Wayfare Tavern

4.6
6262 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 6262 people are saying
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4.5
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were beautifully presented and absolutely delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a joy from the time we arrived to the time we left. Service was constantly excellent and polite. The meals arrive in a good time with excellent presentation and flavors off the charts.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Family reunion

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cari
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Great. Attentive service!

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vipVickiS
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fried chicken is fabulous and I've never been a fried chicken fan before. This fried chicken isn't greasy and has so much flavor and topped with fried herbs too which have a delightful crunch. The music outside was great. Can't wait to come back - one of our fav restaurants in SF.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best chicken in town.

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olddrj
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent dishes but our French waiter was very difficult to understand and was impatient.

4
vip49faithful
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place for business meeting. Like the outdoor area that has been built.

JH
JillH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy shrimp cocktail, yummy perfect burger, fried chicken was perfect, good but $$$ cocktails. Waiter was great, hustling around, wonderful ambience, too full for awesome sounding desserts

JM
JennyM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service... very dish was delicious!

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CaseyK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SF Gem. Excellent food and service. Had a great lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous. Get the deviled eggs!

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Matt
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a reservation for Sunday afternoon, we were seated early (Bonus)! Our waiter was super informative concerning the establishment, menu items, drink recommendations, appetizers, answered all questions (there was a bunch!!). They are known for the fried chicken, don't even hesitate, it was delicious! This restaurant will go in the regular rotation!

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Lovely
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Love the restaurant atmosphere. Wanted to come her because it’s Tyler Florence’s restaurant. Sadly the food wasn’t great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an enjoyable brunch. Everything was delicious from the popovers to dessert. Great server and supporting staff.

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jessicae
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food with good service. Have option for indoor and outdoor dining.

TB
vipTheBry
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic brunch. Bottomless pop-overs, delicious brioche French toast, and sumptuous eggs Benedict 🥰 Service was great; attentive, polite, knowledgeable about the menu and other services.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sat outdoors in the alley for “linner” and a business meeting. As people came in the noise level increased. Tables around us were pretty roudy (fine - we’re all ready for a party post-pandemic).

Fries were extra salty (too much). Mac and cheese okay (actually lacking salt - ha!). Burger was delish and so was the steak. Service was spectacular. Thank you!

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vipdiningout
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food! The artichoke heart appetizer is a must. But all our entrees were great. And the service too. Did I mention the popovers? We came back later in the afternoon and enjoyed those all over again.

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vipLaurenF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was wonderful. The food was a disappointment.

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PamM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We loved this and it was hard to give the food 3 stars but the reason is this:
we ordered the special 32 oz. $135 steak. While the meat was good, at this price the best way to have served this would be have the server or chef or somm, bring it out on a nice wooden tray and cut it in front of us, maybe ask preference on thickness, it was way to thick and at that price to just bring out a plate with thick slices and a bone, and plop it in the middle of the table was not impressive at all, in all honesty this would be the star of the show and it wasn't.
Overall, chicken is hands down the best as was the artichoke hearts.
Much thanks for a great celebration nonetheless!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Jaime served us wonderfully! The food was soo good! Thank you for everything!!

DB
DannyB
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

underwhelming unfortunately - be it the lunch rush or otherwise, it was a pretty poor meal

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MarkD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome lunch - loved the grilled peach salad and fried chicken. Can't wait to go back for dinner

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vipJbrody86
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Don’t do outdoor seating.

JR
JRae
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Have eaten here multiple times. Would recommend to anyone looking for a place to eat in FIDI.

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KathyG
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was great food and liked the place. Service was good.

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vipIntrepid828
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice location in the Financial District. Great city ambiance, really good service by Brad and the bar staff. Great lunch food - corn soup, deviled eggs, fried chicken sandwich and turkey wrap. I'll be back for sure.

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Shelly5459
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Service is excellent but there is a disconnect. We ordered meat (grilled chicken, add in on salads) and server brought two pieces of fried checked to the side? Clearly she did not understand. That’s weird! But of course alcohol comes in a second! Also always trying to take glasses and plates before you are finished. Appreciate trying to keep clean and organized, but it’s ridiculous when you can clearly see drinks and food only half eaten. Live concept of ‘claim check’ though!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service. Excellent food!

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MattS
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Wonderful time at the resteraunt with great service, however, no ranch? Come on, now.

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Bill
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional in every way. Fried chicken lived up to reputation and then some! Turkey wrap tasty.. macaroni and cheese delicious. Even the iced tea.. came with pomegranate syrup! Wonderful lunch!

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vipGaryP
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots in SF. Outstanding food and service every time!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing!!! Food was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing on every level! The homemade doughnuts for dessert were out of this world.

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Disappointing
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food: The zucchini crawfish starter was very good. No complaints there. The pork chop was also excellent. Not overcooked. We also got the chicken which, honestly, wasn't as good as everyone it seem. It was really dry, but the breading was crispy and light. I'll give it that.

Ambience: was pleasant. Not loud but not quiet. Open space, well lit.

Service: this is my biggest complaint with our particular server - first we were seated at a 4 top for 2 people. When he realized this, he huffingly moved our tables apart AND the table next to ours with food on it! He didn't even say excuse me or acknowledged that they were in the middle of eating. Not only this but he would ask if we wanted more of the bread, then when we said yes, he walked away and completely forgot. Like why did you ask if you weren't going to get it? This was when our table was cleared of the first dish and we were waiting for the second. Five minutes later, we get our food and he didn't remember the bread until we asked, which the bread guy walked by 4 times at this point. Then he again forgot and brought it basically at the end of the meal.

We also (separately) felt that he was less attentive with our table than others surrounding us. We are not those people that are disrespectful or demanding, so we weren't sure why we got this treatment.

I also really didn't like that when they packed our food, they give you a ticket to pick it up downstairs. Why do this? So when we were ready to leave, we had to wait until they took people to their tables before they could hand us our food? We waited five minutes just to try to leave. They kept telling us to wait while they seated others.

Honestly, for something that gets such hype, it was really disappointing.

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BrianV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place but could’ve turned down the music a notch or two

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brian was AWESOME!! Food always good…

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vipFoodie
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service, however entree had yogurt in it, but was not listed on the menu.

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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 6262 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.