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/

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Heirloom Cafe will serve a 3-course prix fixe menu with a glass of champagne for $85. Supplementary mid-courses and our full cellar list will be available all night. All reservations will be prepaid by credit card; our host will contact you to confirm. Live Dixieland from 9p until 2018!

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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

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (34)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Good for a Date (19)
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Authentic (19)
Seasonal (18)
Cozy (18)
Notable Wine List (16)
Local Ingredients (14)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Casual (10)
Romantic (9)
Special Occasion (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Healthy (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Organic (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Fun (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

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 6, 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 3, 2017

Great experience! Very loud though.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 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 28, 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 26, 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 25, 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 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 19, 2017

It feels like food is made from high quality ingredients

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I've been to this restaurant a couple of times, and it has been excellent both times. I liked every aspect of it. But on this last visit, the stand out was the service, which was exceptional from start to finish. Combine that with a great ambiance and excellent food and you have a winner.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Loud. Good food. Uncomfortable seating

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Nice to walk into Heirloom Cafe on a wet and cold Wednesday night and settle into our seats. Attentive waitstaff and interesting menu... my wife had the fettuccine with the pork sugo and I had the black cod. Wine list was excellent and our server’s recommendations for each of our meals was spot on... already looking forward to our next visit...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The Food & Service here are excellent, and the vibe is warm and kind, but there are some challenges. The lighting is extremely low, unless you get a table next the kitchen, so bring a flashlight. There is no acoustic treatment and the place gets very loud, so be prepared to shout or else come really early or really late. It's worth overcoming these small hurdles, it's an experience not to be missed.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Bad Service, menu suggestions, seating (they pushed us at bar) and following up since 2 days about lost &found without reply

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fantastic food in a very low key but attentive manner: wonderful dining experience - like being in a friend's kitchen but with amazing food :)

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

While the food and the service were great, the noise was so out of control in the restaurant I will not be returning. I️ shouted at my friends for 2 hours at a table of 5. If you like yelling across a table and eating in the dark this is your go to restaurant, if not, don’t bother.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I always love my experience at heirloom. It feels special and yet not overwhelming.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

It was especially notable because there was no music (if there is it's always painfully loud). The noise was that of other diners talking. What a treat! and it had a good vibe overall. I look forward to going again.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

I love Heirloom. The food is great, but I especially love the folks who work there. They are incredibly warm, knowledgeable, engaged and fun to talk to. Thank you, Heirloom!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Food was very good. Service attentive.
Ambiance needs work. Noise level also high.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The set meal was delicious and great wines in the pairing. Fabulous deal for 3 courses plus wine at $65.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

WE enjoyed the Prefix menu, the vast wine selection (french heavy). Each of our couples had 1 prefix + 2 sides - plenty of food: the heirloom + fennel salad was particularly great, as was the crusted salmon. The Almond Cake dessert was outstanding!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Heirloom Café has been my favorite restaurant in the city for the last four years. Anytime someone is visiting, I tell them they have to eat here. They take reservations and walk ins, so you can find a spot most nights of the week. The owner, Matt, is one of my favorite people in the world - thoughtful, funny and passionate about food. And all that carries over to the food. It's crazy to me how many spots in SF get rave reviews, when their food and ambiance pale in comparison to Heirloom's. If you like showy, tiny bites, topped with weird essence-of-foam, this is NOT the place for you. Heirloom doesn't care about fanfare. They do food simply and they do it right. Everything on the menu is fresh, delicious, and - most of all - comforting. The ingredients are seasonal and the wine list never disappoints. This is by far and away the best dining experience you can have in San Francisco.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I love Heirloom!!! Go as often as possible and send friends frequently. It’s just consistent and I love the service and atmosphere. It’s got great music and people and food.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Delicious food! Not a huge menu, but focus on seasonal ingredients with a real creative twist. Impressive wine list, as well. Only complaint is that I ate too much to order dessert!

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I was definitely a card-carrying member of the 'clean plate club'.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Casual, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

This is my very favorite restaurant in the city. Ambiance and service are wonderful, food is delicious. Restaurant goals.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Phenomenal food, phenomenal service. Their wine selection was stellar. It's not on the menu but if you want an absolutely wonderful burger, this is the place for it. Will absolutely be going back.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Heirloom is always fabulous. The food is delicious....with many flavors and always with the freshest of ingredients.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Has some amazing wine, along with great food.

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

Everything was smooth and effortless
Beautiful evening
Always enjoy dinners at Heirloom

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 12, 2017

the set menu was good value and the potatoe gnocchi was one of the best that I have ever tasted.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2017

I am somewhat of a regular here, so somewhat biased. The food is always wonderful. The wine list is interesting. The staff are attentive and friendly. I am impressed every time that I dine here, and I do so often.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We love Heirloom. Our return visit, and first since late Spring. All was amazing, just as our previous visit. Totally impressed with the freshness of the salads, the inventiveness of the main dishes--the gnocchi incredible--and the care in selection of the 'per glass' wines. The service is also first rate with the servers very knowledgeable about all the dishes and their ingredients. We'd award it a 6th star if one were available.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The best of the best. What every restaurant should strive to be.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Amazing, delicious, cozy and relaxing. I had the apple cabbage salad and halibut , both were out of this world delicious . They were great about my gluten and dairy free restrictions. The wine was perfect. And the service was top notch. An absolute perfect night!!! Thank you heirloom cafe!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Always love Heirloom. Every visit is what we go there for, simple, unpretentious, great ingredients put together in classic forms and flavors. inventive and interesting wines.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The host messed up our check - charging us multiple times - and didn't apologize.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Outstanding restaurant! Limited menu but appeals to all palates and first rate ingredients, presentation and service. Highly recommend.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Wow!!! Fabulous dinner while we are on vacation in San Francisco. I had heard this was a wonderful place, and the meal lived up to the hype. The service was warm and knowledgeable. The food was outstanding. The vibe is casual but elegant. We had a wonderful table at the back of the dinning room that allowed me to survey the whole scene. Diners looked happy. We saw lots of regulars which is always a good sign. We will be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Food was incredible, duck confit salad with a poached egg was a stand out, also had trout salad and the strawberry shortcake was Devine! Awesome wine list and cute decor!

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