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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

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

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (65)
Good for a Date (65)
Special Occasion (62)
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Fit for Foodies (52)
Business Meals (48)
Good for Anniversaries (44)
Good for Birthdays (43)
Cozy (43)
Fun (41)
Bar Seating (39)
Great for Lunch (39)
Handcrafted Cocktails (36)
Authentic (34)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Casual (30)
Romantic (30)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Vibrant Bar Scene (29)
Hot Spot (28)
Good for Groups (25)
Notable Wine List (21)
Happy Hour (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Local Ingredients (15)
People Watching (14)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Seasonal (8)
Great Beer (6)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Organic (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Healthy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Our waiter was one of the best waiters we've ever had. Service was excellent. The restaurant setting was unique in that it has 4 floors and all different. There's something for every palette on the menu. It's American style food which is rich and heavy with several traditional dishes. The noise level was acceptable. They have several separate dining rooms for large groups.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

As good as it gets

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

I liked the food but my Petrale Sole was n oily and tasteless. Also the waiter was not attentive at all. He also lied about the where our Oysters came from. We wanted Big ones from the East Coast and he insisted that the Small ones were from the East Coast. It was really annoying. We weren't going to argue about it, but it was not professional. I would recommend this place but the service needs improvement.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

The fried chicken did not disappoint! It was amazing. My cocktail was pretty perfect and the staff was great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Generous portions of delicious food! Great service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Underwhelming and disappointing meal. I expected better from a Michael Bauer top 100 restaurant. Restaurant does have great atmosphere and service. The meal started well with the popovers and salad and went down from there. The signature fried chicken was very ordinary-not crispy or especially flavorful. Have had much better elsewhere. Steak, for $42, was also very ordinary and not a great cut. Meal for 2 with a cocktail, 2 glasses of wine, no desert and tip came to $200. Had a much better meal for lunch that day for $66 with a cocktail, draft beer, desert and tip.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

The waitress had difficulty putting thru the OpenTable $25 rewards cert. She actually had to hurry after us before we got out the door to let us know she couldn't process. (The balance was paid in cash.) We had to wait in order for her to get the restaurant manager to handle. Fortunately, he was able to process. This spoiled an otherwise nice first visit to Wayfare.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

Took friends there after we have regularly eaten here - salmon, burger and fried chicken were outstanding - service always great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

Most of the food was a bit over cooked. The calamari was rubbery and the pork and fried chicken were a little dry. Nice place though, cheesecake was great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

This was a disappointing and chaotic experience. First it took a while to get our servers attention. Once we placed our order which included two cocktails, we waited for a our drinks to come. Our appetizer arrived and still no cocktails. We were halfway finished with our appetizers when our cocktails arrived. I ordered the fish and chips sandwich. I took one bite of the sandwich and all the fish fell out of the sandwich and landed on my lap then on the floor. The servers came immediately and offered to replace the sandwich and get club soda to clean my shirt. The club soda never came. The new sandwich arrived promptly and it was delicious. My wife had the fried chicken and decided to take half of it home. We got the bill and they charged me for two fish sandwiches plus my wife’s meal. I said to the server that I didn’t know I was going to be charge for a second sandwich. He removed the second sandwich. We paid the bill and got our to go bag. When we got home we opened the to go bag and we got someone else’s lunch.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Consistently delicious. The only issue is with a party of 7, we were jammed into a booth. We made it work as it was an affable group but it was not very conducive for a business meeting.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Positives: Great Ambiance and Drinks, Nice waiter and Bartender, Great food options for meat eaters (the fried chicken was a hit!). Moderate noise but great for a group or happy hour.

Cons: Hostess was disorganized and there was a significant wait for our reserved table (my advice would be to pester her sooner than I did so you don't get forgotten!), very limited options for vegetarians/vegans ( I called about this and there were not options presented- "it is what it is" was pretty much the response I got...) . Probably not a great option if this is you or your friends. Can be loud for a date or quiet dinner- would not recommend this earlier in the evening.

