Wayfare Tavern

4.6
6184 Reviews
$30 and under
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.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Marco
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall1food3service3ambience3

I was looking forward to trying this restaurant during my trip but the experience didn’t reach my expectations. The food was good but not exceptional. The big negative is the service and it started with the hostess who totally forgot about us until I reminded her that our reservation was at 8pm. It was already 8:25. If I was the manager, she’ll be fired. It took a while before we’re received the appetizers. At this point, it was late and I wasn’t super hungry anymore. I have to admit that the chicken was really good but the pork was ok. I was hoping to order the donuts for dessert but the waiter told us that only the chocolate dessert was available. It seems to me that the restaurant was short staffed and I really felt that it was run by a junior team. Will I return? No! There are many other options out there so why support people that don’t even care.

JW
vipJoyceW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Overall experience was good. Had to send my hamburger back twice to get a "well done" and not red inside. Co-worker ordered "medium-well" and her burger came back looking like it was seared on the top and bottom only - SUPER red uncooked, but she ate that anyway...so gross! Waitstaff was AMAZING! Since I had to wait for my hamburger to be redone, he brought me a salad. After the first burger was sent back, he waited to see how the second one turned out before leaving the table. After seeing it was worse than the first burger he was quickly able to reorder - that's when he brought me the salad. So, overall good experience due to the waiter. The cook/chef, needs more experience on how long to cook a burger!

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RyanR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

While the menu read as very tasty, the actual cuisine was rather mediocre. Service and seating were fine

JM
JennyM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good service. The beef tartare and popovers were highlights!

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Paula
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food, incredible meat cooked to perfection. Eating was outside in a build out which was a bit cold. Can’t wait to return and eat the seafood I noticed at the other table. Excellent prices.

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vipLynn
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Of course the fried chicken was amazing. The salmon though was quite underwhelming for all the talk about it being a well known restaurant. Rolls came and writhing 1-2 minutes so did dinner. Think Rolls should have been a bit earlier to enjoy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Unfortunately, it was obvious that they’re short staffed. It took 2 1/2 hours, and we had no dessert.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Very disappointed. Service was slow and inattentive. The music was very loud. So sad I took my dad there for Father’s Day.

SS
vipSSFlady
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was delicious. The outside dining experience was not up to par. The heat lamp did not work , our food took an hour to come out- a plate at a time. Overall we were at our table for 2 and half hours. The waiter took are order and never returned despite repeated efforts to get his attention. He came back after food came out.
I’ve gone several times to your restaurant and have always had a wonderful dining experience. Not sure if waiter was new but it did impact our dining experience.

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vipadjl
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

:-( So disappointed, especially since we had a phenomenal time here recently.

3 weeks ago: service was excellent (very attentive w/o being overbearing), food & drinks were terrific, we had a fantastic celebration dinner!

This Time: service was seriously lacking, drinks were so-so, food was a mixed bag -- a very lackluster Father's Day brunch.

Details: Ordered drinks & artichokes to start. Drink order was not right - took 3 times & a trip to the bartender to get it fixed. Popovers were delicious - probably the best part of the meal. After about 45 minutes, the entrees came but we never got the artichoke appetizers, so we said to cancel them -- waiter said they were already done & brought them out after we already had our entrees One entree (Eggs Florentine) was missing the sauce, so we asked for a side of sauce -- despite repeated requests, took so long for the sauce to arrive the food was already cold. Ordered a second drink (Burr Mansion) before the entrees -- didn't arrive until after we were done eating & it wasn't very good (way too much ginger bitters). Chicken & waffles were good, although I think they sat a little too long in the kitchen before they came out, as waffles were somewhat limp & soggy by the time we got them. We were looking forward to the donut dessert, but given how the rest of the meal turned out, we decided to pass. Waiter apologized when he brought the check & said they were having a bad day, were short-staffed & lots of new staff.

Clearly a vastly different experience between our two dining experiences. We'll likely give them another try based on the strength our first visit, but, sadly, if it's anything like this time, we won't be going back again after that.

Footnote: I don't normally write a review unless a dining experience is exceptionally good or terribly bad, so...

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vipJulie
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Wayfare Tavern! We’ve been there several time and keep going back because the food is outstanding (our personal favorites are the fried chicken and the pork chops) and we’ve always had excellent service.

ND
vipNancyD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and cocktails. Took a while to get greeted by server, but once we ordered service was very good. Music a bit loud for my taste.

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vipPeach
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Known for the delicious fried chicken, we were looking forward to the brunch choice of fried chicken and waffles. Surprisingly, the waffle and chicken were drenched in the Hunter’s Gravy and we were given the maple syrup separately on the side. The waffle and chicken were both extremely soggy and definitely not enjoyable. When this was brought to the attention of the server, he indicated it’s been the Chef’s decision to plate that it that way. I wish I would’ve sent it back so the that Chef could enjoy a sample of the soggy waffle and chicken. Never again.

