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

4.8

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (36)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Authentic (20)
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Good for a Date (18)
Seasonal (18)
Local Ingredients (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Cozy (15)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Casual (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Romantic (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Healthy (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Fun (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Organic (3)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Wonderful neighborhood corner place. A bit off the beaten path of The Mission restaurant scene but worth the walk. Great atmosphere.
Note: some plates/portions are much smaller than other dishes- they're not called out on the menu except by a lower price.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

This is a great restaurant particularly if you are a wine lover. Great wine list, great food, relaxed atmosphere

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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Excellent service!!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Lovely space. Warm and friendly service that was also knowledgeable and professional. Simple but delicious food. I had halibut with a side of peas, bread, butter and a glass of wine and I'm still thinking about it...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

While the food and wine are excellent. There is apparently a time limit on the tables. The hostess informed me that despite my having made a reservation a week prior, our table was needed at a certain time, so we skipped desert and went elsewhere for desert drinks. Although we made it out on time, this added an unnecessary stressor to what was supposed to be a relaxing date night.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I dine here frequently and generally love the place however this visit was disappointing. Our server was terrible at reading cues and was off putting. The gnocchi was delicious and the burger was bland and boring.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Great food and service. Tables are well-placed, not lined up and tightly packed like at many places these days, but the room was still unusually noisy, for a small, seemingly intimate place. Still, the menu was interesting, the food tasty, and the service excellent.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Excellent neighborhood spot. Not too crowded on a Wednesday night, but full. Great wine list, food and service. Want to go again.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Heirloom should be ranked way better than it is. The kitchen turns out really fine dishes at squire reasonable price. It is a hidden gem

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The food is absolutely outstanding--worth dealing with the noise level, which is high. Best to get a side table.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Healthy, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Fun, Worth the Drive, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

the food is always deeply delicious and deceptively simple
the wine list in interesting and reasonable for the quality
the room is warm and unpretentious
the service is excellent and genuine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion
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