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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food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (42)
Notable Wine List (25)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
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Seasonal (23)
Local Ingredients (22)
Cozy (20)
Special Occasion (19)
Authentic (18)
Good for a Date (18)
Romantic (17)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Casual (9)
Healthy (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Organic (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Outstanding salads

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 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 13, 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 10, 2018

Great food selection and wine cellar. Great evening.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 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 5, 2018

Great! Very easy to hear

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 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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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 30, 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 29, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 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 27, 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 27, 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 24, 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 21, 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 19, 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 16, 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 15, 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 9, 2017

Love what Matt does

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 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 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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 (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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 (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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