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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VS
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic fried chicken from someone who usually doesn't like fried chicken!

SF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most wonderful lunch, took clients and we had all been prior but years ago. We were all happily impressed. Service impeccable, food delish from start to finish. Only slight downer was the host, did not seem to happy to be there. Didn't ruin the overall impression that Wayfare Tavern is a great destination restaurant downtown.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wayfare Tavern is always constantly great.

RV
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never written a review before but my experience compelled me to do this. I was initially worried that this place wouldn't live up to the hype but I was luckily very wrong. It was outstanding. The service was spectacular. The food was even more so. And the drinks! So delicious. We started out with the complementary popover bread was one of the best bits of carbs I've had in a very long time. Then we had two appetizers, the burrata and the deviled eggs. The burrata was insane. Wanted to eat it alone but had to share. The deviled eggs great. Since we'd eaten a lot that day already, I ordered the butter lettuce salad and added a bit of their famous fried chicken on the side. Wow. If people hadn't been around I would have licked my plate. My friends got the cioppino and another salad. My partner got the pork and it was probably one of the best pieces of meat I have ever ever eaten. We were too full for dessert but I saw those donuts go by and wished I hadn't eaten so much earlier. Next time! Go there. It's great and I felt like unlike some other SF places this one was worth the price tag. :)

M
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything we had was top notch, from the fried chicken to the broccolini to the deviled eggs. I was a bit worried initially since it was so easy to get a reservation and they have a less than stellar health score right now, but enjoyed my meal thoroughly. The popover bread they give is yummy too!

MB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host was so nice. I reserved for six and arrived with eight and he immediately rearranged gave us a private room. The room was lovely, warm and full of light. The service attentive without being overbearing. The food was fantastic. Everyone got something different and it was all delicious. I am not someone who is effusive but this place hit it out of the park. They also would split eight cards. Totally coming back.

OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We had friends in town and unfortunately the experience fell flat. Hard face plant on a concrete sidewalk flat. We were surprised by the experience as we’ve been here a dozen times over the last few years so we’ve experienced the typical high service level and food quality. Not sure if it was an off night, turnover on the FOH and BOH teams, or poor management. We didn’t see our server from when we ordered to about 20 minutes after we received our food (and only after we flagged down three others because we needed serving spoons for all our sides and half our drinks were still not delivered from our initial drink order). When we were trying to ask about the spoons and drinks, the lady we asked walked away before we barely finished asking for spoons. So we had to ask about the drinks when she came back and she was clearly annoyed by the multiple requests. Half the dishes were too salty. The best service of the night was from the bussers who did a fabulous job so we still ended up tipping our MIA waitress so they wouldn’t be penalized (hoping they share in the tips).

T
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Old school high quality tavern; delicious 60 day dry aged prime rib, truly delicious ( am not overstating) fried chicken as well as other truly excellent comfort food. Will go again most definitively.

A
New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was lovely, not too dark. Service was impeccable, both at the bar and once we were seated. We enjoyed our meals, the fried chicken was absolutely amazing, as were the whipped potatoes. We finished the meal with the donuts and they did not disappoint. Will come back next time I am on this coast.

R
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was delicious, especially the cote de boeuf. Dark and clubby atmosphere. Ours was the only table with children but we were made to feel welcome! Good wine list

DJ
Nottingham
60 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Served food late. Good meal. Worth a visit.

J
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch. The popovers and doughnuts were exceptional. Great service and ambiance for good price

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the decor and food. We had the fried chicken short rib appetizer and brussel sprouts.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the service was excellent!

FY
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way! Would highly recommend -great ambiance, too!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was good! They were super accommodating when I last minute asked to change the table from 4 people to 6, and the wait staff was attentive and so kind. Food was just alright in my opinion. I got the city salad and it was pretty bland, and looked like something I would make myself (but not even as good) and just the salad itself (no protein add on) was $19!

My fiancé got the burger and he said it was subpar as well. Probably our fault as the fried chicken is the thing to get I’ve heard.

Great for cozy, fun city ambiance though.

NG
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, impeccable service and cozy ambiance. They made my husbands birthday so special - amazing personal touches throughout. Can’t recommend this place enough.

JB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

After having a reservation, we were abruptly told that we needed to order right away as they needed the table right away. We easily ate in that time frame, but it was so disturbing and annoying to be rushed thru our wxperience. It was a disappointment.

SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great meal, our server Lorelei was excellent. Hostess was unfriendly and not welcoming.

