Homestead

4.7
543 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, American, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Tuesday - Saturday 8:00am - 12:00pm

Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Sunday Supper: 4:30pm - 8:30pm
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Phone number
(510) 420-6962
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Fred & Elizabeth Sassen
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Private party facilities
Homestead offers a private dining room seating 8-12 guests. We offer our nightly menu, to be ordered individually or to be shared family style. With advanced notice we can personalize the menu for special events or celebrations, adding in special dishes, etc. For larger parties of up to 55 guests we offer a full restaurant buy-out, for which we collaborate with the host to decide on service style and menu. We also offer cake decorating services to help you celebrate your special event.
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Private party contact
Please call to discuss details: (510) 420-6962
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Catering
We offer personalized catering services, please contact the restaurant for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
40th Street
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Parking details
There is ample metered street parking, as well as a metered parking lot to the rear of the restaurant. Meters end at 6:00pm.
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Public transit
We are located 5 blocks east of the MacArthur BART station
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 543 People Are Saying
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KM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very good food and the service was very good. I appreciating the checking in without hovering.
I bit pricey was my only concern.

Katie

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EB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We love Sunday dinner at Homestead. There is a set three course menu served family style. On this visit, the salad was delicious, with chicory and very sweet blood oranges. The duck was tender and served with excellent scrapple and brussel sprouts. The dessert was a stone fruit pavlova which we had never had before and very much enjoyed. The service was quite good, with a generous bread basket that our teenagers loved.

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Just a tad salty, but lovely food. Service was very attentive. Perhaps it was because we were near the pass, though, I could hear a manager arguing with cooks and staff looked a little stressed. Overall, though, wonderful meal.

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z
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food at Homestead is excellent. It’s too bad there’s not a full bar, though. It’s not inexpensive, and the prices are all adjusted upwards to cover the gratuity (which isn’t required due to this price adjustment).

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding.

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A
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Between the four of us having dinner we covered most of the menu. Everything was delicious. This is a real neighborhood gem.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, great wine.

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JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service! We took my sister-in-law out for her birthday and we all had the prime rib. Our server was extremely helpful with the wine pairing, allowing my husband and his sister to taste her recommendations until they found one they liked. The bread, the meat and the potatoes were all really delicious. We split the cheese plate afterwards, which our server was kind enough to bring with a candle, and I remembered why cheese for dessert is a great idea. Highly recommend Homestead!

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R
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a treat it was! Sure to repeat. If they have the Raw Scallops when you go, make sure to try them.

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B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Greeter was friendly, promptly found our reservation and seated us right away. Waitress was at our table shortly. We ordered our wine. It and bread were delivered quickly. Butter that came with the bread had some spots in it. Afraid it might be rancid, I asked our waitress about it and she said it was salt crystals. I used it on the excellent bread. For the first course, I had "scallop crudo, passion fruit vinaigrette, pickled young ginger, cashews". It was one of the best small plates I have ever tasted. I even sopped up the dressing with my bread. My wife had pork carpaccio which she said was good but not great. My main course was "quail cooked in the fireplace, herbed spaetzle, baked apple, brussels sprouts". Because of its size, the quail was difficult to eat with a knife and fork, so I looked around to see if anyone was looking and picked it up and ate it from the bones. The spaetzle, apple and brussels sprouts were dry and tasteless. My wife had ratatouille which was tasty but a bit mushy. The buttermilk panne cotta was very good. If we go to Homestead again, we will order mostly different plates.

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AJ
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent spot ! We will be regulars! Very impressed by the local ingredients and creativity

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LG
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

It is too expensive for what you get!! The food is good but not great. Service casual but nice.

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JB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went on Sunday when they have a price-fixed menu. Pairings you would not necessarily have picked yourself but thoughtful, seasonal and delicious. Service included and no tip line on the receipt. Very relaxed and homey atmosphere.

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JK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful restaurant with delicious food and wine. The smokey char on the meats was delicious and my fish dish was delicious.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic friendly staff and wonderful food! Great wine selection.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome first experience. Do the family feast with a bottle of wine.

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BC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. The food is lovely and the service is really great especially for this price in the bay area. They will make any of the dishes to order. This time I went for my birthday and they printed our menus with "happy birthday" on the top. So sweet!

I really love the the food is delicious and that they give you time and space between courses to chill and chat with your people. They are knowledgable about the food and its origins and generally helpful!

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LC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal. We loved our server and she suggested a fantastic bottle of Rose. The halibut was delicious. We had a really fun night.

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KM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Have been to Homestead many times and the food is always excellent. Wine too. Made a reservation through open table as they said only counter seating was available. When we arrived there were at least 15+ tables but when I asked to get a table rather than counter the hostess said no. We ate our entire meal at the counter, which is noisy and cramped, and when we left there were at least 4 tables that had never been occupied during our meal where we could have been reseated. Not very nice customer service, in my opinion from the hostess. Our waitress was excellent though.

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H
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this restaurant so much. Watching them work as a team in their open kitchen is zen and calming. The food is exceptional, of course -- from the bread to the buttermilk tart for dessert.

