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Heirloom Café

Italian Restaurant and New American Restaurant$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
  • The folks at Bon Appetit Magazine and Eater like this place. Would you agree?
    • Bon Appetit Magazine
    • Eater
  • Oka T.
    "noteworthy cellar list available by request"(4 Tips)
    Brant M.
    "The bacon and onion tart is a must."(2 Tips)
    Kenneth B.
    "Be sure to ask for the bottle list, and don't miss the gnocchi."(7 Tips)
    Bon Appetit Magazine
    "Époisses cheese worked into the ground sirloin."(2 Tips)
62 Tips and reviews
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  • good for dates
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  • carla b.
    Really accommodating for gluten-free diets :) Same for other needs. Great wine list.
  • Alexandra K.
    Alexandra KeninDecember 2, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    They always have an off-menu vegetarian entree made from seasonal items the chef has in the kitchen.
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 11, 2016
    Go for the super-value tasting menu ($65), or choose from dishes like duck breast salad with figs, or the excellent off-menu burger; don’t miss the pairings from a seriously well-stocked cellar. Read more
  • Douglas L.
    Douglas LuckettSeptember 17, 2016
    Head here with a friend for excellent food, wine, and service at the counter overlooking the kitchen. Or just come alone! It's your life. Do whatever the hell you want!
  • Andreas E.
    Andreas EhnSeptember 7, 2016
    The three-course meal with wine pairings for $65 is a great deal.
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonAugust 27, 2016
    Delicious! Get the burger!
  • Jaclyn .
    Jaclyn 💃🏻July 13, 2016
    Burrata. And everything else.
  • Elad O.
    Elad OssadonJune 10, 2016
    The smoked trout salad is amazing.
  • Brant M.
    Brant McQuittyApril 16, 2016
    Consistency delicious and unpretentious food. The bacon and onion tart is a must.
  • Emmiliese C.
    Emmiliese ClemmFebruary 4, 2016
    Best burger in the city!
  • Marc
    MarcJanuary 19, 2016
    Off Menu Burger: ground pungent, unpasteurized, brandy-washed Époisses cheese in the beef patty; usual ketchup and mustard replaced for onion jam, lettuce for arugula, & buns for locally baked Eng muf
  • Michael M.
    Michael MizrahiJanuary 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The burger is one of the best I've had. Really pleasant meat, cheese ground in, jam served on an english muffin.
  • Ting S.
    Ting SDecember 4, 2015
    Romantic, cozy, quiet, good food, great wine, yes, good for date.
  • Jymmi J.
    Jymmi JamesSeptember 16, 2015
    Try the secret burger.
  • Kaitlin Y.
    Kaitlin YapchaianSeptember 15, 2015
    Good food generally but avoid the burger. SO SALTY (and I love salty). Medium rare is more pink than expected. And NO KETCHUP - ahhhhh.
  • Fernanda W.
    Fernanda WhiteJuly 17, 2015
    Best burger!
  • Barton S.
    Barton SmithJune 13, 2015
    Fresh, Californian-inspired food. I've really enjoyed the chicken and burger.
  • Mark D.
    Mark DanielFebruary 26, 2015
    Awesome burger
  • Chad
    ChadJanuary 26, 2015
    Wonderful neighborhood place. Super low key, but the food is delicious and the servers are always friendly.
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BarrezuetaNovember 30, 2014
    Paperdelle with braised short ribs and horseradish chips? Really? Must have in my book!
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BarrezuetaNovember 30, 2014
    Paperdelle with braised short ribs and horseradish chips? Really? Must have
  • Rory P.
    Rory ParnessOctober 24, 2014
    The sides were as good as the mains. The potatoes that came with the cod were absolutely addicting.
  • Cindy C.
    Cindy CharlesOctober 24, 2014
    Pole bean salad, lamb loin,chicken and ice were all amazing. Duck confit salad also great.
  • Dinesh T.
    Dinesh ThirupuvanamSeptember 1, 2014
    The special burger
  • Lori M.
    Lori MalmAugust 12, 2014
    Simple but great - burger, salmon.
  • Nick C.
    Nick CrockerAugust 7, 2014
    Gnocchi is delicious.
  • Tim H.
    Tim HaydenApril 9, 2014
    The "dirty burger" was awesome.
  • Mickey
    MickeyDecember 31, 2013
    If you haven't ordered wine might as well just leave now.
  • David N.
    David NoëlOctober 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Where they turn simple into special.
  • Adam
    AdamJuly 22, 2013
    really something special.
  • Cianna S.
