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

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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)
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Creative Cuisine (11)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Healthy (8)
Organic (8)
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Hot Spot (5)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2014

Heirloom Cafe offers creative and flavorful dishes in the new American style at affordable prices. The wine list is interesting, being composed mostly of foreign wines, but wines chosen to pair well with food. Service by the hostess left much to be desired, but the wait staff and attention by the owner made up for that. The restaurant feels like dining in someones Victorian home and is located in a quiet neighborhood. I'll definitely keep returning to Heirloom Cafe.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2014

Every time I eat here I'm always blown away by how delicious the food is. This is a great spot for date nights and for foodies.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2014

The best dinner EVER - fresh farm-to-table food, perfectly cooked steak and excellent wine list.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2014

What a treat! A very special restaurant in a cute setting with tasty food and good service. We enjoyed our dining experience very much.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2014

Always friendly with imaginative taste pairings. The burrata -- to die for ! Too they aren't open on Sunday our normal
Dining out night

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2014

Comfortable, cool atmosphere to this gem of a restaurant. It is under-stated and hard to find since it is a renovated first floor of a house. The food is excellent and the staff are great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2014

Delicious, warm, friendly and quaint. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2014

I honestly rarely go to Bernal Heights but it was sooo worth it. Heirloom Café was a total delight. The food was fantastic and the service was really friendly. The menu is not extensive but sometimes I like that better ...narrows the decision making and you get to depend on the chef to serve his/her best. It's homey and light and really a treat. Completely worth the hunt for parking (the only downside)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2014

Fabulous, fresh, consistent food. Lovely service. Great wine list. Wonderful reasonably priced price fixe dinner too with wine pairings (makes for a fun dining experience). I'll keep going back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on June 20, 2014

Heirloom is a rare gem in SF. Yes, it's pretty expensive. Yes, the food has unusual ingredients. But the small menu is well crafted and approachable, and the preparation is simply superb. The dining room is inviting and decorated perfectly and tastefully.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 20, 2014

As usual, Heirloom was terrific. Three course menu with wine pairing guaranteed to please. Food is simple but elegant and nicely portioned.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2014

While food was be very good, the price for the scallop dish which was doubled in both quantity and price was a real disappointment. While the food was delicious,paying over a hundred dollars for just four entrees was ridiculous.

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on June 16, 2014

The food was outstanding, but the noise level was over the top. I'd still recommend Heirloom to anyone.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2014

Amazing dinner for my friends birthday with 12 people!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Nashville)·Dined on May 27, 2014

Beautifully prepared food, without any of the fussiness or pretension that characterizes so many SF restaurants. Bacon and onion tart was classic and perfect, with a delicate, buttery crust and deeply caramelized onions. Lamb pappardelle with silky pasta was decadent but tastefully executed. Great wine list. Really great, and reasonably priced, too. The glass of '90 Corison Cabernet was a nice touch. I mean, who pours 2 decade old Napa Cab by the glass from magnum? Heirloom Cafe has my highest recommendation, and they didn't even take all my $.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 24, 2014

Dined here for the first time and will be back. Can't stop thinking about the dessert of ginger ice cream and nectarine and rhubarb cobbler. I liked how flexible the course dinner was presented and all dishes can be ordered a-la-cart. Next time would order bottles of wine (there were 4 of us). The wine by the glasses add up quickly. While the server was nice and relaxed he also admitted to eating pretty much anything and couldn't really recommend dishes. Felt like we were dining at a friends' house. Very comfortable and not as loud as I would have thought.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 16, 2014

The Heriloom Cafe came highly recommended to me. I made a reservation long in advance in order to get in. We were visiting San Francisco and wanted to try one of the favorite restaurants there. We were not disappointed. I look forward to going back when we are in town again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on May 14, 2014

It was only my second time at Heirloom Café, but I feel confident saying you'll have a hard time finding a better casual dining experience locally. The menu, creativity, freshness, and presentation of the food are on a par with, say, Frances (to name a place probably better known), and there's a wisdom and depth to the wine selections that's invigorating, almost shocking. I always think the excellence of a kitchen is reflected in its respect and affection for the commonest vegetables, and Heirloom Café shines in this regard too. Honestly? I'd dine here every night if I could afford it.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2014

Heirloom is one of my favorite SF restaurants. I don't go there nearly enough. The beautiful food, curated wine, comfortable atmosphere, friendly help, and attentive owner Matt Straus all combine to make for an authentic and rich experience. Recommended always.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2014

We were really looking forward to our second visit to the Heirloom Cafe, and had planned a wonderful birthday celebration.

Our first visit, four months ago, had been excellent. But the food was so over salted this time that we left very disappointed. The halibut in particular was salted beyond anything I've ever tasted in San Francisco in 25 years of dining. Hard to believe; clearly the chef was gone from our first visit.

