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Homestead - Permanently Closed

4.8
4.8
959 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Homestead was founded by husband and wife team Fred and Elizabeth Sassen in 2013. The menu is driven by Fred and Elizabeth’s cooking-by-hand philosophy as the couple makes nearly everything in house, and the dishes are inspired by the couple's travel, nostalgia and California's amazing products. The dining room is rustic and intimate with an open kitchen running the length of the dining room, culminating in the wood burning hearth. The restaurant is inspired by Elizabeth's great grandparents who were homesteaders in Wyoming at the turn of the century. With hospitality and a daily changing menu the couple strives to offer an experience that is an extension of their home; a place to have a meal with a sense of family and community. Please note: We take a limited amount of online reservations. Please contact the restaurant for additional availability.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, American, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast: Tuesday - Saturday 8:00am - 12:00pm Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday Supper: 4:30pm - 8:30pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 420-6962

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Fred & Elizabeth Sassen

  • Catering

    We offer personalized catering services, please contact the restaurant for details.

  • Private party facilities

    Homestead offers a private dining room seating 8-12 guests. We offer our nightly menu, to be ordered individually or to be shared family style. With advanced notice we can personalize the menu for special events or celebrations, adding in special dishes, etc. For larger parties of up to 55 guests we offer a full restaurant buy-out, for which we collaborate with the host to decide on service style and menu. We also offer cake decorating services to help you celebrate your special event.

  • Private party contact

    Please call to discuss details: (510) 420-6962

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Cross street

    40th Street

  • Parking details

    There is ample metered street parking, as well as a metered parking lot to the rear of the restaurant. Meters end at 6:00pm.

  • Public transit

    We are located 5 blocks east of the MacArthur BART station<br />

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

What 959 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome place. Sad to see it go. Another great Oakland locale goes away. Very bittersweet. Best of luck to the owners and staff.
  2. MM

    MaryM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Homestead was our favorite restaurant for as long as it was open. We are very sad that it is closing at the end of the week. Our last dinner there was memorable in every way. Every bite was a reminder of what we are losing. Best of luck to Fred and his family. We wish you every happiness in your new home. Please know that we are grateful for your contributions to our neighborhood.
  3. M

    Mari

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Homestead was our 1st dinner out after baby to celebrate Father’s Day and despite the initial stress as first-time parents of trying to calm our fussy baby, we were able to enjoy an amazing 4-course meal thanks to the kind staff, friendly owner, and his adorable kids running around. Each dish was my new favorite from the refreshing ceviche to the pillowy soft gnocchi to the buttery halibut to the decadent chocolate tart. I hope we will have a chance to eat here again, especially with its daily new menu to check out.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Homestead is my go to spot to “host” friends. As usual we had a lovely evening!! We each ordered different items from the gorgeous menu and shared! Every bite was delicious. Our server was friendly and very attentive. The Outdoor seating area is quaint and very inviting. See you again soon Homestead!!
  5. DN

    DawnN

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Another great meal at Homestead! Now that we have warm weather, it's really enjoyable to sit outside and enjoy a leisurely and really outstanding meal. While I often wish that there was an option to get half the meat and twice the veg for the entree (probably a portioning nightmare for the chef, I know!!), the menu was great, we really loved all the courses, and we so appreciate that they are always able to accommodate a lactose allergy. I have no idea how much longer Homestead will be able to 'own' the alley, but I'm personally hoping we'll get to keep enjoying that space all summer.
  6. PH

    PamH

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    We wanted to give Homestead a visit before it closes the end of June. Ultimately,we thought it was a major bust @ $80/person(does include gratuity). The menu was the exact one from the night before which sounded good enough but the experience was subpar. My ‘charred’ asparagus were essentially so charred the green was lost as was the flavor. I had the soft shell crab tempura in a black bean sauce. The crab was past its prime & the black bean sauce was sooo salty it was not a distraction from the crab. I complained to our waitperson who simply said”yes, the black bean sauce is strong “. She returned and said she had told the “chef”. No offer of another choice or course nor a comp. The porchetta was a very sparse serving & the accompanying “herbed farro” was inedible it was so salty. The redeeming course was the chocolate pot de creamer. The lack of pride in what remains is painfully obvious. It was our first venture out to eat since March 2020. We both felt we could have had a far better meal especially @ the nearly $200 tab. Save your $.
  7. LB

    LaurieB

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Trying to soak up as much Homestead as we can! The menu was well-paced, considered, and perfect portions. I can't choose a favorite dish – they were all spectacular. THe outdoor seating is located in between their building and the next. Festooned with market lights, it has a lovely European sidewalk feel. If you have the opportunity to visit before they close dinner services, GO! It doesn't matter what the daily menu will be, everything is fantastic, and the staff is as kind, welcoming, and friendly as ever.
  8. TS

    TomS

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food; friendly service. Each couple ordered so that we could split the entire menu. The salmon and duck entrees were particularly delicious, but really everything was tasty and well presented. The hoisin-based sauce on the soft shell crab appetizer was a little heavy, but even that was quite good. The bottle of Dolcetto d'Alba was sublime, really paired well with every course. So a lovely dining experience overall. Sorry to hear that they are closing soon.
  9. JC

    JodyC

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always impeccable food, farm-to-table. It’s my go-to place. I am so so sorry that our community will be losing them. It will leave a hole.
  10. s

    sarahs

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Mixed review...some courses were great, others not so special. Prix Fixe with only 2 selections per course is a little limiting. Server was not too friendly.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb. Across the board, superb.
  12. EG

    EstherG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great service. So sad to see them go.
  13. TW

    TimW

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was exceptional. Sue was amazing. The food was off the charts. I would recommend it to anyone and will definitely return.
  14. BF

