Wayfare Tavern

4.6
6367 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
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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DavidS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The greatest for an outdoor get together. Warm, safe, and great fried chicken.

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vipEvonF
Toronto
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service and Night. Thank you Danny for making our evening amazing!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Food was amazing but the service was horrible

j
vipjeffs
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Chicken is the best, rolls are mmmmmm.

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Veggiefoodie
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great pork chop. Disappointed that they ran out of the galette.

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vipDini
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I loved that all vaccination cards were check it made for a relaxed evening with family. The food and drinks were good and I loved the English vibe. Don’t miss the deviled eggs and their main salad was delicious .

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RoslynnC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I already left a review on Yelp and explained why I left a 3 star review. I am awaiting his new restaurant to open.

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AndrewF
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and honestly the best chicken I’ve ever had. Loved the whole experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great experience to us!!! Perfect plates and dinner!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was good, but took forever. In addition, needed to ask for many things multiple times such as water and silverware.

CB
vipCandBDining
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Our food was delicious. The waiter while nice did not pace the service well. We had to pour our own wine, ask for water etc.

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Mark
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside in a beautiful tent like setting. The service and the food were very good. The only disappointment was for the deviled eggs which had no flavor. But the flavor of everything else made up for this. Can’t wait to come back.

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BarbaraH
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We have eaten at Wayfare a few times and it has been exceptional, however, last night they were a little off. Oysters served with all the other starters, corn soup grainy, main dishes served Luke warm, popovers weren’t warm, one steak under cooked , we couldn’t eat the carrots, and the peach dessert served cold. It wasn’t a pleasant dining experience last night like previous times. We did love the bone marrow dish-it was the best thing we had all night! When you spend close to $600 for 4 you want it to be worth it and last night it wasn’t. We are looking forward to trying Tyler’s new restaurant. We did see Tyler last night and that was pretty cool.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service all round.
We had the beef tartar, tavern burger, and fried chicken. All was above expectations. Even the bread was outstanding. Wish we had saved room for dessert. Menu had something for every taste and it was hard to choose! We will be back many many times. Service was also really amazing- attentive, friendly, and informative.
Thank you!

PJ
PhilondaJ
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! And my fiance are planning to get married here.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The worst service I can remember in a very long time. We had a 7:30 reservation. Table was ready when we got there. At 8:10, we still didn’t have so much as a drink.

Finally our drinks arrived and the waiter took our food order, which included oysters, starters and main course.

First they brought out our starters, rather than oysters. Ok, fine. Not what we’re used to, but at least we got some food.

When we asked what type of oysters they have, the waiter told us: west coast, small and sweet or East coast, larger and brinier. We said, small and sweet, please. What we got instead were big, super briny ones.

The appetizers were bleh. The tartare was more like pate than tartare. The tomatoes in the tomato salad were tasteless (and it’s tomato season). The burrata was pretty good.

At 9:15, we still don’t have our main course. At this point, we need to go; we’re going to a show. I ask them to cancel our mains and give us the bill. The hostess says she’ll get the manager and disappears for a while. Suddenly, our food comes. We’re scarfing it down to be able to finish in time to make it to our show.

To their credit, they did take the appetizers off the bill, which still came out to $75 per person.

Take your hard earned money and eat somewhere else.

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LeeD
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

The place is great. The food is tasty. But had to wait too long for the waiter to get us a drink. The entrees came late as well. Pretty pricey for what you get and the constant upselling is annoying.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I have been wanting to come to this place in a long time. Originally, my husband and I were going to have our wedding reception here, but then covid happened. So for our 6 month anniversary, we decided to try it.
Since we made a reservation the same day, we had to eat outside, which was cute enough, though I wish we could
Have go inside, because it’s beautiful and cozy.
Apart from that, the food and service is amazing. We had the fried chicken, which has to be the very best fried chicken we ever had, and it came with equally awesome fries. We also ordered the mussels which were also outstanding. Everything is so flavorful and perfectly done. The only thing I didn’t love was my drink. I ordered the Portola spirit, and it was too sweet and watered to my taste, so I wouldn’t have that again, but I would definitely come back.
Prices were justified in my opinion. Very good experience overall.

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Robert
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Quickly seated. Popovers we’re great but food was only ok (we had 12 people so most of the menu was tasted).

