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Emil Villa's CA Barbecue

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1800 E 14th St, San Leandro, CA 94577-5021
+1 510-357-7776
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San Francisco, California
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am reluctant to tell people about this place because it is so good, so convenient and so under-used. Are you looking for a great breakfast on Sunday but don't want to wait for a table? Well, then this is the place. The portions are big, (awesome hash browns..made right) the price is good, the service is fast and friendly... More 

Thank andrewlibson
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110 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

This establishment used to be one of my favs however it has fallen off as far as food and serve is concerned. Sometimes the ribs are moist and tender. Other times, it is dry and taste less - ugh!! Used to be a line to get in, nowadays, you just walk right in. Don't want to spend my $ if... More 

Thank Rose L
San Leandro, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 January 2017

Service was great, food was really good. Only thing on sampler plate more zucchini would be great. Good value.

Thank wanderer872
Level Contributor
24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Had Emil's Special Scramble with avocado. Could have served two people. But, it was yummy. Hubby had an omelet and was happy with his meal too. Their fresh baked biscuits were just like mom's. Not a fancy place, but they sure have the knack for serving up some good grub. If we weren't just passing thru, I'd love to come... More 

Thank Deborah M
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2015 via mobile

I had been going there for years and then they closed. They have been re-open for a couple of years now however we just started going back last year. If you want a good hearty breakfast with great bacon and sausage this is the place to go. I love that they offer grits instead of potatoes however their country potatoes... More 

Thank Sheryl S
Hidden Valley Lake, California
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2015

Like many of you reading this review, l Love when I find a good Grill with options! Emil Villa's is tops for their barbecue. If you don't know it by now, the menu also offers an assortment of Pit Smoked specialties, Combo platters, Steaks, Chops & Seafood (my favorite category). I'll get back to that! Other options are Juniors/ Lighter... More 

Thank Archeaglefly
San Leandro, California
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2015

They've been there forever. That alone should tell you something. My family has gone there, plus we go there separately by ourselves or with friends. We have had pretty much everything on the menu. Thier BBQ is great, no complaints from us.

Thank davidscott1
San Leandro, California
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2015

After a long hiatus, Emil Villa's has reopened. The ribs are good, but usually not very warm. I bring my folks who are in their 90s. For them and even for me the atmosphere is often too cold.

Thank LucysMom2012
San Leandro, California
Level Contributor
13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2015

After a fire had been closed forever. Not necessarily wonderful prior to fire. Went for breakfast on Sunday morning and the place was crowded, yet the food was delicious. I will be back again and again and again. Service was good, prices decent.

Thank Sharon B
2 reviews
Reviewed 10 February 2015

Excellent service from the front door, servers, bus staff and the best the kitchen staff. Best BBQ in the county.

Thank Vivianana

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1800 E 14th St, San Leandro, CA 94577-5021
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Leandro
  • Phone Number: +1 510-357-7776

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