Homestead

4.6
660 reviews
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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.
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1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The space was small and a little noisy, but overall it was not a problem. I was able to have a moderate conversation with my dinner partner. The food was okay, I expected better. I had the scallops and my partner had the ribeye. We shared the fruits de mar dish. I loved the polenta, but the charred items were a little too bitter for my taste. Overall, it was nice. I especially loved that the staff are paid a living wage - I am going to give them another try just because of that one feature.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome experience and love that is done by people who care about food and flavors. The salad had amazing flavor and the cheese was house made. I also love that they include a wage tip in the cost so that all their staff are properly paid.

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OC
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have eaten here many times and the food is always terrific. They take the time to come up with interesting variations of some dishes, and that wood fired oven is a dream. Parking is a breeze. Get in here!

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TD
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and fabulous service. I think we had the most kind server with one of the warmest smiles ever. This is a neighborhood gem for sure. We will definitely be back.

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w
San Francisco
154 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food. Could easily have had a second serving of the pasta but had to save room for the ribeye steak which was equally delicious

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K
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Homestead is always excellent -- the staff is attentive, the food is always inventive, fresh, and delicious, and the ambiance is great. My favorite neighborhood spot.

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EM
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE this place. Deliciously, lovingly, artfully prepared farm to table food. Personal, cozy environment. Seasonal menu is always changing. I eat dinner here weekly (generally enjoying 4-6 courses) and have not been disappointed in one dish yet. The purveyors and staff are knowledgeable, generous and friendly. I always feel like I'm eating at my (dream) family's kitchen in provincial Europe.

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S
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The entries were very good but the small share plates very small - at least for six people!

We were celebrating four birthdays and were very impressed with our special treatment - Happy Birthday on menu, candles in desserts and special treat to take home - delicious cookies

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c
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic experience! Excellent service, delicious food, and incredible bread. I really appreciated that the waitstaff was extremely friendly and went above and beyond for us. I had forgotten to print out our tickets for an event we were attending after dinner and the manager printed out our tickets for us and brought them to our table!

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DI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Sunday night dinners are tremendous here. We've done it at least a half dozen times with groups from 4-10. Menu is always great and service is usually good. This week was a little sloppy but don't be put off. This place is REALLY good

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CK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cozy atmosphere and welcoming staff make it a great East Bay spot for a romantic evening. Great wine list, but could have some less expensive selections. Beef entre was excellent, however the pork dish was overcooked. Portions were large. Two of us could have split one entre.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Plenty of easy options for vegetarians.

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US
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh food, creatively prepared, cozy ambiance & knowledgable & friendly service are the hallmarks of Homestead. As a vegetarian, I truly appreciate that they always have at least 1 veg-based entree that isn't the usual 'pasta or pizza' option. We asked for a quiet table, so I gave it a low-noise rating, but it can get pretty loud towards the front. The back table is for communal dining, which is a great option. I love that they pay their staff a living wage - yes, prices are higher on their menu, but it covers the gratuity that guests would usually pay.

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K
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the best meal I have ever had in my entire life (and I am a total food snob, having owned multiple 4-5 star restaurants in NY, and eaten at many of the best restaurants throughout the world)! Everything was perfect. This is hands down my favorite restaurant!

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SH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm, wonderful, delicious. Great staff! We love their seasonal menu and the bread they bake is out of this world.

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r
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Homestead keeps getting better and better. In fact, this was a fabulous meal. We had the Tombo tuna appetizer, and for entres the Duck confit, and the Trout. Followed by the King Cake for dessert. Flavors of each dish were wonderful, full of flavor, cooked to perfection. Service was top notch. Attentive without being intrusive. Great experience.

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l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Been here four times. Loved the first 3. This time it didn’t feel special and the food was unexceptional. It was very disappointing.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance. Our server Andrew was warm and knowledgeable. Great food.

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DC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Limited menu, but tasty food. Service was not great. They were 20 min late for our reservation and left our party awkwardly standing in the front entry. They were not particularly apologetic about the whole thing, although did provide a complimentary app (happened to be an item we specifically told the waiter we didn't want, but its the thought that counts). Overall good, but wont be rushing back.

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Z
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

$60.00 for corkage?!!!!!
Absurd!!
They provide us 2 wine glasses and they charged us $60.00 for that!
Highway robbery!!

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A
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful neighborhood restaurant. Menu changes every day and there is a choice for every type of diner. Great wine list too.

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M
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!!! Have the tasting menu!

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AO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service all around. Made my birthday special
Caviar treat was superb!!

