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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 #181 of 5,014 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
Neighborhood:
Fisherman’s Wharf
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
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Seattle, Washington
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104 reviews 104 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The good...great location, great Irish coffee. The bad...service and seating. It's "seat yourself" which really ends up being survival of the fittest...or rudest. If you happen to go during a time when the place is crowded you will have to jockey for a table. There is no such thing as a "line". People walk in , walk past those attempting... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Initially i was going there just for a quick irish coffee, but ended up having lunch and coffee there. The staff is super friendly and efficient, the service is very quick as well. Great vibe to it, moat likely you will end up chatting to the people sitting next to you and having a great time! The food is brilliant,... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

On previous visits to SF, we always stopped by the BV for Irish Coffee. We never really though of eating there, mainly because it is always crowded. On this trip we haed to get off the street car in front of the restaurant right before opening and got in line for breakfast. We had the traditional Irish Coffees and standard... More 

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Anchorage AK
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73 reviews 73 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Fun stop before or after a visit to the Fisherman's Wharf. Excellent Irish coffee presentation by the bartender. Just feels like a piece of SF history.

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This place is fab , not modern or upmarket . Very traditional old fashioned cafe / bar with great food

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Parker, Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 via mobile

Shared, community tables. Seat yourself wherever you can find an open chair. Ordered drinks which came quickly, also ordered soup and toast. Soup showed up and toast took forever. Never saw our server after she delivered the soup and told us " I only have two hands - the rest of your order will be out later." We sat at... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I come to the Buena Vista every time I come to The City. Unless a truck parks in front of the window, sit your but at the bar, order an Irish coffee, spin around and just soak it all in! Hopefully you can watch the fog roll in. This is best place in The City after a day of being... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Had a lovely Friday night drink with the locals at Buena Vista Cafe. The Irish Coffees are a must to try. In fact, I had two!

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Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

ZERO SERVICE period. This place replies on tourists, not repeated customers. With that said, we were here on a Sunday afternoon. Probably a bad choice on our part as it's "tea time" . This place was packed. We waited over 15 mins for a table (hate it... we had no choice but to "hover" some table waiting for the people... More 

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58 reviews 58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

this time there were 10 of us so you just seat wherever. We met some really cool people w really cool stories. Servers are fun and joke around w everyone while yelling out their drink orders. Don't come here for a quiet table with a view. Come with friends that like to have fun or ready to meet new ones... More 

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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>  > Russian Hill
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, Delicatessen, Hamburgers, Seafood, Café

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