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Wayfare Tavern, San Francisco, CA
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Wayfare Tavern

4.6
4.6
7094 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 112 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–5:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 772-9060

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Tyler Florence

  • Catering

  • Private party facilities

    Wayfare Tavern is a true gathering place for private events of all types. We offer several options to accommodate intimate family dinners, weddings and receptions, corporate events, social gatherings, and full restaurant buy outs.

  • Private party contact

    our Event Team: (877) 650-1872

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Cross street

    Montgomery & Sansome

  • Parking details

    **PARKING GARAGES NEAR US 1 Embarcadero Center; Portsmouth Square Garage, 733 Kearny St

  • Public transit

    Muni: Clay & Montgomery stops; Sansome & Sacramento stops. Cable car stops one block away on California Street.

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 7,094 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco

    American

  • San Francisco

    Most Booked

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  1. s

    spikerjack

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always awesome - fried chicken is glorious!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So yummy!!
  3. E

    Extraordinary

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Food was amazing - ambience was great as well
  4. T

    Tallman

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Best chicken in San Francisco!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Everything was pretty tasty except that I was disappointed with the expensive $34 dollar fried chicken dish.
  6. AC

    AndreaC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We love the Wayfare-delicious food & drinks and a cozy white linen atmosphere
  7. JC

    JacquelineC

    Mexico City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!!!!
  8. J

    John

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good food, a little pricey, and definitely noisy.
  9. GB

    GlenB

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food Butternut squash soup salmon and burger all great Noel was our waiter who took great care of us Great ambiance
  10. CN

    CaliNYC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great service! I’ve come here for lunch, this was my first time having dinner here. It was fantastic.
  11. LM

    LoMierz

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely birthday celebration, food was yummo like we remembered pre-pandemic. The organic fried chicken was seasoned to perfection & juicy burger was cooked as requested. Nice starter, the creamery deviled eggs. The finale, fluffy hot birthday donuts, side of whipped cream, berry topper & candle. Extra special touch was the birthday card signed by & from Wayfare Tavern. Kudos to Maria our server & entire staff delivered the extra mile to make certain our birthday experience was a hit. Thank you.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was friendly, accommodating. Food was tasty. Environment was pleasant. Noisier than I would have liked. But we enjoyed ourselves.
  13. P

    Peter

    Palm Springs

    333 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    333 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can't go wrong here. Diverse menu. Attentive and friendly staff. Tyler knows what he is doing!
  14. SH

    SimoneH

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Love this place but found overall service slower than normal. May be a staffing issue which has become common in SF. Food was great!
  15. SP

    StephanieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Popovers are the best! Ive been here so many times and i cant get tired of their soft /fresh popovers. I usually order the steak tartare and a mixed drink. Their homemade donuts are worth a try and can be shared with another person as it comes with 2 donuts, a dip and cream. Sitting might be a little tight, ive dined in upstairs, bar, booth,by the kitchen and the regular small table/chair fit for 2.
  16. N

    Nadams

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Wayfare. It never disappoints. Excellent food and great atmosphere.
  17. LE

    LisaE

    Sacramento

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a wonderful brunch at this traditional San Francisco restaurant. The service was attentive and we felt special here. We were surprised by delicious popovers. The cocktails were lovely and everything tasted great. A lovely meal to remember with my adult daughter and my friend.
  18. S

    Sofluvslife

    Orange County

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the atmosphere. Dodd was delicious…deviled eggs, Caesar salad, fried chicken, burger and donuts for dessert. Service was friendly and prompt. Really enjoyed and look forward to returning.
  19. N

    Nbultema

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    The ambience was amazing as was the service. The food was mediocre, unfortunately.
  20. G

    Gr8bites

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    Evening of dining Thursday, Jan 12 - I want this be a positive review so let me start with this narrative. The food was outstanding (chicken, mussels, burrata mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, pomme frittes), the service personnel were outstanding, and the wine outstanding (Stags Leap white wine) Where the restaurant fell short, was the hostess on the 2nd floor. We were checked in on the 1st floor and directed to the elevator due to two of our party having knee/hip challenges. We arrived on the 2nd floor and were confronted (to use the correct word) by a hostess asking us what we were doing. We explained we had checked in and she wanted to redirect us to an event party on the 4th floor, which we were NOT a part of you. When we pressed that we were just regular patrons, she insisted we walk down the stairs and check with the hostess again. We declined and politely stated our reservation was at 6:15, that we were directed to be seated. Long story short, the hostess was quite abrupt, rude, and candidly it was a bit of shocker to all 3 of us checking in. What could have been done is she could have confirmed all of this with the hostess on the first floor. the outcome was that we were promptly seated and had a great meal and service....but that event colored our experience at a place we love and introduced to one of our party (who had not been there before. I may followup with a call to the restaurant to explain this situation because it was "out of character for the Wayfare"
  21. PH

