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“The birthplace of the Irish coffee!”
Review of Buena Vista Cafe

Buena Vista Cafe
Ranked #48 of 5,839 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast
Neighborhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
Reviewed November 20, 2013

We went here for one reason and one reason only. Irish coffee! I can't say it was the best I've had but what a great atmosphere! Watching the bartenders make 10 Irish coffees at a time was worth the cost alone! We happened to show up on the 61st anniversary of that fateful date. Mix coffee, whiskey, sugar and cream? Who would have thought? Buena Vista! Make this your final stop for the evening next time you are in San Fran.

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Reviewed November 19, 2013

Buena Vista was recommended to us for our San Francisco trip because of it's "best" Irish Coffee. The bartender (gray-haired and mustachio'd guy) was incredibly rude and unwelcoming when we ordered, like we were bothering him and he was doing us a favor just by waiting on us. We didn't bother staying. Fortunately, we found a local's Irish bar a block away (Fiddler's Green) that was warm and welcoming and served a great Irish coffee. If you're looking for snooty service with your Irish coffee, go to Buena Vista. If you're looking for nice people who happy to serve you, go to Fiddler's Green!

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Reviewed November 19, 2013

Did not really enjoy this. Tourist trap pumping our irish coffee (that wasn't even as nice as they like to believe). Had one drink then left, never to return.

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Reviewed November 18, 2013

Great Irish Coffee, we actually got a table and a really nice waitress. Irish Coffee was delicious and best I have ever tried. If you are a coffee lover try this place!

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Reviewed November 18, 2013

First, let's set the record straight. Irish coffee was NOT invented here. It may well have been made for the first time in America at this particular bar but...It seemed only right to order one as it's a favourite. Really not good. First, brown sugar should be used with Irish whiskey (not whisky), then very strong black coffee (not lukewarm weak filter) and then finally CREAM not the thin stuff that tasted like it had never seen a moo-cow before. This is where you use double cream so that it sits on the top of the coffee, looking exactly like Guiness which is what it was designed for. To be fair, the atmosphere is fun and noisy but not on the same level as your average Irish/British pub.

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