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
Never actually ate because it took 2 hou ...
Never actually ate because it took 2 hours to get our appetizers out. This used to be my go-to but already told my network to never come. The worst was I booked this place for a friend's bday and it was the worst experience ever.
The food was excellent! Both main course ...
The food was excellent! Both main courses were beautifully prepared and presented. The server was appropriately attentively.
It simply never dissapoints...from the p ...
It simply never dissapoints...from the popovers (give me a break...) to the incredibly prepared food, the Wayfare Tavern is a gem that seems to only get better with time.
Popover with butter and sea salt so simp ...
Popover with butter and sea salt so simple and satisfying. Fried chicken did not disappoint. Burrata whipped potatoes were like silk. Donuts were hot and delicious. Sat by the bar and enjoyed being able to see all the meals prepared.Great Father's Day lunch.
They ran out of fish, so I ordered the c ...
They ran out of fish, so I ordered the chicken. Pretty gross, as it has fennel and I think it tastes like metal/dust. The steak was excellent I highly recommend it. Everything else but the chicken was AMAZING. Do not go for the chicken (fried)
The was our first visit, but it surely w ...
The was our first visit, but it surely won't be our last. The menu was rather lean but there is something for everyone. Everything our party ordered was amazing. The deviled eggs were delicious!!! And the fried chicken is not to be missed. The cocktails were yummy as well.
Asked the server a description on the ro ...
Asked the server a description on the rotolo dish and he aswered 'it's a pasta'... We asked again can you explain a bit? 'Yes its a pasta, you want that?' Not to be dificult but come on!
The best popovers ever! Service was fair ...
The best popovers ever! Service was fairy slow so expect a 3 hour dinner - very fun environment and great food. Next time I want to sit at the kitchen counter.
Enjoyed the food, as always. The popove ...
Enjoyed the food, as always. The popovers are a bread I look forward to - and meeting Tyler Florence was a special treat.
Started out with the deviled eggs. I am ...
Started out with the deviled eggs. I am not sure why every restaurant is doing deviled eggs now. They were good but I don't understand the appeal. My husband had the filet stuffed with short rib, it was so so. I had the burger, tasted like any other gourmet burger and we got a side of mac and cheese, which I thought the pasta was way too mushy but my husband liked it. Dessert was coconut cake, again nothing to brag about.
Happening spot with cozy decor. I tried ...
Happening spot with cozy decor. I tried the fried chicken and it really was great. I mean I ate it all, it was that good. Friends enjoyed the bone marrow and tar tar. For dessert you must get the donuts!!
Delicious food and cocktails, selective ...
Delicious food and cocktails, selective wine offering , great service at every level!
Wayfare Tavern Brunch
Wayfare Tavern was great for brunch. My only comment is that menu is limited. Check the menu before you go.
Limited Menu from 3PM to 5PM But Great
We were on Texas time so went in at 4PM so the menu options were limited. We ended up with a burger and the fried chicken with some fries and it was all fantastic. They received accolades for the fried chicken and I would agree completely. Next time in the City we will hit it a bit later and see what other options are available. The server was great he was very patient and let us drink a bit before ordering.
We had a great meal at wayfare tavern. I ...
We had a great meal at wayfare tavern. I think some of the best service I've had in San Francisco. I love restaurants that are still old school enough to serve bread and butter when you are seated - and wayfare goes above and beyond and serves hot fresh popovers. The fried chicken is one the best I've had and the burger is great too. I would happily go back.
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
Terrific food and great staff
The food was outstanding from the wonderful, warm bread to the fish dishes and sides. Everything was so well seasoned and delicious.
Everything was wonderful from the service to the atmosphere to the divine food. The burrata whipped potatoes were the biggest surprise. It's the consistency of gravy and tasted incredible with literally everything.
The Fried Chicken and Burger was excelle ...
The Fried Chicken and Burger was excellent! We had a minor issue which the manager took care of promptly. And they were extremely professional. The staff is very efficient. Fun place to dine
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.
Creative food combinations and hearty entrees
My husband and I met my adult children and another couple for a birthday meal for my son. We enjoyed many appetizers, the popovers (of course), wine and mixed drinks. High quality food, lovely presentations and hearty portion sizes. Everyone says the burgers are "to die for". I had the burger, which was amazing. There was a steak dinner for two that two of my friends had. They said it was incredibly tasty too. Nothing was even mediocre, just great!
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!
The lunch menu offers few options and if you aren't a burger lover, they aren't that good. The french fries that came with my chicken salad sandwich and the popovers were very good. The restaurant can do well because there is a scarcity of good restaurants in that area.
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.
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