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Wayfare Tavern

4.6
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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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
4.6
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4.4
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4.5
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4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Gretchen
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my birthday at Wayfare recently and I was beyond impressed. The food was to. die. for. Incredible service, gluten friendly options, and a wonderful vibe. I was able to sit upstairs and enjoy each part of my meal. Definitely returning!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Went to Wayfare to celebrate our anniversary. Found out later that friends called ahead to send us a bottle of champagne to celebrate- the restaurant took credit for it, signed the card from themselves. Service was only so so. The manager treated us as if we had covid. Food was served cold. Overall a lack luster experience at a very high price.

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vipsanjofoodie
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

We went to celebrate my niece’s 16th bday. Made a note of it in the opentable notes when I made the rez. Request for a candle with the dessert was ignored.

Soup was served room temperature I had to send it back to be reheated. Was so looking forward to try the famous fried chicken but it was underwhelming at best. The mashed potatoes wasn’t good. My vegan daughter contented herself with the broccolini which was super oily. There were little dishes of dip and seasoning we had to figure o which dish they go with.

It probably was just an off day for the restaurant but I’m not sure I would venture to try them again to find out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent welcome back

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EvaC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating was nice & much better than expected.

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KariF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A lovely location, AMAZING service, and a menu with local and international specialties. the PEL mussels were to die for as were the popovers. Only caveat is the fried chicken touted by Food & Wine Magazine: not worth the price or hype.

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vipMaggie
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great atmosphere

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vipTomInWA
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

This was our first time at Wayfare. Very cool setting. The hostess was cold and not welcoming. It seems that COVID restrictions have caused restaurant staff to lose their friendliness. It's sad they don't appreciate that people are making an effort to dine out and keep them employed but instead have reverted to being angry masking police. Our server was fantastic. The drinks were good. The food was not. The fried chicken had great reviews but it was very dry. Not sure if we'll come back or not.

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Foodie
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

First, a few positives. Excellent service, great cocktails, best-ever caesar salad. Low points. We could sit directly across from each other -- we had to sit diagonal because booth sides are close together (your knees would touch plus some!) and there are also huge table legs in the way. Rest of the food was disappointing. Brussel sprouts were "roasted" beyond char. Fried chicken was cold in the middle and luke warm (barely) on the outside. The waiter very quickly attended to the chicken for us.

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vipJenna
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a hit. Even sitting outside. Fantastic martini!

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vipcjsabec
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went for the first time to enjoy the Travel Zoo friend chicken dinner. The meal was amazing and the rest of the experience closely followed suit.

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GoldenGateGeorg
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

It was okay. The gnocchi was not especially good.

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HeatherB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Outside in the alley due to Covid, they did a nice job making that work. They ran out of the mashed potatoes which is a bummer considering that is a nice compliment to the main course

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

We came here for our 32nd wedding anniversary with our kids. The food was excellent! Every dish was delicious, the sides were excellent, and our drinks were great. Our only complaint was the service. We had a waitress that would disappear and couldn’t be found when we needed to order an additional drink and wanted to order desserts. I was surprised since the other wait staff was around all the time clearing plates and taking orders at other tables, she was not. We don’t go out in SF that much right now because of COVID but we would definitely come back, hopefully with a new waitress!

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vipNorCalFoodie
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

So happy we dined here...and delighted with the food. It was awesome. Manager greeted us with some 2020 history and challenges they have overcome to stay in business. Deviled eggs, Caesar salad, fried chicken and burger were all incredibly tasty. Our server was not too pleasant nor attentive but it didn't spoil our evening. Can't wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Were careful with COVID-19 guidelines and respectful of diners. Service was outstanding, especially in adapting to the protocols. Food was phenomenal as usual.

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vipkatherinew
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They had a nice outdoor dining set up and the service and care re sanitation was excellent!!
Food as always superb!!!

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vipLizk22
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always love coming here and enjoyed sitting outside and getting the same experience! The beef tartar is the best! We will be back!

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Frenchbeautychef
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

great outdoor sitting option, still love the place. great service.

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vipBradlyA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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vipLuv2escape
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I went with a friend I hadn’t seen in four years . Service was ok, but it seemed like the waiter had too many tables. My steak tartare was amazing, but the chicken sandwich was literally two over cooked pieces of chick, both very small. They fell out immediately abs I ate them thinking there was more chicken in the sandwich. There wasn’t so I just ate my fires. This is the second time I’m underwhelming by the service and the food. I think I stick with Tiramisu when I have lunch downtown. Excellent servive and decent portions and large cocktails that aren’t mostly ice.

