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.
What Insiders Are Saying
Wayfare Tavern is an old-school spot in the Financial District. And we mean that in the very best way.
The food is consistently good, but the drinks are not always good. The iced tea is often extremely bitter. Hot tea service is good. Cocktails are generous and well crafted, but expensive. Wine service is good. Desserts are always interesting, but sometimes is seems like there has been more thought given to presentation than to taste.
Absolutely Fabulous on all counts. The food was creative and delicious. Our Waiter was very personable and informative, and did a great job. It reminded me of being in New York at a great restaurant/tavern in an old house or building. We look forward to going back again.
While the food was generally good and the server was attentive, informed and polite the courses were so drawn out that it made for an unpleasant experience.
I have been dining here for a year or so with my two gal friends ... It's our restaurant of choice after theater matinees ... The food is beyond exceptional ... Love the roasted marrow bone, their hamburger is to die for as is the brussel sprouts! It's the staff that makes us return and return ... Danny makes us feel like we are family ... Borach(?) (not sure of his name spelling )makes dining a pleasure ... He guides us through the menu ... We share stories and laughter! These are the reasons I brought my sister and her husband on the 16th ... Great way to start the evening before seeing HAMILTON ... A must visit for all! Beverly , San Jose
Great table, great server (Tom) and great food (popovers!).
Our waiter was amazing and the experience was just as expected. I tried the new mussel dish and was blown away. And who would have thought pickled blueberries on bone marrow would work? It does!
Always love this place! Have been here many times great food/wine.
Everything was great . . . except the deviled eggs. The experiment with the beet infused eggs was a fail. Color was foul, and taste was disappointing. Please end this experiment and return to one of your wonderful variations.
Fun happenings place. We both had the famous fried chicken. IT was good nothing to memorable. SIde like mashed potatoes fair along with the peanut butter cheese cake.
Flat out wrong cocktails all around, another 15 minutes. 3 of 4 plates, another 10 minutes for the last plate. Awkward.
Always wonderful , great place to catch up w friends and business associates!
Floor manager - tall thin gentleman - was so rude. Why is he so sour? Our reservation was at 6 pm we didn’t get seated until almost 6:30 pm. We didn’t complain - why was he the terrible one. The energy was off & negative. The server was harsh until we asked him if everything was ok and we had to ask three people for a table wedge - the floor manager looked and acted like he was going to rip our faces off. We drank and ate - a lot - and I had two bosses in town who asked to go there. Why so terrible towards us? I live here!!!
Brussel sprouts and poutine were excellent. Surprised that fried chicken was so dry. Tasty, but dry. Very nice restaurant.
Server was surprisingly and continuously inattentive, the rest of the service was great.
Food was amazing, aside from the fried chicken “having a great, flavorful crust, but dry meat”.
Tables a tad to close together. Service and food great! Bartender very welcoming!
A well worth visit when in San Francisco and a repeat dinner quest over the years. Menu has dishes well worth retuning for and great additions. Food has always been top notch, it can be a little noisy but the atmosphere is great. The staff has never missed a step and are very professional and prompt.
Food was great. Its popularity probably affects the ability for staff to give really attentive service. Our waiter was nice, and no strong complaint. Staff seemed stressed and struggling to keep up with all around them.
Great service, great ambiance, nice cocktails! It's the best brunch spot in SF that is hip, and classy without the hipster attitude!
Excellent from start to finish. Service and level of attentiveness we perfect. Food was, as always, Phenomenal. It was my Boyfriends birthday, he was welcomed with a “happy birthday”, and surprised with a sweet treat and a candle at the end of dinner. It was a perfect night.
My husband and I always have a wonderful experience at Wayfare! It’s one of our favorite restaurants in the city. We always look forward to the pop overs and love the fried chicken and whipped potatoes. My only wish is that they would bring back burgundy wines on the menu!!
You won’t go wrong here — wonderful service and food.
Our waiter was most unhelpful with the menu, pressured us to order, then made us feel like we overstayed our welcome. He came back 3 times in 5 minutes once he placed the check. And the staff started setting tables for dinner, including the one adjoining ours. There were other diners still there as well, and it was only 3:30 in the afternoon when we finished eating. We couldn't have felt more unwelcome if he'd simply said "Get out, now!" Food was good, but the service destroyed the entire experience. This was my 3rd time at Wayfare Tavern, and I'll never go back.
Wayfare Tavern is a wonderful place to bring clients or friends. I highly recommend it. Don't miss the popovers!
Slightly contrived atmosphere, saved by the cuisine. Every dish was SUPERB.
We really enjoyed Wayfare Tavern. The food was great, which was especially important because two of the people in our group were on special restrictive diets. The restaurant totally accommodated with delicious food. Salmon really great and steak is a winner, too. We'll be back.
Love it, hits the spot every time!
Service not so great😪
Felt like we were begging for everything
Informed that it was two birthdays, no acknowledgment
Salads were flat, chicken good and hot, but some pieces dry and over brined
Desserts NOT good😪
Would still return though....
We always love going back to Wayfare Tavern and it doesn't seem to matter whether it's been a year or a month because the service is always excellent, the food is wonderful and the ambience is warm and inviting. In addition to the food, the drinks whipped up at the bar are perfectly done. We each had a Bloody Mary and thoroughly enjoyed them. I love that you can sit across from the open kitchen and watch the chefs perform their magic. Always professional across the board. We'll be back!
Have not been here in years!! Did not disappoint!!!
Fantastic experience - we came over on a Saturday Night to celebrate my wife’s Birthday. Used Valet for the car (they can add it to your bill or $12 cash), Checking in was smooth and easy, tasty drinks at the bar made by ‘Chance’ who was great to chat with, nice table near the fireplace (although the air vents above kept it cool), awesome appetizers, mains, and dessert (complete with Happy Birthday message and candle). Awesome service from ‘Joe’, and friendly sommelier.
The fried chicken and popovers are not to be missed!
Food was good, not great; server did not have at warm and friendly demeanor; hostess was not mature and elegant which would be more befitting a restaurant like Wayfare versus at an inexpensive, casual restaurant. The popovers were cold. We celebrate my sister's birthday here every year as well as dine on other occasions. We've had better food and service before. When I spend $150 for lunch for three, I expect near perfection.
Derek was our kind and efficient waiter. The fried chicken is as good as they say it is. I got a side two pieces on a delicious side arugula salad.
Excellent, friendly server, extremely knowledgable of all food options. My fried chicken and side of mashed potatoes very tasty and good size portion. My husband enjoyed his cioppino tremendously. Doughnut dessert was fabulous. We would recommend to all our friends and family.
Delicious food with great service. I would come back again for more deviled eggs & fried chicken.
Savory and satisfing roasted bone marrow with crispy pork belly, pickled blueberries, and fine herb persillade was my entree with a side of creamy burrata whipped potatoes and a butter lettuce salad. Everything was delicious.
Food was great. Definitely have to try the fried chicken but share it; it’s a lot of food. The service was unfortunately lacking. Our seemed to be distracted. Squirrel!!
Excellent in every way. Expensive but really good food always is; worth every penny.
Very nice experience