Heirloom Cafe

4.8
1094 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Heirloom Cafe is an intimate restaurant with first-quality, day-fresh cuisine and a wine list full of the world's greatest wines, young and old. We're pleased to offer our food and wine and great service at very reasonable prices, and in a very comfortable and simple setting.
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OT
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant. We had the halibut ceviche and the pod salad. Entrees were the Salmon and steak babette. Added the oatmeal chocolate cookie and bitter sweet chocolate budino.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Low key and excellent, fresh food. Service was also excellent! Can’t wait to go back!

RS
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I ordered the halibut ceviche and the bean salad while my partner ordered the chicken with corn salsa looking thing...the bean salad was exceptional. His chicken was good but too salty. Overall, a solid B+. My ceviche had some big pieces of fish and when I pointed it out, the waitress said that is the way the chef likes it...Duh...I was not born yesterday and I do know how to make better ceviche. And the waitress was either drunk or high on something the way she moved...not cool for her or the restaurant.

KC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent - friendly and knowledgeable- made good recommendations.

F
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a wonderful dinner and service was spot on. Bacon and onion tart was flakey crust and perfectly seasoned topping. Salad pulled from the prix fixe menu was refreshing and had some unexpected ingredients, probably listed on the menu but forgotten in the interim. Roasted king salmon with veggies was delicious but trés petite. And dessert of berries with polenta cake was tip top. Loved the French-sourced sauvignon blanc. Restaurant was loud but it's hard these days to find one conducive to conversation where cuisine holds no surprises, however well prepared it may be.

KB
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love eating at heirloom the people the food it’s all outstanding!!!

s
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We were disappointed. Portions were very small. Overpriced. Noise terrible.

HB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Heirloom brings a sophistication to comfort food that makes it a great weeknight choice. A summer evening with corn chowder and the (off-menu) burger is a delight. Service is friendly and attentive. Tables are a bit tight, and noise can be a bit of a distraction, particularly when seated next to a couple of folks convinced they are about to conquer the world. While not regulars, we have returned to Heirloom regularly over the years and never been disappointed.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best servers. I want to be friends with them. Food is always on point.

ZG
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always very special hospitality. Fantastic wine list!

e
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The succotash was tasty but the chicken was very dry and not good

DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the Heirloom Cafe! The food was excellent. Our waiter was so nice to us. We thought he was exceptionally so. We would definitely return but it would be a special occasion destination for us considering the cost.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, always great. A little pricey, but nothing out of the ordinary for SF. Enjoy!

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food snd lovely service

a
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Great service! It was noisy and hard to have a quiet conversation.

C
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

A waiter that wasn’t present and pretty incompetent and since the restaurant was loud could hardly hear what he was saying. He spoke so softly. And didn’t seem to have a knowledge of the menu. Also not a lot of personality or attention to our table.

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

Went to dinner after a show; the food was SO delicious and what wonderful service. Have come to Heirloom Cafe several times and have never been disappointed.

T
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, great dinner.

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good food; generous portions. Matt, the owner is a pure delight and the wait staff was excellent. Wish it wasn’t so noisy for us seniors .

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mussels were so good that I ordered it twice!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Heirloom Cafe and don’t dine here often enough. The neighborhood feel, friendliness and competence of the staff, and the sumptuous authentic food keep Heirloom at the top of my list!

CR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The waitstaff was underwhelmed to see me and I them. The burger and salads were quite tasty but the fettuccine was undercooked. Plates were small and not elevated enough to be worth the price. I can’t recommend this restaurant.

A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed my overall experience at Heirloom Cafe and would be somewhere that I return. All the dishes were quite tasty and incorporated flavors that you can't just simply make at home. Nothing was too salty or bland. The wine suggested was superb and paired well with the food. The waitress was warm, funny, sweet. The ambiance was cozy and romantic (dim lit with candles, wooden tables).

LC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was simply fantastic. It has an old feel with modern food. Felt like a great modern community feel.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a number of guests in our group of 8 with specific dietary needs. The staff went above and beyond. Highly recommend. They even have a large table that easily fits parties of 12 which a real find in the city.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heirloom Cafe is the best. Food, wine and service are top of the top. Love it.

d
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Heirloom is one of the great pleasures of living in the Mission -- or of visiting it. Once the most tagged corner in the neighborhood, this sweet little spot now serves fresh, beautiful food with a simple, elegant aesthetic. The staff is lovely and the meals are beautifully prepared. The seasonal menu is complemented by a thoughtfully composed wine list -- and to say the atmosphere is charming doesn't begin do it justice. Behind the gauzy curtains, the hubbub of the City fades away in a grand, open room that quickly fills with a pleasant crowd of diners who've dressed a bit for the occasion, and whose convivial conversations punctuate what always turns into a memorable night. Even if we didn't live on the same block, we'd love it just as much as we already do!

k
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place before a show(Beautiful- Carol King). fun art deco vibe and bar drinks. meal was superb. parked a couple blocks away and had to negotiate sketchy street scene but worth it once arriving. amazing kale salad! will return.

AP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place that's reasonably priced for the quality of food. Not a lot of selection, but everything was delicious. The wine paring is great with pre-fix menu.

n
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delightful neighborhood spot for celebrating our anniversary. The food and wine were exceptional. The house made fettuccini is a must order (I don't even like mushrooms and this was a standout dish). They also let you share a single order of the prix fixe which is a fantastic deal as it includes generous individual pours and the perfect amount of food to share when you add in an entree. We were both full, but not uncomfortably so. There's no way we could have eaten more! Especially pleased with how perfectly the wine complemented the food (really smart pairings) and how we got to try wines we wouldn't have otherwise known anything about. Will definitely recommend Heirloom to friends and family and look forward to the next occasion that brings us back here.

MG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were absolutely solid. I eat here fairly often and have had almost no misses. This time I brought a friend with me who had never eaten at Heirloom - he was impressed!

d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely, per usual. Beautiful setting and the food is always simple but perfect.

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service
Delicious food

GG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time dining here and really enjoyed a midweek birthday dinner. Service was so warm and welcoming and every dish was delish! Looking forward to a return visit soon.

D
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice restaurant. Good service from quality people. Excellent wine list. Could use a broader menu selection.

N
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Neighborhood gem, but timing was a bit off. We were served our dishes randomly so no one ate together. They were aware, and apologetic. I’m sure it was just one of those things that happen. Great place otherwise. Wine menu is fabulous. Highly recommend.

DV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was very good, we were seated promptly at our reservation time. Our server was warm and friendly. Background noise was quite loud which made it difficult to hear and the lighting was very dim. The food was beautifully presented but the tuna tartare was bland. The duck salad was slightly dry but had a nice flavor. The burger was definitely the tastiest. The wine was awesome and reasonably priced. Overall the experience was pleasant but with so many other places to choose from, I don't think we'll return anytime soon.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very special restaurant. Must go -

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Noisy restaurant, made even noisier by the jazz band they had playing. Literally couldn’t hear my dinner companion.

But amazing staff who were so accommodating, and great food.

Would have been a fun atmosphere if I wasn’t trying to have a conversation.

JH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at Heirloom. Really enjoyed it. Excellent food and service. Susan is a great server. The jazz quartet was a pleasant surprise although it made it a little harder to converse at our table close to them. Enjoyed the music anyway. Highly recommend Heirloom Cafe!

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