Wayfare Tavern
Wayfare Tavern
  • Address:
    558 Sacramento Street
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Neighborhood:
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Cuisine:
    American
    Price: $30 and under

Wayfare Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.wayfaretavern.com/
  • Phone: 4157729060x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours of Operation
    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Saturday - Sunday 11:30 - 5pm

    Dinner:
    Monday to Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm




  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tyler Florence
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Wayfare Tavern can accommodate various party sizes. The Billiard Room can hold parties up to 16 for playing pool or entertainment or seat 8-16 guests for dining. The Bartlett Room, named for Lt. Washington Bartlett who is responsible for naming San Francisco, is our third floor private dining room that can accommodate up to 50 guests seated or 80 for a standing reception. The centerpiece of this room is the floor to ceiling glass enclosed, temperature controlled wine cellar which offers diners the opportunity to witness the sommelier making wine selections throughout the evening. We can also accommodate full or partial restaurant buy-outs for larger parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Private Dining Director 4157729060x
  • Entertainment: Within our second floor dining room, we have a Billiard Room available for parties up to 16. The room has double pained glass doors and features an antique tin ceiling, vintage red felt pool table. To make ordering easy, the room has a red "hot" phone which direct dials to ordering food and cocktails. Reservations are suggested and the room is available upon availability.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Montgomery & Sansome
  • Public Transit: Muni: Clay & Montgomery stops; Sansome & Sacramento stops. Cable car stops one block away on California Street.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is available beginning at 5PM daily. Cars will be parked primarily in a secured lot. Nearby public parking structures also available as well as metered street parking.
A word from Wayfare Tavern
Chef Tyler Florence brings his passion for high quality and style to San Francisco with his new flagship restaurant, Wayfare Tavern. A classic San Francisco Tavern featuring authentic American dishes inspired by local cuisine at the turn of the 20th century, the menu ranges from classic comforts to rustic delicacies. The beverage menu features locally-sourced wines including a selection of Florence's own label, quality draft beers and organic root beer as well as classic Victorian-era cocktails.

All three floors of the restaurant have been designed keeping historical accuracy in mind making Wayfare Tavern reminiscent of a Victorian parlor and an Edwardian men's club, where anything goes from black-tie to blue jeans. Pull up a stool to the Chef's Counter at the open kitchen and look on as Chef prepares your lunch or head to the Library and Billiard Room for a game of pool. Wayfare Tavern is a truly unparalleled dining experience translated from a century ago. Photo: John Lee.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Wayfare Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
390 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (241)special occasion (173)neighborhood gem (134)hot spot (125)vibrant bar scene (106)great for lunch (87)romantic (86)good for groups (86)notable wine list (75)late-night find (31)great for brunch (16)kid-friendly (11)great for outdoor dining (6)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great vibe
    K4foodVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Signature deviled eggs and popovers are fabulous...there is just no downside. It's terrific
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Watch out for spicy oysters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Oysters were too spicy! Menu did not indicate this nor did the waiter....too spicy to enjoy or eat
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The food was good…..not great, however, good. It is a very noisy restaurant so would avoid it if you want to visit. I would recommend they work on their dessert menu. We couldn't find anything we wanted to order.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food but rough delivery
    mark
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Food was delicious, been here before so no surprise. Service was not great, long delay for food. Think the sales force conference slammed the staff. Food was delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    Jerseygirl
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The best fried chicken and mac and cheese I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible service!
    Peter
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We came to this restaurant for a birthday dinner in hopes of having a nice celebratory dinner. Our server was horrible! Mis-represented the restaurant by not knowing enough about the food and not able to accurately describe them, or whether particular wines were available or not, and it took at least 30 minutes between each course on a two top while the other tables around us were served promptly. It was if he had it out for us from the very moment we sat down. Never felt welcomed and left with a bad taste in our mouths over the entire experience. When we addressed the manager on duty that evening he seems ambivalent to the whole situation and seemed to care less that we had such bd service. Will never return!
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  • Disappointing
    SantaRosaFoodie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Sunday morning, October 12, my husband and I decided to have for lunch since they open at 11:30. We had visited Wayfare a year ago and loved the food - and the experience. This time we were very disappointed. The wait staff was ambivalent, one waiter was almost to the point of being rude, and the food was sub-par. We ordered the fried chicken. Knowing that good fried chicken takes some time to prepare, we were patient, but it was a long wait. The dark meat pieces with bone were undercooked and not edible. I politely tried to explain my disappointment to the waiter, who didn't respond. They had no mashed potates, either, and told us they had not had time to prepare them. Was the poor service and sub-par food a result of a tired staff?
