Wayfare Tavern

4.6
6426 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
What 6426 people are saying
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sfragazza
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have eaten at Wayfare many times, but this was our first experience sitting outdoors in the new side "parklet," and doing so in the rain was also novel, but it worked out great. Luckily, the rain was not so bad that it impacted anything, and the staff seemed very good natured about serving in less than ideal weather. The outside area is covered partly by a white tented area and partly by large table umbrellas. They might want to reconfigure things so that there are no gaps between the umbrellas and tent. In nice weather or light rain it is not an issue, but I would imagine on a day of heavy rain or wind, it could get messy. For us, however, it was the perfect atmosphere for a cozy, heat-lamped evening. The food was divine, and I can't say enough good things about their popovers as bread service.

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MichaelC
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!
The best fried chicken!

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nicp
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

This restaurant believes it is better than it is. They act like they are best restaurant in SF but they aren’t. We tried it and it wasn’t bad but it isn’t worth going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. We went for restaurant week and had a wonderful meal and time.

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vipOutoftowner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ask to be in Sean’s section!

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vipBobeatswell
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every respect-great food, atmosphere and staff. A throughly enjoyable experience.

KJ
vipKJ54
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Outstanding food (fried chicken!!!!) and drink. Busy place. Service was a bit slow, we had a 90 minute time limit but waited 30 minutes for dessert to arrive. Fortunately we were able to stay beyond our time and were not rushed out the door!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful. Popovers were to die for.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The fried chicken is really, really good!

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TraciL
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fun treat to enjoy a meal at Wayfare Tavern!

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JenniferK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful place for a meal. Outstanding service.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience. Wayfare is consistent

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AlexandraG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was awesome, everyone that we interacted with was kind and polite. Food presentation was beautiful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic menu, great food, and awesome service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our meal began well because we had excellent service and our drinks and appetizers arrived in a timely fashion. However, as the restaurant filled and our food server became stretched, so did the kitchen. Two of our sides arrived cold and we sent them back and didn’t get them back until the end of our meal and no longer wanted them. I have a feeling the rain impacted outside seating and it was too much for staff to keep up. Overall a lovely meal, but the food was pretty delayed and our meal stretched much longer than it should have. I’ll be back though. Times are tough for staff, so be kind and patient.

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EricK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got the pumpkin gnocchi with grilled chicken, organic fried chicken, and burrata...everything was absolutely delicious. Service didn't miss a beat, being courteous, attentive and personable. 5 different people came to our table all just helping each other out. Would absolutely come back if ever in the Bay Area again

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Happy
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great. Our server was attentive and provided great feedback on the menu. The food was very delicious. We ordered the French toast and fried chicken…both were on point! I highly recommend this place for brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service seemed a bit slow, although post pandemic i guess that’s the new normal. Food is good, although seems ready for a refresh.

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vipBARTdiner
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Outstanding service, well run staff, old school ambiance and excellent detail on servings but the famous fried chicken was on the meager side...

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Warriors
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and so was the service. Highly recommend it!

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vipColleenS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We participated in the SF Restaurant Week, and are long-time fans of Wayfare Tavern. Excellent service with Jaime. Consistently good food. Wines by the glass need to be wines with more aging. Why serve a 2020 cabernet?

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TACH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are visiting from NYC and went here for dinner on a friend’s recommendation. I loved everything about this restaurant. It just so happened to be restaurant week and we ordered the pre-fixe restaurant week menu. The salad was delicious, the fried chicken was perfection, and the donut that we had for dessert is honestly the best donut I’ve ever had! Wines were delicious as well. Service was top notch. I highly recommend this restaurant - you will not be disappointed!

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vipmobs
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Good table, no wait and good service (though it took a long while to get our cocktails). I didn’t book because it was restaurant week, but seeing the menu offered it sounded like a good deal so we chose it. The salad was average, the chicken had good flavor but was dry and it was the only thing on the plate. The desert was doughy not special. The best thing at the meal was the popovers. My take: restaurant week brings the people in the door but the food was below average so not worth it. However the atmosphere and service might bring newcomers back.

