Wayfare Tavern

4.6
6161 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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Safety precautions

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
What 6161 people are saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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tiffanoe
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined a day 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating My Mum

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vipChomper
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 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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BillN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Generally a favorable experience. Seated on time, servers were polite and responsive. Lovely dining room and happy to be eating inside again. The pop-overs were outstanding, as were the fried green tomatoes with crawfish picatta. But we both found both the chicken and the burrata potatoes overly salty. We understand that restaurants frequently use quite a bit of "seasoning," but this was enough that both of us noticed it. This was the primary reason for removing a star.

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vipGary
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First time back in a year. Love the atmosphere. The fried chicken is really good. Not sure if it is the best in SF but really good. Sides were delicious. Donut dessert awesome. Last time I went my Old Fashioned was the best I had. This time it was too sweet. I asked that the second one be made a little less so; didn't happen. The waiter never even thought to ask how it was. I may be picky but...
Anyway, I'll be back may not order the Old Fashioned. I want to have a burger which looked amazing.

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olivertwist
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the popovers where delicious and the fried chicken portions were generous! lively atmosphere and the service was excellent. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and plan on coming back

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pdogf
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I can’t believe I waited so long to try this great restaurant. Everything was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Such good food!!

Winners: Chicken, corn soup, asparagus and chocolate trifle!!

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Rljtexas
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved it! Cozy, relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Loved the decor, the music and especially the professional, efficient and welcoming service. The drinks were artful, strong and delicious. The food was excellent if a bit heavier and less imaginative than expected. Would happily visit again and introduce it to visitors and friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely place! Ambiance and service were great. I enjoyed my corn soup, mac and cheese, and fried chicken; however, I kept thinking that the food didn’t quite meet the standards set by the service and ambiance.
I’m eager to return and try some of its other tasty-sounding dishes.

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ElysiaC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place! Loved that we could hear the music at our table outside. Drinks were great- amazing popovers. The fried chicken was good (not the best I’ve had but tasty). The donuts were also amazing! Overall I loved this place and will come again for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and amazing service. Our first outdoor dinning experience and our waiter put us at ease. Cannot say enough good things about WT.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mashed potatoes with barrata is amazing

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rob89
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bread could be a main course because that dough is fiyah 🔥
The fried chicken was cooked perfectly and the ribeye as well. Service was great and drinks were well crafted. I’d recommend this place to anyone.

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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 6161 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.