Sadly, our waiter was simply disinterested and never checked on us after the food arrived. Just a fiasco all around.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 11, 2014

Brunch for 6 at Heirloom was fantastic. Every dish was delicious. One member of our party had a very restricted diet and Heirloom happily accommodated her needs. Friendly staff, lovely restaurant. We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 10, 2014

Pleasantly surprised by this off the beaten path gastronomic gem. Everything ordered was fresh and delicious. The burrata starter was creamy, the fennel salad lightly seasoned and abundant. As for the mains, the halibut had a nice sear and cooked perfectly. The duck was tasty but served a little cold for my taste, however the polenta made of fresh corn was a delightful surprise. The olive oil cake for dessert was a little dry but flavorful. This restaurant has a very impressive wine list and features some not often seen varietals. Service was five stars. Side note: the owner, Matt Strauss, wrote a great critique of the movie "Somm" which was spot on. Actually that review was the main reason for my visit and I was not disappointed.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2014

Your price characteristic on open Table way under sold the real cost. I really enjoyed, but it was $420 for 6 with wine total at $98.
Not what I was expecting

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 1, 2014

The whole experience was great from the moment you enter. The food is excellent and beautifully presented. The wine choices are excellent. I love this place, it is a treasure in the neighborhood. It is a lovely restaurant with a simple but very elegant decor.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on April 30, 2014

Returning to Heirloom Café after a year brought with it some apprehension - would it be as enjoyable as our visit in 2013, could the performance re food and service then be matched? The answer, Yes, thank goodness. The same quality of service and interesting menu, with a very enjoyable three-course prix fixe offering which presented excellent ingredients. Our server was attentive, knowledgeable and pleasant, despite being quite busy. The only quibble, and it is just a quibble, is that the restaurant can get noisy when there is a large, enthusiastic group present. Otherwise, a very enjoyable evening and we will go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 25, 2014

Very simple decor, terrific service. The food was absolutely excellent. Appetizer was burrata on asparagus, main courses were epoise-filled burger and scallops. Mouth-watering. Everything was done to perfection. Hard to believe it's in this simple, Mission District neighborhood, but it is so worth the trip!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2014

Good, but despite a reservation waited for 40 minutes to be seatedVery charming, lovely date spot but was a little disappointed that I had to wait so long despite my open Table reservation.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 14, 2014

Everything we ordered was great and the restaurant had a great atmosphere. Small(ish) plates, which was actually good because we didn't end up with leftovers. It was a bit expensive for a dinner for two, which would be the only downside. $110 - one drink each, two appetizers, one main, one side.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 10, 2014

Heirloom ranks in top 3 fav restaurants in sf. Visited mid week and had a perfectly prepared, delicious three course meal with pairings. Not stuffy or pretentious, Heirloom truly encourages enjoyment of the food and wine. The staff all around is super helpful, friendly, and glad to serve. Heirloom is not to be missed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 3, 2014

We, a birthday group of 8, ordered just about everything on the menu and each dish met with oohs and ahs from the table. Excellent service, relaxed pace. Extensive wine list and we were very pleased with our choice. Can't wait for the next occasion to go there.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 2, 2014

Great food, service, atmosphere...it all just works. Please Heirloom, don't change a thing!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 29, 2014

As I said before I finished my last two bites of food "I am going to be so sad this is going to be over in two minutes." Lovely, unique and comforting.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 28, 2014

Great ambiance, great food food, great wine!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 28, 2014

Had a great meal in such a cool old Victorian house with wonderful service. Highly recommend!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 28, 2014

Our invited friends missed out on a memorable meal and fun evening, unexpectedly. We went anyway and enjoyed an excellent burrata appetizer, kale salad and halibut. Nice portion size and a reasonable edited wine list with good selections make us want to come back again with our friends. Tolerable noise level and a low key setting make it a great find for a Friday night dining out destination.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 27, 2014

Easy to miss when driving by, but once inside -- quite lovely. The decor is very charming and warm, staff - great, and the food and drinks also very good. I had pan seared halibut served with spring vegetables and couscous while my husband had chicken served in a broth with herbed bread pudding (he said reminiscent of chicken and dumplings). For dessert we had rhubarb/fennel upside down cake.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2014

A warm and inviting restaurant with an interesting menu and great food. Ingredients are fresh and local, preparation is interesting without being overly complex, and all the dishes we had were tasty. A nice if short wine list. Friendly and efficient staff. We'll be back.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on March 21, 2014

My first experience of the Heirloom Café and I was shocked by how good the food was, even on a busy Friday night. Every dish that came to the table had interest, character and depth, and was delicious and beautifully prepared. The wine list was well and thoughtfully selected, and the waiter very knowledgeable about it. The one drawback I can think of was the noise of the place, but perhaps that's only because it was a busy night.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2014

One of the great hidden spots in SF. Heirloom never fails.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 14, 2014

We have been going to Heirloom Cafe for the past 3 - 4 years. Dined there again this past week to celebrate my wife's birthday. Food always is outstanding, and wine selection complements nicely. Friendly, attentive serve. A truly great dining experience awaits!

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