Wayfare Tavern

4.7
4841 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Hours of Operation
Lunch:
Monday - Friday 11:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday - Sunday 11:30am - 5:00pm

Dinner:
Monday to Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Thursday to Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm




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Phone number
(415) 772-9060
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Tyler Florence
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Cross street
Montgomery & Sansome
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Parking details
**We offer Valet Tuesday through Saturday from 5pm to 11pm. Cost is $12 per car. We do NOT offer Valet on Sunday or Monday **
PARKING GARAGES NEAR US:
1. 550 Kearny – Entrance on Sacramento
2. 1 Embarcadero Center Battery & Clay (across Le meridien hotel)
3. Portsmouth Square Garage, 733 Kearny St

STREET PARKING:
Street parking restrictions are lifted at 7pm daily
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Public transit
Muni: Clay & Montgomery stops; Sansome & Sacramento stops. Cable car stops one block away on California Street.
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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
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 22, 2018

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Wayfare Tavern is an old-school spot in the Financial District. And we mean that in the very best way.

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SM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am never disappointed when I go to this place. Great place to meet for dinner or lunch.

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RB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Okay experience, food was amazing. Minus the wait. We had reservations at 9pm and didn't get seated until 9:40. We sat at the bar and had a cocktail and as we waited, others were being sat. We even overheard couples with 9:30 reservations being sat before us. I was very disappointed because it was our anniversary and we fly in to San Francisco just to eat here every year. We approached the host and hostess a couple of times and kindly reminded them that we were still waiting. Not the friendliest...

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WE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I always enjoy dining at Wayfare Tavern. I split the 32 oz. rib eye, it was delicious, perfectly cooked! The steak tartare is one of my favorite items on the menu, it was very good, but it seemed the kitchen added a little more hot sauce than the other times I’ve eaten it. I didn’t mind because I enjoy spicy food. I look forward to returning very soon!

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CA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Waiter was exceptional. He was helpful with drink selection, and gave good advice to our family who was headed to Hawaii the next day. I think our waiter's name was Tom.

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LN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was very good. Hostess was friendly upon entering and seated us right away with our reservation. The only issue was the waiter we had asked to pack up my food to go. When I asked him for it since he forgot to bro g it back, he was rude and said I had to ask the “person who bussed the table”. I told him that he was the one and he just walked away rudely. This was after we paid, spent over 300. For 4 people and tipped him well. If I had him again as a waiter, I would asked to be seated elsewhere. Other than that, portions were generous and food was great!

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DK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looks like an upscale British pub. The fried chicken really is that good. Large portion sizes.

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SW
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

There was a long wait for the food to come out of the kitchen. How long should it take to make a hamburger and fried chicken? The seating on the first floor created enough noise to give a person a headache. Perhaps that is the "vibrant bar scene"? In the future, I will avoid 6pm dinners with buddies. Giving credit where credit is due, the hamburger and fried chicken are probably among the best in San Francisco.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

The food was disappointing. The best part was the pop-over.

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m
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Surprised to find pub food this good. Two of us shared the steak tartare, a serve of their epic fried chicken, and the donuts for dessert. It wasn’t low carb, but it was utterly delicious.

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AD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was attentive and efficient.
Food was very good. Wife had the fried chicken and it was quite good. I had the tavern burger, which was very tasty. I ate the roasted garlic that came with the chicken, which made the fries that much better.

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CC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food never disappoints. The best steak tartare in SF since Stars. Excellent mixologists.

A favorite weekend lunch spot.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Would not recommend. Mediocre expensive food and very slow rude service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

You can be sure Tyler Florence was once the purveyor of Cafeteria in NYC as the service pace was so rushed and clinical as to evoke memories of bowling banquets and bad weddings gone by. From appetizers to main entrees to the finish the entire meal took a little more than 35 minutes, a service which was overly efficient if not overfly friendly - a waiter nearly knocked me over on the way out half running through the dining room to deliver a tray of deviled eggs - which begs the question can food delivered that quick be freshly prepared?

The food itself - top notch, flavorful and bountiful. The fried chicken is indeed special - but if you’re expecting classic southern fried chicken you will be disappointed. Open up to a new experience in comfort food and you’ll be agreeable.

But all that comfort food is no good if you aren’t invited in to relax, enjoy your meal and remember it as something special - that’s where Wayfare falls short.

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B
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Despite making a reservation we were asked to wait 45 minutes past the reservation. When we asked the Maitre D about it she shrugged and said “Reservation isn’t an exact science” in a very condescending manner.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good stuff! Fun night with out of town friend

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Was as good as the reviews say. Fried chicken was out of this world good, and so were the homemade donuts!! I’d go back again and again if I lived here!!

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ML
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner at Wayfare Tavern except for the noise. It is a fun place to eat but be careful about ordering as the food can be very rich.

