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Wayfare Tavern, San Francisco, CA

Wayfare Tavern

4.6
4.6
7001 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

8:00 PM


Booked 177 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 7,001 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco

    American

  • San Francisco

    Most Booked

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  1. E

    Eddie

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    The waiter was rude and condescending. The organic chicken white meat only which I have had 30 times over the years was undercooked and not good by 3 of us that ordered. The highlight was the donuts.
  2. A

    Alfie

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Been here for dinner and brunch and both were fantastic!
  3. MA

    MaryamA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They have a bread and fried chicken that no one has in the world!!! Love this place. Even I moved from SF still going back to eat there!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Eh, not worth it.
  5. ZP

    ZariP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    One of the waiters was very rude and arrogant. Manager intervened and apologized .
  6. B

    Buzz

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it—-ambiance, service, food. No problem finding parking on the street. Looking forward to returning for another meal.
  7. r

    robinm

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time at wayfare as always and food was amazing!!
  8. AR

    AngusRob

    Salt Lake City

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I was concerned about being rushed based on other reviews here, but that was not the case. Our server Edward was excellent, friendly and helpful. Food and drinks came out slowly but that was fine with us. Popovers did not disappoint and the rest of the food was very good, if a bit salty. This was our first time here and the ambiance and experience was very enjoyable.
  9. F

    Foodie1970

    Central Coast

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    I would have given them 5 stars on all but there were a few details that were just a little off. This is my 4th time here, I order the same thing every time. My friend and always split the chicken, Brussel sprouts, and mashed potatoes. The chicken wasn't the same as it always is, I noticed everyone's chicken looked like ours. It wasn't as crispy and golden as usual and the garlic you're supposed to squeeze out wasn't cooked enough so it was harder than a rock and inedible. Our server had no clue that this wasn't our first time and did not give us instructions on all the condiments for the chicken (seasoning) on what to do as they usually do...just seemed rushed. The waiters took our drinks away before we finished them, my friend wasn't done with her champagne and they took it, my husband didn't finish his olives from his martini (which he loves) and they took it! Just an off night? Friday December 2nd at 6pm. Also sitting near the kitchen isn't ideal, my husband kept getting bumped. I know it's cramped and I love the feel of this place, I did say it was a special night, wish we were seated in a different spot. The donuts were lovely and the coffee service was amazing, love Equator coffee. Also at the end of our dinner my friend's' husband couldn't finish his chicken and had it wrapped up to go. They took it and gave him a ticket to pick up on his way out. Some random guy off the street went to the hostess and gave my friends ticket number to her (he had no ticket) she gave him the chicken and he took off down the street. When my friend gave her the ticket she looked baffled and realized what had happened. The manager came out with another chicken for him., very nice but the hostess should have made sure that the guy had a ticket.
  10. V

    Vicki

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Your hostess, waiters, busboys were so helpful, caring and ready to help. I am so mad that I can not tell for sure the name of our waiter. I believe it is Jaime, and he was so nice to us that we felt like if we were home. Thank you
  11. LM

    LaurenM

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always. The food is excellent - the chicken and burger are their specialties, which we highly recommend alongside the tartare appetizer - and the value for the price is top tier. Service is always on point and the ambience for the holidays was quite lovely.
  12. MR

    MichelleR

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Service took way too long but the food was great and the ambience was lively.
  13. SB

    ShaunB

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Hostess not overly hospitable. Not many smiles and appeared to be going through the motions.
  14. MH

    MichaelH

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    I have visitors Wayfare on a number of occasions. Unfortunately this ranks as one of the worst. The seating was lousy (avoid the booths) as the seats don’t provide support. You’ll simply sink into the seat making the table too high. Also, the waiter was clearly trying to ‘turn’ the table. Our party included 6. The waiter was constantly reaching over the guests at the end of the table to clear items at the far end. This happened multiple times while people were eating. It finally got to a point those at the end simply needed to wait for the waiter before resuming their meal.
  15. DC

    DarrenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great place to take out of towners- especially during the holidays
  16. L

    Linda

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    A bit overpriced for what you get. Food was good but not excellent. Wait person either ignored us or was unfriendly. It took 20 minutes to get two cups of coffee.
  17. T

    Tbone

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    love going here, it's a few blocks from the office and the food is always delish. wish it was warmer to stay eating outside!
  18. B