The ratatouille cannelloni was bland and definitely not worth the price. Next time, it will be orders of the fried chicken all around as the chicken is always fried perfectly and delicious.

As it was Father’s Day, the kitchen was behind in food service. It would’ve been nice to be offered an additional popover.

AC
vipAllanC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4th time dining here and not the last. Service, ambiance, and food always fantastic. Cocktails and beer selections top notch. Our go to whenever we are in the city.

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Mattydread
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was perfect, the night was not. We had very slow service, the place was filled with lowbrow suburban underdressed types, the background music was way too loud right in our ear and interrupted by an ad at one point. It felt like we were eating inside a mall in Walnut Creek.

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FoodyRoma
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was amazing. Our new go to restaurant when visiting San Francisco.

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vipPneumofres
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The entrees were very good as expected. Not happy with the grilled peach salad. The grilled peaches were not ripe nor caramelized and had little flavor. The salad dressing overwhelmed the dish and wasn't particularly thoughtful or memorable. We were not impressed by the host staff. In a word, they seemed snooty, like they were doing you a favor to seat you. Our waiter was very professional but lacked personal touches that make the dining experience memorable.

MM
vipMargaretM
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's wonderful to be able to enjoy Wayfare indoors again....it's one of our favorite places!
All of the components for a good experience are present, especially, the fried chicken!

CJ
vipCyrilJ
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service!

JK
vipJosieK
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We love Wayfare Tavern - the food is always superb. However, the service was not good. The server seemed to be in a bad mood and annoyed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had another great experience. Our server, Brian, did a great job!

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TishayW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my hubby here for a Fathers Day brunch. Everything was DELISH! We both ordered the chicken and waffles. The chicken is AWESOMESAUCE!!! Best fried chicken in Cali!!! The waffle was just as good! Service was excellent as well!!!

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rambosf
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place, but with the new expanded size of the restaurant, it might make sense to put the host table outside. It was like walking through a mosh pit at a concert when trying to enter the restaurant. While my party ate upstairs, I can't imagine what it's like trying to eat in the bar area.

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tiffanoe
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food overall was delicious (shared fried chicken, the burger, mashed potatoes and green beans) but then we had to wait over 25 minutes for our check. Service by our waiter was very much lacking. Had leftovers wrapped and asked for an order of donuts to go. When we picked up our food downstairs, there were no donuts. Luckily we noticed it before we got too far away from the restaurant. When we pointed out the mistake, they seemed very lackadaisical/didn’t really apologize. A very poor ending to a special anniversary meal.

BR
vipBRH1
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and great service —everyone raved about It!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating My Mum

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They seated us promptly even though we reached early. The dessert was amazing.

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vipChomper
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The food was definitely not good. We were there before the pandemic and it was much better. We will not go back.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First business meal post-pandemic and it was so good to be back at Wayfare. The food is excellent and the servers seemed genuinely happy to have people back.

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Macarcher
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy atmosphere, threat food, friendly and professional service. I always look forward to the popovers.

T
vipTourist
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wayfare is a SF gem. Always great eclectic food and drink options, with impeccable service.

M
vipMichelleh
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Graduation dinner. Chairs were cold and low. Asked for heat lamp near older folks who were cold and I was told no but given blankets instead. The salmon was super salty, veggies were overcooked, Caesar salad had WAY too much dressing/cheese, we had to send it back. Finally, the Mac & cheese was bland. We used to love Warfare Tavern and often went there for special occasions, but the quality of the food went down significantly. The menu was quite basic, not many interesting items to choose from.

K
vipKaren
Central Coast
40 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I like the restaurant ambiance, historic building and charming dining rooms. Food was very good, but menu was a bit more limited than I would have liked. The ribs and chicken were both stand out of, but my husbands burger was over cooked, so he really didn’t eat much of it. The service was good and overall staff very friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

❤️
So fun. Delicious food. LOVE the popovers!

RC
RobertC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous meal !

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vipEmjay
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sidewalk brunch was fine. Pineapple cake was great!

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Pirate
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food- Almost everything I have eaten there has been fabulous. The corn soup, Mac and cheese, hamburger, etc. are always unbelievable. This time I had French toast that was okay but certainly not what I have come to expect. The zucchini pancake was not exactly great either. A friend had the bacon wrapped scallops and said they were awesome.
Experience - we went to brunch on Saturday for my wife's birthday. There was a birthday card on the table for her, which was cute. We felt rushed though and it's not as if people were waiting to get in, the restaurant was mostly empty. That radiated from the staff and front of house manager. That was not appreciated.

RH
RobertH
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job….service 5⭐️ and food excellent. Outside dinning was a great experience in downtown SF!

ME
MichaelE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was delicious!
Service was good however when you have to ask for table to be cleared and than wiped off it take a couple stars off.

D
vipDreidel82
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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You can order delivery directly from Wayfare Tavern using the Order Online button. Wayfare Tavern also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 772-9060.

Wayfare Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 6184 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.