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
We had a reservation, got taken upstairs ...
We had a reservation, got taken upstairs immediately, then had to stand and wait several minutes for the table to be ready. (No one offered us a drink, suggested we'd be more comfortable if we had a seat at the upstairs bar, etc.-- we just stood around awkwardly.) We waited even longer once we got to our table to get a menu. When the waiter arrived, he took a drink order and left immediately-- even though we'd had the menus long enough to know what we wanted to eat. We then waited again for him to return to take our order. Eventually our drinks arrived. Despite my husband finishing his cocktail during the appetizer and ordering another before the appetizer was removed, our entrees arrived before we are able to get a second drink from our waiter-- who came to check on us during the entree and said "oh, you're waiting on a drink" after mentioning to the server bringing our dinner to the table that we were waiting on another drink. In short, we were consistently ignored and waited unacceptably long to get very basic things-- and for me, the mark of fine dining is feeling that you're being attended to as well as getting a delicious meal. Simply not worth it and won't be back.
We must have gone on an off-night. We h ...
We must have gone on an off-night. We had an 8pm reservation and weren't seated until after 8:30. The manager was apologetic and offered complimentary sparkling wine and appetizer, which was nice. However, it would have been preferable to be seated at the time of our reservation. Half way into dinner, the lights and ventilation system turned off and we had to finish our meal in a hot, dark room. When the server took our payment, we provided two cards but he must not have seen one since it was dark and he charged the entire bill to one card. Not the best dining experience.
We chose the restaurant because we are T ...
We chose the restaurant because we are Tyler Florence fans. The chicken was the best fried chicken I have had. Tender and flavorful. All the right notes with the herb spices and buttermilk came through. So much attention to detail including salt and pepper on the plate with the deep fried herbs. Wine list was also excellent and even had offering from New York. Mac & Cheese was also delish and a great choice. Very creamy. We were among the first sitted with our reservation. Service was attentive and patient. Thanks Wayfare Tavern for making our 25th special.
Our party of four went on a Friday night ...
Our party of four went on a Friday night. The place was crowded, but we were seated promptly. Our waiter was pleasant and attentive. We started out with cocktails, - the 1915 was especially good - and appetizers - deviled eggs and bone marrow, both good. Two of us had the fried chicken, one had the sole, I opted for the stuffed filet. All were good, but my filet, which I had ordered medium rare, arrived well done. Our waiter was apologetic and took it back without question, but the kitchen apparently felt no pressure to make it right as my replacement didn't arrive until the rest of my party had finished their entrees. No adjustment to the bill either, which I didn't request, but would have been considerate given the awkward experience of eating in shifts. We were able to eat desserts together, which were also delicious. All in all a pleasant experience, with the one exception.
Wayfare Tavern was outstanding. The food ...
Wayfare Tavern was outstanding. The food, the atmosphere, and the service were great. The space is inviting and comfortable. The food was delicious and filling. It's a great place for a group or for an intamite moment. I will be returning.
Wayfare had turned into a little bit of ...
Wayfare had turned into a little bit of an anniversary tradition over the last couple years but unfortunately this visit will be our last.
I'd say the food was just as good as prior visits but that could have been my hungry stomach speaking as we (2 diners) waited over an hour in-between finishing our appetizers and getting our entrees (Monday 6:00pm). I thought at one point I'd entice the popover man back over but he did elude me as neighboring tables were offered 2nd rounds.
We were updated around 45 min mark that our ticket was coming up soon. Right around when the table next to had their leftovers boxed. Funny when they literally ordered minutes before us (actually turned from their table to ours) and ordered the same entrees.
About 15 mins later the manager came by to apologize that our food STILL hadn't arrived and that she would like to get us dessert as an apology. No thanks as I was still waiting for them to raise, butcher and fry my (Voted Best in the Country) chicken.
I do appreciate them comping our appetizers and my SO did enjoy anniversary card but there are a lot of restaurants at that pricepoint still on my to-do list.
Have been to Wayfare Tavern many times, ...
