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“Popped in for a quick bite.”
Review of Buena Vista Cafe

Buena Vista Cafe
Ranked #50 of 5,741 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night
Neighborhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
Stevenage, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Popped in for a quick bite.”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

First day in California and the cable car conveniently stopped outside the door.

We chose our our table and ordered from the menu. Free water was provided then our drinks arrived. The chicken and ham club sandwich and fries was delicious as was the one the boy had with bacon. We both loved our food as well as the atmosphere. Great introduction to San Francisco. Our waitress was a delight.

Only downside for me was that I thought the male restroom was a bit grubby and could do with a makeover.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Marcus B
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Madison, Wisconsin
Level 6 Contributor
64 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Never will go there again!”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

We were told that this place was good for dinner from some locals at a shop. We knew nothing about Buena Vista before going there or even that they were famous for Irish Coffee. So...when we got there it was busy so we tried to talk to a waitress about getting a table. (Obviously, we did not know of the "everyone is on their own" policy.) Well...the waitresses did not give us the time of day to even tell us the procedures. In fact they told us to move out of the way. In the meantime, my friend was trying to ask the bartender how we could get a table for 4. All of a sudden there were 4 irish coffees in front of him and the bartender saying, "That will be $42.50". WHAT??? How did wanting a table for 4 get translated into 4 Irish Coffees? They were the most RUDE people we have ever seen. Will NEVER go back or recommend it. Went to a very nice seafood place down the street.

  • Visited August 2013
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Mesa, Arizona
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Give me another!!”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Buena Vista makes Bueno Irish Coffee! Yum! The atmosphere is great and the Irish Coffee was the best! We loved visiting this lively cafe near Fisherman's Wharf! We were seated immediately at the bar and the bartender was lots of fun! He was very informative and shared his mixing secrets with us! Tullamore Dew will make you smile too! Give me another!!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank James L
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“The American home of Irish coffee”
Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

They told me they sell about 1500 a day (at $8). This is where it started in the states. They now use Tullamore Dew. Nice.

  • Visited August 2013
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Another Irish Coffee please!”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Who would think that a cafe with a Spanish name makes the best Irish coffee in town? This place became my last stop every night on my way back to the Argonaut Hotel - which by the way is fabulous - the atmosphere is great - there is a real buzz and they serve great food too - I always recommend this place to all my friends

Visited October 2012
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