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Heirloom Cafe

4.7
4.7
1068 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian

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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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, European

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday, 5:45pm - 9:30pm Friday & Saturday, 5:45pm - 10:00pm Closed Sunday & Monday

  • Phone number

    (415) 821-2500

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Matt Straus

  • 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

What 1,068 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. BJ

    BJDJ

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Husbands Birthday!

  2. m

    mcsdagds

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 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.

  3. p

    pick4bun

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 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.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 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.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  6. RS

    RS1963

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 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.

  7. KC

    KimC

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  8. F

    Food411

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 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.

  9. KB

    KimB

    San Francisco

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  10. s

    srooe

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2019

    overall3food3service5ambience3

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

  11. HB

    HughB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 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.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  13. ZG

    ZorG

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always very special hospitality. Fantastic wine list!

  14. e

    effie

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2019

    overall4food3service3ambience4

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

  15. DS

    DonnaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 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.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Lovely food snd lovely service

  18. a

    alkona

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  19. C

    Christian

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 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.

  20. LE

    LeeE

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 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.

  21. T

    Thinman

    San Francisco

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    As always, great dinner.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 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 .

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mussels were so good that I ordered it twice!

  24. LL

    LynnL

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 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!

  25. CR

    ChristinaR

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 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.

  26. A

    Alyssa

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 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).

  27. LC

    LauraC

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 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.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  30. d

    djacksonsf

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 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!

  31. k

    kld123

    San Francisco

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 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.

  32. AP

    ArtP

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 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.

  33. n

    nightoutfornoreason

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 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.

  34. MG

    MorganG

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 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!

  35. d

    duckduckgoose

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5

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

  36. HK

    HollyK

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Great service Delicious food

  37. GG

    GailG

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 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.

  38. D

    Dakota

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4

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

  39. N

    Nixx

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 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.

  40. DV

    DeeVee

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 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.

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Heirloom Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 1068 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    21st Street

  • Neighborhood

    Mission District

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday, 5:45pm - 9:30pm Friday & Saturday, 5:45pm - 10:00pm Closed Sunday & Monday

  • Cuisines

    Californian, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Matt Straus

  • Additional

    Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 821-2500

  • 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

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