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Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe

American, Cafe, Diner
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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 17
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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
Comfort Eats

I had the Rachael. It was quite tasty. I had a side of greasy sweet potato fries. If you're looking for comfort food. This Diner is a great place to start.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
mctraveler2
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Dallas
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Dallas
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115 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I had the Rachael. It was quite tasty. I had a side of greasy sweet potato fries. If you're looking for comfort food. This Diner is a great place to start.

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Emeryville, California
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127 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Packed late night. Probably because it is one of the few open places. Omelettes are dry, soups are tasteless and salads are dry. Maybe it's just me. If it wasn't for the convenience, I would rate it 2 stars.

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Thank FM6565
Napa, California
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46 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

Came here once before with our contractor when we were picking out tile and countertops at Granite Expo around the corner. The service is good for such a busy place (populate with the local lunch crowd apparently) and the food is very good. I live the funky vibe- biggest barbie collection I've ever seen in a diner- and I'm comfortable... More 

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Thank USNomad257
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

My "local, townie" diner - love seeing familiar faces and great staff make the dining experience so enjoyable. Solid burger options (I love mushroom Swiss), but also a good variety for breakfast. Cool art on the walls - a namesake in Emeryville/Oakland!

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Thank Teshina W
Santa Cruz, California
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124 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Great little breakfast place with nice outdoor seating area. Friendly service and decent coffee; eggs benedict is especially delicious (served on a bed of hash browns rather than the traditional English muffins). Recommended!

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Thank brocdog
Oakland, California
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38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Grehg P
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Benjamin M
San Francisco, California
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74 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 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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Thank sandlovers
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Lizzie H
Emeryville, California
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 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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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: American, 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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?