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Vahl's Restaurant & Cocktail

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1513 El Dorado St, Alviso, CA 95002
+1 408-262-0731
11:00 - 20:00
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San Francisco Bay Area
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56 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2016

I am delighted to find a piano bar in the mid San Jose area. You can be sure we will go here several times of year. The food is pretty good. They are an Italian restaurant. The decor is from the 70's but clean. We came here for lunch, so we have not experienced any piano music there yet. We... More 

Thank Mouse1999
Whitefish, Montana
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2016

We looked up an old place that was well known within the business community of San Jose years and years ago and found out it was still open.... barely. What used to be a gem is now an old tarnished antique. The menu is so limited, six items.... BLT, Club, hamburger, open faced roast beef sandwich.... you get the picture.... More 

1 Thank WhitefishandBeyond
Alviso, California
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2015

We went on a Sunday so it was fairly quiet. The food was just OK. Not bad, not good. The waitress was extremely nice and attentive. The piano bar looks like fun. We'll come back just for that but not the food.

Thank Nicole B
Carlisle, Massachusetts
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196 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2015

Zombies would complete the picture. This place warmed my heart. The food was only ok, but certainly it could be eaten. The staff was engaging and professional. The decor was a serious throwback to the mid-fifties, as were the clientele, who have aged considerably since that time. The thing is that they have live karaoke, with an ancient but able... More 

1 Thank Paul D
Madrid, Spain
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2015

The food it's okay, but the amazing thing is that on Sunday afternoon and some more days you can have lunch while the people eating at the restaurant is singing.

Thank Victor E
Sunol, California, United States
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2014

I've been coming to Vahl's since my childhood. Fortunately and unfortunately, not much has changed since then. Great place for resurrecting memories of the 50's and 60's, complete with the bold, flowered wallpaper. Food matches the decor with old school basics. The unfortunate part is the same, depending on what you're looking for. REALLY need to rework the menu and... More 

Thank Marspot48
Alviso, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2014

Vahl's has changed little over the past 50 years. The furniture, the decor, the guests and staff are timeless classics. Their bar and pool table are dimly lit and frequented by a friendly group of regulars. One dining room is used on Friday evenings for live hits of the 1940s played and sung by people who were young at that... More 

2 Thank probell
San Francisco, California, United States
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2014

I love Vahl's because even though the food is kind of mediocre, it is the atmosphere of a once glamorous restaurant still holding onto what it once was. White tablecloths, formal settings, a fading grande dame. They are so behind the times that they cannot run a tip on your credit card. Which was embarrassing, as then my date and... More 

1 Thank Elle S
Sunnyvale, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 February 2013

Despite the less than attractive exterior and the rather dated interior, the food is fantastic and there is plenty of it. Frank, the bartender has been there for a long time and is quite an interesting fellow to talk to. The waitresses are very attentive and their recommendations (especially the carrot cake) are spot on. Love this place!

1 Thank CarolynM955855
Alviso, California, United States
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2012

The food here is delicious. I have to admit that the outside appearance and inside ambiance leaves much to be desired, but the friendly service and delicious food more than makes up for it. If you go definitely order the steak sandwich, it is DELICIOUS!!!

4 Thank Carey B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Seating
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1513 El Dorado St, Alviso, CA 95002
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Alviso
  • Phone Number: +1 408-262-0731

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