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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 95126-1136
(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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34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great breakfast spot San Jose has! Really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere, the great Banana Pecan Waffle. My sweetie had the Ortega Omelette with the hash browns. Delicious. There could be a whole review on the hash browns! They are some of the best we have ever had!

Thank Sherri R
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to Bill's because it had a lot of great reviews on Yelp. It was a great breakfast. Service was efficient, portions were large, price was mid-range. This is not a fancy place and it will be packed on the weekend. But apparently, there are more Bill's cafes than this one to choose from. Lot's of things to choose... More 

Thank Mark R
Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

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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89 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 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 June 24, 2016

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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53 reviews
35 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
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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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105 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 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

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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, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Takeout, 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 95126-1136
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: (408) 244-9085

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