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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
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner

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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
Quality food with unbeatable view and atmosphere!

+ Cozy atmosphere with a great view of Golden Gate/Aquatic Park + Seating arrangements are unique - you have to share tables with other guests (but that was the best part!!! We had a great conversation with another local couple) + Wait staff was super friendly + Famous for the Irish Coffee... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Joe W
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

+ Cozy atmosphere with a great view of Golden Gate/Aquatic Park + Seating arrangements are unique - you have to share tables with other guests (but that was the best part!!! We had a great conversation with another local couple) + Wait staff was super friendly + Famous for the Irish Coffee - first restaurant in US to serve it!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Great staff, a fun and funky atmosphere and fantastic food next to one of the main cable car terminii in San Francisco. Loved it!

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Nothing more to say! Get their signature dish. You will be glad you did. Great, comfortable place. We tried multiple items on the menu. Everything was good!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The Café is small and there was a line waiting to get in for breakfast. It opens at 9:00 during the week and 8:00 on the weekends, so plan on a bit of a wait. The breakfast meal was good and about the same price as other places for breakfast, but the real attraction here is the Irish Coffee. It... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Went for a show in SF and decided to try the Buena Vista Cafe for a drink. I understand its open until 2am, we were there at 22:00 and was packed. It is understandable why, Buena Vista serves approx 2000 cups of Irish Coffees a day. It's a treat to see how the Irish coffee is made in a flash... More 

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Dallas, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Buena Vista is a must! This m place has been here for more than 100 years! The two morning bartenders, who are brothers, have been here for approx 40 years each! Good breakfast, but the irish coffee is the reason to come! Great place!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Downing a shot of irish coffee at cafe buena vista was touted as a must do after doing the cable car on the lombard line. Got to the cafe at 11am and was happy there were free tables everywhere. We ordered brunch food and of course the irish coffees for the experience. I guess we went through the motion but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This is a great place to chill out after hours of walking in the Fisherman's Wharf or after getting of the cable car. It is located just opposite the start station for the cable cars. The cafe is famous for its Irish coffee. When you take the first sip - the perfect marriage of cream, whiskey and coffee - you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

After a long day of walking around the Wharf area, it's a terrific place to unwind with a classic Irish Coffee, cold beer and great food! The wait staff is very attentive and the quality is great! It's not a real large place, so you may have a wait . . . . but it's worth it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Every time we come to San Fransisco we make sure to go to the Buena Vista Cafe at least once!. We absolutely love their famous Irish Coffees. We have introduced our friends and children to this restaurant. It is always busy but we manage to find a table.

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Additional Information about Buena Vista Cafe

Address: 2765 Hyde Street (at the Beach), Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94109-1222
Phone Number: (415)-474-5044
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Fisherman’s Wharf
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
Cuisine: American, Irish, Cafe, Seafood, Delicatessen, Pub

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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: 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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