    PeterH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and great fun. Tony and his team run a superb operation.
  22. M

    Manhattan

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time. Only suggestion is to please make the booths easier to get into and out of. The seat cushion is very soft so we sank in and hard to slide. But great time again!
  23. PP

    PerryP

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my long-standing favorites in The City. And the best chicken on the planet.
  24. H

    Hammer

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place for a business lunch!
  25. T

    Tony

    New York Area

    340 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    340 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    We took five staff members to this restaurant and got a good sampling of the menu. The starters, squash soup was excellent. Also good was the Caesar salad. For the entrees, the fried chicken and pork shops were standouts. Also good was the salmon and burger. Their popovers were amazing. Also good were the cocktails and a decent but small wine list. Deserts were also good. Service was average.
  26. M

    Michael

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Food was so so. This is not the place it once was. There are so many other choices in San Francisco with much better food and service.
  27. S

    Steve

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Hostess not very friendly
  28. SH

    StephenH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always we very much enjoyed our dinner at Wayfare. Consistently good food service and a ambiance. Good vibe
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely anniversary dinner
  30. JS

    JillS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The bartender was super wonderful to us.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great for a birthday celebration. Loved the food. Good portions and very yummy.
  32. B

    Breadinfrance

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best hospitality experiences that I have had! Ginger was exceptionally thoughtful and guided us through the menu with such consideration. We will definitely be back!
  33. J

    Jono

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In SF on business. Will bring clients back here again and again.
  34. DN

    DenverNative

    Denver

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Beautifully decorated for New Year’s Eve. Our server was wonderful- very personable and efficient. The family style serving with everything brought at once was a little off-putting. The fried chicken, which is supposedly their signature dish, was very small and boneless. The salad was two wedges of iceberg lettuce with some dressing poured over it. The green beans were nice. But overall, it was very overpriced for the quality of the food, prep, and presentation. It’s a place for people with too much money and no sense of what to expect for it.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    New Year’s Eve - visiting SFO from Vancouver Great evening, great food!
  36. j

    johne

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a lovely time! The ambiance, food and service are exceptional. We opted for an early dinner new year's eve and picked the perfect spot, dark wood, soaring ceilings, excellent food and super professional gracious staff made the night. We had drinks and dinner at the bar, the bartenders are amazing in skill but also are friendly hard working and a joy to converse with. We will be back!
  37. DY

    DerekY

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal as usual. Wayfare always manages to take a rather simple meal and elevate it to a whole other level. Best steaks around San Francisco and that steak sauce is an umami bomb. This is a must visit location if you are in the city. Staff is attentive, friendly and helpful. The wine selection is wide and wonderful. Imagine your favorite corner pub blended with a 5-star fine dining restaurant and put it in a location that is over 100 years old and you have the wayfare tavern.
  38. JW

    JustinW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful experience at Wayfare Tavern. Needed a reservation for 7, and a place quickly to celebrate my daughters birthday. Wayfare Tavern came through with flying colors. Ambience and Food were amazing, service was fabulous and a great place to celebrate in a vibrant, cozy, yet elevated setting. Great for adults and the kids. Thank you Wayfare Tavern & Service Team!
  39. j

    joannes

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal we've had in a couple of years! Every dish was excellent,
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and service - so good that we ate there two nights on our vacation. Thanks for taking such good care of us Ginger!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Wayfare Tavern using the Order Online button. Wayfare Tavern also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 772-9060.

Wayfare Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 7094 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 112 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Wayfare Tavern

558 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Montgomery & Sansome

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–5:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    **PARKING GARAGES NEAR US 1 Embarcadero Center; Portsmouth Square Garage, 733 Kearny St

  • Public transit

    Muni: Clay & Montgomery stops; Sansome & Sacramento stops. Cable car stops one block away on California Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tyler Florence

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 772-9060

  • Catering

  • Private party facilities

    Wayfare Tavern is a true gathering place for private events of all types. We offer several options to accommodate intimate family dinners, weddings and receptions, corporate events, social gatherings, and full restaurant buy outs.

  • Private party contact

    our Event Team: (877) 650-1872

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