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Vahl's Restaurant & Cocktail

1513 El Dorado St, Alviso, CA 95002
(408) 262-0731
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Ranked #3 of 5 Restaurants in Alviso
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- Sep 15, 2014
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English first
Sunol, California, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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