Big issue was service. Drinks too forever to arrive and refills ( another glass of wine or another soda) took forever. Clearing of plates or first courses was also very slow. Overall the service was lacking and uncoordinated. Expected better.

DG
vipDerikG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jaime our server was super attentive and kind. We really enjoyed our meal! The service and food were superb!!!

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VPizzle
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

After all these years of going here, the food is still solid.

MP
MP996
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must stop in downtown SF! Great food, service and wine and spirits program.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

This place used to be so good! They totally changed their fried chicken sandwich and it was practically unpalatable:( My friend returned hers and I ate the bun. They should make it clear that the meat is no longer a breast...it's a thigh that looked very discolored. The fries came out cold. The deviled eggs were the only redeeming part of the meal and our waiter was very nice. This is the first negative review I've ever left...

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AndrewB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was good. Our outside table wobbled which made cutting food challenging. Service was fine

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Pharmboy
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience. Service was outstanding as was the food. Overall, excellent.

JB
JohnB
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We dined indoors at Wayfare and wished afterward that we had requested an outdoor table. The restaurant was noisy and seating was cramped. Service was slow, and the food was expensive ($11 for a side of mashed potatoes, $34 for a salad with salmon...) A nice dinner, but some strong negatives.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our main waiter was very good and attentive and other staff were also very good.

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oldschool
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. Many things on the menu I would go back and order.

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SSAN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

very nice outdoor space. nice staff and quality products.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone on the staff made my son‘s 11th birthday really special we had a great evening and had delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! The food and service has been on point every time we have dined. Looking forward to going back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my birthday yesterday, I chose this restaurant I was surprised how’s nice the ambiance is, food is impeccable, service is awesome. Highly Recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

First time at this establishment. We went for a very late lunch at 4 pm. We enjoyed the corn chowder but wished it actually had some corn kernels in it. We both had the buttermilk chicken and it was tasty and very moist, would definitely have it again, probably not the corn chowder.
We ordered a couple of Kentucky Mules, after 2 tries the bartender finally got it right. It was very nice of them to keep taking our drinks back until it was right. So very nice aim to please attitudes.
Very upscale Tavern, check their menu out!
I definitely want to go back again.

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luvexploringrestaurants
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

a bit disappointed. chicken sandwich was sparse more bun than chicken. . needed salt fries cold

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Todd
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had business lunch for 5ppl. Service was great and food was outstanding. I've been here a number of times. The fried chicken and burger is what they hang their hat on, but everything I've had here has been very very good.

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Jel7
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Enjoyed the food and drinks. The only issue was finding a parking. Didn’t realize you could not park on the side of the street across from the restaurant from 3-6pm and our reservation was at 5:15pm. So we had to pay for parking at a parking lot 3 blocks away. I had the pork chop and my husband had the mussels. We also tried the Mac n cheese and devils egg. The devils eggs are to die for and the Mac and cheese was so creamy and delicious. Might be the best Mac and cheese I have had so far. Both dinners were very good but I liked my pork chop way better than the mussels. A bit on the pricey side for what we got but still enjoyable. For dessert I had the donuts and my husband had the coffee cheese cake. The coffee cheese cake was interesting , had a strong coffee flavor masking the cheese cake flavor but the donuts were so yummy. Everything was really good. Will definitely be back when we are in the area again.

VM
VagnM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was delayed and unorganized. Order items forgotten on multiple people at the table throughout the meal

MA
vipMandoAndCaroline
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As everyone says, the fried chicken was great and the pork chops too! Excellent service and stellar staff

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not the level of service you would expect. We planned to get wine with dinner telling the sever when we ordered our first drink. She took the wine menu at that point, forgetting our intent to order a bottle (after we finished our cocktail). We reminded her and asked for the wine menu as we knew our order would be ready soon and our drinks were empty. Many minutes went by and needless to say our wine didn’t get ordered/arrive until 5-10 minutes after our entrees came out. We also indicated on Open Table it was our anniversary but not even a greeting or personal touch was added. Not sure what I expected but this was nothing more than standard chain restaurant service. Food was also acceptable (presentation was nice but side of potatoes was the consistency of soup.)

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DIG6
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The oysters we ordered went to another table. A staff member apologized and replaced our champagne which had become warm. He also suggested excellent wines and was very attentive. The delicious fried chicken, the staff member’s attentiveness, the wonderful carrots and bread simply made for a wonderful birthday dinner!

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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 6367 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.