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 12, 2018

I enjoy each meal at Wayfare - great food and attentive service.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

I've been to Wayfare Tavern twice in the past month (once for date-night dinner; once for business lunch) and both experiences have been absolutely perfect.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We were celebrating our daughter’s 29th birthday. Marcus was our waiter, and was just awesome!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Enjoyable meal, but not sure if it lives up to all the hype. Definitely worth trying at least once.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Beautiful restaurant. We had a reservation for 8:15 on a Sat night. We got there early to look for parking (there’s no valet) and found a spot right away. We checked in early got a table at 7:30. That was nice because both bars—upstairs and down were both packed. The cocktails...the first round was tasty; the second was way too strong. The bone marrow and the braised short ribs were amazing. The servings were bigger than we expected, so we didn’t save room for dessert unfortunately. The two of us ordered an appetizer, two entrees, and a side, and we couldn’t finish. We asked to take home the leftovers, and they gave us a claim ticket, and we picked up the bag st the hostess station on the way out. Cute system for leftovers. It was like a coat check but for food. The vibe was lively and fun. The service was great. The food was creative and delicious, and we had a great experience.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Atmosphere was great, and service was overall pretty good. Food was slightly above average, but nothing spectacular. It was a nice evening, but I was expecting a little more from the food offering. We had the fried chicken for a main, which was good, but nothing particularly special.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Fantastic spot for my small business group dinner! We found Wayfare Tavern to have wonderful food and drink choices and the service was excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Great as always.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Great Food and even better service ;) Will be back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I love Wayfare feel. I love Wayfare food even more. What lacks CONSISTENTLY and always, is good service. Last Saturday was the worst service I have ever had there. One persons food Came 10 minutes later than everyone else’s. It was a burger.
Dessert came out before the coffee ( ordered at same time) Appetizers came out and were set high on the back of the booth- airing near other booth with other people. All because we didn’t have plates yet.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Been wanting to try this restaurant for quite some time since a fan of Tyler Florence. The fried chicken was as advertised and the mussels were fantastic! Don’t pass on the donuts for dessert because they are that good. Service was spot on and they always make sure your needs are met.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The fried chicken is everything they say. Portion was huge. Took half back home. Salads were delicious. Pricey. But special. Excellent service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

The food was very good, Green Goddess dressing and Fried chicken were the outstanding parts. wines by the glass were excellent. The service was initially poor. I was seated and waited for 10 minutes before a server who was not the one assigned to my table noticed that I had not yet been helped and took care of me. He was very help and knowledgeable and continued to come by during the rest of the evening to make sure everything was OK even after my assigned server took over.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Fried chicken was tasty & filling. Highly recommended for SF restaurant week, and even when the promotion has ended. Tcho chocolate dessert is a perfect ending to a lovely dinner. Service is attentive, water glasses are never empty. Ambiance is warm and charming. Looking forward to our next dining experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Excellent location for our business meeting. Service and food were great, although food was a bit pricey for a lunch.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

This is the fifth time I've dined at Wayfare and of all my visits, this was the least impressive. Sadly, the service was slow and inattentive - yes it was busy but I feel like it is always busy here, and this evening's service was especially lacking.

My friend and I ordered drinks and two appetizers. My Reconstruction was good and he seemed to like his beer. The bone marrow, which normally is quite good, ended up being under-cooked. The marrow was solid and a little cold. Disappointing. This might have contributed to my friend's upset stomach mid-meal. The tartare was, as always, delicious - no complaints there.

Of course, I will return to Wayfare in the future. It is a great restaurant overall. They must have just been having an off night.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

I have been here once before. This time the waiter may have been busy, but he yanked the menus when we were done ordering our drinks & food & was not cheerful at all. My husband ordered their "world famous fried chicken" and ate all the white meat and saved the best pieces (dark meat) to eat at home. We did not finish our entrees so they were kind enough to box our leftovers. They FORGOT to add my husband's fried chicken, and they only packed half of my entree. I understand that mistakes can be made and that we should have checked the to go bag.. but that's only something that I would do at a Chinese restaurant and not a place of this caliber. Would I come back? Probably to try the fried chicken (dark meat only).

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Awesome food, service and ambiance. I love the decor and setting of the restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Service was off that night. Usually excellent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

PROs:
- Rock Star street parking on a (early) Sunday evening...
- Quick seating
- Quick service *
- Popovers to die for!!!!
- Really tasty french fries, sautéed mushrooms, butter lettuce salad & fried chicken!
- Absolutely fantastic chocolate pie... I was expecting a dull-tasting sugar bomb (like the giant brownies you get in other places). But NO! While certainly a sugar bomb, it's an extremely fine tasting chocolate cream pie!!!
- Great drinks (and they've got St. George Terroir so what could be bad???)

