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Wayfare Tavern

4.6
4649 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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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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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Went to dinner here our second night in San Francisco. Only problem was they were about a half hour late seating us but the my made it right with an appetizer on the house. Food and drink were both fantastic. I am often reluctant to order a Manhattan or old fashioned because many places don’t make it well but the wayfarer tavern most definitely knows how to make one properly.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Overall everything was very good. I wish they would offer a half order of Fried Chicken. Please for the love of God,Stop serving food on cutting boards,planks,or what ever you want to call them. I want my food on a plate. This trend should have died long ago. One last thing. I ordered an $18 glass of Latour White Burgundy. It’s not the price I object to,it’s the fact that it was served way too cold. At that price and the fact that Wayfare Tavern is on the SF Chronicle Top 100 Restaurant list,I guess I expect the proper temperature for white wine. I would return and recommend Wayfare Tavern.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We’ve been here a few times before but never had the famous fried chicken. We ordered it and was pleasantly surprised at the thin crispy crust from what must be dredging. We’re not fans of battered fried chicken so loved this. Perfectly seasoned with fresh herbs. Paired it with the butter lettuce with green goddess dressing. Delicious.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Without a doubt, the best fried chicken we’ve ever eaten! The service was outstanding, as was expected.

The noise level is a bit much, especially on the bottom floor, but is a little quieter upstairs.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

It was lunch when we went and we sat at the chef’s table. Fried chicken lived up to its reputation and the butter lettuce salad was simple but memorable.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

We had a 7:45 pm reservation. We had to wait 20 minutes to be seated. Service was very slow. Salads came out quickly but our mains took forever.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Was a bit disappointed with the cost, quantity and quality of one of the special entrees for the evening but the dinner was otherwise perfect from start to end, including the excellent guidance we received from the sommelier. The high quality dinner and service added the positive memory we have of the evening. Every member of our party of 6 was talking about the dinner for days-a good sign of a good time.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Food was great — deviled eggs, fried chicken, popovers. Service even better.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

It was awesome! We had such a wonderful experience we booked lunch for my daughters day.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Food was amazing. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. Can’t wait to go back!!

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3.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Not as good as we remembered. Seems like this place is slipping. Burgers were perfectly mediocre. Kitchen was backed up, but we had lots to catch up on at our table and the server was nice to keep us informed of progress. Mac and cheese side was overcooked (limp noodles falling apart).

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

While the Wayfare Tavern always has a total scene of foodies, I've always loved this restaurant as a great destination for a date, catching up with friends or having a good business dinner. It's a well thought out restaurant inside and out and it feels very local to me. I love the comfort, well planned interiors, beautiful food and excellent service. The food never disappoints and my business peer and I enjoyed the always awesome hamburger and fresh sea scallops. You can count on fresh, creative food, spot-on cocktails, a great wine list, attentive service and an environment that promotes good conversation. I've been many times and will return!

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Great as always. My colleague and I each had the burger. The service was a little slower than usual but otherwise a great experience.

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2.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Our waiter today was not attentive at all. Though the table next to us arrived after us, he decided to take their order first and kept us waiting 10 minutes before he took our order. Then I asked him three times for my table Mate’s iced tea, and told it was brewing each and every time. We were served our mains and saw multiple glasses of iced tea pass by our table, and asked our server again, he said he’d check. Also reminded him we wanted a glass of ice which we had requested when we first sat down. Minutes go by, still nothing, no check in on whether we were enjoying our food and no update on the iced tea. I then told one of the other servers that we ordered an iced tea 45 minutes ago but still hadn’t received. Two minutes later the other server came out with the iced tea. Food was great and all supporting staff were amazing, our waiter was just awful and doesn’t understand hospitality 101, as he never checked on our meal nor acknowledged or apologized re the iced tea.. lunch shouldn’t require so much follow up, it truly ruined the whole experience because of this problem waiter. Too bad. I’ve been dining at Wayfare since opening when Tyler Florence himself squeezed fresh lemon on my fried chicken.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Delicious! Fun!

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Took a friend hare for birthday lunch. Every thing from the deviled eggs to the salads to the entrees was great. Nice touch putting the candle and decoration on her cake.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Food was tasty but way too salty. Service was good, except that the restaurant dismissed their valet parking attendant before dinner on Mothers Day.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

