Wayfare Tavern

4.6
5914 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 5914 people are saying
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rebeccah
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is amazing! Tartare, chicken, burratta , cocktails were all fantastic.

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sandyjbr
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent! Enjoyed the entire experience. Both Brad and Rick took care of us and they were wonderful stewards of the Wayfare experience.

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vipFoodess
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Wayfare makes dining outdoors about as nice as it can be....good shelter, clean, protected from wind, and delicious food..It's a go to place, before during, and post Covid..City Salad and Mussels were very good. Have had the burger on other occasions.. Overall, good service, and very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good. But couldn’t get the heater going for us:(

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, cocktails, wine list, and ambiance. Service was excellent

BG
vipBuffGuy
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

It was only 50 degrees, but it felt freezing with the draft. The restaurant needs to set up better to block drafts and have more heat lamps. Service was excellent, and food was in general great if not at the right temperature due to getting it to the outside patrons.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast and attentive service. Excellent quality food and they’ve really embraced the outdoor dining experience wonderfully.

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vipAndreaH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined out doors for valentines day. We have been to the restaurant many times over the years. Outdoor dining is in the alley next to the restaurant. Tables well spaced plenty of heaters , also barrier built closer to the street so wind was not an issue. The staff reviewed the restaurants Covid and mask wearing protocols when we sat down. Food was delicious as always. Will be back again.

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vipJayquellen
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Normally a great spot but I guess they have really cut down on the menu during covid. Not many options and were unwilling to make accommodations when asked.

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vipChristina
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wayfare has an excellent setup for outdoor, socially distanced dining, with no compromise of food quality or service. We greatly enjoyed our dinner and look forward to returning!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The outdoor set up was lacking in that it looked hap hazard and frugal. The seating was extremely uncomfortable and really felt cheap given Wayfair Tacern’s vibe. I feel like they could do better.

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MaryJ
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Wayfare’s first day back after a short-closure.... which may have contributed to our mediocre experience. Burrata mashed potato were amazing! Cocktails and wine selections very good. Fried chicken was good, not great. My salmon was ok, lentils were not fully cooked, chalky. Caesar salad was not good. Our last visit was spectacular so we were understandably disappointed. Staff was excellent.

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John
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent outdoor dining experience

JB
JoeB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Fried chicken is everything’s they say it is. Best you’ll ever have probably. Buratta mashed potatoes are decadent creamy ridiculously good. Popovers amazing. Caesar was not impressive. Ambience I gave a two only because it’s outside dining only now. The chairs are really uncomfortable. Could have been more heat lamps but they give you a little blanket. The inside of the tavern is cool old school swank. Liked to go back when we can have the true experience inside.

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opera4me
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our visit to Wayfare Tavern was on the first day in February that restaurants could offer dining outside. It was a beautiful but windy day but the setting on a side street with heat lanterns was quite comfortable.
The staff and food were both wonderful. It was such a pleasure to be at such a lively place after such a long stretch of confinement.

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vipMonaH
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted to enjoy a delicious meal before Pandemic stay at hone order in December.
From start to finish everything was wonderful as always. Look forward to when we can dine inside again in this beautiful restaurant !

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Crags
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing and staff is like family. They have worked hard to keep up their high standards during the Pandemic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, great location and awesome service. Definitely a solid lunch spot.

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Eatininsj
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night of outdoor dining before shut down and it was an incredible and safe experience from start to finish. Our waiter was very professional and did a great job. The food is amazing and high quality. Will definitely be back if it stays open

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably one of the best if not the best meal I’ve had in my life! Loved every single thing I tried. Popovers, deviled eggs, pumpkin gnocchi, the fried chicken, burrata whipped potatoes, Mac and cheese! I was lucky enough to taste all of these. Every single thing was amazing!

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samanthah
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful dinner outside. It was warm enough with the heat lamps and always good service!

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vipfoodie
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felted save at time of dinning, contactless ordering with great food selections. Great burger and wine selections with exceptional service as always.

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GaryB
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Great staff, good food. Eating in the side alleyway is not that good, but they have done the best they could with Covid

JB
JujuB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Had a 4:45 PM reservation under the tented outdoor dining area. Started with the Mushroom flatbread and broccoli cream soup. Perfect! Then had the buttermilk crispy chicken that I had heard so much about with the side of mash potatoes. Could not finish the chicken, they give you about 5 large pcs. Wait Service was on top of their game! Parking is easy breezy...will be back again! Oh P.S. Finished the evening with the Pumpkin cheesecake that was the best ever! This place does not disappoint!! Hats off to the House Manager Bryan!

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BrianH
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing and the service was excellent. We were seated outside due to BS Covid-19 restrictions but still had a wonderful experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice outdoor space in the making

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

All three entrees were terrible. I have eaten there a lot and was surprised by this.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chilly! But wonderful anyway. Food was still great, love the waitstaff, they’ve really done a great job through COVID.

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vipchinkisista
San Francisco
166 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a birthday celebration at Wayfare Tavern 2 nights before the dine-in rollback. Safety protocols in place which provided indoor dining confidence. Service was attentive and cordial. The house warm popover was delightful. The Caesar salad was crisp, the famous fried chicken deserved every compliment, the brussel sprouts were okay, and the house made donuts is a must to end the meal. Overall an excellent dining experience.

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BarbaraS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was great but service was terrible. Waited forever for drinks/menu/food orders. And it wasn't even busy! We sat inside instead of our original reservation outside because it was cold. Not sure I'd go back.

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TonnieG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loving the outdoor dining space -- thank you to Wayfare team for making it all work!

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AndiA
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for accomodating us outside and being so attentive. :o)

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StevenS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really good food. The burrata mashed potatoes are a must.

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ChrisC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and perfect seasonal presentation. Server was knowledgeable and efficient. Enjoyed the whole experience-Wayfare has maintained its quality through the pandemic

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vipMikeZ
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We ordered the hamburgers with a sunny side up egg and avocado. Unfortunately it was freezing in the restaurant, so much so that we ordered coffee to warm us up. The hamburgers came before the coffee. We ate fast since we didn’t want our food to get cold. The food was great, however we couldn’t figure out why the temperature inside was freezing. Due to the current health situation we give a lot of latitude, however service was mediocre at best and rather than enjoying our lunch we left as quick as we could since it was too cold.

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vipGoodenuf4me
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Update your account with Open Table. You were listed as serving brunch and no brunch menu was available. Service was very slow.

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AshleyF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food1service2ambience4

Cold outside other wise delightful

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience1

It was cold and there were no quality heaters. Food became cold quickly; popups were hard; chairs were uncomfortable; service was intermittent

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LikaLady
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal and the cocktails were exceptional. The service was impeccable, with friendly staff and servers. Yes, the chicken is one of the best dishes!

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You can order delivery directly from Wayfare Tavern using the Order Online button. Wayfare Tavern also offers 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 5914 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.