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vipRowenaM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

I specifically informed the restaurant that it was our anniversary.. we got seated, ask the hostess if we can sit on a 4 seats table and she said it’s for a bigger party, then there were another 4 seats table that was available again and we asked very nicely if we can sit on the table, but again she said no to the waiter, few mins after, the 4 seats table were given to A COUPLE 🤦🏻‍♀️, seriously .. I always like to sit next to my man wherever restaurants we go to. I UNDERSTAND IF THE RESTAURANT IS FULLY BOOKED AND NO TABKES WERE AVAILABLE
We sat on our table for awhile that I had to flag another waiter so we can order our drinks, we came all the way from Santa Barbara n booked our hotel nearby so we can have indoor dining at this restaurant.. since the table were given to someone, we just decided to order few appetizers n just leave! It wasn’t like you were busy at all, btw the moment we sat down .. a couple were also sitting on a 4 seats table but refused to offer us smh!
Thanks for not accommodating our request when you just decided to just give the table to someone else!
Btw... not one of the servers greeted us a happy Anniversary too.. so what’s the point of you asking if we are celebrating any occasions!!???

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TerrieD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

I wish we were given the choice to eat indoor. The weather quickly changed on us & the heaters aren’t very efficient with heat. And may I suggest adding bigger tables for a party of 4. With serving family style, there’s not enough room for everything.
I hope to return when COVID is further along.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

This was my second time dinning at Wayfare Tavern. First time after reopening for in door dinning since Covid-19 shutdown. Experience wise, service reminded me of a restaurant soft opening. Wait staff was very inattentive at best. My wine glass was empty and waited for my waiter to refill my wine glass. He walked by my table several time without refilling my wine glass. I ended refilling my own wine glass -not once but three times.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ! Simply Amazing

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vipOutnabout
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Long wait, Restaurant overbooked for same time... food not up to par

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vipEWlovetoeatout
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Another wonderful dinner at the Wayfare Tavern! Everyone makes such an effort to be helpful and gracious at this restaurant. Food and drinks are amazing. They do a wonderful job insuring their patron and staff’s safety by all their Covid protocol. Can’t wait when we return to SF to go back!❤️

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brian
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We sat inside. The food was good as usual ( the fried chicken was awesome). It was difficult to adhere to the mask guidelines, as the servers were always near our table and trying their best to provide service, but there never enough time to put my mask back on. I spent part of my dinner taking my mask on and off every few minutes trying to do my part to keep everyone healthy. Overall, it was great to be back at Wayfare, even with the limited menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great night. Small but tasty menu. Great bar program. Super fun location.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was a great experienced!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Food OK. Service lacking

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so nice to be out with family having a gorgeous dinner

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PSH94121
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends ordered the salmon and I ordered the pork chops. All our plates were eaten clean! Staff is professional and friendly. Love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed the fried chicken and loved the popovers!

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vipAndy
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outdoor dining in the alley next door was great. The fried chicken is awesome. NA diwth the TravelZoo deal, value can't be beat

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viplaworder135
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love dining at Wayfare Tavern. The service is always excellent. The staff is friendly and welcoming. The food is amazing. My favorites are the fried chicken, hamburger and the doughnuts. However, I wisj they would make the peach cobbler again

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KathleenM
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did not disappoint! Great staff, working like a well trained team. Especially impressive during these trying times. Experience did not make us feel that we were sacrificeing any quality due to the pandemic.
The broccoline was awesome!
We will definitely go back again and recommend it to friends.

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vipDar7
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been out to eat in about 6 weeks! The food was AMAZING and the staff were terrific! The fried chicken was to die for! We will be back again.

Thanks Wayfare Tavern Staff

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ChrisC
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considering the circumstances everybody is forced to deal with right now, outstanding meal, terrific staff. Danny , and the rest of the staff were great.Funny to think, I would pay to dine at an outdoor table in a side street and absolutely love the experience can’t wait to go back

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WayneF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

The service was terrible. We were put out on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant next to loading area. We ordered champagne and it didn't come until our meal? The waitress never came back it was host who served us our champagne. Then they were loading a van in front of us while we ate. I felt the service was close to non-existent and with loading of the van in front of us the ambience was the worst.

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 5847 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.