Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.08mi
  2. Distance: 0.08mi
  3. Distance: 0.10mi
  4. Distance: 0.11mi
  1. Distance: 0.08mi
  2. Distance: 0.08mi
  3. Distance: 0.10mi
  4. Distance: 0.11mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.08mi
  2. Distance: 0.08mi
  3. Distance: 0.10mi
  4. Distance: 0.11mi
  1. Distance: 0.08mi
  2. Distance: 0.08mi
  3. Distance: 0.10mi
  4. Distance: 0.11mi

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
View Larger Map

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

5
4
3
2
1

4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (70)
Comfort Food (67)
Good for a Date (61)
See All
Special Occasion (56)
Business Meals (45)
Good for Anniversaries (42)
Great for Lunch (41)
Neighborhood Gem (41)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Handcrafted Cocktails (38)
Creative Cuisine (36)
Fun (31)
Local Ingredients (30)
Romantic (30)
Worth the Drive (29)
Cozy (28)
Vibrant Bar Scene (28)
Pre/post Theatre (27)
Good for Groups (26)
Notable Wine List (26)
Casual (25)
Hot Spot (25)
Authentic (24)
Bar Seating (23)
Happy Hour (16)
Seasonal (12)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Great Beer (9)
People Watching (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Organic (7)
Late-night Find (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Sports (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Sort By:
S
4284 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Too loud. Can barely hear each other speak. Would not recommend for biz lunch.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service5
value3

 
·Dined 5 days ago

After having made a reservation for 20:30 we arrived to the restaurant to find that they could not find it. On top of that, they made us wait more than half an hour before being seated.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service4
value1

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience1
service2
value3

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Made OpenTable reservation for noon. Was seated at 12:45pm. Once seated, the food and service is good. Due to unreliable timing of seating it is not a reliable business restaurant.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service1
value2

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Good food, horrible service. Escalated to manager who was extremely unhelpful. We had a group of 5, and nobody plans to return. Too bad, as this was a restaurant most of our group had previously enjoyed going to.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service1
value2

 
 (Tampa)·Dined 7 days ago

We celebrated our engagement dinner here. The food is always marvelous; the wine list always plentiful; the service always great. This is a staple for each visit to SF

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2017

This is must go-to spot to take anyone that is important to you!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Highly recommend the organic fried chicken! The warm popovers make the meal and the homemade butter that goes along with them is amazing. Good wine selection as well! Tip: Reservations are a must

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
·Dined on October 10, 2017

Great food

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service2
value2

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Awesome and friendly staff.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on October 6, 2017

From the minute we entered the restaurant it was fabulous. We had a lovely table for two. Our server was PERFECT !!! Lunch was delicious , I had to try the fried chicken !!! It was beyond my very high expectations!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great night. Service was excellent

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience1
service1
value1

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

My Boss and his guests went to the restaurant and were very pleased!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Overall good experience but the waiter or waitress must have forgotten about us since we sat at our table for a good 10-15 minutes without being offered as little as water.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service3
value3

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service2
value4

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Mom visiting

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value3

vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Birthday - donuts are great and chicken

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Absolutely excellent food! The best service around.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

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!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service1
value3

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Fried chicken and burger are the best! They serve good rolls. Nice wine list

Tags: Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service3
value2

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Waited 25 min for fries after requesting them 3 times. Otherwise amazing.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service1
value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Best unhealthy food ever!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Service was lacking this time - but food is always delicious!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service2
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

I do not want this to be posted .
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 .

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience4
service4
value1

 
·Dined on September 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service1
value2

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Excellent food and service. Fried chicken was amazing. Great list of local CA wines. Nice ambiance. Highly recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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!!!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Overall good experience but wait was longer than usual and service not as fast as desired at lunch time. Good still great.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value3

 
 (Naples)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Outstanding.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Great ambiance, excellent cuisine. Felt a little rushed at times, but overall the service was really friendly. The fried chicken was incredible.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Business Meals, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Been here a number of times and they never disappoint. Tyler Florence has this place humming with quality ingredients and exquisite flavors. Highly recommend.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Best hamburger I've ever had...with brie, avocado, bacon and grilled sweet onions on a brioche.
These guys know how to nail "medium rare". Was amazing!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service3
value3

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.