Heirloom Cafe
Heirloom Cafe

Heirloom Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.heirloom-sf.com/
  • Phone: 4158212500x
  • 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: European, Californian
  • 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 4158212500x

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
Heirloom Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (80)neighborhood gem (77)notable wine list (44)special occasion (37)romantic (33)good for groups (27)hot spot (7)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Great ambiance, food and service
    EricVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    It was my second time here and this time, with a small group. The restaurant is small and intimate and the lighting low to give a nice ambiance. The server checked in just the right amount to make sure we had all we needed and never had to look up and wonder where he was. The food was great and suggestions helpful. I would most definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely experience every time
    1lucky13VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I visit Heirloom Cafe less than I would like, but always feel welcome and always have a great meal. Monday night we had Scallops, Pole Bean Salad, and super delicious wine. The service was kind, but not overly attentive and the evening was lovely. Heirloom never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • amazing all around
    oaktownmomVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    everything was terrific! excellent service, knowledgable staff, fabulous food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food Wine and Value
    FormerChicagoResidentVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    While not in walking distance of main tourist areas just a short ride from Union Square is this Mission neighborhood gem. We expected an amazing wine selection from this award winning wine expert owner but were surprised to discover that the food favors and presentation were of equal outstanding quality. We had the price fixed three course menu which included three excellent white, red, and desert wine pairings. The price with wine was less than comparable menus at other SF fine dining locations that did not include wine. The room is big and rustic and we enjoyed sight lines into the totally open kitchen. We can not wait to return and try some of the interesting a la carte items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • among the best in SF
    heartyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    wARM, HOSPITABLE,COMFORTABLE,WITH FOOD TO MATCH. iNTERESTING WINES THAT WILL CHALLENGE THE EONOPHILE
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A delightful surprise
    Susan
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We knew nothing about it but it was a convenient location for a performance we were attending so we decided to give it a try. We liked everything about it starting with an especially delicious corn soup. It is attractive, one can carry on a conversation, the service was attentive and professional, and every dish excellent. We will definitely return as well as recommend it to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would recommend
    Welltravelleddiner
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Starter and main very nice, dessert was good but not quite up to the level of the first two courses. Bill was reasonable, atmosphere good, some wines looked a bit pricey for quality level but I would go back as would my fellow diner who is quite a foodie.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get the burger
    jeanners
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Heirloom's burger is the best burger I've ever had. Everyone in SF should be talking about it, and people should be coming from miles away to try it. Amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Wonderful food, service, and ambiance. Fresh quality ingredients. Loved the bacon onion tart, scallops, steak, and pasta. A big hit with everyone at our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great farm to table menu
    alexVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Very fresh ingredients and inspiring menu. Everything was so good. This is a small restaurant but great for groups as they have a community tables. However we were a party of 3 and had to share it with another group. Not private enough for a romantic dinner or special occasion but great with friends! I'm looking forward to their fall menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food
    art53
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Most of the dishes we tried were outstanding (especially the tomato/fennel/feta salad and the spigarello). Service was very good. Charming little neighborhood spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    joefire
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Food is unique in its quality and simplicity, wine is unique in the manner it complements the food and drives the menu, service is unique in its sensitivity to the customer and its lack of pretence - loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful secret
    OaklandfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The pasta is always outstanding. The bavette steak and the scallops are both memorable. Great selection of moderately priced wines by the glass. The lighting could improved to make it a little cozier, but the service and the food are so good that it's hard to stay away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Hit and a miss
    ExchicagoanVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Really enjoyed the food, but service and ambience details can be improved. Chair upholstery was old and uncomfortable, and acoustics for a small location made it necessary to talk loudly--not what you want to do at a communal table. Server brought a complimentary olive and almond appetizer but no plates or anything else to deposit olive pits. People stood behind our chairs waiting for us to leave, which the hostess should have prevented. Expected better for. A SF restaurant .
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • margieVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We thought the food was excellent. I think they could give more attention to the wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love, love it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Authentic friendliness, delicious seasonal food, warm inviting space. Exterior doesn't prepare you for how great the dining room/bar is.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I love this place. The menu is compact but interesting. The flavors are bright and balanced. The ingredients fresh and novel. The ambiance is perfect for those who love food but aren't in need of a scene. The service is always solid with the waitstaff being attentive and very knowledgeable about the food and wine.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • More than a newghborhood gem
    JenTVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Heirloom Cafe offers creative and flavorful dishes in the new American style at affordable prices. The wine list is interesting, being composed mostly of foreign wines, but wines chosen to pair well with food. Service by the hostess left much to be desired, but the wait staff and attention by the owner made up for that. The restaurant feels like dining in someones Victorian home and is located in a quiet neighborhood. I'll definitely keep returning to Heirloom Cafe.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best meal
    Jana
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Every time I eat here I'm always blown away by how delicious the food is. This is a great spot for date nights and for foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • megk
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The best dinner EVER - fresh farm-to-table food, perfectly cooked steak and excellent wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely, lovely!
