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Buena Vista Cafe

Map & Directions 2765 Hyde
San Francisco, CA 94109
  • American, Breakfast, Irish
  • Sun, Sat 8am-2am, Mon-Fri 9am-2am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Not Accepted
  • Street


SF Weekly's Description

The Buena Vista Cafe claims to have introduced the Irish coffee to America in 1952 - and its signature drink is certainly a tasty mix of whiskey, cream, and caffeinated brew - but perhaps this venerable bar and restaurant's greatest asset is its longevity. Generations have come and gone, yet even after 95 years of continuous service, the Buena Vists sits mostly unchanged at the end of the Hyde Street cable car run. Its casually classy environs, complete with lots of old, dark wood and white-collar bartenders, exude nostalgia like a warm hearthstone. The food menu offers breakfast all day and sticks to traditional American comfort grub: burgers, sandwiches, steaks, etc. Expect some price inflation due to the touristy locale (Fisherman's Wharf), but hey, a little history is usually worth it.

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  • Alex M. on 07/11/09

    get an Irish coffee

  • Cynthia H. on 03/20/10

    You haven't had a real Irish coffee until you have one at Buena Vista

  • Pangfua H. on 05/31/10

    The best Irish coffee I've ever had. Its a must if you come here.

  • Mike D. on 11/09/09

    THe best Irish Coffees (they supposedly invented them), and awesome breakfasts. Great view of the bay and always fun meeting new people.

  • Marcus M. on 02/21/10

    They go through on average 1,000 irish coffees in one day! Try one!

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