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Buena Vista

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Fisherman’s Wharf
Bars & clubs, Nightlife
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Address: 2765 Hyde Street at Beach Street, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415 474 5044
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Description: Take in a view of the Bay at this popular Fisherman's Wharf watering hole.

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Most recent review
Very good Irish coffee.

Renknowned Irish coffee lives up to its billing and reputation. Had the meatloaf which was also very presented and very tasty. Staff were friendly, courteous and service was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Renknowned Irish coffee lives up to its billing and reputation. Had the meatloaf which was also very presented and very tasty. Staff were friendly, courteous and service was quick, hassle free and exactly what was needed after a lengthy walk from downtown. Would recommend for sure if you're nearby to Fisherman's Wharf.

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Pittsburgh, PA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This place is a must for us at least once on every trip to SFO. We love the Irish Coffee and the food (especially the fries) is pretty good also. A lot of fun to sit at the bar and watch the gent make the coffee. It is often crowded.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I have been here several times. I can't say enough positive things about this place. Of course, everyone ones of the Irish Coffee, the "Nutty" is a nice switch, I'd you dare... an Irish Car Bomb. I love the breakfast, love the potatoes that they serve with it. His place is doing something right, many of the staff have been... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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56 reviews 56 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

First time visitor to this much loved establishment. A friend took us there on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The place was PACKED! Not even a place to stand. We were invited to join a table where they had open seats....how cool. Other couples were also visiting and we had a fun conversation with all. Of course had to get their... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

just visited the buena vista for the 100th time. well close. been going there for 35 years. fantastic irish coffee, great view and a old time san francisaco pub feel. alot of history. thats the good. the bad is the price of the drinks now. 9 bucks each for a very small irish coffee. every time i go there, they... More 

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Paso Robles, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This is a must-do for a trip to SFO. Bay and bridge views, trolley station and delicious Irish Coffees are the reason we stop here first when we come to town. The breakfast is good but, really, anytime of day/night is a great visit! Some of the staff has been there 35+ years- wow!

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The Buena Vista is a very crowded bar near Fisherman's Wharf, famous for Irish Coffee. The popularity means that it is always full and you have to fight your way to the bar for service. However, you should experience an Irish Coffee from here at least once, just to say that you have had one in the self proclaimed birthplace... More 

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Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
17 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Great place to check out while in San Francisco. Not only is it a great atmosphere but you also get a delicious coffee with a strong kick of Irish flavor. Make sure to add this to your list while visiting the Bay Area. Tick it off your bucket list.

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Crown Point, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is a famous restaurant with an interesting history. You must go and get an Irish coffee and read the history on the menu. Very crowded but worth the wait.

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Elkhart, Indiana
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

No one orders anything but the Irish Coffee and there is a reason for that...it is really the best here. Great for a short stop in between attractions to get out of the weather and sip on something wonderful!!

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