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Vahl's Restaurant & Cocktail

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1513 El Dorado St, Alviso, CA 95002
(408) 262-0731
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11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Octogenarian Garden of Delight in a Ghost Town

Zombies would complete the picture. This place warmed my heart. The food was only ok, but certainly it could be eaten. The staff was engaging and professional. The decor was a serious throwback to the mid-fifties, as were the clientele, who have aged considerably since that time. The thing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2015
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Northeast USA
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Northeast USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Zombies would complete the picture. This place warmed my heart. The food was only ok, but certainly it could be eaten. The staff was engaging and professional. The decor was a serious throwback to the mid-fifties, as were the clientele, who have aged considerably since that time. The thing is that they have live karaoke, with an ancient but able... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The food it's okay, but the amazing thing is that on Sunday afternoon and some more days you can have lunch while the people eating at the restaurant is singing.

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Sunol, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I've been coming to Vahl's since my childhood. Fortunately and unfortunately, not much has changed since then. Great place for resurrecting memories of the 50's and 60's, complete with the bold, flowered wallpaper. Food matches the decor with old school basics. The unfortunate part is the same, depending on what you're looking for. REALLY need to rework the menu and... More 

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Alviso, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Vahl's has changed little over the past 50 years. The furniture, the decor, the guests and staff are timeless classics. Their bar and pool table are dimly lit and frequented by a friendly group of regulars. One dining room is used on Friday evenings for live hits of the 1940s played and sung by people who were young at that... More 

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San Francisco, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I love Vahl's because even though the food is kind of mediocre, it is the atmosphere of a once glamorous restaurant still holding onto what it once was. White tablecloths, formal settings, a fading grande dame. They are so behind the times that they cannot run a tip on your credit card. Which was embarrassing, as then my date and... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Despite the less than attractive exterior and the rather dated interior, the food is fantastic and there is plenty of it. Frank, the bartender has been there for a long time and is quite an interesting fellow to talk to. The waitresses are very attentive and their recommendations (especially the carrot cake) are spot on. Love this place!

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Alviso, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

The food here is delicious. I have to admit that the outside appearance and inside ambiance leaves much to be desired, but the friendly service and delicious food more than makes up for it. If you go definitely order the steak sandwich, it is DELICIOUS!!!

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

Time has stood still at Vahl's. Great menu, great service, great prices. Most of the waitresses have been there for decades. Want to feel like you were in the early 60's going for a great meal then go to Vahl's

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Additional Information about Vahl's Restaurant & Cocktail

Address: 1513 El Dorado St, Alviso, CA 95002
Phone Number: (408) 262-0731
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Alviso
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1513 El Dorado St, Alviso, CA 95002
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Alviso
  • Phone Number: (408) 262-0731
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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