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Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe

Coffee Shop, Diner
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4081 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608-3505
510-594-1221
Today
7:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 28
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent Food

Each time we visit emeryville we try to eat breakfast or lunch here. Each table has a unique theme and the food is fabulous. We have had very good service here as well. The parking can be challenging but definitely worth walking a block or two if necessary.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
Julee H
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Ukiah, California
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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84 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Ukiah, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Each time we visit emeryville we try to eat breakfast or lunch here. Each table has a unique theme and the food is fabulous. We have had very good service here as well. The parking can be challenging but definitely worth walking a block or two if necessary.

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Arcata, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I try to vary what I get here, but I almost always wind up with a hamburger and french fries. DELICIOUS! My daughter loved the tuna melt. The decor is really fun, very kitsch, and families and hipsters alll enjoy this restaurant. Breakfast all day and evening. Generous portions. Very affordable.

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Santa Cruz, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

When in Emeryville, I like to go to Rudy's Can't Fail Café. It's near Pixar and has a casual but unique setting. The food is traditional old coffee shop style and quite good. Tower of Power, Hash browns layered with melted pepper jack cheese, grilled tomato, MorningStar veggie sausages, 2 eggs with toast is great and not pricey. So if... More 

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Fremont, California
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed a light breakfast at Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe. Attentive staff, good food, and good coffee....can't fail!

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Dallas, Texas
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We stopped in at Rudy's as our first stop after an early morning flight from Dallas. So were hungry after waking up at 3:40 am and a 3 1/2 hour flight. The service was good. The waiter forgot to bring some of our food our but promptly brought it to us when reminded. All of our food was tasty and... More 

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Northern California
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This place doesn't look like much from the outside but they serve a mean breakfast. Good sized portions, large variety on the menu. Really good strong coffee. Friendly staff. I highly recommend

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Berkeley, California
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I used to go to this place when it first opened. It was THE place to go in Emeryville. Lots of folks from the movie studio Pixar which is nearby. Well I never "got discovered" . But, the turnoing point for me was when I had a pretty awful meal there with lousy service. I decided to write to the... More 

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Oakland, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I like that Rudy's is open late. And I like the locations ... especially since they branched out beyond the tried and true territories of the East Bay ... but, the food is sadly mediocre. I wish the chili was better. Tastes canned. (I'll just run over to B-Side. They use brisket tips in their chili. YUM!) The salads aren't... More 

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Hayward, California
Top Contributor
258 reviews 258 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

When I was 16 years old, I worked here but it was formerly the Ranch House back then. New owners expanded the seating area to an outdoor patio. Nice touch. We had the Tower of Power and Denver Omelet. In the middle of eating my egg whites from the Tower of Power, there was some type of blue plastic string... More 

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Southlake, Texas
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

There a very few locally owned restaurants in Emeryville and Rudy's was the first name we were given when we asked where to go for good, local food. It is a diner with inside and outside dining and an extensive menu of diner style food including sandwiches, salads and breakfast meals along with homemade desserts which, sadly, we did not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4081 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608-3505
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Emeryville
  • Phone Number: 510-594-1221

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Diner
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
7:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?