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Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe

#52 of 1,062 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
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1805 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
+1 510-251-9400
08:00 - 14:30
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

The food was good. The service was friendly but slow. The location is very conveniently located, next to the Fox Theater. No gluten free breads are available.

Thank cmarieat
Greensboro, Georgia
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Came here on a Friday morning. They were well understaffed amd the staff were struggling to cope. After way too long the server came to take our order but then noticed that we had no menus. Had an omelette with Swiss cheese. The cheese was like a lump of rubber. The TripAdvisor reviews, generally, looked good but I'm afraid you... More 

Thank OconeeMan
San Mateo, California
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Visited one Friday evening around 7:20pm before a concert in Fox Theater. Seated at the bar and had my order taken quickly. Drink was served but my burger and fries didnt appear after 30 minutes. I offered to pay for my drink but the server refused to accept it and apologized. I'll never know if that was the wrong evening... More 

Thank cook_25_05
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67 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

This is a terrific spot for breakfast, just around the corner from the 20th St BART station. Friendly staff. Good breakfast menu. Especially love their Huevos Rancheros! Yum!!!!!!

Thank KayakDC
Berkeley, California
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 31 December 2016

Rudy's offers veg sausage, bacon etc so I can have the occasional BLT, but my real favorite is the Tower of Power and Popeye's Eyedeho. Both a large mouthful of yummy.

Thank sarahlala0514
Oakland, California
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46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016

Rudy's, conveniently located in the same building as the Oakland Fox Theater, is a retro-styled diner with exceptionally good food. We've been to the original Rudy's in Emeryville, and the same great quality is carried on in this place. Breakfasts are uniformly delicious, served all day, and there are daily specials for the other meals. For me, outstanding is the... More 

Thank Kasac1943
O'Fallon, Missouri, United States
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016

Stopped in upon my arrival to the Bay Area with friends. Who doesn't love The Clash? Great standard diner fare in downtown Oakland. Appropriately met up with our friend's bandmates. Food and service were both great. A nice welcome to the area.

Thank StaceyM27
San Francisco, California
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685 reviews
463 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Had a business lunch here when I was in Oak-town for meetings. Good place to get a reasonably priced, promptly served diner meal - a turkey-club type place. This place is adjacent to the Fox Theater, and I wished I had noticed it last time I went to the Fox; it would be a great alternative to the more expensive... More 

Thank Yog-Sothoth
Management response:

Thanks for taking the time for the review! Glad you enjoyed, hope your meeting went well and hope to see you next you're in Oak- town More 

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Fantastic Diner/cafe who serve breakfast and lunch and basically anything. Food is 5 star the French toast is a must have

Thank Rob P
Management response:

Hi, this is Dan, thanks for the nice review! More 

Palm Harbor, Florida
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

By far the place to go in Oakland for good food yet reasonable prices. I was in the area for four days and I ate at least one meal here each day the whole time I was here. It was the convenience, courteous employees and friendly atmosphere that made me come back everyday. My last visit was during a lunch... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 14:30
08:00 - 14:30
08:00 - 14:30
08:00 - 14:30
08:00 - 14:30
08:00 - 14:30
08:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1805 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: +1 510-251-9400
This is right next to the Fox Theater in Oakland! I guess it opened recently? The food was quite good - got pics if you want 'em!

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