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

Wayfare Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.wayfaretavern.com
  • Phone: (415) 772-9060
  • Hours of Operation: Hours of Operation
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:00am - 5:00pm;
    Saturday - Sunday 11:30 - 5pm
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

  • 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 (415) 772-9060
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Great place for lunch to celebrate any occasion with co-workers. Food is always consistently delicious with enough choices for everyone to find something!!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Wayfare was, as expected, a delicious experience. I only wish that the waiter(s) didn't constantly swoop in and try to take the plates away before they were finished. Our shared appetizer had a few pieces still left and twice the waiters tried to take it away while we were still enjoying it. The third time, I literally had to scoop the remaining pieces onto my plate while the waiter took it away because I gave up denying him. I realize that they're trying to rush us out of the door to seat more guests, but this was during the 11:30AM - noon timeframe (when we arrived, we were the ~5th diners in the door...the downstairs was still empty). We left after 45 minutes, so I also wouldn't say that we were taking our time. Disappointing."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We had a lovely early dinner (5:30) on a Sunday. Everything was out of this world- the service and the food were spectacular! This was my third visit and I will definitely be returning soon!!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I typically think of Wayfare Tavern as a top restaurant I would recommend to any out of town visitors. No more. The service was lacking from the minute we walked in. We were there for lunch and there were only a few tables seated, but our server was no where to be found throughout our visit and our food took over an hour to come out (for 3 salads and a fried chicken dish). The fried chicken was still a highlight but the service was so sub par I will definitely turn to the many other fantastic dining options San Francisco has to offer the next time someone asks for a great place to eat."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Tyler has nailed it! Awesome ambience & yummy food - just a fabulous part of our vacation! The only thing missing was the chef himself."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food was fantastic. The fried chicken was out of this world. Also loved the mac and cheese and brocolini. We ended the meal with doughnuts that were the best I ever had. Chef Tyler Florence did not disappoint!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is a place for all occasions. Fun, upbeat atmosphere for business dinners. Romantic charm for a date night. Great beautiful bar and delicious cocktails, if you're just stopping in for drinks. Absolutely delicious food, well prepared, and graciously served."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is the second time at the restaurant (lunch only, so far). Albeit last time the hostess , bartender and servers were very welcoming and professional the food was inconsistent- that being said this time it was Wonderful on ALL fronts!! Of course the hostess was warm and friendly, our bartender promptly and professionally suggested CUCUMBER MULE (great drink, had 2) and PHIL our server made amazing delicious suggestions and food was perfectly prepared and delicious. Octopus was Fab and Steak Tartare dish creamy & delicious! The closeness of tables is NOT a problem for me it's so reminiscent of NY it's comforting. At this point I have only dined at lunch but while I am still in CA looking forward to dinner here. BRAVO!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Best Caesar Salad. Best Fried Chicken. Best Mac n Cheese. I stepped out of my healthy food box and am so glad I did. Great flavor and the chicken wasn't greasy at all. Service was amazing. Loved that the staff waited until all of my party was done eating before removing the plates. Thank you Tyler Florence."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I made a 1:00 reservation 2 hours prior but read on their website they welcome walk ins. I assumed the 1:00 would be a back up just in case for lunch and with a business part of 4 decided to take our chances and get their at noon. The hostess saw that we had a reservation at 1:00 and despite the request to seat as soon as possible held us to that slot. I felt we could have sat sooner had I not made a reservation. We waited the full hour no bigge since it was good to discuss business before hand, however once we were seated we assumed we would get served at a normal pace seeing the lunch hour was pretty well past. We did not leave until 2:25. That was 3 hours and 25 minutes from our arrival to departure. Little too long for me."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We had lunch at Wayfare Tavern on Wednesday, and unfortunately the service and quality were much less than expected. There wasn't much on the menu that looked healthy or light, so we ordered salads with grilled chicken on top. We waited almost an hour before our salads arrived. The Caesar Salad was the worst I've ever had, mostly tasted like raw egg, not much in the way of flavor at all. I won't recommend going there again."