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2115 Kelly St, Hayward, CA 94541-3225
510-889-8257
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner

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  • 69
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A Hayward Landmark

After living 35 years in Hayward, CA. I recently introduced my grandkids to Val's. They loved it! My challenge was convincing my grandson he should not order the "Poppa Burger", a size even I couldn't eat, if I tried! Parking could be a problem on weekends, so if you can go M-F, don't hesitate.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
650mario
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Hayward, California
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English first
Hayward, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I grew up just up the street from this place and it used to live up to it's name of being the best on the west coast, but not for the hamburgers anymore. The milkshakes and onion rings are still amazing though. The new ownership is when things changed years back, and it's just not the same old Val's unfortunately.... More 

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Hayward, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

After living 35 years in Hayward, CA. I recently introduced my grandkids to Val's. They loved it! My challenge was convincing my grandson he should not order the "Poppa Burger", a size even I couldn't eat, if I tried! Parking could be a problem on weekends, so if you can go M-F, don't hesitate.

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Hayward, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Always been a good place to go. The last couple of time though things have changed. My daughter wanted ranch dip with her chicken strips and they told her that would be an extra cost. She wanted it instead of catsup. Then when I asked for a box to go they wanted to charge me for that. I think thats... More 

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East Palo Alto, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

A burger is a burger is a burger and there is nothing special about a Val's burger! Truly a greasy spoon!

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Hayward, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I understand Val's is an East Bay institution and for that I want to love them. However, I just don't. Don't get me wrong, they're not bad, they're just not great. For all of the hooplah people make about the place I expect a dang good burger. I would be more likely to go to Five Guys or even the... More 

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Mountain View, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The great food makes up for the not so friendly service. Service reminds me of the TV Show "Alice" and Mel's Diner. This was once voted the best burger in the Bay Area. Close but not THE best in the Bay Area...anymore, at least.

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Castro Valley, Ca
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

If you want to enjoy the best burger anywhere, go to Val's. No other burger place has ever had the delicious, juicy flavor of a Val's burger. The tuna melt is also a hit. Once you eat at Val's you will return again and again.

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SF, California
Top Contributor
455 reviews 455 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
347 helpful votes 347 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Open for breakfast and lunch. This is a great place for old fashioned soda fountain items and great burgers. Well worth the wait to get a seat. Always busy.

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Castro Valley, California
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266 reviews 266 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
229 helpful votes 229 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Val's is a local joint that has gained a reputation for great burgers and shakes. It is open for breakfast and lunch only, and with only 40 seats or so, you can expect to wait. But if there is an open seat in a booth, you can also plan to share the booth with others. It's just that kind of... More 

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Hayward, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

There are many burger joints from the Pacific to the Atlantic. I'd put Val's up against any burger joint! Consider this for your bucket list if you are not form the area; if you are from the Yay!! Area, whenever you want a throwback burger experience, make this your destination. The Papa (1 lb), Mama (1/2 lb) and Baby (1/3)... More 

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Additional Information about Val's Burgers

Address: 2115 Kelly St, Hayward, CA 94541-3225
Phone Number: 510-889-8257
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Hayward
Open Hours:
Tuesday 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: American

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2115 Kelly St, Hayward, CA 94541-3225
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Hayward
  • Phone Number: 510-889-8257

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Tuesday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm

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