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Buena Vista Cafe

Buena Vista Cafe

Bar, American Restaurant, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
San Francisco
377 Tips and reviews
  • Irish coffee
  • original irish
  • lively
  • authentic
  • crab
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  • Šimon P.
    Hey the cheese omelette. Its to die for.
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.1 week ago
    I guess you should probably just get the Irish coffee...
  • Darrelle M.
    What's good here? Irish coffee.
  • Simon T.
    Simon TanAugust 16
    Crab Benedict was okay - get the sourdough toast though, it's worth it!
  • Brooke B.
    Really cool atmosphere. Busy all the time! The best Irish coffee drinks!
  • Marti B.
    Irish coffee!
  • Hank M.
    Best baguette burger in town along with great bloody marys
  • Yann B.
    Yann B.May 7
    Overrated. The staff is NOT friendly or helpful.
  • Francis A.
    Irish coffee with bread pudin. Bit too hard on the alcohol, but great for real coffee lovers.
  • Daniel S.
    Brought the Irish Coffee out west, they have the perfect recipe. Big tip? Just order the traditional Irish Coffee (or three). This place is ALWAYS packed, so sneak in at the bar and watch the show!
  • Patricia L.
    Patricia LeeMarch 18
    Irish coffee 👍
  • Daria B.
    The cult place with the best Irish coffee in San-Francisco and fresh crabs 🦀! Nice and authentic
  • Prerna P.
    Prerna PantMarch 13
    Best Irish coffee
  • Kaitlin M.
    It's hard to say this wasn't the best Irish coffee I've had.. so smooth and so delightful!
  • Hemant J.
    Hemant JawaleFebruary 2
    Start your brunch with an Irish coffee and you will never regret it.
  • Bogdan C.
    After you see how this coffee is prepared ... you'll understand that this place is nothing but a tourist attraction. Do not expect it will taste good
  • Mike G.
    Mike GrafhamDecember 30, 2016
    Great Irish coffee, even better no-nonsense serving staff
  • Claudia M.
    Claudia MakkiDecember 16, 2016
    Great coffee, friendly staff. Loved the cheese omelette.
    Downvoted Jun 24
  • Hosam S.
    Hosam ShawliDecember 9, 2016
    I came to this place because of their high rating. I was not disappointed because their Benedicts were really good.
  • Joe H.
    Joe HallDecember 4, 2016
    Good Irish coffee and lively atmosphere.
  • Samantha B.
    Samantha BergNovember 29, 2016
    Home of the Irish Coffee! A perfect pick-me-up at any time of day.
  • Danny J.
    Danny JuarezNovember 5, 2016
    Awesome Irish coffee!
  • Jim R.
    Jim RobertOctober 28, 2016
    You have to have an Irish coffee (maybe two). They are to die for! The portions are large on the menu. You will not leave hungry!
  • Trae F.
    Trae FOctober 1, 2016
    Love the Irish coffee. Just sit at a table and get to know a stranger.
  • Caroline B.
    Caroline BlackSeptember 28, 2016
    So much fun to see them make the Irish coffees. Great atmosphere too.
  • Emily R.
    Emily RoseSeptember 25, 2016
    Irish coffee delight
  • Dwight L.
    Dwight LongestSeptember 25, 2016
    Went in the place to eat and drink today. Was ignored by all staff. After 5 minutes I just left.
  • Joey N.
    Joey NelsonSeptember 23, 2016
    Irish coffee was good.
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedAugust 23, 2016
    The Irish coffee — a splash of hot water, two sugar cubes, coffee, a jigger of Irish whiskey and a frothy topping of whipped cream — is the perfect after-dinner apertif. Read more
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChoiAugust 21, 2016
    You can get an Irish coffee to go $10. They give you a small bottle of Irish whiskey and you just have to add it to your coffee outside.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CamargoAugust 8, 2016
    Watching the bartenders make the Irish coffees en masse is one of the best bar experiences I've had in recent memory.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2016
    Sure, it's a tourist obsession, but the Buena Vista does make a damn good Irish coffee. Also, it combines coffee and alcohol and dark wooden bars, three things San Francisco adores. Read more
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Corene S.
    Corene SeaverJuly 18, 2016
    Mexican coffee and the spaghetti and meatballs
  • Brandon B.
    Brandon BourgeoisJuly 16, 2016
    After your third Irish coffee, be ready to tip well and take the streetcar back up the hill!
  • Bonnie R.
    Bonnie ReitzJuly 12, 2016
    Breakfast and Irish Coffee!
  • Brian C.
    Brian CarpenterJuly 8, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Irish Coffee.
  • Nitin A.
    Nitin AlaburJune 17, 2016
    The Irish coffee, the window side table in the room way back. Great food also!
  • Dov D.
    Dov DJune 10, 2016
    Irish Coffee
  • Fiona S.
