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“Casual Elegance at its best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Wayfare Tavern

Wayfare Tavern
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Ranked #104 of 5,644 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Oakland, California
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157 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Casual Elegance at its best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

Had a lovely dinner with a client at Wayfare Tavern. It is a beautifully crafted restaurant -- with a cool bar downstairs (and a small one upstairs) and lots of intimate and larger tables. The menu is diverse -- I had the ahi (cooked perfectly rare) and my client had the vegetarian ravioli, which she loved.

Restaurant was priced well, not overly so. I would definitely recommend the place for friends, or couples, looking for a great (not stuffy) place downtown.

  • Visited April 2013
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Hope Island, Australia
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55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Yorkshire pudding with butter?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

This place is kind of a trendy pub, lots of dark wood, tap beer and an eclectic menu, older yuppie kind of crowd. It was crowded but service was efficient, the food was pretty good but I was amazed to find instead of bread we where each handed what seemed a lot like a yorkshire pudding (and I should know) and some butter, it tasted fine but was totally unexpected.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Mike F
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Reno, Nevada
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45 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Comfortable not flashy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

With its British pub decor, this tavern aims at a comfortable ambiance. Similarly, menu items include favorites like deviled eggs--and if you're Canadian--poutine. There was more creative flair to a ravioli dish stuffed with bright green mashed peas, and it's unsual to have freshly baked popovers served instead of bread. It's impressive too--popovers can be delicate and hard to prepare in the large quantities served here. The wine list includes reasonable and different choices like Albarino, which goes well with crab dishes. Coffee prepared French press style is also nice. Service was fine, but the restaurant was not busy as the lunch crowd had moved on.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank rhbird
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Denver, Colorado
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168 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Loved it.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

If you sit in the back by the fireplace it's like being at the Chet's table. Tyler Florence was working the kitchen the night we were there. Hard boiled eggs were a pleasant surprise and delicious. Fried chicken was solid. Cowboy steak was ok. Mac and cheese was to die for. I've made Tyler's Ultimate Mac and cheese and he's been holding out on us. Out server was great. Never had to ask for a refill and she was very attentive. She made it a special night for us.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank GN303
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Mission Viejo, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Would not recommend”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

Very disappointing, very busy,noisy.Poor service, indifferent waiters,I agree with jmg435, repeatedly had to ask for water refills waited 20minutes to get cocktails.Ravioli dish was not cooked,very chewy, sent back had to wait long time for second entree Other entrees were nothing special, highly over-rated..No one ever came by to inquire how our meal or service was. We were there on Friday March 31st 6:30 reservations ,will never recommend. Management and service need help!!

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank csc139
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