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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, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

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  • 30
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    Very good
  • 16
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
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Emeryville, California
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English first
San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Ukiah, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

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
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Additional Information about Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe

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

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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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