Homestead

4.8
953 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.
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PamH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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 $.

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LaurieB
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 3, 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.

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TomS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 2, 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.

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JodyC
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 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.

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vipsarahs
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb. Across the board, superb.

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vipEstherG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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TimW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 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.

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vipKamiW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious and so sad it’s closing!
Get your reservations in!

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yinoaktown
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 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.

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UeliZuri
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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CindyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJrst
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on May 15, 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.

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vipBentonG
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on May 14, 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.

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vipdolma
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on May 13, 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.

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vipAlexandraK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipluv3dine
San Francisco
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

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DavifF
New York Area
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

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HappyCustomer
San Francisco
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great night out. Four course set menu was delicious.

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JodyC
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, impeccable food, farm to table. Delicious.

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Guillaume
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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ChasS
San Francisco
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!

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vipdolma
San Francisco
87 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.

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vipOaklandFoodie
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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anon
San Francisco
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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
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.

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AlisaP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipVinTheFoodie
San Francisco
23 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.

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Fiddlereatin
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Lovely attention to detail and warm service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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StaceyM
San Joaquin
10 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience2

My experience at homestead was pleasant. The food was good. Each plate was the perfect portion for a three course meal. The artichoke salad was my least favorite and the pasta with quail egg was my most favorite. The staff was friendly enough. The outdoor dining experience was not the best; I think the tables could be wider, the heaters could be bigger and the chairs could be more comfortable. We also had some rosé wine that was served chilled and it was very good. Overall I think the experience could be better and the food didn't "wow" me but it was good none the less.

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vipJrst
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Homestead continues to serve outstanding food under difficult circumstances, all tables outside. However, even on a windy night the heaters kept everyone warm and the friendly service, the creative food made for a wonderful evening.
The dishes are interestingly plated, the choices adequate, and everything is very tasty.
Wonderful as usual.

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FrankF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We ate outdoors. It was cold and their heaters were not working well. Service was a little slow and the menu was fixed price. Food was good, but I think I will wait until we can eat indoors again. Not their fault, I should have figured that out.

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vipNicoR
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! We loved this place .

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vipGoodeater
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exquisite, emphasis on fresh and local. Good COVID precautions. Server was very nice and helpful.
Seating is outdoors so a little bit of street noise and exhaust, but, because it is Piedmont Avenue, not much.

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Elderish
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Front of house chatting up the men (only) to complain about his business, costs, regulations etc. kinda glad I was invisible, but still.

FAQs

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

Homestead is rated 4.8 stars by 953 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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