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Buena Vista Cafe

2765 Hyde St, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94109-1222
+1 415-474-5044
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“sugar cubes” (23 reviews)
“sourdough toast” (47 reviews)
“crab cakes” (26 reviews)
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9:00 AM - 2:00 AM Hours
American, Irish, Bar, Cafe, Pub, Deli, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2765 Hyde St, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94109-1222
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Reviewed today via mobile

We frequented Burma Vista when we lived in the Bay Area 40 years ago and we wanted to take the cable car back down memory lane - we were not disappointed! We came only for the Irish coffee and it was superb! We sat at...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank davidlF6226VO
Reviewed 2 days ago

Born and raised in San Francisco and now living the majority of time in Kauai. Every time we return to our Bay Area home, we take the Powell line cable car to the Buena Vista. The Irish coffee is amazing. Great, (but crowded) atmosphere. An...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank John M
Reviewed 2 days ago

We rode the cable car to Aquatic Park and had lunch at the Buena Vista Cafe . Their Irish coffee's are the Best . Patty Melt & fries were delicious 😋 . Don't miss this place when in San Francisco . A landmark not to...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank beach055
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have literally been coming here my whole life. It’s just such a wonderful place. It’s a union restaurant so much of the staff has worked here forever too. Known for their amazing Irish coffees, it can be crowded. Those coffee’s by the way are...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank SFIrish69
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Buena Vista is a great bar! Had the traditionally made Irish Coffee and was great! I love the way they do it in front of you. The bartenders were fun to talk to. Only reason for 4 stars was there was no place to...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank eebi20
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No waiting to get a table. I had the fish and chips, my husband had the steak. Cooked to perfection. Great service. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank I5050TLsarahj
Reviewed 1 week ago

Let me begin by saying this is my FIRST bad review of ANYPLACE we have traveled (and we have traveled the world)! We ordered two Irish coffees from a white-haired bartender who must have been having a bad day as he proceeded to spout off...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Sharon O
Reviewed 1 week ago

During our short stay in San Francisco, got some time to stroll the streets in Ghirardelli Square, parked the car and went straight to this timeless bar for our favourite Irish coffee and small titbits. Service is forever efficient, just like the good old days,...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Ana L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Buena Vista cafe is da bomb! Old school and love it. The atmosphere is welcoming and the service, drinks and food are excellent. Although in a high traffic tourist area, it still has the neighborhood charm feel. The best Irish Coffee hands down. We...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank izsmom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great Irish coffees, made to order with old-style flair and loads of entertainment-from the bartenders as well as other guests. A must when you are in the area!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank AB835
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
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Questions & Answers
June 8, 2018|
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Response from Bill V | Reviewed this property |
It's always crowded, that's why it a famous place to go. Tables turn over pretty fast though. Not the best place for kids, but there's no reason why you can't take them with you.
Patricia F
September 24, 2015|
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Response from kathy m | Reviewed this property |
Yes...but small crowded place and most seating is bar area I wouldn't bring multiple toddler sized/ strollers high chair sized kids on a weekend
James P
April 11, 2015|
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Response from BobbieSue K | Reviewed this property |
It is a first come first serve style..
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
9:00 AM - 2:00 AM
9:00 AM - 2:00 AM
9:00 AM - 2:00 AM
9:00 AM - 2:00 AM
9:00 AM - 2:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2765 Hyde St, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94109-1222
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Neighborhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Phone Number: +1 415-474-5044
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