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Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe

4081 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608-3505
+1 510-594-1221
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good43%
  • Average18%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
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“brunch” (4 reviews)
“french toast” (9 reviews)
“hash browns” (8 reviews)
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Diner, American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4081 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608-3505
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The food was good and sufficient. Plenty of choice and alternations possible. For us a good insight into American dining

Thank Marco N
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

This place has more Benedict plates than anywhere, so thumbs up for good breakfast location, but what takes me by the most often is a stop for a milkshake to go. Chocolate and espresso. Yum! I'm hooked!

Thank Vicki S
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Delicious Buttermilk fried Chicken Sandwich/Burger. Food came out quick - service not so much. One order was different than what was ordered but they still said it was very good and we all said we would go back again for the food. This was the...More

Thank Deni2626
Reviewed 23 July 2017

We really enjoyed our lunch at Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe. If you're looking for a greasy spoon in Emeryville/Oakland, you've found your spot.

Thank PeanutButters
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

We have eaten here several times over the years because of it's location near Pixar where we have friends. But the wait can be long. The service is hit or miss and never really friendly. The food is fine but there are so many better...More

Thank Tavishboo
Reviewed 10 June 2017

So many choices at this restaurant you will have difficulty deciding especially after watching plates being delivered to other tables. It's fresh, it's fast, it's fun and fabulous. Trendy but down home too. Try outdoor seating on a clear day. Wonderful mocha's, latte's.... nothing to...More

Thank Nancy E
Reviewed 30 May 2017

My husband and I went for breakfast on Sunday morning. We were seated right away and our wait person, Stephanie was great. The prices were average for a breakfast. I do not drink coffee but my husband, who is a coffee drinker, said the coffee...More

Thank geedbee
Reviewed 17 May 2017

The menu has everything and the decor is unique. Course I'm a fan of diners so I came in predisposed to like the place and was not disappointed. Met a friend there for lunch and she was equally taken with the place.

Thank barbkohn
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

I have been many times..because if the food...but the service is always lacking...one time I ordered a sandq9that was supposed to come with sliced avacado...instead they dumped guacamole on top...which was extremly salty...when I asked to have it repaired...the server acted like I was wasting...More

Thank djhaggerty
Reviewed 27 April 2017

I REALLY enjoyed the coffee, infact I bought a bag to take home. Service was quick, prices were great, and servings were large. We sat at the Monopoly resin table, decor was quirky and fun.

Thank suds3630
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4081 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608-3505
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Emeryville
  • Phone Number: +1 510-594-1221
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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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