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This was our last night of our California vacation and what a way to spend it! When booking my reservation I shared that in my request and asked to be seated at the "kitchen bar". If you are a party of 2 make sure you do this. Watching the kitchen symphony was amazing. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and even recommended we share a main course because it was so big; so happy we took her advice because we ordered the fried chicken and it had 5 pieces. This allowed us to order a few sides and dessert. The restaurant is tight as far as tables but very eclectic and energizing."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Wayfare Tavern served me a delicious lunch with well-chosen ingredients. I had a very nicely composed Caesar salad and the macaroni and cheese side. The macaroni was rich and delicious and I had to take most of it home. I was there on my own and enjoyed sitting by the open kitchen watching the chefs at work. So many more things on the menu to try. And the popovers. . . Mmmm. . ."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I got a call the day of my reservation saying the restaurant would be closed. This ruined our evening out. Not very professional."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My husband and I dined at Wayfare late on a Saturday evening after a busy day in SF. We were pleasantly surprised at the "old SF" feel of the restaurant. It was warm, inviting, intimate and pretty. The food was wonderful. The highlights were the delicious fresh oysters and the homemade donuts with 3 relish sauces. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his short ribs. I had the famed fried chicken and although it was good, I would not order it again. There was a LOT of chicken on the plate and no vegs or anything else. Next time I'll try the scallops! The service was outstanding!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "As a huge fan of Tyler I was super excited to dine at this place in San Fran on a recent vacation. I was disappointed by everything. My scallops were salty and too smokey, my boyfriends burger was under cooked, we had to send it back twice. The best part of the whole meal was a salad that we shared. The room was hot.... crammed and we felt like we were literally dining with the table next to us. We didn't get to eat together b/c of the burger incident. Overall just not what we expected from Tyler Florence and his team. I would not go back and I wouldn't recommend."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The fried chicken a must have, perfection! Macaroni and cheese, ridiculous..... More sophisticated than just considered comfort food. Delish. Great experience."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This was my first time there and it was very enjoyable."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Excellent food and service! Thank you Wayfare Tavern. We will be coming back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Everything was FABULOUS! The cocktails were great, the prawn cocktail was outstanding! Fresh, firm, sweet prawns that didn't even need cocktail sauce or lemon. The popovers were delicious and served right out of the oven. The fried chicken was wonderful, really moist inside, with a good crunchy buttermilk breading. The hamburger was cooked perfectly and served with Gruyere on a soft homemade bun. And the chocolate cream pie...OMG, the chocolate cream pie!!! My friend and I had a wonderful time. Our waiter was friendly, informative, and very attentive, and everything was just as good as it could be! Thank you!!!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The food at the Wayfare tavern is delicious comfort food - from the hamburgers to the fried chicken to the chocolate pie. The bar is great too! It is a comfortable, fun place."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Four of us had dinner, each ordered something different than the others. The food was not bad, it was just nothing special.... And the fried chicken was too salty. Servers were confused as to who ordered what so the meals were served incorrectly. Obviously, easily fixed; but it shouldn't happen. Miscommunication regarding sides so we ended up with too many of one thing. Strawberry shortcake was dry, donuts were very good. They do the best they can with seating, but it is a little snug. I hated that the waiter, servers and bussers would rest their hand on the back of my chair when they were at the table. Especially annoying given my sport coat was on the chair. Nothing the dry cleaner can't fix, but they should know better."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Wayfare is close to work so we thought it would be appropriate for a birthday celebration. I've been there on several occasions and the food and service have been very good, and while the fried chicken and mac 'n cheese rock, the service was barely "good". We were rushed by the wait staff; because we were in a large booth (for 6 people) we were constantly handed plates and silverware and asked for them back when we were done. This did not create a very relaxing experience. Our server seemed to be so rushed and distracted that he could barely muster a smile. Also, the people at the end of our booth could not hear what the interior people were saying. As for the birthday boy, he got a "happy birthday" from the server but that was it."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Everything that the server recommended was amazing. The burger is out of this world and probably the best burger I have had in the bay area!