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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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8:00 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
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Busy and Buzzing!

Great buzzing environment - had dinner here 2 or 3 times while staying in Fisherman's Wharf area; staff are brilliant, food is excellent, atmosphere is buzzy and famous Irish Coffees are the best! You won't be disappointed. Lots of tables in the front bar area with a couple of communal tables... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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London
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47 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great buzzing environment - had dinner here 2 or 3 times while staying in Fisherman's Wharf area; staff are brilliant, food is excellent, atmosphere is buzzy and famous Irish Coffees are the best! You won't be disappointed. Lots of tables in the front bar area with a couple of communal tables but if you want some privacy and quieter set-up,... More 

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Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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215 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've been traveling to San Francisco regularly for over 35 years, and often have my wife with me. Without question, the Buena Vista is our favorite. We always look forward to returning. Most of the tables turn out to be communal tables, and this time, as almost always, we met some of the nicest, most interesting people at our table.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are at Fishermans Wharf the Irish coffee at this place is a must. I tried a couple when we were last there in 2013 and this time I took a mate who was travelling with us along to try this famous brew. We weren't disappointed.

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Thank 730dalem
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Fabulous !!!!!!! Couldn't wait to stop to try the Irish coffee! Well worth the visit ! We each had 3! Very warm atmosphere !!!!!

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Thank Mholland29
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had breakfast there the first morning in San Francisco. Food was good, great Irish coffee, service was quick.

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They say location is everything, the Buena Vista Cafe is just in front of the Bay Area. Nice deco, cozy, classic. Ask for Brian, a fantastic host. Show up early and plan for dinner in advance as you will only find food until 10pm. Cable cart and the famous Ghirardelli estate are just around the corner.

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Keller, Texas
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If visiting San Francisco, you have to come here at least once, and order a Irish cream coffee with your breakfast! Ours was delicious!!

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Berkeley, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On my first ever visit to San Francisco, a good friend and native SF'er, brought me to the Buena Vista Cafe for an Irish Coffee (for this is where the Irish Coffee first came to America). It was a night filled with the magic that comes with the evening fog. And the Irish Coffee was pretty good. Off and on,... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My fiance and I went to the Buena Vista Cafe twice when we were visiting San Francisco. The first time, it was early afternoon on a Saturday and the place was jammed packed! You are not seated by anyone so basically you're awkwardly hovering around tables and people, waiting for them to leave. It's family style so you you are... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great historic place where you board streetcars. Ordered potato skins appetizer...sent both back...dry, no taste. Interesting history, friendly waitstaff.

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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, Irish, Cafe, Seafood, Delicatessen, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Fisherman’s Wharf
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