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Buena Vista Cafe

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2765 Hyde Street (at the Beach), Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94109-1222
(415)-474-5044
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9:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Good for:
Bar scene

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
The Irish Coffee is a MUST!!!

Every time we come to San Francisco we have to come here for the Irish coffee. It is definitely the best Irish coffee I ever had and watching the bartender make it is part of the experience. They have a great Irish breakfast and their potato skins appetizer is very good. You won't be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Hinsdale, Illinois
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Alabama
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Visited the Buena Vista for their world famous Irish coffee. It was okay but I've had better at Irish restaurants. The coffee is $9. I would not return. The bartender was arrogant and was not a welcoming atmosphere. I guess they get so many customers they don't have to be friendly. It was a checked box on my vacation but... More 

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Duluth, Georgia
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

I visit here every time I have been to San Fran and I am always pleased. I have never eaten here so I cannot comment on the food. If you like Irish Coffee then this is a must on your visit. The drinks are just fabulous. The showmanship in preparing them is of equal intrigue. They do have other drink... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 via mobile

We stumbled on this gem for brunch and had one of our favorite meals of the trip. You can't miss the sourdough bread and you MUST try the Irish coffee (even if you're not a huge fan of either- it's definitely worth trying)!!!

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Chicago, Illinois
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We went here on St. Patricks day without knowing that they have amazing Irish coffees. It was the best I've ever had. Had the corned beef and hash breakfast. It was solid. Great place and atmosphere. I would go back again.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Ok so my husband and I stopped and I had to try the Irish coffee and I'm so glad I did! It truly is wonderful and has so kick! I will for sure return if we come back to visit!

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Marshall, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

A certain stop when in SanFranciso. Excellent irsh coffe & great breakfast. Wonderful views & convent to getting on the trolley system.

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Hinsdale, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Every time we come to San Francisco we have to come here for the Irish coffee. It is definitely the best Irish coffee I ever had and watching the bartender make it is part of the experience. They have a great Irish breakfast and their potato skins appetizer is very good. You won't be disappointed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We always make this our first stop when staying in this city and then eat there every single day while there. Paul the Bartender is a living legend and the servers and managers have been there for so so long and this says a lot. You don't have to ask for their famous Irish coffees you just say "need one"... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Such an amazing experience.....went there for breakfast. Definitely get their homemade sausage patties! Service was great :)

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Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We always stop here for the Irish Coffee but this time we came for breakfast too. Of course, the Irish Coffee's are overpriced but what a treat to watch them being made and have them with a good breakfast. Nice start to a day of sightseeing in this great city.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2765 Hyde Street (at the Beach), Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94109-1222
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Neighborhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Phone Number: (415)-474-5044

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Café, Seafood, Hamburgers, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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