About Wayfare Tavern

558 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
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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.

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

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

Additional:
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

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Deviled Eggs
Popover
Poutine
 Fried Chicken
Organic Fried Chicken
fried chicken
Oysters
Baked Mac & Cheese
Prime Imperial Bavete Steak
Bone-In Sirloin
Devilled Eggs
Housemade Doughnuts
Brussel sprouts
Donuts
Apple Crisp
Foodspotters
Beef Tartare
Fresh Popover
Chocolate Cream Pie
Butter Lettuce Salad
Loaded Mash Potatoes
Burrata Whipped Potatoes
Fresh Tagliatelle With English Pea Pesto
a close up of the wayfarer burger with fried egg
Organic Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Lychee Cheesecake
Grilled Octopus
French Fried Kennebec Potatoes
Fresh & Warm Popover
Famous Fried Chicken
Toffee & Salted Caramel Crème Puffs
American Kobe Tartare
Peach Cobbler With Fennel Ice Cream
mushrooms
Bavette Steak With Figs
Coffee Ice Cream
BLT
Pop Over
Petite Tender Roast
Mini Chocolate Cupcakes
Arugula & Fennel Salad With Mustard Greens, Apricots, Puffed Quinoa, Roasted Fennel Vinaigrette
Red Lettuce Salad With Parmesan Vinaigrette
Butter lettuce, pink grapefruit, avocado, pumpkin seeds, buttermilk
Homemade Doughnuts
French Fried Oysters
Grilled Broccolini
s'mores
Anson Mills Polenta
Wayfare Tavern Deviled Eggs
Whole Roasted French Onion Dip
White Wine Braised Pork Shank
 Salmon
Popover #3
Blueberry Tart With Sweet Corn Ice Cream
Grilled Peppers
Guinnes Braised Lamb Shank
Grilled Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna
Salt Roasted Bone Marrow
Organic Lettuce Soup - fried pork belly, heirloom tomato confit, toasted sourdough, basil oil
Ahi tuna
Tomales Bay Mussels
Gamba's,citrus,mie
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Post Muse Bouche
Beef Filet
California Avocado & Hearts of Palm - cucumber, shaved onion, cilantro, lime dressing
Local Heirloom Tomatoes - sea salt, mirco greens, chives, shallots
Brussell sprouts
Half lobster
Crispy Brussels Sprouts
Wagyu Tartare
Steak Frites
Veal Schnitzel
Summer Berry Shortcake
Bay scallop crudo
Wine
Caramel Popcorn
Sumpin' Schweet
Smoked Honey Cheese Cake
Grilled Scottish Salmon - Yukon Gold potato salad, sea beans, chopped Jidori egg, salsa verde, sturgeon caviar
Sauteed Chicory
Pan Seared Black Cod
Organic Fried Chicken - buttermilk brine, roasted garlic, crisp woody herbs, lemon
Candy Apple with Popcorn Ice Cream.
Kobe Beef Tartare
raw oysters
Black Truffle Poutine
Pomegranate Fizz
Petrale Sole
Normandy Sour

Wayfare Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.2

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4.4

value

3.7

noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Hands down one of the best restaurants I ...

 
 (New York Area)
·Dined 2 days ago

Hands down one of the best restaurants I have ever been too. The wine, service, and food was top notch. Tyler Florence knows how to run a restaurant. Very impressed.

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Get the deviled eggs as an appetizer - i ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined 4 days ago

Get the deviled eggs as an appetizer - it's a revelation! And the doughnuts for dessert!

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We had a reservation, got taken upstairs ...

 
 (Chicago)
·Dined on July 18, 2016

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.

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Food was excellent. Pricing was a littl ...

 
 (Houston)
·Dined on July 17, 2016

Food was excellent. Pricing was a little high but did receive good food. Loved the view of the open kitchen.

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I ordered the Mushroom Rotollo and it ca ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 17, 2016

I ordered the Mushroom Rotollo and it came luke warm. The sauce was cold and it was not appetizing. The fries were good.

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We must have gone on an off-night. We h ...

 
 (Atlanta)
·Dined on July 17, 2016

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.

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We chose the restaurant because we are T ...

 
 (Miami)
·Dined on July 17, 2016

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.

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The popovers were wonderful! Great serv ...

 
 (Atlanta)
·Dined on July 16, 2016

The popovers were wonderful! Great service, but most of the food was disappointing considering the price.

