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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 #174 of 4,949 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 2:00 am
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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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This restaurant was highly recommended, however, I guess we shouldn't have eaten breakfast here! It is small and was very crowded. I had the impression our server was not having a good day, as he barely spoke and just "plopped" the plates down in front of us. I requested hot tea....I received a cup of luke warm water!

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Marietta, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Go early... People gather outside waiting for opening time for breakfast on the weekends. There is no order to the group coming in, and it's a rush when the door opens. People seat themselves quickly at any available table, some even sharing table with strangers. Best sourdough toast ever. Watch the bartender make the row of Irish coffee and definitely... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

And the food is great too. If you are downtown in San Francisco - by Fisherman's Wharf - this is a must stop. A must stop. And even if you don't drink - you must stay long enough to see one of the brothers make the Irish Coffees. The making is quite the presentation. There are two brothers who have... More

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Sellwood86
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57 reviews 57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Irish coffees are fantastic -- the bartenders put on quite a show preparing several at a time! This place is known, by both locals and tourists, for it's drinks and great breakfasts. Generous portions of omelets, potatoes, crispy bacon, etc. It's almost always crowded, but it's worth waiting for a table!

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san marcos
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Maybe if we don't tell anyone else, we can get a seat at the bar. I took videos of Paul making 10 Irish Coffees at once. They make more than 2,000 Irish Coffees a day! Located a block up from the fisherman's wharf cable car stop. Don't know about the food or other beverages. You can order DECAF coffee. It... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Ok, we didn't have the Irish coffee, it's not my thing but we did stop here for beers at the bar and a bowl of frites. Service was the best bit, our waitress chatted away and entertained us no end. And I had the hangover of the year so a hair of the dog and some banter was just the... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

If you are in SF, you must have an Irish coffee at Buena Vista. Even if you don't like whiskey or coffee, have an Irish coffee at Buena Vista because the experience in itself is worth it. The fresh cream, Irish Whiskey, sugar, and coffee all combine together to produce a perfect Irish coffee in a lovely SF location. Sit... More

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Corona, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Great location just around the corner from Ghiradelli Square - view of the Golden Gate, the bay, Alcatraz, corner of Fisherman's Wharf. Food was decent but the main attraction is the Irish Coffee - slug down a couple of those bad boys and then appreciate the raw beauty of sunset behind the Golden Gate. Nothing more San Francisco than that!

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Oceanport, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

If you've never been here, it is an old time bar. The Irish coffees are small & expensive, but it's fun to watch them make them & one can only imagine having one when it's foggy & damp outside.

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Evansville IN
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Really fun bar right across the street from the cable car so you can drink their famous Irish coffee to your hearts content. Staff and patrons were friendly, I would definitely hunt this location out.

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