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Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe

$$ - $$$
American, Cafe, Diner
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4081 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608-3505
+1 510-594-1221
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:30
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17:00 - 23:30
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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
Emeryville, California
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214 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the few late night spots in Emeryville also open for breakfast. The place is usually busy but the food is average at best.

Thank FM6565
San Francisco, California
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sad to say that my meal this past weekend was one of the worst ever. I haven't eaten here in over ten years, and had fond memories of the breakfasts I once had. Alas....the buffalo chicken salad I had tasted like the chef upended two bottles of vinegar onto the chicken while laughing hysterically! If it weren't for my need... More 

Thank Lindseyrhea
So. California
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184 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

I have been to this diner a few times and always come away satisfied. Breakfasts are hearty with lots of choices. The turkey with dressing was delicious! Service was quick, but parking can be a challenge is it's busy. Burgers & mac'n cheese were had by others in our party. Yum!

Thank captaingr
Tollhouse, Ca.
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116 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Loved my breakfast here! I had French toast, eggs and tasty chicken sausage. Coffee was tasty as well. Everyone in our party loved their choices which included omelets. Service was attentive and friendly. Nice outdoor seating to use on a warmer day.

Thank gdr23
Chicago, IL, USA
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201 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

As always, Rudy's offers a great diner breakfast/brunch. Excellent choice and food is well prepared. Great place if in Emeryville.

Thank chgotrvlr71
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Ate at Rudy's for the first time the other day. Got the Duces Wild, which is a very customizable combo. Got t with French toast, eggs and veggie sausage. All very, very good, but one of he French toasts was slightly under cooked. I mentioned it and they reheated it for me without a problem. Decent value, too. I'll be... More 

Thank Meda T
Sao Paulo, SP
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126 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

I think the price is not fair for what it offers. Regular meal. Maybe the owner of the establishment gives more value to all the prices.

Thank Carolina M
1 review
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Great place for family and friends. Funky vibe and great servers make this a family favorite. Had romantic evening with my valentine of 42-years. Didn't need fancy, just fun and a hood home cooked meal.

Thank connie D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 February 2017

I've been here a few times over the years. This morning I popped in and it was too lovely not to give it the 5 stars it deserves. Foremost, the people. Xitlalt (apologies in advance if i messed up the spelling) and Tomas are rock stars. Friendly, great service, and responsive to special requests. It doesn't get any better than... More 

Thank 4beezee2

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Parking Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?