411 Sansome St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411137.794232 -122.401332
Mon.-Fri. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Closed Sat.-Sun.
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Financial District
Secret's OUT! – I almost hate to review this place as I don't want to attract a crowd. Yes, the service is minimal, the ambience resembles the basement of a college dorm commons, and the tables & chairs were probably purchased from a high school that was modernizing in the 80's. That said, I go here almost every week and have for the last 2 years. Even during the busiest lunch times they're able to move people through the line, and I always find a table. The assortment of hot, cold, healthy and comfort foods in impressive. It's not as gourmet as Lightening Foods, but there's about twice the selection. The green salad portion of Wildflower is about 20% of their offering, and is very basic - nothing special or fancy. But, by the time I get to the lettuce my plate is already so full that it doesn't matter. (translate: if all you want is a green salad, don't go here). The first few times you go, I suggest taking very small portions of about 20-30 different dishes to identify your favorites. This don't always taste as you'd expect.
Editorial Review – Lunch spot helps diners spice up their salads with a remarkable selection of toppings, including roasted asparagus and soba noodles.
Good food, poor customer service – The variety and freshness of the saladbars are great, I usually go there 3-4x a week. The customer service is terrible. I've had a couple of experiences with the waitstaff that finally convinced me not to give them my business. When I spoke with the manager regarding the issue, he stated he "didn't want customers like myself". I have 20 years of customer service and sales experience, I agree that rude customers are humiliating and a problem; but I had a valid point and was polite. I do not recommend it.
Good Salad Bar – Lots of variety of toppings for your salad, like mandarin oranges is a favorite of mine. And I like having a piece of the shoyu chicken or fresh turkey w/cranberry sauce. You can really be tempted to fill your plate, but it's ok, because it's less than $5.00/lb. Bread & butter comes w/the salad bar. What a deal!
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