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Wayfare Tavern

4.6
4605 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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 are currently unable to offer a valet service at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience. **
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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Wayfare Tavern is an old-school spot in the Financial District. And we mean that in the very best way.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Great food. Large portions. Our service was marred by the most inattentive waiter I have had in a long time. Seemed to be localized to him but very frustrating. Would go back but I have that waiters face memorized so I can ask to be moved if I get him again. Did I mention tasty food?

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

From the popover bread service to the exquisite cocktails and outstanding fried chicken, Wayfare Tavern lived up to the hype. The service was impeccable and helped make our night very special.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Could have been the most polished wine service I’ve ever experienced. The som was on point.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was overall good. We really came back for the beef tartare which was a big disappointment as it was very different than the last time. The flavor profile was off and there was a strong bitter taste.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food and service is always outstanding. I had the fried chicken and my husband had the hamburger. Only complaint was they move you along very quickly. We started with a drink, had an app, dinner, another drink, and dessert and we done in an hour.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Love this place!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Always a great meal with fantastic wine choices. Busy as expected on a Sunday night but the food came out piping hot and so tasty.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

First time at Wayfare Tavern but won’t be the last. We were greeted warmly and seated promptly. Out server, Lynda, was excellent! She was there when needed but never intrusive. Two in our party had their signature fried chicken which was delicious. One person enjoyed the salmon special. They bring piping hot popovers to the table, so beware if you’re on a diet. Perfect spot in the financial district. If you haven’t tried it yet, you should.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Came for late lunch on A Saturday afternoon. Surprised that the menu was fairly limited. Excellent butter lettuce salad; ordinary fried chicken ; ordinary mac n cheese (both needed seasoning) ; ordinary mushrooms. Overall, it was pleasant being there, but really nothing special.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This is a very celiac unfriendly place...a little scary. They do try hard to accommodate, but it took forever. And then I got the rack of lamb, which was in reality 2 small lamb chops and cost $43. Way overpriced, I paid $240 for dinner for 2, and left hungry.

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Was not impressed. Chicken had no flavor. Everything needed salt. “Forest mushrooms” were baby button mushrooms. All I can say is we are happy we didn’t make the trip specifically to come here.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Absolutely fabulous food, service!!! Will continue to frequent this fine restaurant.

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Food was uneven, fried chicken was a bit dry and the prawns were served cold. Service was grest, we were placed at a noisy section at the top of the stairs, not the best.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Very nice- three of us shared the calamari and butter salad and oysters- Popovers were a hit- we also had the famous fried chicken Excellent- And my husband enjoyed the rack of lamb- the only little problem was that the Pinot noir was a bit warm- could have been served at a cooler temperature-

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We were lucky to visit Wayfare Tavern on a quiet Sunday in April. I had requested a quiet table based on a past noisy lunch where I only heard about a quarter of the conversation. They put us at the table by the fireplace on the first floor and it was very nice despite being near the servers station. The food is delish and we all had the suggested local cocktails which were fabulous. Service was good but a bit spotty. All in all a lovely dinner with an old friend in a comfortable location.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great food in the financial district. Dine upstairs for the liveliest environment.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Excellent brunch and amazing service as always!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary. We started off with the appetizers which were just OK. I had the arugula salad and my wife had the calamari. It was just OK and not outstanding however our entrées and dessert or some of the best things we’ve ever had. The service was incredible and the donuts for dessert which were recommended to us by the waiter, was the best recommendation he could have given us. Seriously, if you do go you absolutely must try the donuts for dessert. The donuts our house made and come out warm and gooey with delicious side raspberry sauce and a lemon butter sauce of some sort which was amazing. The atmosphere was warm and inviteAnd the ambience was romantic. The Decour dark wood and wallpaper set the mood for a romantic dinner with my wife. Over all I would say if you go to San Francisco you should give this place a try. We felt it was very much worth the trip to come here.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