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AK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

What I liked about Homestead was the cozy ambiance and the outstanding ingredients in all the dishes. What I did not like about Homestead was the price point for the amount of food you receive. The plates are very small and very overpriced. While the ingredients are fresh and tasty, the menu itself is not particularly exciting or inventive.
If you don't mind spending a lot of money on dinner and don't have a huge appetite then you will enjoy Homestead. I probably won't be returning here though unless I know that someone else is paying.

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JG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Homestead is my favorite spot for coffee and breakfast. You can find me there frequently - working and reading. I love the atmosphere and the food options. On high carb days I treat myself to their amazing bread, but most days I enjoy the frittata or chia pudding.
I have been dying to try the place for dinner and finally had a good occasion for it.
Food was outstanding - as I expected. Very healthy and carefully prepared, just the way I like it.
The portions unfortunately are a little on the slim side. I am not a huge eater but the olive cake for desert was literally a sliver of a piece. We ordered 2 deserts to share among 3 people but the cake would not have been satisfying for one person. It was about 3 bites worth. A little disappointed, given the hefty prices.
My entree was delicious but the piece of fish again - could have been a bit bigger.
Not in a rush to go back for dinner.

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TI
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We made the reservation for 4 on a whim and actually ended up with 6 people—oops! The staff were courteous and accommodating, and we were offered a spot at the communal table. The duck was a wonderful blend of flavors with the cinnamon and fruit, and the staff were patient and attentive. Well worth the trip out to go here!

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LL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both great. And the coffee was excellent, too!

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I
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The menu is creative and food quality was good. Dessert disappointing. Overly attentive staff. Red wine offered in a carafe cold have been tastier. You can read my ambivalence. This review covers a Sunday fixed price dinner.

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FO
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Homestead was good but is not for everyone. The menu choices are very limited so if you are a picky eater this may not be for you. Husband and I shared 2 second course plates and one third course plate. The papperadelle was excellent...no complaints there. The peppers stuffed with goat cheese were good but just on the border of being too spicy for us. I had specifically asked if the peppers were spicy and was told that they were not. They weren't...but the sauce that came on top of the peppers was very spicy. The waitress didn't volunteer that. The halibut was also very tasty. We shared a chocolate hazelnut cake for dessert and that was good but nothing special. I really wanted to love this restaurant but it did fall short. My real rating is 3.5 stars but as Open Table doesn't allow you to give half star ratings I upped my rating to 4 stars because I liked so much about it.

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r
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A group of 4 can almost order the whole menu and it was hard figuring out what to not get. Wait staff was excellent if helping sift for a great meal. Great wine list and beer selections.

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MM
Detroit
33 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday dinner is awesome great food with a great wine match.

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G
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific meal and phenomenal service!

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JF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

You should't miss Sunday Supper at Homestead! It's a fixed menu served family style, and the food is always delicious. My family loves it!

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M
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Have to give great marks for the staff. I had to change our reservation time twice due to family issues and they were able to accommodate. We both had shoshuka and it was marvelous. Although for me, it was a bit small. The fresh bread and butter was excellent. The staff extremely competent and friendly. A little pricey, but for the neighborhood, expected. Will go again.

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G
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice casual, neighborhood spot. We had originally wanted to go Cholita Linda and they were closed due to remodel, headed to Piedmont to go to Ba-bite and they were closed too with no notice at all (not cool since this was Saturday afternoon). So Homestead it was. We've been a handful of times cause we live nearby. Food was good, service could use a little polish since gratuity is included...just lacks a bit of finesse is all. In fact, of the handful of times we've been service has been the weakest point of the meal.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was holarious

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FA
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, lovely food. I appreciated their opinionated stance on gratuity-included 'living-wage' pricing.

Do the "feast" menu option!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A 5-star gem in our own backyard! Fred and Liz and their crew always provide an amazing dinner experience, especially Sunday Dinner. We are blessed to have this culinary talent as neighbors!

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J
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Homestead is one of our very favorite restaurants. The service is friendly and always welcoming, I love the newsletter that I get by email from the owner. The food is very complex, and always original. Using only the freshest, seasonal fruits and vegetables the menu is always interesting. Always enjoyable...

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JG
Seattle
71 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I came by myself and totally enjoyed the evening. Everyone was gracious and helpful. The food was wonderful including the bread and butter!

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j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is our favorite restaurant and we are glad that it so close to where we live. Everyone who works there is wonderful. Fred, Liz, and Billie and all of the helpers are super. They are the best. The food is creative, inventive, and so good.

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CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The first time I went to Homestead I was very impressed (I got the family-style feast), and would have given it 4 or 5 stars. Similar to Chez Panisse -- well executed New American -- interesting but not complicated. This time, my second one, my experience was not as good. I ordered wrong, but the smallness of the menu makes it difficult to avoid that. I wanted to get something relatively filling, but healthy. I got the fried soft-shell crab and head-on shrimp. It was hard to extract much from the seafood (of course I should have anticipated that based on the description), and there wasn't much of anything else in the dish, so I left hungry and had desert at Fenton's which undid my healthy intentions. The only other entree that wasn't centered around a huge cut of pork or beef was a poached egg over lentils or something, which didn't sound appealing to me for dinner, since I have that sort of thing so often for breakfast. Another seafood option with more (accessible) protein would have been appreciated. Or hearty salads, etc.
This time was a 3/5, but I would guess the next time will be a 4/5.

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MT
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Friendly and knowledgeable staff, in small space with active kitchen.

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