Wayfare Tavern

4.6
6051 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 6051 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPierre
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We were seated promptly. The wait staff was overwhelmed which slowed everything. The food was good but expensive for what it is.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

I still would recommend this place to people, but know that there are better restaurants out there. Most of the food was fine, and the service was only slightly below expectations. I’ll admit this is the first restaurant we have ever received a personal demeaning comment at, the staff isn’t what I would refer to as warm or friendly. The reason I still can appreciate this place is due to it being well decorated, has a great feel in the building itself. Again, pretty average place to dine at but if you need something last minute it’s pretty good.

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JeffE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing as always the service was great. It was a little on the loud side but it was great experience

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Meghan
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the BEST time here. We were just passing through San Francisco for the night and found this place. We were blown away. My boyfriends words exactly were “this food is life changing” 😂. Very good food, service, and overall outstanding experience!

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vipEair
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Cozy atmosphere and food. Adhere to all protocols very nicely.

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Getonwithit
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Manager Matt Lerner is a class act.

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ednal
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service as always. Outdoor parklet in the alley felt very safe. Wafare Tavern is always a winner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

First time in San Francisco

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GEORGEP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food! Everything was great! Can’t wait to go back!

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MichaelB
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Our hotel recommended the Wayfare and we were glad they did. It's a fun place with great energy, a great menu (try the chicken) and a great staff.

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MarkN
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Parking is unavailable in the area, when using a parking garage recommended by the staff had to walk past many homeless people. When I called for directions the women who answered the phone had no idea, did not ask other staff but just asked me to use google.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All I can say is… 10/10. The food was amazing, and the fried chicken is a must try. We paired the chicken with a side of mashed potatoes and mac & cheese and dessert was the donuts. The food was amazing and the aesthetic was just as good I have already recommended this place to friends and will continue to.

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ThroughHapaEyes
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night my partner and I went to Wayfare Tavern. This was my 4th time there but the 1st time for my partner. He is a chef and this has been at the top of the list as a must have experience. This is one of my favorite places to go, every time I have been, the food is always great and the service outstanding, last night was no exception.

Our server, Jaime, has all the qualities you would like your server to exude: personable and friendly, well-versed in the menu, including the the wine, and timed our experience to allow us to enjoy the full duration of our meal.

The food, as always, was amazing. The stand out dish of the night for me was the Fried Green Tomatoes and we thank the kitchen for that nice treat!

The great food and impeccable service is why I will always choose Wayfare Tavern as a must try for my family and friends!

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vipMatthewL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've been going to Wayfare tavern for years and it seems like they have really stepped up their game.

Everything we ordered was on point fried Chicken was back to being the best in the city and a burger was amazing.

Service is great friendly staff we ate outside which is a little chilly but the tents were great though.

And as always the pop over the best part of the meal.

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FernandoG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The start of the hostess seating us to the table service was great. The food and drink service was fast and delicious. The convenience of locating the restaurant was simple . We would return

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place! But the person Who were supposed to be delivering the popovers and the coffee was way behind and the timing was all off on both things. What a shame tomorrow such a wonderful experience!

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vipEnthusiasticDiner
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A classic American menu done to a fine standard in a club like atmosphere.

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JocelinC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

It was a nice place with great service. Food was alright not worth the price of it though.

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McGregor
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great hidden gem in the financial district. Small menu, but the food was excellent. The ambiance is the best part. Warm wood colors, cozy layout, plenty of bar seating.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food 100%.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We’ve dined at this restaurant several times before but unfortunately the service has plummeted. It started when we first arrived. The host attempted to sit us inside despite us making a reservation for outdoor seating. She claimed there was no more outside seating available but after we pushed back was able to seat us outside where there were literally six empty tables. Before meeting our waiter, we saw him arguing with another member of staff and was visibly annoyed that another table had been sat in his section. The service was rushed, unfriendly, and simply bad. I would have ordered a side of a better attitude if it was available.