    Msue
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    What a treat! A very special restaurant in a cute setting with tasty food and good service. We enjoyed our dining experience very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MferVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Always friendly with imaginative taste pairings. The burrata -- to die for ! Too they aren't open on Sunday our normal Dining out night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Comfortable, cool atmosphere to this gem of a restaurant. It is under-stated and hard to find since it is a renovated first floor of a house. The food is excellent and the staff are great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wcoughtry
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Delicious, warm, friendly and quaint. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Find
    goodfoodVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I honestly rarely go to Bernal Heights but it was sooo worth it. Heirloom Café was a total delight. The food was fantastic and the service was really friendly. The menu is not extensive but sometimes I like that better ...narrows the decision making and you get to depend on the chef to serve his/her best. It's homey and light and really a treat. Completely worth the hunt for parking (the only downside)
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Fabulous, fresh, consistent food. Lovely service. Great wine list. Wonderful reasonably priced price fixe dinner too with wine pairings (makes for a fun dining experience). I'll keep going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unpretentious perfection
    zukefreshVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Heirloom is a rare gem in SF. Yes, it's pretty expensive. Yes, the food has unusual ingredients. But the small menu is well crafted and approachable, and the preparation is simply superb. The dining room is inviting and decorated perfectly and tastefully.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Heirloom impresses again
    choomb
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    As usual, Heirloom was terrific. Three course menu with wine pairing guaranteed to please. Food is simple but elegant and nicely portioned.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive and pretentious
    Mel08
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    While food was be very good, the price for the scallop dish which was doubled in both quantity and price was a real disappointment. While the food was delicious,paying over a hundred dollars for just four entrees was ridiculous.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A casual gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The food was outstanding, but the noise level was over the top. I'd still recommend Heirloom to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Amazing dinner for my friends birthday with 12 people!
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant and subtle
    InTheBizEasy2Please
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Beautifully prepared food, without any of the fussiness or pretension that characterizes so many SF restaurants. Bacon and onion tart was classic and perfect, with a delicate, buttery crust and deeply caramelized onions. Lamb pappardelle with silky pasta was decadent but tastefully executed. Great wine list. Really great, and reasonably priced, too. The glass of '90 Corison Cabernet was a nice touch. I mean, who pours 2 decade old Napa Cab by the glass from magnum? Heirloom Cafe has my highest recommendation, and they didn't even take all my $.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will Be Back to Heirloom
    PetitAppetitVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Dined here for the first time and will be back. Can't stop thinking about the dessert of ginger ice cream and nectarine and rhubarb cobbler. I liked how flexible the course dinner was presented and all dishes can be ordered a-la-cart. Next time would order bottles of wine (there were 4 of us). The wine by the glasses add up quickly. While the server was nice and relaxed he also admitted to eating pretty much anything and couldn't really recommend dishes. Felt like we were dining at a friends' house. Very comfortable and not as loud as I would have thought.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 67 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 414 reviews are from the Heirloom Cafe reviews archive.
  • Loved the food!
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The Heriloom Cafe came highly recommended to me. I made a reservation long in advance in order to get in. We were visiting San Francisco and wanted to try one of the favorite restaurants there. We were not disappointed. I look forward to going back when we are in town again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding dining experience
    MulcaheyVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    It was only my second time at Heirloom Café, but I feel confident saying you'll have a hard time finding a better casual dining experience locally. The menu, creativity, freshness, and presentation of the food are on a par with, say, Frances (to name a place probably better known), and there's a wisdom and depth to the wine selections that's invigorating, almost shocking. I always think the excellence of a kitchen is reflected in its respect and affection for the commonest vegetables, and Heirloom Café shines in this regard too. Honestly? I'd dine here every night if I could afford it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Divine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Heirloom is one of my favorite SF restaurants. I don't go there nearly enough. The beautiful food, curated wine, comfortable atmosphere, friendly help, and attentive owner Matt Straus all combine to make for an authentic and rich experience. Recommended always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salt!
    SFFranciscan
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    We were really looking forward to our second visit to the Heirloom Cafe, and had planned a wonderful birthday celebration. Our first visit, four months ago, had been excellent. But the food was so over salted this time that we left very disappointed. The halibut in particular was salted beyond anything I've ever tasted in San Francisco in 25 years of dining. Hard to believe; clearly the chef was gone from our first visit. Sadly, our waiter was simply disinterested and never checked on us after the food arrived. Just a fiasco all around.
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  • A Fantastic Brunch!
    KatDirk
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Brunch for 6 at Heirloom was fantastic. Every dish was delicious. One member of our party had a very restricted diet and Heirloom happily accommodated her needs. Friendly staff, lovely restaurant. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rustic & Fresh in the Mission
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Pleasantly surprised by this off the beaten path gastronomic gem. Everything ordered was fresh and delicious. The burrata starter was creamy, the fennel salad lightly seasoned and abundant. As for the mains, the halibut had a nice sear and cooked perfectly. The duck was tasty but served a little cold for my taste, however the polenta made of fresh corn was a delightful surprise. The olive oil cake for dessert was a little dry but flavorful. This restaurant has a very impressive wine list and features some not often seen varietals. Service was five stars. Side note: the owner, Matt Strauss, wrote a great critique of the movie "Somm" which was spot on. Actually that review was the main reason for my visit and I was not disappointed.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovrly but pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Your price characteristic on open Table way under sold the real cost. I really enjoyed, but it was $420 for 6 with wine total at $98. Not what I was expecting
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    fit for foodies
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