It was our anniversary and the Giant’s game went to extra innings. I called when I knew we wouldn’t make our reservation and they assured me that we’d at least be able to have dinner at the bar. When we arrived went to the bar while they tried to work out a table for us. The bartenders were great so we decided to have dinner there. We had a great time and we’ll be back.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Service was on point!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Good food. Good atmosphere

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Wayfare is overhyped. The building is old and charming, the food is fine, nothing special and certainly not worth the price tag. I’d say this is a great spot to bring your parents or grandparents, but if you’re someone who likes the flavor to equal the price point then I’d skip it.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great attention to detail, it was my fiends birthday and they had a card and cake for her. She was really happy! Ford and service were exceptional!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Just a great place with good menu abnd great fried hickenand popovers

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Service was slower than we have had there in the past. They forgot our first course and brought it to us after the main meal was served after we asked for it.
Food was good, but not great. Worse Steak Tartare I have ever had.
Last time I at here was for dinner and it was very good. So this lunch was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Everything was perfect. It made me look great!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great food!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Fantastic foods and drinks. The service was wonderful and on point. If I lived closer I would eat there all the time.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Enjoyed the fried chicken once again. Seems I can never not order it. My friends, who hadn't been before, are still raving about it. The other plates look good too just never get around to them. They do make killer Old Fashions

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

My husband and I are from Los Angeles and come to San Francisco every few months. We never miss a chance to dine at Wayfare Tavern - it’s our go to place in the city. The overall service is always top notch and the food is always wonderful overall.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Service did take a while to get our orders

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The food was just OK, nothing special. I went for the fried chicken but I have had far better elsewhere. My date had a bass special and he said it was fine but also nothing special. I guess the biggest negative is that we paid $160 plus tip for average food. We have had fantastic meals here in San Francisco for that kind of money. I believe this qualifies as a tourist trap ... expensive and mediocre.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

From start to finish this restaurant had great food and excellent service. The highlights were the beef tartare and deviled eggs and the raw oysters and the burrata mashed potatoes and the burgers.

It made for a memorable meal.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Always enjoy eating here. This is one of my refuges from overly crowded places, but they seem so somehow make good use of space so a Friday night date is comfortable. Great food and great staff.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Wayfare Tavern Is a top-notch, first class experience. From the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave and definitely everything in between. The service was on point and made our anniversary special. There is a good variety of food and everything we had was delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant for your special occasion.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Excellent energy in this restaurant reminding one of an East Coast tavern. We ate upstairs which is better if you want to space yourself from noise and movement of entry and bar. The Rack of Lamb was thick, juicy and an excellent choice. The wine was a little expensive and somewhat limited but they had good choices. Great for business meals and friends night out.

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The food was really good, fried chicken was excellent, service was OK, except our food took too long, server cleared our appetizers and said your entrees are coming in 2 minutes, half an hour later i had to ask the manager for our food. we got to the restaurant at 530 pm before our 8 pm show, we got our food around 715 pm, had to rush out to catch our show. i was really disappointed, server said this usually does not happened, manager said the same thing, did not get an explanation on what happened with our food, instead the manager gives me the bill and said "i did not charge you for the Devils Egg" our total bill was about $160 for 2 people and this was the explanation i got, "i did not charge you for the Devils Egg" she basically said here's $14 for your food being late. I was not asking for anything for free, i just wanted to know where our food was and what happened.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Good “foodie” spot in the city! Had the cheeseburger, it was different in a good way! Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We arrived at 5:45p and had a 7pm curtain 4 blocks away. Our waitperson, Brad, was professional and efficient...everything arrived in good time. Our waters were refilled often and plates removed quickly when no longer needed. The Mac and Cheese remains an outstanding offering...ditto the deviled eggs. The beef tartar was served as a round flat pancake-style mass, which was very tasty. The burger, served on greens, as a special request from the consumer, was well received and gobbled up quickly!
There was a large party gathering in a nearby room and I noticed the care and observation by restaurant staffers that guests were guided to their destination and other diners were not disturbed.
Wayfare Tavern deserves many return engagements!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Excellent service, great location and ambience.

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