Homespun Fare
Homespun Fare

Homespun Fare

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.isquaredrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (510) 658-4400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Nory Madjlessi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call Sadri Madjlessi to arrange for your next catering event. He can be reached at 510.658.4400. The executive Chef and Manager will meet with you to make sure that your needs and your guests' needs are met.
  • Private Party Facilities: The dining area can accommodate up to thirty-eight guests. The restaurant is also available for buy-outs.
  • Private Party Contact: Sadri Madjlessi 510-658-4400x
  • Special Events: We would be more than happy to be a part of your next special event. Please contact Sadri Madjlessi to discuss your upcoming party. He can be reached at 510.658.4400.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Manilla & Hudson
  • Public Transit: Rockridge BART station is about two blocks away, and AC Transit bus number 51 stops just in front of the restaurant.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Homespun Fare
Classic Comfort food with a Full Bar and open kitchen.
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Homespun Fare reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
44% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (13)fit for foodies (7)kid-friendly (6)good for groups (3)great for lunch (1)romantic (1)special occasion (1)late-night find (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Home cooking if you have a boring cookbook
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The food was just so lackluster. The hamburger bun was a sesame bun I would expect at a high school picnic, the only mustard was yellow. The ceasar salad was bag lettuce, a few cherry tomatoes, and grocery quality dressing. This was a consistent pattern. The service was borderline disinterested. I don't know why these people are in the restaurant business, in a neighborhood known for creativity. The space was nice, we only stayed after looking over the menu because we didn't want the 20 minute wait for another restaurant -- we should have taken the wait. Too bad these folks apparently took a chance as I-squared, and when that didn't make it they recycled into "just a restaurant". They also overcharged us compared to the menu by $3, but I felt sorry for them and didn't point it out. Lack of attention to details tells me they don't care about this review any more than I do. I am hoping they read this and make a serious attempt at crafting a menu that anyone can care about, or just get out before they lose more money.
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  • Exceptionally good, affordable
    jeaneats
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Amazing value for delicious, well prepared food. Title is Homespun and the food does have comfort elements - mashed potatoes on pork chop or steak entrees - but it is also up to date and even the vegetable sides are delicious. Try the polenta fries appetizer. Decor is tasteful and well thought out. Small, intimate room. Service excellent and friendly. This restaurant deserves to be jammed at all times.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Give it a shot, you won't regret it
    SFNICA
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Excellent food and service! It was curious that aside from our big table there were no other customers... this really made no sense considering how good the food was and how friendly everyone was. I highly recommend getting lots of dishes (big and small) and sharing them. Don't hold back!
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Really nice place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food is good and the service is beyond excellent. We went here for a birthday, and the server made the birthday girl feel like a queen. It's a great neighborhood restaurant.
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    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • I square do-over
    sanfranfemVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I had high hopes for this inexpensive place in an upscale neighborhood. Maybe it's growing pains. Owner was the only wait staff/bartender and they were busy. Long wait for mediocre food. Eggplant parm was not baked and was a plate of mushy eggplant with sauce and cheese on top. Side of chicken breast was the best thing on the table. Not sure if they'll get a 2nd try.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I really wanted to love this place. It's cute and has a nice neighborhoody feel, but the food really was just fair to middling.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    For some reason they did not get our Open Table reservation, but found us a table anyway. Service was a bit slow, but friendly. Food very good.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 229 reviews are from the Homespun Fare reviews archive.
  • Tasty indeed
    GreenieVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Love the lamb-multiple spices infused cabbage wrap. FLAVOR GALORE! Server was superb...what a great, welcoming smile! Looking forward to when they start serving brunch...menu top secret...we asked but no go. Parchment tilapia divine. Garlic smashed hit the mark. We'll be back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Amazing food
    Consistency
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We always have a well made cocktail with our dinner. Homespun makes real food, so it takes a bit longer than some restaurants. We have never had a bad dish there. Don't be fooled by typewritten menus. The food and cocktails will be what you come back for.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food, good times
    pkeenanVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We had a little family get together the other night. There were 8 of us and although they never showed a table for 8 we got creative and booked a table for 4 on my account and another table for 4 on my sisters account. We called the restaurant and told them our situation and they kindly pushed the two tables together to accommodate us. That made for a great dinner. For you Belgian beer drinkers out there, they serve Westamalle Triple. An all-time favorite of mine. Wine selection was good as well. A splendid time was had by all.
