Wayfare Tavern

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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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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had tried to make reservations on several occasions and Wayfare was always booked on Fridays and Saturdays. I can now see why. I like everything about this place. The fried chicken was possibly the best I've ever tasted. The service was excellent and the ambience was perfect. We'll be back.

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vipJimR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, fantastic food, a little less busy due to the prevailing external environment which actually made the ambience even more pleasant and enjoyable

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very cool place and unique menu! Fried chicken and Mac and cheese and butter salad were delish! Loved the popovers too!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the fried chicken, but be hungry!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, first class birthday touches.

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vipDoctor
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Going downhill in all regards from quality of service to food preparation. And consistently rude hostess.

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vipmcamym
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place overall, setting is old school dark wood, upstairs dining is comfortable, service was excellent and food very good. No wonder this restaurant has been in business for so long

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vipNapili
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience2

We were six seniors, we sat downstairs...big mistake. Our table(booth) was uncomfortable! Our server rushed us in the beginning, with ordering etc! He was very inattentive! The drinks and food were excellent except for the whipped potatoes, they were soupy...ugh!! My husband and I have been before, it was lovely! This visit was disappointing!!

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Todf
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food is less than average, very disappointing. Basically mediocre bar food at high prices. Felt like more of a volume approach than quality. I am not a foodie but still expect a little attention to creating a special dish but that did not happen here. I do NOT recommend eating here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Hostesses were rude and arrogant. Wait staff in the bar were the same. Our table server was fantastic, but our introductory experience with the rudeness upon entering and waiting for our table soured the evening.

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vipBonnieL
San Francisco
235 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our dinner was really good. Best of all, service was excellent. We had drinks at the bar while our table was readied and the bartender was engaging and even found someone who could recall the name of another great restaurant that occupied this space years ago (Rubicon). The hostess agreed to sit us in a comfy booth instead of banishing us to the tables upstairs! And our server was personable and professional. As for the drinks - excellent cocktails! The food was very good and the portions were larger than expected so we had leftovers. The fried chicken was very good, but I'm not sure it knocked my socks off. The burgers were excellent, as were the roasted brussels sprouts. We had a few starters to share and all were tasty and large portions, too. All in all, a fun evening.

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RobynS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic! I got the fried chicken and it was delicious! Lightly fried and season well. This was a big portion. My husband got the pork chop special and that was also very good. The donuts for dessert we're amazing and served with cranberry sauce and creme fresche, so it was just the right balance of flavors.

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Karyn
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places to have a nice dinner. The food and staff are amazing.

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vipdancyn
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our evening with friends. Food was very good. Service was excellent.

JT
JimT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Wayfair is the perfect spot for a business lunch, especially when hosting clients from outside San Francisco.

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Peter
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service, great food, well worth the time spent. I do not know why this restaurant plays music at lunch though. Loud is subjective, present is not. You notice the music.

It's a crowded restaurant, and the most important thing to hear are the people at your table (not some random soundtrack).

I understand if music plays before the doors open, or during quiet times during operating hours - but rarely have I found a business lunch to be enhanced by a soundtrack.

My suggestion is to lose it and allow guests to enjoy the food, the room and each other's company.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Ambiance was great and the noise level wasn’t too bad. Cocktails were solid but not necessarily noteworthy.
Service was solid but the food was a big disappointment. Pork shank was so salty it was not edible. Hamburger was unevenly cooked and over cooked in spots. Cioppino clams and muscles were tiny tiny with barely any meat.

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StonksOnlyGoUp
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, thoroughly enjoyed the chicken.

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vipKatana
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Listen up Everyone! Don’t bother eating anywhere else except HOPR and Harris’. Wayfare Tavern is by far THE BEST PLACE TO EAT IN SF! The Brussel Sprouts are to die for! The risotto with mushrooms is pure perfection! The short ribs bathed in polenta is #1! The burrata whipped potatoes were delicious! The filet mignon was cooked to perfection along with the scalloped potatoes! My boyfriend is from Chi Town and tries the fried chicken everywhere he goes and he said hands down, this was the best place! You are wasting your time and money going anywhere else!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We arrived for an 8:30 reservation. We were promptly seated. This is my 4th visit to Wayfare and I have had nothing but wonderful experiences. This time our service was a bit lacking, but nothing too serious. We enjoyed the food and appetizers. And as always those damn popovers!

