The Star

4.5
500 reviews
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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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PT
San Francisco
421 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is a good but basic pizza restaurant. Service is generally attentive, and tonight was no exception. Food is consistently good. We ordered salad, broccolini, wings and pizza.

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

Pizza & service were great. Just over priced!

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DA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a party of 14, and the service was excellent! We over-ordered the quantity of pizza, as the server suggested that one person could eat a small. Not the case. A small can easily feed at least 2 people. The deep dish was really yummy.

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MR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sausage sandwich was soooo good. The bread it came on was really fresh and the marinara sauce was delicious. My colleague’s client ordered the meatball sandwich and she was from back East like me (so we know meatballs) and she said it was phenomenal! Great service and location. Highly recommend.

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

Deep dish pizza was amazing as usual.

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

We had a group of 9 for dinner before going to the Grand Lake Theatre to see a movie and they did a great job getting us served quickly. The pizza was delsih!! The salads were plentiful.

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L
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I love The Star and go there often but this meal was disappointing. The salads were fine, but the lettuce didn’t seem as fresh as usual. And we asked them to turn down the music (it was 1 pm on a Tuesday and there weren’t a lot of people there) and the wait person basically said that they wouldn’t turn it down. That was surprising and disappointing since I was with an older friend who is quite hard of hearing and I selected The Star because I thought it would be quieter than most spots especially at lunch.

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A
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have never had a bad (or even so-so) meal at The Star. We come almost weekly as the staff is friendly, food is great, the whole place just has a wonderful vibe of welcome and yummy eats. I hate to brag about The Star (but I do!) because I don’t want it to get where it is hard to get in. And oh yes, really super bar — will make your drink exactly as you like. Great place!!

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BA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Solid neighborhood-stye place. Good bar & very good pizza

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SC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The service was substandard. We had to go to the bar for a second round of drinks. One pizza was completely forgotten and didn’t arrive until 7 of the 9 people were finished with their dinner. We had to continuously ask for the pizza. Kept being told 5 minutes until the manager admitted it was completely forgotten and they wound up not charging for the one pizza. Not sure we will go back.

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PC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite starter is the Burrata Caprese. Love it! Have tried different pizzas and sandwiches. All very good. Staff is accommodating and efficient. Overall great experience everytime!

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YC
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Cocktails and pizza were very good, but Greek salad made with old lettuce with pink-edged leaves not good and fresh lettuce should have been used. Service was very good.

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AL
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The place was good for a upscale pizza restaurant . However the pizza wasn’t my favorite . It a deep dish so I was expecting layers and layers of cheese and meat . The crust didn’t meet my expectations and the depth of the pizza wasn’t amazing . I don’t want to seem critical however coming from another city I came here because I saw how amazing the entire look of the pizza was based off of pictures . My order was done incorrectly the first time as well. We asked for a pizza but all pork products replaced with chicken . And we still received pork . The waiter was terrific and solved the situation but it was frustrating.

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PT
San Francisco
421 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

This is the best pizza place we've found in the Bay Area. The appetizers are always good; we usually have chicken wings, a salad and broccolini. The pizza is solid. The portions are generous. This time service was a little off, but generally it's good.

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T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a Friday night. We had reservations, and we were seated immediately. We did not have to wait for our server. She was attentive all evening. Our Mediterranean salad was delicious with the right amount of dressing. We were able to order the Vegetarian Pizza with the thin, crunchy crust.

It was an enjoyable evening. I have been here many times for lunch -- delicious, easy to get a table without a reservation. This was the first time I have been for dinner. I will be back.

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K
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the pizza and meatballs here and we were seated very quickly!

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YC
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

This was our third visit to The Star this month and easily the most unsatisfactory, largely because the restaurant was busy (Memorial Day) and maybe understaffed. The pizza that we ordered was not delivered by the server (she could not identify the diners) but was taken back to the kitchen where it sat for maybe 10 minutes until we alerted one of the wait staff when it was then delivered not quite hot from the oven. Drinks and salad were, as usual, very good. We are dedicated The Star and Little Star customers so this experience was not good. The Star needs to up its game!

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VT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pizza - love the crispiness of the thin crust. Absolutely delicious baked wings. Great cocktails. Can't go wrong at The Star.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fantastic. I think they must be very attentive to the ingredients they choose. On the face, it should just be a straightforward pizza or salad but is not.
The service was fabulous as well. Very attentive and personable without being intrusive.
Fortunately, I can walk there because parking is horrendous.

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

For pizza, it is hard to beat The Star. And the vibe feels like it might in a nice Chicago or New York pizzeria. The food comes quickly, even when they are busy, and they have a terrific selection of beer to go with the pie.

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VL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious pizza, and a great bar.

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CA
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
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 on May 18, 2019
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
5 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
43 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
43 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
6 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
2 reviews
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
7 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
6 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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