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Homestead

4.7
478 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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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.
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 478 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
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4.2
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Food was GREAT! My kids took to homestead for Fathers Day. Had a wonderful dinner

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Friends gathering

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

My husband and I went here for our anniversary. We had the prix fixe meal and enjoyed tasting all of the many offerings. I particularly like the fish over beans and my husband liked the beef as well as the salad with a hard egg. In all, there were about 15 small dishes to share including dessert and we were very full. The waitress took care of every need and explained food/wine to us in detail to help us pair with the meal. One of the best meals of our lives!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

friendly attentive staff and good food in an accessible location

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Terrific service

But the chef was off more often than he was on, alas. A rare thud.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

We love coming to this place for a nice dinner. Reasonable wine prices and almost everything is made in-house. Anything from their grill is always delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

My daughter is a big fan of all cooking competition shows and wanted to go to a "nice restaurant" for her 9th birthday. Despite her love of cooking shows, she is not an adventurous eater, so with a hesitation I took her to Homestead. I took her to Sunday Supper (a set menu of arugula & chicory salad, prime rib, and banana split for $65/per person including gratuity ) on her birthday. She had the regular meal, while I requested a vegetarian option (not on menu but they happily accommodated my request). She was the only child in the restaurant, but everyone was so friendly and made her feel special on her birthday. The food was amazing. My daughter was a little hesitant about the rareness of the prime rib, but once she took a bite, her eyes widened with surprise and she told me she felt sorry for me because I couldn't eat the prime rib. The vegetarian option of roasted vegetables and mushrooms were flavorful and hearty. The ambience was cozy, service was great and I would recommend this place to anyone.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

We love Homestead and the commitment to fresh and creative, non- fussy cuisine. The family style themed dinners on Sunday are special. Fixed menu and price. If we lived here we would go frequently. The grilled prime rib was outstanding. Butter is house made as is the bread. Over indulgence could ruin your appetite!! I wish my vegetables tasted like theirs. We also enjoy having breakfast there.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

This was our second visit to Homestead. I really want to love this place. It has such a nice atmosphere and attentive staff. This second time, 2 in our party of 4 ordered a mixed green salad that included greens that should not have been served. They were wilted and some had turned. I think this is the first time I have ever sent something back at a restaurant. The salads were remade with fresh greens and were great. If only they used the fresh greens in the first place. Also, my husband ordered a rib eye that included 5 little slices. The first slice was entirely fat. The rest was at least half fat. Ribeye can be fatty but this was over the top. Our friend also had the rib eye and got a piece that was fine. The rest of our mains were good. The first time we visited, our experience was also mixed.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Best restaurant in the East Bay. Hands down.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Fantastic dinner! Food was delicious, service was gracious and atmosphere was charming. Highly recommend!

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2.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We made a reservation but were not seated until ~30 mins after the reservation and we were not attended to/kept informed. No one offered us free drinks for the wait. If you’re going to be a restaurant that charges as much as they do, the service and attention in these situations should be better. Otherwise why have an option for reservations. The food was fine.

It was my friend’s birthday. They brought cookies in a box at te end.

There were also workers arguing in the back of the restaurant.

I just thought the experience would be better. Won’t be back, nothing special. Didn’t feel valued/respected.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

This is one of our go-to spots for delicious farm-to-table food. The menu changes based of the best available ingredients. The ambience is relaxing -- not too noisy -- and there is ample parking behind the restaurant. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

We've dined here several times over the past few months, since it was recommended by a friend. It's probably some of the best food we've had in Oakland, and the service is also great. They always have vegetarian options, and if they don't the chef is more than happy to accommodate a change of ingredients. It's just really convenient since we live in the area, and we're happy to have this gem so close by.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

First time at homestead , pleasant space, waitress was accommodating , food was a bit salty for my taste I had a main course of cooked veggies a starch and a poached egg on top. The wine selection was not great Esther and all in all a little expensive.the bread basket was good .

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

I was initially disappointed that there was a fixed Mother's Day menu and we couldn't sample a number of things from the usual menu, but everything was prepared so well that my disappointment quickly faded! The apricot and gouda salad was unusual but delicious, the duck included a leg (confit-like) and a carved breast cooked and seasoned perfectly, and so tender. And then the strawberry shortcake was tasty. (Too much shortcake and not enough strawberries and cream, but I'm a low carb person so that was my personal opinion.)

Overall, wonderful seasonal and local ingredients combined in interesting ways and prepared expertly! You will not be disappointed...this is a great place for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Great food (one of the best sucks I've had) and nice servers. Would be coming here again soon!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

food is always delicious, but this past Sunday was really great.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Consistently creative and delicious food. Warm, but professional and knowledgeable wait staff. Love this place!

