzas are great, especially the deep dish crusts. They are crunchy yet melt in your mouth when you bite into them. Lots of options for vegetarians. I especially love the Little Star pizza, with added roasted garlic. Salads are delicious and use fresh ingredients. One is large enough to share with one or two other diners. The beer selection has something for everyone. I especially love the Westphallia red.

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Emile
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bar! This place has become our favorite pizza restaurant... we like it more than Zachary’s and Patxi’s!

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Gary
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Pros:
Great pizza, has parking (a major convenience in that area), nice and clean restaurant and did I mention they have great pizza?

Cons:
Had to ask waiter several times for something, beer selection needs work (not everyone is a microbrew kind of person)

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time, and will be going back again soon! Still craving the amazing pizza!! Service great, cocktails great!

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LeighL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Star is one of our favorite places when we are visiting Oakland. On this visit, the kitchen made a mistake with our order, so our pizza took longer than usual. Our waiter was very apologetic and offered us a free appetizer of our choice for the inconvenience which was not expected but very much appreciated.

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vipJrhodes
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Waitress went on break after taking our order and forgot about one of our pizzas.

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KathyL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Star was always my "go-to" pizza place. LOVED THE TILDEN. But, somewhere along the line (last 6 months...plus) the crust has changed. The Tilden is no longer on the menu, though orderable, as how to make it is on the wall in the kitchen...

It's not the same, i have ordered other pizzas, the vegetarian, the california, and the tilden several times now. It's different and is just an average pizza now. Not one to "die for"... My friend attributes this to the crust being different. i don't know, all i know is that i don't want another bite. Sad to have lost my
favorite pizza place.

i'd like to add that the staff has fallen off also. They don't serve you the first piece any more and when there is a party in the back it is so noisy you can't talk or think...

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trenton
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The only problem I had was the lack of communication between Customer sc and the actual establishment... I was question about a no-show whereas I had been seated for 30+ minutes. The line of communication should be clear so potential accusations wont happen.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

They forgot our appetizers, other than that super nice

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Girlfriend just loved to the US and she was craving deep-dish. There’s no place better than the Star.

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SinaH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

It's a good solid restaurant with attentive staff. The thin crust pizza was tasty, the crust is super thin, and it's quite crisp. It actually reheats really well also, as we had leftovers. The bar staff was super nice, and made a great wine recommendation, their service was pretty quick given how busy the restaurant was. The host and the waiter were both excellent, so service generally is on point. The bar was super sticky and had food on it when I sat down, I had to clean it myself, which kind of grossed me out, but it WAS busy. The noise level was quite high, so if you LIKE that, or don't mind it, you'll be ok, but we found it to be tough to relax. We agreed that we might get takeout vs dine in, in order to avoid the noise, but I like a different place better for my takeout, which is why I wouldn't recommend it. If you're OK with a loud place, or you're noisy and prefer NOT to get side-eye, then this place is totally worth a shot. It's a nice looking place, and they have a parking lot for their guests as a bonus.

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The Star does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar, Postmates and Uber Eats.

The Star is rated 4.5 stars by 542 OpenTable diners.

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