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Quiet elegance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had great dinner wonderful I salad with warm mushrooms and goat cheese. Lamb shanks were excellent with artichoke hearts. Bar drinks were well prepared.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We went with our two kids and the server made us all feel very welcome. We started with the polenta fries, which were very tasty. I had the fish in parchment paper which I had a love sauce on top that was creamy yet very light. My spouse had the cabbage wraps which he loved. Overall, it was an enjoyable dinner.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food not good, service not
    greatview
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Food not good, service not fabulous, hardly anyone on the joint, poor wine selection.
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  • A Work In Progress
    BeenThereVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Not really ready for prime time. Friendly, courteous and energetic staff. Feels like a small, owner-run ethnic restaurant, but what could go wrong did - despite their best efforts. Mushroom pasta arrived piping hot and tasty, just w/o any mushrooms among other missing ingredients. They brought the mushrooms later, on the side, when we pointed that out. No comp offer on that. Maitre d said chef too busy, despite the place 2/3 full on a $55 price-fixe night. Asked for bread 5x - finally brought some w/ o butter or oil. Overall, pace of meal a bit slow, but they're trying. I would consider returning if prices were 2/3 of what they are currently. I don't see them surviving on this street otherwise.
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  • Great food, not pretentious
    bbbb
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Had a wonderful date night here. I love the restaurants on college avenue, but some of them are a bit more upscale and pretentious, and rightly so. Homespun fare is a nice, romantic venue, with outstanding food. It's another great place to go when you just want to relax and have an excellent meal. The muscles were a bit bland but the balance of savory lamb and spicy/sweet sauce in the cabbage wrap as well as the intense lamb shank flavor balanced by the creamy sauce were fantastic. One of the best meals I've had on college ave.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Neighborhood hot spot!
    DandAVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Great food wonderful service huge portions at a very reasonable price. Can't wait to go bavk
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Needs some work....
    GEC12
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Although quiet and clean (therefore pleasant) the food was completely average. In addition, I requested that all sauces and salad dressing be served on the side and the kitchen never got that right. The restaurant also charged for bread service which never suggests a "classy" establishment. I predict this restaurant will only be around briefly.
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  • Hip Setting For Cheffy Comfort Food
    KittyVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    The interior is hip and modern. The menu is limited, but all the choices sounded good (nothing weird). The prices are really good. Entrees for $11 and $12. Well drinks for $6. Extensive inventive drink menu too. The waiter couldn't have been better. Attentive but not smothering. The food was delicious. Meatloaf was not only baked, but was finished on the grill. Creamy mashed potatoes. Veggies were a little bit oily. Don't expect huge portions. They served us the right amount of food and we didn't have leftovers, which is what I expected for the price. We look forward to going back.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Keri
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Three words: paid for bread. And got just three slices. The rest of the dinner items were similarly chintzy. My eggplant parmesan was pretty good. My husband's meatloaf was over cooked, dry and tasteless. That's pretty hard to do to meatloaf. I was disappointed that they didn't have a kid's menu since they have one on OT. Won't go back, but hope they make some simple changes. I wish them well.
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  • Just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    The food is nothing special. The prices are very reasonable ($10 main dish) which is why I wasn't upset when my pork chop came out like a hockey puck. The appetizers are smaller than tapas proportions. The service was good and the atmosphere is nice (I can't even remember it clearly now though) but nothing made me want to go back for a second try. If you never go you are not missing anything.
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  • Excellent food, great ambience
    kellyVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    Perfect spot for a casual dinner with great food and ambience that won't break the bank. Polenta lasagna and meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes, just delicious!
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only open for 10 days? Wow
    Libby
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Only open for 10 days? Wow this is a gem of a new restaurant in the midst of many other good choices. I would pick Homespun Fare over them all the next time I go out to eat! Excellent new place!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Newly opened, good food and
    Bobman
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    Newly opened, good food and not crowded as so many restaurants are on this street. Good wine, food, and service; no bread was available. They need a baker or a supplier.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Below average food, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Food was edible but far below average. I can't say that I would consider any dish that we ordered as good. Server did not know if they made a fresh lemonade or not. It turns out it was a mint lemonade and I hate mint. She never said it had mint, only that she wasn't sure if it was fresh. We won't go back. NOT recommended!
