Wayfare Tavern

4.6
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
5491 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
American
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.
avatar copy

Private Dining

Book your next event with us

View details

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Please join us for Thanksgiving. We look forward to your visit

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Please join us for Christmas Eve Dinner! We look forward to your visit

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

What 5491 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
b
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

the best popovers on the planet. and the short ribs are great too.

PP
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably my 30th time here and Wayfare always exceeds expectations for quality, service, ambiance, and value.

A
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My husband and I are longtime fans of Wayfare Tavern for dinner and this was our first brunch experience there; apparently a new experience for Wayfare Tavern as well. I feel they still have some "kinks" to work out, but they're trying. Our waitress was very sweet and trying to accommodate us. The food was tasty; yet a few more menu choices would have been nice. Also, apparently the chef didn't know how to do my request for "egg whites only", unlike ANY other brunch restaurant offerings.
Fortunately the four of us weren't in a hurry, so the very slow service wasn't a problem. The restaurant was not crowded, so no excuse there!

p
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3 words...burgers and martinis! Great Friday lunch and the waiter (Justin) was super friendly and prompt! Thanks for making our Friday eventful (in a good way).

W
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Very crowded that night. Better atmosphere at lunch. Food excellent.

CL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wafare is absolutely terrific from top to bottom. It's warm environment and amazing food keep locals coming back for more. I've blown several colleagues minds by simply ordering the chicken and doughnuts! Both are delightful apart AND together! This treat is not to be missed and can only be found at Wafare! **if you go this route, please remember to let your server know to bring them out together and prepare to have your mind blown! Enjoy! Carter

a
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Was treated so poorly. Waited forever to get served. Ordered the fried chicken and the bottom of the plate was coated in salt. The table next to us arrived 30mins after us and got served a lot faster.

JS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I found our waiter to be very rude. He was not very nice to us and had absolutely no personality.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Very poor service, The waiter was unprofessional and moody. He handed us our drinks instead of putting them down on the table. He pressured us as to why we were only starting with appetizers and not ordering a full course meal right off the bat. We were planning for a nice get together with a friend and ended up paying for our drinks and walking out because the service was lackluster for a place that has amazing ambiance and good food.

W
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Wayfare for a family lunch after our daughter's wedding at City Hall. I did some preplanning with your even staff and it went flawlessly. I preordered apps and they were ready and delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed our champagne, wine and popovers! I would recommend Wayfare to anyone for lunch, dinner or drinks in a warm, friendly setting.

OT
Central Texas
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best fried chicken I’ve ever had. Great drinks and fantastic appetizers too! Don’t skip on dessert either, the donuts are to die for.

l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was great, however, at the end, our server accused us of stealing one of the pens he brought over for us to sign the checks. He counted the pens, said one was missing and that he would walk away and that the pen should be on the table when he returned. One of the several pens he had brought over had fallen on the floor. After a bill of $400 before tip, it was rather insensitive of him to make that false accusation.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

BQ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class dining experience from amenities to service and, of course, food. Had the famous fried chicken and it went beyond expectations. Chicken was succulent and not dry. Breast were deboned which made it much easier to eat. The spices, herbs, lemon and roast garlic on the side added layers of flavors that could be mixed or stand alone. Well worth the reputation. Wife had a nice Butter Lettuce salad with Green Goddess dressing. Love that dressing, but rarely found in restaurants. Instead of bread, there is a starter of a popover. Simple, but well executed. Could have ate two! Sat upstairs on a quiet Sunday lunch. They were soft opening a new brunch menu, but since it was my first time there...wanted to have the famous fried chicken. Would definitely recommend reservations as there were people waiting outside before opening at 11:30am. Highly recommended!

KC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had their famous fried chicken. It was wonderful as expected. I am a dessert person so the sticky toffee dessert was disappointing. Dry with not a lot of flavor, not enough ice-cream served with it.

EF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous. The chicken is every bit as good as they say it is. Wonderful spices and very moist. Had the butter lettuce salad and it was also tasty. The avocados were creamy and the green goddess dressing superb. Will be back again. Have to book pretty far in advance for a Friday lunch time. But well worth the wait.

SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience, we lucked out and received a private room for our table. 10/10

H
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Waited more than 15 minutes after my reservation time and then got seated at a table by the kitchen. They could've done better.

A
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great destination restaurant with Southern inflected menu, including some of the best fried chicken ever. Excellent burrata, side dishes and desserts. Cozy ambience. Service was a little slow, but we weren't in any hurry. Highly recommended.

J
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great and the service was great also. I couldn’t walk to the second floor on the stairs so was taken to an elevator and that was so nice for me.

J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a thoroughly enjoyable time at Wayfare Tavern. The location itself, tucked away on the corner of Sacramento and Leidersdorff, in the shadow of the Transamerica Pyramid helps to create the illusion of a hidden bistro in the "big" city. The atmosphere from the wood paneling to the fireplace hints to the cozy and intimate meal ahead. The service is top notch, the drinks are delicious, and the food is always on point. The famous pop overs, even though simple, are delicious and I dare you not to order a second round. I've gone here multiple times, and it is always consistent and reliable. It's a great place to celebrate an occasion or to indulge and enjoy for no reason at all. Highly recommended.

n
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I would not rush here again. Drink order was simple - vodka gimlet rocks. Got a glass of ice and another glass with the drink. huh? Ordered a salad with their "famous" fried chicken. Again got a salad with a side plate of 2 pieces of chicken. - a leg and a nugget of breast The lobster deviled eggs were great The mac and cheese was average. The room (we sat downstairs) was great - super charming. Overall I would say portions and quality does not match the pricing. Would I go here and sit at the bar? Absolutely!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Wish they would offer wine tastes. Great service.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. The staff is always fantastic and makes the place feel like home!

JK
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Loved the food, location and our server. She was amazing.
We went on one of the hottest days and their air conditioner was out. Their servers were constantly filling up our water glasses.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

La comida estaba deliciosa, fuimos 5 personas y todos quedamos complacidos. Muy bien servicio y trato por parte del personal, el único detalle es que el clima interior era caluroso ya que no cuentan con aire acondicionado

Report
KM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the fried chicken is out of this world. Loved the whole experience. Easy to get to.

KG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We had poor service during our last outing to Wayfare Tavern, which is a rare occurrence. Overall, the food is always delicious.

SM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time visiting. We really enjoyed the service and friendliness from the staff. The food was excellent and plenty of portions. We will definitely visit again.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

My husband and I were in town on a multi-destination trip and read good reviews about this place. We made reservations. The tavern is very small and extremely loud. You sit right on top of anyone else dining there unless you have a larger party. Food was way too expensive for the quality. We never had an actual server for the evening, multiple people waited on us. Chilled lobster was about the size of 2 shrimp pieces and cost $30. Lobster deviled eggs were over filled and not flavorful. Would not recommend.

BS
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wayfare has been on my wish list forever. Was in town to see Hamilton. Perfect opportunity, right? Beautiful space. Service excellent. Menu was interesting but not very large. Very noisy. Ordered salmon, was good, wasn’t “

LK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Shared pasta, fried chicken and butter leaf salad. The server split all dishes without us asking! The pasta was fantastic, chicken very good and the salad amazing.
I go frequently and this time the food was outstanding!

B
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This used to be a good restaurant, but we were disappointed this time.
Chicken was blah.
Waiter was odd and kept walking away mid sentence...
Restaurant was emptying out and the staff began banging dishes down on the
tables as a hint that they wanted us out of there....
Probably won't go back...

m
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Server chose to spend his time with the table of eight and only asked for a drink order 12 minutes after I was seated.

JW
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go for the beef tartare, best in the city! The Wayfare Tavern specializes in some old favorites that aren't really seen elsewhere these days.

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with my wife and was everything really wonderfull. Had one of the best burgers of my life. The wine list is also very good. Wouldn’t say it’s cheap, but certainly we had a great time.

AK
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, always great food and service! Little on the pricey side but worth it

PR
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Best fried chicken in the nation. Great service

KH
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the fried chicken! Enough said. You won’t regret it.

SP
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Food was average - fried zucchini was terrible.
Server was awesome, but would not go back

1
2
3
138