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Buena Vista Cafe

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$$ - $$$
Fisherman’s Wharf
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2765 Hyde St, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94109-1222
+1 415-474-5044
08:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 02:00
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Bendigo, Australia
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196 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just by chance we stumbled across this café, We arrived in San Francisco quite early on Sunday after a very early flight, and nothing was open couldn't find anywhere to get a coffee around our hotel. This place was buzzing . cheap , quick and easy breakfast food. Staff were entertaining. We didn't try and Irish coffee but later found... More 

Thank delishldish
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70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

While in SF for only 2 days, we ended up here to enjoy their famous coffee drinks on both days. Easy to find and almost always busy, you must stop by for an Irish coffee or any of the variations. Simply delicious and you can't have just one. Very friendly staff with bartenders that can make these fabulous drinks in... More 

Thank Jcskinaz
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Visitors the Buena Vista on the suggestion of a friendly local and a friend and was not disappointed in the Irish coffee. Liked them so much that on the next day when it was a little more chilly than expected went back for more!! Brianna was wonderful and very friendly and attentive! She made it look very easy when she... More 

Thank Tony J
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136 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped in for lunch and was seated quickly at a table by the window overlooking the busy street & ocean. All of our food was very good, kind of pub-style, and they serve breakfast all day. I had the crab quiche with salad and Irish coffees. My family had wings, a burger & a Rueben. It's casual and everything was... More 

Thank HappyCTmama
New York City, New York
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125 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here one morning during our stay in SF. We had the Joe's special for breakfast...it was out of this world. The prices are a little steep but if you want a good meal thats what your paying for. a recommend.

Thank Jaime O
Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there for the Irish Coffee and it lives up to the hype! Find a seat, any seat, even if it's at a table with another group...especially if it's with another group as people make friends fast here.

Thank claudian429
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625 reviews
402 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Oearly for restaurant we called in for a drink. Never heard of the place but obviously famous for Irish coffees which they were making buy the dozen. Must be some theatre to this as the bar tenders seemed a bit grumpy and slopped stuff all over as they made the coffee tossed spoons into bins. We jussed had normal drinks... More 

Thank emelian
Rome, Italy
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Second visit in this classic spot in Fisherman's Wharf. Dated decor but with a wonderful athmosphere and a great Irish coffee served by an awesome Lorenzo (that's what he said his name in Italian was!).

Thank Alwabra
New Jersey
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73 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Like everyone and their mother, we stopped in for the Irish coffee (and lunch). It's a seat yourself place and you might wind up at a table with other people. I didn't love that. It was crowded when we went around 1:30. We had to stalk people for a table, not much room to wait. The Irish coffee was fine.... More 

Thank exit130
San Diego, California
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in to the airport location at SFO. The Rueben sandwich was absolutely delicious and has to be the best one I can remember ever eating. Also loved the Irish coffee. It was quite strong (with whiskey, not caffeine) which was even better since I was getting ready to board a long flight. I would definitely stop here again when... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Irish, Bar, Cafe, Pub, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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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