Homestead

4.7
682 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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W
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! The food was absolutely delicious!!! Can’t wait to return. Attentive, knowledgeable and friendly service.

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l
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! We loved everything. One of the very best restaurants in the Bay Area.

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HV
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, very kind and considerate staff. The food was perfect!

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KB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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JL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very good food. Cooked well, halibut was moist. Homemade bread over the top.
Sorbet and dessert excellent. Very noisy , we sat at the bar seats and felt a bit awkward.
It was Mothers’ Day and place packed at 5:15.

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d
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the greet staff to the waitstaff plus you add a terrific menu the evening was a wonderful dining experience

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

One of the most delicious meals ever. The sugo with herbed couscous was perfect: salty, fork-tender meat with a lovely hint of orange. The shaved artichoke salad and baby greens with scrumptious dabs of goat cheese were excellent. Service was also stellar. One recommendation: the size of the space made it very warm and noisy. It would be better if some of the windows were redesigned to be able to open at the top (or even swing open). You could also improve the acoustics. Those adjustments would make the overall experience even greater.

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J
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Homestead has an ever changing menu of interesting food, new combinations, always excellent desserts, never the same either. Attentive service, friendly staff, Fred does an outstanding job of running a welcoming restaurant.

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have spent years in the industry so we approach any eatery with critical palates and high expectations. For years we have walked by and talked about wanting to try this place. It was our 5th anniversary and so we gave it a go. This place was amazing. Homey and rustic while still being refined with an exceptional wine list and beautifully plated seasonal ingredients cooked to perfection. We absolutely loved our meal and our experience. The service was impeccable without being stuffy. With so many places to choose from and so few being top quality, we will definitely make this a regular stop. We also loved the gratuity included pricing. When you consider that, it is hard to beat the value.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were excited to celebrate our anniversary by dining at Homestead for the first time. When we arrived there was a notice on the door that requested we leave if we prefer not to be photographed (photographers were there for a documentary on restaurants that include service fees in their menu prices). I found this pretty jarring and would have preferred an email in advance so if we wanted to eat elsewhere, we could have made reservations. Besides it just seemed like a rude welcome.

Once inside, we were sat very quickly. The table was close to another table which meant we sometimes had the server's rear end very close to my face as she tended to our neighbors :)

The menu included some special and delicious items. We shared the asparagus to start, which was a simple but delicious dish. For the second course we had risotto with a scallop and a shrimp. This was my favorite dish of the night. We also had a chilled pea soup that was incredible and felt special because we served a similar starter at our wedding celebration. My husband had the lamb entree and was very happy with his meal. I had the tempura fish and was less excited because it felt too much like fish and chips, but without a bright or acidic flavor to cut the heaviness of the fried fish. If I could have had an entree portion of the risotto and a second course portion of the fish, I would have been ecstatic.

The service was prompt and friendly but not as informed as I would like ("would you like to know about the fennel pollen in the soup?"). The wine list was extensive with lots of offerings by the glass which we took full advantage of. The ambiance and noise level was good. More than anything we enjoyed a bit of people watching and seeing the folks in the kitchen shelling mountains of peas. It was cool to see the same ingredients offered across several dishes, which makes good logical sense. I'll keep that in mind as my favorite fruits and veggies come into season throughout the year.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fabulous find! We had 3 coarses (because it was too hard to decide what to have). Every coarse was delicious. The food was so fresh and flavorful. We will definitely go back.

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AB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our wedding anniversary and had an amazing time. Got the hickory salad, the asparagus and the halibut. Everything was delifious.

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AT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Comfortable room with large windows.
Wonderful food.
The cold pea soup was one of the best soup I ever had.
The scallops were delicious, as well as the ribeye.
Great bread too.
Highly recommend the place

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Phoenix
302 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu is limited but everything was delicious! My husband's pasta with lamb was seasoned perfectly and the charred veggies and farro that accompanied my rib eye were so good that they over-shadowed the meat. The flourless Chocolate cake wasn't very interesting but it came with a very smooth milk chocolate ice cream. We loved the Motown soundtrack, and the volume allowed us to have a decent conversation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The host and servers were absolutely lovely, as always! We did the chef’s choice special $90 per person. Homestead’s food had been among my very favorites on all of my previous visits. This time, the salad was not as fresh as I expect from Honestead and the fish was a bit over cooked...The food would have been ok considering we were celebrating my son’s birthday and were really enjoying ourselves...but the restaurant had a sewage problem. We could smell sewage....Maybe the chef was dealing with a plumbing issue? I didn’t ask them to discount our bill because of the smell. I regret that I didn’t ask. For nearly $500 check for 4 people (3 glasses of wine). I’m not sure I’ll go back.

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M
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Interesting but small menu, great location and service. Nice place for dinner and chatting with friends.

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SW
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious, with a warm ambience and friendly atmosphere. Homestead is a quintessential Oakland neighborhood gem.

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F
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Imagine a fine dining restaurant in a rustic northern California space with a wood oven and open kitchen. . . then imagine that the staff are friendly and informal but very attentive and well-trained. . . and then imagine an array of dishes that combine comfort with unique flavors and exquisite attention to the cooking process! Then imagine it's in your neighborhood! Even better. Don't miss a visit to Homestead and especially for Sunday supper!

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RH
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

After a outstanding start (Atmosphere, seating, service, and greetings) we enjoyed an excellent chilled split pea soup. Sadly from here on, the meal plummeted. We were served a porkbelly (fatty) and scallop (exquisite) with greens that were so salty that we could not help but immediately set down our forks in dismay. Sadly the shakshuka had promise, but again was over salted. I would not have criticized as I actually like a little extra salt, but this was too much even for me, and my partner visiting from Chicago was not able to finish. Homestead usually delivers flawlessly, and I hope this is not a new turn in a salty direction. For now, we will visit elsewhere.

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K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The bread was hands down the best part of the meal. The food is pretty overpriced for what you’re getting and it way over seasoned and over salted. The ribeye was probably one of the chewier ribeyes I have had. The ambiance and staff are lovely. I am disappointed the food was not that great, especially for the price.

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O
San Francisco
80 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Solidly prepared food using creative and fresh ingredients. Service was friendly and responsive. Seemed pricey, even considering menu prices include gratuity. Wine selection was VERY limited at price points under $100. Bathroom needed attention.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best and most wonderful place to be with loved ones!

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A
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
8 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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