Somewhat CON:
- * Despite every other service-related interaction being quite expeditious , for some unexplained reason there was about a 30-minute pause between our salad and our entrées (fried chicken with french fries and sautéed mushrooms sides). Other patrons who seated after us received their entrées before we did. Never did find out why, though we asked. Worth the wait, though.

My first time here, my wife's third. We took advantage of the Dine Out SF special. Really fun, great food & drinks, good service... we will be back frequently.

Highly recommend this place!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We were hoping for Marcus as our waiter because he is so lovely. Unfortunately We got a different waitress that was average at best. Food was terrific as was the dessert!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Poor service, uneven food quality, not a good value.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I've been an Open Table member since its inception, but I've never taken the time to post a review - mostly because I've had good experiences. However, the disappointing experience my party had at Wayfare Tavern merited a review which I hope the restaurant management takes to heart because I've had lunch, dinner, and drinks there many times before - all positive - and I hope they can get things back on track.

The hostess greeted us. We were waiting for one of our party of four, so we went to the upstairs bar for a pre-dinner drink. When all four of us were ready to be seated 10 minutes after our scheduled reservation, the staff told us the bar tab could not be transferred to our dinner tab. Rather than show us to the table and bring us the bar tab, we were asked to pay the tab before they would seat us, but the hostess said she didn't have time to wait so she pointed to where we should seat ourselves once the bartender had closed our tab. She then told us we needed to vacate the table by 9pm for our 7pm reservations (which typically wouldn't be a problem, but we thought was a rude to start to the night, particularly because our waitress said they weren't overly booked the rest of the night.)

The waitress was very cheerful and admitted she was newly out of training. She did her best, but the kitchen didn't help by bringing our appetizers and entrees in sporadic order, and the bartender (from earlier) took upwards of 20 minutes for our 2nd round of drinks. A beer order took the longest to receive for some reason.

The food was mediocre compared to my past experiences: the deviled eggs clearly had been prepped earlier in the night and kept at the ready for orders because the yolk had crusted, the sauce with the calamari had a questionable tangy tartness, and the pork short rib seemed to have been brined instead of braised. The chicken was fine, the burger was good, and the slightly late-arriving salmon was good.

Please don't lose your goodness, Wayfare Tavern.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The fried chicken was great and the menu worked well for me. It was a bit tricky for my wife, who is a pescatarian. She got the mussels with bacon held back, which were good. She also ordered the calamari, which was not very good. It was in some sort of lemon cream sauce that was quite overbearing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The fried chicken was phenomenal, as always. The desert portions were far too large though. The chocolate mousse cake was excellent, but there was no way I could finish it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

It was ALL ABOUT THE CHICKEN! Delicious!

They did not provide patrons with the Restaurant Week menu unless you specifically asked for it.
We ordered cocktails which were specialty crafted but a bit watery for our tastes. The server suggested we consider a side to share since the chicken on the Restaurant week menu came with nothing. Come to think of it, I don't think they inquired how our beverages were? Maybe another 10 min passed and we were asked about sides. We ordered Brussels sprouts that were yummy! At some point, we were asked if we wanted "more" popovers. We told the server we never received ANY popovers, but yes, we wanted some! He apologized and got them for us right away. A short while later out 1st course came: butter lettuce wedge salad. Really wonderful! The chicken came out well timed, after we had finished our salads. Chocolate cream pie followed after we finished entrees.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

My friends and I came here for Restaurant Week - salad for an appetitzer, fried chicken for the main course, and a chocolate pie? for dessert. The fried chicken was OUTSTANDING! We also ordered the deviled eggs and calamari, which were good, but I wasn't blown away. I would, however, order them all again... haha. Our server was THE best - I'm ashamed that I forgot his name (forgive me, we had cocktails before dinner) - but he was an absolute delight. I think the only bummer to our night was they ran out of their mac n cheese... and we REALLLLLY wanted to try the mac n cheese. Guess we're coming back to try it!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The chicken was amazing! Great drinks, great food, great service.

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