Wayfare Tavern

4.6
6068 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 6068 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner! Great Manhatten cocktail, followed by a yummy Caesar salad and the best juiciest fried chicken! Wish I could have tried the donut dessert! Next time🤞. Brad a great waiter and great service staff👍🏻👍🏻

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DavidB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just fabulous chicken sandwich. Very creative flavors (apple, fennel, arugula, pickles). Perfect texture

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Mother’s Day and ate outside. Really enjoyable experience. Standout items include the burrata toast (whatever char they put on the toast made this perfect), fried chicken (light, juicy, and full of flavor), and the donuts. Classic, but worth it.

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IchiC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my fav in the city. Their outdoor dining area is lovely.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We sat outside due to the size of our party and the chairs were very uncomfortable. The service was great and the food good, we would recommend this to friends and we will go again often.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mother’s Day lunch. Food is great. Strawberry cake was incredible. Only thing everyone agreed upon was the Mac and cheese was barely average.

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vipDiablita
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were seated in the alley and it lacks any charm. Waiter was completely uninterested and took our order as though he was a robot. The pasta dish I ordered was mediocre. Good cocktail!

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vipMikeQ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had dinner

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Molly
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Food is good, some items are much better than others. The waiter was actually rude, at times, getting frustrated at me because I was trying to understand him through his thick accent and the noise level. Quite surprising. Otherwise, Wayfare Tavern always delivers good, but not excellent, food.

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vipRupalc
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening, thank you! Looking forward to returning soon.

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NanD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

excellent little touches make this restaurant extraordinary. Like lemon sorbet instead of lemon slices in your iced tea. OH! and sweeten with pomegranate juice!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Delightful experience! Normalized elegance❤️.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We really enjoyed this restaurant! The food & service was Amazing. Our server's name was Brian, and he was the Best. We started off with the Cucumber Mule for 4 (Did I mention it was only 2 of us). It was a Super-Refreshing beverage, I recommend you try it. The Organic Fried Chicken is the "Truth". I was skeptical at first, but after my first bite I became a Believer. The Asparagus was chopped & fried... Yum! We also had the Spare Ribs that had a Delicious sesame soy BBQ sauce. We also tried the Burrata Potatoes which were whipped to the point they were kind of soupy, but the Taste was very Good. Last but Not Least, Brian was such an excellent Guy, he Blessed us with the Homemade Doughnuts... OMG, Warm Sugary Greatness! I don't even like sweets like that, but it was truly Amazing. And to think we did All this at Lunch. We didn't need another meal that day... We'll definitely be Back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance sitting outside, and safety protocols all in place!

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vipPierre
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
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 on May 2, 2021
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 on May 1, 2021
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 on April 30, 2021
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
25 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team was fantastic as ever! Shout out to Brian and Carlos for providing top notch service.

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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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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 6068 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.