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Buena Vista Cafe

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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780 S Airport Blvd, Terminal 3, Boarding Area F, near Gate 82, San Bruno, CA 94128
+1 650-827-6626
04:00 - 23:00
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Sydney, Australia
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5,031 reviews
2,827 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,822 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

2 instead of 1 only because it is near the United gates and has free WiFi; and $21 is better than paying $59 for the lounge at the Unfriendly Airlines. The food is basic airport food so no surprises and the coffee is terrible but the worst aspect is putting an order in for a burrito and then waiting for... More 

Thank RonWamberal
San Francisco, California
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57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Buena Vista Cafe is a San Francisco icon in its own right. So I will be honest...I havent tried the food here but its rare that one can go wrong with any restaurant selection in San Francisco. One this I can tell you is that they serve hundreds of the best Irish Coffee in San Francisco...well its where it... More 

Thank Ricci S
San Francisco, California
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1,586 reviews
794 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,217 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I never hold airport food in high regard. It's expensive and quite often bland. Eating here was just slightly above average, it was OK and not too expensive. Not somewhere to rush back to but convenient for a quick meal.

Thank Travellover6128
Kamloops, Canada
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78 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great restaurant. Fantastic service. Great choices. Nummy wine. Fish was cooked to perfection. Loved every bite. Service was on point. View is wonderful. Definitely a do over experience.

Thank Rita C
Chicago, Illinois
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2,932 reviews
2,276 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 486 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

The last time that we had been in San Francisco we had eaten at the Buena Vista Cafe near Fisherman's Wharf and we had enjoyed sharing an Irish coffee with lunch. When we saw a Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in Terminal 3, Boarding Area F near Gate 82, we thought to ourselves, why not try... More 

Thank Allen21096
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98 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Not QUITE outrageous prices for airport food. Attentive staff. Adequate breakfast menu. Some interesting specialty coffees. Tasty coffee and food. Good location for people watching.

Thank Dave T
Springfield, Oregon
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175 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

I was returning from a photoshoot in Chicago and arrived in San Francisco about lunch time so I stopped at the Buena Vista Cafe for just a burger, fries and soda. The burger was tasty and arrived quickly but a bill of $24 seemed a bit much. I was really thirsty and had asked for a soda refill so maybe... More 

Thank mharrsch
Crescent City, CA
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190 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

I had a long layover so opted for a sit down. Service was good. Food was ok, but nothing g special. I had eggs Benedict. Cooled fast on cold plates. Coffee was good though. Over all just an airport place to grab a meal.

Thank RickCrescentCity_CA
Discovery Bay, California
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116 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

We all know that eating a meal at any airport is expensive and marginally good. So the Buena Vista was a pleasant surprise. The menu was extensive, the prices were close to normal.....and the food was quite good. Their house red wine was decent and a generous pour was just $13. If you are in SFO and need to kill... More 

Thank CaptainStevers
Charlottesville, Virginia
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84 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

My burger was a quick 5 minutes giving me plenty of time to make my flight. Good Burger. I was surprised when i got the Bill for my 20oz shocktop it was $10.30. That's exactly how much I'd paid for a six pack of this beer the other week. Seems they may be taking advantage of a captive audience or... More 

Thank Michal F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Open Hours
04:00 - 23:00
04:00 - 23:00
04:00 - 23:00
04:00 - 23:00
04:00 - 23:00
04:00 - 23:00
04:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 780 S Airport Blvd, Terminal 3, Boarding Area F, near Gate 82, San Bruno, CA 94128
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Bruno
  • Phone Number: +1 650-827-6626
  • This restaurant is at San Francisco Intl Airport (after security)

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?