Homestead

4.7
504 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
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 504 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

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

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

This is so special that it should be treated as a special occasion

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

With so many options, we are surprised to always "fall back" to enjoy Homestead.
The complete package is priceless. Every time no disappointment, but full enjoyment.
This time my favorite was the "egg-dish" . The team of Fred and Elizabeth is amazing, the food outstanding, and best of all, if you like the bread, you can opt to buy one :)

Thank you for once again an all over amazing experience. We will be back again, and again, and again.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Love this place. We generally eat Paleo but always eat the bread here, because the bread and butter is so. good. Also their meat and fish (!) is consistently perfectly cooked. The wine list is on the pricey side, but every glass or bottle I've had has been a wonderful investment. The wait staff are very thoughtful and sweet, with a highly professional sense of the correct level of attentiveness. I find Homestead to be very reasonable for the quality, particularly if you and your dining partners share plates. Portions are well-sized, and it pays to try several menu items, because it's all delicious. Even those reluctant to share (like my husband!) will find it's satisfying to do so here. Plus, the tip is factored in to the baseline price of items-- there's no additional cost to factor in at the end!

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

As it turns out, having 20% increase added to the price of all foods (and eliminating tipping completely) works very well, except when one ear of corn, no matter how beautifully prepared, costs $10.00. Other than that, I love it.

Great flavors, unusual preparations, super fresh foods. You won't be disappointed! Also, we were not rushed away so that others could take our table - really appreciate that!

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Food delicious and service was pleasant and efficient. Unfortunately, sitting near the front by the window, the noise level was so loud that normal conversation was difficult. Would try again, with different location.

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Arrived 10 minutes early and was told our table was not ready, despite an open table in the front window. We went down the street for a drink (declining - twice - to wait outside in the cold) and came back 15 minutes later only to be seated in the open table in the front window. Service was very slow from start to finish. The sea bass and prawn dish arrived with a no more than a 2 oz. portion of sea bass (at $30 no less). The dish was clearly not right but it arrived despite 2 cooks and 2 servers having passed on it. They tried to make it right with a new dish, but it was too little too late, as the rest of the table was nearly done with their entrees when the re-do arrived. We left feeling as though the staff wasn't too troubled by the whole affair. I liked Homestead better when it wasn't so popular; they seemed to care more back then.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

After previously only come here for their a la cart type brunch, we came to celebrate a birthday.

From the personalized “Happy Birthday” menu, the exceptional food, friendly service to the little box of treats they sent us home with, Homestead was a 5 Star dinner experience.

Tip: Book ahead and come hungry.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Food was great and so was the homemade bread! The restaurant is cozy and casual. Great service! My only complaint is that the prices are steep...

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

My first time visiting, and it was the best. The food was delicious and the service was incredible. I highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

My family loves Sunday Supper at Homestead! Wonderful family-style eating and always a great menu. This is one of our family's favorite restaurants, and we are serious foodies ranging in age from 12 to 74!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Such a good restaurant! Soft-shell crab tempura and roast chicken were terrific, as was the gazpacho I sampled. Our whole group of retired academic couples loved it. Our server was informative and friendly but never intrusive. The table for six in the window had the perfect noise level. It was just our second time there but we will be back for sure.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

We went on a Sunday evening without knowing what we went to. We were positively surprised with a sett Sunday menu of a delicious salad, slow cooked ribs and a eclair plater for. (new Sunday menu every week). The staff were AMAZING. Very knowledgeable and personal. My little brother (13 years old) joked with our waiter and asked if he could have a good Rosé when the rest of us ordered wine, and don't you think he got it, "on the house" (non alcoholic of course). The place just has a very nice atmosphere, and the food was super delicious and interesting, which made for an amazing night out for dinner.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

As always, delicious and generously portioned. We come here for the 3-course Sunday dinners and never leave disappointed

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

The food is always great and the service is exceptional. The staff always seem to be enjoying themselves and go out of their way to make the dining experience enjoyable. Bravo!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Food was absolutely phenomenal in flavor! I am gluten free and almost everything on the menu could be adjusted for me. I would recommend to anyone looking for a great local meal in the East Bay.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

I love coming to this restaurant! We have never had the same food and have always been more than impressed by the fast, presentation and service.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

It was a very pleasant experience from service to the food! Love it and we will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

What a great find! The food was amazing and the service impeccable.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

this restaurant serves outstanding, creative, authentic food. The owner is the cherf and you cn tell he really cares. check it out!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Absolutely delicious creative regional food. Makes me proud to be a Californian. Had a main, wine, and desert. All excellent. Incredible blending of flavors on the main plate. The sauce, the veggies, the fish, and the carbo were all in harmony and enhanced one another. The wine was a perfect pairing. While a bit pricey, the price includes tips and tax, so there is no surprise when the bill comes. Was well worth it. My dining partner agrees completely.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Fabulous, in every respect! Can’t say enough about this wonderful place- a true treasure!

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3.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Service was slow and inefficient. Everything was very overpriced and over-salted. The ambiance itself is very nice, but everything else was mediocre at best. We won’t be going back.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Incredibly fresh and flavorful ingredients served in a courteous and welcoming manner. A terrific all around dining experience.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Just very excellent flavors , excellent presentation and magical brick oven

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

I had Father's day dinner which was outstanding with Fried chicken, biscuits, corn on the cob, pie. All were fantastic, made from scratch with the best locally sourced ingredient ingredients. If not for a special occasion also excellent for their nightly varied menu. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Friends gathering

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

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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