Wayfare Tavern

4.6
6171 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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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 19 hours 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.

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vipPeach
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 21 hours 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.

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Mattydread
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 2 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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vipPneumofres
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined 2 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.

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FoodyRoma
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 2 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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vipMargaretM
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined 2 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!

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vipCyrilJ
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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TishayW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 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 3 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 3 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.

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vipBRH1
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and great service —everyone raved about It!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating My Mum

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vipChomper
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipTourist
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMichelleh
San Francisco
6 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.

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vipKaren
Central Coast
38 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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

Great food and service

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LTOo
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Our server ignored us most of the evening because he was too busy chatting it up with the table next to us. That’s fine usually, but he would never check on us, even after he was done with them. We tried to order more from the other staffers who came to bus the table, but they said we had to ask our server. But we couldn’t get his attention. He finally came to give us the check. No apology for being absent or anything. Bad service is one thing, but having to watch him be so chummy (and SO loudly!) with the table right next to us while ignoring us become very irritating.

More, the burger patties need more salt. The Brie needs to be more melted and the bun needs to be at least slightly warm. The chicken was just OK.

I used to love coming to Wayfare Tavern, but there are comparable places that treat you better.

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Pambaquino
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fave SF restaurant! I went twice during my recent stay and can’t stop thinking about my last meal! Will definitely be returning back this summer. The outdoor dining situation is great and comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Tartare was a large portion (too much to eat), and the ribs had a lot of gristle and some of the bones broke off into the meat and ended up in my mouth. Service was great however, and the prices aren't too crazy.

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vipJessicaS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al was an excellent bartender/server. Food excellent, especially new salmon preparation

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vipJojH
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious comfort food! Updated traditional tavern setting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent San Francisco Restaurant

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vipdeborahe
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Really disappointing- food was good, but service was horrible. Wanted to order more, but getting attention was so difficult that we just asked for a check.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The chicken and waffles were heavy and unlike my first stellar experience two weeks earlier.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place never disappoints.

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vipJosephW
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

For outdoor diners, they have heat lamps abs provide blankets! Came in handy because the wind was blowing strong!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service wasn’t what I remember . We asked for bread 3 times and they still never brought it… waiters stretched very thin and service definitely suffered . Ended up canceling a few items as they kept forgetting. Bread was one of the main reasons we came there tonight along with some other favorite dishes but experience was definitely not there …

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TerriV
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food is outstanding. Ribs appetizer corn soup and fried chicken were so good. Doughnuts were melt in your mouth. Excellent cocktails. We especially enjoyed sitting at the bar, bartender was super friendly. The server however was a bit abrupt, not very friendly and even though we said we were celebrating our Anniversary (35 years) not one person mentioned or acknowledged it. Too bad because the food was spot on.

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RobertM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience4

The service was slow and the server was harried and disorganized. It took 90 minutes to eat two courses. That is way too long for lunch.

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vipKSA1
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience2

Rude server. All other table got bread service, we did not. Hostess was also rude. Food was average. Hot tea was Luke warm. Long delay between food being served to each person at the table. No need to rush back.

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Wayfare Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 6171 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.