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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.
San Francisco, CA 94111
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday 11:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday - Sunday 11:30am - 5:00pm
Monday to Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Thursday to Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Montgomery & Sansome
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
** 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 restrictions are lifted at 7pm daily
Muni: Clay & Montgomery stops; Sansome & Sacramento stops. Cable car stops one block away on California Street.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
I am taking the time to write this, the wall in the bathroom, because as it turns out my friend and I had lunch there on Sunday and both of us wound up violently violently ill 24 hours later. She can't get out of her house but I just came back from the doctors and I have gastroenteritis. And that is something very common when foodhandlers have health issues cleanliness infections etc. but don't properly wash their hands. I would not of even draw this conclusion had it not be for my old boss who told me he would never go back to Wayfare because he got so violently ill – I ignore that. But now that both my friend and I and we literally split everything so we had all the same food have not been able to leave the house in 24 hours because we are so sick – I think that the restaurant and the public needs to know. This is absolutely not the first time and you guys or the restaurant needs to enforce better how important cleanliness is with the food handlers.
Came in for an early dinner before theater at 5:15 p.m. Ordered the pork chop, fried chicken (known for dish), and some sides -- mac and cheese & carrots. Fried chicken was good -- a little dry for me. Pork chop was prepared to order but was on a bed of endless cous-cous. Skip mac and cheese - noodles very mushy and flavor eh. Roasted carrots were tasty, however. Waiter was snooty and didn't bother to check on us during dinner; others delivered food. When we asked why the restaurant had to sub beans on a dish for English peas since the peas were plentiful at the Farmer's Market, he replied that they were just too expensive for the restaurant to buy. Yikes. Other service faux pas: we had to refill our wine glasses when staff forgot us. Also, sommelier stood with rear end intruding our table space for at least 20 minutes explaining red wine selections to table next door. Very rude for our table guests.
Food was good - marrow and fried chicken are on an elite level - and the service is outstanding. Just don't go too crazy on the appetizers, as they will drown the flavors of the entrees. Guess what I'm saying is that the appetizers are superb.
Our food and drinks were all tasty, but overpriced. Nothing special. Staff were attentive but the restaurant felt crowded and loud. We were not able to have a conversation. It has the feel of a pub, with the prices of a good restaurant.
A great spot and popular with the financial district crowd, Wayfare was a little noisy at dinner for a business meeting or other very private conversations. The interior was well appointed and definitely complimented the age of the building and its history, however, the tile floors definitely contributed to the noise issue.
There is only one single occupancy toilet on the second floor, which is where most of the tables are. The larger bathrooms are in the basement, 2 floors away. If someone in your party has issues with that, ask for a table downstairs, or go elsewhere.
All the bad out of the way, the food was divine. I ate about twice as much as I planned, and would have had more if I thought my stomach would hold it. Everything was perfectly prepared, the portions were large, and our waitress was attentive and timely. I will definitely be going back.
Absolutely delicious food with an amazing wine and drink list. Hard to find a lot of places with a big Japanese whiskey list, but they had a good amount with the right choices. Definitely worth a drive there and the money. Perfect for any date night.
Had the "famous" fried chicken and well it was extremely underwhelming. I'm being completely honest in saying that I would take chicken from Popeye's over chicken from Wayfare Tavern any day. Went here for my birthday and they crammed us in the back as though we were an embarassment or something, while the couples sat before us and after us were given great tables. Yes we had reservations and yes they knew it was my birthday. It took 15 minutes for anyone to even come to our table to take a drink order, probably because we were shoved in the back. I would never go there again and no way do I recommend it at all.
We had high expectations for the restaurant, given that it's in Michael Bauer's top 100, but came away disappointed. Honestly, it was the service that did it in. We ordered oysters, a set of hot and cold appetizers, and a few entrees. We fully expected to have the oysters served first, but much to our dismay they came after both hot and cold appetizers had been served - all at once! I've never been to a restaurant that wouldn't serve from the raw bar first, and when we mentioned our oysters hadn't come before the appetizers, we didn't even receive an apology. Beyond that, It took awhile to receive our cocktails and the waiter gave no elaboration on why he recommended one wine over another (an expectation of a high priced meal). We also received our brioche far before the drinks arrived. Some of our dishes were nearly excellent, but we felt rushed when they were served at once and didn't enjoy them as much as we might have. For the prices you would expect more than a pub experience.
We celebrated Father's Day early and we had a great time! Our waitress was very attentive, the atmosphere is really beautiful, and the food was delicious. My only suggestion would be to add a fish entree (besides scallops) to the menu. I ordered the scallops and they were delicious though!
