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Bill's Cafe on the Alameda

Certificate of Excellence
American, Cafe, Diner
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2089 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 244-9085
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

large portions well prepared but not cheap. However you can order half size portions which are reasonable and large enough. Breakfast and lunch only.

Thank mecarr950
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87 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First hint on the popularity of this restaurant is the queue for the carpark. Food is quite good thou I find it a tad salty for my crabcake. Coffee was so-so....

Thank Daniel_lawgg
Raleigh, North Carolina
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71 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went here for both lunch and breakfast. I love this place. Great coffee, great linguica, and great service. Green leather upholstered seating. Always stop here when I'm in town. They close around 2pm, so don't try to go here for dinner.

Thank Analog T
Portland, Oregon
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Found this place on Yelp and had good reviews. Sweet, or so we thought! I will say we were able to get in pretty quick for a Saturday morning. Service was good, but food not so much! Mimosas are served in a thick "margarita" type glass with a straw? This was also quite flat and not very "bubbly" from the... More 

Thank Brandy S
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

The service is great and fast. They FIGURE out what to do quickly. They take hints. There are three girls that are especially excellent. The leader of them is smart and quick.

Thank Elina C
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Bill's is a pretty popular spot however even in busy times we didn't have to wait very long to be seated, surprised by the size of the restaurant. Service was also a very pleasant surprise both in terms of order time and food delivery. The food was amazing, so good we came back the very next day. Make a visit... More 

Thank seans735
San Francisco Bay Area
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103 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Driving home after dropping off our other car at the dealership for a needed repair, we decided to stop for breakfast since it was past 10 am and we had left home at 7 am without having eaten anything – and with an hour’s drive home, no one wants to be with me if I haven’t eaten and I’m hungry... More 

Thank Dr_SJ
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

We knew we chose a good restaurant for breakfast when cars were waiting to get into the parking lot -- we were not disappointed! We were welcomed and seated as soon as we arrived and the waitstaff was very attentive. Our food sensitivities were graciously accommodated -- we just couldn't ask for a better experience. In fact, we returned the... More 

Thank Katherine P
Dallas, Texas
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Found a decently priced hotel near SJC airport on a recent business trip to silicon valley. The first morning after I arrived, my teleconferences to Asia ran past the 9AM closing time of the free hotel breakfast. This turned out well as I found Bill's Cafe right across the street. The pancake combo was excellent as was the steel cut... More 

Thank Mark H
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98 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2016 via mobile

.....service, food, and cost Breakfast anytime. Everything is fresh and every server is friendly and efficient

Thank Valary M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2089 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: (408) 244-9085

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