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Vesuvio Cafe

255 Columbus Ave, North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133-4508
+1 415-362-3370
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Celebrate the Good Life

This charming, polished wood, nostalgic bar celebrates beatniks, counter-culture and the good life... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
DonnaandCraig
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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
After dinner drink.

It has been a while since I was here. A traditional north beach watering hole Good drinks, good... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
FredN47
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Walnut Creek, California
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This pretty North Beach bar is just as trendy as it was fifty years ago.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good30%
  • Average4%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“jack kerouac” (23 reviews)
“city lights” (19 reviews)
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255 Columbus Ave, North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133-4508
Chinatown
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+1 415-362-3370
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This charming, polished wood, nostalgic bar celebrates beatniks, counter-culture and the good life in San Francisco. It's great place to hang with friends and people watch in the center of downtown.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It has been a while since I was here. A traditional north beach watering hole Good drinks, good service. If you want a feel of the beatnik era try it out.

Thank FredN47
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Met here with friends and had nice cocktails and conversation before going out to dinner. Locals seem to enjoy this hippie era watering hole. Brought back lots of memories with all the wall art. Drinks were great and service was excellent. A must see, drink...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were doing a little bar hoping and our friend from San Francisco suggested we stop in here. It's a cool place with a throw back from an earlier error. We got our drinks at the bar and went upstairs. The upstairs had very old...More

Thank Cakefoodlover
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Reviewed May 17, 2018 via mobile

What can I say, a great bar, cool vibe and fab cocktails and drinks. Fun, friendly and full of history. A great hangout for a drink.

Thank Hayley H
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Reviewed May 5, 2018

Another great local watering hole in North Beach. The room was cool and eclectic. The beer was tasty and the staff was fine. Noting bad to say about the place but no "WOW" factor to give it a 5 star rating.

Thank Silverwoods
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Reviewed March 29, 2018

I was visiting City Lights with my dad and we thought we'd check out Vesuvio, as it's right next to the bookshop and has an interesting history. When I was alone at the table, the waitress came up to me and demanded to know where...More

Thank girlinatower
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Janet C, General Manager at Vesuvio Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 31, 2018

Hello, I want to apologize if you felt you were treated in a disrespectful manner by one of our waitstaff. The laws are very strict in California regarding ID and underage people in bars. Serving an underage person can cost the business it's license and...More

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Reviewed March 24, 2018 via mobile

The intriguing decor can keep you there for hours, admiring and delighting in its creativity and humor. Drinks are as they should be and bar staff friendly and efficient. Stopped mid-afternoon for an Irish Coffee which completely hit the spot. A great place to visit...More

Thank Linda M
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Reviewed March 20, 2018 via mobile

I visited Vesuvio on my 17-3-18 ... And had the most unpleasant experience! The bar the decor & atmosphere is all good but the barmaids attitude is as ugly as they look . I usually pay cash in the U.S. so when it comes to...More

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Reviewed February 9, 2018

A bar for everyone it is not. Vesuvio is a bit dingy and cluttered, pretty much a dive. But despite it being so well-known it is not a pretentious place at all. We were there on a weekday afternoon - not crowded at all. So,...More

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