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“A Must Stop for Irish Coffee” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Buena Vista Cafe

Buena Vista Cafe
2765 Hyde Street (at the Beach), Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94109-1222
(415)-474-5044
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Ranked #163 of 4,919 restaurants in San Francisco
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen, Hamburgers, Seafood, Café
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
Hays, Kansas
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“A Must Stop for Irish Coffee”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

You can not visit Fisherman's Warf without taking a bit of time to taste the Irish Coffee at Buena Vista. This place sits on the corner and is easy to find by the line of people walking into the building! The café is rather small. No reservations. No hostess. You simply walk in and try to find a place to sit. We were there on a Sunday and the place was packed. Hardly a place to stand, and we waited 15 min for someone to leave so we could sit. The Irish Coffee is one of a kind for sure!! The staff is very friendly and amazingly calm with so many people to serve. We decided to eat lunch there but were not impressed with the food at all. Many better places to eat on the wharf. The atmosphere is unique, and the time spent with the Irish Coffee is well worth the wait. Plan on 30 min out of your vacation to visit the Buena Vista Café.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Texas
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“Irish Coffee!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Great, fun gathering place - well known & recommended by native San Franciscans. We stopped in for an evening coffee. The service, beverages and atmosphere were all top notch! Worth a visit!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston
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“A must see for Irish coffee”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

No matter if you've been to San Francisco once or many times, you have to experience the best Irish coffee ever. Try and sit at the bar to see how precisely it's made and then have a sip of bliss. Service is fantastic and quick, the staff are fun and knowledgeable and the atmosphere is charming. A must see!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Go Here For The Best Irish Coffee Ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Do not miss stopping by here for an Irish coffee. It's the best coffee you'll ever have. Its a must do when you visit San Francisco. We stop by here a few times ever time we visit San Francisco.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Modesto
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“Good Food, Good Drink”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

I highly recommend Buena Vista! It's usually very crowded, and it's not a very large restaurant, but believe me, the drinks (we only ordered Irish Coffees) were fantastic. They even have virgin Irish Coffee, for those who don't imbibe. The service was very good, considering how busy it was, and so is the food! I can't think of any negative, other than the fact that it seems to always be very busy, and a tad loud. That's a good thing, though, as you know it's worth it.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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