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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.

558 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
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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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Details

Private Dining

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

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (76)
Comfort Food (74)
Fit for Foodies (67)
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Business Meals (67)
Special Occasion (56)
Cozy (51)
Good for Birthdays (45)
Handcrafted Cocktails (44)
Romantic (43)
Good for Anniversaries (42)
Bar Seating (41)
Hot Spot (39)
Casual (37)
Fun (37)
Great for Lunch (36)
Neighborhood Gem (35)
Fireplace (33)
Open Kitchen (30)
Vibrant Bar Scene (30)
Good for Groups (28)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Authentic (26)
Notable Wine List (26)
Local Ingredients (23)
Worth the Drive (22)
Happy Hour (20)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Historic (15)
Private Room (15)
People Watching (12)
Seasonal (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Modern Decor (10)
Family Style (9)
Great Beer (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Organic (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Wood Oven (4)
Healthy (4)
Molecular Gastronomy (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Tapas (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined 2 days ago

As usual, top notch fare. Deviled eggs were extravagant, fluffy yoke whip with killer bacon bits on top. Oysters were very tasty with a red wine minuette(sp). Shrimp very fresh. Fried chicken is one of the best in the world. Cucumber mule is a great refreshing drink. Walked out stuffed and happy. Thx Tyler!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Their signature fried chicken was as delicious as always! Popovers are light and delicious!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Fun, Hot Spot, Business Meals
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

Love this place. Everything we had was fantastic. Get the beef tartare. Great restaurant. Great people. Service was stellar. Food was better than stellar.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

get the organic fried chicken with the mash potatoes. best thing EVER!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Organic, Fireplace, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Open Kitchen, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

DEPLORABLE. What a shame that a nasty, mocking, disrespectful waiter can RUIN an otherwise wonderful evening.
It's a beautiful space, professional bar staff, kitchen on their game. We were having a fun evening chatting with the bartender, arrived early for our res, waited happily for a great table, quiet Sunday night. After +30 minutes, waiter Marcus showed up with the proclamation "I'm all yours now!" Great. I asked for another beer, loved the new one that the bartender had suggested but didn't recall the name - so just to be clear this would require the waiter to walk 30 FEET to ask the bartender what beer I had - at this moment, the waiter spun on his heels and dramatically put his fingers to his temple, snapping his head in the universal sign for SHOOT ME IN THE HEAD. A ridiculous, United Airlines style non-apology ensued and we couldn't escape fast enough.

I'd RATHER be shot in the head than return to a restaurant that allows this disrespectful, mocking and deplorable treatment of customers.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Love the dinner, brunch and drink menu here. The fried chicken lives up to its reputation every time! Great place to take guests.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Menu was abbreviated. Waitress was very friendly. Food was decent. The whole place was almost empty. Two of us were seated at a small table on the mezzanine on top of the stairs and nearest to the kitchen. Will I ever go back? May be, may be not. Probably not.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

The fried chicken is amazing and the popovers are unforgettable!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Organic, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Another great meal at WT (Wayfare Tavern). I've been here plenty of times and it ALWAYS delivers great service and food/wine. Can't recommend this place enough.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and drinks

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Service was great and nearly everything ordered was delicious. I was a bit disappointed with the fried chicken (highly touted for its FW 2016 mention). It was dry & the breading was burnt in places. I don't think this is the norm as I've had it before and it was great.
Highly recommend the homemade doughnuts...you won't get a doughnut like this anywhere else.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Renowned for their fried chicken which is the best in the city, if not the Bay Area. British tavern atmosphere and a great spot for lunch as well as a dinner date.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Why put availability at your restaurant when you have no tables?

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Good food, friendly service, but very slow kitchen at peak lunch hour. Also on the pricey side for what it is. But can recommend it for a business lunch. Volume does allow for conversation.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Food came out a bit slow but we were not in a hurry. Service was excellent!

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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Having read the many positive reviews regarding the Wayfare Tavern, I was hesitant about writing mine. However, I was asked to review our visit, and this is what happened. We planned a getaway to celebrate our 46th wedding anniversary, researched restaurants and decided on the Wayfare Tavern for our celebratory dinner. We made reservations more than a month ahead for a Monday evening dinner. We were excited to arrive there finally and found the venue to be beautiful. Service was efficient; drink orders were taken and delivered promptly: complimentary popovers were delicious and appreciated. Our complaint is with the meals. I ordered the fried chicken which is their specialty dish. I found the chicken well seasoned, but the chicken breast was very dry, so dry in fact that I could not eat it. I did eat one a small chicken leg which was good. As I had not ordered a side dish, and there was nothing but chicken breast and a wing and a few garlic cloves and herbs on my plate, there was nothing else for me to eat. My husband ordered the special, a pork chop dish. He found the pork chop moist and delicious, but the sauce very salty, and the morel mushrooms gritty. I tasted one and agreed. The waiter and restaurant manager apologized, agreeing that their signature dish should have been perfectly cooked and the mushrooms without grit. I was so disappointed that I did not want to order anything else, and we prepared to leave. Our bill arrived and we were charged only for the two drinks. This was classy of course, but unfortunately did not make up for the disappointment in the food and in the celebratory evening. As we were leaving, the gentleman (the manager?) at the door apologized to us. I expressed my disappointment to him whereupon he offered a gift certificate for our next visit. I declined as there is not much likelihood that we would be returning to this restaurant, and indeed beautiful San Francisco again, as we live so far away.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 17, 2017

