The Star

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479 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience worked out well. We had a big crowd for out daughter’s graduation with family and friends aged 11 to 87- and EVERYONE enjoyed the food! Our server was awesome and very accommodating and we didn’t go broke on the evening! It was great!!

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DG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My family's pizza fave in the East Bay and very kid friendly.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing. The good and drinks are so good and the atmosphere is really fun!

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AS
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and family friendly atmosphere. I recommend the BBQ CK pizza!

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YC
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Our third visit to The Star in two weeks and by far the least satisfactory. Food was not as good and the service was poor. We ordered cocktails and asked that salads and pizza be served after the cocktails had been finished but the server claimed this could not be done so we got cocktails, salad and pizza almost simultaneously. The previous two visits drinks, salad and pizza were nicely spaced. The server was not user friendly which is not typical of servers at Star/Little Star. Food was also not as good as on many previous visits to Star/Little Star.

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

Best thin crust pizza in town, and great service!

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

Great cocktails and excellent salads and pizza. What's not to like?

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BB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Star's pizza is awesome. In general, we love their food, even the non-pizza items (like the salad and the cheeses).

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RG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Fun place for sure, but over-rated. Not sure if I would recommend to friends.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I thought the food was great and our waiter was attentive and helpful. The restaurant overall was a quality date spot HOWEVER... the hostesses at this restaurant are extremely rude and was borderline unprofessional when I arrived. I had made reservations but due to parking constraints we arrived fifteen minutes late even though we had called ahead to let the host know and we’re told the message would be delivered. However once we arrived the hostess had some major attitude and asked if we would sit at the bar seeing as how we were late. She was unfriendly and unsmiling and I politely said no because I did make the effort to make a reservation for that reason. I work in the service industry as a server myself so it gave me no joy in calling over a manager immediately after being seated (not in a great spot either but whatever) to let him know to speak with her and that her rudeness was fully noted. He apologized and the hostess will in no way deter us from going again, but be warned that they clearly have low expectations for their greeters.

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LK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent; had a thin-crust and a deep-dish pizza plus a salad to share. Service was attentive and timely. When one of our cocktails tasted "off" (tonic water not fizzy enough and weird flavor) it was promptly and cheerfully replaced with a different drink. Like many restaurants, there was a TV in the bar area that can be seen from restaurant seating area--a plus for some diners, a detraction for me--but that seems to de rigueur these days.

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OV
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great vegan pizza.

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MY
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’m so fortunate to have Star in my neighborhood, it’s s great place to have pizza to my liking. They also have a full bar that I’m going to have to try one day, When a I think of having a pizza, this is my go to place. It’s a great value for the money.

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NM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most amazing server ever!! He made the evening so special!!

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SZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our experience at The Star. We shared a bottle of wine, an appetizer and a small pizza and it was the perfect amount of tasty food. The thin crust was perfect consistancy. It is evident that much care is taken in the quality of foods and food preparation. The atmosphere is fun, albeit a bit noisy. I look forward dining there again.

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SC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Disappointed in the white wine being delivered room temperature. When I asked the server about it he said all the wines are at the same temperature. When my husband said maybe the bottle had just been put in the refrigerator the server responded "as I said" all the wine is chilled the same. The response should have been "let me get you something else" or "I'll check to see if there is a colder bottle" so I switched to a red wine.

The wine at that point should have been free. NEVER act as if the customer is wrong.

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CJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Star is a gathering place for dinner for our group of friends. We love the thin crust pizzas, salads, and brussel sprout appetizer. Add a few tasty drinks and it’s an impromptu party!

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

They made my husband and I feel so special on our first wedding anniversary! We loved this place when we were dating but moved to AZ and haven’t been back in 4 years, it’s just as great now as it was then

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JH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Star’s deep-dish pizza is super flavorful, much better than Zachary’s. We had the vegetarian Little Star pizza and it was great as usual. The Brussels sprouts and cauliflower appetizers are also great. Nice selection of draft beers. It was a fun place to celebrate our friend’s birthday.

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TB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I can only write this review based on the gluten-free pizza, the brussel sprouts, and the wedge salad. The iceberg lettuce in the wedge salad was room temperature and detracted from the refreshing salad experience. The brussel sprouts were tough. The gluten-free crust is very hard, but it tasted good.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience. Awesome, attentive waitresses. Can’t wait to go back again!

