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Wayfare Tavern

Wayfare Tavern

Cocktail Bar and New American Restaurant$$$$
Financial District, San Francisco
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  • Lee H.
    "The burger, deviled eggs, and fried chicken are all pretty amazing."(36 Tips)
    Zach Aarons
    "The steak tartare is delicious as are the popovers and pork chop."(28 Tips)
    H K.
    "Beef tartare (on the large side) and deviled eggs were amazing."(18 Tips)
    Jerry H.
    "Get the roasted bone marrow, tuna carpaccio, and fried chicken."(10 Tips)
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  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaAugust 20, 2014
    Eat the popover with the most amazing salted butter. Definitely make reservations and go for the fried chicken, burger le grand, and doughnuts. Request to sit at the chef's counter for a kitchen show.
  • Catherine W.
    Catherine WongAugust 8, 2015
    The puff bread here is so heaven (like a cross between a brioche and croissant with less butter) and comes with every meal. Grab a seat at the chef's counter to watch the magic happen!
  • SFGate
    SFGateMarch 18, 2015
    It's amazing what comes out of Tyler Florence's small kitchen at this multi-level restaurant. Try the ricotta and mint agnolotti in butter sauce with English peas, snap peas, and fava beans. Read more
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagAugust 3, 2014
    A killer house burger, made from five different cuts of grass-fed, dry-aged beef and topped with a slab of Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam cheese, roasted onions, and a couple slabs of bacon Read more
  • SFist
    SFistMarch 30, 2015
    The "restaurant-style" fried chicken is brined and thinly battered with well seasoned buttermilk batter, and garnished with roasted garlic, salt, fried herbs, and lemon, and it's damn good. Read more
  • Julie K.
    Julie KangAugust 12, 2014
    Everything on the menu is masterfully crafted, except flavor leans salty. Cocktails, poutine, fried chicken, deviled eggs: great. Surprisingly transcendent: their salads.
  • AskMen
    AskMenJuly 9, 2010
    Start with the baked avocado with crab & bacon on top & end with 21-day dry-aged grass-fed sirloin, & sit at the chef's counter to see Florence run his new Financial District place like clockwork. Read more
  • Amy H.
    Amy HollandsOctober 23, 2013
    Organic fried chicken, avocado & hearts of palm salad, roasted corn soup-yum. We sat at the chef's bar twice during our recent SF visit. Looks like the steak tartare & devil eggs are next on list!
  • Keith W.
    Keith WilsonJanuary 17, 2015
    Amazing staff and even more amazing food! Fried chicken is awesome, the burger with egg was incredible, oysters, deviled eggs, old school cocktails, everything is good! Can't wait to go back!
  • heat
    heatJuly 19, 2013
    This is a keeper. The food? Amazing! Fresh popovers accompany the delicious house specialty: Fried Chicken! But there’s more: you must order the Mac-N-Cheese, Deviled Eggs, and Bacon-Wrapped Dates.
  • Nancy P.
    Nancy PanJuly 30, 2011
    I come here for the popovers! Bone marrow is amazing, but not here in the summer. Steak tartar, deviled eggs & fried chicken are also winners! Reserve weeks early so ur not eating at 5:15 or 9:45pm!
  • Lauren
    LaurenNovember 11, 2013
    Order the organic fried chicken or the burger with an egg on top. They're both the best items on the menu. The popovers melt in your mouth, & the salted butter is an ABSOLUTE requirement.
  • Suraj A.
    Suraj AcharyaNovember 12, 2013
    You'll get fresh popovers with butter within about five minutes of sitting down. Eat them while they're warm! The stake tartare comes with green garlic popovers, which are delicious too.
  • ScottySauce
    ScottySauceAugust 17, 2011
    Try the burger! This is grass fed beef brisket, cowgirl creamery cheese and bacon on a fantastic croissant like roll. if you like fried chicken your really gonna love theirs, OMG GOOD!
  • Adrian G.
    Adrian GarciaMay 23, 2011
    Fried chicken is amazing is fried with lots of herbs and you can taste each individual flavor! Sit at the chef's counter and you can see them prepare everything! Great service as well.
  • Art of Trade M.
    The food & beverage here are five star to include service. They are very welcoming and it makes you want to come back. Deviled eggs no one wanted to order @ the bar until we did. Oh how good they are!
  • nina m.
    nina muflehFebruary 18, 2013
    absolutely delicious! there's a bit of a draft towards the back of the room (behind the fireplace) which can be a killer.the food is awesome. all the appetizers are incredible.
  • Justin D.
    Justin DiSantoAugust 31, 2014
    Fried chicken is excellent and the avocado and heart of Palm salad is tasty. Sitting by the fireplace can get warm and it's near the server station so high traffic.
  • Rob R.
    Rob RaySeptember 20, 2012
    Fried chicken. Poutine. Manhattans. Rinse and repeat. Seriously though, everything I've had here is amazing, so you'll be good no matter what. Their specials are legit, so no shyness!
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰October 27, 2012
    Grilled squid appetizer is a must. Cocktails are on the strong side and poorly executed. Watch out for how well done your meat is...Ordered the $50 American Kobe steak and medium rare was medium well
  • Valentina M.
    Valentina MarzoratiJanuary 16, 2011
    Poutine is UNREAL!! Fried chicken, delicious! Mac n Cheese pretty outstanding, but the hype of the burger left me disappointed. I can't wait to go back!! Oh and chef's counter is way cool.