    Cianna SMay 10, 2013
    Super-flaky crust on the bacon-onion tart! Also: Let them guide your wine choices. Yum!
  • Kenneth B.
    Kenneth BergerApril 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Be sure to ask for the bottle list, and don't miss the gnocchi. Favorites from the bottle list: aged Qupe Roussanne, Jura whites, aged west coast Pinot Noir.
  • Liz W.
    Liz WhiteApril 25, 2013
    If you know whats good for you, get the burger. You will not be disappointed.
  • Adrienne s.
    Adrienne st. aubinApril 23, 2013
    FYI very tasty but not Italian
  • Mario S.
    Mario SundarApril 5, 2013
    The best lamb stew ever. Highly recommended. Also, a great date night place.
  • Hugo B.
    Hugo BarraFebruary 17, 2013
    Zagat 25, recommended by SF Magazine
  • David N.
    David NoëlNovember 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite restaurant in SF. Great taste, fresh local produce, great service and wine selection and the desserts are exquisite. Chef Josh and his team have something special going on there.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaSeptember 18, 2012
    Brilliant wine selection. Everything is good; you can't go wrong.
  • Benny S.
    Benny SooAugust 2, 2012
    Off the menu burger!
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfJune 10, 2012
    Great wine selection, very fresh California cuisine, and excellent service. Try the Buratta on Asparagus and the stewed mussels.
  • Sunny L.
    Sunny LeeMay 25, 2012
    Salmon is delicious
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableApril 21, 2012
    For one of the best bites between two slices of bread, check out the Wednesday-night sandwich menu. Read more
  • Brian D.
    Brian DowningApril 2, 2012
    The burger (not always on the menu) was simple but tasty. The burrata was memorably good.
  • Ro B.
    Ro BorjaMarch 25, 2012
    Get the cheeseburger with extra honey jam on the side.
  • Susan W.
    Susan WilhiteMarch 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Welcoming; truly a haute cafe atmosphere.
  • Ro B.
    Ro BorjaDecember 15, 2011
    The Bacon and onion tart is delish. Get the hamburger when is comes on the menu!
  • Adrian R.
    Adrian RoesslerDecember 10, 2011
    Scallops are super tasty, as well as the risotto
  • Meg P.
    Meg POctober 22, 2011
    Amazingly good. An explosion of fabulous tastes. Recommend the tricolore salad, scallops, gnocchi and burger.
  • Misha Z.
    Misha ZatsmanSeptember 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Loved the burger, chicken, corn soup, apple crisp and cookie. The steak could be skipped. Pasta was great but it was a daily special.
  • Sanj G.
    Sanj GillSeptember 11, 2011
    Super cab franc-merlot blend there right haven who unfortunately have closed down. Taste it while u can!
  • Taylor P.
    Taylor PembertonJuly 2, 2011
    Gnocchi. Gnocchi. Gnocchi. Also, someone cut the cheese.
  • Ashley V.
    Ashley VeselkaJune 17, 2011
    The bacon & onion tart was heavenly. Get it!
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Bon Appetit MagazineMarch 30, 2011
    The best dish isn't on the menu: Ask for the Heirloom burger, which has Époisses cheese worked into the ground sirloin. You won't be disappointed - Read more
  • Meredith S.
    Meredith SlaterDecember 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Beet salad, barrata, burger. Solid dinner you'll crave again. Delicious!
  • Meredith S.
    Meredith SlaterDecember 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    First time trying duck... Success
  • The Daily Sip
    The Daily SipNovember 29, 2010
    Corkage policy that encourages digging into your cellar: $25 for wines 2003 and younger and only $10 for wines 2002 and older.
  • Alexandra S.
    Alexandra SkillmanNovember 7, 2010
    Great wine selection, my fav olives to start and one of the coolest atmospheres in the city! Culinary delight!
  • Nina Y.
    Nina YiamsamathaAugust 23, 2010
    The potato gnocchi with fennel sausage, sweet corn, and crimini mushrooms is heavenly. Definitely order it.
  • Maxwell Z.
    Maxwell ZAugust 17, 2010
    Solid, perfectly flavored food. You won't regret the fish soup. Perfect on a chilly day.
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HJune 24, 2010
    Get the mussels, if they have em!
  • Oka T.
    Oka Tai-LeeJune 16, 2010
    wine list has 20 superb wines by the glass, and there's a noteworthy cellar list available by request
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistMay 10, 2010
    It took the chef/owner/sommelier ten years to amass the 1000+ bottles of new and old wine in this spot's cellar. Grab an aged bottle for anywhere from 35 to 900 bucks. Read more
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