    BerkeleyFoodie

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Went to have dinner before they shut down dinner service and fully pivoted to a sandwich shop. The food was delicious as always - standouts were the salads which actually got my salad-hating dinner companion to say were amazing. We ate outside and it was cute but a bit breezy. I have definitely loved my meals here over the years. Thanks for the yummy food and memories, Homestead!
  15. KW

    KamiW

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So delicious and so sad it’s closing! Get your reservations in!
  16. y

    yinoaktown

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Really good, elegant food, nice patio, love the smell of the fireplace! Attentive staff although our server was a little bit cold/short with us. Great house made bread. Nice for dipping every course.
  17. UZ

    UeliZuri

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Prix Fixe fabulous. We had all the items. All were great.
  18. CC

    CindyC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their food is always wonderful. Service was great and they made me feel special on my birthday.
  19. J

    Jrst

    San Francisco

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Homestead has outstanding serious cooking. Simple foods combined in different ways, sides especially great. Always enjoyable, efficient friendly service. Still sitting outside but pleasant.
  20. BG

    BentonG

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    4 course prix fix dinner was outstanding. No inside seating and the night we went was very cold and windy. Because of the wind the heat lamps had to be turned off a lot.
  21. d

    dolma

    San Francisco

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Very creative cuisine. The pan roasted halibut was absolutely delicious. Although the menu is fixed there is still quite a bit of variety if you like salads and vegetables.
  22. AK

    AlexandraK

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The team accommodated a surprise birthday party for my husband! Truly grateful for their hospitality.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family dinner: food was awesome, service polite, friendly, attentive and intuitive. Thank you Homestead!
  24. l

    luv3dine

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    The food was very disappointing. Very. The table was very dark - no candles even; we couldn't see our food - I still don't know what I bit into in my appetizer, but it was hard and not food-like, and I was scraping something black from my teeth and tongue for ten minutes. Just Yuck. Also, there were no heat lamps, so it was rather cold.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great!
  26. DF

    DavifF

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was a wonderful evening. Food was fantastic. Server was great. Highly recommend Homestead. They accommodated every single dietary concerns we had. All this stayed inside of their prefix menu
  27. HC

    HappyCustomer

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the best restaurant experiences we have ever had. They have tables outside with heaters so it is really comfortable. The food was delicious. They had gnocchi on the menu, which I love, I order whenever I can, and I make at home. This gnocchi was without a doubt the most delicious I have ever tasted, and I've eaten gnocchi in Italy! Everything else was absolutely delicious, too. We loved every bite of every dish, and would wholeheartedly recommend Homestead Restaurant!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great night out. Four course set menu was delicious.
  29. JC

    JodyC

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, impeccable food, farm to table. Delicious.
  30. G

    Guillaume

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fresh, innovative, and perfectly executed food. Excellent wine and beer menu as well.
  31. CS

    ChasS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Is was so nice to have a dining experience where the staff was welcoming, attentive and knowledgeable about their food. Also, the outdoor dining situation made it such that I could actually the people at my table speak. The norm is to have so much noise at restaurants these past few years. Memorable meal!
  32. d

    dolma

    San Francisco

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Wonderful menu! I started with the duck liver mousse, followed by very tender quail with stewed greens in a spicy sauce. The highlight of my meal was the pan seared halibut. The server allowed me to choose different side dishes to make it just the way I liked it. This restaurant includes the service in the price: I like that very much. There is no need to calculate the appropriate gratuity.
  33. OF

    OaklandFoodie

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Homestead! They change the menu frequently, their dishes are really interesting, and the ambiance is cozy :)
  34. a

    anon

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The prix fixe was delicious - we loved every single dish. It's more affordable on weeknights, which was a nice surprise. Wine list was wonderful and the desserts surprisingly lovely. A treat!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent. The meal was $250 for 2 with an excellent bottle of wine including tax and gratuity. A great value given the quality of food and 4 course prix fixe menu.
  36. AP

    AlisaP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved every dish, and had a great recommendation for wine.
  37. VT

    VinTheFoodie

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    It's our first time visiting Homestead and it was our anniversary too. The food was outstanding, every dish was full of flavors and ingredients seemed fresh. From the quail to artichokes to asparagus to shrimp, all great. Due to CoVid we were seated in an alley outdoors and towards the end of our meal it started getting cold. They have heaters but they are not too effective. Nevertheless it was a great experience and we loved it. Also got cookies as a surprise on our anniversary. Will go back again.
  38. F

    Fiddlereatin

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding. Lovely attention to detail and warm service.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lovely 4 course fixed price dinner. Very kind waiter, made everyone feel welcome. Very nice wine selection
  40. SM

    StaceyM

    San Joaquin

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific! Thank you for accommodating our needs as well!!!

FAQs

Homestead - Permanently Closed offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 420-6962.

Homestead - Permanently Closed is rated 4.8 stars by 959 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    40th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast: Tuesday - Saturday 8:00am - 12:00pm Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday Supper: 4:30pm - 8:30pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, American, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    There is ample metered street parking, as well as a metered parking lot to the rear of the restaurant. Meters end at 6:00pm.

  • Public transit

    We are located 5 blocks east of the MacArthur BART station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Fred & Elizabeth Sassen

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (510) 420-6962

  • Catering

    We offer personalized catering services, please contact the restaurant for details.

  • Private party facilities

    Homestead offers a private dining room seating 8-12 guests. We offer our nightly menu, to be ordered individually or to be shared family style. With advanced notice we can personalize the menu for special events or celebrations, adding in special dishes, etc. For larger parties of up to 55 guests we offer a full restaurant buy-out, for which we collaborate with the host to decide on service style and menu. We also offer cake decorating services to help you celebrate your special event.

  • Private party contact

    Please call to discuss details: (510) 420-6962

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