Wayfare Tavern

4.6
5188 reviews
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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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Wayfare Tavern is an old-school spot in the Financial District. And we mean that in the very best way.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was wonderful. Our wait staff was very short with us and seem bothered they had to interact with us. The busing staff was very friendly.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

In SF for a quick getaway from the Monterey peninsula... haven’t been to Wayfare Tavern in a couple years, it did not disappoint! Never had a bad meal here- excellent cuisine, service and ambiance... can’t wait to come back.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we arrived everything about Wayfare Tavern was excellent. The wait staff was exceptional and met our every need without being overbearing. Our waiter was professional and personable and the food was amazing. Wayfare Tavern you never disappoint!!! Highly recommend.

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LE
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The fried chicken is ridiculous!

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MN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were fantastic. Although the noise was high, it was a Saturday night and that's likely to be the case anywhere. The burger with avocado was a good choice.

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NM
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff. They accommodated five extra people on a busy night with professionalism. Great work.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Oysters great
Fried Chicken subpar
Macaroni unimpressed
Service good
Overall undeserving price value

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M
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, authentic styled small and elegant restaurant with excellent attention by all the staff. The fried chicken is, indeed, world class- but their other stuff is good too!

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JT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I’ve been to Wayfare a few times. It’s a fun atmosphere - the food isn’t top notch. Pasta was over cooked and wilted. Grilled chicken was dry and over cooked. Lovely sever just not really a place I’m rushing to go back to. Sorry!

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DG
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wayfare Tavern is a classic business spot that is a treat. The menu is an interesting mixture of classics and local fare inspired new creations. The food is well made and served. The waitstaff is knowledgeable and experienced. The wine and cocktail list are well conceived. My only criticism is why have lunch reservations if the tables are not available at the reserved time.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at Wayfare. They made the birthday celebrant feel very special. They made it a very personal experience.

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SS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The popovers were not their usual warm delightful treat.

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MD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful old-San Francisco charm, very crowded, expensive but very-gristly steak, great sauces and dressings; would be nice to have a less-expensive but serviceable house wine available

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RN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as expected

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BD
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both top notch!👍👍 My man is a chef and way too hard to please and we were both beside ourselves 👍

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j
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always greet service and food. We have been several times and it is one of our favorite restaurants. Good bar and wine selection. Late hours during the week, which makes it a good place for it to go after a movie or show.

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AC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place!! Decor, vibe, food, all top notch!
I had the pork chop, my Girlfriend had the fried chicken. We both could not get enough of either one.
Great place for a special occasion.

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RS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the lunch. Some of the wait staff were a little cold but others were fantastic. Everything we ate was perfect, but we should have been warned that the portions were large. Other than that I’d go back in a heartbeat

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LB
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Business dinner and celebrations. Collin was a great

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience at Wayfare! Showed up early to my reservation and they were able to seat us quickly. Great food and service!! Can't wait to be back.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

We were seated literally right next to another couple, extremely close to the point where you can’t have a private conversation, even though there were plenty of tables for 2 that would have given each of us ample space & privacy.

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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The burgers are outstanding! The place for lunch was quiet and had great service- one of our best meals in SF

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great!! but OpenTable did not update my reservation :(.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Service was off. We waited 45 minutes for a cocktail and to order our meal. We had to ask to place our order 45 minutes in. Pork chops were over cooked and dry. Other items ordered were better.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! The fried chicken, burger and beef tartare are our favorites!

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Joe, was friendly and helpful and everything we tried was delicious (five of us shared as many things as we could). Looking forward to returning and trying more!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

There was a piece of hair in my colleague’s salmon dish.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We were seated 20 minutes past our reservation time, even though there were five open 4-top tables available when we arrived. It took another 20 minutes to get water after being seated; 30 minutes to receive our cocktails, which we ordered once we sat down; 45 minutes and three times asking different wait staff to finally receive bread; also 45 minutes to put in our food orders. Food came out in a good amount of time thankfully, and it was all great. Can't complain about the food, but the service was extremely slow, which would hinder me from going again, as there are plenty of places nearby with great food but much faster service.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best time with your staff and the food was amazing. Best best experience!!!!

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JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service and ambiance were great. Fried chicken was good but pricey for $25 dollars. Nice for a business lunch once in a while.

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C
San Diego
116 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, great service, delightful space. It's obvious why this place as been so popular for a while now.

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D
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I am not a great foodie of fried chicken but I thought the white meat was dry. The leg was juicy.
My wife had the smoke turkey club which was fantastic.
The restaurant was not worth driving from Danville CA. Was recommended by my Son. He thought that Fried chicken was very good.
Oh well, I still like Tyler Florence. Will try his other restaurants.

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EI
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food. Great vibe. Shared the burger with egg, mac n cheese, salad, burrata whipped mashed potatoes with GF. Too full for dessert!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing and I loved the atmosphere! It was the perfect place to celebrate my husband’s 50th birthday!

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KK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed my lunchtime experience here. Felt like an adult in a town that increasingly caters to a young, casual tech crowd. A bit old world with massive portions of very flavorful and well-prepared food. Would definitely come again.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Well executed. Pretty boring menu.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service rushed us which was not ideal. We asked them to pace the meal out and they brought entrees while we were still eating our starter. Food is good but the service could be better.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 4

We had a 1pm reservation for a client meeting. Due to the bad weather we all barely made it to SF in time and so we arrived in casual travel clothes. Apparently appearance is everything here. We waited to be seated until 1:17 (despite arriving at 12:56) and watched not one, not two, but three groups of 3 professionally attired ladies and gentlemen arrive, ask if they had any availability and be immediately seated. Two individuals (separate parties) were greeted as regulars. I completely understand taking care of your regulars but it got ridiculous. We were told our table had the check and they were just waiting for them to leave...ok. Change my table. Then “let me see if your table is set”. Then, “I had to set your table myself”. Little do you know you’re talking to 2 former F&B managers. We know how this works. Am I supposed to be delighted you decided to seat me at all? Were you doing me a favor? You ignored me, talked about me (audible to my whole party) and then act placating in front of my client who has flown in from Asia for this meeting. It was humiliating. Then, once seated, we were not visited until 1:31 when the server attendant arrived with water. It all just ran downhill from there. I’ve forgotten how pretentious SF restaurants can be but this was a good reminder.

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AS
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place - amazing food. Just wish there were some spots a little quieter when we invite clients!

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LM
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing lunch at Wayfare Tavern from start to finish! Service was great. We will be back!! Thank you for a memorable afternoon😊

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