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FrancescaK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bone marrow starter is fabulous!

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dahraf77
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, amazing food, and the drinks were super delicious

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AmyC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall what a wonderful place to visit for this SF Native and foodie. The popovers, which aren’t even listed on the menu and appear - hot with salted butter - are heaven sent - and a welcome surprise that I continue to go back for.

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ScotK
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet warm atmosphere. Can't wait to try EVERYTHING on the menu!

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vipCoco
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in SF on a cruise. Caught UBER to the Tavern and loved the fried chicken, buratta mashed potatoes and the drinks. All the service from checkin in to check out was lovely. We felt very welcome and special.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been coming to Wayfare for many years now, it started when my son was 10 his first time here made such a great impression he wanted to spend every birthday here, he is now 16. Although he was very young, he knew what amazing food was and amazing food to him is Wayfare. It is now our tradition to come here for every occasion we can make up! We love the outstanding service, the food is so delicious and the price you can’t beat.

Love, love this place and we recommend it anyone, you will be very here, we promise! Keep up the wonderful work and see you very soon! Love you guys!!’

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vipjuanita
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We were looking forward to dining at Wayfarer's Tavern.
However, we had to wait 1hour and 30 minutes for our entrees.
There were two large parties and all the waiters seemed to attend the parties before other customers. Management needs to plan better if there are large groups. We were served by 5 different people! The manager was even serving tables. When we tried to ask him where our food was, he looked directly at us and just walked away.
They did reduce our bill for this bad service. But we were very disappointed and probably will not return.

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BenM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very noisy! I was there on a date, but we were sandwiched between two different groups of men so loud that I couldn't talk to my partner on the other side of the table. We eventually asked to be moved which made it much more enjoyable. The food was good, and the ambience otherwise nice (when subtracting the noise).

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viprobertinauburn
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I’ve been wanting to come here for a long time and finally made it. I hadn’t seen a friend of mine in San Francisco for over three years and we were going out to dinner at the last minute he said can we go earlier and I was in the neighborhood and when I did a search on OpenTable your name popped up. And I thought right will go. It was a 5:45 PM Dining time left so I grabbed it. I had the Wayfare Tavern in my list of places to go to which is why it popped up knowing where I was.
Great food great service great ambience and I look forward to my next visit.

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BlackNTan
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken was as good as always. A must whenever we visit San Francisco.

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vipJenniferS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was wonderful — except

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trip to SF with my kids for a concert. The service was outstanding. We got there a bit early for our reservation but they sat us immediately. We had an amazing meal!

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ElizabethN
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

I think Wayfare might be suffering like so many restaurants due to Covid. The food was still delicious but the service was pretty awful. Servers were polite but couldn't get our order right, our bill right, etc...I had informed them that we were celebrating an anniversary but we were initially put at an awful table against the stairs with all the wait staff coming and going next to us until I asked to be moved. All in all, it was depressing to return to my favorite restaurant in San Francisco and see it struggling so. The food was delicious, there were still warm popovers, but all-in-all, it wasn't what it used to be.

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vipLindsayP
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were so looking forward to this meal. It was not bad but was not exactly what we had hoped for. We are outside and the weather was beautiful but the chairs are horrible. The service was okay she was very polite but overall slow. My husband ordered the bone marrow and loved it. Th gnocchi was very rich and the fried chicken was good. Overall the night was okay.

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vipGreat
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An SF classic! Always solid! The oysters were delicious and we always love the chicken!

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LizN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place, always great service, food and cocktails. Today was exceptional in all those areas. But, I notated in my open table reservation, we had a person with a disability and outside seating had a curb so the restaurant made accommodations for her but one employee made a very rude comment… we were “messing up his set up” because the temporary wall had to be moved for her to get to the table. It’s unfortunate he said this loud enough for all of us to hear and in front of her children. Please invest in a temporary ramp. I have one in my home when she visits . It’s cost $100.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very pleased with all aspects of our visit. The food was delicious. Our waiter, especially, was charming and very helpful. We’ll definitely be coming back.

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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 6426 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.