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“Stylish and Great Irish Coffee”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Buena Vista Cafe

Buena Vista Cafe
Ranked #50 of 5,645 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Irish, Bar, Cafe, Pub, Delicatessen
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
Earls Colne, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Stylish and Great Irish Coffee”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

This is a relaxed but stylish cafe/bar with great food, good service and in a great location. We visited twice during our visit to San Francisco.
We loved the traditional bar and waiters and watching them prepare the irish coffees is a joy!
Well worth a visit when you are in the Fishermans Wharf area!

  • Visited November 2012
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Lively, Popular, Irish Coffee”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

No dislikes. We actually got a table! I was just too tired to enjoy it by the time we got there... Irish Coffee was good, I'm just not much of a whisky drinker.

Visited January 2013
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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115 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Original Irish Coffee”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

I went to the Buena Vista Cafe due to a recommendation from my father. I went to San Francisco with my parents and we had to stop by for a drink. It was a cold afternoon in the city and the Irish Coffee was the perfect remedy.

The atmosphere is perfect; old school and nostalgic. We only had dessert and it was okay, but the cocktail was perfection.

  • Visited June 2012
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Indianapolis
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A must go!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

I've been here many times over the past 25 years and it never disappoints. I came her with my girlfriend who has never been. It is usually crowded; however we came after the breakfast crowd and got a table right away. If you haven't been, you will be advised to sit anywhere you like, sharing a table with others may seem daunting but it is a great way to meet people and share stories of where you live and what you have done.
The Irish Coffee's is their staple but their food is great and the bloody mary's are fantastic as well. Their bar keepers are usually gruff and sometimes seem put out to wait on you but our server, Diane was wonderful. Actually, after all the years I have gone here, she was the best. A great view of the waterfront and great food makes this place a great way to start the day!

Visited January 2013
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Thank Jimmy R
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Richvale, California
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Breakfast”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

this was a fun place full of history. you sit at any table where there is an available chair. great food and fun atmosphere. you get to meet people from all over the world.

Visited December 2012
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