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  • Disappointed
    JTB58
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    After much anticipation, my wife & I experienced Tylers flagship restaurant to an underwhelming experience. Found the appetizers too big - even for sharing with no steering help from the waiter.... We ordered the Devil Eggs & Seared Octopus, thought that the waiter could have mentioned that it might be too much for two to share.... Same experience for the entree's, they certainly can be shared, my wife ordered the Fried Chicken which is alot of food for one person, I had the scallops - they were served on the cold side.... Best thing of the night - Donuts - they were awesome Recommendation - Go to the bar, have a glass of wine and order the donuts!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Early dinner
    Malia
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had a 4:30 pm dinner reservation. The dining was quiet. Our waiter was knowledgable and helpful with our menu selections. The fried chicken and tomato soup were very good. We started with Kushi and Tomales Bay oysters, good call!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No Fare for Us
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    WT has been a special restaurant for my husband and I for the past four years. We made a reservation for my birthday and our ten year anniversary as well as our three year wedding anniversary which all fall on the same day. This has been a tradition for us since I proposed to him in WT four years ago. On this very special occasion, the hostesses haughtily told us that our table wasn't ready, but would be in five minutes. We stood in the way at the hostess desk, maneuvering around exiting guests and waitstaff. After asking about our table for the last time at 9.20, we were told it would be more than a ten minute wait. We waited until 9.30 and left; were we extremely hungry; I am eight months pregnant and needed to get up at 5 the next morn.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dorisboo
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Everything was outstanding - from valet to service/waiter to the food. I would definitely recommend Wayfare Tavern to friends,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food Bad Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Wayfare Tavern served great quality food, which is why I would probably go back, but the service was extremely slow and inattentive. They filled our water's ok when empty or half empty, but our waiter did not even ask if I wanted another drink. The restaurant was not too full, but the food took a long time to get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    You gotta go! Be hungry. Killer poutine, apps, and fried chicken. All very fresh. Great bar too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice experience
    Meh98
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Overall I would say that Wayfare tavern is a nice place to have drinks or dinner. The noise level is very high and we found it difficult to carry on our conversation at times. The food was good but my food was not cooked as requested. The menu is relatively diverse and you can probably find whatever you are looking for or something close to it. The service was average and at times we were looking for our waiter. The other staff were very attentive and helpful. Definitely recommend if going out with friends but if this is a romantic date or first date, you might consider somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Let down
    Rick
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    One of our dinner guests entrees was not brought out until long after everyone else was served. And once they were served their scallops were raw and they had to wait even longer. Not at all what was expected from this establishment. The wait staff was not congenial to begin with and this event didn't appear to nick their armor.
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  • SO GOOD
    saragabeVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Everything we tasted was on point! I could eat their fried chicken plate every day, and I'm from the South. Their version was inventive and just heavenly. And secret: It's even better leftover :) The poutine with Oxtail was unbelieveable. And the popovers! My goodness. What a fun way to start the meal. No room for dessert but we left completely satisfied! Can't wait to come back to try the burger...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Waiter a bit snooty Scallops were undercooked and even though we sent them back for further cooking, they came back still slimy We wanted to amend the dessert option with different ice cream and the waiter was annoyed that we didn't want it they want he suggested. I wouldn't go back there or recommend it to others
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Warm, inviting space!
    MeganVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This was a great, vibrant place for lunch. It was very busy and extremely loud (so don't go here for a private tet-a-tet. However, the food was wonderful and the menu was exciting and unique. Service was OK, not excellent. But the server was very knowledgeable about the menu. Also the bar looked really cool.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    ReasonableWoman
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was one of my favorite places that I could always rely on to bring friends. Unfortunately this visit was a real disappointment and I won't be back as long as this menu is in effect. There used to be some interesting appetizers and sides that were must haves, ie the brusssel sprouts and the balsamic appetizer. These greats are gone from the menu and what's left is - boring. I had trouble ordering sides because there was so little to choose from and the one I used to love, the mac and cheese, was bland and lacked texture. I've had some amazing meals here, but this menu is now completely lackluster. My husband did really enjoy his lobster and the fried chicken was perfect as usual, but beyond that there was nothing to rave about.
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  • Good option
    mccalmoVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We live only a few blocks away. It's very much like a bar, stylistically, and has a bit of a meat-oriented menu that changes quarterly. But the food is truly excellent. We had a very nice meal matched with a very good sauvignon blanc. Quite enjoyable. Some of the other tables were loud, but this reflects the bar-like atmosphere. But it is still easy to talk.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tyler has guts...
    MR99
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Tyler Florence has guts, serving poutine on is menu and having an hungry french Canadian craving Poutine. His was perfect, the Oxtail was buttery and melting in my mouth, the vegetable base sauce was simply sublime and the dosage of the light cheddar was to die for. We also had half a lobster with some Oysters (again, the oyster we're all from Canada). What can I say about the donuts that we had for desserts: simply out of this world. My favorite meal I had in 5 days in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every bite was delicious!
    AngelsFans
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had a fantastic meal at Wayfare Tavern! It made our one night in San Francisco very memorable. We will dine there again next time in the city by the bay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Huge disappointment
    Njoygdfd
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This restaurant was a major disappointment. The noise level was ridiculous, the service was a joke, and the food was mediocre.
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  • Lovely
    SFLVLA
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Great ambience. Tasty food. Fantastic service. Complimentary small desert and candle for birthday. Tables were a little too close together for intimate and romantic dining. Ordered the fried chicken. Was surprised that was ALL it was, no accompanying side. Justice fried chicken - and lots if it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Pennylane
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I can't begin to say what a wonderful dinning experience we had at Wayfare Tavern. We all ordered the fried chicken. It was flavorful all the way down to the bone, very moist and fried perfectly. The waiter was attentive and so warm. We will be back. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible!!!!!