GB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best fried chicken you'll ever try. And if you've never tried Steak Tartare, this is the place to try it - it's incredibly delicious. Excellent service, delicious food - you'll be glad you went there.

JL
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Tyler Florence spoke at a conference I attended, so I rushed to make a reservation. Wayfare is a don't-miss for San Fran!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food is always delicious. Buratta mashed potatoes were like warm though and the kitchen always always puts a mound of coarse salt and pepper hidden under herbes on the side of the plate which taints a portion of your food that gets pushed into it. I keep forgetting they do that!
They accommodated us with our table request for our anniversary and the server was perfectly but not over attentive.

DS
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Server was great, super attentive and I always had a full drink in front of me. Food was good too.

F
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

We went for NY eve dinner. Our server was very good. Ambiance was good and we enjoyed it. The drinks and food we ordered were good too. Their fresh baked bread was delicious. The manager, Nora, was grumpy and rude and just killed the vibe. She took our menu without taking our order. Repeated our order wrong and when corrected she said “that’s what I said!” Wouldn’t go back just because of her though everything else was fine.

CG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chose Wayfare Tavern for our New Year’s Eve dinner and we could not have been happier, the food was excellent as was the service by Alejandro. Every dish was perfectly prepared, the duck breast was delicious and the Cioppino and Salmon were perfect.

SS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Server and bartender were both condescending. Not sure if that is their normal behavior or if it was the fact we were dinning with our kids (ages 8 to 16). Their rude behavior was a good example of “how not to behave” for the kids.

Food was good. Prices are a bit high. Noise level is on the loud side.

IM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food service and vibe would highly recommend Wayfare Tavern.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The hostess was very pleasant, the food was amazing, but the waiter seemed annoyed and didn’t make us feel very welcome.

P
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prompt, professional, friendly service. Excellent eggnog creme brûlée! Fried chicken was splendid as always and so were the deviled eggs. Drinks were a little on the weak side and smaller than we’re used to (compared to Boulevard or Spruce, for example)

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent food, and beautiful interior!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The decir is beautiful and you feel you step in an old, established family restaurant (my kind of place). Our reservation was at 7:45, we were seated 20 minutes after such time, even though we arrived on time. Waited 30 minutes for our drinks and bread order. Our waiter didn’t tell us one of our appetizers took about 20 minutes to make, I had ordered a salad, so we had to wait a while for that as well. By the time dinner rolled in, we were tired (of waiting and mediocre service), and couldn’t rejoice on how good the fried chicken actually was. We took the leftovers home to enjoy the next morning b/c it really was delicious.

S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If not for holiday rush, I would have preferred a booth because we were seated in the rear by the door just left of the fireplace after I informed hostess that we were a party of four and not five. Overall, a great lunch experience regardless.

j
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always. One of my favorite restaurants. Staff is attentive but not over whelming and the food is always good!

L
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Holiday cooking staff overcooked hamburger and Brussels sprouts and had server come to make excuses on tardy food. This place has gone downhill. Used to be impeccable service and food. Bartender also seemed short staffed as cocktails came late too

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food!

MM
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great location. Charming decor. Wonderful service. Terrific food. The popovers to start the meal are amazing. But save room for the fried chicken or burger. A side of Brussel sprouts is excellent too ! The cocktails are noteworthy as well.

f
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This was our second time dining at the Wayfare Tavern. On our first visit we tried the mussels, that were on special, and they were fishy and terrible; but, we thought we would give it another try and stick with the celebrated fried chicken this time. It was underwhelming to say the least. All the seasonings were on the side, which made the breading very bland. I thought the rule of thumb was to season right out of the fryer, so that the seasonings stick? I’m sorry to say the famous fried chicken was dry and tasteless. On a brighter note, the service was very good, even though we were seated next to the utensil/water station and in front of the payment station; however, this will be our last visit to the Wayfare Tavern. It just doesn’t stand up to the hype.

SS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The service started out good but steadily went down hill. Food was alright, but no sides came with the chicken or were offered. Menu was very small, only 3 entrees to choose from.

SA
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I went here to try the burger at lunch. It was outstanding. My boyfriend had the fried chicken, which was great as well. The ambiance and decor was warm and welcoming. Service was very good as well.
I will be back again!

D
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were a party of eight and our experience was a bit mixed. The restaurant enjoys a much greater reputation than is warranted by the quality of food. While they are famous for their fried chicken, we have had better fried chicken at other places. Two of our guests gave mixed reviews of the duck breast and no one was impressed with the desserts. One guest liked the fried chicken. The service was however very good and the popovers were excellent.