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Buena Vista

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Fisherman’s Wharf
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Address: 2765 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109-1222
Phone Number: 415 474 5044
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 2:00 am
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Take in a view of the Bay at this popular Fisherman's Wharf watering hole.

Take in a view of the Bay at this popular Fisherman's Wharf watering hole.

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Went there after some people from our tour group told us about the Irish Coffee and how this place invented it. Didn't make it before our trip started, but luckily we had some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Michael H
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went there after some people from our tour group told us about the Irish Coffee and how this place invented it. Didn't make it before our trip started, but luckily we had some time after our tour ended and went there. Bartender looked like he has been there forever, and made us a couple. They were fantastic, although we are... More 

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Thank Michael H
Waterford, Connecticut
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Pretty darn close to the Irish coffee served at Shannon airport! It must be the water that makes the difference. Had to have two!

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Texas
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Love, Love, Love this place! Visit here every time we visit San Francisco, for the Irish Coffee, and the entertainment watching them being made!

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Thank Debbie F
Los Angeles, California
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

A must visit. Especially on a foggycold night. The original irish coffee which is prepared in a mesmerizing dance will warm your soul. The whipped cream is everything.

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Thank 129averyc
Cumming, Georgia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

I cannot imagine a trip to San Francisco without an Irish Coffee from Buena Vista. Goes just as well with breakfast as any other time of the day. AND you can get a coffee to go. Once we found this out, a stop by Buena Vista was scheduled in the route for each day. I also had a Nutty Irish... More 

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Thank Angie H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

I visited this place during a late night walk whilst the wife was settling the kids in the Argonaut. I am still yet after so many late nights around the world still trying to find a better Irish Coffee than the one I had here.

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Thank Marc B
Allen, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

The first place to serve Irish coffee in America. Early for such a drink, but went well with the excellent breakfast served here. There are tables and a bar. You seat yourself and if it's full you are welcomed to share a table with someone already seated. Fun, charming, excellent food, and fast service! I highly recommend eating here on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

This former boarding house turned saloon has been in existence since 1916. On a recent visit to this packed cafe, we were lucky to grab 3 seats at the bar for an up close view of the bartenders making this iconic Irish Coffee. With up to 20 glasses lined up, we watched as this 40 + year employee rapidly first... More 

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Thank Lauren M
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

This was our favorite restaurant in San Francisco. We ended up visiting them 3 times during our stay. The Irish coffee is phenomenal! The crab cakes and fish & chips were so delicious!!

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Thank Kelly F
New Iberia, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

Can't go to San Fran without a stop at Buena Vista; the most delicious irish coffee, especially on a cold, dreary day. Neighborhood type atmosphere & noisey😜

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Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there's something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone's sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighborhood a true San Francisco treat.
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