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About 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.

558 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

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




Cross Street:
Montgomery & Sansome

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 772-9060

Website:
http://www.wayfaretavern.com/

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.

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

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

Executive Chef:
Tyler Florence

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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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.

Wayfare Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (60)
Fit for Foodies (53)
Comfort Food (49)
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Special Occasion (47)
Business Meals (41)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Handcrafted Cocktails (34)
Great for Lunch (31)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Fun (28)
Romantic (28)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Vibrant Bar Scene (25)
Bar Seating (23)
Authentic (22)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Hot Spot (21)
Local Ingredients (21)
Casual (20)
Good for Groups (20)
Worth the Drive (20)
Notable Wine List (19)
Cozy (18)
Happy Hour (13)
Quiet Conversation (11)
People Watching (9)
Seasonal (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Great Beer (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Organic (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Healthy (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Best unhealthy food ever!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Service was lacking this time - but food is always delicious!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

I do not want this to be posted .
It was the worst meal we had while in San Francisco . I am in the restaurant business and always appreciate feedback . I wrote an email to Wayfare Staff on their website and have not heard back . It was our last night in San Francisco and our celebration dinner to end our awesome trip. It was a huge disappointment. Most of the food was uneaten . I told our Concierge at our hotel never to recommend Wayfare . Huge let down .

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food was great. Service was awkward as the waiter was a bit of a smarta$$ initially. He eventually became a bit cooler as we started ordering drinks. The real problem was that it took a bit over 2+ hours for a dinner which consisted of drinks, appetizer (it took 30 minutes for that to come out) entree, and dessert for 2 people. We were appreciative they took the appetizer off the bill but it was super frustrating when our dessert was clearly done and we had to wait 10 minutes for it to be picked up and an additional 10-15 minutes for the bill. It was also irritating when we saw multiple tables turn over a few times while we were still stuck there. I am torn as to whether I should recommend it or not because the food was fantastic (I had the fried chicken and the fig bruschetta appetizer) but there seemed to be little care for the quality of service. I can normally overlook this but the vibe came off as arrogant and stuffy, as if we need to be appreciative for what we are getting. There was zero concern that we were there for over 2 hours and only one mention of an error on their part even though it seemed like there a few.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We had the fried chicken (an absolute must!), pork chop, potatoes, and mac & cheese. Everyone enjoyed their meals! The server was friendly and knowledgeable. Two of our party of 4 celebrated their birthdays that evening and not that anyone was looking for free dessert but it was the first time we encountered that a birthday dessert was not complimentary. Nothing's free anyway.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Excellent food and service. Fried chicken was amazing. Great list of local CA wines. Nice ambiance. Highly recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Have to agree with everyone - the fried chicken was fabulous! There were approx 5 pieces of chicken so enough to 2 small eaters to share or to fill up a bigger eater. We ordered the burrata mashed potatoes on the recommendation of our server (Joe - he was excellent!) and were very happy we did. They were very creamy and went well with the chicken. Prices were decent considering the excellent food and service. Upstairs was quieter than downstairs, so choose the vibe you prefer. Save room for dessert!!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Overall good experience but wait was longer than usual and service not as fast as desired at lunch time. Good still great.

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 (Naples)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Outstanding.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

My son and I came for lunch.Our meal started off with a wonderful popover and butter. We were immediate fans of the place! My son had the burger with fries and said it was absolutely the best he's ever had (could have gone a little easier on the onion jam). I had the fried chicken (told it was their signature dish). It was very good, though could have been a bit crispier. Didn't come with a side, and for $26 I thought it would have, but I was still happy with my choice. We shared home made doughnuts, delicious, and we took 2 home! All in all, a very pleasant lunch, a special treat.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Great ambiance, excellent cuisine. Felt a little rushed at times, but overall the service was really friendly. The fried chicken was incredible.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Business Meals, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Been here a number of times and they never disappoint. Tyler Florence has this place humming with quality ingredients and exquisite flavors. Highly recommend.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Best hamburger I've ever had...with brie, avocado, bacon and grilled sweet onions on a brioche.
These guys know how to nail "medium rare". Was amazing!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Overpriced even for SF since all you get besides actual entree is a roll, which by the way, was one of the best part of meal. Signature fried chicken was just ok, nothing to write home about, especially since my mom's was much, much better. The two "extras" we chose, squash was good and nicely seasoned, and some runny mashed potatoes. Probably won't go again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Dinner party of five. Food was great service was good. We spent over $400.00 with gratuity and the GM literally told us that our time was up and they needed the table for other reservations. What restaurant does that!! Very disappointing and would not recommend this restaurant to anyone who would like to catch up with friends.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We ordered the signature fried chicken and salad with chicken. Foods were served fast. Great flavour. I love my salad with light dressing but still flavorful and plentiful. The setting was beautiful Victorian house tavern, very rustic yet vibrant and would be even better for diner date. Looking forward to coming back and checking out the menu.

