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The Buena Vista Cafe

2765 Hyde St, San Francisco, California 94109 USA

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Open Now
Sun 10a-11p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Wifi

“mixing up hard drinks since 1916”

The original building where the Buena Vista sits today was a boarding house until 1916 when the landlord converted the first floor into a saloon. That saloon was named the Buena Vista. ("Good View" in Spanish) The view was good indeed and it served as a warm meeting place for hundreds of fishermen and handlers who worked for the nearby Sardine Cannery. There they could take in a whiskey while scouting the bay for incoming fishing boats which would mean, "Quick! Finish your drink and back to meet the boats!"  In 1952, with the help of a Pulitzer-Prize winning writer, the Buena Vista introduced to the world it's now famous Irish Coffee. The recipe has never changed and the view is still quite good.

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Reviewed by
Ken Valuska

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  • 580 Reviews
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May 01, 2014

THE BEST Irish Coffee in San Francisco, and they offer a really fun/unique breakfast experience. I would highly suggest this place!

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Reviewed by
boogotu

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  • 4 Helpful
May 05, 2015
Rated 5.0

My new favorite bar! Total classy old school feel, amazing Irish Coffee, and tons of history.

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The Buena Vista Cafe

2765 Hyde St
San Francisco, California
94109 USA

Hours

Open now until 11:00 pm
  • Tue - Fri: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sun, Mon, Sat: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Wifi

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