    Fiona StrobridgeJune 5, 2016
    Drink an Irish coffee, or two!
  • Danny O.
    Danny O'NeilApril 22, 2016
    Irish coffee
  • Peter C.
    Peter ChiuApril 13, 2016
    Irish coffee is the best coffee.
  • Ty K.
    Ty KnoxApril 10, 2016
    Change it up and order a nutty Irishman
  • Jose M.
    Jose MartinezMarch 24, 2016
    best irish coffe in the world!!!!
  • Gyozo N.
    Gyozo NagyMarch 23, 2016
    Denver omelet, coffee and the people we were seating together;) Breakfast experience on
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 13, 2016
    Watching the bartenders make 20 Irish coffees at a time is a sight worth seeing.
  • Felipe R.
    Felipe RicieriMarch 4, 2016
    Must try the Irish coffee. The first one in America
  • Nick F.
    Nick FrühlingFebruary 26, 2016
    "Jack Koeppler, then-owner of Buena Vista, spent a painstaking amount of time and effort perfecting the perfect Irish coffee in 1952, which has since become what The Buena Vista is known for."
  • Karen M.
    Karen MiaoFebruary 25, 2016
    Obviously the Irish coffee! Service is fast, people are friendly, and it's a perfect way to warm up from an inevitably foggy day. They even let my husband & his groomsmen take a picture behind the bar
  • Megan B.
    Megan Blue-SkyFebruary 12, 2016
    Make sure you sit at the end of the bar, so you can watch the bartenders make the Irish Coffee. It's an art.
  • Natalie G.
    Natalie GuerraFebruary 10, 2016
    I came here strictly for the Irish coffee and was not disappointed.
  • Alyssa W.
    Alyssa WFebruary 2, 2016
    I don't care how touristy it is - the Irish coffee is worth it.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SJanuary 27, 2016
    Irish Coffee!!!!
  • Elyse D.
    Elyse DeVaultJanuary 19, 2016
    Irish coffee and the crab Benedict!
  • Emma
    EmmaJanuary 13, 2016
    Bailey's coffee and crab cake.
  • Eduardo G.
    Eduardo GJanuary 5, 2016
    The best Irish Coffe I had taste!!!
  • JJ M.
    JJ MaxwellJanuary 5, 2016
    Too busy for me. Couldn't get a seat to judge the hype
  • Mama M.
    Mama MiaDecember 27, 2015
    Crab omelette. Irish coffee. Don't miss out.
  • Katherine W.
    Katherine WachterNovember 16, 2015
    Cool place! You must sit at the front bar for an Irish coffee. Check in the back to see if a customer named Dennis is there- he owns art gallery two doors down… He can tell u anything u want to know
    Upvoted Jun 24
  • Nana
    NanaNovember 8, 2015
    Always a favorite! Them nutty Irishmen on a cold SF day😍
  • Geraldine R.
    Geraldine RendónNovember 5, 2015
    Irish coffee, the flavor is so complex and layered : )
  • Geraldine R.
    Geraldine RendónNovember 5, 2015
    Benedict eggs with a Mimosa and of course the Irish coffee is delicious, the flavor is so complex and layered
  • Pei 👻 W.
    Pei 👻 WenOctober 29, 2015
    Irish coffee was nice for a typical chilly SF night.
  • Lindsay F.
    Lindsay FloresOctober 21, 2015
    Cute little cafe overlooking the bay. Their breakfast is so good! Try their breakfast potatoes and French toast!
  • Vanessa S.
    Vanessa SilvaOctober 21, 2015
    This place is a must! The original Irish coffee, delicious!
  • Ken
    KenOctober 13, 2015
    Delicious irish coffee. If you sit at a table, you need a waiter
  • Gonçalo L.
    Gonçalo LuísOctober 10, 2015
    Amazing space and Irish Coffee.
  • Chuck R.
    Chuck RoslofOctober 4, 2015
    The Irish coffee is seriously good.
  • awfy
    awfySeptember 29, 2015
    Got my bike stolen from right outside the cafe's window and they didn't help me get the CCTV footage at all.
  • Liz .
    Liz 🦎September 9, 2015
    The Irish coffees really are good. A great way to take a break after Pier 39 and Fisherman's wharf.
  • Salvador .
    Salvador 🐒September 7, 2015
    I always come here to take a break from walking around the city with a couple of Irish Coffees.
  • Natalia L.
    Natalia LemeSeptember 7, 2015
    Get a Irish Coffee!! The best One!
  • Jordyn
    JordynAugust 16, 2015
    Always worth going here, though it's very busy. Best irish coffees around.
  • G. Sax
    G. SaxAugust 10, 2015
    Come for the Irish coffee, of course, but also take time to enjoy the bay views, the history and the fries!
  • P-Edward L.
    P-Edward LiebAugust 1, 2015
    Free wifi and nice breakfast in the morning
  • Jonathan D.
