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Buena Vista Cafe

2765 Hyde Street (at the Beach), Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94109-1222 (Russian Hill)
(415)-474-5044
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Ranked #180 of 4,921 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen, Hamburgers, Seafood, Café
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Russian Hill
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Prescott
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We've been visiting this Cafe for over 40 years. Not only does it offer the best Irish Coffee we've ever had, but it's entertaining to watch 10+ of this special brew being put together all at once. The bartender has been there for over 5 decades and he has this down to an 'art'!!

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Southborough, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Friendly atmosphere with outstanding Irish coffee. Not much on food, but a great view of the cable car turn around. A must stop on the visit, but will be a bit pricey.

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Farmington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The Irish coffee here is amazing and a must try. Couldn't get enough on this vacation! Beautiful views of the bay and tasty sourdough toast. Delightful breakfast.

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Mount Olive, New Jersey
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139 reviews 139 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I've returned many times over the years for an Irish coffee and have never been disappointed. The bar does get crowded which can make ordering difficult but well worth it to share a coffee with friends. Every cost (15+ years) table me back to my introduction to the Buena Vista where we left a dinner in Silicon Valley drive an... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

we adore the BV and visit multiple times when we're in the city. The irish coffee is the best you'll get anywhere, it's always packed with people and you share tables with folks you don't know, which is a great adventure! Most of the staff don't look very happy, but who can blame them; they run non-stop all the time.... More

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Sonoma, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Breakfast cost more then Dinner that day. I was not impressed with the food at all . The the Irish coffee were good .

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Atlanta
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88 reviews 88 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I echo Dave1560's comments regarding our visit to the Buena Vista Cafe. The same situation happened to us when snacks were brought in from Ghiardelli Chocolates by our kids. Our rude server informed the kids they couldn't eat them in the establishment. Then she informed the parents of the same. Keep in mind, we were all set to order drinks... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

On a recent visit to the San Francisco Bay area, our family wanted to visit the famous Buena Vista café located just above Ghirardelli Square. Upon our arrival, we were instantly greeted with a less than welcome feel from their staff. After being seated, it got even worse as our waitress was incredibly rude in expressing her concerns of how... More

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We first visited the Buena Vista Café 30 years ago. We've been coming back ever since. Every time we visit San Francisco, it's a must on our to-do list. Especially on a cold day. Their Irish coffee just warms you right up. It's made with fresh cream, too. The staff must do really well because most of them are still... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Sometimes not always a good idea to return to a restaurant where you have had a good meal before but the Buena Vista Café lived up to all our memories. Great food and a real buzz to the place. We were asked to share a table as they were so busy and had a great time with an American couple... More

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