    TNMEN
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Really rejoyed this restaurant. The energy was thru the roof as was the food. We ate at the chef counter and watched with amazement how the staff worked together to create some incredible dishes. Just to see the precision of how this staff works and the pride in which each and every dish was prepared just made our evening so special. And of course what we heard of the fried chicken was absolutely true, AMAZING!!!! Don't forget to make reservations ahead since this is really a hot spot. Will be back when in San Francisco. The entire staff was so friendly. Also, the ambience is cozy and beautiful as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service
    Tunie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My experience was not very good at this restaurant . Service was slow and fried chicken was overly salty perhaps from the brine used on the chicken. Food was very slow to arrive and server did not seem to be concerned. Never checked back after food was delivered. All in all was disappointed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • last dinner in ca
    pae1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I have been wanting to go here for a couple of months, so decided to go with my brother and husband on our last weekend in California. It was a great choice it was a perfect ending to our 35 years in California.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great corporate lunch spot
    Caits023
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I had to try the fried chicken, which was delicious. I also tried the Mac n cheese which was a great side dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vacation Highlight
    mjp1971
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I don't know that I can express how much we enjoyed our dinner at Wayfare Tavern. My wife and I had been on vacation for almost two weeks touring around the Northern California area, and this was one of best meals we had during our entire trip. We came in just before the dinner rush and everything about the meal was just about perfect. The French Onion Dip starter was excellent, and the fried chicken, mac & cheese, and finally donuts for desert were just out of this world perfect. Next time we are in San Francisco we will definitely return, and advise anyone going to the area to visit this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for business lunch
    Erica
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great food, great service, and makes a great impression on clients. Go around 1 and it clears out nicely. Makes it feel very private.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food But Long Wait for Meal
    MLiboVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We had a work birthday lunch here. When calling to confirm the reservation we inquired if we would be able to get in and out within an hour at 12:00pm. They said yes. We only ordered one course and non alchoholic drinks. The server took about 7 minutes to even come in the room. When asked if we could eat and depart by a certain time frame she said she could make it happen since we were only ordering one course and knew what we wanted. We ordered all 6 items by 12:15pm. At 12:47pm we still had nothing delivered and had to leave by 12:50. We ended up having to box up all items and tak them back to the office. Wish the communication and expectations were set properly as the food is amazing. Prob not going back for any group functions.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • don't want to miss this experience
    offthehook
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Wayfare is a MUST for us when we're in San Francisco the food, the service and the whole scene is always a high point of any trip! We will be back again and again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service
    Frogprince
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Excellent high end American food with great service. Reservations highly recommended. Night bar scene also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Night
    lovetoeatoutVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We waited an hour for our food. Waiter not attentive at all. Tomato soup was so thick it wouldn't come of the container as the waiter tried to pour it. More like canned tomato paste than soup. Really disappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing Menu Selection, Food
    rusrivermanVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This restaurant for my companion and myself was disappointing from the start to the end. It began from we were early 25 minutes and told they could take us at 1pm and we watched as table after table was available all the way till the time they called us for our reservation for lunch. The first disappointment was to be told the truly only real vegetarian option other than a sandwich was "out" or not available. We decided the best way to break down the menu was to eliminate the options we weren't able to end due to dietary restrictions and see what might be left. Shrimp Cocktail, Hearts of Palm and Avocado Salad, A few fresh oysters, and Broccilini side. Just Disappointed. The popover was excellent however.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • underwhelming
    SFdining
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I was very excited for an evening out with my sister at Wayfare Tavern. For a bill over $100 dollars for two people without drinks I had expected good food and good service as is standard for this type of restaurant. The server was not very friendly and only really engaged when he brought the check and it was time to tip. I am in sales and dine all over the city in nice restaurants with clients and while I am young- I was taken aback how he acted like we were not important diners. Also, we ordered the steak medium. It came back pink and when the waiter never came to check on us- my sister ate the parts of it that were cooked enough. Overall, the experience was underwhelming and wouldn't go back.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Tables were too close together upstairs. Don't try to come here for an intimate dinner because your conversation will be heard by parties on both sides. Restaurant was too busy for the number of servers working. Waitress was nice but was not around enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic SF establishment
    juls
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I took a couple colleagues there for the first time for lunch and we all enjoyed salads -- and the deviled eggs of course. It was crowded and we had to wait a fw minutes for our reservation but prompt service made up for the wait. Great choice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent all around
    MDaly
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Came here with my fiance and parents for dinner and sat upstairs. The bar area downstairs seemed a bit more loud but it was quiet more quiet upstairs. The popovers before were excellent and the wait staff was both friendly and engaging. The menu has items that might seem like bar food but they have been 'done up' big time to make them worth the extra $$. This includes the friend chicken and burger, both of which were delicious (lots of sharing happening at the table). For desert our group of four shared the doughnuts and chocolate cream pie, both incredible. Not a huge beer selection but great picks available and good variety. All in all an awesome dinner, we will come back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate