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Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe

#25 of 1,051 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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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 14:30
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O'Fallon, Missouri, United States
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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663 reviews
451 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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
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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
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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Hi, this is Dan, thanks for the nice review! More 

Palm Harbor, Florida
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 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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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

Can't Fail Cafe is one of the best breakfast places in Oakland. There are lots of options for vegetarians. My favorite by far is the Tower of Power. It's scrambled eggs, grilled tomatoes, and veggie sausage patties on top of cheesy hash browns. I deducted one star for the not always friendly waiters. Don't forget to check out all the... More 

Management response:

Thanks for the nice review! Sorry about the one star deduction, I will mention this to the management team. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Well worth a visit, good atmosphere, food so tasty, would definitely recommend a visit if in the area of Oakland 👍🏻🇺🇸👏🏻

Thank Rob P
Management response:

Thanks! If you're local hope to see you soon. If not, hope to see when you're back in town! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

We ordered a variety of very different omelets and scrambles and could not have been more pleased. We look forward to eating there when we are in Oakland again.

Thank Janis N
Perth, Australia
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67 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

We went for a quick meal,with friends. The service was very good. The place itself not fancy but interesting. I loved the Barbie dolls displayed on the wall. We all had something different to eat. All of us very satisfied. I had the daily special but found the portion size too large so took some home for the dogs. I'm... More 

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Berkeley, California
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498 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

Came here to meet up with a friend. Had never been before so was eager to see what it was about. It's got a 50s diner feel and serves fairly standard diner fare. My friend's burger and fries were okay, nothing superlative. I fared better with my grilled chicken sandwich, it was juicy and delicious and came with crunchy fresh... More 

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Lynden, WA
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58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

Very unique atmosphere, lots of odd interesting things in the décor. The tables are like eye-spy, they have all kinds of things, each table is a different thing. Ours was like a race track all match box cars in dirt with little funny things all over the side, then it has a thick layer of clear plastic over, so it's... 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, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
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?