Homestead

4.8
939 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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vipdolma
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very creative cuisine. The pan roasted halibut was absolutely delicious. Although the menu is fixed there is still quite a bit of variety if you like salads and vegetables.

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vipAlexandraK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team accommodated a surprise birthday party for my husband! Truly grateful for their hospitality.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family dinner: food was awesome, service polite, friendly, attentive and intuitive. Thank you Homestead!

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vipluv3dine
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The food was very disappointing. Very. The table was very dark - no candles even; we couldn't see our food - I still don't know what I bit into in my appetizer, but it was hard and not food-like, and I was scraping something black from my teeth and tongue for ten minutes. Just Yuck. Also, there were no heat lamps, so it was rather cold.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

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DavifF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a wonderful evening. Food was fantastic. Server was great. Highly recommend Homestead. They accommodated every single dietary concerns we had. All this stayed inside of their prefix menu

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HappyCustomer
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best restaurant experiences we have ever had. They have tables outside with heaters so it is really comfortable. The food was delicious. They had gnocchi on the menu, which I love, I order whenever I can, and I make at home. This gnocchi was without a doubt the most delicious I have ever tasted, and I've eaten gnocchi in Italy!

Everything else was absolutely delicious, too. We loved every bite of every dish, and would wholeheartedly recommend Homestead Restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great night out. Four course set menu was delicious.

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JodyC
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, impeccable food, farm to table. Delicious.

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Guillaume
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fresh, innovative, and perfectly executed food. Excellent wine and beer menu as well.

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ChasS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Is was so nice to have a dining experience where the staff was welcoming, attentive and knowledgeable about their food. Also, the outdoor dining situation made it such that I could actually the people at my table speak. The norm is to have so much noise at restaurants these past few years. Memorable meal!

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vipdolma
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Wonderful menu! I started with the duck liver mousse, followed by very tender quail with stewed greens in a spicy sauce. The highlight of my meal was the pan seared halibut. The server allowed me to choose different side dishes to make it just the way I liked it.

This restaurant includes the service in the price: I like that very much. There is no need to calculate the appropriate gratuity.

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vipOaklandFoodie
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Homestead! They change the menu frequently, their dishes are really interesting, and the ambiance is cozy :)

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anon
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The prix fixe was delicious - we loved every single dish. It's more affordable on weeknights, which was a nice surprise. Wine list was wonderful and the desserts surprisingly lovely. A treat!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. The meal was $250 for 2 with an excellent bottle of wine including tax and gratuity. A great value given the quality of food and 4 course prix fixe menu.

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AlisaP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved every dish, and had a great recommendation for wine.

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vipVinTheFoodie
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It's our first time visiting Homestead and it was our anniversary too. The food was outstanding, every dish was full of flavors and ingredients seemed fresh. From the quail to artichokes to asparagus to shrimp, all great. Due to CoVid we were seated in an alley outdoors and towards the end of our meal it started getting cold. They have heaters but they are not too effective. Nevertheless it was a great experience and we loved it. Also got cookies as a surprise on our anniversary. Will go back again.

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Fiddlereatin
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Lovely attention to detail and warm service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely 4 course fixed price dinner. Very kind waiter, made everyone feel welcome. Very nice wine selection

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StaceyM
San Joaquin
10 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific! Thank you for accommodating our needs as well!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience2

My experience at homestead was pleasant. The food was good. Each plate was the perfect portion for a three course meal. The artichoke salad was my least favorite and the pasta with quail egg was my most favorite. The staff was friendly enough. The outdoor dining experience was not the best; I think the tables could be wider, the heaters could be bigger and the chairs could be more comfortable. We also had some rosé wine that was served chilled and it was very good. Overall I think the experience could be better and the food didn't "wow" me but it was good none the less.

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vipJrst
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Homestead continues to serve outstanding food under difficult circumstances, all tables outside. However, even on a windy night the heaters kept everyone warm and the friendly service, the creative food made for a wonderful evening.
The dishes are interestingly plated, the choices adequate, and everything is very tasty.
Wonderful as usual.

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FrankF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We ate outdoors. It was cold and their heaters were not working well. Service was a little slow and the menu was fixed price. Food was good, but I think I will wait until we can eat indoors again. Not their fault, I should have figured that out.

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vipNicoR
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! We loved this place .

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vipGoodeater
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exquisite, emphasis on fresh and local. Good COVID precautions. Server was very nice and helpful.
Seating is outdoors so a little bit of street noise and exhaust, but, because it is Piedmont Avenue, not much.

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Elderish
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Front of house chatting up the men (only) to complain about his business, costs, regulations etc. kinda glad I was invisible, but still.

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GaryC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat outside and were very comfortable with the spacing of the tables. We were celebrating our anniversary and it felt like a special meal and occasion. Everything was delicious and the presentation and service were lovely. We appreciated the gift of cookies in honor of the occasion.

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vipBuffy
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful night out at Homestead. A delicious menu, friendly atmosphere and health protocols in place.

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vipCarolynS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best meal we’ve had in a long time! Good covid protocols and sicially distamced

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RoyA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Prices seem higher - should add a dollar sign to the ratings

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LisainSFBay
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single dish nailed it, and we ate everything on the menu (not hard when it’s a highly curated 4-course menu, but still fun to “order the menu”). Beautiful ingredients, thoughtful presentation, and a good pace to service (not rushed, not annoyingly protracted).

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vipamyp
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! So wonderful to be back at Homestead. Every course met or exceeded expectations. Servers, team is welcoming, informed and create a great vibe!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food, and vibe!

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Josh
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good quality homey meal. Service was friendly/inviting.

The first three courses were tasty with a full range of flavors from bright to roasty. Dessert seemed more like an after though - if it weren't for prix fixe, I would not have gotten the dessert.

Portions were spot on - we left more than satisfied.

Overall, a good date night out.

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Wyatt
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, great service, bread was amazing

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, lovely ambiance. Perfect for a romantic date night.

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vipTimmy510
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner in the courtyard because indoor dining has not re-started yet. The food was inventive and delicious, and the service is top flight. Remains one of the best.

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Barna
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Not impressed. Flavors were lacking but the staff was nice. Wouldn’t recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

We walked in and were greeted by the Covid Gestapo no smiles on anyone’s face that works there and spent $340 on dinner which was outrageous for a price fix during this time.. and a glass of house Chardonnay is $19 !

Can do better elsewhere for that kind of money. This ambience and decor was not good either.

Suggestion: Smile, greet people with warmth and reduce your prices...and you may have a chance in post Covid.

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Anony52
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always excellent food and service. The new outdoor heaters were a good addition.

FAQs

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

Homestead is rated 4.8 stars by 939 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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