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Wayfare Tavern

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5775 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brian is the best, he made our experience very pleasant!

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Vandey
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super good beef tartare. A little cold as the night when on. More heaters would have been great but overall great as usual.

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vipDebbieH
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

In these Coronavirus times, I just long for some comfort and that's just what Wayfare provides. Went for lunch on a Saturday afternoon and sat outside in the alley which was quite comfortable. Had the Fried Chicken and Mac-n-Cheese with some Corn Soup to start. All was fantastic - you must know by now that they've perfected the fried chicken and the mac-n-cheese - it was exactly what we were longing for. Thanks Wayfare!

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vipLuv2escape
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful as usual, a little cold , but I should have known to wear a jacket. The steak tartare was great, and I also had the pasta dish , both amazing. My guest said the hamburger was great and the fries. It was a really fun meal, and different sitting outside and the streets being empty. A rare experience in downtown San Francisco.

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vipILRGappetite
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most delicious meal, and the service was excellent. The outside seating was in a quiet, blocked-off area beside the restaurant, though there were a few tables along the sidewalk.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great people. And more importantly, great food! Recommend for everyday dining or a date.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

It’s way too cold. Not enough heaters and the dining experience was fair. Better to order takeout

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vipAaronB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to see Wayfare Tavern open during Covid. Always a treat.. PS the fried chicken is the best!!

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JillH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The only reason I gave the three-star rating on ambiance is not their fault. Due to COVID, they are serving out on the street. The interior when I visited the restroom was lovely and inviting with an old school charm. I will definitely go back to experience that when this madness is over. The staff was amazing and attentive. I had the fried chicken and it was wonderful. The mussels were fabulous and different from most other preparations which were a nice change. The ribs were fall off the bone tender. This is obviously a favorite hang out for businessmen in the area after work relaxing and gathering. I highly recommend this place- and the steak tartar!

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Tucana
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was outdoor seating on a side street during “corona” times, but Wayfare made it quite charming.
The staff were friendly. The food was delish!
Best fried chicken EVER!
Broccolini was out of this world!
Whipped potatoes was excellent!
Didn’t have to touch the menu and the bill. All was done electronically.
All necessary precautions taken by Wayfare to make staff and customers safe. Kudos to Wayfare Tavern!

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KathyS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've always loved Wayfare Tavern and was glad they were able to get outdoor dining areas in time for my birthday! Great food.

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vipStanley
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot. Always good food with choices from basic to fancy.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Outdoor seating can be pretty windy. Not the restaurants fault of course.

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Goodfood
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliable place for great food and well made cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

With COVID appreciate the option of outdoor seats.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Monterrey
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Las sillas de exterior incomodisimas, hacia mucho frío y se pagaban los calentadores y las personas no estaban al
Pendiente. Tardaron muchísimo entre el plato principal y las entradas. El pollo frito tiene más nombre que sabor.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The house made doughnuts are delicious

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Outdoor seating.
A bit windy in the side street, but it is SF.

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PamelaH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Meh... I realize there's a pandemic going on and we are grateful to have the opportunity to eat at your establishment. Our wait person (female) was not really 'present'- not cordial, all business. And that kind of set us off for starters. And the cold. windy alleyway ,while so fortunate for you all, was kind of dark.
Food was ok. Popovers were outstanding as always. good luck to you guys! I wouldn't recommend until you have inside seating available.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for me and my honey

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vipBuffy
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

very innovative modern cooking; great deviled eggs; fantastic pork chop; the donuts for dessert were wonderful, but you will need to ask for chocolate dipping sauce :-)

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vipJohnR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and the food was amazing as always. Thank you!!

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vipTCsf
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Yay! Celebrating getting out of the house! The food and service are always exceptional. We got there early and there was only one couple sitting at a table. I only wish the tables were spread out a bit more. Being summer in the city, it would be a good idea to put a heater between the tables to create a nice warm space with distance and separation. Overall, worth every penny.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

A different experience than previous due to covid restrictions. They had approx 20 tables and only one server. Who was not great in the first place. Very limited choices and overpriced for the overall experience. I’ve been here a couple times before and this was not a good experience sadly as it was my daughters birthday.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible as always. Thank you!

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vipBruce
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Team was great! Handle the covid measures while putting out a great meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience1

We sat in the alley which was set up, but not swept so there was trash all on the floor around us. Our waitress was nowhere to be found and did not check even after our food was delivered. I understand the social distancing but you still should check on your tables.

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Dean
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience5

The food here was awesome and delicious, but we did have to wait approximately 15-20 minutes to get greeted by our server. Though it was only outdoor seating, our server had 1-2 tables and she did not approach us at all. Later on, I saw one guy look through the window and immediately after, he greeted us and asked if we were helped yet (bartender). He then proceeded to take me ur order, serve us our food and check up on us. The only time our server came to us was to bus our table and hand us our check. We tip very well since we’re both servers so we know the difference between good service and bad service. We did not leave a tip for her but we did hand 20% to the bartender that Helped us out. Overall, we were very pleased by the taste of the food and will definitely be coming back. Thank you!

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Topher
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanks, it was our first time dining out and it was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside socially distanced and it was just delightful!!

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vipJasonK
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I frequent this place often for lunch and it’s always amazing! Delicious food and impeccable service!!! Thank you, Wayfare Tavern! 😋

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AngeloAlano
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Setup in the alley right next to their restaurant. Very roomy and spaced out nicely.

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Hillary
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I love Wayfare Tavern and I know it's tough right now with COVID-19. The food was great. Sitting outside is chilly, so be prepared. The reason I don't have 5 stars is due to service. We saw tables all around us getting served who arrived after us - bread, drinks, their food. For some reason we were out of the rotation. Other than that, it was delicious as always.

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Cabowaborocks
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was so amazing to have the option for a Father’s Day dinner in the alley. That sounds funny but with Covid being on everyone’s minds, it was refreshing to have a gourmet dinner served with elegance & excellence! Thanks again Wayfare!

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ThomasM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was a good experience working under the "new normal" of Covid-19. The staff did a good job given the circumstances and food was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fathers Day - outstanding brunch!

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vipdavid
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

this was our first time out since the lockdown. We were just happy to go to a restaurant again. We enjoyed the setting in the alley with the Transamerica pyramid in the background. The food was good, just had the burger - it was good but over cooked and the fried chicken - it was tasty. The cocktail for 4 was a great deal. $34 for a "flask" which gave us 3 drinks each.

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vipKatarinaB
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience, especially considering the situation we are in. Food was delicious as always.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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vipJMTR
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

With SF reopening to outdoor dining, the Tavern is making the most of the adjoining outdoor space.
The service was top notch, as was the food. I’m excited for when they can reopen indoor dining, and would make a trip to SF just for that.

FAQs

Wayfare Tavern does offer 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 5775 OpenTable diners.

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