Heirloom Cafe

4.7
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1098 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, European
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Hours of operation
Dinner:

Tuesday-Thursday, 5:45pm - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday, 5:45pm - 10:00pm
Closed Sunday & Monday
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Phone number
(415) 821-2500
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matt Straus
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Private party facilities
The Heirloom dining room seats up to 48 people, and the restaurant is available for full or partial buy-outs.
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Private party contact
Matt: (415) 821-2500
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
21st Street
Additional
Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.7based on all time ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BJ
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Husbands Birthday!

m
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience4

I'll begin this review by saying that I had been looking forward to, and tried to find an occasion to visit Heirloom Cafe for a very long time. I've lived in San Francisco now for a year and have had dozens of dining recommendations, but I found this one on my own and was excited to visit a local gem in my neighborhood of the Mission.

When one of my hometown friends visited, I wanted to bring her, and my local friend in SF for a ladies' dinner on a Saturday night.

The food - delicious, presentable, a great portion. We had the fettucine and salmon and both were divine.
The wine selection - abundant, knowledgeable, perfectly dry white and rosé to our taste preferences.
The ambiance - candlelit, dim, great for close colleagues, friends, or a date.

What completely turned us off however, was one of the servers.
1. She seemed to be under the influence. Her words were slurred, and she approached our table in jerky movements.
2. Our third guest arrived a bit after us, and about a minute after sitting down, the server came to our table and said "What's the gameplan" without asking to see if she had a chance to review the menu and decide
3. She accidentally knocked over the entire water decanter onto my friend's seating area, lap, and jacket. she didn't apologize but instead said "it can be refreshing". she continued to wipe it while not noticing that she was carrying 2 more decanters in her arm that continued to pour out - luckily a few other servers came to dry up the area
4. We left a nominal tip instead, and she came to the table while we were sitting there, stared closely at the receipt, and marched away to show her manager.

Heirloom cafe: your other servers, from what we could tell, seemed to provide good service. We also spoke a few times to who we believe might be an owner and he was great. You should re-consider this server that has left an incredibly bad taste in our mouths and we will not be returning, nor recommending it.

p
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We introduced our friends and neighbors to Heirloom the other night. They were very impressed with the menu and presentation and overall excellent repast! I am certain they will be back to experience the restaurant again. We, of course, visit as frequently as we are able. Thank you - Heirloom crew - for always providing a terrific dinner for us and our family.

OT
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant. We had the halibut ceviche and the pod salad. Entrees were the Salmon and steak babette. Added the oatmeal chocolate cookie and bitter sweet chocolate budino.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Low key and excellent, fresh food. Service was also excellent! Can’t wait to go back!

RS
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I ordered the halibut ceviche and the bean salad while my partner ordered the chicken with corn salsa looking thing...the bean salad was exceptional. His chicken was good but too salty. Overall, a solid B+. My ceviche had some big pieces of fish and when I pointed it out, the waitress said that is the way the chef likes it...Duh...I was not born yesterday and I do know how to make better ceviche. And the waitress was either drunk or high on something the way she moved...not cool for her or the restaurant.

KC
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent - friendly and knowledgeable- made good recommendations.

F
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a wonderful dinner and service was spot on. Bacon and onion tart was flakey crust and perfectly seasoned topping. Salad pulled from the prix fixe menu was refreshing and had some unexpected ingredients, probably listed on the menu but forgotten in the interim. Roasted king salmon with veggies was delicious but trés petite. And dessert of berries with polenta cake was tip top. Loved the French-sourced sauvignon blanc. Restaurant was loud but it's hard these days to find one conducive to conversation where cuisine holds no surprises, however well prepared it may be.

KB
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love eating at heirloom the people the food it’s all outstanding!!!

s
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We were disappointed. Portions were very small. Overpriced. Noise terrible.

HB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Heirloom brings a sophistication to comfort food that makes it a great weeknight choice. A summer evening with corn chowder and the (off-menu) burger is a delight. Service is friendly and attentive. Tables are a bit tight, and noise can be a bit of a distraction, particularly when seated next to a couple of folks convinced they are about to conquer the world. While not regulars, we have returned to Heirloom regularly over the years and never been disappointed.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best servers. I want to be friends with them. Food is always on point.

ZG
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always very special hospitality. Fantastic wine list!

e
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The succotash was tasty but the chicken was very dry and not good

DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved the Heirloom Cafe! The food was excellent. Our waiter was so nice to us. We thought he was exceptionally so. We would definitely return but it would be a special occasion destination for us considering the cost.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, always great. A little pricey, but nothing out of the ordinary for SF. Enjoy!

OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food snd lovely service

a
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Great service! It was noisy and hard to have a quiet conversation.

C
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

A waiter that wasn’t present and pretty incompetent and since the restaurant was loud could hardly hear what he was saying. He spoke so softly. And didn’t seem to have a knowledge of the menu. Also not a lot of personality or attention to our table.

LE
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to dinner after a show; the food was SO delicious and what wonderful service. Have come to Heirloom Cafe several times and have never been disappointed.

T
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, great dinner.

OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good food; generous portions. Matt, the owner is a pure delight and the wait staff was excellent. Wish it wasn’t so noisy for us seniors .

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mussels were so good that I ordered it twice!

LL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Heirloom Cafe and don’t dine here often enough. The neighborhood feel, friendliness and competence of the staff, and the sumptuous authentic food keep Heirloom at the top of my list!

CR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The waitstaff was underwhelmed to see me and I them. The burger and salads were quite tasty but the fettuccine was undercooked. Plates were small and not elevated enough to be worth the price. I can’t recommend this restaurant.

A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my overall experience at Heirloom Cafe and would be somewhere that I return. All the dishes were quite tasty and incorporated flavors that you can't just simply make at home. Nothing was too salty or bland. The wine suggested was superb and paired well with the food. The waitress was warm, funny, sweet. The ambiance was cozy and romantic (dim lit with candles, wooden tables).

LC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was simply fantastic. It has an old feel with modern food. Felt like a great modern community feel.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a number of guests in our group of 8 with specific dietary needs. The staff went above and beyond. Highly recommend. They even have a large table that easily fits parties of 12 which a real find in the city.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heirloom Cafe is the best. Food, wine and service are top of the top. Love it.

d
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Heirloom is one of the great pleasures of living in the Mission -- or of visiting it. Once the most tagged corner in the neighborhood, this sweet little spot now serves fresh, beautiful food with a simple, elegant aesthetic. The staff is lovely and the meals are beautifully prepared. The seasonal menu is complemented by a thoughtfully composed wine list -- and to say the atmosphere is charming doesn't begin do it justice. Behind the gauzy curtains, the hubbub of the City fades away in a grand, open room that quickly fills with a pleasant crowd of diners who've dressed a bit for the occasion, and whose convivial conversations punctuate what always turns into a memorable night. Even if we didn't live on the same block, we'd love it just as much as we already do!

k
San Francisco
80 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place before a show(Beautiful- Carol King). fun art deco vibe and bar drinks. meal was superb. parked a couple blocks away and had to negotiate sketchy street scene but worth it once arriving. amazing kale salad! will return.

AP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place that's reasonably priced for the quality of food. Not a lot of selection, but everything was delicious. The wine paring is great with pre-fix menu.

n
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delightful neighborhood spot for celebrating our anniversary. The food and wine were exceptional. The house made fettuccini is a must order (I don't even like mushrooms and this was a standout dish). They also let you share a single order of the prix fixe which is a fantastic deal as it includes generous individual pours and the perfect amount of food to share when you add in an entree. We were both full, but not uncomfortably so. There's no way we could have eaten more! Especially pleased with how perfectly the wine complemented the food (really smart pairings) and how we got to try wines we wouldn't have otherwise known anything about. Will definitely recommend Heirloom to friends and family and look forward to the next occasion that brings us back here.

MG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were absolutely solid. I eat here fairly often and have had almost no misses. This time I brought a friend with me who had never eaten at Heirloom - he was impressed!

d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely, per usual. Beautiful setting and the food is always simple but perfect.

HK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service
Delicious food

GG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time dining here and really enjoyed a midweek birthday dinner. Service was so warm and welcoming and every dish was delish! Looking forward to a return visit soon.

D
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice restaurant. Good service from quality people. Excellent wine list. Could use a broader menu selection.

N
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Neighborhood gem, but timing was a bit off. We were served our dishes randomly so no one ate together. They were aware, and apologetic. I’m sure it was just one of those things that happen. Great place otherwise. Wine menu is fabulous. Highly recommend.

DV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Service was very good, we were seated promptly at our reservation time. Our server was warm and friendly. Background noise was quite loud which made it difficult to hear and the lighting was very dim. The food was beautifully presented but the tuna tartare was bland. The duck salad was slightly dry but had a nice flavor. The burger was definitely the tastiest. The wine was awesome and reasonably priced. Overall the experience was pleasant but with so many other places to choose from, I don't think we'll return anytime soon.