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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
09:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 02:00
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My wife and I happened to pop into Buena Vista as it looked appealing when we were walking past. We had never heard of it and were unaware of its association with Irish coffee. When the barman asked what we wanted my wife asked if they had a drinks menu. His response to this was to abruptly say that "People... More 

Thank Gareth H
Marlton, New Jersey
1 review
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food for breakfast. The frittata with fruit bowl was fresh, tasty and filling. Wife's crepes were also excellent. Good pricing for the Wharf.

Thank sjridge59
Sacramento, California
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584 reviews
480 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

That's right! The Irish Coffee we know and love in the U.S. was invented right here in November 1952! They pour hundreds a day, so it is a kick to go in and watch them make them, sometimes 12 at a time! The bartenders are experts and probably could do it in their sleep! They also serve food, and breakfast... More 

Thank george p
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're looking for a memorable experience and tasty drinks, this is your place! Not only are the Irish Coffees scrumptious, they are crafted with expertise. Sit at the bar if you can, and you'll enjoy a view of the talented bartenders as well as a view of fabulous San Fran. Do not miss this opportunity!

Thank Ann B
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323 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Although we did not have the famous Irish coffee as neither of us enjoy this, it was still worth the visit! We had great wine, service was good, lovely view and so was the food! What more can you ask for!! My husband had the salad nicoise and I had the clam chowder which could've had less potatoes! His salad... More 

Thank Joy M
Toronto, Canada
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1,644 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 970 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is the self-proclaimed home of the Irish Coffee - caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee spiked with Irish Bailey’s Cream Whiskey. While I didn’t try it (I don't drink coffee) the large group I was with ordered several rounds and thoroughly enjoyed it. The service was exceptionally fast and there are plenty of other beverage options including many local beers on... More 

Thank John B
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29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I go here every time I'm in SF. The bartender really made the visit special. He joked "You can tour San Fran right from your bar stool. You've got a view of the Golden Gate, The Bay, Alcatraz and Treasure Island!" Of course the Irish Coffees are great. For a change try the Nutty Irishman. A little sweeter.

Thank Rob T
Monterey, California
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209 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Said it before the BEST Breakfast in San Francisco bar none, you will probably share your table with other customers, part of the fun! Say hello to long time bartender Larry tell him Coach Noble from Monterey said hello. This place is a Noble family tradition, you can also get the Irish Coffee to GO! Yes you can!!!!!! visit the... More 

Thank DaCoach61
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87 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ended a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf with a quick drink at Buena Vista. The staff weren't the most welcoming and rushed us to make a drink choice almost immediately. My wife had visited before and said it was quite different, so perhaps our server was just having a bad day! From the first step in there, you can't escape... More 

Thank TheForrestGump
Akron, Ohio
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178 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A friend recommended we must stop in the Buena Vista for a Irish coffee. It was well worth it - breakfast was great & Irish coffee Fantastic! Close a lot of sights! Great place!

Thank Tim B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Irish, Bar, Cafe, Delicatessen, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Phone Number: +1 415-474-5044

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Fisherman’s Wharf
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