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I had dinner at Wayfare for the first time and went with the oft-recommended fried chicken. To die for, as were the fried oysters. Major amounts of food, but you only live once. Excellent service as well."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The fried chicken at Wayfarer Tavern is my wife's favorite meal in the city. Saturday night for her birthday they did not disappoint. Service was outstanding!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food is amazing and service is excllent. We had a great time."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Always return to Wayfarers Tavern. Detailed and creative food "always." Immaculately dressed servers that pay attention to details. Love the fact that there is always something new added to the menu. As a restaurant owner myself, I find this restaurant "right at the top," and will always return and recommend them as one that deserves a return visit."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We had a great dining experience on the 4th of July! Everything about our experience was out standing; the service, food, attention to detail, cocktails, wine, dessert every aspect was above our expectations. We will return!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We've eaten at Wayfare Tavern twice so far and have not been disappointed. The fried chicken is a house specialty and like none we've ever had. The fresh pasta fettuccine is made to perfection. Super friendly wait staff. Try sitting at the bar at the open kitchen."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Fun decor and great food. Lunchtime cocktail (only one, sadly) was fantastic. Service impeccable."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "From the wine pick to the perfectly seasoned pasta, this eatery is abosute heaven. The pop-overs were warm and tender served with black salted butter were the perfect accompaniment. Service was jovial and attentive. Will certainly add this to my SF favs list."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We found it to be generally over-seasoned. The flank stake (ordered medium rare) steak was medium at the least, and the long thin cut of it made most of it well done. It was coated in butter and kind of .. not great. The salmon was very good, but had patches of being very salty. The ceaser salad was good. The deviled eggs were great, and the poutine was authentic. All that said, I expected more. We had dinner at credo the previous night in the same price range/neighborhood, and ... credo was just better. We were visitors to SF so perhaps I'm missing something. The popovers were delicious and they provided plenty of them."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Made reservations but when I got there they didn't have a table for me. We had to sit at the bar. Meanwhile others were sat at tables. Saw a chef mixing steak tartar with a spoon, taste it directly from the spoon and continue mixing with the same spoon he just mouthed. Everyone else's Caesar salad had anchovies except ours. They have us someone else's check. It was just not a good experience. Definitely don't come here for a business lunch unless you don't mind having to sit at the bar despite having made reservations. If you have to come here, I would advise against eating the steak tartar unless you don't mind the chefs saliva in your food."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This was by far the best meal we ate while in San Francisco! From start to finish everything we ate was out of this world. Our server was amazing and very welcoming, knowledgable and made great recommendations. Our drinks were fabulous! But beware everything comes in huge portions so pace yourself! Also we brought a toddler and they were incredibly accommodating."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We had the deviled egg appetizer. Amazing! Chicken was really good. Mac and cheese out of this world. Portions are big so share the sides. Great service. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Our waiter was great...helpful and funny. The food is still good, but not as good as I remembered. The popovers are as delicious as every, the fried chicken was as good as I remembered, but the deviled eggs, poutine, chopped salad were good, but nothing special. The donuts were the best thing we ate. The meal ended very tragically for me...I was washing my hands in the ladies room when the raw sewage backed up and I unfortunately was standing right above the drain pipe and needless to say...it was not good. I think the worst part was the lack of response from the restaurant. No concern or apology. The most sympathetic person was another patron who asked me if I was okay. It was handled very poorly if you ask me."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Went with a couple of friends to celebrate and it was a great experience. Best burger I've ever had with a shareable portion of perfect French fries. We scored a very comfortable booth, the service was the right amount of attentiveness, and the atmosphere was energetic and fun. I'm looking forward to going back soon."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Went for a romantic "occasion" dinner out, but noise level and closeness of tables overwhelmed the experience. Food was very good but will only go back if with a group."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Food is excellent here, their bread/croissants are phenomenal, I believe they bake them in-house. No wonder it's hard to get a reservation here for lunch especially. Their salads are a must-try. They have some cool appetizers too."
    Dined on 6/26/2014