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Buena Vista Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
Fisherman’s Wharf
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2765 Hyde Street, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Buena Vista Café has some history and services the best Irish Coffee outside of Ireland. Lots of character and ideal location looking at passing trams and the bay.

Thank Gizella H
Huntington Beach, California
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had no idea that we stumbled into the home of the Irish Coffee. We managed to snag a window seat and as I was ordering coffee, I happened to notice all the Irish Coffees around me. I quickly changed my order and the waitress smiled and told me " Good call ". When you read the menu, you will... More 

Thank ddonati
Frisco, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Few things in the world are better than enjoying the cool breeze of San Fransisco with a couple of Irish Coffees from BV, then walking to Ghirardelli Park to relax in the sun.

Thank Texan1963
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Coming from Union Square on a cable car was a perfect way to start the evening. Arriving at our destination all I could think about was how others had told me about their experience and once we were there I was not disappointed. The coffee was even better than described just the perfect amount of Irish Whiskey and sweetness with... More 

Thank J4813WBwilliamp
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Irish Coffee is absolutely amazing! Worth a stop just for that. Our food was great too, but the service was painfully slow. There wasn't room at the main bar, so we sat at the smaller food bar. The main bar looked better and faster. Try the Club Sandwich...very good.

Thank TravelRocks55
middleton, wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in for the Irish Coffee and had a meal as well. Very crowded but we found a table and sat for hours drinking Irish coffees and beers. Definitely worth a stop.

Thank msj65
Leeds, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Based on other reviews of this cafe, we had been looking forward to trying it out on our visit to SF. We went for dinner on a night when the place was not busy, but reasonably full. We found a table easily enough. Decor is plain and basic and the room is dominated by the bar which gives the place... More 

Thank wf1968
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love Buena Vista, except for the fact that I drink too much here. The food is pretty much what one would expect from a diner. The thing that makes it amazing are the Irish Coffees and other drinks - it is a great bar!

Thank CaWineGuy
Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had an awesome breakfast before our tour. Sourdough toast is a must. Would recommend to anyone and the best thing is that it did not break the bank.

Thank Ben C
Battle Creek, MI
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate dinner here. As we entered with our party of 6, I asked if we seat ourselves (saw no sign directing us). We were quickly told to find a spot. Diners share tables. I said we had 6. I was told to look in the back. There were no tables for 6 right away. A second person told me... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Irish, Bar, Cafe, Pub, Delicatessen
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
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 Street, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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