Heirloom Cafe - Page 2

A Mission addition whose cooking is as elegant and understated as its interior design

Heirloom Cafe in the Mission can come on strong -- but knows when to hold back deliciously, as in this dish with PEI mussels

The menu offers a roaming cheese service from a wooden platter. For $3 per variety, you can treat yourself to such delights as fleur de marquis and tomme de savoie, and you don't have to do it as dessert. You could have cheese as a starter or intermezzo if you wanted — and if you did it that way, you might scale down to a splendid postprandial cookie ($2), oatmeal with chocolate chips and walnuts. They left out the kitchen sink. Just as well. 


Dinner: Mon.–Sat., 6–10 p.m.

2500 Folsom, SF

(415) 821-2500


Beer and wine


Can quickly get noisy

Wheelchair accessible


This review is ridiculous. I ate at Heirloom Cafe recently and had the most amazing experience. Great service, Great food, Great wine, Great atmosphere. The place was rockin' and I loved experiencing what will soon be a restaurant with a long wait-list to get in. I don't know why they have a picture of a salumi plate headlining the review. Heirloom does not even serve salumi. I ate the delicious Halibut that is NOT poached and does NOT come with potato puree. The muscles were the best I have ever had and their wine by the glass and old vintage wine list is impressive. This review does not even mention their wonderful wine program. Also, the service was so down to earth, friendly and intelligent. How can a review not even mention the service. This is one of the most inaccurate and sloppy reviews I have ever read. If you have a chance, go by Heirloom and you will not be disappointed. I can't say enough about how unintelligent this review is.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 23, 2010 @ 11:25 pm

I fixed the picture above, sorry we accidentally put the wrong one in. As for the rest of your gripes, I'm not sure where you're coming from. Paul covers as many aspects of a restaurant as he deems fit in the space allotted, and this is a positive review. Thank you for sharing your views on the aspects that you enjoyed.

Posted by marke on Jun. 24, 2010 @ 10:46 am

Well, not sure who's written any of the first three, but this is Matt Straus writing, I'm the owner of the restaurant, and because there are now two implications above that perhaps someone on the inside penned that first one, I'd like to say it wasn't me.

I'm very grateful for the attention--this piece included--that the restaurant has received. I'm sorry that Mr. Reidinger didn't love everything he ate here, but pleased to say that the overwhelming majority of feedback to dishes like the mussels and the Epoisses burger has been very positive.

To each his or her own, thanks all of you for your perspectives.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 24, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

For replying. I'm removing the implications above.

Posted by marke on Jun. 24, 2010 @ 10:12 pm

I really enjoyed my meal at Heirloom Cafe. I thought the interpretation of the mussels minus the shells was great and while I didn't try the burger, I saw one go by and it looked great. Here's my Yelp review so people don't accuse me of working for the restaurant, too!


ps...do your really think guest #1 would spell mussels "muscles" if they worked for the restaurant?

Posted by phil on Jun. 24, 2010 @ 8:00 pm

Not a bad review at all, but not totally accurate. Like other commenters mentioned, the hallibut is neither poached nor on potatoes. Saute'd obviously, with the crust to prove it. The puree of Cauliflower was the most interesting part of the meal, in my opinion, it has a silky smooth, creamy texture, like nothing you've had before. It's so simple, tastes like like concentrated cauliflower, simply delectable. The texture is truly amazing, but if you're calling it potatoes, you're missing the point of the whole meal. You can't write a piece about such a simple menu and make mistakes all over the place, people are reading this stuff and getting their impressions from your view! It's very unprofessional, amateur even. This is not the forum to discuss the gentrification of the mission, and again, it's not an accurate depiction of the people eating here. Again, not a bad review, but all credibility is lost with these simple over simplifications and blatant inaccuracies.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 25, 2010 @ 7:14 am


Thank you so much for opening Heirloom! I am a fellow restaurant owner in the Mission, and I am absolutely delighted to have you in the neighborhood. My boyfriend and I had one of the best meals we've had in a long time at your restaurant; with amazing wine and wonderful service. We found the quality of the ingredients, the friendliness of the staff, and the general sense of pleasant humility to be refreshing. You guys are doing a fantastic job and I wish you the best.

We sat at the counter and were guided wonderfully through the menu by the chefs. We really enjoyed seeing them work and tasting the food and the wine. As the name implies, Heirloom really is a very special gem for those of us who love to eat and drink well in the company of really nice people who love what they do.

Posted by Deborah on Jun. 30, 2010 @ 7:36 pm

Same ole swill from the dark ages. Hard to believe this is the Bay Area with the Guardian pushing this fossil fuel crap food.

Posted by Guest ❖❖❖ on Jul. 06, 2010 @ 11:14 pm

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