Wayfare Tavern is a true gathering place for private events of all types. We offer several options to accommodate intimate family dinners, weddings and receptions, corporate events, social gatherings, and full restaurant buy outs.View Private Dining Details
Wayfare Tavern is an old-school spot in the Financial District. And we mean that in the very best way.
Dear Wayfare Tavern, please find a way to box and ship your doughnuts to New York. Waiting 2 years to have one again is 2 years too long.
Oh, and the other food was stellar too :)
Must try the fried chicken, burrata whipped potatoes & the popovers!
Amazing lunch! Great service and our mac and cheese was spectacular!
Very attentive server, who made it a point to ask about any special nutritional requests.
Very noisy. Hard to hear both server and conversation.
My husband and I went for lunch. It was fun and delicious food.
I've always enjoyed Wafare's atmosphere and of the course the food is wonderful. This visit however was very disappointing in that I lost count of the number of times we were told by various staff members that they "needed our table back by 7:45!" It's not like we were walk-ins, we had a reservation and it completely detracted from the food and the experience. I know that Tyler takes tremendous pride in his incredible menu and food, I wonder what he would say if he knew his guests were being rushed through their meals?
I always stop here when in SF and love it. The casual vibe is great and the food is top notch!
We got there early and they were able to accommodate us and seated us to a corner table. Our server was very attentive and provided us the specials. My guest chose the scallops which were very good. I ordered the fried chicken. It was tasty but lack the crunch that I was looking for. Other than that the service is good. I would go back to try other things in the menu.
Delicious fried chicken
Not as good as it used to be.
Took ages to seat after refusing to seat till whole party. What’s the point of reservation if walk ups get priority.
We enjoyed our meal very much: bruschetta with prosciutto, grilled rack of lamb, asparagus with mint, and a 32-oz rib eye steak. Excellent meal and we had a spectacular waiter, too!!
I love this restaurant. We always eat here when we come to visit SF.
Whenever I travel to San Francisco, I love to try new spots (new for me, anyway). This is a great place for drinks and dinner. Fantastic food and service. I look forward to returning.
We chose to sit outside and unfortunately our service suffered because of it. The food was mostly impeccable but we weren’t as impressed with the deviled eggs or the Mac and cheese side. I also specified we’d be celebrating a birthday when I made my reservation and they didn’t do anything special for it, which was a bit disappointing. It was a great place to try while we were in the area though.
Phenomenal service, attention to detail and the food was even better. Everything was so special and fun!
Had lunch on a Saturday, and totally enjoyed the ambience, service and food. High quality ingredients, perfectly prepared. The house made donuts were amazing as a dessert.
The staff was incredibly rude, cute place with nice atmosphere, but everyone working there was so snotty. Later in the evening we ran into some people who were at the restaurant earlier when we were there, and they had experienced the same.
Food was wonderful as always and our server - Joe? - made a wonderful suggestion of the beef tartare that we were hesitant to try but in the end his assurances were were accurate. We loved it, along with the Special Salad for that evening, the mussels, mushrooms, oysters and cocktails. Will definitely go back. The only 'downside' (which there really isnt any) is that the ambient noise even upstairs gets tricky for people with any kind of hearing issues at times and being seated upstairs, there always seems to be a SLIGHT delay in food delivery. (i.e. food never really arrives HOT hot but just very warm) Overall though, love this place and I recommend it to others all the time. Cheers, P.
Our experience was just ok. While the food was delicious, the service was lax and indifferent. We had to ask to be served the popovers. 2 other items that we were told would be brought to us never arrived. The noise level made talking hard. All told a middling experience I wouldn't go for again.
My poor comment is based on the service and not on the food.
The food was really good as usual, but in other hand, the service was the WORST ever. I was embarrassed to take my friend to Wayfare Tavern to celebrate her birthday.
Try to get a table on the second floor. The first floor is extremely noise.
Love the food but not the noise. Fried chicken is always a hit — and worth the calories.
Came here for a birthday dinner. Had a great time.
Great food and killer drinks from Chance at the bar
Wayfare Tavern delivered as always. I invited a friend visiting from New York, and told him the fried chicken was the thing to get. He was blown away. I had the house salad, and while I don’t usually love salads with stuff like blueberries, the flavors were perfectly balanced, and the salmon I added was bang-on. Sadly, there was no peach pie on the menu (not sure why they’re going with an Elvis themed peanut butter and chocolate affair when their simple fruit pies are so excellent). Oh, and of course the popovers were outstanding. This place does what it does SO well.
We love this place. Food is always great and service is amazing. But too noisy for a good conversation.
Went with friends. It took about 40 minutes to get our food. Asked multiple times for more popovers and nobody came over.
Told the hostess that we were there for a birthday and that message was not relayed to the waiter.
Felt like sloppy service for an expensive lunch.
