The Star

4.9
550 Reviews
$30 and under
Pizzeria

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Good Vegetarian Options
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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vipmrtboz
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is indoor seating.

The Star
Responded 22 minutes ago

Hello, yes we are thrilled to say we have returned to indoor seating. Thank you for your review, we hope you enjoyed your visit.

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vipGreatGlutenFreePizza
Hawaii
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm always so pleased to go to the Star. I am wheat intolerant and their gluten free pizza is really delicious. My partner that is not gluten free also loves the crust. We often share one pizza and it's enough for both of us. I particularly like the meatball, ricotta and onion. They have reasonably priced bottles of wine making it all a pleasurable experience.

The Star
Responded 21 minutes ago

Hello, we are so thrilled to hear you enjoy our gluten free options. It is so important to have something for everyone. We thank you for the review and hope to see you soon.

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AmeyaF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Star had a safe, clean and relaxing dine-in experience. I look forward to visiting again!

The Star
Responded on April 25, 2021

Hi Ameya, so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! Look forward to seeing you again!

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Rick
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife’s birthday celebration was highlighted by the pizza dinner we enjoyed at The Star. It was a great experience and our server, Daniel, was always on top of things and very respectful. We will be back soon to feature The Star on our travel website.

The Star
Responded on April 16, 2021

Thank you so much for the review and the recommendation Rick! Looking forward to your next visit :)

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vipGreatGlutenFreePizza
Hawaii
25 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were thrilled to find the gluten free options available at this restaurant. The gluten free pizza was really good and the crust was very much beyond the cauliflower crust or cracker that many other restaurants offer. The size of the pizza was also generous compared to other gluten free options. The burrata was delicious and we would be happy to dine there again.

The Star
Responded on April 12, 2021

Thank you for the glowing review, hope to see you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Thanks for a wonderful meal.

The Star
Responded on April 12, 2021

Thank you for the review!

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vipAdamB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fun cocktails and good food. Excellent service too!

The Star
Responded on March 24, 2021

Thank you for the review Adam!

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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
20 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
57 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
San Francisco
2 reviews
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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vipMARIAV
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit noisy. Love the balsamic olive arugula w mushroom thin crust pizza. Will come here again. More to explore in the menu.

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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
452 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
27 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)

FAQs

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

The Star is rated 4.9 stars by 550 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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