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Wally's Cafe

3900 San Pablo Av, Emeryville, CA 94608
510 597 1303
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Ranked #5 of 97 Restaurants in Emeryville
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Most recent review
- Aug 15, 2014
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English first
Albany, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Just back from Wally's in Emeryville. We arrived around 7:30 p.m. on Friday night and there was space for four at the counter. The kids had lamb/meat gyros wraps, dear hubby got the pommegranate chicken and I got the lamb/meat gyros plate. The complimentary lentil soup was very tasty: hints of cumin and another spice that I couldn't recognize. The... More

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Northern California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Hidden gem in Emeryville, CA. Behind a dive bar. Indoor counter area is definitely retro and a little tight. Outside patio is a little better. Lentil soup that comes complimentary before your meal is the best I've had! I ordered the Mediterranean burger - tasty but a little too much cumin and meat was a little too dry for my... More

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Berkeley CA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

In a tough (though not really dangerous) Emeryville neighborhood, and hidden behind a dive bar, Wally serves up amazingly good Greek and Mediterranean food. Wally's is a very basic cafe with about 20 seats at a wooden counter and a few outdoor tables. The restaurant looks like it should be in a bleak 1930's Edward Hopper painting, but Wally himself... More

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Mountain View, California
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242 reviews 242 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Punt the fast food, drop in here for a quick bite. Or call it in, pickup, and take it to the park or back to the office. You can't beat the value - super tasty gyro sandwich for $7.95, onion rings for another $1.5. Lentil soup appetizer and a two bite baklava for dessert are included - beat that anywhere... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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69 reviews 69 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Yeah... it's all true, DO believe the hype. As we say back home: "Broke da mout" good. 1st time out: Grabbed 3 co-workers and took the 7 minute drive from downtown Oakland, SO WORTH IT. Was kinda crowded and a bit of a wait, but was kept busy with a starter bowl of Lentil soup... double up the portion, add... More

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

I really, really liked this place. The place itself looks a little run down but the food is amazing. I had the chicken shawarma wrap and my friend had the chicken gyro...yum. They serve lentil soup and baklava with every order and it's inexpensive. It's really worth the effort to go here. If I'm ever in the area again, I'm... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

The gyros were really good, but were not the part that stood out the most. The complimentary lentil soup was amazing (even my boyfriend who doesn't normally like lentil soup loved it), and they also gave a complimentary baklava for dessert that was maybe the best baklava I have ever had. The staff was also very nice and attentive. Overall,... More

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Colorado Springs
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442 reviews 442 reviews
293 restaurant reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

No way around it, this place is a total dive. It's tucked into a corner, you have to pass a dumpster to get in the door, etc. The food is outstanding, however, and the friendly family atmosphere is welcoming and relaxed, while the service is amazingly rapid. The portions are generous, so bring your appetite!

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Houston, Texas
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58 reviews 58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Okay, if you are hungry, run, don't walk to Wally's at the Bank Club Café. If you don't run, everyone will beat you to the place. You know its good food when you have to wait in line behind everyone else that wants to eat there. Don't go to a restaurant with an empty parking lot. Wally's is a Mediterranean... More

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012 via mobile

Stumbled upon this little European cafe at the back of a bar on San Pablo whilst I was staying in Emeryville. Not sure what to expect but they served Gyro and other assorted spit meat dishes so I was keen to try it out. The food is extremely well cooked, the chicken well marinated and full of flavour. Value is... More

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