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Wally's Cafe

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3900 San Pablo Av, Emeryville, CA 94608
510 597 1303
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Seating

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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
A little Lebanon in Emeryville

The place isn't exactly a proper restaurant, but its clean and modest. The staff are very friendly and their food is tasty. This is the closest middle eastern food you can get in the area.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 21, 2015
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

The place isn't exactly a proper restaurant, but its clean and modest. The staff are very friendly and their food is tasty. This is the closest middle eastern food you can get in the area.

Thank Najlarom
richmond, california
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Wally's is found by walking through the Bank Club Bar or going down an outside walkway where there are a few picnic tables shaded by umbrellas. Prices are reasonable and the flavors are bright. The complimentary soup (starter) and baklava ( end ) are a nice touch and tasty in their own right. Four of us shared the vegetable platter... More 

Thank fritos4me
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49 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 via mobile

The food was amazing. The Falafel plate was amazing. So many fresh favors and great falafel that was done perfectly. The servers were so friendly and the bartender in the bank club was SUPER friendly!! Love this place. Parking is a little hard to find. However there is a Safeway across the street.

Thank Khanh N
Albany, California
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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 

Thank mcmolteni
Northern California
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

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 

Thank Foodie1997
Berkeley CA
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 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 

Thank njrsf
Mountain View, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 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 

Thank David P
Honolulu, Hawaii
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74 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 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 

Thank Kimo B
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56 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 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 

Thank tgdow
Vancouver, Canada
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3900 San Pablo Av, Emeryville, CA 94608
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Emeryville
  • Phone Number: 510 597 1303

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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