Tags: Organic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Romantic, Casual, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Waited an extra 30 minutes for a table. Hostess said she would comp and all, never did. Wish they followed through on the expectation that was set.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We arrived 20 mins late due to traffic getting into the city. They gave our table away and didn't bother to call us. I was with my aunt and cousin who are visiting from out of town. They ruined our evening and would't seat us. The manager is so clueless and the front desk receptionist as well. We waited at the bar for 20 mins bought our own drinks and then we left since they wouldn't commit to a table until late hours.

Note to the chef/owner who is a good chef what I know of him: What makes a restaurant is the food and the hospitality. I give you zero on hospitality due to the way we were treated and the food I don't because we didn't try it. Very disappointing experience!!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Really great meal!!! What stands out most in my mind about our meal... the popovers were seriously delicious & my main dish of Dayboat Scallops was divine. But honestly, the real show stopper... the CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE. I am a desert lover & this pie was so much to fall in love with... perfect crust, lots of rich chocolate & super creamy housemade whipped cream... simply perfect.

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Their popovers are fabulous, served with sweet creamy butter and a little sea salt, yum! Great service, beautiful wooden interior and delicious food. What more can you ask for. Always love dining at Wayfare Tavern.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Don't try to impress out-of-town guests by taking them here. Our rez was for 6:30 and we were there promptly, but the maitre d' said it would be 10 minutes. Ten minutes turned into 30 minutes. When I complained, she said oh this happens all the time here. Really? As though that was a good thing. We were seated at 7:00, but we didn't eat until 8:00. Is that usual? The noise level made conversing during that time very difficult, and then it was uncomfortably warm on the upper level. The food was good and the service okay, not great, but okay. If they had only offered a complementary glass of wine or appetizer after that long wait to be seated, it would have made a difference.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

I've wanted to come here to try their signature chicken. I must say it was ok. Nothing to write home about. The restaurant was overly warm and muggy. The popovers tasted like they were made earlier and not fresh. I was disappointed in the experience. I won't say it was terrible - just average. My wife had the pastrami sandwich and enjoyed that very much.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Dinner was great...Service was awesome and Marcus was fantastic. Would definitely go back and recommend.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food was excellent and they were very accommodating to our children. They even offered to make my daughter's Mac and cheese more children friendly!!

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

The service was attentive yet stiff. The atmosphere was great. My scallops were nice. However, my husbands steak was disappointing as it had a lot of gristle. The bathrooms were clean. I did find it weird that they did not have hooks in the bathroom to hang my purse or coat. We were also dining on the second floor. The bathroom on this floor was out of order. So you had to go through the service stations all the way into the basement to use the restroom. This was not a problem for me, but I could imagine the frustration with older patrons.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Fried chicken and the burger...the two are staples of the restaurant and my wife and I split each plate for the best of both. Our hostess seated us immediately. Our server was attentive and personable. Our cocktails were fantastic. The popovers were decadently fresh and warm. Wayfare is a favorite of ours and continues to validate that distinction.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

$350 for a party of 4 is outrageous!!! Did not even order a bottle of wine only 4 alcoholic beverages with dinner. Food was good but not exceptional.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

I hadn't been there in awhile and am delighted to learn the quality of the cuisine is just as high as it ever was.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

It was good

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Somewhat disappointing experience....ordered short rib marrow appetizer. Perhaps a total of 1 Tablespoon of marrow arrived, covered with berries, on a BIG cutting board with big bones. Ridiculous for $18. Quality of meat in burger and chicken itself in fried chicken excellent, but did not love the fried preparation. Very nice ambience though.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Unfortunately this wasn't the best visit to Wayfare Tavern. This was my third visit and it was underwhelming this time due to poor service. Our waitress was not on top of her game. Forgetful, neglectful and just didn't seem to care. And very slow service. Fried chicken was a bit disappointing this time too. Small pieces, not crispy.

