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Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe

#25 of 1,058 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1805 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
+1 510-251-9400
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a terrific spot for breakfast, just around the corner from the 20th St BART station. Friendly staff. Good breakfast menu. Especially love their Huevos Rancheros! Yum!!!!!!

Thank KayakDC
Berkeley, California
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016

Rudy's offers veg sausage, bacon etc so I can have the occasional BLT, but my real favorite is the Tower of Power and Popeye's Eyedeho. Both a large mouthful of yummy.

Thank sarahlala0514
Oakland, California
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45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2016

Rudy's, conveniently located in the same building as the Oakland Fox Theater, is a retro-styled diner with exceptionally good food. We've been to the original Rudy's in Emeryville, and the same great quality is carried on in this place. Breakfasts are uniformly delicious, served all day, and there are daily specials for the other meals. For me, outstanding is the... More 

Thank Kasac1943
O'Fallon, Missouri, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

Stopped in upon my arrival to the Bay Area with friends. Who doesn't love The Clash? Great standard diner fare in downtown Oakland. Appropriately met up with our friend's bandmates. Food and service were both great. A nice welcome to the area.

Thank StaceyM27
San Francisco, California
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663 reviews
451 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

Had a business lunch here when I was in Oak-town for meetings. Good place to get a reasonably priced, promptly served diner meal - a turkey-club type place. This place is adjacent to the Fox Theater, and I wished I had noticed it last time I went to the Fox; it would be a great alternative to the more expensive... More 

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Thanks for taking the time for the review! Glad you enjoyed, hope your meeting went well and hope to see you next you're in Oak- town More 

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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

Fantastic Diner/cafe who serve breakfast and lunch and basically anything. Food is 5 star the French toast is a must have

Thank Rob P
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Hi, this is Dan, thanks for the nice review! More 

Palm Harbor, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

By far the place to go in Oakland for good food yet reasonable prices. I was in the area for four days and I ate at least one meal here each day the whole time I was here. It was the convenience, courteous employees and friendly atmosphere that made me come back everyday. My last visit was during a lunch... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

Can't Fail Cafe is one of the best breakfast places in Oakland. There are lots of options for vegetarians. My favorite by far is the Tower of Power. It's scrambled eggs, grilled tomatoes, and veggie sausage patties on top of cheesy hash browns. I deducted one star for the not always friendly waiters. Don't forget to check out all the... More 

Management response:

Thanks for the nice review! Sorry about the one star deduction, I will mention this to the management team. More 

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

Well worth a visit, good atmosphere, food so tasty, would definitely recommend a visit if in the area of Oakland 👍🏻🇺🇸👏🏻

Thank Rob P
Management response:

Thanks! If you're local hope to see you soon. If not, hope to see when you're back in town! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

We ordered a variety of very different omelets and scrambles and could not have been more pleased. We look forward to eating there when we are in Oakland again.

Thank Janis N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1805 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: +1 510-251-9400
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!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?