    Barney415x

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food!
  19. S

    Swede

    Central Coast

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We enjoyed dining at the Wayfarer Tavern — love the ambiance. The chicken, steak tartare, and carmelized brussel sprouts were delicious. The macaroni and cheese was too bland — needed sharper cheese(s).
  20. GB

    GaryB

    Portland

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    We have being going to the Tavern for many years, about 2-3 times a year since it opened. We love the service, the staff are amazing. Since COVID the quality and quantity has gone down, I totally understand the price going up. It's still a lovely place to have a nice dinner.
  21. JC

    JohnC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, large helpings and good prices. This venue is consistently my choice for taking business clients to dinner.
  22. PI

    PIOJOE

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wayfare Tavern never disappoints! Great popovers, sides and of course they’re amazing fried chicken! The house made donuts are always great!
  23. AL

    AmyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had my birthday celebration here and everything was perfect!
  24. MH

    MonaH

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite San Francisco go to restaurants! 3 of the 4 of us celebrating birthdays — and we were dreaming of the popovers and burrata mashed potatoes and the best fried chicken we’ve ever had ! Wayfare never disappoints. Our waitstaff was fun, professional and helpful as always.
  25. L

    Luvgoodfood

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service. Always a favorite.
  26. m

    minami

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food is okay, but it’s great that they open during afternoon. The service is great!
  27. D

    Dhaka12

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and service but gosh, the restaurant gets very loud and it’s hard to hold a conversation.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We did not initially get what we ordered and when we did the salmon was undercooked. The salmon was removed from the bill. The fried chicken was overcooked and dry. Dessert was good. Service was not very attentive. We have been to Wayfare Tavern a number of times and it had always been very good. After this experience I am not sure we would go back.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great and food was amazing
  30. SE

    StefanEng

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    We were there on time for our 815 reservation. We were set 15 minutes later with no apology. They did not offer to move our drinks. We had to move our drinks ourselves to the table. We ordered appetizers properly however, it took 45 minutes for the appetizers to arrive. Everything was so incredibly salty the beef is that the beef tartare was so salty. The chips were so salty. The butter lettuce was also salty with a green goddess dressing limited amount of avocados. We ordered a second round of drinks. However, that took 20 minutes to arrive because they said they did not have any martini glasses to serve them. Also, they served in warm martini glasses and the drink was not cold. It was room temperature. Room temperature Martinis. The entrées got even worse. The salmon was salty to the point of almost being inedible. The signature fried chicken was also too salty to be edible. Hopefully it was just an off night for service and food. The Apple Pay option for paying was nice. The noise level was extreme.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We came from a very nice upscale cocktail bar downtown where the staff was incredibly friendly and hospitable. A little abrupt of a shift when greeted or barely greeted by the female bartender at WT. Not very friendly or accommodating. People don't have to be rude at upscale places, as we experienced earlier. The male wait staff/server that waited on us was fantastic. Alvaro. 👍🏼 He made our night! Professional, courteous, friendly, fun, knowledgeable! Food was great as always, steak tartar, Caesar salad, popovers and fried chicken. All of their best mainstays. Will be back again.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Cold greeting, slow service, great food.
  33. K

    Kevinsarap

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The Caesar Salad was dry nothing special not worth the price the tartar was good the burata cheese is ok. The server was apologetic our main course was a little bit delay the steak lacks flavor my son and I order steaks mine was well done his was medium rare we both got well done my husband pork chop was bland . The side fish beans was good and the mash potatoes . The chocolate cake dessert seems was from a third party vendor it was dense and cold and not light the banana pudding was delicious the ice cream coffee lacks coffee flavor. Tyler Florence should spend some time to check the quality of this restaurant The service is good but the food is no longer the same .
  34. L

    Love2eat

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and fabulous service!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience3
    Server has a sour attitude. She tried to rush the order then wouldn’t come back at all. It was a business meeting; embarrassing. It was in bad taste her behavior on multiple accounts. Colleagues let me know she always acts this way.
  36. PH

    PeterH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great vibe! Been loving it for years. Tony runs a great operation.
  37. K

    Kevin

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent and service was great. Bread popups are amazing
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ericka was probably one of the best servers we have ever had! The food was amazing. Highly recommend!
  39. GP

    GaryP

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in San Francisco! Never disappoints!!
  40. C

    Clouds

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last Sunday afternoon was the perfect time to dine here as it was quiet & subdued in outdoor patio with blue skies and not too chilly temps. Heaters made it comfortable. This is my 4th time at Wayfares & every experience has been very pleasant.

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 7001 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 177 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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