Wayfare Tavern

4.6
5967 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 5967 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Super disappointed. Waiter disappeared for nearly an hour at a time. Never checked on us. Never even brought us the check (a bus boy did). When I asked the hostess to help us find him, he came back with our drinks and never asked our food order. I stopped him to get him back. He took our order and never came back. Our dinner for four took nearly 3 hours and most of that was waiting on our server.

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AlliH
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wayfare is a beloved classic for a reason. This was my first indoor dining experience post-pandemic (both of us were vaccinated). It almost felt normal, except for masks in between courses. You can also sit outside (they have a big covered area with heaters). It was very windy on the night we went, so we opted for inside.

So grateful for the wonderful owners and dedicated staff that keep this SF treasure open, and for all of their mobile meals all pandemic.

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fmar
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great night

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal here . It is a beautiful restaurant! Everything was comfortable and the food was delicious. Our waiter , Sean, was so attentive and we followed all of his recommendations. He was an excellent guide and so kind. We really enjoyed everything but the chicken was a stand out. We also really loved the pork chops. The donuts were our very favorite dessert. 4 stars

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vipoaklandlonghorn
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding ... great COVID protocols but even better, an outstanding meal with great wines. Glad to have them back during the week for lunch.

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hollyh
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

hello, I have eaten at the wayfare tavern many times. they always do a good job. holly

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vipSarahT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!!! Had Easter lunch here and it was absolutely perfect. We sat outside and were so pleased with how they made sure we were comfortable on the brisk SF day with blankets and heat lamps. Service was attentive and on point. Food was of course delicious - just as we'd expect. It was such a treat to be dining out again in almost a year. Five stars.

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DG2021
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Service was off on Easter. Took quite some time for our server to stop by and even take drink orders. The rest of the interaction was like he was doing us a favor by being there. Pretty disappointed, as service in the past has been stellar.

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AlexandraK
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Amazing dishes, but staff is a disappointment. Would recommend, the food makes up for any grievances.

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ReginaB
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absolutely Amazing! Gotta get the doughnuts!!! Cocktails were yummy!

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vipJanetW
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, nice server, first time back in a real restaurant in a year. Loved it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Not warm enough

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Easter brunch and to celebrate a birthday. Everything here was delicious as always!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friends in town from la

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vipLizT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a lovely birthday lunch at Wayfare Tavern. We started with cocktails that were innovative and flavorful, then moved on to their amazing popovers. Lunch was also tasty, followed by the delightful donuts for dessert.

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vipJaneM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chicken!!!!

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JocelynB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, especially the fried chicken! And, our waiter recommended an excellent white wine from France.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and professional kind service. Love this restaurant as an example of SF dining at its best! Their outdoor seating and Covid precautions are excellent.

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calboy1976
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A solid San Francisco Tavern fare and barroom in the heart of SF. Easy parking at Portsmouth Garage in Chinatown.
Our servers were excellent. I'd come back just for that.
Fried chicken was very good and the popovers are amazing.

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BrianO
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! I brought my grown daughter and her best friend. the waiter was just outstanding and joined in our banter in such a nice and funny way...created a really nice vibe for all of us!

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ZachKP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think Wayfare Tavern is one of the best restaurants in SF. It has an old school feel that fits in perfect with their FiDi location, but it's not all in the looks. The menu is focused and excellent. They offer sizeable entrees but also easily accommodate a more shareable style of dining when requested. The cocktails are both delicious and interesting. The wine list is great with local Californian and offerings from abroad. I highly highly recommend the fried chicken.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere and our server was amazing.

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Skcorell
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the drinks to the dessert was fabulous!

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vipMitchMae
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing! Service was also good but it took a while for our entrees to come. Good thing we got appetizers. Also recommend the wine list.

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adri
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Experience!! The staff was amazing letting us have a private room!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrate investment

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Returning after a year. Every bit as fantastic as before. Carlos our guide to this wonderful experience was amazing and made our experience the best. We will be back again and and again. A real keeper!

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vipDinearoundmom
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything and they have done a nice job with the outdoor set up

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ShelleyR
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, Caley was an excellent server and glad to be helping the SF restaurant scene to get back on track! Highly recommended.

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vipAndrewR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fried chicken is to die for. Great service. Top place

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vipAlmsfpdx
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thanks to all the staff for a wonderful first indoor dining experience. Food and service are back in full swing!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful and delicious!

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vipGourmetgal14
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of my favorite restaurants. Didn’t care for the table and probably should’ve requested a different one; very small, on the aisle, and felt cramped the whole time. First outing since covid and I was grateful to be dining in a restaurant but will speak up next time.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I’m not sure what happened. This has been my favorite place for the past decade. The service and food was the worst in San Francisco.
The waiter kept forgetting to give us our bottle of wine and we got it so late.
We decided to get the special, which was the steak. Everyone’s steak was cold and not cooked.
No one asked us how our food was and our waiter disappeared for a long time.
Someone eventually came and asked how their food was and why my friend didn’t eat her food. She responded with: “this was pretty raw” the guy just said okay and then walked away.
The guy also tried to pour red wine that wasn’t mine into my glass when I kept telling him I didn’t want any and that I was drinking white wine but he kept pouring.
No one came over for the longest time and we felt like we could have just walked away from the table and not paid for dinner.
It was the weirdest service. To take my girlfriend there for the first time and to have raved about it for 6 months, you could imagine how underwhelming it was. Also, I had a friend who said she’d never come here again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just terrific! Great menu, great service, great atmosphere!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not the best experience service wasn’t great and salmon piece was tiny....

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vipLeilaniM
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ll be dreaming of our wonderful meal for a long time. We had a wonderful time a d a great dinner. Thank you

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Lola
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food snd service!

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vipKayjay
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the San Francisco charm, the service and of course the popovers!

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vipNavin
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent. Service was a bit sporadic. Seems they need a little bit of re-training. Probably out of practice. Our waitress was nice but messed up our order twice. Only came by when we waived her down. Otherwise it was fine.

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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 5967 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.