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Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe

$$ - $$$
American, Cafe, Diner
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4081 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608-3505
+1 510-594-1221
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place for family and friends. Funky vibe and great servers make this a family favorite. Had romantic evening with my valentine of 42-years. Didn't need fancy, just fun and a hood home cooked meal.

Thank connie D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been here a few times over the years. This morning I popped in and it was too lovely not to give it the 5 stars it deserves. Foremost, the people. Xitlalt (apologies in advance if i messed up the spelling) and Tomas are rock stars. Friendly, great service, and responsive to special requests. It doesn't get any better than... More 

Thank 4beezee2
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

We frequent this Café several times a month foe breakfast, they give a good sized portion and the food is decent although has changed very little seasoning (salt or pepper) they do have a nice variety of menu selections. That being said they don't seem to know how to construct an eggs benedict breakfast. They put the hollandaise sauce in... More 

Thank Orlando D
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

Had lunch with friends during travel to Oakland. I had the patty melt and fries. The food was very good and the portions were generous. They serve breakfast all day, so that is a great convenience.

Thank Ayo A
Management response:

Thanks for taking the time to review! Glad you enjoyed! More 

Hoover, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

Enjoyed a great lunch here today while visiting in Emeryville, Ca. This is one of those great find restaurants. We entered the restaurant and were greeted by the server behind the counter who offered us seating inside or outside. We sat at the counter and were immediately greeted by Carla. It was obvious that she loved what she does. She... More 

Thank Haddon P
Management response:

Thanks for such a nice review! We'll let Carla know! More 

Edgartown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We stopped in at Rudy's from a recommendation by our son, who lives in Emeryville. This is the kind of place you would like to see in your neighborhood. Good, no-nonsense food prepared and served by people who care about your satisfaction. If in the East Bay...GO!

Thank DJ_Shirley
Management response:

So Glad you had a great time! Please stop in again next time you're in town More 

Berkeley, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

Well, it was "hip". But somewhere between the Barbie Doll heads and the squeezable dinos, I had to roll my eyes. We waited for 30 minutes to even be seated, and the food was decent, but taken as a whole, not worth the time involved. Saw my early 30-something co-worker there with his wife and baby. Wondered, "Do they come... More 

Thank Bobbie202
Management response:

Hi, this is Dan w/ Rudy's. I'm very sorry about the wait time. I'll mention this to the mgmt team. Do you recall what time you were there? This will help us narrow down the problem and work on correcting it. More 

Oakland, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

...stopped to get late dinner after long day of travel. Very slow to non-existent service and not even busy. If not for the hour of day, would have walked out.

Thank lynbug62
Management response:

Hi, this is Dan and helping with the online reviews. So very about the poor service. We've put in a new process of relaying reviews to mgmt, so that we can identity the weak spots and hopefully earn your trust back. Do you recall any other details that I discuss with the owners and Sr. mgmt. Also please free to... More 

Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

Stopped by for dinner with a group of five. Had the Cajun Blue Cheese Burger and it was excellent. The fries are really good! They have a good selection of bottled beers and tap, including Guinness. The atmosphere is basic and a little kitchy, which is cool. Nice size are for inside seating and a great patio for eating outside.... More 

Thank BlueSky467
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

I went here for breakfast and had the chorizo and Halapeno scramble which came with Hash browns and toast. A good if somewhat huge breakfast in a very interesting space. My son had an omlette which was so large he only managed to eat half of it. Good well cooked breakfasts with fabulous hash browns.

Thank 13out

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4081 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608-3505
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Emeryville
  • Phone Number: +1 510-594-1221
Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe opened in 2002 in Emeryville, CA with a second location in Uptown Oakland since 2011. Rudy's was born from a desire to create a restaurant where people of all walks of life can feel welcome and eat honest food in a fun atmosphere.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?