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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 made a reservation for Wayfare Tavern and specified in the notes that this was for a business lunch. My partner and I arrived at the appointed time and waited 5 minutes for the hostess to appear at the desk. The hostess said that our table wasn't ready and did not know when it would be, which was pretty asymmetrical considering that Wayfare charges a penalty fee for reservation no-shows. It was super crowded, loud and disorganized in the waiting area and there was nowhere to stand that would keep us from being pushed around by people with backpacks, servers coming through with food, etc. Our client was flying in from the East Coast and driving in from SFO to meet us, so there was no way we'd want him to wait around for an unspecified time in uncomfortable circumstances. I told the hostess that if there was a table when our client arrived we would stay; otherwise we would leave, and said that it was surprising that they had not honored our reservation. Another host explained kindly to me that the reason our table wasn't ready was that other diners were sitting there and hadn't finished eating, which was somewhat insultingly obvious. The hostess did figure out a way to seat us before our client arrived, for which we were grateful, but the booth was really uncomfortable with a low squishy seat too close to the table, and a giant pillar underneath that would only work for seriously bow-legged people. Our server was pleasant but disorganized - forgetting things, giving food to the wrong people, taking too long to clear plates, etc. My meal was actually delicious and prepared just right, as were those of my partner & client, so that was one favorable aspect. Still, there are a lot of places in the FiDi that have food as good as Wayfare's who don't seem so amateurish and chaotic, and where you can actually sit comfortably and have a business conversation without raising your voice, so I wouldn't come back again.
We got there at 11 and the restaurant was empty. Took almost 15 mins to get our water. Menu was limited at lunch time. Was expecting some more brunch like items on menu- and it was very lunch focused. Overall staff wasnt very friendly and food was just ok. Was bummed because ive been there before and had an amazing experience. I had friends from out of town that were jazzed about going and they were under-whelmed.
We really enjoyed the Wayfare Inn. The service was excellent and the food was good. Unless you are truly ravenous, for two people, I suggest ordering one entree and two sides, as the portions are very generous. I was underwhelmed by the "world-famous" fried chicken, though. My breast portion was a little dry. My husband's lamb shank, though, was phenomenal, as was my salad and the deviled eggs.
The food was very tasty but he portions are huge and the food is rich. My husband and I ordered an appetizer, 2 entrees with a side to share and dessert, and we were both very full by the end of the meal. Our 2 entrees were the burger (meh) and the fried chicken (delicious, but it’s half a chicken). In hindsight, I wish we skipped the side and just shared the chicken. The appetizer (steak tartare) and dessert (doughnuts) were our favorites by far. But the service and ambiance were great.
I had the worst experience at Wayfare Tavern. Despite the fact that we had reservations took them over 40 minutes to seat us. Once we ordered took it took 30 minutes for a for a second server to come by and confirm what we had ordered....because they lost our order. We ordered two appetizers and one entrée to split. They asked us what order did we would like the courses to come in and I said that we didn't care. After asking for food for third time over an HOUR after we had ordered they finally brought us some food but not what actually ordered. We also sat with empty wine glasses for 45 minutes. Never cleared or offer of refill. I will never eat here again. There are too many great places in this city with amazing food and excellent service to waste time on somewhere so disappointing.
My fiancé and I have gone to Wayfare Tavern several times. The service was not like the first couple of times we went. The server never brought the bread, he took a long time to take our order, and he took a very long time to bring out our first order of drinks. It felt like the focus was on closing night duties, instead of tables. The booth we sat in was very cramped and had us kicking each other under the table from the close proximity. The experience missed the mark in many ways. We hope this is not the new standard.
While the food was undeniably delicious... as it has always been, we were horrified at the poor service we received. We waited at least 10 minutes before anyone even acknowledged us or brought us water. When we brought our own wine, we asked that it be aired and then served; the server opened and then proceeded to pour immediately, without even asking anyone to taste. Others at the table did not get water refills and neede to ASK the server for water -- in a completely empty glass. For the price of dinner, I was truly appalled at the low quality of service!!
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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 .
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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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