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Heirloom Cafe

891 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List
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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Californian, European
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Hours of operation
Monday thru Thursday 5:45 to 9:30
Friday and Saturday 5:45 to 10:00
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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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Cross street
21st Street
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Special events & promotions
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Gift Card
Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 891 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Unchristmas (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Charming neighborhood restaurant. Cosy, warm and inviting and the food is definitely tasty. The asparagus soup with pickled mushrooms was a stand out. Lovely wine list

vipjjttrr (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Great food and service. Docking a point because they don't take American Express.

vipchicklynickly (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Excellent ambiance. Restored old building with antique wall paper, rustic wood tables, candles and low light but not in a mysterious or dark way. Open kitchen with seating. Great neighborhood find. Excellent bread (scorching hot). Nice wine. Our food was excellent but they could ease up on the salt. Servers are dressed casually and are very personable.

vipBlissWonder (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Fabulous night. Delicious dinner, especially the cabbage salad and short ribs!! Yummy!!

viprads (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

One of my favorite spots for any night of the week or weekend. They offer prix fixe or a la carte but if there's something on the prix fixe that you'd like, they'll let you order the dish.
The owner Matt and the staff are wonderful and some nights you'll catch Matt in the kitchen. Grab a seat at the bar or a table and you won't be disappointed. Extensive wine list to choose from, and some of the best wines we've tasted.

vipJames (London)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

This is a great spot, one of my favorites for a casual but nice dinner. Always friendly attentive services, great well presented food and a nice wines with it. A little on the pricey side but everything is excellent quality so I understand why.

vipemma (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Went to Heirloom Cafe last night after a friend was raving about it. Unfortunately, we were quite underwhelmed with our experience. The place itself is nice and spacious, but way too dark. I should probably mention that I'm not a huge fan of dark restaurants.

The food was a mix bag. We enjoyed the bread, which comes as no surprise since it was from Josey Baker (of The Mill). They definitely charge way too much for it, and I find it ridiculous that they charged for butter and olive oil too, after I'm paying $5 for 5 small slices of bread. The butternut squash soup was nice and warm; it had a wonderful flavor and wasn't overly salty, which we appreciated. The beets in the beet salad were too strongly pickled, although it was interesting to combine beets with homemade almond butter. The little gem salad with delicata squash lacked flavor. It was very muted and not exciting at all. I had to combine the beets with the salad to give it more excitement. The delicata squash did not excite either. For the mains, we ordered the fettucine with mushrooms and truffle and the cioppino. I found the fettucine to be underwhelming; I think I'm a tomato sauce person, so that could have factored into it. The cioppino had high quality seafood in it, but it was way too salty. All in all, I would say it wasn't worth the trip across town.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Excellent dinner in a neighborhood feeling place that is not overly trendy or precious. Open kitchen with bar seating is a real plus. Highly recommended.

Blair (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Only the noise marred the evening. But that was beyond irritating. How about some efforts at damping the sound?

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

The atmosphere is wonderful,cozy. The food is consistently excellent!!!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Heirloom is consistently one of the best restaurants in the Mission. It also seems to remain below the radar, for reasons I can't fathom (though, as long as they keep doing what they're doing, I'm not complaining). I had dinner there with three foodies Friday night (including the owner of another, much ballyhooed Mission restaurant), and we were all struck by the quality of the food: the salad was bursting with flavor; the off-menu cheeseburger (with the cheese ground into the beef before cooking) was mouth-watering; the cioppino was atypical, but yummy; and the chicken was my favorite of all -- moist and flavorful and beautifully complemented with a mushroom cream sauce. The servers were attentive and charming. And the lively, candlelit, intimate space is just where you want to be for dinner with friends.

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

Outstanding salads

vipgirlwithoutdragontattoo (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Super fresh and delicious cabbage with satsuma mandarin salad. Amazing duck confit. Great Nebbiolo. We love Heirloom Cafe!

Carl (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Food and service were wonderful. Reservation honored on time.
Only issue was/is noise level, which is high.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

Great food selection and wine cellar. Great evening.