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GillianA
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Worst server ever. Was rude and inattentive.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. They made our 5th anniversary very special

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ArleneR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always, the fried chicken was delicious - crisp on the outside, juicy on the inside and not at all greasy. The ribs were quite good, but I would have preferred the sauce on the fried green tomatoes to be served on the side, as it overpowered them a bit. The fried asparagus was something I haven't seen on menus, and was quite good. The Caesar salad was excellent - one of the best around. Overall, a really good meal and dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was very accommodating. This was my first time out since the pandemic restrictions. Was very pleased with the experience. Our waiter Sean was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday outing! Glad to see you guys are still open.

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SSuniga
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Opted to sit at the bar now that it’s available to us once again. Hank really took care of my wife as it was her Birthday. Food, service and ambiance were top notch as always.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

It didn't seem like the

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Shae
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Choose the salmon over the chicken. It was absolutely delicious.

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ChristianS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Chairs used for outdoor seating are very uncomfortable. Restaurant needs to supply heaters that are closer to guest tables. We literally froze while eating!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took best friend for dinner. Everything was excellent!

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JohnnyR
New England
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service! I would definitely recommend trying this place out!

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vipNathanW
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I stumbled across Wayfare Tavern a few years ago when I just moved to San Francisco and was looking for a place to enjoy dinner with a friend. I have been back for brunch and on this most recent visit I was there for dinner with friends. I made a reservation and we were seated upstairs and it when I didn't think the place could be any cuter it was upstairs.

Our server was amazing and she offered some great recommendations for food and drinks. The popper pastries they serve are AMAZING! We tried the Delores Cocktail which was so yummy. For our meal we started with Burrata Toast then we had Fried Chicken, the Wayfare Burger, Mac n Cheese, and the Burrata Whipped Potatoes. We did not have room for dessert but the table next to us was raving about the donuts.

If you want a wonderful meal with great service then this is the place for you!

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vipAllisonD
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Popovers are amazing! Fabulous menu choices - we ordered many dishes and loved each one. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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bills
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was way too crowded for todays social comfort during pandemic.

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vipHappyinSF
San Francisco
98 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was really good, and the ambiance too. Our chief complaint would be that the servers were rushing us, literally swooping in to clear plates that were still being used. And when one of our party of three had finished her meal...the minute her fork was down...the server grabbed it off the table, leaving the other two diners still eating. We thought that was bad form. The main course was brought to the table barely before our appetizer was finished.

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vipSuzieP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We had a bad experience. We had made a reservation weeks prior specifically for an outdoor table due to Covid. When we arrived, we were told that we could not sit outdoors even thought there were many open tables outdoors. After showing our outdoor reservation confirmation, they finally sat us outside. Unfortunately, the service felt hostile and rushed. It felt like they wanted out of that table as soon as possible. We ordered many dishes, and everything arrived at the same time. They did not course anything out. So many dishes arrived at the same time that they were stacked on top of each other due to lack of room on the table. The main entrees arrived before we were finished with our appetizers. Our waiters took my dishes away before I was done eating. The food was good, but it was just such a bad experience. It upset us that there were many open tables so we don’t understand why they were rushing our dinner so much. Very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was our first visit and it certainly won't be our last. We enjoyed the food immensely. We plan to add this to our MUST eat at restaurant when we visit San Francisco.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food. We had oysters, burrata, tartare, cocktails and entrees. The flavors were complex and satisfying. Service was stellar. Cocktails were outstanding. We also had bubbles ~ yum! I’ll be back.

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vipDKdiner
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just had a lovely lunch today. We started off with a red and a rose sangria. They come in jars and are 2 large wineglass full servings each Tasted really good. They bring you popovers to start which are warm and fluffy. We ordered the burrata toast, whipped potatoes and the all white meat fried chicken. The chicken was delicious and boneless which was perfect. Can’t wait to go back for the chicken! Service was attentive as well. Get the warm donuts to finish!!

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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 6051 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.