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Heirloom Cafe
Heirloom Cafe

Heirloom Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.heirloom-sf.com
  • Email: matt@heirloom-sf.com
  • Phone: (415) 821-2500
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday: 11:00 Am - 2:00 Pm; Lunch: Friday: 12:00 Pm - 2:00 Pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00 Pm - 10:00 Pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, European
  • Executive Chef: Matt Straus
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: The Heirloom dining room seats up to 48 people, and the restaurant is available for full or partial buy-outs.
  • Private Party Contact: Matt (415) 821-2500

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 21st Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Heirloom Cafe
Heirloom Cafe is an intimate restaurant with first-quality, day-fresh cuisine and a wine list full of the world's greatest wines, young and old. We're pleased to offer our food and wine and great service at very reasonable prices, and in a very comfortable and simple setting.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Diner Reviews
  • "Heirloom ranks in top 3 fav restaurants in sf. Visited mid week and had a perfectly prepared, delicious three course meal with pairings. Not stuffy or pretentious, Heirloom truly encourages enjoyment of the food and wine. The staff all around is super helpful, friendly, and glad to serve. Heirloom is not to be missed."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Had a great meal in such a cool old Victorian house with wonderful service. Highly recommend!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great food, service, atmosphere...it all just works. Please Heirloom, don't change a thing!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We, a birthday group of 8, ordered just about everything on the menu and each dish met with oohs and ahs from the table. Excellent service, relaxed pace. Extensive wine list and we were very pleased with our choice. Can't wait for the next occasion to go there."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "As I said before I finished my last two bites of food "I am going to be so sad this is going to be over in two minutes." Lovely, unique and comforting."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Our invited friends missed out on a memorable meal and fun evening, unexpectedly. We went anyway and enjoyed an excellent burrata appetizer, kale salad and halibut. Nice portion size and a reasonable edited wine list with good selections make us want to come back again with our friends. Tolerable noise level and a low key setting make it a great find for a Friday night dining out destination."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Easy to miss when driving by, but once inside -- quite lovely. The decor is very charming and warm, staff - great, and the food and drinks also very good. I had pan seared halibut served with spring vegetables and couscous while my husband had chicken served in a broth with herbed bread pudding (he said reminiscent of chicken and dumplings). For dessert we had rhubarb/fennel upside down cake."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "A warm and inviting restaurant with an interesting menu and great food. Ingredients are fresh and local, preparation is interesting without being overly complex, and all the dishes we had were tasty. A nice if short wine list. Friendly and efficient staff. We'll be back."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "My first experience of the Heirloom Café and I was shocked by how good the food was, even on a busy Friday night. Every dish that came to the table had interest, character and depth, and was delicious and beautifully prepared. The wine list was well and thoughtfully selected, and the waiter very knowledgeable about it. The one drawback I can think of was the noise of the place, but perhaps that's only because it was a busy night."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "One of the great hidden spots in SF. Heirloom never fails."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We have been going to Heirloom Cafe for the past 3 - 4 years. Dined there again this past week to celebrate my wife's birthday. Food always is outstanding, and wine selection complements nicely. Friendly, attentive serve. A truly great dining experience awaits!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I make pilgrimage to the Heirloom Cafe on my every trip to San Francisco (about twice a month). Great good, amazing wine program and incredible hospitality sets Heirloom Cafe apart. I make a new wine discovery on almost every visit and sometimes try old favorites. They make you feel at home and I always look forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "I made reservations for two...three showed up and Heirloom seated us all (even before our reservation) without a problem. This was the first time I made reservations although I've eaten here many times. I've always loved everything I've had: both food and wine. Heirloom has accomodated late arrivals (minutes before the kitchen closed), food allergies, & my ignorance of wine with a graceful ease. The environment has a sense of large family dinners at home, complete with a communal table and open kitchen with bar seating. The staff is nice, without being too casual (which, paired with the casual decor, balances quite well to maintain a sense of elegant dining.) Finally, a must-have is the secret burger."