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  • Definitely recommended
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 12/11/2012
    We have been to I squared about 4 times and it's always good. Interesting, tasty food, nice wine selection and wonderful staff. Definitely recommended.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • I squared is a gem!
    srtsVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    The food at I squared is excellent: everything from the apps to the main course was tasty and fun. The stuffed cabbage was outstanding and their signature salad was great, as was the hummus and baba ganoush. The homemade ice cream and dessert was fantastic, too. The prices are reasonable and the quality and flavors are outstanding. The service was professional and charming. A full bar and a good wine list make this restaurant just about perfect! Enjoy!
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Definitely a neighborhood gem
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    I2 is a wonderful little restaurant, with friendly, helpful staff, a cozy ambience and an excellent menu. We like the Iranian-influenced meals, for something a bit different, and they are really outstanding. This was our second time there and we'll definitely keep returning.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • It just gets better
    cornu
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    We've been to I Squared several times before, but everything was especially good on Friday night. The cabbage wraps were especially sweet & hot - simply wonderful. The fish in parchment was fresh and delicious.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Even better 2nd time around!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    Second time there...we love it. The service and food were just excellent.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Small restaurant serving Iranian/It
    Mbk333VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2012
    Small restaurant serving Iranian/Italian cuisine. Unusual and tasty cocktails. Mussels plump and delicious. Calamari ok. Both rather small portions. Meat dishes good. Waiter very attentive.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Food was good. Server was
    anniversaryDateVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    Food was good. Server was pleasant and engaging and attnetive. We arrived at 6pm, so at first we were the only ones in the place, but it got busier and busier as time went on. I would definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Enjoyable Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/28/2012
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meals at this restaurant. Though the menu is somewhat limited, we were able to find several tasty dishes that appealed to our mood that evening. The calamari was excellent! We highly recommend this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    We had driven past I Squared many times and wondered about the Italian-Iranian idea. Finally decided to try it, and found it was fabulous! Interesting menu, and the food was beautifully prepared. We had mainly the Persian dishes because they were different and we were impressed. The staff were very attentive and friendly, and the cost was very reasonable. This is another fantastic restaurant in the College Ave district. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent Service and Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    Not only do they have great food and exceptional service, they give back to the community. I came here for an event called "Dine for Justice" which is a program that provides legal services to the underserved. I Squared donated a portion of the proceeds to legal services organizations. The service is enthusiastic and food delicious. I've been twice since the event. This has become one of my "go to" restaurants.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Kate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    We love this restaurant! Everything was perfect from food to service. If you haven't been....u should go!
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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  • I love this restaurant and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/6/2012
    I love this restaurant and the friendly service - waitstaff and chefs. Delicious Veevy Acai cocktail, cabbage rolls, mango caprese, mussels w/ saffron (!), lamb shank, prawns kabab and pasta dish, divine flourless chocolate cake.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Sat at the bar for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/25/2012
    Sat at the bar for dinner after the owner/bartender asked if I was sure did not want a table (during a very busy night). Cocktails were superb and food (best calamari ever) and service was proactive, prompt and top-notch (you feel they are mindful of your presence) and feel you are feeling personally attended to with all your needs met but not in an obsequious way. Ordered an Americano (how many even know what this is), asked me how many shots I wanted (nice gesture) and was served piping hot (how refreshing). Excellent, excellent, excellent and shall go back again, again and again.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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  • It's a small space with lots
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    It's a small space with lots of tables. We shared a table for 6 with one other couple. It can get a little loud with larger groups in the restaurant. The Food was AMAZING!! Loved it! We had the Asparagus with pancetta, the ground beef kabaab (perfectly seasoned), the beef fillet kabaab(very tender and fell apart in our mouths), rice, and the Cannoli. It was all great! We will have to go back again to try the teramisu because they had ran out by the time we ordered dessert. We did have to ask for our wine twice and it took a while for our appetizer to come out. But overall great experience, good food, and we will be back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Go with the Great Iranian Flavors
    WillVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2012
    Great flavors and decent portions. Service was attentive without being overbearing. I preferred the Middle Eastern flavors over the Italian ones.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • most outstanding item was
    morecandy
    Dined on 7/19/2012
    most outstanding item was a drink called a bellini. food was disappointing. parking was difficult. i would not come back to this restaurant.
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