2765 Hyde Street
Open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Weekends, open 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Treat yourself to a genuine San Francisco experience. Visit the Buena Vista Café, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day until 2 a.m. It's primarily known as a nightspot, and a great place to hang out with friends and share stories. The menu sometimes changes with the seasons, but count on hearty breakfasts like the Crab Benedict and Cinnamon French Toast. The Café has been in business since 1889, so yes, it's historic. Make a day of it by hopping on the Powell & Hyde cable car, which makes a stop outside of Buena Vista Café.
American Irish Coffee
What's the Buena Vista Café best known for? Why, that would be its Irish Coffee drink, the first in America. The story goes that in 1952, the Café's owner Jack Koeppler got into a conversation with travel writer Stanton Delaplane about a delightful concoction of Irish whiskey, coffee, sugar and cream floating like a swan on top said to be especially good in Ireland's Shannon Airport of all places. After much trial and error, including a trip all the way to Ireland, they were able to recreate this delicious cocktail. Folks from all over the world flocked to the Buena Vista Café for their own glass of caffeine and booze. Chef Tyler Florence of the Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race calls it "a San Francisco classic." About 1,000 Irish Coffees are served each day here, and the official whiskey used is Tullamore Dew.