Homestead

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744 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was too salty.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

JS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every person in the restaurant was very kind and accommodating. Our waitress was very knowledgeable on the wine-list and gave us good recommendations. The food was excellent, we ordered way too much food and loved all of it! I would definitely come back again!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for A Sunday supper. The meal was incredible, very filling and a great value. The service was excellent, everyone was very friendly and knowledgeable. Really nice atmosphere, overall a great experience. We will be back!

PS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food as always especially the soft shell crab dish. Glad to see they have half bottle wine selection since it was just 2 of us and a full bottle would have been too much.

J
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My absolute favorite restaurant in California. Every detail is exquisite. Everytime I visit is better than the last. I recommend to do the family feast where the chef's choose for you. Such a magical experience. Love you Homestead. Thank you for another amazing birthday celebration.

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

Fabulous experience

JL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fab food. I have been there twice in last couple of weeks and the menu
is always new and innovative. Love the interesting and unusual dishes (anchovies whole
in a little gems salad) that was a first for me eating whole anchovies.

EC
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday supper is our favorite! It’s always delicious

MM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

WAAAAAAAY too expensive for what you get. Are nose rings sanitary?

J
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We so enjoyed Sunday supper at Homestead, steak and eggs, so wonderful, and waffles for dessert that were outstanding. The environment is casual, Fred, the owner is always welcoming, and the cooking is very sophisticated and always tasty. The servers are always pleasant and efficient, everyone steps up to help out so that the overall service is always very good.

F
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday supper menus are a blast. This past Sunday was breakfast for dinner-amazing smoked salmon appetizer, steak and eggs with biscuits, and finished with waffles and wonderful peaches. Delicious!

RM
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

I just think the owner don’t need to be walking the floor the hole time looking at people while the eat there food I think that was crazy

G
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the short rib and beautifully thought out menu. The shrimp ceviche was also excellent!

KS
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was outstanding. Our server was attentive to a fault. She kept interrupting our conversation to reach over the table and refill our water glasses. That almost ruined a very, very nice dinner.

Next time, I wish she would either put the glasses and water bottles near her, or check if we wanted her to keep interrupting. Frankly, I would have preferred if she poured the first glass only and without reaching across the table, then just left us alone. We could have caught her eye and summoned her if we really wanted something.

DG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Kudos to our waitress and waiter: they were pleasantly personable and the dot on the 'i', the excellent food.
We had a most delightful and memorable anniversary evening

JL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food has evolved to a new level. We ordered Gazpacho soup which we never do. Prefer hot soups. But this was over the top, maybe because tomatoes are in season, but all 4 hot soup lovers were smacking their lips! Fussy vegetarian loved his egg, vegi course. They had our 2 birthday peoples’ names on our menu... They need some California wines.

MR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We took our daughter here while visiting her, I found it on Open Table. The food was good but not worth the price of the items. The bigger issue is that they automatically included an 18% gratuity. The service was fine but we like to decide how much we would like to give. The meal was more expensive then it needed to be. We live in LA so we know about expensive restaurants.

n
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I have been eating at Homestead since it opened. It has really been one of my favorite restaurants to go to for a lovely meal. However, the last two experiences were not as good as previous ones. I like the concept of pAying employees a liveable wage, but the price of dishes have gone up and the quality and imagination have gone down. My guest ordered the rib eye steak and it was incredibly dry, although tender. I had the salmon with but it could have used a delicious sauce to give it that extra something. The vegetables were perfectly prepared but it needed something to bring it together. I may go back again. But if the food does not improve, it may be my last.

c
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had an excellent dinner at Homestead. Start to finish, the food was superb. Everything was fresh, most of it was local, and it has all been prepared attentively and with creativity. Perfectly seasoned. Standouts included the softshell crab, the fennel salad, the hand cut pasta, and the watermelon sorbet with hibiscus granita. It was a hot day and we would have appreciated air-conditioning.

w
San Francisco
158 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a family night meal which Means it was served on platters. tonight was prime rib night and portions were so generous I have a second meal tomorrow. Lucky me because it was incredibly delicious The meat was done perfectly and ditto for veggies. The twice cooked potatoes were crispy and I had to control my desire to eat them all

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ambiance, phenomenal food made with the freshest and local ingredients with a charm that is unmatched.

a
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants, always such a treat! Staff is always kind and courteous. I love that the food price includes a living wage for their employees. Food is always excellent, light, and feels healthy.