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I took visiting friends from Boston here; they dine out constantly in many cities as they travel for work with regularity. The lamb was perfection, the truffled gnocchi light and earthy. They appreciated the "just right" portion sizes and we all felt the service impeccable. As locals, we enjoy the reduced corkage fee for older wines as well as the thoughtful offerings of the wine list. The room itself is lovely, welcoming and at once both the essence of San Francisco and feel of a Provencal gem. My pals are now looking forward to returning to Heirloom on their next visit - first time they've requested a repeater!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Heirloom was full on Saturday evening. The menu fit on one-page - always a good sign for me. I ordered the crab salad to share as a starter- the service was impeccable. The salad arrived on 2 plates- plenty to share it was well presented, full of flavors and a great start with a Sancerre wine. Patrick had the hamburger and I had the black cod with Brussels sprouts and a light sauce. we also ordered kale on a bed of carrot humus. chose 2 different cheeses for desert: local blue and a goat cheese. One of the best meal I have had lately - extremely fresh ingredient, outstanding service, not too noisy but plenty of atmosphere and easy to park. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This was the first Valentine's dinner @ Heirloom. I was initially surprised at their Valentine's prix-fixe dinner menu (limited choice). But after a bit of review, we found all prix-fixe items excellent. Our server gladly substituted the Dungeness crab starter (we are both sadly allergic!) with two salads (roasted heirloom beets and butter lettuce). The main course dishes (black cod & lamb loin) were prepared flawlessly. My only ask of them is to diversify the choices for wine-by-the-glass (more CA wines) and also offer 2-3 half-bottles for the reds(hence one star deduction). Service was well done (attentive, yet not over-bearing) Otherwise, excellent meal and highly recommended!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was incredible even though I have a cold and nothing tastes good. Will be coming back to try the rest of the menu."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Kate and Kathleen were awesome. The food was spectacular as usual. My 4th visit. Each one has been a special occasion and/or had a visitor come from far away (Sydney, Warsaw, Sydney). Unpretentious, friendly vibe and service. Fantastic corkage policy - I love bringing older wines here and supplementing from their list."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The food was absolutely wonderful. The wine list is excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It's not news, but the noise level is a little high. It has hard walls and floors and tall ceilings, but with even with the noise, I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "We truly loved the gem Heirloom Cafe. It was a sweet surprise so far off the beaten track, Kate was amazing and so versed in food and wine. The energy was great, food awesome, wine list notably suitable to the food…..very easy ambiance, decor and felt like we were at someones home….we will recommend and come back next visit to SF!! Kim and Clarence"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "we read about Heirloom Cafe in Bon Appetit and made our reservation two months in advance, not sure if that is a necessity but we were coming in from out of town and planning out our trip. It was a delicious meal and a joyous experience. They seemed to go out of their way as they knew it was my husband's fortieth. Wonderful ambience with just the right amount of light, flickering candles. Our servers were very patient and attentive while we chose our wines, and appeared at the right time without being obtrusive. A little noisy, but not so much you had to shout to be heard. We would definitely return."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Not every dish worked, but overall the experience here is wonderful. I'm dying to come back for the Epoisses burger, and to try more of the amazing wine list. A very cozy, locals place."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Delicious 'comfort food', I had the crab salad and then the chicken. Everything was great. We felt slightly rushed through our dinner, the courses came out without even 5 mins to breathe in between. But we loved the experience and the food overall, that would be my only minor and hopefully constructive criticism."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "went here for my wife's 30th birthday party. ambience was great and the food was okay, but the service was slow and unorganized. okay for a simple weeknight dinner, but better values can be found in SF & northbay."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Welcoming and warm vibe. Classic bistro fare, tweaked to modern sensibilities. Astonishing wine list -- not the predictable, fancy, expensive list so common now -- but a selection of unusual offerings and many older vintages at prices you'd be willing to pay in a retail store."