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Hey all! I'm Sam, a designer living here in SF who's excited to meet new people and explore new places!
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Good cocktails, fun patio. Great spot on a nice day or evening. Big enough to hold a bunch of people, plus the heaters never hurt in this city. Fun with a group or for a date night.
Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Review for the beer only: Really enjoyed this place. Came here at 5:00 on the dot on a Wednesday with a few coworkers. We had a really nice time. Found a corner table where a bunch of us could squeeze in and had a few rounds of delicious beers. I wish they had beer flights because there are just so many on the wall that sound fabulous and not enough money in my wallet or room in my stomach. The bartender was incredibly nice though and let me try a bunch of different beers without charging me. The list was a really nice mix of lighter beers, IPAs, porters, and stouts. The food smelled amazing and the menu looked great - I'll have to come back sometime and try it!
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Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
The original Irish Coffee! Can it really be beat? I mean obviously, the Buena Vista isn't where you go for food. You go for the irish coffee and for the fun of being at an SF institution. That said, I always have a good time here. The staff is incredibly nice - last time I was here I had injured my foot and the waitress brought me a bag of ice and paper towels and everything. Couldn't have been nicer! But really... irish coffees.
Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Came here art 8:00 on a Saturday night with a girlfriend. The place wasn't super crowded, which was unexpected. We quickly found a table upstairs and ordered drinks. We both got the special, the "Spring Forward". The drink was super delicious, though a little on the pricy side at $12. Not unexpected for the neighborhood but not a place where you'd want to have a long night of drinks. The space itself was cute - there was a pool table in the back, a loft space upstairs with tables/chairs, and it wasn't too loud inside to carry out a conversation. The bartenders weren't super friendly but weren't rude either, they were just kind of nothing. The crowd was fairly mixed, some people in jeans and sweatshirts, some people in nicer slacks and dresses. Overall, cute place, solid drinks, I'd go back.
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Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
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My experience here was just ok. Perhaps it was an off night, perhaps another time I'll enjoy it more, but for now, it's 3-stars for me. I came here with a friend on a Monday night. Disappointingly, they were out of brisket. What?! How is that possible? We both ordered the BBQ sandwich, me with sausage, him with pulled pork. We tried for beers but they were out of a bunch of those as well. We sat down outside and the food arrived almost instantly. We started eating but had a tough time managing the sandwiches, paper on the tray, napkins, and utensils with the wind blowing as hard as it was. I wish it had been warmer, or that there were heaters outside on the patio, and while that seems like it might be in the works, we were instantly frozen. The blankets supplied were a nice touch, but it was hard not getting BBQ sauce all over them! The food was also just ok. The sausage itself was actually really good but it was ruined by the rest of the sandwich. The cole slaw was overpowering, there weren't enough pickles to balance out the sweetness of the cole slaw and BBQ sauce, and I lost the taste of the sausage altogether. My friend seemed to enjoy his pulled pork quite a bit, though. I don't know... I'm not rushing back here with the plethora of BBQ joints in the city, but I would like to come back eventually to try the brisket.
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Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Yummm! This place was awesome. Stopped by as I was walking down the street, anxious to try the new place. The guy inside was SUPER nice to me, letting me try five or six flavors before choosing one. Beer & chocolate - tasted like gelato-textured beer. It was kinda ridiculous. Not sure if I liked it or not but it was super interesting. Malbec peppercorn something or other - a bit spicy and fruity at the same time. I liked it but I don't think I could have eaten a whole thing of it. Banana salt & caramel - could have used more caramel, mostly tasted of banana Mint chocolate - tasted just like fresh mint, really delicious Dulce de leche - caramelly goodness all the way All the flavors were rich and creamy and went down way too easily. I'll definitely be back here.
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Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
I had a fabulous dinner here with a girlfriend on a Saturday night. We had a 5:30pm reservation (early bird special!) and we were seated immediately upon arrival. The server was attentive, immediately bringing water and asking for drink orders. We both ordered cocktails - me the Afternoon Delight, her the pimm's cup. Both cocktails were delicious. Mine had really heavy thyme on the nose but tasted light, refreshing, and bubbly. Later in the evening I switched to the Pineapple Express, which was even better. While I expected it might be too sweet with the pineapple base, it actually wasn't at all. It smelled really heavily of lavender but tasted super interesting with hints of vanilla in the after taste. I definitely liked it more than I expected to. We shared a bunch of food: -Puffed potato and egg: this might have been my favorite dish of the night. The combination was absolutely stunning. The eggs were perfectly cooked and runny on the inside, and the crispy chicken skin added good texture and taste without overpowering the delicateness of the egg, the way bacon might have. The scallions added some sharpness to the dish that balanced out the other flavors. All the textures and tastes worked really well together to make one kick ass dish. -Grilled octopus and okonomiyaki pancake: wow to this octopus. I have never had more tender octopus in my life. It was perfect. The pancake was good, though a bit overpowered in places. The bacon dashi was slightly crispy and really smoky, and while I enjoyed it, it definitely drowned out some of the other flavors in the pancake, like the egg and onion. The pancake itself was nicely crisped on top and served with three different types of pickles on the side. The first was a spicy turnip that had a solid kick to it. The second was mushrooms and earthiness that paired really nicely, and then the third was a standard vinegar pickled radish. I thought the first two were a nice addition of flavor, the third did nothing for me. On top of the pancake was some kind of creamy green sauce that I assumed to be an avocado puree. It didn't really add much to the dish, though the sliced radishes, which I don't usually like, were very mild and added a nice crunch to the overall dish. -Crispy-skinned striped bass: the fish itself was surprisingly unbuttery, tasting more citrusy and lemony. On its own I might not have enjoyed that but it paired nicely with the buttery flavors coming from the white bean/chorizo stew. The beans were cooked al dente and I liked them a lot, though I thought there was a bit too much chorizo cooked along with them. The fish was very crispy on top though I did find a bone or two as I was eating it. The shrimp-stuffed piquillo pepper on the side could have been its own amazing side dish, but it added really nicely to the fish with some spice. The artichokes and fennel rounded out the dish. -Duck breast: I asked for the duck breast without rice, as I don't eat rice, and the server and chef were nice enough to accommodate the request. It was served with peas and the "duck confit lettuce cups". The peas were crunchy, the duck was perfectly medium rare and super crispy and fatty on the skin side. The duck confit wrap was a fun way to show off the duck in another style and was super tender. I could have had this dish over and over again. Everything about it was delicious. The food, plus 3 drinks each, came out to about $85 each after tax and tip. Not too shabby for what was an incredibly delicious dinner. I can't wait to come back here.
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Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago