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Buena Vista Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Fisherman’s Wharf
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2765 Hyde St, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94109-1222
+1 415-474-5044
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 2:00 am
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Orlando, FL
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's a typical breakfast place with good food, good character, and a great location near Fisherman's Wharf and right by where we met up with our city tour guide.

Thank emory2001
Almeria, Spain
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111 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a famous location and there must be a zillion reviews, which are probably accurate. It's very popular and therefore there are a lot of people, so don't try to rush in and out - you'll need to get installed and wait for a good place to sit/eat/drink and then take some time to enjoy the whole scene and... More 

Medford, New Jersey
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62 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

You must order the Irish coffee and read the history! That is a prerequisite for a good experience. Here's the secret: when you walk in, you may encounter hoards of people at the bar and tables. Do what we did, go to the far right of the bar and hidden around the corner is...a quiet dining area!! Order the burger... More 

Thank Carl V
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food is average but the Irish coffee is a must. Doesn't matter where you are from or what your normal drink at a bar is. Everyone comes to have an Irish coffee. Fun to watch them make it. Not too much whiskey, not too much coffee, not too much cream. Great mix, nice and warm. Can have multiple of these...delicious!

Thank Megan N
Santa Cruz, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good food, friendly service and world famous Irish coffee. We had breakfast there on a rainy Sunday morning, watching joggers on the Marina green and cable cars turning around for their return trips to downtown. The place was packed with locals and out-of-towners, just chillin' and enjoying.

Thank mdemartini4343
Cleveland, Ohio
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped only for a warm refreshment and they make the best Irish Coffees! It was very busy, with locals and tourists, but worth finding a spot at the bar.

Thank Karen P
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191 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the best Irish whiskey that I have had. The cream was so good with the Irish whiskey. We asked to join two people at their table as there was no room. They were locals. The service was good.

Thank diningprincess
Prairie Village, Kansas
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I can't come to San Francisco without eating here and getting my Irish coffee. Yes its crowded, yes you have to share tables, yes the drinks are overpriced, but come on, it's San Francisco. Where can you get the best Irish coffee, see a beautiful view of the bay, and soak up the atmosphere. The BV breakfast is a good... More 

Thank Mary B
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted to try their famous Irish coffee, and we did. We were not impressed by their service and I personally did not enjoy the flavor. Pretty crowded but to be fair we went there the first of January.

Thank Ileana G
San Francisco
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1,100 reviews
517 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 278 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Horrible service. Waiters were angry and food took ages to come. I dined in a group of five. We sat in the back room. The server completely ignored us. When lunch finally arrived it was cold. This restaurant is known for the Irish Coffees, and other fancy liqueur coffees. My friends seemed to enjoy the coffees. I had a great... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Irish, Bar, Cafe, Pub, Delicatessen
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, 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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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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