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Bill's Cafe on the Alameda

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2089 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 244-9085
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6:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch

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  • 19
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good breakfast options and very busy

Good food, good choices and very good value. While a little loud at times, this place was worth the short wait. Our group had pancakes, cinnamon French toast and the hash brown skillet and were out for $40 with tip. A nice breakfast stop in SJC.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
Joe L
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Peachtree City, Georgia
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Peachtree City, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Good food, good choices and very good value. While a little loud at times, this place was worth the short wait. Our group had pancakes, cinnamon French toast and the hash brown skillet and were out for $40 with tip. A nice breakfast stop in SJC.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

There were just two of us and the wait was supposed to be 30 minutes. What's great is that they have free coffee set up at a table in the waiting area for guests that are waiting. Lots of seating area and you can order their mimosa or other breakfast drinks while you wait. We actually got seated in 15... More 

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Windsor, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I was here on a busy lunchtime Monday, so service was a bit slower than I'd like. But the food was good, the place was clean and the price was right. Don't expect anything fancy, but if you are in the mood for a BLT or a tuna melt or other diner type fare, this is your place. Only open... More 

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Pune, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

It's open only for breakfast and lunch.Be prepared for a long wait, though they give you plenty of chairs to sit on both outside and inside along with unlimited free coffee while you wait for a table. The wait is amply compensated by the super fast service once you place your order.The California Benedict was superb with a bun topped... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Cannot say enough good things about this place. Highly recommend this place for breakfast/brunch!! Our family ate here all 3 days of our stay in San Jose. Food is 4/5 star quality at a 1/2 star price! they are known for their eggs benedict, pancakes & french toast were to die for! every meal is super filling, a lot of... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Best place for breakfast around. I love the benedict menu - there are at least 8 different ones to choose between. It gets busy, so try to arrive before 9am.

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Exeter, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Steak and eggs, protein scramble, bread pudding french toast, endless cups of coffee. Our table was completely full of yummy goodness. Only downside was that medium rare steaks were really medium well but still tender and tasty. Please try the bread pudding French toast. We shared and had plenty because it is so dense and sweet. Topped with a grilled... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Stopped by looking for a decent breakfast that was close to SJC airport. Found Bill's Cafe and was pleasantly surprised. We were greeted quickly and seated in a very nice atmosphere. We did a mix of crab cake benedict and portabello mushroom benedict. Hard to say which was better, they were both superb! The hash browns were perfect in texture,... More 

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Tenino, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The breakfast here is excellent. My husband and I both got omelets. Moreover, the service here goes above and beyond. My husband and I arrived Saturday morning coming directly from the airport and there were already super busy. We put our name down (25 min wait) and decided to hang out outside. As such, we didn't hear them call our... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Excellent crab cake Benedict. Great fried potatoes. Wife had chicken sausage scramble with fruit. Report was very good fresh and healthy. No wait wed at 1030am. Small parking lot but other parking available. I will be back.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2089 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: (408) 244-9085

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm

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