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Buena Vista

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Address: 2765 Hyde Street at Beach Street, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415 474 5044
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9:00 am - 2:00 am
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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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Need a warm up in SF?

Stop at the Buena Vista for the best Irish coffee in SF and to watch the show. This is a sure way to shake off the chill and warm you up.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
BethM1313
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Charlotte, North Carolina

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San Diego, California
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

I absolutely love the Buena Vista. It is a very jovial atmosphere with the very best Irish you can find. The waitresses are very pleasant despite the high crowds that they have to deal with. A must to visit!

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Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Eat here. Cinnamon french toast or omelet. Period. This place is well known, but it does have a great view, very good food, and reasonably priced. Showed up at 8:45 for 9 am opening. Plenty of rom even thought 30 people were in line by 9.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Stop at the Buena Vista for the best Irish coffee in SF and to watch the show. This is a sure way to shake off the chill and warm you up.

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Sachse
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39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Yes, The Buena Vista Cafe is technically a restaurant but it is also an attraction not to be missed. If you love Irish Coffee this is where it all started. The attraction factor comes in when watching the Irish coffee prepared. It is like watching an assembly line of coffee drinks. Also most of the time the tables are shared... More 

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Stockton on tees
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57 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We were staying at tHe Argonaut across teh road, and visited on our forst night for a night cap. The coffees were so good we ended up visiting every night of our stay. Great service, good location but worth the trip for the Irish Coffee alone.

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Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

This is a quintessential tourist attraction - the place where Irish Coffee was invented. Packed to the gills most of the time, we stopped by several times and weren't willing to wait. Third time was the charm and we sat down late morning for a couple of Irish Coffees. There's a reason they are famous for the drink. It truly... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Good for tourists but as a local you have many better choices. The Irish coffee is actually really good and draws tons of people. Crowded especially cause of the proximity to water. Try it!!

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Co.Donegal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Three of us dined here with a 16 year old boy. The food ...I had the crab sandwich as recommended by my friends who live nearby but were meeting us for dinner. The crab sandwich is a must try very vry good. My son had steak -he said it was very very good and cooked perfectly to his taste. He... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

Nothing like Irish coffee for breakfast? We were headed out of town in the morning but of course I had to get the famous Irish coffee. The cook did a great job on the breakfast - nothing too greasysy and it all tasted wonderfully home cooked. Personally wasn't a fan of the Irish coffee but I'm sure that's more me.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

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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Additional Information about Buena Vista

Address: Address: 2765 Hyde Street at Beach Street, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415 474 5044
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Fisherman’s Wharf
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 am

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Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there's something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone's sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighborhood a true San Francisco treat.
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