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DP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on a Monday night with a party of 6. Great service and good food - all star deep dish, thin crust pesto chicken, little gem salad and choc gelato desserts. Make a kid’s cheese for the little one. All good

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SS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Delicious food. More selections than I expected. Ate a lot and LOVED IT!

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OT
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing flavor combinations!

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CC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Yes but not for a special occasion. I mentioned it was our anniversary and requested a candle or two on the table and was not accommodated in anyway, no special services were granted and it was very noisy, good food but slightly dissapointing. Didn’t see the point of asking if there was a special occasion if they weren’t going to accommodate the special occasion and help make it special. Slightly diasspointing

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SC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great pizza! Make reservations, very popular. Salads are good as well.

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L
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great pizza excellent service

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A
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Star never disappoints — and it makes us happy that this neighborhood cafe and bar is thriving. Keep up the good work!

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AA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

From a Native New Yorker, I can attest that this is good pizza. Nothing here screams best pizza place ever, but it’s solid all the way around and that’s good enough for me. The ingredients are fresh and local, the service is great, there are TV’s everywhere so u can watch the games if needed. But the bottom line is solid, fresh, well done pizza. I had the thin crust. Recommend this spot for a well priced dinner.

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m
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good. But they marked me as if I didn't show up. I had to deal with proving that I did.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, food and service. 6/5 if possible

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

Consistently superior pizzas coupled with attentive, warm and professional service. Their excellent wedge salad comes in three sizes to suit various appetites. Our wives prefer the Greek salad and a large can easily be split three ways to satisfy their salad cravings. The bartender makes a martini precisely to my liking. One minor quirk: For some time, their menu has no longer listed our favorite pizza, the Yerba Buena (I’ll refrain from disclosing its ingredients to entice your curiosity. Suffice it to say that it’s superb!); however, upon request, they have always made it for us, no questions asked. Since we’re still able to get our favorite pizza, this has not presented a problem for us, as yet.

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

I've been going to the star for the past years service and food has been wonderful. They have new host that wasn't friendly. I do hope it was an off-night for them but I'm very disappointed. Pizza came out cold. I've mentioned on the website that we're bringing a friend and celebrating her 80th birthday and that to prepare a surprise dessert for her. I was planning on paying for it or I'm not sure they'd comp deserts. They did nothing I don't even think they read the input when we made reservations. I order a pizza last week while I was there the time I got it home it was still hot.....

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

The service was excellent. The deep dish pizza was really good and the little gems salad was okay. The dressing could use a little more flavor. The only real issue is the noise level. It would be good if the restaurant put up more textiles for noise absorption. Definitely good for families. Good beer selection.

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OF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Waiter was great to offer a 1/2 and 1/2 pizza.
My husband wanted one topping and I wanted a different one.
Didn’t know we could do that!

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MK
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

As usual, the pizza was superb, among the best ever. However, we had to wait for an hour and a quarter for our pizza to arrive, forcing us to gobble down a slice and take the rest in a box in order to get to a concert we had tickets for. (Our reservation was at 6; the concert at 8.) Ultimately, you comped us for the food part of the meal, which was a very generous outcome, which we appreciate. However, it was still unacceptable that we had to wait so long for our meal to arrive.

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k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

THE STAR HAS BECOME MY FAVORITE PIZZA JOINT. I AM STILL UNCLEAR ON WHY THERE ARE THREE DIFFERENT NAMES FOR THE SAME FORMAT.
I SAW THE ORIGINAL IN SAN FRANCISCO ON "CHECK PLEASE". WE WENT TO THE ONE IN ALBANY. IT WAS GREAT. YOUR DEEP DISH IS MUCH CLOSER TO CHICAGO THAN ANY IN THE BAY AREA.
MY WIFE AND MY SON WENT TO BLUE LINE IN LOS GATOS. I AM NOT SURE HOW IT CAME UP, BUT THEY DISCOVERED THERE WAS A LITTLE STAR CONNECTION.
ANYWAY, YOU ALL HAVE REALLY GREAT PIZZA...THE BEST IN THE BAY AREA.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great bar and great table service, too. We especially love the happy hour priced menu.

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EB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Server was not super knowledgeable about cocktails. Wings were very good. Pizza was a little above average. A nice place to sit, nice ambience!

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AF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love The Star! The deep dish classic is our favorite. Usually get the Greek salad but tired the Arugula and fennel salad and it was excellent. Nice wine list too. Good service and lively atmosphere. Have taken out of town guests, our teenage kids, my parents, and we even go to the Star for date nite. Parking is the only thing that is less than great about this place.

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