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Vesuvio Cafe

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255 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 362-3370
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6:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 2:00 am

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great bar - lots of charm

If you're looking to grab a pint and some conversation, this is the bar. The bartenders were nice, and the locals unpretentious.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

If you're looking to grab a pint and some conversation, this is the bar. The bartenders were nice, and the locals unpretentious.

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san diego, ça
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Left the teens browsing at City Lights, and us grown ups ventured in for a Bloody Mary on New Year's Day. Great, eclectic vibe. Locals linger and tourists can relax while looking at all the funky art and saying on the walls. Go upstairs and you can grab a table with a view of passersby.

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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Great place for a relaxed drink and chat with friends. Good for an hour or so. We visited at early evening and found a table easily.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Whether you like Kerouac or not, Vesuvio is a great bar to visit if you like something a little different. I love places like this - loads of interesting nooks and crannies, interesting things to see and read on the walls, good beers and a decadent 'Beat Generation' history. Vesuvio and Specs across the road are now etched on my... More 

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La Habra, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 via mobile

A must do in San Francisco. Grab a drink or two ( nice pour so one may do) and head up the winding staircase to the second floor. Grab the corner table, sit back and sip n people watch. Very relaxing especially after a nice Italian meal you might eat in the neighborhood. Exit to the left and bam, your... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Recommended by both staff and fellow travellers from our hostel. Quaint little place for a drink! Sat upstairs which was nice as you could look out the windows. Overall great neighbourhood pub feel!

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Kent
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130 reviews 130 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Loved this bar!! It was full of history and character with a great atmosphere - a perfect place for a happy hour beer!

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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I wanted to visit Vesuvio because of it's association with Kerouac and cassady and the rest of the Beats. I'm glad I made it. Vesuvio is a great bar full of interesting people. They have a great selection of excellent craft beers and the walls are filled with great posters and pictures. This was a life experience for me, one... More 

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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

If you can believe the legend, all the drug abusing poets of their time have been there: Kerouac, Hemingway and I forgot who else. It's a fun place to have a drink and watch people. Other than many places in the US, it has a history and you can feel it.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Three things you need to remember, to save the staff the repetitious time and effort. 1. There is no food served here, children cannot come in. Daft law, but a law nonetheless. Don't expect to bring your kids with you. 2. Don't pay for two beers with a credit card. Have some consideration. Equally, this is America. Tipping is obligatory.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 255 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: (415) 362-3370
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
6:00 am - 2:00 am

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