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "What a pleasure! The frisee and crab salad, the onion & pork belly tart, the duck was AMAZING! the chicken delicious. AND a cheese board. I want to RUN not walk to return to this restaurant---just wish parking were a bit easier. But worth the trouble! FUN and the owner is great to visit. Ashley, the server, is AMAZING. Go and treat yourself to a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Excellent food, very attentive and caring personnel."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Only problem is that the fish that was on the menu permeated the restaurant....affected our meal."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "High-quality ingredients prepared with care and inspiration. Healthy options that are celebratory rather than overtly nutritional. Well-selected wine list. Mellow and professional staff."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Pro: Nice atmosphere - place was abuzz on Monday evening and fun. Great vegetables. One huge con: Wine list far too expensive for the restaurant. It was hard to find anything under $60 or $70 per bottle (especially local) and a significant percentage of the list is over $100 (even $200). Small pours from servers for by-the-glass purchases reinforce this -- you will spend $70/bottle whichever way you slice it. We probably won't be back due to this, as the wine prices reflect a 'special occasion' restaurant, while the food/atmosphere are good, but not special enough to splurge on. A few wines in the $40-$50 range would go a long way."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "Absolutely wonderful experience at Heirloom Cafe. The food was fabulous. Wine was expensive but unforgettable. Worth the money. The gnocchi was especially good. We were visiting SF but told our family that lives nearby that they have to try it out."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Every bit as good as the more well-lknown restaurants in the neighborhood, without the attitude or lines."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "I returned because the first dining experience was amazing in every way. This time the flavor a were not as perfect and the service good but not great."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "I live in Arizona, but when I visit San Francisco I visit the Heirloom."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "Consistently puts out well-composed, thoughtful dishes that not only look appealing when they hit the table but smell and taste wonderful too. Been going to heirloom off and on since it first opened, and it's never disappointed. That epoisses-stuffed hamburger is perfectly seasoned, moist and hearty. Love."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "Loved eating here on our annual trip to SF. We wanted to order everything on the menu, but opted to share 10 or so plates in our party of four. Spot on. Will return. I marked "good for kids" but only because they were quite fine with me bringing my daughter a PB and J in my purse :-)"
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "I have had such incredible service at restaurants lately but the waitress here was really difficult. We wanted a leisurely dinner so started with first courses. We were snapped at by the server saying, "Well, that means your dinner will just take longer." One diner asked about 2 different entrees, the burger or the lamb; and the answer was, "So what are you asking?" Not any help at all. Next was the constant pushing of wine, which is ok but when my not yet empty glass was filled as if it was empty and I asked for it to be filled more. I was told, "This is where the pour goes." Really? The final nasty comment was when I looked at the bill and was asked, "Is there a problem with the bill?" I was appalled but polite. Food yummy no space."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Food was fair. We thought the service was a little off. It took them 30 minutes past our reservation time to seat us. Once we sat down to eat we really liked the way the place is laid out but everything else was average. If you live close by its worth it but not worth a cross town hike and then look for parking type of place. Its missing something that we could not put our fingers on. The food again was OK but not titillating and portions were on the smaller side."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Maybe the best meal we've ever eaten...will come often!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "A friend was in from Napa and wanted something fresh and good. We settled on Heirloom. I had only been once, a couple of years back, and loved it then. Not sure why I've waited so long for a repeat, but I promise it won't be long before my third visit. The service was perfect, friendly and relaxed. The menu was so full of choices that decisions were tough to make. The smoked trout and avocado appetizer, on rye toast with horseradish was just crazy good. My friend, a wine guy, was geeking out over the wine list, proclaiming it one of the best he's seen with it's eclecticism. The rest of our meal was truly spot-on. We were both still talking about the experience the next day. Can't wait to go back. Won't be long, trust me."
    Dined on 11/12/2013