  • Zach Aarons
    Zach AaronsJanuary 4, 2012
    Beautiful interior blends contemporary design elements with old school tavern aesthetic. The steak tartare is delicious as are the popovers and pork chop. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Rosie K.
    Rosie KMay 29, 2011
    The Fried chicken and Avocado & hearts of palm salad are just a couple of the amazing menu items. On a side note, the ambience of the WT gives both a masculine & modern allure.
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealJune 30, 2011
    Tuck into roasted bone marrow, the steak frites, or the Wayfare burger and add a couple of glasses of wine and an order of sticky toffee pudding for truly perfect date fodder. Read more
  • Adam P.
    Adam PutinskiJanuary 26
    Everything was amazing! My friends and I split the fried chicken, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and brussels sprouts. The donuts were outstanding. Great old fashioned.
  • Jerry C.
    Jerry CJune 16, 2015
    The fried chicken is awesome and you get a lot. Just make sure they give you the right doggie bag claim ck.
  • PILAR P.
    PILAR PRENDESApril 15, 2015
    Fried chicken!! Brocolini! And sider! Make reservations because is really crowded! El lugar es súper trendy pero vale la pena!
  • Anjanette B.
    Anjanette BrownNovember 6, 2010
    The deviled eggs to start, mac-n-cheese & organic fried chicken are AMAZING!!!! Pretty much any dessert is great also. Staff friendly and attentive. Make sure to make reservations.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJuly 30, 2015
    Popovers with whipped butter & Burrata appetizer. Private dining room perfect for 30-40. Superb service
  • Envolve Winery
    Envolve WineryMarch 6, 2013
    Make sure to try the Envolve Lennox Vineyard Pinot Noir! Will pair perfectly with the Organic Fried Chicken and Ribeye! Also perfect to share around the table with friends & family!
  • Helio M.
    The steak tartare was awesome, hamburger not so much! You should try the homemade lemonade:)
  • Erin W.
    Erin WrightJuly 28, 2010
    A game of pool in between courses . . . great concept. Plus, try out the bone marrow appetizer. Not to mention, I was sold on the place when the popover hit the bread plate!
  • Alex C.
    Alex ChengMay 27, 2013
    I encourage you to fall in love with this place like I did. Sit by the chefs bar to see the magic in action. Take in the beautiful decor and enjoy the food.
  • Micaella C.
    Micaella CabralJune 13, 2014
    They are known for their fried chicken and deviled eggs. I wouldn't get the chicken again, but the deviled eggs are awesome! Chopped salad was great too :)
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SmithMay 31, 2012
    You must try the the Fried Chicken here - absolutely to die for! Also love how seriously the mixologists take their cocktails here...can't wait to come back!
  • Zutanita R.
    Zutanita RFebruary 22, 2015
    Wow, Popovers like Home made. Everything great. Is a hidden tresure in a lonely steren in San Francisco.
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Bon Appetit MagazineMarch 30, 2011
    Try a variety of nostalgic menu items like abalone, Dungeness crab, and the Gold-Rush-era Hangtown Fry, blending local eggs and bacon with fried oysters. Read more
  • Patrick C.
    The fried chicken and burger we both great but the highlight of our lunch was the spring salad with compressed strawberries and peaches.
  • H K.
    H KFebruary 13
    Beef tartare (on the large side) and deviled eggs were amazing. Burger with egg was great.
  • Nimisha
    NimishaJuly 21, 2010
    The size & style of the menu is representative of Old America, with a modern-Californian twist. It's large with ample choices for the meat lover & pescatarians. However, there is only one veg entree. Read more
  • Inman News
    Inman NewsMarch 6, 2012
    The chocolate cream pie has a yummy crust that contains a layer of devil’s food cake, Scharffenberger chocolate pudding and a salty caramel ganache. Best ever!
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 27, 2011
    It’s hard to have a bad time at this frisky FiDi hotspot where solid renditions of Southern and San Francisco classics meet impressive cocktails. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Jamie W.
    Jamie WongMarch 19, 2013
    Tell them you're dining with the mayor. You'll find a surprise under the table. Also, deviled eggs, Brussels sprouts and Kobe tartar are awesome.
  • Sarah S.
    Arguably one of my favourite restaurants in the city. The fried chicken is amazing! And save room for the donuts for dessert!
  • S_J L.
    S_J LDecember 2, 2014
    organic fried chicken is pretty good! kobe tartare n ox tail pountine are yum too :) friendly staff~ perfect for any occasion!
  • Mark Y.
    Mark YoltonJuly 20, 2014
    Steak tartare appetizer, fried chicken or short ribs entree, and either blueberry tart or donut dessert. You can't go wrong.
  • Diyana D.
    Diyana D.July 21
    Trendy interior, absolutely delicious food! Their significant doughnut it's absolutely divine! 😍 + ultra friendly staff! I love that place!
  • Kimberly G.
    Kimberly GalvanteMay 17, 2013
    Best poutine I have every had! Generous amount of ox tail and great to have paired with their old fashioned. Service is excellent!
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkJanuary 18, 2011
    Wayfare Tavern, Tyler Florence's first signature restaurant in San Francisco, CA, serves delicious dishes like Sonoma Pork Belly and Poutine.
  • Zoe W.
    Zoe WongOctober 1, 2013
    Gotta have the Kobe Tartare and Organic Fried Chicken! Hands-down the best fried chicken.
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