Homestead

4.7
886 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb, the service was excellent.

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vipJrst
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fred and Sue are outstanding hosts and serve fantastic four course dinners, now of course outside, some inside. They are very friendly and welcoming, and the food is plated beautifully and very creatively offered. We always enjoy fine dining in a very casual and welcoming atmosphere. Outstanding...

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Mark
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Despite the challenges Homestead faces, we had a lovely meal outdoors in the space between the buildings. As usual the food was excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, strategic and informed wine list, consistent and excellent service.

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Returningagainsoon
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our alfresco dining. Relaxing environment. Food was delicious.

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Justin
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic prix fixe menu, excellent service, all-around a great experience.

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BonnieT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Keeping an amazing dinning experience alive, despite a pandemic. Love this place!

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vipRagtimeWillie
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. We ate outside in a little alleyway, which was lovely. Service was great. The host was super knowledgeable about every single thing on the wine list including an unusual pairing of Sherry with the lobster agnolotti. Will definitely go back. Highly recommended.

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yoKeho
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another lovely meal at Homestead! It's always been a go-to location for us for special occasions, and now with Covid it's one of the places we feel most comfortable dining out. They've taken over the walkway/passage/alleyway between the restaurant and the next building over and created a lovely outdoor dining area. Unlike other places in our neighborhood you don't have lots of foot traffic walking by you so it feels very cozy and protected. So far they don't have heaters though, so dress warmly!

The food was especially delicious on this last visit with every single course being absolutely remarkable. They do a prix-fixe menus with a couple choices for each course, so make sure you are comfortable with that.

If you are a wine lover, be sure to ask for the full wine list, which is full of well-aged selections of top wines. I never fail to find something new and exciting to try, and never have to feel I'm drinking something that has not reached maturity.

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AlexiaF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my birthday at Homestead and it was perfect. The outdoor setting in the patio was really nice and the service was excellent. The food was absolutely delicious and we had a superb wine. Overall definitely a five star experience!

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DebbieL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I could tell the restaurant was delighted to have us dining with them. Wait staff fabulous, very in tune with COVID-19 protocol, food was fabulous. Did not feel rushed. Would go back in a heartbeat.
Not too long ago my husband and I went to a Michelin Star restaurant in Oakland - food was not up to par, wait staff was less than efficient... did not feel like a welcomed guest!!!

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HermanW
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG the best outdoor meal of 2020. LOL Truly. The chef-owner and his team go above and beyond to deliver a great experience. The ingredients, food, and service were all 5-star. The wine list, coffee, and desert are also 5-stars. It's not a wine store, coffee shop or pastry shop either. WOW. Give it a try and you will not be disappointed. Even when they are able to move indoors for the diners, it's going to be a great food experience. Truly.

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vipSarahP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff went above and beyond to make sure our anniversary was extra special!

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eastbayforager
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I have really enjoyed Homestead during our previous 2 visits, and enjoyed most aspects of the meal this time. The service was very good, and the COVID protocols were thorough and adhered to. The appetizer with apple/kohlrabi was terrific. However, my pork entre was undercooked (pink and squishy). I can roll with rare salmon and steak, pork seems like it should be more done IMO. The deserts were also just average.

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vipdolma
San Francisco
84 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The Black Cod was outstanding! Everything else was great but the layered chocolate cake: simply delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Perfect for Date tonight

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Oaktown
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They've made the most of their available outdoor space!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the experience! Both my partner and I were very impressed by all the covid measures and how well they had organized the space. We had a wonderfully delicious dinner that made my partner's birthday celebration that much more special. Thank you!

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vipNenaP
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First Bay Area trip since COVID-19. Meal was wonderful. Traffic nearby less so.

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Artnam
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal! It was our first date night out since COVID and it was amazing. Four course pre fixe menu - beautiful refined cuisine with a very safe set-up (well-distanced outdoor tables, single-use menus, masked servers, etc).

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vipKiddendad
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Each course was very well done. Creative recipe and attention to detail. Wine service was great (brought our own old bottle, and had the right equipment and appropriate stemware)

Great night out

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JosephM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything here is made from scratch and innovative and delicious. Their homemade sourdough bread is the best I've ever had in the Bay area, and you can even buy individual loaves. Glad they are back.

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vipmoofus
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have the very best Short Ribs I have ever eaten. Can't wait until they serve them again.

