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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
My wife and I were in town; it was late, and I made a quick reservation for 9:30pm after a movie. We could have been rushed or scooted away, but Marcus, our waiter, was absolutely fantastic! He made us feel like we were VIP's! We didn't want a meal, just something light, and Marcus brought us tasty delights paired up with a nice port wine. Once in a while, not often, a dining experience becomes a memorable event; this was one of them. Thank you Marcus.
We had a very good experience for our first time there. Ambience was good (a little dark) but nice and friendly service. The food was good but nothing to "wow" us. I understood the main attraction was the Fried Chicken. Well, the chicken itself was delicious! Nicely brined, sweet and tender however if you were looking for crispy skin, this is not the place to get it. We started with Deviled Eggs and Bone Marrow, good but will probably order something else to try the next time. Also had the Tavern Burger and was told that NOPA's was better. But let me tell you how GREAT the mashed potatoes were. YES, I said mashed potatoes. This was a side order. It was very very creamy (so if you like it lumpy, this may not be for you) but it was so buttery and perfectly seasoned. Again we enjoyed ourselves and would return to try the other items on the menu.
Wayfare was recommended by a friend and man, it did not disappoint. Beginning with the bread and house pinot noir we were sold. The service was outstanding as was the atmosphere. Very cool and hip. All six of us had a different entree. The fried chicken and pork chop were amazing as were the muscles. Highly recommend. The food was reasonably priced, the alcohol was the zinger (but it usually is).
We will be back.
We came for an early dinner before going to see Hamilton. After reading all the rave reviews on Yelp about the restaurant and the fried chicken as the best in the US, I must admit I was disappointed. Ranked by F/S to be the #1 fried chicken in the US? No way! It was too bland (and I miss the skin!) Adding herbs and salt made it better but I guess I expected more! My wife had the scallops and did not find it exceptional. We also had the beef tartare and couple of sides. The popover was excellent, however. Overall, the food was fine but not above average for a restaurant in this price range in my opinion.
Dinner on Friday, August 4 at 5:45 p.m.
After a watching the fabulous "Hamilton" at the Orpheum theatre, we dined early at Wayfare Tavern. We were greeted by a friendly hostess who brought us upstairs to the lovely dining room and seated us at a nice cozy table by the window with a birds-eye view of a beautiful private dining room/libaray that looked like it belonged in someone's stately home.
After we were seated we waited and waited and it took us awhile for us to get our menus. It took longer, much longer to get our drinks and to our regret, the waitress lacked any personality or friendliness whatsoever. My husband finally received his bourbon after she reported that the original drink he requested was unavailable (after at least a 15-minute wait). No apologies from her; she just reported that it wasn't available and asked if he wanted anything else. My husband finally received his bourbon DURING dinner! Also, when it came time to order our meal, she didn't describe the menu, dishes, or enhance our meal in any way, shape, or form. We overheard other guests who were served by our waitress complain about her in the same manner.
We looked longingly at an adjacent table with a friendly, informative waiter. He described the dishes and made recommendations and was attentive to his guests. From what we saw, he served drinks, dinner, and desserts in a timely way. This waiter should train our lackluster waitress who should not be permitted to serve guests ever again until she's proven that she can behave like him. Either our waitress will benefit from more training or if not, she should find another non-customer facing role. I believe the name of our unfortunate, unprepared waitress was Chelsea.
I will come back to your restaurant and recommend your excellent food to my friends and family. I will tell them to request another table if their waitress is the one we had that evening. Thank you for asking for my feedback.
Another fabulous lunch at Wayfare Tavern! While I miss their salad of butter lettuce, avocado and grapefruit with green goddess dressing (to die for), the menu is still just right: curated options -- varied and delicious without overwhelming you with too many choices. It's also a great place to sit. Love this restaurant! I'll be back!
Shrimp cocktail was OKAY (3 out of 5 stars), starwberry watermelon salad was great (4.5 out of 5 stars), beef Tatar was OKAY (3.5 out of 5 stars), mussel was good (4 out of 5 stars). The complementary BREAD was wonderful (5 out of 5 stars). The place is VERY noisy.