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MP
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Open Table hardly never steers me wrong.
My wife and I had dinner at Homestead close to closing after leaving a venue in Berkeley it was only 7 minutes away.
Everyone was still pleasant and welcoming,
with a real southern style of hospitality.
I love the fact that there is a clean view of the kitchen area. A clean organized kitchen is always a plus.
We were greeted and seated immediately.
Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and offered suggestions. Tips are included and the prices were still very reasonable in my opinion. We still left an additional tip to add to the pot which all employees split.
The food was well proportioned, light, and flavorful and desert was delicious.
We will definitely return to Homestead.

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GC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Food and ambiance were great. Service attentive and bread delicious.

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CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food. Easy parking and great location.

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MT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are lucky to have this amazing place in our neighborhood. It is our go to with visitors from out of town. Service was amazing and friendly.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I came here for a date night on a Wednesday evening. Service was great, and I felt like we were well taken care of.

The bread that came out before our food was nice and soft, and the butter was the perfect temperature for spreading. To start, we shared the beef carpaccio. This was unfortunately a miss for me, as I found it so salty that I couldn't really taste the beef. As a second plate, we got the quail. The flavor of the quail was good, though nothing that really stood out. The other ingredients on the plate (broccolini and something else I can't remember the name of) were pretty tasty. The third plate was a real winner, and really sold the meal for us. We got the duck, and it was delicious. The pea sprouts and the potatoes that were part of the dish were also really tasty. For dessert, we got the meringue profiteroles, which were delightful.

Looking at the drink menu, I was immediately impressed that they had beers marked off as after dinner beers, as I often find that many places don't value beer highly. There were also a lot of interesting bottles that are harder to find in the bay area, which was nice to see. I always enjoy trying new beers, and it's less common to experience that at a restaurant that isn't primarily a beer place.

One downside for the dining experience for us was that we were seated at a table near the door, and every time the door opened, it went a wave of really cold air our way. Not really sure how you would fix that problem, but I definitely got cold whenever someone entered or exited.

Overall, I really enjoyed the meal here, and it was a nice place for our little date night. I could see myself coming back again.

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LD
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since tips are included, the prices on the menu allow you to choose from a tapas-style menu in three courses. We loved the little gem lettuce salad with fresh apples (topped by a mysterious maple Dijon dressing) and the short rib. The quail and duck were a little undercooked, but the two desserts were both excellent: a lemon-ice-cream filled profiterole and a warm pot of chocolate cake/pudding. Will return!

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J
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great chefs, great service, and a great environment.

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RM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Had 2 great entrees along with one unusual and delicious appetizer, and let our server know that the broccolini appetizer was a disappointment--she thanked me for the feedback so the dish could be improved. Service was good and friendly and the place is wonderfully quiet enough so that my wife and I could enjoy talking together without the background noise making it a struggle to converse. My second time at Homestead and I'll be back.

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DG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Prix menu the night that we went, perfect wine pairings. Only thing I would change is ask them to go a little lighter on the finishing salt.

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GW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This review is about their prix fixe Valentine's dinner. The four course meal was OK in terms of selection but courses had rather small portions. The 10 wines by the glass were very idiosyncratic in terms of varietals and labels, and not worth the price given the quality. Overall, at $115 per person is was not a good value. This was the first time we visited Homestead and will not be going back.

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ES
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite spots. We got a reservation for Valentine's day and even though the place was packed, there was no noticable decline in services and the food was spot on. Wonderful candle lit ambiance. Had a great time!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Decent food, but super overpriced

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N
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Other than a single first-course dish, the food was bland and not particularly inspired. Also, one of our waiters -not a kitchen staff- got his hands all in our food as it was being plated. I saw him move the meat with his bare hands seconds after he was fiddling with something in his pocket. I managed to eat the food so as to not make a scene in front of my date, but that was just gross. Though the s et device was otherwise good, unfortunately, I will not be going back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Second time here. First time was when the had just opened. Food was good but we were directed to only order one plate of each course and each plate was a small portion. Server rushed us the entire time. Laid a menu down and cane in 30 seconds. Tried to take our plates away when there was clearly still good to be eaten. Overall we thought it was an overpriced, disappointing experience. Won’t be going back.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Homestead is always delicious never a disappointment. The flavors in the food are amazing. I would highly recommend.

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S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. Wait person knew wine, alcohol list. Loud as evening progressed

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AB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tasty heartwarming food on the Sunday supper price fixe meal. Friendly attentive service and atmosphere added to the cozy feel.

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