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.
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.
Private Party Facilities:
Wayfare Tavern can accommodate various party sizes. The Billiard Room can hold parties up to 16 for playing pool or entertainment or seat 8-16 guests for dining. The Bartlett Room, named for Lt. Washington Bartlett who is responsible for naming San Francisco, is our third floor private dining room that can accommodate up to 50 guests seated or 80 for a standing reception. The centerpiece of this room is the floor to ceiling glass enclosed, temperature controlled wine cellar which offers diners the opportunity to witness the sommelier making wine selections throughout the evening. We can also accommodate full or partial restaurant buy-outs for larger parties.
Private Party Contact:
Private Dining Director: 4157729060x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access
Wayfare Tavern Ratings and Reviews
The chicken was very good and not greasy ...
The chicken was very good and not greasy, large portions, had sides mac n cheese average. Mushrooms very good
Didnt like where we got seated which was ...
Didnt like where we got seated which was next to the register on the back of the restaurant. Had to wait for more than 30 minutes for our fried chicken and salad/mushroom. At the end, they did give us a free dessert as a compensation.
Disappointing...! Knowing this restauran ...
Disappointing...! Knowing this restaurants reputation and that of the owner we were really looking forward to dining here. We were in from out of town and had only 3 nights to have dinner in SF. Of all of the incredible restaurants in the city we chose Wayfare Tavern as one of those nights. Service overall was very good. From the bartender to the server they were personable and attentive. One of our entree's, fish, had to be sent back when,I guess he was a Mgr., a gentleman came over to ask how everything was and he was the one that took the fish away but never came back. The server was very apologetic. My entree was the Fried Chicken, "the best fried chicken in the country", which I was looking forward to. It unfortunately did not live up to the hype. It was good but I'm not sure it is the best in the country. The 2 things I would go back for are the deviled eggs and the doughnuts for dessert. They were both really good!
Good food marred by noise
We really enjoyed our shared meal of salad, bone barrow appetizer, fried chicken and sautéed chard. And though we dined upstairs, the bar noise was too much.
The best meal I ever had
I have been reading a lot about this restaurant and I always wanted to go. A group of my friends and I went for my graduation/birthday dinner. Everything was delicious! I am usually not a fan of clam chowder but I tasted my friends and I had to get one for myself! The fried chicken was absolutely amazing! I am still dreaming about the fried chicken. I highly recommend this restaurant! My new favorite restaurant!
Topped off a perfect day trip into San F ...
Topped off a perfect day trip into San Fransisco. The ambiance was great and the food was simple but tasted great. A recommended place to go!
Hands down the service from the front of ...
Hands down the service from the front of the house greeter to our server, Mike, who said it was his first night on the job post training. He was amazing.
The donuts are not to be missed! The bes ...
The donuts are not to be missed! The best I've ever tasted. The mango puree was a nice compliment.
Always a great experience at Wayfare Tav ...
Always a great experience at Wayfare Tavern!
We chose this restaurant based on a really good friend's recommendation. We drank prosecco and toasted our 41 years together over a wonderful vegetarian salad and entree. The service could not have been better and the chef's very accommodating. Excellent in all ways...the city's weather was also perfect. Thank you for a most delightful afternoon!
Both of us found the food, especially th ...
Both of us found the food, especially the "famous chicken" somewhat over salted. The upstairs room has a great "pub" vibe but surely is very noisy. Hard to talk at two top. Service was on point, timed well.
I received the wrong order and didn't ge ...
I received the wrong order and didn't get the correct entree until my husband was almost finished with his brunch. Not sure whose fault that was, as the waiter repeated the order I gave him. We really aren't interested in making a return trip; the food just didn't make up for the service.
Everything we had was amazing from drink ...
Everything we had was amazing from drinks to appetizer to main entree! Will definetly be back!
A memorable experience in a city with ma ...
A memorable experience in a city with many outstanding dining options. The staff was professional, accommodating, timely and fun. The meals were expertly crafted, beautifully presented and plentiful. The popovers are a favorite.
Nothing WAY special
I wanted to love Wayfare Tavern, but it was a total let down. We went here for a girls' dinner, and I foolishly raved to my guests that this was going to be an amazing dinner (based on friends' previous feedback). My $25 burger was good -- but it's a burger. Many entrees are a la cart, so I expected delicious sides for the prices. The asparagus came out virtually cold and was undercooked, the mashed potatoes with goat cheese was as bland as could be, the mac n' cheese was something I could have made at home. The fried chicken was luke warm. This is upscale pub food that didn't taste upscale.
Always great food. Rather loud downstair ...
Always great food. Rather loud downstairs. Waiter was top-notch; was extra helpful when I asked about a specialty drink that used to be on the menu: maple sidecar. His honesty and quick research was much appreciated. The chicken was orgasmic, and I wanted to kill myself after eating the doughnuts because I wanted them to be the last taste in my mouth before I died.
Great food, service was very good.
Great food, service was very good.
Phenomenonal as always. I hadn't been fo ...
Phenomenonal as always. I hadn't been for several years so the menu was quite different, as was the "look" of the staff. Both were still impeccable. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Worth the money and still number one in ...
Worth the money and still number one in book as it relates to San fransico restaurants. TF is doing his thing with this spot.
Wayfare Tavern, always good
We went for Mother's day and had a very nice time. We started in the bar area (not a lot of room, or tables, so don't plan on that) and had a drink and appetizer while waiting to be seated. The dining room was cozy and all of our meals very delicious. We each tried something different, and all was great! The Filet and Salmon were the table favorites, the fried chicken had a lot to live up to, but was just "good" not amazing.