Sad. I love Tyler Florence. He needs to know as my first two visits were stellar. Hoping it was just a bad day for the staff.

Trying to decide if it's worth another visit. Does this review get taken seriously

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 4, 2017

This is elevated comfort food in an updated Tavern ambience. Service was excellent. Don't skip the chocolate cream pie!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Don't waste you time or money. This wasn't my first time to Wayfare Tavern. Living in the City I go for special occasions, but it has been slipping in service and quality and I WON'T BE BACK. My most recent trip was a disaster. Reservations at 5:30 for 7 (some from Australia). We were seated in a booth on the main level with one person forced to sit at the end in a chair in the walkway, constantly having to move her chair so people could get by. We were next to the kitchen and busing station and it was a nightmare. Our waiter was cranky from the minute we sat down. After about 20 minutes he took our drink/appetizer orders and they came in relative short-order. TWO HOURS LATER when we still didn't have our entrees, our waiter said the "kitchen was busy with big orders". Mind you, the booth next to us turned over twice in this time period. I went to the manager to complain. Waiter brought us a "watermelon salad to share while we waited". This consisted of four chunks of watermelon for the table of 7 to share. Two and a half hours *SOME* of us received our meal. They forgot to put in the order for the guest shoved at the end of the table. She sat without food while we ate. They finally brought her meal about 15 minutes later. They comped her meal and the appetizers, but the bill was still over $225. I ordered scallops and they were way too salty; two people ordered gnocchi and neither finished. I was really embarrassed that I took people to this restaurant. The kitchen and wait staff need to be replaced, as does the management. If the restaurant continues this spiral downward it won't remain in business much longer. There are too many options in the financial district (and City) and people SHOULD go elsewhere. Go at your own risk. Tyler Florence should be ashamed that this restaurant is his.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Great service from every employee, the employees seemed genuinely happy, excellent food, perfect ambiance, nice quality, really good overall experience. It was my second time and I was very happy again!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

We had to flag down a bus boy to get a few items we needed. Salad came out not dressed had to ask for dressing. Took way to long to get the bill. The food was fair. The ambience was the best thing about it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Not as good as in the past..sold out of menu items. And served 'bad' Shrimp. Service not as good as before. Probably due to shift change.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Lack of air conditioning during record-setting heat may have colored our opinions but our waitress lacked much personality to have fun with the situation either. They're really into herbs. Deviled eggs have pronounced flavor of tarragon but otherwise are unremarkable. Lobster and beef tartare were worth the trip. Would recommend other appetizers but main courses, not so much.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Always a great experience at Wayfare Tavern. We were celebrating our anniversary and they had a "Happy Anniversary" card on the table waiting for us. What a great touch!

They make the customer experience paramount.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 2, 2017

I don't know if they don't have air conditioning or just didn't turn it on , but it was 106 outside and felt like 126 inside .

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·Dined on September 1, 2017

I thought that the food was good , but not exceptional. We all 3 had the touted "best fried chicken" which was good, especially when you added a little salt and the Lemmon, which was a Large portion of 5 pieces. I wouldn't say it was the "best" I've ever had, but it wasn't bad. We were there on a hot day (90 degrees in San Francisco) so the restaurant with no a/c was a bit on the warm side. We had sides of a small tomatoe and cheese salad and the mac and cheese which again were good but not exceptional. The best part of the meal to me was the bread which was a warm popover. Very tasty. The ambiance was perfect for what I was looking for... nice bar type feeling, not overly elegant but definitely not a dive. I will give it another try in the future. I just kind of like the dish that's to die for type of restaurant and I didn't find it here, yet.

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