R
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food disappointing at this visit. Not up to standard it’s been on previous visits. Soft/shell crab tasteless and undercooked.

MS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! Consistently great food with always a new surprise on the menu.

N
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Great service! Limited food options and not much flexibility in replacing meat options. If you are adventurous, you may want to try the chef's tasting menu. We tried a la carte and my husband loved his steak. Pasta was a bit bland and they couldn't come up with any kind of hot sauce for me. No AC. Good wine made up for anything lacking. Lively area and lots of people on the street, enjoying the weekend. Good neighborhood option.

S
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

This was our second visit to Homestead for a casual dinner outing. The first time was decent and we noted that we’d go back again during that visit, but a couple of the dishes during our second visit were oddly inedible and not I’m not sure if we’ll return. The staff were pleasant about it, didn’t charge for the dish we sent back, and comp’d a fresh salad. All in, not a bad experience...just a couple of suspiciously bad food items. We’ll watch the reviews and see, hopefully, if we just hit a bad night or just ordered the wrong things.

Fo specifics: the fried squash blossoms stuffed with mozzarella were really terrible — the fried batter was thick, over-breaded, soggy, and flavorless; the mozzarella inside was rubbery and bland; the sauce on top was uninspired. This dish might make for some good bar food, but not like any of the fried and battered squash blossoms I’ve had before. Also, a sole dish we had was bland and watery and served with bland, waterlogged shrimp and very mushy rice with a kind of Cajun-inspired hot sauce that tasted like it came from a jar. Nice try at something interesting, like a kind of jambalaya maybe, but the ingredients didn’t seem very high quality and the execution was quite poor.

On the edible end: the bread is fantastic, the tuna crudo was decent, and the arugula salad, although very simple (and also hard to mess up) was fresh and yummy.

We hope to see some better reviews of Homestead. We’d like to go back someday and give it another shot.

TT
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good, but prices were higher than I remembered. The wine prices were outrageous and the corkage is $30. We were all shocked as we dine out a lot. $20 + for a glass of wine seems high.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place. The food was so fresh, very well prepared and delicious! We are looking forward to going back!

N
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great music. Lovely service. Memorable food tho thin selection but excellent preparation.
Would definitely return. Quiet intimate evening.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is one of our favorite place. Service is outstanding!

JM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was perfect except it was pretty hot in there.

l
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent Service, beautiful ambiance, great menu selection. We were not crazy about one of the main dishes, but it was not because of lack of attention, it was just not great to our specific palate. Otherwise, fabulous!

D
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Homestead team continues to dish up very satisfying, creative, seasonal food in a friendly relaxed environment. It has established itself as our favorite go-to restaurant for a special occasion or to satisfy self-indulgent whims. I especially like the house-made condiments (including an awesome hot sauce) that grace much of the food. The service is perfect and the Homestead team always makes one feel welcome.

K
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately, we were not impressed with the food. We asked for our ribeye to be cooked medium, and it came out rare. We sent it back, and they brought it back rare again. The bread and butter were delicious!!

A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good, as always, but came out of the kitchen within minutes of sitting down. Definitely felt rushed. We ordered cheese course before Dessert to prolong our stay. Cheese was mediocre and dish was unimaginative. Asked the server to not rush the dessert out, cappuccino was Luke warm. We were out of there well within an hour and a half. Gratuity was included in Price of the dishes which I have no problem with, but maybe leads to a little bit of complacency. It was not our best experience there

OC
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is reliably excellent and innovative too. Floor staff are truly excellent.
No tipping takes one step out of the dining out equation!

w
San Francisco
158 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This farm to table restaurant is always a treat. Their food is innovative and delicious. Our grilled squid was tender and perfectly prepared as were our next two courses. I could make a meal of their home made bread and love to take a loaf home. The servers are attentive and friendly.

EC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Pricey buy worth it. The small menu changes weekly with fresh, seasonal dishes. We will definitely return.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Food is excellent. Service needs some effort.

LL
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful Sunday dinner. The food is outstanding and the ambience is relaxing. The service was 5 star. We always have a lovely time.

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