My son picked this place because we both love fried chicken. Cocktails were great. Bartenders attentive. Popover was excellent. Tartare and deviled eggs were good. We each ordered the fried chicken, husband ordered the lamb. We anticipated chicken would be amazing. Not. The flavor was good, but the skin was soft. Like chicken that was fried earlier and reheated. The kind you bring to a picnic. There not any crunch to the skin at all. The white meat pieces were very dry. We ordered the Mac and Cheese and whipped potatoes as sides. Neither were great. Overall, not a great meal.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We went for Mother’s Day. I’ve been many times for business, but honestly didn’t notice how attentive the staff was until our Mother’s Day dinner. Outstanding all around!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Went for second time for Mother's Day lunch. The atmosphere is fantastic & a San Francisco feel. The food was all very good, Fried chicken, fish sandwich & burger, although the burger was so big, it had to be eaten with a fork! Although the service was sporadic, it is totally understandable because it was Mother's Day and it was very busy!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Fantastic food and service with special attention for moms on Mother’s Day!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The volume here was loud this visit, but it could have been 'cause our booth shared a lowered ceiling with the booth next to us, and they were unreasonably loud. Our table was not ready for about 25 minutes after our early-ish reservation time, but the time passed quickly. The food was probably the best part. However, the chocolate pie dessert seemed geared so those with a childlike palate for sweet things. A bit too Cheesecake Factory-esque (but not a cheesecake). Fried chicken, cheeseburger, salad, polenta 'fries', deviled eggs, all good. Shrimp appetizer seemed a bit too pricey, but was good. Could have used more sauce - it was a dinky amount. Women's restroom had one stall locked/empty for a few hours. Accidentally locked? The lock on the *other* stall (2 total) didn't function. And, there's no hook or place to put your purse or coat once in the stall - so, are we to wear our purses around our necks? Nice place, but we may wait a while 'til we return again.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We LOVE the WayFaire... my husband and I like to drop in on a Saturday or Sunday for a late lunch burger and a martini.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Chicken specialty was salty but pretty good. The 22 dollar burger was average. Fries were great, the baratta toast needed cheese and was too sweet . Asparagus was tough.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Second visit - top notch experience. Food was equally as good; service was great - at the level I had heard about. Will be back.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

I return to Wayfare Tavern often. It has consistently good food, good service, in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

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1.0Dined on May 7, 2018

For a place that trumpet's having fried chicken up there with the best in the country, this was incredibly disappointing.

Dry, overcooked chicken breast, disappointingly not crispy batter, all for a price of $26.

I really wanted to like it, but clearly whatever love had previously been put into that dish has been gone for awhile.

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Our waiter was terrible so it put a damper on the meal. The food itself was good.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Wayfare Tavern is one of our favorites in the city, and it never fails to impress. Their steak tartare is our favorite dish in the city. It’s always delectable, and today for lunch was no exception. Anything you get is guaranteed to be flavorful, balanced, and indulgent.

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2.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Wayfare did not have a Brunch Menu rather the usual lunch menu. The popover were stale, the chicken seemed to be prepared a while back. Very limited choices for a brunch and seemed to have food prepared a while ago. Waiter should have described mac & cheese properly as we did not eat it. Very smoky taste...

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Really enjoyed this place. The fried chicken was unique and wonderful, but the bread...that bread. My wife and I agreed it might be one of the best things we’ve ever tasted. My wife’s salad was also delicious, which is not a word I’ve used to describe a salad very often. Only slight annoyance was that we were seated at a tiny table less than 6 inches from another table/couple, so we basically had an audience for every word we spoke. That being said, we noticed nearly all the other tables had plenty of space...so don’t let this stop you from checking out one of our favorite places in SF. You’ll be glad you did.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

It was great just service was poor

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

As always, enjoyed the fried chicken. The price has risen steadily on this entree. Wish it weren't so expensive.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Took out of town friends there and we all loved it. We enjoyed the fried chicken, the sole and the mussels. Even got one of my friends to try raw oysters for the first time, and she's now a believer. Nice atmosphere and very attentive service. We'll be back.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Great food but it was a little frustrating that all the food didn’t come out together. Two of the meals didn’t come out until we were mostly done with our meal and our sides came after we were done eating.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Waiter did not take drink order and was not very attentive. Water guy...great. Looked like the other tables had better waiters.
Pop overs were very good. A different choice to bread. We liked it.
Cocktails excellent. Great selection.
Deviled eggs had no flavor and far too many (6!) that appetizer filled us up!
Calamari nice but not great.
Spinach soup excellent.
Fried chicken excellent.
Scallops good.
Fried polenta boring.
Would liked to have seen more vegetable dishes besides salad. Asparagus was the only "fresh" option...excellent
Ricotta cheesecake excellent, light and flavorful...it didn't last long! :)

All in all a nice dinner but did not live up to its rating on this visit. Portions were too big and the menu didn't make sense. Italian? Southern? Spanish? Would like to see more produce and colors on the menu. Hope to try again.

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We went for my wife’s birthday, they didn’t acknowledge it even though I entered notes when making reservations. They got my wife’s order wrong, service lacked attentiveness.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Held a great business lunch for 6 people in the private dining room upstairs.
Being able to close the doors to bring down the noise level was great so that we could hear the conversations clearly.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

This place is always a great spot for business lunch. Beautiful space, good food, great service and laid back, but also a classic!

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Absolutely top-notch food in a stylish and traditional SF locale. I am now planning an event in one of their awesome private dining rooms. It will not be inexpensive, but will be worth it. Special!

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