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“The name says it all, it has a great view” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Buena Vista

Buena Vista
2765 Hyde Street at Beach Street, San Francisco, CA (Russian Hill)
415 474 5044
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Ranked #3 of 283 Nightlife in San Francisco
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars
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Owner description: Take in a view of the Bay at this popular Fisherman's Wharf watering hole.
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“The name says it all, it has a great view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

As the name implies, the view of the San Francisco bay cannot be beaten. The Irish Coffees are pretty good too. The bartenders are great and can definitely chat you up if you'd like.

Visited June 2013
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“worth it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

The duck tour driver had said that this place sells more Irish coffee than most places in Ireland. You can get an Irish coffee elsewhere for half the price, but it isn't the same. The best Irish coffee we had ever had, served by bartenders in white jackets in a classy historic tavern/

Visited January 2014
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“The best irish coffee in the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Hands down the best irish coffees in the world and good food. A great view of Alcatraz and the cable cars

Visited December 2013
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“World Famous Buena Vista Cafe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

World famous for their Irish Coffee. Everytime we go to San Francisco, we always go to the Buena Vista for a cup of Irish Coffee. This time we sat at the other end of the bar, instead of on the corner of Hyde & Bush. Much to my amzement after all these years & countless vists, I saw a bartender mixing 10 Irish Coffees all at one time. It was a amazing sight & skill. I was told the bartender goes for 6 months to a special class just to learn how to make all these Irish coffees the same, with speed & accuracy too. the Buena Vista Cafe also services good food. But no matter if you just have a drink and/or food. If you go next store to the Buena Vista Store on Bush St. & show your receipt you will get a nice souvernior.

Visited January 2014
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“Glad we tried Buena Vista”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

I wanted to try BV since we started to plan our San Francisco visit, so many places to eat with few meals to fit it into! We found a round table near the door, a little drafty but OK since it was the last available in the restaurant for a larger group. The bar seemed popular, however it wasn't overly crowed when we were there. The drinks were great, Baileys Irish Coffee and their famous Irish Coffee was enjoyed, a spectacle to see them made at the bar. The meals were very generous, the meat loaf was very nice, and my wife had a roast chicken also nice. The waitress must have had a long day, she was not that attentive or friendly, I understand that can happen so we didn't let it bother us. We left very satisfied and tipped well according to our meal and drinks.

Visited November 2013
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