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Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe

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4081 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608-3505
510-594-1221
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7:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch

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  • 31
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  • 40
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 5
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Classic Diner Experience

I love this hidden gem. I prefer it for weekend brunch but also love that it is open ltd nights. My favorite breakfast item is the Popeye's Eyedaho. This is a small block of hash browns (cooked perfectly with a crisp outside) covered with cheddar cheese (I get light cheese), topped with the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Grehg P
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I love this hidden gem. I prefer it for weekend brunch but also love that it is open ltd nights. My favorite breakfast item is the Popeye's Eyedaho. This is a small block of hash browns (cooked perfectly with a crisp outside) covered with cheddar cheese (I get light cheese), topped with the scrambled eggs and spinach. Yummy!

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20 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Not quite as incredible as we were expecting, considering it's a Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives featured place, but still a good variety of unique dishes with friendly staff.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This is a great little diner! I will definitely be back. I would have given them 4 stars if only their French fries had been served hot and not luke warm and if they hadn't tasted like they had been around awhile. They have a VERY friendly staff, from the time you walk in the door, from the time you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Visited with several friends for lunch as a friend worked in the area. Food was amazing. Staff weren't as chatty and hands on as in the Oakland cafe but this one was busier so that probably has a lot to do with that. Would go back if in the area.

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Emeryville, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This restaurant has been in Emeryville for ever. The facelift has served it well. The food is good. the service is good. I REALLY like their breakfasts. As a matter of fact that's what I eat every time I go. You good a good "heap a food." Not much parking but they do have a few spaces. a little pricey... More 

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California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This place is cute, fun, and convenient if you are in Emeryville. The menu is large and full of great choices, from breakfast, to brunch, lunch, and dinner. I love their breakfast egg options, pancakes, and waffles.. The lunch salads are excellent. The place is just fun to eat in. It reminds you of an old 50's diner. The location... More 

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San Clemente, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Great (and filling) breakfast that is well worth the wait... and expect to wait. Lots of choices on the breakfast menu - and since our party of three ended up with three winners, they're probably all a good bet. This place has breakfast down!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I've been here a few times, I live nearby, and I'm really surprised the rating is so high. Nice people and service, but the food is just average (not bad, but not great either.)

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Never come to this place when it is lunch time. You will be waiting a while to get a seating. Otherwise, you will enjoy the decor and the different Barbie dolls on the wall and there is even a tin man doll there dressed in an uniform. Food was okay but loving the milkshakes.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Went to Rudy's for breakfast. The omelet selection and quality is excellent. The atmosphere is really cool, would go back again for sure.

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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: Cafe, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?