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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
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 2:00 am
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Tokyo, Japan
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Yes. Go here. Sit at the bar. Have a couple of irish coffees - they got a kick to them. Enjoy the bartenders in their waist coats and watch the people board the trolly. Great little pub.

Thank Anthony T
Columbia, Missouri
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great experience as always. Great food and wonderful Irish coffee. Our server, Ryan was very friendly and helpful with lots of tourist recommendations. This historic bar never disappoints, a must stop for anyone on a visit to San Francisco.

Thank EJR613
Vista, California
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119 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very pleasant venue and helpful service staff. Great comfort food with good service even when place is jammed. Nice views of Hyde Street cable car turntable.

Thank tijuanade
Centennial, Colorado
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501 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We came here based on the Irish Coffee. The food was quite good too. It's share a table kind of place, which we found to be just fine. It's fast service and move along pace.

Thank webtravelreview
Longmont, Colorado
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was a great surprise. It was hard to miss the place if you wandered around Fisherman's Wharf at night, as it seemed constantly busy. They serve breakfast all day, so we decided to give it a try since that could satisfy my kids' picky tastes. The crab cobb salad was fantastic, with crab, avocado, bacon pieces and crumbled blue... More 

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Athens, Greece
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good food, bier, atmosphere, good position, quick service, not so much expensive, for all day,you find many things to eat

Thank mariettadriva
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here because tour operator recommended as did reviews on Trip Advisor. The place lacks atmosphere and you will be lucky if you can see a smile on any of the servers ! They are not rude, just not friendly. The food was very very average. Ordered sea food cocktail and grilled chicken breast dinner. Cannot recommend either. Ordered salad... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm a big fan of this drink and so far I been able to try different ones in different countries. Except for Ireland, but some day... Any ways so far the coffee at Buena Vista is the best. Entering the place you are welcoming for a nice staff and a very cozy atmosphere, service is great mind you some times... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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96 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Service was great and only a small wait for breakfast. This is one of the home of the original Irish Coffee just not for me at 7:00 in the morning. No one goes hungry but the lines can be long to take your table. The gift shop is fun to see although we did not make a purchase. This is... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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147 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must when in the city. The best Irish coffee you will ever have. The bar tenders David, and Joseph were extremely friendly and personable, and took good care of us, especially David. We enjoyed his outgoing personality. It's impossible to have just one Irish coffee. We will alway's stop by for coffee when in the City.

Thank NcogNito1

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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
Local cuisine, Bar scene, Families with children, 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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