My service was weak. Waited way too long for wine and cocktails. He was always pleasant just didn't get it done. The food was excellent BUT the noise over the top. Couldn't hear wife across table nor could waiter hear ordering. Don't remember being this loud in the past. JOC
We loved the cocktails! We started with the burrata which was fresh and delicious. And the fried chicken lived up to its reputation. The burgers were a big hit as well. We will try and save room for dessert next time. Johnny's service was impeccable!
We were expecting so much more. We got to sit at the kitchen counter which is our favorite place to sit, but our server was bad and we waited for everything... then the much acclaimed fried chicken was mealy and bad, the burger was lack luster and we couldn't wait to leave. We understand that the building is a SF landmark, but it is dark and dreary. We were hoping that Chef Florence's place would be as fun as he is... not the case. Don't go.
Out with my wife for a much needed date night in SF... we've always loved Tyler's style cooking and have made several inspired dishes by him. We thought this is a must while visiting SF... but unfortunately it didn't meet the standard that I feel Tyler would approve. The fried chicken was good so was the burger... little pricey for a burger but hey it's SF... now the carrots, mac n cheese & bone marrow was a thumbs down that night... they manager and staff were very accommodating. Manager admitted that his executive chef was out of town which is why the standard must have dropped... Manager saw, agreed & compensated us with the issues we ran into so that balanced the experience. We still had a very romantic time. Thanks for handling everything is the best way you all did!
Great restaurant. Food was great! Ambiance was wonderful. We split the fried chicken and burger. Get the burger medium rare (I ordered mine medium and it was over cooked) I know for next time. The fried chicken was simply phenomenal...juicy, tasty, crispy with hints of rosemary. Not a fan of the carrots we ordered on the side. They had too much sauce and tasted heavy. I will come back next time I'm in the city guaranteed
Expected more from Tyler Florence's restaurant. Was super excited to get to this place while I was traveling San Francisco. Service was sub par. Salad was good, the burrata potatoes were excellent, and steak tartar was spicy.
While the menu is fairly standard new American, the quality of execution is anything but ordinary. Service was attentive but not rushed and the restaurant did a great job accommodating our party in a private room. Highly recommend.
We really enjoyed the Wayfare Tavern, especially since we were able to get into one of the SF Chronicle top 100 restaurants at 5:30 pm with less than a week notice. Loved the ease of parking, the ambiance, the vibe and energy of the restaurant. The decor is just right, and the menu is pleasing to everyone---not too hot, not too cold.
Our only caveat was our waiter, Dan, who either was stoned or had a big fight with his wife before he came to work. For a top 100 restaurant, he was surprisingly disengaged. Other than that, it was a wonderful experience.
Their pop overs make the meal! I have been there before and it was better than this trip. Maybe they had an off night. Cool place - hopefully they let you request a table. We were in a very awkward spot which set off a bad tone for the dinner. Not to mention we had to wait forever for our wine. Still...all worth it because of the popovers (especially when they're hot!)
I will try again, just probably not for a little while.
We absolutely loved the Wayfare Tavern. This was our second visit. It was packed on a Saturday night but we were seated immediately. The food was fantastic – oysters with our sparkling wine, the buttermilk fried chicken and spring gnocchi which we shared (with Delta asparagus on the side), the city salad with Granny Smith apples. For dessert, we went with the house made doughnuts. Wine list has some interesting selections. Our only gripe is about the service – it took a while for the waiter to appear and, once orders were placed, it took a while for the food to appear. On top of that, we left our credit card at the restaurant, which was nice enough to call us to let us know – but it was impossible to get a real live person on the phone to discuss a good time to retrieve it. Despite the snafus, we’ll be back – we just love the place.
We went here for a graduation dinner and it was delicious. The bone marrow appetizer was a standout and the dark meat fried chicken was also superb. (The white meat chicken was a tad dry, but still tasty.) The popovers were also a hit - fresh from the oven and perfectly baked. The fried green tomatoes were nice, though a bit heavy on the mustard for my taste. The brioche bun that came with the burgers was a nice touch. As for side dishes, the mushrooms were delightful, but neither the mac-n-cheese nor the whipped potatoes were particularly memorable. We took home lots of leftovers though, so do go here hungry.
As for the service, it was attentive without being overbearing. Just right. We also sat at a nice big booth downstairs so there was plenty of room for all the dishes. Definitely recommend the place.
We had reservations for 6pm due to a commitment later that evening. Appetizers were delivered in a reasonable time but then we waited at least 45 minutes for our main course. The waiter neglected to tell us that there was a group of 50 upstairs which apparently monopolized the kitchen. In fact we didn't see him for the whole 45 minute wait.
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