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Vesuvio Cafe

255 Columbus Ave, North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133-4508
+1 415-362-3370
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This Place is Cool, a San Fran Classic!

My cousin took my wife and I here after dinner one night and we fell in love with the place the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
MrHappyTravels
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Albert Lea, Minnesota, United States
This is why you came to SF

A classic. Dark, dingy, friendly, loads of history, great bartenders and next door to the City... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carl R
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This pretty North Beach bar is just as trendy as it was fifty years ago.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good30%
  • Average4%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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255 Columbus Ave, North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133-4508
Chinatown
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My cousin took my wife and I here after dinner one night and we fell in love with the place the moment we walked in. It's very dark and small, very tight quarters. We went upstairs and located a little table near a window right...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A classic. Dark, dingy, friendly, loads of history, great bartenders and next door to the City Lights bookstore. This is not the Top of the Mark for the fur coat set. This is for your inner beatnik. Strong drinks and strong opinions abound. I've never...More

Thank Carl R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love my first passion is always a good TIKI bar so you know where I am coming from. Love a great local drinking hole . This hits every base. It's not romantic so don't go for a first date or to impress someone. Expect...More

Thank Mike L
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Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

What a cool little place - right on the edge between Chinatown and North Beach on Kerouac Alley. This is where the beatniks hung out. Lots of character and really friendly bartenders.

Thank taradiddle
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Reviewed June 14, 2018

This charming, polished wood, nostalgic bar celebrates beatniks, counter-culture and the good life in San Francisco. It's great place to hang with friends and people watch in the center of downtown.

Thank DonnaandCraig
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Reviewed June 9, 2018 via mobile

It has been a while since I was here. A traditional north beach watering hole Good drinks, good service. If you want a feel of the beatnik era try it out.

Thank FredN47
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Reviewed May 31, 2018

Met here with friends and had nice cocktails and conversation before going out to dinner. Locals seem to enjoy this hippie era watering hole. Brought back lots of memories with all the wall art. Drinks were great and service was excellent. A must see, drink...More

Thank sewkitty
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Reviewed May 20, 2018

We were doing a little bar hoping and our friend from San Francisco suggested we stop in here. It's a cool place with a throw back from an earlier error. We got our drinks at the bar and went upstairs. The upstairs had very old...More

Thank Cakefoodlover
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Reviewed May 17, 2018 via mobile

What can I say, a great bar, cool vibe and fab cocktails and drinks. Fun, friendly and full of history. A great hangout for a drink.

Thank Hayley H
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Reviewed May 5, 2018

Another great local watering hole in North Beach. The room was cool and eclectic. The beer was tasty and the staff was fine. Noting bad to say about the place but no "WOW" factor to give it a 5 star rating.

Thank Silverwoods
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