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“Needs improvement don't bother there is much better available”
Review of Wayfare Tavern

Wayfare Tavern
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Ranked #118 of 5,735 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Financial District
Cross street: Montgomery & Sansome
Transit: Muni: Clay & Montgomery stops; Sansome & Sacramento stops. Cable car stops one block away on California Street.
Description: A Tyler Florence restaurant.
Rochester, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
188 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Needs improvement don't bother there is much better available”
Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

I believe the staff here should be just completely retrained. For a celebrity chef's (Tyler Florence) restaurant our experience was one of the worst we have had in extensive traveling. Tyler needs to go see what is going on here and raise the standards to what I would like to think he intended. A. Arguments with 3 different people over seating- some just between them- not with us. B. undercooked fried chicken : how do you do that? C. Brussel sprouts that were rocks. D. Mashed potatoes so over salted as to be inedible. E. worst of all no captain Morgan for a rum & coke! Management tried to make up for the food part by bringing us substitute dishes we did not want or even eat . It got worse and worse when I tried to pay for what we did try to eat they embarrassed us by not charging us. They wanted us out of there as did we but I paid and tipped our waitress as it really wasn't her fault. Would I go back? Never. Should you go? Maybe after Tyler fixes it - if he even does. Sorry.

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Walnut Creek, California
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Convivial Wayfare”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

A Saturday night visit with friends resulted in a very satisfying experience. Friendly and efficient service delivered in a warm, decidedly masculine setting. The cocktail menu is short and attractive. In today's world of overwrought "mixology", making simple cocktails well seems to have become the exception....my Negroni was perfect.
The opening popovers are excellent...warm and addictive. The menu is one that makes selection difficult due to the many modern american attractive offerings. Our selections included a deftly handled and generous serving of Tartar, less generous but excellent Bone Marrow, fresh delicious oysters and their famous Fried Chicken. The Chicken was as promised, flavorful and tender with a perfectly crispy crust. Our sides were Mashed and French Fried spuds, both wonderful. Dessert continued the quality and satisfaction with a superb Chocolate Cream Pie. Prices were a bit on the high side, but the quality and care unquestionable.
The wine list is domestic-centric and very well thought out, short enough to not intimidate, long enough to hold a vino-file's interest. The sommelier has built a list that is littered with the perfunctory Cloudy Bay, Sonoma Cutrer, and Montelenas, but these crowd pleasers are all quality. The rest of the offerings are thoughtful, creative and fairly priced.
All in all, an excellent experience. A great place for a group of freinds.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank cadby
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Columbia, Missouri
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“LOVED the interior. LIKED the food.”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

The interior design is fantastic. Wonderful ambiance. The food, however, was just so, so. My boyfriend's fried chicken was the standout. The mac & cheese left a lot to be desired. My cauliflower soup was good but pretty bland. The kale salad was pretty good.

Visited November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
122 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Best Salad I Have Ever Had”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

This place is famous for Burgers and Chicken but he Kale salad was the best I have ever had anywhere in the world. Friends all had burgers which looked great. I had the fried chicken, also outstanding. Great atmosphere, you need to book. A really fun casual atmosphere with great service. I would highly recommend.

Dont order the pumpkin side dish, to big and to sweet


  • Visited January 2013
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Thank edkhub
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Fine Relaxed Dining in A Historic Atmosphere”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

The WAYFARE Tavern let's you know that you are in for a great dining experience the moment you walk in the door, and are greeted by their happy efficient staff. The Tyler Florence menu is eclectic and fab, and the buzzing atmosphere it's set in such a beautiful room, that it makes you want to stay longer. Its a true lovely Tavern experience!!

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank LinnTheFinn
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