Wayfare Tavern

4.6
5398 reviews
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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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Please join us for Thanksgiving. We look forward to your visit

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

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Please join us for Christmas Eve Dinner! We look forward to your visit

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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Wayfare Tavern is an old-school spot in the Financial District. And we mean that in the very best way.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was attentive but food took forever to come out! Great once it did though!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Great food per usual but hostess initially couldn’t find my reservation. Said it was for 3 people and she finally found it, then seated us at a table for 2. We then had to wait for a table for 3 after reminding her that we had a reservation for 3

p
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fifth visit to this great dining establishment...fried chicken, burger, deviled eggs, drinks (non-alcoholic since we were having a business lunch), and dessert (homemade donuts). The food here is awesome and the service is immaculate. Get a reservation because walk-ups will have you waiting. I highly recommend Wayfare Tavern without any hesitation.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the experience except for the heat level upstairs! Will just dine downstairs next time. Will definitely be back!

MS
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

had a late lunch on Monday which was a slower time and day so received attentive but not intrusive service. Delicious cocktail, shared all our order so we could taste more things--the Fried Chicken, popovers and corn were the standouts.

RB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the Wayfare Tavern delivers the BEST fried chicken in San Francisco. I was having a craving for it for weeks and had to have it satisfied. Check, check! Can't wait to come back again.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had the famous fried chicken and was good. All the hype and accolades was expecting a foodgasm and a wow factor.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely service and incredible food!

RD
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great casual atmosphere. Great service. Friendly staff. Good food. Loved the banana crème pie for desert.

TS
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The thing I hate most about restaurants is rushing you. We like to eat late a lot, and we made a reservation on 22:30 (10:30pm).
At some point the waiter kept hinting us that they want to close and rushed our decisions.
We ordered the prime rib steak. We ordered medium, and it arrived more medium rear than medium. The waiter told us the kitchen want to close, so tell him quickly if we want to cook the steak a bit more. Since he rushed us, we didn’t have time to check properly and we said it is ok. It wasn’t, we left half a stake un eaten.
Later while we are still eating the main courses, the waiter cam again and told us if we want any desert, since he want to let the desert lady go home.
All this rushing is really annoying and make you feel unwanted. Poor experience.
Regarding the food, it wasn’t great. As said, the steak was not cooked to our desire. The fried chicken we ordered was half half, some pieces were bone less and tasted bad, the bone ones were decent.
Would not come back.

RM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Had a reservation, but sat for 30 minutes, waiting. Waiter forgot about us, the entire time. It was the worst experience we've had there, by far. Way Way Far....

DN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Been there several times in past - from out of town and had great meals. We took friends this time and were very disappointed. Poor table, poor service ( obnoxious waiter) and food was so-so.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time for my friends birthday, and our server was super sweet and brought us dessert with a candle and we had a lovely time!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pork slightly over cooked. Everything else was perfect.

L
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We all ordered beers and the waiter brought us these huge beers and I wish he had asked what size. I felt up sold and didn’t finish my beer. Don’t assume.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and we really enjoyed our dinner here. The staff were kind, gracious, and had a great sense of humor from the hostess to our waiter Brad. The food was amazing, delicious, and cooked with a lot of care and love. We can’t wait to come back!

OT
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fried chicken and Burata Whipped Potatoes were amazing! And the Popovers were heaven.

We were seated by the fireplace and it was so noisy that we could not even have a conversation. We only had to wait 10 minutes for our 7:30pm reservation but the restaurant was super busy and it was a Wednesday night.

One of the best restaurants in San Francisco for food but not a good place for an intimate date.

BM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far one of the best meals I’ve ever had! The fried chicken was excellent the sides were fantastic and the service was impeccable. The atmosphere is warm and inviting.

RT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The problem we had was ordering the prime rib special for two. The waiter described it as a 32 oz. steak, did not give the price. We received a steak to share that was way smaller than one would have expected. This prime rib, smaller than described was $125.00 with one side.

EL
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch, friendly staff , food delicious!

p
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best fried chicken - hands down - I've ever eaten. So amazingly good. Delicious sides (the burrata whipped potatoes are to die for). Great service. Accessible wine list. Just GREAT overall!

T
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I used to love this place. Have to say it has changed from fine to fairly casual dining. The delicious fried chicken is also not the same

l
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get to your reservation early and sit at the bar to munch on homemade chips. Ordered 3 starters - Bone Marrow; deviled eggs (lobster pieces) and buratta/ fig. Bone marrow was really special - served with dark bread toasted with butter mouth melting experience. Steak was just as great.

t
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend the fried chicken - it is awesome!

Y
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Middle of the road. Food was actually pretty solid but service is a mess.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Expensive and slow service. Food was decent but definitely not worth the price

CB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance! Food was fantastic and service great!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was delicious, the ambience is very nice and lovely but it was probably the worst service I have experienced in a restaurant. Was very disappointed.

NI
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They did a wonderful job for my cousin’s birthday.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, good people

L
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took a customer here for lunch. It's ALWAYS spot on with service AND food! The bread is so good...the fried chicken is so good and the crab sandwich special was perfect. The service is always great. This is a great spot!

OT
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Server wasn’t great, but the food was awesome.

D
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great vibe throughout the entire restaurant, fantastic decor that adds to your experience. I enjoyed my dinner and drinks and our server was lively and attentive!

SF
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We celebrated our daughter's 15th birthday with a dinner here at Wayfare Tavern with 3 of her friends. The food was amazing. Its a busy place and feels very energetic. We had seating on the first floor near the kitchen and were able to watch the chef and crew work up close. Great staff, welcoming atmosphere and amazingly tasty healthy food which was beautifully presented. For a good experience, with a welcoming atmosphere, have a meal at Wayfare Tavern! Thank you.

EZ
New York Area
206 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our first lunch here! Friendly, informative staff & excellent food. We started with a glass of wine (me) & iced tea (hubby) to accompany the yummy popovers. Then we shared the lobster topped deviled eggs which were perfect. I couldn't resist the "best fried chicken in America" (and agree!) The burger & fries were also memorable. No room for dessert. We will definitely return the next time we visit San Francisco.

TS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The popovers and fried chicken alone are worth the visit.

j
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The overall aesthetic and style of the restaurant was nice. Our service was very bad and the food took a very long time to come out. I ordered a drink to start the meal that ended up taking close to 20 minutes to receive. I could tell the drink had been sitting at the bar awhile. Since the food was so slow to come out they brought an order of deviled eggs to the table. It was sort of confusing because the busser who brought this to our table did not explain the reason for receiving this dish that we did not order. He just stated these are for you... Later our server explained that she offered these to us because our oysters took so long. The deviled eggs were actually one of the best I have had. The fried chicken was also fantastic. We were at the restaurant on a Friday during lunch. Maybe this was an off day for the service.

SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The popovers were a delicious treat before lunch was served! Service was attentive and exceptional. Looking forward to a return visit.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, fried chicken, Mac and cheese, and amazing popovers! Nice place to go for a meal!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely ambiance....food was excellent and fairly priced for SF.....noise level was brutally loud.....menu Offerings limited

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