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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
9:00 am - 2:00 am
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 2:00 am
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Valdosta, Georgia
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was the place that first sold Irish Coffee in the USA. This is a great bar and really the best Irish Coffee I have ever had. Busy, great drinks, and fun. They have a very nice gift shop next door that they own that has some cool stuff and the cashier is very helpful and friendly.

Thank Dan31602
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a pit stop after hours of walking. I'm always a fan of Irish Pubs so I felt comfortable with the atmosphere and the staff was nice. Knew the Irish coffee would be pricey but was on vacation so what the heck. Had two, a bowl of clam chowder and some sourdough bread. I enjoyed my visit and walked... More 

Thank Cathy C
Skovde, Sweden
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81 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place, close to the Cable Car tournaround, is one of my favorite places in San Fransisco. The Irish Coffee they server at this place is the best ever. Even for me, that don't drink coffee, it is an experience worth while.

Thank hakbr
Witham, United Kingdom
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447 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went several evenings for the Irish coffee as hotel was just round the corner. Very friendly with great atmosphere

Thank Graham P
Alexandria, Virginia
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265 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

So we went for the Irish Coffee. The place was packed; you seat yourself. The secret: there is a small back room at the northern (?) end of the restaurant. You walk up 2 or 3 stairs and it's almost completely hidden from view. But we found it and were able to grab a table right away. Our waitress brought... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped here for lunch and realized best to probably stop by for their Irish coffee. Food was decent but seems like the place is know for locals stopping by for signature drinks before heading out. Read the menu for how their Irish coffee came about. Wait staff are very friendly and location is perfect for quick warm drink before setting... More 

Thank gjh911
Saint Louis, Missouri
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an old time establishment located at the end of the Powell - Hyde cable car line across from Fisherman's Wharf. Wonderful Irish Coffee - a must have even though it's a bit pricey!

Thank Debra1love
Solihull, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here at 6pm on a Wednesday evening with our 7 year old son, the cafe was full of life. The whole place felt friendly. We found an unoccupied table but knew from reading previous TripAdvisor reviews that it's accepted that patrons will share tables. The decor is traditional, it's clean and cosy. Our Waiter was a chap called... More 

Thank Lettie999
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very cool small café near the Trolley cars and Fisherman's Wharf Renowned Irish Coffee, delicious and entertaining

Thank Robert F
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped in here after arriving on a late flight and enjoyed a great dinner. The crab salad on sour dough really hit the spot. Will have to go again to try an Irish Coffee. Really cool atmosphere and terrific service.

Thank Ben T

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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
Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine
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: (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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