Great place & food
We will return because everything was outstanding; food, service, atmosphere. We throughly enjoyed our experience.
A fun, casual Mother's Day Brunch
Brought my parents here for a casual, but special mother's day brunch. The food was classic American creatively done that made it unique and appropriate for a special occasion. The deviled eggs had caviar on them for example. My dad got the burger which was hefty and satisfying. Food is rich, but what else would you expect from a Tavern?
We had a great experience enjoying cockt ...
We had a great experience enjoying cocktails at the bar, but the service in the restaurant was disappointing. We had no idea everything was ala carte, which would have been fine if we knew, but the communication was lacking.
Great food and service
We were visiting from out of town with our 4 year old. They don't have a children's menu but are friendly and accommodating to what you may want. The food was delicious and our waiter, Scott, was excellent!!! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant!
Tyler, you continue to ROCK IT! Thx much ...
Tyler, you continue to ROCK IT! Thx much for coming to visit my group at lunch in the PDR.
Good, not Great.
Had reservations here for dinner, promptly greeted and seated. Lovely atmosphere, very cool vibe. Menu is pretty limited, especially the appetizer section. Only salad was a kale salad option, not fond of kale, would really have liked to have had more options since I am gluten intolerant. Ordered the asparagus side as an appetizer to share since there were so few to choose from. Ordered the Sole, was ok, overcooked and dry, came with green beans and fingerling potatoes. My son ordered the fried chicken, definitely does NOT live up to the hype, was good but if this is supposed to be one of the top fried chicken dinners in US it should be outstanding. Ordered the burrata potatoes as a side since the chicken is a la carte, they were probably the best thing we ate. Would not go back, too many excellent places to eat in San Francisco without a overpriced meal from a celebrity chef who is never there.
Fun, well done, somewhat overly indulgen ...
Fun, well done, somewhat overly indulgent food in a great room. Good for dates, dates with friends, etc.
Excellent Popovers and Fried chicken. Also of note - steak tartare. And great wine list!
great ambiance for business lunch
if I wasn't a vegetarian then I might have enjoyed it a little more but I was still happy with the great decor and good food. I ended up ordering two side dishes that were vegetarian and they were pretty good.
service ok waiter seemed bored food sent ...
service ok waiter seemed bored food sent back , chicken soggy , not a good night for the Tavern
Consistently good. Service a bit grouchy though
I've had wonderful meals many times at this restaurant, along with really exceptional service. On this particular night however I found the service to be very gruff and grouchy, almost as if we were an annoyance. It was just enough to detract from the overall experience.
Excellent food. Great service. Fun place ...
Excellent food. Great service. Fun place.
New deviled eggs are great
New deviled eggs are great
Waited ridiculous amount of time for food
Been here several times and have always liked it. Came for a business lunch the other day. There were 3 of us. After ordering, it was about 20 min to get our food. Only two orders came out. Waited another 15 minutes for the third. Wasn't immediately told what was going on or why. (Apparently the chef was not happy with the way the fish looked on the third order and it had to be re-done). Very awkward for the 2 people who got their food to sit and eat for 15 minutes while third person waited for her food. They should have brought something out for the third person while she was waiting or offered her another drink or something. She just sat there for 15 extra minutes waiting while the other two ate. Wayfare comped the third meal. Should have comped the entire bill. Very unhappy.
I've made and loved most of his recipes, and the fried chicken at Wayfare was excellent -- almost identical to my home version. Serving staff was helpful and sweet! And the popovers were wonderful -- where's that recipe?!
Amazing! Go ASAP!
Amazing! You must come here if you like good food, service and ambiance. The best Fried Chicken of my life!!! This place is classy and has delicious food. Their bread service is popovers. Seriously!
The fried chicken and cocktails were out ...
The fried chicken and cocktails were outstanding. The steak tartare was delicious, despite being a tad too much on the salty side for my taste. Good service and lovely decor. Will def return.
Service wasn't speedy. Waitress didn't ...
Service wasn't speedy. Waitress didn't provide us dinner specials until after we were ready to order, which threw our order plans... She gave us a few minutes to commit to a selection & came back to take the order. The guest sitting at adjacent tables and who were seated after us received their entrees before we did even though our orders we tin first. - Beef tartare was good. Worth ordering. - Potato Tot Poutine you can pass on. Not worth it. - Fried chicken good. Seasoned well. The lemon makes it. However, not the best fried chicken I've ever had. Not sure what audience gave them this title. - Bay Scallops (special) was good. Too much avocado purée. - Cucumber Mule was great. Very refreshing. - Leidesdorff was good.
Excellent Food but service not well
The food was outstanding and would highly recommend. The restaurant was obviously in the weeds from the time we entered for our reservation. Our groups observation was that they needed a captain to keep the ship moving in the right direction and some servers needed training. It took a while for our popovers to arrive . No one picked up our appetizer dishes before entree came, even though they were at our table numerous times. They need to work as a team to make restaurant flow. I will say the bartenders were very on top on things while we waited for our table and drinks were excellent.
A great time
Really enjoyed our visit to Wayfare Tavern. Had a lovely, and craftily shaken hemingway daquiri to start. Then we had to both choose the highly-regarded Fried Chicken. It was as advertised. One of the best dishes of that style I've ever had. Our server and the hosting team were all very accommodating. I can't wait to come back.
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