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“Tyler Florence and Fried Egg Le Grand Burger”
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Wayfare Tavern
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Ranked #104 of 5,695 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, 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.
Vancouver, Canada
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99 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Tyler Florence and Fried Egg Le Grand Burger”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

It was our first night in San Francisco and we had already planned to visit Tyler Florence’s flagship San Francisco restaurant months ahead via Open Table. We strongly suggest making reservations for Wayfare Tavern. It is located in the Financial District and can get super busy – even on a school night! If you are ever stuck waiting for a table and the bar is full – pop over to Wexler or Irish Times for a pre-drink and than come back. The atmosphere inside is cozy, rustic, and filled with old school charms. Exposed brick walls, wooden tables and an open kitchen with bar seats was inviting and very entertaining.

We were seated in an intimate corner with some privacy and close enough to some kitchen action. As we watched Deviled Eggs (most popular item), Seared Octopus, Butter Lettuce Salad poured out meticulously, we secretly wonder if anyone would notice if we stole a bite here and there…
Seared Octopus 15: Tender octopuses, scallion, linguica, hollandaise, cippolini onion were filled with robust bbq flavors from the grill.

American Kobe Tartare 16: fresh chopped beef, French mustard dressing, garlic popovers was perfect. Pairing minced beef over popovers was perfect. Spread it over like butter. Instead of the crackling of waffle chips or crostinis , garlic bread was a gentler approach.

The Chicken Liver Pate made with saba balsamic jelly and arugula was sold out. Our server suggested the French Fried Oysters 12! Lightly breaded, plump juicy oysters were a close resemblance to the deep fried cauliflowers and served with tartar sauce, shaved cauliflower, lemon juice.

Wayfare Burger “Le Grand” 19 + sunny side up Petaluma egg 2: The patty is made from grass-fed proprietary grind, served with Marin brie, roasted onion, smoked bacon, and brîoche. We felt dirty eating this. But we couldn’t put it down. As the yolk oozed and enveloped each bite, I was scared. Please don’t send me to the principal’s office! I will be good tomorrow and drink some organic cold press juices. I will go for a morning run and a juice cleanse. Promise!

Our visions blurred as we tried to finish another hot-fresh-out-from-the-over Yorkshire Popovers… I don’t quite remember what happened the rest of the night. Excuse my food coma!

  • Visited November 2013
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Reno, Nevada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“We walked out!”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

My husband and I were staying at the Le Meriden in the Financial District to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. We decided to walk over to this restaurant after we checked out of the hotel. There are few restaurants open in the area on a weekend so we expected it to be packed for lunch. To our delight, there were very few diners. We assumed we could enjoy a quick, lovely "last meal" in the city before heading back to Nevada. Boy, were we wrong! From the time we walked into the restaurant to the time we left, there was lackluster attention and no service. The hostess never smiled and greeted us. It seemed like she didn't want to be at work. I requested a seat downstairs near the beautiful fireplace. I never got a reply. A gentleman who was standing near the hostess asked us to follow him upstairs. He wasn't congenial either. He seated us, handed us our menus and said a server would be with us shortly. A busboy took our drink order. We only ordered water until we decided what we were going to eat. The water arrived. And then we waited and waited and waited... The busboy came back and apologized that they were busy and that the waiter would be with us shortly. Busy? There was a party of 4 near us and recently seated party of one and a handful of guest downstairs. It was not busy for a celebrity chef restaurant in San Francisco! The diner near us who was seated after us had his order taken rather promptly by the gentleman who seated us. We tried to get his attention but he never looked our way and seemed in a hurry. After 15 minutes, we got up and walked out! Besides the busboy, no one gave us any service. We decided we didn't want to give them our money after being ignored. My husband explained the situation to the not-so-friendly hostess. She never said a word! The next time we go to SF, we certainly will not go back here and give them another chance. Too many other restaurants with excellent food and service.

Visited October 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good not great”
Reviewed November 13, 2013 via mobile

Celebrity chef notwithstanding, food not fabulous. Enjoyed vibe, but fried chicken overrated- tasty but not as moist as expected. Devils on horseback were excellent. We enjoyed and was fair value, but not sure I understand rave reviews

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Coronado, California, United States
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“What a night!”
Reviewed October 31, 2013

Tried to make a reservation on a Sunday night, but it was full in the prime hours. I had eaten once before and had a good experience. The tavern is well designed with a great look, like medieval England inside and out, especially attractive on a foggy San Francisco evening. So we went in for a drink, found two seats at the bar and off we went. The place was warm and cozy, a nice buzz.

We decided to eat at the bar - great service, great food and great ambiance. For appetizer, she had a butter lettuce salad, I had a great soup - beautifully displayed and served. Of course, the signature popovers were served - we each had two. It is hard to describe how delicious they are with melting butter. We shared a grilled pork tenderloin entree with a twice baked potato side - spectacular! All the while I had draft Anchor Steam beer and she a nice white wine - good and reasonably priced.

For dessert, in sheer abandon, I chose the freshly made doughnuts - almost too much, but not quite. Wow, what an end to a great meal. The maitre'd found a cab and we returned to our hotel happy and sated.Later in the trip we ate at a world famous restaurant in Berkeley, I wished we went back to the Wayfare. Try it - the bar is great place if there are no reservations.

  • Visited October 2013
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los angeles
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“schizophrenic pub food/haute cuisine. chef eating on the job.”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

my family of 4 went on a saturday night. we go there at 545 pm without a reservation and were seated at the chef's counter which overlooks the tiny kitchen. all of the tables were empty, but we were told that they were being reserved for 6 and 630 reservations. i did notice that several of the tables remained empty until our meal ended at 7pm. anyways, we sat in a row at the bar and enjoyed it. the popovers are pretty good- light and fluffy. our waiter was very accomodating and kind and unpretentious. he had fairly good suggestions except for dessert. here is a rundown of our meal:
fried oysters: tasty but not very plentiful. half oysters and half cauliflower. a little over priced.
oxtail poutine: very hearty. well worth the $. highly recommended.
burger with egg: good. typical high end burger.
fried chicken: extremely moist. portion size is generous. worth ordering again.
halibut: well prepared. not the best halibut we have had.
butcher's filet: okay. nothing special. would not order again. the description is much better than the dish. the special condiments and accompaniments seemed skimpy.
beet ice cream: not good. our waiter raved about it so we got it. after one bite, we told him we didnt like it so he kindly took it back. without asking for it, he brought out another flavor- something like smores. it was okay...nothing better than baskin robbins.
brown butter cake: very small portion. not hearty at all.
overall it was a good experience albeit a little inconsistent. some of the dishes were very hearty and like pub food, but other dishes were trying to be haute cuisine. the fried chicken was the best thing we had, and i am not sure it was worth the expense.

while sitting at the counter, we were able to watch all of the food preparation which was pretty interesting. we saw one of the main cooks (tall young blonde man) who was preparing the main dishes, periodically eating and drinking a thick soupy looking concoction while cooking. this is inapporpriate in my opinion. he knew we could see him as well.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank asie
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