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Our party of four went on a Friday night ...

 
 (Palm Springs)
·Dined on July 16, 2016

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.

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We were very impressed by Wayfare Tavern ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 15, 2016

We were very impressed by Wayfare Tavern and appreciate the service that was provided.

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Wayfare Tavern was outstanding. The food ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 15, 2016

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.

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We always love it here! Great cocktails! ...

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 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 15, 2016

We always love it here! Great cocktails! Finally had the chicken! Yum!

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Gourmet fried chicken was out of this wo ...

 
 (New England)
·Dined on July 12, 2016

Gourmet fried chicken was out of this world!!! Ambiance was cozy. We ate at the chef's bar which is where you can watch all of the goings on in the kitchen which was fascinating to watch. Very memorable meal.

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Wayfare had turned into a little bit of ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 12, 2016

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.

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Have been to Wayfare Tavern many times, ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 11, 2016

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!

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Food was incredible including the signat ...

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 (Philadelphia)
·Dined on July 11, 2016

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.

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This was the 4th time I have dined at Wa ...

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 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 11, 2016

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.

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Best dang fried chicken.

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 10, 2016

Best dang fried chicken.

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This was my second time at Wayfarer Tave ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 10, 2016

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.

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terrible experience, bad food, bad servi ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 9, 2016

terrible experience, bad food, bad service, can't believe we paid so much for so little

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Enjoyable meal with pretty decent servic ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 9, 2016

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.

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My party and I waited about an hour for ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 8, 2016

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.

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We were in San Fran for one night prior ...

 
 (Atlanta)
·Dined on July 8, 2016

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.

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Cool restaurant with better than average ...

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 (Philadelphia)
·Dined on July 8, 2016

Cool restaurant with better than average food.

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Lively spot. Excellent service. Enjoyed ...

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 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 7, 2016

Lively spot. Excellent service. Enjoyed the fried chicken, sunchoke dish and my colleagues loved the long cod. I would definitely go back here.

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This was one of the most amazing places ...

 
 (Washington DC)
·Dined on July 5, 2016

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!

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We dined on Independence Day so the dini ...

 
 (San Diego)
·Dined on July 4, 2016

We dined on Independence Day so the dining room was sparse. The chicken was excellent. The mashed potatoes were good. The veggies were very good. We will return.

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Food was excellent. The service could ha ...

 
 (New England)
·Dined on July 4, 2016

Food was excellent. The service could have been a little faster, we felt a little ignored, but waiter was nice generally.

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What a treat. Our server was the right b ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 4, 2016

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.

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We always go for the great chicken and t ...

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 3, 2016

We always go for the great chicken and the popovers. Great place to relax and enjoy the ambiance.

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Great mashed potatoes, chicken.

 
 (Toronto)
·Dined on July 3, 2016

Great mashed potatoes, chicken.

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Definitely order the fried chicken. Very ...

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 (Los Angeles)
·Dined on July 3, 2016

Definitely order the fried chicken. Very tasty! Pop overs were great also. Tables are a bit close together but the overall experience was great.

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Was not impressed with its famous fried ...

 
 (Austin)
·Dined on July 3, 2016

Was not impressed with its famous fried chicken...I've had better. Very pricey for just average fare.

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Love, love, love this food...will go bac ...

 
 (Philadelphia)
·Dined on July 2, 2016

Love, love, love this food...will go back every time we're in San Francisco.

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Poutine has changed since the last time ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 2, 2016

Poutine has changed since the last time I dined there and not as good anymore. Portion was also very small. Fried chicken had good flavor but was soggy.

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I go to Wayfare for its delicious fried ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 1, 2016

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.

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The only disappointment was the card to ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 1, 2016

The only disappointment was the card to celebrate a birthday.

It was lame.

Other restaurants provide a small dessert or at least a candle --

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I love this place but I always have issu ...

 
 (London)
·Dined on July 1, 2016

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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Very busy place for a reason. Excellent ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on June 30, 2016

Very busy place for a reason. Excellent food and great drink selection. Solid ambiance and decor. Hostess was not very friendly but the server balanced it out.

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Went with a business collogue. Has the ...

 
 (Omaha)
·Dined on June 30, 2016

Went with a business collogue. Has the nationally know fried chicken. It was good. The deviled eggs were great. Ok wine list.

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