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V
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

You're asked to wait for your table in the bar area but it takes forever to get a drink. First a waiter comes and assumes you're eating at the high tables - not. Then you say you're getting drinks and he says that a drink waitress will be right over - doesn't happen. I finally just went to the bar. The bartender wasn't very busy but our table was ready before he had our drinks ready. Not a great start. However, it's a great place! And I'll keep coming back.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

We had dinner on a Sunday night. It was not busy. The ambiance is warm and inviting. The food comfortable and tasty. Unfortunately the waiter was inattentive and very slow. He seldom returned to ask if we needed anything and when the food took unusually long, he never stopped by to acknowledge this. This was very disappointing. Without good service we would rather go somewhere else.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Went based on a recommendation from a friend for an anniversary dinner. I was extremely disappointed with the whole experience. Made reservations a month ahead of time and table was not ready when we arrived on time. Staff were not friendly and barely acknowledged our presence. It was so noisy in the restaurant and maybe that’s why the staff barely spoke because they knew we wouldn’t be able to hear them. My chicken was fair (not bad but not great). My wife’s trout was fishy and possibly under cooked. Mac and cheese was good but the mashed potatoes tasted like instant potatoes. I expected more based on other reviews and recommendations. I was embarrassed to have brought my wife here on our anniversary.

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MD
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was good. Since I’ve hear so much about the fried chicken, I dnexided to order it. The portion is quite generous, although I’m not sure I would order again. It was good, but not GREAT. Felt rushed out of the restaurant, which in all honesty I did not appreciate. Kind of expensive - $120 for fried chicken, a burger, 2 glasses of wine. Downstairs is really loud; quieter upstairs.

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G
Philadelphia
297 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. The fried chicken is to die for. My wife fell in love with their mac & cheese. We could not of asked for a better time. The restaurant is beautiful as well.

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OS
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way.

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RO
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for a business dinner on a Wednesday eve and found the place packed at 7.45 pm. Loved the casual ambiance and vibe. Service was very good...prompt, knowledgeable, and not overbearing. Menu was varied and presentation was lovely, however most flavors were just so so including over salted fried chicken. Likely would go back for a second try based on ambiance and service...maybe my taste buds were just off that eve.

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KS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service. We will definitely be going back to Wayfare Tavern. We had the burrata appetizer and the deviled eggs... both very good. Pork chop was amazing (Highly recommend) and the mac/cheese side was really good as well ... steak and side of mashed potatoes were average.

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OT
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First off, I can’t believe this restaurant has been around for 8 yrs without me knowing about it. This has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants. The fried chicken dish at Wayfare is by far the best I’ve had in a long, long time. The popovers were also quite savory.

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m
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Fried chicken tasted really salty this time, disappointing. Love the menu and popovers. My husband had steak tatarte just ok, a friend tried the burger and fries delicious 😋. The salads and eggs were very good.

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LM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The right balance of dressy/casual is here. Tourists fall into the place filled with better dressed locals. It has its own little niche that makes it great. Hard to explain as it is in between a lot of different styles of restaurants. Great cocktails, service, popovers, food. Loved that I could get a smaller portion of the famous Fried Chicken. Killer Washington oysters. Also, the Beef Tartare was off the hook. Lots of moaning going on with each bite. Don't miss the donuts for dessert! Also, the coffee comes in individual French Press carafes for each person. Nice touch.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fried chicken is amazing and generous portion. Pasta was unique, earthy and delicious. And mushrooms were amazing and also good portion size. Really nice ambiance too. Would definitely go again

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DM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Restaurant in San Francisco and service is outstanding

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J
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Food and service were both excellent.

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a
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love this place. go all the time. I pretty much know everyone there now. :)

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JV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Definitely a place for business lunches, but even so prices are pretty high for what you get. The fried chicken was indeed delicious but not nutritionally well-balanced which is surprising given the price.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Reservations were for 11. Restaurant was empty. Table wasn't ready. Service was really slow.

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wayfare Tavern is the first restaurant we go to when we visit San Francisco. We have been enjoying their food and service for years now.

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Get the burger. Get the chicken. Do lots of sharing .Start with the tartar and deviled eggs. The popovers are awesome.

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B
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We never have a bad meal here. The fried chicken is our go to but everything else merits high praise as well. Can't go wrong here. Noise level is acceptable and actually quite good for an SF place. Great drinks, generous portions, and pleasant staff.

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RB
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Although people have raved about the fried chicken, I found their pork chop was the star of the meal. Roasted bone marrow, sauteed mushrooms, peach cobbler ... everything was delicious. Wasn't rushed and my guests were delighted with their meal. Wonderful meal.

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U
Sacramento
27 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We dined at the Wayfare Inn twice recently and enjoyed our meals both times--except that the pappardelle was overseasoned with pepper and much too spicy as a result, overwhelming the mushroom flavor. The hamburger was too big for one person! But it was delicious, and the corn soup was a lovely blend of flavors: possibly the star of the menu, along with the justly celebrated fried chicken. The popovers are a lovely touch.

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WC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent. However, $26 for chicken without sides is way too pricey. If the sides were included I would have given a 5 star review. I am accustomed to steak being ala carte, but chicken? I don’t care how good it is. $26 with a salad and side would have been more in line. I won’t be going back.

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