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“Great 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 (Russian Hill)
(415)-474-5044
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Ranked #176 of 4,923 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
Neighborhood: Russian Hill
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great Irish Coffee”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

The bartenders are fun to watch and very attentive. I thoroughly enjoyed my Irish coffee and the atmosphere. The place was packed and the crowd had high energy, friendly and fun.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hyannis, Massachusetts
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50 reviews 50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Irish coffee galore!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Wow, if there was one place to have an irish coffee, and I mean one place, this is it! The bartender who we spoke to has been there for 20 years and is an expert at the irish coffee! They are delicious and a good value. We didn't eat here, and not sure we would... but the coffees are a must if you are at Fisherman's Wharf.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Arvada, Colorado
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91 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Bustling Buena Vista”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

I stop by the Buena Vista on every visit to San Francisco and it does not disappoint! I always order the iconic Irish Coffee and it is the best I have ever had. I have not eaten a meal at this restaurant, but I go for the atmosphere. Tables are shared, which encourages conversation with other patrons, often other visitors.

It is located between Fisherman's Wharf and Ghirardelli Square.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Barbara, California
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30 restaurant reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“A Must Visit When In San Francisco”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

We stop in here on every visit to San Francisco. We just love it. Right at the end of the Hyde Cable Car route and right on the bay. A window to the world. The Irish Coffee is a must and for us the eggs benedict are also a must early in the morning. The staff is always happy and helpful. Yes it is crowded and often standing room only in the evening (but that is what makes it fun!) but we really love the morning. Don't miss this San Francisco tradition.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London
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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“A great find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

We were trying to get to another popular restaurant which was closed when we found Buena Vista. It was so busy, but we quickly found a table and enjoyed a marvellous lunch. Great atmosphere, history and food.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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