Wayfare Tavern

4.6
5890 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 5890 people are saying
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JujuB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
165 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
36 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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vipStargazer
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great fried chicken. Very spacious outdoor dining in alley next to restaurant.

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TeresaA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Birthdays and other special occasions

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Rude in every sense of the word front of house experience.

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vipEugie
Portland
29 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was ok. Prices high but what else can one expect in SF and with Covid? Nice to be able to eat out Yom a nice day.

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RyanM
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fried chicken in all of San Fran! Outside dining was very nice and all safety measure taken.

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vipAthismons
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience. Popovers! Deviled eggs! Mussels! Cocktails! Loved the outdoor dining. Really pretty setting. Felt very safe. Highly highly recommend.

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LoriM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is amazing, service is top notch, and they are doing a great job during these difficult times. The beef tartare is a favorite. Fried chicken is enough for a full extra take home meal. We love the cocktails before dinner too. They do everything well!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Repeat diner, always good, except white napkins shedding lint, server gave us black napkins, no shedding, braised pork shank was dry, I expected meat to fall off the bone, server noticed I only took one bite and took the dish off our bill, despite of these issues. still a great place to eat and will come back again

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vipDana
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Wayfare Tavern's hamburger is just excellent. It was nice to sit outside,

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Ordered the broccoli soup which was disappointedly bland and on the slightly warm side. Which being seated by the open door where cold air blew in, a hot soup would have been nice. I ordered a fried chicken sandwich as well. The chicken was crunchy, well seasoned, delish. The bun seemed stale and fell apart while eating. It was a miss this time on my second visit here.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience4

Service was bad, no smile, server seems to be in the wrong industry

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Nunez953
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from top to bottom. The ambiance and food were outstanding. We had a party of 6 for a birthday. The staff was very sweet and gave a birthday card for our girls, who were sharing a birthday.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salmon this time. Exceptional. Very rare with very crisp skin.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like that they had outdoor dining in the alleyway. The food was good. The chicken was yummy tender and crispy. The sakmon cooked perfectly. The whipped potatos super creamy.

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harloldf
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like always. Good food and great service. This is, so far our place to go for a date. They never disappoint us.
Thank you Bradley for a perfect service.

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Lydia
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE this restaurant. We did the neighborhood pickups and as soon as they opened, got a reservation! Tyler Florence does NOT dissappoint, EVER! See you soon!

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LanetteC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Very nice birthday card given upon being seated.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding from start to finish!

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Jules
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always great food and cocktails. Exceptional. Had a great time.

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vipBrianS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and food

JM
JimmyM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Memorable experience. I would recommend this resturant

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SFBob61
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time for both of us at the Wayfare and already looking forward to the next. Had seen the restaurant featured on Check Please Bay Area and added it to my list of TO DO spots. The outdoor space spoke to my COVID paranoia too...plenty of room to enjoy but indoor was also available.
From the popovers to dessert, we had a great time. We got the burrata toast, mac & cheese, brussels sprouts, fried chicken and pork shank and shared everything. We were convinced we'd eat every bite but the portions are so large we both went home with a little doggie bag of treats from the evening's meal.
The staff members were very attentive and helpful. And we were seated by one of the many space heaters so even though there was a bit of a chill in the air we were comfortable.

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TracyL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the space, delish food and felt safely distanced.

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Gretchen
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
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!

FAQs

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 5890 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.