I wanted to check this place out for a nice dinner with my husband for my birthday. We arrived about 45 minutes early in hopes that they may be able to seat us before our reservation. The place was packed but they were still able to get us a table after waiting about 5 minutes. We were escorted upstairs to a cute little table for two and the hostess placed a hand-written birthday card from the restaurant on the table. Nice touch!
The ambiance was fantastic. It's a very speakeasy kind of vibe with dark blue chair rail paneling and a black and tan patterned wallpaper. It also had dim edison bulb chandeliers everywhere and a lit fireplace on the first floor. Their menus were also very nice. They have a metallic gold border and are stamped with the current season.
Our server was already informed it was my birthday and suggested a nice champagne-based cocktail to celebrate, which was delicious. The food came out very quickly and was absolutely amazing. I ordered the mussels with the burrata mashed potatoes as the side and my husband ordered the fried chicken with the mac and cheese as his side. He is very picky about his fried chicken and he couldn't stop talking about how perfectly cooked it was, not to mention the larger than average portions. The mussels were also very good and a very large portion.
I ordered the pecan tarte (even though I was so full, but who can pass up dessert on their birthday!) and they brought it our with a candle and Happy Birthday written in chocolate on the plate. I was so sad that I couldn't finish it but it was so good!
Will definitely be back again for dinner and try hang out at the bar. Love this place!
Great bread service. Amazing fried chicken. Terrible service. Saw our server twice the entire evening. Once to refill water which happened after we finished eating and then to drop off the check.
Excellent on all levels - food, drinks, service and ambiance...fried chicken hard to beat. Look forward to being back soon, thank you Wayfare Tavern for the wonderful experience.
My girlfriend came here for a nice dinner while we were in town for a little vacation. The environment was great. Walked in not knowing what to expect but was greeted by a friendly staff who were extremely helpful. Started out with the deviled eggs which alone would bring me back to the restaurant. The wine selection was amazing so we got a bottle of wine which made the meal all the better. The fried chicken really was amazing and I can see why they are known for it. The steak they had on the menu for the night was also extremely flavorful and the polenta fries were also tasty and extremely filling. I would also recommend the delicious creamy Mac and cheese. All of the entrees I saw taken to other tables made my mouth water so I would love to come back again next time I am in town to try whatever else they have on the menu. We ended with the doughnuts which delicious and fluffy. Overall I would highly recommend this place to anyone and I will definitely return again next time I come to San Francisco
Seated near stairs which was very drafty....left coat on throughout meal.
Bar drinks seemed smaller than elsewhere.
Service very slow. Steak very tough. Potatos served cold...returned for another serving also cold and gluey.
My boyfriend took me here upon my request, as I am a fried chicken lover, and the fried chicken here has been called the best in the country. We arrived at 5pm for our 6pm reservation and they were very accommodating and seated us immediately. We started out with a cocktail. We each got a bourbon cocktail called Bentley's .... something. I can't remember the name, but it was FANTASTIC. It was like an Old Fashioned but not as sweet, and had a touch of star anise or nutmeg or something like that in it. I wish I had looked at the drink menu again to see what the ingredients were.
First food items were the popovers they served us gratis. Very light and fluffy. They even gave us each a second one when we'd finished our first. For our main course I ordered the Organic Fried Chicken, and my bf ordered the Prime Beef Bavette Steak. My chicken was wonderful, but his steak, not so much. I could see him having trouble cutting through the meat , so I knew there was trouble ahead. He took one bite and said it was too tough to eat. He sent it back and got the Fried Chicken instead. The waiter kind of disappeared for a while after the steak debacle, and another server got us our drink refills. Finally his order of chicken arrived and my bf was very happy. We also got 2 orders of Brussels Sprouts, although one is enough to share between two people.
Our waiter finally returned and we got dessert. I got The Elvis, which had banana, peanut butter, bacon and some chocolate. I'm not describing it well, but it was very good. BF got the Brownie Sundae and he liked it very much. All in all it was a very nice evening in a fantastic restaurant.
Wow, food spectacular. Bartenders know their stuff....great martinis! Oysters beyond belief...right out the ocean. Appetizers, drinks and dinner perfect...incredible flavors!!!!Desert was as good as grocery store items....cheesecake and “the Elvis”, recommend you skip those. Coffee was outstanding. Our server very nice, seemed knowledgeable but wasn’t much interested in taking care of us as he was w other tables. We probably left a hundred bucks on the table as he was concerned w others. Something I said? No. Our bill was $330 and I was good paying that plus 15%. BUT, I would have left 30% w above average service. Will consider going back next trip.
Food portions were surprisingly quite large. Fried Chicken was very good. Ambiance was nice though maybe a bit on the loud side. Good food variety. Service was very good.
Consistently wonderful food and service. We loved the thoughtful touches from the staff on our anniversary. We always recommend this place to friends and family. We'll be back again soon!
It was nice!
Ordered the organic chicken, Mac and cheese, brusselsprouts, and polenta fries.
Everything tasted great!