Buena Vista Cafe
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- 98%History Buffs
- 73%Nightlife Lovers
- 62%Local Culture
- 51%Spiritual Seekers
- 51%Business Travelers
Member Reviews (23)
- Buena Vista CafeCommunity ManagerMember ofHistory BuffsLocal CultureFoodies+ 4Feb 23, 2014
I had overlooked Buena Vista Cafe before finally visiting this San Francisco institution. Could I be blamed? It sits at a corner in one of SF's most touristy neighborhoods. The answer is yes, because Buena Vista isn't just a fun bar, it's historically relevant. It was here that then-owner Jack Koeppler introduced the Irish Coffee to the world in the 1950s, a drink that was previously enjoyed exclusively in Ireland. After perfecting the recipe with different techniques (you can learn all about them at the Cafe), today's result is quite possibly the best Irish Coffee you can have: not to sweet and not too creamy, wholly soothing.
- Buena Vista CafeMember ofHistory BuffsLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 2Oct 15, 2013
I stopped in here with a rowdy group of sea kayakers for dinner and Irish Coffee.
We had great food and great fun. This place is right near Fisherman's Wharf but is full of old-time San Francisco atmosphere.Recommended for:History Buffs
- Buena Vista CafeMember ofHistory BuffsLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 7May 01, 2013
A class in San Francisco, this is where the legendary Irish Coffee was born. Watch the barmen make it - usually a half dozen or so at a time with a precise hand that shows that they've been doing it for years. Perfect when the weather is chilly and you're heading for a walk around Ghiradelli Square.
- Buena Vista CafeMember ofHistory BuffsLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 6Jan 03, 2013
I have been coming to the Buena Vista as long as I have lived in the Bay Area. This is a place that I have taken out-of-town friends and my parents. I've sat at the bar and in the restaurant and have always enjoyed the touristy energy and the cable car and water view out the window.
Gayle and I stopped in yesterday as part of our nice walk in the City. It was crowded as usual and despite a waitress that physically tried to push me out the way to get through, I again enjoyed this "Only in San Francisco" experience. We were lucky to get 2 bar seats quickly and had fun watching how they make their Irish Coffee. See Jennifer W.'s review for the exact steps. What I like most is the ying and yang of how it tastes - The sweet and the bitter, along with the cold and the hot.
- Buena Vista CafeMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersAdventure TravelersNov 23, 2013
The best Irish coffee to warm your bones on a cold San Francisco morning. And it's supposed to be the first place in the U.S. to even offer Irish coffee. It's open seating (or more appropriately community seating) so make friends with perfect strangers while you enjoy your coffee.
- Buena Vista CafeMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesBackpackers+ 1Mar 06, 2013
Great decor - very old school and felt iconic. Family seating, so don't be shy and share your table with the other groups of tourists who also came to try their Irish coffee.
Speaking of their Irish coffee, they are so good at making it that it comes out quickly and hot. It was my first time drinking an Irish coffee but it was good. The staff is obviously well trained and gave great service to everyone, even when it started to get crowded.
Great views, staff, drinks and atmosphere, especially being close to the piers. Definitely a must for SF touring.
- Buena Vista CafeJan 04, 2013
You'll come here for only one reason, and it isn't for the cheap prices or the atmosphere, you'll come here for the Irish coffee that was invented here. An it is really good one, I admit! So come in, sit down at the counter, watch them make it, enjoy it and get out.