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“What a nice surprise” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe, Oakland, California

Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe, Oakland, California
1805 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
510-251-9400
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Ranked #28 of 1,119 Restaurants in Oakland
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: This is right next to the Fox Theater in Oakland! I guess it opened recently? The food was quite good - got pics if you want 'em!
Reno
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15 reviews 15 reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“What a nice surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Saw it online and went before a show. Great people watching even if the food were marginal. However, we both had burgers that were OUTSTANDING. Perfectly cooked, with some of the best fries you've ever eaten. Crazy cool crowd throughout, and terrific Happy Hour specials. Loved it, would definitely return!

Visited October 2012
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WashingtonDC
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281 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 121 cities Reviews in 121 cities
283 helpful votes 283 helpful votes
“fun diner with good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

My friends and I went to Rudy's Can't Fail for Sunday brunch based on a recommendation from a friend who lives in San Francisco, and we were pleased with the food.  This is just a typical diner place and doesn't pretend to be anything else. Although we were there for brunch, half of us opted for the burgers, since they had some unique creations. I'd recommend the Santa Fe burger, but not the chupacabra burger (goat cheese and bacon). The breakfast items that we ordered were actually pretty tasty, though. The chicken and gravy biscuits were the best, and the chorizo & egg hash was spicy. 

The atmosphere is very low-key, and it's a fine place to lounge around with a cup of coffee on a lazy Sunday morning. Obviously it's not really fine dining, but you know what you're getting yourself into. We got out of there for less than $20 a person, so it's not very expensive. 

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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72 reviews 72 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“You "Can't Fail" to like to place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

An absolute find! We're in our 50s, but we didn't feel uncool in such a hip place - all staff seemed to be tattooed! It has an edgy, rocker kind of vibe. Having said that, the background music is nice and low in volume allowing conversation as you eat. There are interesting things to look at, like a case containing dressed up dolls of every kind, and the tables have art tops on them. Very cool!

Most of Oakland is closed on Sundays, so we were really glad to find such a nice cafe open for breakfast, lunch or dinner (specials of the day from 4.30 pm onwards). The area is what we'd describe as 'mixed', but we felt safe enough. We sat at the bar and were very well cared for - the barman gave us tasters of the beers we were not familiar with, and was knowledgable; we enjoyed our drinks! Our helpful waitress was willing to find out ingredients for my food allergies, there are lots of vegetarian, gluten free and even vegan options on the menu. She also told us about the Farmers Market that was on and where 'life' happens on a Sunday in Oakland.

Don't miss this one - the bill was lower than we expected it to be as well.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“You can't help but like this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

Casual relaxed unpretentious. Good service good food and decent prices. The cafe is located in a revitalizing part of Oakland uptown close to the new bars and restaurants but it is one of the few places in that area that serves breakfast, lunch dinner and beyond ( it is open until 2 am). Check it out and you won't be disappointed.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Hyattsville, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great food and very affordable!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

We ate here 3 days in a row. Needless to say, we enjoyed the food, it was very reasonably priced and it was convenient to our hotels. It was about a 10 minute walk and in what looks to be a somewhat rough part of town but we never had any issues. I hope to visit again in the future!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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