    Jonathan DagleJuly 27, 2015
    This Irish Coffee is THE standard for all such drinks.
  • Brad E.
    Brad E.July 27, 2015
    Great breakfast prices. Watch the bar tender make Irish coffees the entire time!
  • kathleen g.
    kathleen gilbrideJuly 17, 2015
    Definitely get the Irish coffee!!
  • Sandra L.
    Sandra Lopez MilanJuly 16, 2015
    It's definitely tourist must stop. Had the Irish coffee,was my first Irish coffee so I can't compare it but I'm thinking it's gonna be hard to beat it was delicious. Had an omelette it was average.
    Upvoted Jun 24
  • Donal B.
    Donal BoyleJuly 14, 2015
    They're famous for Irish coffee and they do a great job with it.
  • Jonathan A.
    Jonathan AlmeidaJuly 12, 2015
    Hasn't everyone already said this? Irish coffee!
  • Tyler S.
    Tyler SzaboJuly 4, 2015
    Great for brunch and the Irish coffee is a must. Watch it get made en masse at the bar. A few more seats are available in a side room.
  • Frank K.
    Frank KimJune 16, 2015
    The Irish Coffee definitely lives up to it's billing, believe the hype, I had 2. The corn beef hash was amazing, and the eggs blackstone had the most scrumptious and juicy thick California tomatoes.
  • Elaine S.
    Elaine StraussJune 14, 2015
    Irish Coffees are 👌🏼
  • Keiron Q.
    Keiron QJune 12, 2015
    Very authentic. Most people stop by just for the Irish Coffee.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussJune 11, 2015
    Atmosphere. The View. Atmosphere.
  • Natalie M.
    Natalie MJune 1, 2015
    Their breakfast food (weekends only) is very very good. Start your day with a San Franciscan omelette and an original Irish coffee!
    Downvoted Jun 24
  • serdar s.
    serdar sozenogluMay 30, 2015
    irish coffee
  • Simon H.
    Simon HinzMay 29, 2015
    The Irish coffee is excellent and the waiters are one of a kind! Go there!
  • Kathy
    KathyMay 9, 2015
    Irish coffee breakfast drink of champions
  • karely m.
    karely milanMay 5, 2015
    Signature Irish coffee definitely a kick super strong.Had the steak and eggs steak was cold 😑.. Cool thing about this place is that you share tables with other people &waitresses are something else
  • Bianca H.
    Bianca H.April 27, 2015
    Irish coffee is great and they make 2000 a day!
  • Jason S.
    Jason ShaoApril 10, 2015
    Home of the original Irish coffee
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FaganApril 5, 2015
    Obviously get an Irish coffee, but if you ask the bartender for a glass of water he may just grunt at you and walk away.
  • Nick C.
    Nick ContiApril 4, 2015
    Irish coffee!!! That's a wrap
  • Bryan S.
    Bryan SchubertMarch 29, 2015
    There's usually free tables in the back room.
  • Susan D.
    Susan DarlingMarch 26, 2015
    Irish coffee! Made with Tullamore dew. Head around the corner and grab some souvenirs
  • Mark B.
    Mark BauerMarch 23, 2015
    Great Irish coffee and always crowded on the weekends.
  • William D.
    William DiazMarch 13, 2015
    You dont come here for anything else except Irish Coffee
  • Jason R.
    Jason RomeMarch 12, 2015
    Irish coffee!
  • James G.
    James GoochMarch 11, 2015
    Really good burgers - and of course the Irish Coffee is excellent!
  • Luis Felipe J.
    Me gustó la proporción, el sabor y la rapidez con la que llegó el pedido. Aunque me sentí ignorado todo el tiempo mientras esperaba, habría sido bien un: "buenos días, ¿desea ve la carta?" Al menos.
  • Patricio M.
    Muy buen lugar aunque hay mucha gente
  • Esteban M.
    Excelente café irlandés, cerveza fría y una atención brindada por el personal de este lugar que te transporta 50 años atrás en el tiempo. Un clásico de San Francisco que no te puedes perder.
  • Gabriel V.
    El café irlandés que no puedes dejar de probar en San Francisco, una verdadera delicia.
  • น้ำแข็ง น.
    คือดีอะคนเยอะได้อีกแต่ออกรสชาติหวานไปนิด ผสม whisky and coffe
  • Caro L.
    Caro LuchettiFebruary 24, 2016
    Excelente!!!!! Nuestro lugar de desayuno en SF definitivamente
  • Alejandro A.
    Alejandro AliasJanuary 14, 2016
    Irish coffee 👍🏿👍🏿👍🏿
  • Patricio T.
    Patricio TamayoOctober 26, 2015
    Muy bueno el Café Irlandes
  • Bernardo V.
    Bernardo ValleOctober 26, 2015
    Café irlandés imperdible
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