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vipTootie
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with the wife. Wonderful fare!

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Mana
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance!

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Jen26
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary and they made it very special!

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etst
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipPeter
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Excellent service. A little pricey, but not outrageously so. I’ll definitely be back!

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michaelz
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

The food and service were very good, but prices are expensive. And for those prices I got to suffer through a business lunch with so much background noise that it was exhausting to have a conversation. I cancelled a forthcoming lunch there for this reason.

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vipBeverlyC
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fried chicken is a MUST!!!!! Shrimp cocktail the best i ever had!! Definitely going back

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Christine
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my second visit to Wayfare (first was 5 years ago) while visiting San Franciso. My son and I had an amazing dinner. He raved about the salmon, especially the French lentils and the blood orange beurre blanc. I enjoyed the fried chicken and Brussels sprouts. Huge portion of chicken, so I will enjoy it as leftovers for lunch! We will be sure to return the next time we are in SF!

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AnnaM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place is usually VERY noisy, but since it was Presidents’ Day...it was really nice! Server could have been more attentive, but we had a great dinner

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was amazing. Accommodated a food allergy. Loved the aesthetics of the restaurant. But have to admit the waiter was very abrupt and in some cases rude detracting from the experience (when we tried to order appetizers he insisted that we order our appetizers and main dish at same time, reached over me and grabbed my glass from the top drinking rim to move it in order to place a dish on the table, etc.). Another small note is I requested a booth in our reservation but they sat us at a table when there was an empty booth close by. Had to ask to be seated at the booth instead and wait while hostess checked with the manager (my husband is 6’6” tall and small dining chairs do not fit him), In the end, we were given the booth but at this price point, these details should be acknowledged.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a late reservations. 830pm. We got seated right away. And our server Ed was very nice n his suggestions were awesome. Their bread was delicious. Our Lobster was expensive but worth it. The Organic fried chicken was so good. Next time, I want to try their steak. Over all the appetizers and main course was delicious. With drinks. For 2, we spent about $200 but it was worth it. I would def come back here. I can’t wait to visit Tyler Florence other restaurant.

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vipLindaC1
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant overall. Food tasted better than I expected.

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dawn
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This experience from start to finish was EXQUISITE. The flavor profiles on this menu were so compatible, flavors bursting in your mouth without ever conflicting or overpowering one another. The service amazing. The restaurant BEAUTIFUL. The drinks incredible. We did brunch on a Sat.
We started with Bacon Bloody Mary's, Deviled eggs, and Buratta toast. ALL BEYOND DELICIOUS. We shared a Butter Lettuce Salad with probably the best version of Green Goddess dressing I have ever had. I ate the Red Flannel Hash... No words.. Perfectly poached egg, PERFECT amount of Bernaise, lean corned beef, sweet, sweet red beets and soft&sweet yukon gold potatoes on the inside, just right crispy on the outside. My husband had the famous Chicken & Waffles... They aren't called the best in the country for nothing..
We also had a a dirty martini and a Tavern Sour... Those Bartenders know how to make perfect drinks...
Wildfish in San Diego has been our favorite restaurant for 8 years... Until now....
Do not miss this find...

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vipJordanT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

This restaurant is absolutely not worth it. The food quality is terrible compared to similarly priced restaurants.
Their “famous” fried chicken was bland and dry. The mashed potatoes were basically a soup (I tried to get a forkful to taste it and it all dripped right through the fork). The only good stuff on the menu are the drinks and you’ll need to consume several to numb the pain of paying a ridiculous amount of money for such crappy food. I liked the ambience and our waiter was pretty good but beyond that... I’ll never go back there again and I’ll never recommend this place to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were welcomed to the table with a “Happy Anniversary” card from the team. Everything about the meal, service and wait time was great! Especially considering that it was Valentine’s Day and a Friday night. This was our third visit to Wayfare Tavern (including our wedding reception) and we will most definitely be back again.

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Jacobw
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food. Could not taste the chartreuse in the root beer float. A little bummed about that. Otherwise, it was a solid experience.

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Majocaluna
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience

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vipSusan
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went with my co-workers. Everyone was super happy with their food. Had the bahn mi; it was excellent! Pickled veggies cut the richness of friend chicken. Perfect combo!

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viprlevy109
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service!

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Wayfare Tavern does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. 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 5730 OpenTable diners.

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