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Rachelino
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We liked Homestead before Covid, but we are even more impressed now. At the last-minute we decided to try our luck at a real date for our anniversary and scored a table. Homestead has transformed a small alleyway adjacent to their building into a European sidewalk cafe serving inventive yet still comforting American cuisine. (Don't miss the gnudi!) Warm and welcoming but professional service (even as they recite strict Covid protocols, they put you at ease). Only a few decisions to make with a 4-course prix fixe that will please whether you want light or heavy, fish or meat. Great wine recs. Thoughtful touches like salted chocolate chunk cookies in a tiny box with "Happy Anniversary" in someone's gorgeous cursive put our alfresco evening out over the top. Thank you Homestead.

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Timmo
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The fixed menu offered excellent and diverse choices. Everything was delicious and well prepared. Overall, the format represents a good value. The short rib mole entrée with delicata squash was inspired.

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HopeP
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Homestead is doing an amazing job keeping a positive face through the challenges of operating in a pandemic. Service was impeccable and our food matched. The menu included one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever had with perfectly moist and crispy meat. Sugo de Carne, please bury me with it.

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Nero
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had a lovely anniversary dinner. With CoVid, we had single use menus printed with Happy Anniversary which was a nice touch. They had tables set up in the alley which is okay but only so much you can do in this situation so we totally understood. The service here is fantastic! Everyone is very welcoming and friendly. It was a prix fixe menu with two choices in each of four courses. We had one of everything so we could share and try all the dishes. All of the food was excellent and the main entrees of duck and trout were delicious! We were completely stuffed by the end of the meal but still managed to have some port with our desserts. They have an extensive wine list for all kinds of budgets. The gratuity is included in the price of the meal so its nice they are supporting their employees this way. It would be great if they could create a little more ambience at the tables (a flameless candle? or something for mood lighting) but overall we loved it and would come again.

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vipdolma
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

What a treat! My friend and I celebrated our birthdays with exquisite food and great service. The duck was outstanding - the best I have ever had. As a matter of fact, everything was delicious and well presented.
I will soon come back when the chocolate pie is on the menu.
When we left, we received a Happy Birthday gift: chocolate chip cookies. Thank you!

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AmyM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We went for my birthday. They did a great job making it a special night. They also were awesome with making us feel safe in this time of COVID. The food was good overall. Not thrilled with how my sides were cooked with my main course but everything else was very enjoyable.

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Gusgus
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and drink and absolutely wonderful staff. This was the best meal I’ve had in quite some time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service!

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lindseyjeff
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious & creative, as always. Of course, dining out during Covid is a different experience, but they handled it all very well. A perfect balance of warm attentiveness and safe distance and precautions. Looking forward to a time when we can dine again inside their lovely restaurant, but until then, we’re very grateful to enjoy the Homestead experience outdoors.

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vipJrst
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Homestead serves outstanding food outside in the space next to them. The fixed price menu provides great choices and each one is plated as if in a Michelin star restaurant. Fred and Sue are welcoming hosts, and service is very personal. Try it, its a wonderful experience.

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vipChristyF
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

had a lovely evening at Homestead. Wonderful Pre-fixe menu, four courses, with 2 choices in each course. Reasonably priced with tip included. would highly recommend and will definitely return.

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DawnN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We took advantage of momentary great air quality and had another fantastic Homestead meal. They have done everything they could, short of painting elaborate murals on the walls of both buildings and putting down astroturf, to turn their alley space into an inviting outdoor eatery. Bistro lights, music, attentive service, and you still have big windows to see into the open kitchen. The food continues to be both creative and tasty. We'll be back!

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vipKKay
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience4

I've dined at Homestead several times and have always been pleased, but this last visit left a sour taste in my mouth. I took a friend here for her birthday intending to treat her to dinner. Once seated, our server came to take our order. My friend wanted a glass of sparkling rose. Our server informed us they didn't have one by the glass but could do a half bottle. I said this was fine and that we could share it. I was shocked when the bill came that the total was $282 dollars for the two of us to have dinner! The *half bottle* of sparkling rose was $80! Yep, my fault for not asking, I guess, but I feel that this is exorbitant for a half bottle of wine and that the server should have mentioned the price when offering it. I appreciate that Homestead includes gratuity in their prices to ensure a living wage for their staff, but this experience left me feeling taken advantage of.

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LarryK
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It was very nice and felt taken care of. My only critique would be the hand sanitizer they provided had a very strong smell and distracted from the taste of the food. Odorless would be a smart choice when purchasing this again.

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AllisonG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a wonderful night - 10/10 recommend! We were there celebrating our Anniversary and we were treated so well, everything was perfect. We will be back for sure!

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davidp
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always. They have managed to make dining in the Covid era a fantastic experience.

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vipMaritzaI
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and Food were both excellent! The choices on the fixed menu are great and the portions are great. Eating outdoors has been wonderful- it would be great if they could keep it once they are able to open.

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

Homestead is rated 4.7 stars by 886 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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