I call it a special occasion as my wife and I rarely get a night without the kid, and here we got a date night in the city. Wayfare is all the rage and we had to settle for an 8:15 table just to get in (we are parents, 8:15 is getting late). Had high expectations. I will say the food was very good, but not spectacular, and the service was fine but took a loooong time from order to food being brought out. Even the waiter, whose was quite nice and attentive, noticed and arranged for a second popover run (btw, the popovers, if hot, are awesome). I had the fried chicken. Supposed to be one of the best in America. It was good, also a nice portion, but not sure it was the best I ever had. The waiter explained the prep process, which is an extensive multi day affair. Not sure it measured up to that, but I would eat again. My wife had muscles. She seemed to like them, but did not rave. We also had raw clams for an appetizer. Very pricey but fine and fresh. For desert we split the "peaches and cream". Again, good but even though we split, did not finish. There was some sliced fruit on top, if it was peaches, wasvery not-ripe, if something else, not sure what it was. The restaurant ambiance and decor is very nice (city rustic) but the place was a bit noisy. We had to yell a bit to hear each other across the table. Short version, very good, but not the best, kind of pricy for that. I would go again, but might explore some other places first.
Great service staff and ambiance. Burger was a bit underseasoned and dry. Pulled pork was juicy and flavorful. Loved the fried pickles on top. Fried chicken was delicious, but it does not come with any sides. A little pricey for fried chicken ($26). Baked mac n cheese had a very creamy sauce, but could have used a bit more salt.
Pretty good. 3 of 4 meals were very good. Great tartare and deviled eggs. Cauliflower soup was amazing but soooo rich. Steak steak and fried chicken were great. Gnocchi with mint and veggies was unpalatable with too much mint (despite the server's reco after my inquiry.....) Very light on seafood/non meat options. Sent the gnocchi back, but was still charged for the replacement "salad, which delayed the whole experience. Really? Our sever was pleasant, but aloof and unpersonable. Ehhhh....was really expecting more from TF.
Charlotte, NC leaves underwhelmed
Wayfare Tavern is still great even after being here for a few years and is a go-to spot for solid food in a trendy environment. It's been about 2 years since I last came here for dinner. All the entrees are good sized portions, so you don't have to worry about adding sides (although they are tasty - we had the burrata whipped potatoes, sauteed mushrooms and deviled eggs). The fried chicken is excellent - a breast piece, drumstick, and wing - crispy. We recently had the pork chop - generous portion with really tasty peaches and couscous on the side. I'm still a huge fan of their turnovers!! We were too stuffed to have dessert this time, unfortunately.
I love the look and ambiance of the downstairs dining room, although it gets VERY loud. We had a group of 4 so conversation was manageable, but it would be hard to hear if it was more than that.
We had a delicious dinner. 3 of us had the fried chicken and 1 had the burger. All the food was of great quality. I ordered a white Russian to drink. It was too strong for me. We had the Mac and cheese and the carrot sides. I enjoyed the Mac and cheese better. The popovers are to die for. They came steaming hot and light as a feather. It is hard not to have lots of them. Very loud though. I hate to have to tell at the people I am enjoying dinner eith.
Absolutely the best meal and experience I have had in awhile. I want to live in this resturant. So beautiful. Cozy. Feels like home. Food was incredible. Devil eggs. Fried chicken. Rose. Cali flower soup. Cheese cake. My mouth is watering again. Tyler well done. Huge fan. Can't wait to come back.
The restaurant is located in downtown and on a weekend, the area can be somewhat desolate and lonely. I dined on a Sunday evening. It was a beautiful day in the City, but upon entering the restaurant, it was really dark and moody. (They need to add better lighting.) I was seated in a corner which made it feel even darker. However, The food was delicious and our server was very good at explaining the dinner specials and attending to us. I rated it high marks based on the food, but the ambiance inside was not what I was looking for.
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