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great atmosphere but the food was lackluster for the price. Presentation was good but the flavors were a mess. Many dishes were drowning in salt, perhaps the spice lid fell off and half a jar went in?

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

California comfort food executed at a high level, paired with wonderful service. The service team hit all the right notes for us with a balance of warmth, attentiveness and knowledge. The food is excellently prepared with great balance and execution. Volume level is a little higher than I'd like, but that's par for the course with open dining spaces and shouldn't deter you. Nothing raucous. I cannot recommend Homestead highly enough.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

This is not a bargain-level eatery, but then you get what you pay for. The quality of the food shows that they care and think about it. A lot. We especially enjoyed the fried rabbit with turnips & greens -- succulent and a welcome break from the same ol' same ol' we find in most restaurants.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Amazing food and impeccable service. . We had the $85 pp “ feast” and each dish was superb.

The staff remembered my partner and I from our last visit well over a month ago. Impressive! We’ll definitely return in the very near future.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Hands down one of the best meals I've had so far in life. This was my second time eating at homestead, the 1st time we ordered from the menu our 1st 2nd 3rd courses and it was amazing however this time we decided to go for the family dinner at 85$ per person and let them decide what to feed us.. they did not dissapoint! Our waiter said it was a way to try more of the menu. We had 3 of the 1st course items 2 for the 2nd, 2 for the 3rd and 2 desserts! Plus it was my wife's birthday so they sent us home with fresh baked cookies! We left very full and satisfied. Really a fun place to spend a couple hours (or more) I can't wait to return for my birthday, it's going to be a long 3 months!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Always a pleasure to eat at Homestead.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Awesome food — awesome server — really appreciated the ‘no tip’ living wage approach to the bill. We will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2018

We went to Homestead on a Sunday evening to celebrate my husband's birthday. We actually did not know they were serving "Sunday dinner" style, which means one menu for all. There was a little discussion between us and our 3 children. Luckily 2 of the 3 are open to trying new things and were served half portions of the pre-fixe meal (size and price). And, also luckily Homestead gave a pasta option for those children not as adventurous. Side note: The children's portion was quite small and we had to order two. Overall the service was very good, the food was excellent. They provided a great vegetarian option for our veggie eaters. We will definitely be back and recommend to others.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

We’ve dined here three times now, and we’re always impressed with the creativity and quality of each dish. Great 1/2 bottles of wine on the menu. Service is excellent. We’re lucky to have this gem in our neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Homestead is just an all around awesome place. Great food, drinks & vibes. The wine suggested by our server was a perfect pairing for our meal. My wife and I had a lovely time!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Delicious homecooked and healthy food

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Creative. Healthy. Very tasty food. Reasonably priced. Attentive service. Casual but comfortable.
Open kitchen with nice fireplace.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

What a treat! Six of us had a wonderful meal which lead to tasting much of the menu prepared for the day. The pork belly, octopus and salads were excellent. The ribeye steak, lamb, halibut and the egg dish all received rave reviews. The vanilla pain perdu was shared and enjoyed by all. We shall return soon and often.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Homestead is our most favorite restaurant. We dine out quite often but returning most frequently to this restaurant. The food is incredible, fresh and delicious, the service is friendly but professional, and the wine list is one of the best around. The owner Fred is most knowledgeable and passionate about wine, we always ask him for recommendations and never disappointed. He is also very kind and genuinely friendly. The kitchen is part of the dining area with an open fire cooking pit, it’s beautiful and organized but well ventilated so you don’t get overwhelmed by the aromas like in some restaurants with the same open kitchen concept. We love everything about this place, and always look forward to our next visit.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great experience; limited menu but very tasty items; be mindful tip is included in the price, cozy restaurant allows you to watch the coals and chefs cooking, modern charm and casual but can be for any occasion. overall positive!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great service and wine list!!!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was delicious BUT the portions were tiny and the prices ridiculously expensive. The bill came out to $70 per person and we left hungry.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Homestead is our favorite restaurant now. The menu is always changing so its never the same. The cooking is exquisite, and partly done over an open fire. We always enjoy the caring and friendly service, we always feel very welcome. Desserts are outstanding and always different also. So enjoyable to go to a restaurant where everyone there seems to be enjoying what they do for you... Always a great experience...

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Went for my mom’s birthday dinner. Always a good time there.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

My favorite restaurant in the world:)

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Excellent as always

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