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Bill's Cafe

1115 Willow St, San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 294-1125
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Ranked #6 of 1,906 Restaurants in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Eclectic
Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Sacramento, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We waited close to an hour at 11 am on a Saturday morning. They provide free coffee while you are waiting - a nice touch. Was it worth the wait? Place is packed for good reason. Food is fresh, well prepared, generous portions. I had the French omelet (sucker for goat cheese) and it was great, my son had one... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Food tastes fresh, great atmosphere and was worth the wait :) located in a great area with plenty of parking areas and cool shops to walk by

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San Jose, California, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Bill's serves the great American breakfast. I take my grandchildren here for a 1:1 breakfast that has become our thing. They always find something to eat while I can find something healthy. I have not tried they TexMex dishes but the menu makes them sound as good as the standards. Two traditions they honor is the bottomless cup of coffee... More

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San Jose, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Oh sweet success! Bill's is always full, the wait on a weekend is easily 30 to 45 minutes. We have been coming to the 2 locations ( I think the 3rd more recent in South San Jose is a run by a cousin ) for years. The food is typically breakfast, with a South-of-the-border influence. Portions are large and food... More

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El Pescadero, Mexico
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We ate at both the Bill's on Willow, and the one on the Alameda. Both are excellent! I loved that my husband could order breakfast while I ordered lunch. He loved his eggs and sausage; hash browns seemed fresh, a rarity! Bread is fresh and delicious. Coffee is yummy. I had the chopped salad--huge and fresh, with delicious dressing and... More

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San Diego, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I had perfectly cooked eggs, bacon and shared pancakes and a waffle. Huge mimosas and quick service.. There are always people waiting but tables open quickly.

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Austin, Texas
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50 reviews 50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

While running errands in San Jose, we realized it was 1 pm, time for lunch, but we were visitors driving from Alviso to San Jose. There are lots of little cafes along the road, but we saw Bill's Cafe, and there were still cars and folks sitting at outside table. It was a great choice. They have a soup and... More

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Riverside County
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97 reviews 97 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a local hangout and very popular for breakfast on the weekends. I was taken there for Father''s Day. We got there a little after 7:30 am and were seated within a few minutes. By the time we left at 9 or so, there were at least 100 people outside waiting. The service was very good and our server... More

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San Jose, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Bill's is a San Jose tradition. There are 3 locations (if I'm not mistaken) and all of them have very long lines each weekend. You can call ahead to reserve your place in line and as long as you get to the restaurant within the wait time, you should have no problems being seated soon. The mimosas are huge and... More

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San Jose, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

The place always has long lines on the weekends. I think this is a local favorite. But from food perspective, just ok. I prefer other cafés in the downtown area.

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