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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Wayfare Tavern Ratings and Reviews
The service was unacceptable. The fried ...
The service was unacceptable. The fried chicken had a horrible odor and my guest could not eat the chicken in fear that it was spoiled. The 1/2 lobster dish was miniumal with two claws and an empty shell of the tail. Ths left my other guest very disappointed. We ordered wine that was served after the main courses arrived and we were not refilled until our main dishes were complete. Overall a very bad experience.
Over all this was a great evening with g ...
Over all this was a great evening with good service, ambiance and food. The chicken is excellent and the pop overs were spectacular.
The only issue we had was that I ordered the Beef Bourguignon expecting the classic rich French beef stew. What we got was a totally dry dish with chunks of beef. It actually was a good flavor but not at all what I wanted.
To their credit when I raised this with the server they did not hesitate to change the dish out for me. I raise this purely to alert people rather than a complaint about the restaurant and their response to my questions were very professional.
Best meal we had while in SF for our ann ...
Best meal we had while in SF for our anniversary. Fried chicken was delicious, though not the best I've ever had. The macaroni and cheese, homemade bread and mashed potatoes were outstanding. Don't even get me started on the doughnuts.....INCREDIBLE. It was pricey but the fried chick was enough for two so we split that. The craft cocktails were too expensive but all-in-all it was our best meal in SF.
I'm lactose intolerant to Bree on my bur ...
I'm lactose intolerant to Bree on my burger. The chef had Swiss available for the Ruben and since that is milder and does not cause stomach issues I asked for a substitute. The chef refused. The fact that they would not replace my cheese due to my food allergies is appalling.
At a Saturday lunch with few customers, ...
At a Saturday lunch with few customers, we were sat at an unfortunate table - nicely moved when we asked, waited too long for our server and then our food. Not the best fried chicken in America, mushy textured shrimp cocktail, delicious mashies and mushrooms. At $100 without drinks and tip, sad to say it once again did not wow.
Wayfare Tavern is a classic clubby SF fi ...
Wayfare Tavern is a classic clubby SF financial district gem. The food is elevated American Classic. We had the deviled eggs, burrata pear toast, fried chicken, beef bourguinon, and the freshest hot donuts. The wine list is outstanding. The service was incredibly warm and welcoming. Our waiter, Marcus, was fun and attentive. Great SF spot. The bar is super busy with after work crowds. Great atmosphere!
Amazing food! Had heard about it and had ...
Amazing food! Had heard about it and had to give it a shot while in SF. Just make sure you're hungry because the portions are not small. The fried chicken, the deviled eggs, the tartare and the absurdly decadent donuts were just outrageous.
The food was great but the overall exper ...
The food was great but the overall experience was affected by a couple of things. The table for 6 that we were seated at was awkward as the server couldn't even reach the other side so we had to pass our glasses to be filled. The only domestic beer served was PBR which to me was a a really odd choice. Not everyone likes craft beer and it would seem a more popular choice should have been available.
Food was excellent! We had the fried chi ...
Food was excellent! We had the fried chicken, burger, deviled eggs and tried the mac and cheese, mushrooms and whipped potatoes for sides. The potatoes were ok but everything else was great! We had cucumber mules for cocktails, one vodka, one gin and both were excellent. Service was great. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and water glasses were kept full. I wish we had left room for dessert!
Horrible service. We sat at our table fo ...
Horrible service. We sat at our table for 20 minutes before anyone came over to greet us and ended up flagging down the manager to order a drink. Our waiter just grunted at us asking if we wanted to order when he finally approached us and was borderline rude throughout the meal. The food was good but the service was what you'd expect at a low end restaurant, not one that Tyler Florence has his name attached to. The waiter acted us he was doing us a favor by serving us throughout the meal. We won't ever return.
While food was great, fried chicken was ...
While food was great, fried chicken was awesome.... our service was mediocre. Server did a fine job as it was his first night. However other staff were rushing to clear plates with a bit of urgency. GM ok but should have more knowledge of the establishment and its proprietor.
Culinary art. Who does lemon and garlic ...
Culinary art. Who does lemon and garlic fried chicken? The best mashed potatoes on the planet. Then, swish chard with green and red peppers. That's thinking outside the food box. Strawberry cheesecake and coconut cake are top shelf. Definitely the best service experience ever. I appreciated the affordable wine selection.
We enjoyed our evening and would come he ...
We enjoyed our evening and would come here again. We started with a couple cocktails, the Tavern Sour and Cucumber Mule, both of which we thoroughly enjoyed - refreshing and balanced. We shared a handful of items (beef tartare, deviled eggs, fried chicken, and the roasted cauliflower) and enjoyed all of them. His favorite was the beef tartare, which he also used the complimentary pop-over as a vehicle vs the thinly-sliced potato chips. My favorite was probably the cauliflower, though I enjoyed everything. The fried chicken was good, but definitely not the best I'd had and likely won't order again. The pop-overs need a second mention as I wish all restaurants did away with the bread and just served these guys instead. So light and delicious! And the whipped butter w/kosher salt... perfection. We ended our meal with a chocolate pot de creme and coffee - yes, please. It must be said that our evening was highlighted and likely significantly influenced by our server who was personable, knowledgable, friendly, and just an all-around good guy. Servers can make or break the experience, and ours definitely made it. So thank you for that, server, whose name eludes me right now.
Every single thing we had (salads, side ...
Every single thing we had (salads, side dishes, main courses, dessert, drinks) was phenomenal!! The service was top notch as well. If they had a cook book and I had noticed it (not sure if they do or not) I would have purchased one for a gift for my client. We loved being there!!
Food was okay - tried to make classic fo ...
Food was okay - tried to make classic food too fancy. I thought you only put things on the plate that you can eat - the 8 sprigs of rosemary and thyme were on top of our chicken. Dinner for 5 was $350. At the end I had a latte - I finished it (in a very small cup) and asked for a refill of coffee - he said it would be $4, seriously? That was a horrible way to end an "ok" meal. Checked it off the list but won't be going back.
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