Have been to Wayfare Tavern many times, but this was the first time service was under par. We seemed to be at a table that 'fell through the cracks' and went unnoticed until we flagged down someone who sent our waiter our way. We then flagged someone down for bread (popover). After our food arrived, we again had to interrupt the waiter in the next station for assistance. Then again for a leftovers box, then again for the check. The restaurant was not busy, and we dealt with the other waiter more than our own. In fact, we only saw our waiter when he took our order, then smilingly friendly when he brought our check, other than when he was chatting with other diners. Previously, we've had better service sitting and eating at the bar!
Food was incredible including the signat ...
Food was incredible including the signature fried chicken. Service was not good as the server seemed very flustered the whole time and wasn't really able to describe the dishes, rather just said everything was very good. He had some mix-up with the payments and didn't apologize once.
This was the 4th time I have dined at Wa ...
This was the 4th time I have dined at Wayfare Tavern and this time the service was abysmal. 20 minute waits for drinks and 40 minute waits for second rounds. Poor advice by the staff on ordering. Really it was well below expectations.
This was my second time at Wayfarer Tave ...
This was my second time at Wayfarer Tavern and likely my last. The service was horrible. The table next to us sat down well after us and ended up getting their food either at the same time or before us. The appetizer was not warm. I'm guessing because it was sitting around for a while. I would think the waiter was overwhelmed, if I didn't get to see the couple next to us getting the level of service I would expect from any restaurant, let alone one where our meal was $170 for two people. Very disappointed.
Enjoyable meal with pretty decent servic ...
Enjoyable meal with pretty decent service. Waiter was a tad slow getting to our drinks and the table was 20+ minutes late, but there's nothing the Staff can do about that really.
I would skip the Raw Bar offerings when I go next time though. The Fried Chicken was as good as advertised and the Petrale Sole was a standout Special. I will certainly return, just not dying to find another opportunity.
My party and I waited about an hour for ...
My party and I waited about an hour for our table after setting up an 8:15 reservation, so that's the bad news, but overall I would say the folks at Wayfare did a good job ameliorating the inconvenience of such a long wait (particularly WITH a reservation). They served us several appetizers on the house, made sure we had a place to sit in the bar area while we waited for our table, and once we did get seated our waiter was attentive, professional, and courteous. The food was good - not amazing - but good, the cocktails were VERY good, the space is beautiful, and the ambience is lively and upscale.
We were in San Fran for one night prior ...
We were in San Fran for one night prior to a trip to the Monterey Bay area. We make this trip every July. I did my research and chose Wayfare Tavern. We arrived at 8:10 for our 8:15 reservation by taxi. The hostess said it would be 15 minutes. After 30 minutes a manager offered us a drink and apologized for the wait. At the hour mark, we decided the restaurant was not going to seat us. They had seated other parties coming in after us. We were a party of 3, well-dressed as we always make the effort.
The thing that bothered me the most was when I told the hostess we couldn't wait any longer, she just said, okay. Not, I'm really sorry or how can we make this better. Just, okay, bye.
This was one of the most amazing places ...
This was one of the most amazing places I've been to. The food was top notch. I would highly recommend it to anyone. We had the deviled eggs, fried chicken, and donuts. All were excellent and I would go back tonight and every night of the week!
What a treat. Our server was the right b ...
What a treat. Our server was the right balance of lighthearted, knowledgeable and professional.The fried chicken was definitely the best I've had. However, the bone marrow was the real star. I'll definitely be back any time I'm in town.
I go to Wayfare for its delicious fried ...
I go to Wayfare for its delicious fried organic chicken. In the past I've also loved the deviled eggs, though the menu description seemed different this time and I tried an overdressed raw kale salad instead, which I'd have preferred with a tarter dressing and lightly parboiled to eliminate the waxiness.
Too noisy downstairs to carry on a conversation.
Wish it offered something like a vinegar based cole slaw to go w chicken; good as it is, it's a bit unremitting.
I love this place but I always have issu ...
I love this place but I always have issues here. Serivce was SO slow!!!!! Two items that we ordered on the menu were different then what showed up. This waiter sort of blew it off as; well we are changing things. THEN TELL ME! Bread took 30 mintues to come to the table. I really want to love Wayfare Tavern but they make it really hard.
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