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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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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good43%
  • Average18%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (8 reviews)
“french toast” (9 reviews)
“hash browns” (9 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Hours
American, Diner, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
4081 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608-3505
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Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

My family and I have been eating at Rudy's since my daughter was a preteen Green Day fan. Now we come for the yummy vegetarian food, fun atmosphere and friendly staff. Try the buffalo tofu - delicious!!

Thank Maryeliza687
Reviewed April 2, 2018

I call it the great hangover spot, but you can enjoy this spot even if you didn't have a rough night. Great food. Creative menu items, and good quality! Expect a wait after 10am on the weekends. We try to get there by 9L30am if...More

Thank Karna R
Reviewed March 25, 2018

This funky spot has cheery staff and a comfortable vibe. We ordered an array of dishes, and all were tasty and promptly served. Our server was such a pleasant addition to our visit that we had to order dessert.

Thank Dave D
Reviewed March 6, 2018

Random place to grab food after getting off the plane. Nothing fancy, just good service and good food. Nice to be able to get a Poinsettia (bubbles and cranberry juice) with my Rueben and Slaw. My buddies Denver Omelet (hold the bell peppers) looked good...More

Thank MarkStephenSouder
Reviewed March 3, 2018

As a bay area local we come here often and have ordered much of the menu ( try the Monte Cristo). Nothing has failed us yet, be aware the portions are very large and you will leave full. The Nightly specials are something to watch...More

Reviewed February 11, 2018 via mobile

Top of the game, My Late Night Owl, Foodies! Peace and love food! I dined at a cool little late joint, Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe open til 1am for all the late night party ravelers, lol, nice place and good service. The food is good...More

Thank Buttermansolo
Reviewed January 29, 2018

I spent 5 days in Emeryville and went to this local "joint" on the recommendation of my client the second day. From that point on, I ate my breakfasts here. This is definitely a local joint filled with tech kids from the local businesses. The...More

Thank NYCtoEurope
Reviewed January 24, 2018

I've been coming here for the past 10ish years, way more in the 2005-2010 years as I lived down the street, but still do when I make it to the East Bay good brunch, great and I mean great drip coffee, and Guinness on tap,...More

Thank Sam N
Reviewed October 29, 2017 via mobile

We walked her form our hotel and it was well worth it. Great food made food. I had eggs Benedict. I thought maybe the portion would be too much for me. I ate every bit and wanted to lick the plate. Others with me were...More

Thank SCtripchick
Reviewed October 9, 2017

Went to see Slayer in the city and my buddy told me he knew a great place to eat after the show. Had one of the breakfast specials and nachos. Excellent meal and left me stuffed with leftovers. Looking forward to the next show in...More

Thank satcon25
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4081 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608-3505
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Emeryville
  • Phone Number: +1 510-594-1221
  • E-mail
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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