About 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.

2500 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, European

Hours of Operation:
Monday thru Thursday 5:45 to 9:30
Friday and Saturday 5:45 to 10:00

Cross Street:
21st Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 821-2500

Website:
http://www.heirloom-sf.com/

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

Additional:
Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
http://heirloom-sf.com/events/

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Heirloom Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (36)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Notable Wine List (23)
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Good for a Date (22)
Cozy (21)
Local Ingredients (20)
Special Occasion (20)
Seasonal (19)
Romantic (18)
Authentic (18)
Casual (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Organic (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Healthy (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Business Meals (3)
Fun (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 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.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Comfort Food, Fun, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (London)·Dined on January 31, 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.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Authentic, Seasonal
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Outstanding salads

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Great food selection and wine cellar. Great evening.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 9, 2018

I have been to Heirloom several times over the past few years, and have always valued the experience. This time was different. The waiter was arrogant and inexperienced; and the food (although I do appreciate smaller portions) seemed to come in ridiculously tiny quantities. My impression was one of a restaurant that has come to take itself too seriously.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Excellent food; excellent wine list; overall terrific experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great! Very easy to hear

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

This is one of the SF restaurants that we enjoy returning with special out of town guests. We like showing off the service and wonderful food with good friends. You can't miss on the food here!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were excited to visit this trendy place for NYE
The space is retro cool but very noisy and very hot from the open kitchen, we were all boiling in December
The food was pretty but not innovative, suttle flavors and tiny portions
My Beef rib was super greasy, literally it sat in oily bottom with potatoes au gratin, I was very disappointed with it
The vegetarian option was nicely presented but it lacked in flavor and the portion was an appetizer size
The beet salad was perfect and delish but again tiny, I don’t think we got a full beer on the plate
The desert was of limited choice but it was very good
Overall not really a festive meal one would expect for NYE but it did include a glass of champagne each
The total bill was almost $500 and we were hungry in an hour

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I love Heirloom and recommend it highly for its precise, tasty, well executed seasonal food and nicely curated wine list. I often take friends from out of town there, and go there myself several times a year.

These are minor points, but I am noting them: I was frustrated by the darkness of the place this time; we had to use our cell phone lights to read our menus, which means it's too dark. It also made conversation difficult, as it quickly got loud, but was still very dark.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I've now been to Heirloom Cafe three times with two other people. Great wine list and small, well thought out menu. Very cozy surroundings. A nice walk from and back to the 24th St. BART station.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great place, wonderful service, good wine list. We were there till pretty late but the staff did not show any signs of hurrying us. Good, local food

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant in San Francisco. The lighting is dim, which makes you feel like you've journeyed to a different world. Delicious wine and the servers are knowledgeable, but not in a show-off way. Connection is the name of the game at heirloom. Connection to the food, the wine, your companion - guided by the staff and the energy in the room.
Love love love love it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant in the Bay Area, hands down. The food is always amazing — seasonally available ingredients prepared with love. The service is top-notch — a very attentive team will take good care of you. And their wine list is worth the trip. This is not to be missed — for your first time or your hundredth.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great meal, everything was delicious. Warm ambiance. Stellar service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

A warm welcome with delicious food is the hallmark of Heirloom. One of the great wine lists in SF, but enjoyable even if wine is not important to you. Somewhat under the radar, but consistently a great experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Healthy, Authentic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Loved the cozy atmosphere. Food was absolutely delicious, loved that the menu was completely seasonal. The chicken and duck entrees were fantastic. Would totally come back!!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Organic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Really delicious meal. The sole we had was truly outstanding. Also a fantastic wine list

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great food. Kitchen was killing it tonight. Wine suggestions were spot on. Service was friendly and professional.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Love what Matt does

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

A welcoming atmosphere, warm reception, attentive, knowledgable service, small but intelligently thought out menu and carefully chosen wine list of international and domestic labels.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

This is always a nice place to go for a dinner. The menu is interesting, the ingredients excellent, the preparation impeccable.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great experience! Very loud though.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Another lovely dinner with Heirloom. I highly recommend getting the prix fixe menu with wine pairings ($65 for 3 courses with wine) - it's always delicious!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Food and service very good. Only thing that bothered me was the kitchen smell. They need a better ventilation system.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We don't get to go out to dinner too often since having small children, so a night out is really special to us. Heading to Heirloom means we know that we shall have an amazing meal, great wine and the best service. When you only have rare nights out, you want to be sure you get to enjoy it!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Organic, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I'd been here many years ago and had great memories of this restaurant. It's still very good, but the prices have increased dramatically.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Seasonal
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food and wine were outstanding! Only the cheeseburger (not on the menu) was less delicious than the other items. Steak and black cod entres were the best!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

It feels like food is made from high quality ingredients

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