2nd time in two months that I've ordered the white meat fried chicken. It's been extremely dry both times. I've had it there before and it was excellent.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Salad was a little salty but the rest was fantastic. Great service and food.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Fireplace
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vip
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Service on Easter Sunday was lackluster. 15 minutes in and all our table had was water delivered. No server in sight, if you're dining at Wayfare don't let the host seat you on the 2nd floor in the corner.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Service was deplorable, we waited for 22 minutes for anyone to come to our table after being sat down at our table. We questioned our waiter why the wait - and he replied "I've been busy taking care of other guests." Service went down from there. When our meals finally arrived only 3 of 4 came to the table. Another 8 minutes later the fourth meal arrived at the table. It was VERY disappointing to say the least. The food was tasty - but our crappy service will keep us from returning anytime soon.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2017

I really liked our waiter; he was friendly and attentive.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Our experience at Wayfare Tavern was outstanding. Friendly and attentive service, great cocktails, delicious food, and a great value considering the quality and quantity that we received. The popovers are an obvious standout but we were pleasantly surprised by the smoked oil mac and cheese as well. Also save room for dessert. The sticky toffee and chocolate cake were both well-worth the food coma.

Tags: Fun, Family Style, Notable Wine List, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Service was slow. Only the downstairs was open for seating.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find
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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Phenomenal as always! We celebrated Easter here (well, Good Friday), and it set the tone of the weekend. Splurge and get a bottle of anything from the wine menu - it's always superb.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Open Kitchen, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fireplace, Disabled Access, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Third time coming to Wayfare Tavern, hoping to be blown away by it but disappointed again. Spring gnocchi could have used more salt, side of mushrooms could have used less salt. Restaurant was very noisy so I would not recommend this for a date spot unless y

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 13, 2017

The service seemed snappier than usual and the gnocchi were gummy.

Always go with the fried chicken.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Outstanding meals in a very festive, vibrant atmosphere.
Can't wait to come back again soon!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Nice place, great fried chicken. A very busy place, reservation is a "must"

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Get. The. Fried. Chicken. ... and the potato chips, too, if you like salty. Love that they serve sparkling water (not fancy bottled) as an option. Our reservation was for a time just before the lunch rush, and we had great service throughout the meal. Impressed the out of town visitors, for sure!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Wayfare Tavern was excellent for our only dinner in San Francisco as we were passing through. The food was exceptional, the restaurant lively but refined. The staff were extremely polished and attentive. The only knock was a rather long gap between our appetizers and our entrees. I would say easily 30-40 minutes passed between courses. The restaurant is noisy, but it was not bothersome. If I returned to San Francisco, it would be very hard not to have another meal at WT. It was Superb!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Food was outstanding as always but I had to ask three times for some lemon and lime wedges for my sparkling water. Our food also took forever to be delivered to our table

Tags: Business Meals, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Modern Decor, Romantic, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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 (Detroit)·Dined on April 10, 2017

I expected more for the price. Service was outstanding.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Michael, our server was awesome.

Food was amazing.

Wine selection was fabulous.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 9, 2017

I really like the food here - we ordered the burger, cauliflower soup, and deviled eggs. It was all very tasty and the presentation was lovely. The atmosphere is great - sort of dark and cozy, like a tavern should be ;)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Maybe I expected more, but I wasn't impressed with the food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 7, 2017

The visit was very nice. My only comment is that I didn't find it to be a relaxing dining experience. I felt like I took one breath and our meal was there. I took another and the bill was there. Those timely arrivals made the meal feel rushed.I don't remember ever having a feeling like that while fine dining.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 6, 2017

My burgers was made to perfection. Generous portion. Their famous fried chicken only received a passing grade today.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 6, 2017

My experience was absolutely terrific. I found this place randomly and have been dying to try it out. I was immediately dazzled by the ambience of the restaurant, it was very energetic and busy. We were led upstairs to our table, the waiters were very professional and courteous.

Now, THE FOOD ! So my date and I NEVER had a Popover before until tonight and we were blown away by how delicious it was ! Especially with the butter provided. I had the Pork Shank (Huge portion btw) which was tender, juicy and following off the bone. Delectable. The organic fried chicken was excellent. I definitely intend to come back many more times and would recommend to everyone I know!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Valet and host were bad; valet was not there for 20 minutes and the host wouldn't help us get seated

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 5, 2017

We had a great evening at Wayfare Tavern - drinks were great, the lamb chop appetizer was outstanding, and the mint gnocchi and fried chicken were superb as well. The dimly lit atmosphere and cozy decor was perfect for catching up with an old friend.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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