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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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Miami Beach, Florida
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There was no plan to visit this place, but when I got to the last station of the cable car, TripAdvisor recommended me to have breakfast at here. So I got into the place and ordered three menus-crab omelet, cheese omelet, and French toast. All menus were great, and I love "crab toast" specially. the menus were a little bit... More 

Thank chloe_lovely02
Pleasanton, California
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56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Famous for introducing the Irish Coffee to the US, and deservedly so- this is one touristy restaurant you will actually find more locals at. Right off the Powell-Hyde terminus, this icon of San Francisco serves up the greatest breakfasts you will ever meet. The seating is confusingly "family style" which means you are in charge of finding your own seat... More 

Thank Jennifer Y
Naples, Florida
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This quaint cafe in this historic San Francisco hotel, is located at the last cable car stop at Hyde Street. It is a great opportunity to people watch and enjoy their famous Irish Coffee as rated #1 by the experts and myself. It is also a great place to read about the history of the city; An experience you shouldn't... More 

Thank Dianne S
Costa Mesa, California
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67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow - place was crazy busy but we were seated right away - had to share a table but it worked out - Irish coffee was fantastic - a friend tried the baileys Irish coffee- breakfast was filling and delicious - next time I'm in town I would go again!

Thank Lizrol
Orlando, FL
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's a typical breakfast place with good food, good character, and a great location near Fisherman's Wharf and right by where we met up with our city tour guide.

Thank emory2001
Almeria, Spain
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111 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a famous location and there must be a zillion reviews, which are probably accurate. It's very popular and therefore there are a lot of people, so don't try to rush in and out - you'll need to get installed and wait for a good place to sit/eat/drink and then take some time to enjoy the whole scene and... More 

Medford, New Jersey
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62 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You must order the Irish coffee and read the history! That is a prerequisite for a good experience. Here's the secret: when you walk in, you may encounter hoards of people at the bar and tables. Do what we did, go to the far right of the bar and hidden around the corner is...a quiet dining area!! Order the burger... More 

Thank Carl V
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food is average but the Irish coffee is a must. Doesn't matter where you are from or what your normal drink at a bar is. Everyone comes to have an Irish coffee. Fun to watch them make it. Not too much whiskey, not too much coffee, not too much cream. Great mix, nice and warm. Can have multiple of these...delicious!

Thank Megan N
Santa Cruz, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good food, friendly service and world famous Irish coffee. We had breakfast there on a rainy Sunday morning, watching joggers on the Marina green and cable cars turning around for their return trips to downtown. The place was packed with locals and out-of-towners, just chillin' and enjoying.

Thank mdemartini4343
Cleveland, Ohio
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped only for a warm refreshment and they make the best Irish Coffees! It was very busy, with locals and tourists, but worth finding a spot at the bar.

Thank Karen P

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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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, 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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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 after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighbourhood a true San Francisco treat.
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