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Buena Vista Cafe

2765 Hyde St, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94109-1222
+1 415-474-5044
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“sugar cubes” (20 reviews)
“sourdough toast” (44 reviews)
“crab cakes” (25 reviews)
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American, Irish, Bar, Cafe, Pub, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2765 Hyde St, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94109-1222
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Even though I have reviewed this great Cafe before, it is worth mentioning again. Famous for inventing Irish Coffee (which you MUST have), it goes well with their famous Cheesecake with Berry Sauce, or warm Bread Pudding. You will not want to leave once you...More

Thank aander927
Reviewed 3 days ago

We were recommended to go as the food was reportedly excellent and we were not disappointed, well cooked and presented and plenty of it for a reasonable price. We didn't try the Irish Coffee as it was American style with frothy milk, but it was...More

Thank BagpussSurrey
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I visited the Buena Vista with my family for dinner. The menu was eclectic and everything we sampled was delicious. Our boys split a steak with mashed potatoes and veggies while my husband had jambalaya and I had spaghetti and meatballs. The salads were very...More

Thank Jennifer L
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was our second visit to Buena Vista Café, the first visit being in 2008. We had “Irish Whiskey” then and enjoyed the experience. The drinks and ambiance did not disappoint on our second visit. This is an iconic cafe along Fisherman’s Wharf northern end...More

1  Thank Marty B
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Buena Vista is a great piece of San Francisco history. According to their website, America's first Irish Coffee was made here in 1952. I ordered their classic famous Irish Coffee in the first place. It was delicious drink, strong, with the addition of high...More

1  Thank Acidov
Reviewed 6 days ago

Usually I avoid places mentioned in a travel guide. However, this I recommend. It is crouded, but for good reasons. The drinks and food is excellent, and even though they are so busy still staff is friendly. Try the famous Irish coffe and have a...More

Thank Markus L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got off the cable car and tripped over this place. I’d never tried Irish coffee but I did tonight. Most extraordinary! The food was great too, as was the service. The only reason they don’t get 5 stars is due to the price of...More

Thank James L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every trip to SF has a required visit to the Buena Vista Cafe for an Irish Coffee. Yes, it's a $10 cup of coffee. It's great and a tradition for us.

Thank glfgrlcc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place was a hoot. We stumbled upon this 1 by accident. We had heard that they had the best Irish coffee. We were not disappointed. We had 3 each & before we knew it and our day had started with a bang. Neat, old...More

1  Thank Mike K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Okay so this place was a treat! We had noooo idea what we were getting into when we walked in. Let’s start with the Irish coffee. It was truly a treat. Well crafted with homemade whipped cream topping, 3 sugar cubes and Tullamore Dew whiskey....More

Thank Jessica A
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
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Patricia F
24 September 2015|
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Response from kathy m | Reviewed this property |
Yes...but small crowded place and most seating is bar area I wouldn't bring multiple toddler sized/ strollers high chair sized kids on a weekend
James P
12 April 2015|
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Response from BobbieSue K | Reviewed this property |
It is a first come first serve style..
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, 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 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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