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1005 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-3414
408-446-4050
Today
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 2:30 pm

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  • 7
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  • 4
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 1
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Our favorite breakfast restaurant!

We discovered this restaurant on one of our annual visits to the area and now we must visit every time we come. We like the fact it isn't a chain and is located in a very understated location. But, what brings us back is the food. The portions are huge. The fresh squeezed orange juice is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2014
Bill M
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Lyons, Colorado
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Lyons, Colorado
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

We discovered this restaurant on one of our annual visits to the area and now we must visit every time we come. We like the fact it isn't a chain and is located in a very understated location. But, what brings us back is the food. The portions are huge. The fresh squeezed orange juice is delicious and their french... More 

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San Jose, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

We loved this place in our first visit(we went by the yelp reviews) and always think we should encourage family owned businesses. Bummer! there it was big disappoint and holiday or weekend spoiler. The waitress was rude. She kept eating her food (using both hands) in between moving around to take orders and deliver the food from the kitchen. Her... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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98 reviews 98 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

A modest, hole-in-the-wall establishment serving standard coffee shop favorites: pancakes, omelettes, bacon & eggs...boasts a large menu and efficient, friendly service. Good for simple, hearty breakfasts at reasonable prices.

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New York City
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338 reviews 338 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
282 helpful votes 282 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

The place is a standard issue diner with random decor and furniture. The bathrooms are outdoors. The orange juice was hailed as amazing, but was entirely too sweet and lacked acidity to give it more taste. The hash, although lauded on yelp, was out of a can. The only truly tasty breakfast dishes, and my party of five ordered a... More 

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San Jose, California
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

For breakfast in general, this place is very good. For omelettes, this place is the best. The have an excellet and unique variety of omelettes. I have tried the Dolan and the Beisler. Both were great. My wife loves the french toast. This is definnetly a locals favorite. It is decorated with a lot of what appears to be personal... More 

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Sonora
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012 via mobile

This place is great. The "marquardt" was the best omelet I've ever had, the coffee was delicious, the staff were very friendly, and the service was fast. If you haven't been here yet, do yourself a favor and check it out. Do not let the run down building scare you off, the food here is top notch.

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Los Angeles
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

The building looks like a old barn, and not that well maintained. Inside, the atmosphere is a bustling, dish-clanking, old-style restaurant. We've been for breakfast several times, and it can get really crowded. But, they do server you quickly and move you out of there as soon as you're done. Not the friendliest service, but quick and efficient. We keep... More 

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San Jose, California
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

This is a good restaurant to go for comfort food. Everything we had was served quickly, was tasty and were good portions. The servers are all pleasant and effecient. They put a lot of people in there but it's acceptable in this Red Barn Hamburger restaurant conversion. We had absolutely no complaints about the coffee (and I'm picky) anything being... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2009

Had the ground beef/spinach/sour cream omelette but it wasn't very flavorful. Coffee is not good here either. Wheat toast and hash browns were pretty good and the servers/owners are nice.

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Bay Area, CA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2009

We've been frequenting Bill of Fare for years, are always greeted and seated with a smile, and happy with consistently solid, great tasting food that arrives in what seems like scant minutes after an order is placed.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1005 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-3414
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: 408-446-4050
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm

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