I’d Go Out of My Wayfare This Restaurant

by | Apr 8, 2011 | Restaurant Overviews, Travel

The Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco

Today I was determined to find my new favorite restaurant in San Francisco and I think I may have succeeded. My daughter and I were walking down Sacramento Street intending to walk few blocks south to give Tadich Grill a try and we spotted the Wayfare Tavern from across the street. We were intrigued by the Wayfare’s charming exterior and had to stop there. We were even more intrigued once we got inside. As we walked in the door, I felt as though we took a step back in time and we were walking into a country tavern in England. Someone has gone to great lengths applying the finest attention to the detail of the decor of this restaurant. Even the restroom that I visited on the second floor was well decorated. The tables and chairs have a rustic feel to them and the tables are set with pewter chargers that add to the rustic charm.

The main dining room at Wayfare Tavern

The second floor bar and arrangement

The Wayfare Tavern kitchen bar seating area

Even the second floor restroom is very well decorated

The tables are set with pewter chargers that really brings home that rustic charm

Instead of bread or rolls, diners are served popovers, which we loved, and we loved the way they are served by waitstaff out of a wire basket. Again, another example of the detail that has gone into this restaurant.

Diners are served delicious popovers

My daughter and I started off with the wedge and found it to be delicious. While we are used to wedges being smothered in blue cheese dressing, this wedge was finely flavored with a vinaigrette dressing and chopped sauteed red onions.

The wedge

I had the grilled branzino (sea bass) with roasted winter broccoli, mustard green pesto, house raisins and mustard flowers, and lemon purée. My daughter had the Santa Maria tri-tip, truffle butter, watercress and French fried potatoes. We finished our meal with a warm apple crisp. All of the food was very well prepared and well seasoned, including the French fried potatoes.

The grilled branzino

Santa Maria style tri-tip

Apple crisp

Like the title of this blog, I would go out of my way for this restaurant. It’s an experience!


Post blog note: It turns out that Tyler Florence of the Food Network owns this restaurant!