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“Great food matching the great atmosphere”

Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe
Ranked #48 of 1,277 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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!
Colorado Springs, CO
Level 6 Contributor
133 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great food matching the great atmosphere”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

Working at the nearby ice rink all weekend, so took a stroll over to have breakfast. Awesome surprise in the neighborhood. Diner mixed with punk atmosphere, loved the feel immediately. Great breakfast menu. Was sort of expecting "greasy spoon" food, but awesome, obviously freshly made food was brought instead.
Good coffee for a diner. Had the southwestern omelette. The chorizo wasn't too greasy and the guac was SO good. The option to have tortillas in the place of toast was a nice little surprise.
The waiter was extremely friendly and told us the little story about the name.

Love seeing that they have a full bar for later in the day. Hoping to try another meal while in town. Not sure about the overpriced comments, in my opinion you get a large meal for the right price.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank MrsH1983
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good if you don't care that it is over priced.”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

I feel like this restaurant is only popular because it's the only food spot open late in that part of Oakland other than hotdog carts! This place is a corporatized version of a mom and pop diner, or a local "greasy spoon" on steroids.

Before you settle for this place be sure to check out Nations Hamburgers on Broadway about a mile or so toward Jack London square, also nearby are Everette and Jones BBQ and Chicken and Waffles.

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank Justin P
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Oakland, California
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“An improving gem in downtown Oakland”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

Heard from a friend about Rudy's and took the kids on a Saturday for lunch. Surprisingly, for downtown Oakland on a Saturday, this place was humming and we had to wait about 15 minutes to get a table, but the music overhead was cool and the kids got a kick looking at all of the Barbie dolls and other action figures lined up along the wall wearing Rudy's Can't Fail shirts! All of the wait staff were hip and friendly, and I appreciated how nicely they treated my young kids.

I had the BALT sandwich (a generous portion of thick-cut, crispy bacon, fresh avocado, crisp lettuce and ripe tomatoes) on sourdough with a fresh salad accompanied by a balsamic vinaigrette and a tasty pickle. Both kids had a cheeseburger (cooked to medium well as requested) with crispy fries which was a big hit.

The restaurant was buzzing but I was still able to have a conversation with the kids without having to raise my voice. Water refills came promptly, and the only slight delay was in trying to grab our bill to pay. Even though there were people waiting, we didn't feel pressured to eat quickly and leave, and our waiter was rushing around helping multiple tables but was always pleasant to us.

We look forward to going to Rudy's again soon!

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank ray-may
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San Francisco, California
Level 6 Contributor
269 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“Awesome Two-Tone / Punk concept diner in great area”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

It's going to be plus one star for the name, based off a favorite Clash song. Then plus another star just for the ethos, as told by the action figure "strip mural" on their wall.... no matter who you are, you are all equal... That old punk ethos vibes throughout, with a bit of the bluebeat, two-tone era vibrating along with it. It's a hodge podge of different fun ideas, central bar, diner seating.... if you are coming in here expecting fine dining, you might want to turn around (not because the food isn't up to par, but because they don't need you). Fact is, the design, interiors, etc are all fun and interesting - I even like the home made Airstream style private dining room (that has it's own private entrance into the Fox Theatre. That's sort of worth the price of admission.

But the fries were crunchy and great, service was stellar, happy, on top of it without being too overbearing, the manager was kind and hands on. It turned out to be a great spot for a quick, casual business lunch. I had the Buffalo Tender Salad, which is heaven for the guy that likes buffalo wings, but likes to pretend he is eating healthily. =) It was one of the best I have had, for what it's worth.

And for what it's worth... Rudy's Can't Fail is a 5 Star diner. Such that I can't wait to get back to Uptown. Oakland is happenin', people. Awesome spot, awesome location... well done.

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank OnlineConcierge
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Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“What a nice surprise”
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
Thank RenoSongman
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