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Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe

Diner · Uptown
1805 Telegraph Ave (18th St.), Oakland, CA 94612, United States
Open until 1:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 7:00 AM–1:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Rudy's Can’t Fail Cafe has been open since 2002 and was born from our desire to create a restaurant where people of all walks of life can feel welcome and at home, eat honest, good, nutritional food at affordable prices in an atmosphere of fun and creativity. Are we not Men? We are Rudy.


Based on 329 votes

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  • What you need to know
    "shakin jesse any time of day."(5 Tips)
    Jordan B.
    "The Jesse James is a great cocktail creation."(4 Tips)
    rc h.
    "going for the Big Bleu Burger & sweet potato fries :)"(2 Tips)
    Audrey C.
    "$5 PBR and a shot of tequila or whiskey!"(4 Tips)
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  • breakfast food
  • shakin jesse
  • jesse james
  • burgers
  • big bleu burger
  • milkshakes
  • french fries
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon
  • good for a late night
  • vegetarian food
  • good for a quick meal
  • French toast
  • sandwiches
  • great value
  • pancakes
  • hash browns
  • lively
  • whiskey
  • happy hour
  • tequila
  • Jose O.

    Easy to get a table for lunch. Burgers are better than other fare

    Jose Olivas · December 16, 2015
  • Sydney C.

    Yessss! This place rules I suggest the grilled cheese with tomato

    Sydney Connors · September 12, 2015
  • Russell L.

    Once-trendy now-staple diner. Breakfast options are all good. O really like the Eyedaho.

    Russell L · August 13, 2015
  • Krystha B.

    Don't eat here. Got super sick

    Krystha Barrera · June 21, 2015
  • Cristi S.

    Overpriced food, slow service

    Cristi Scheye · May 17, 2015
  • Cameron W.

    Cookies are baked in house--can't wait to try one. I'm usually here for breakfast.

    Cameron Wilson · April 26, 2015
  • Wandering B.

    Pancakes 💞 - they serve everything though!

    Wandering Bailey · April 14, 2015
  • moxie

    Everything is good here literally!But my personal favorites are the breakfast section, the veggie chili, and the amazing $5 (even) deal for a PBR and a well shot of your choice!

    moxie · January 24, 2015
  • Craig V.

    Convenient place to eat if you're downtown with kids or headed to a show at the Fox. But the food is not good. Poor quality, poor taste. Servers are friendly, though.

    Craig Villamor · January 10, 2015
  • Brian S.

    Breakfast with a little attitude. Tattoos encouraged though not required. The Oakstersam Benedict is a personal favorite.

    Brian Strauss · January 2, 2015
  • Ryan H.

    Oh gosh get a boozy shake they're great. Outside area is pet friendly but not always open when the restaurant is. Call first!

    Ryan Hebert · December 17, 2014
  • Nick F.

    Not as good as the Emeryville location but still a great lunch spot

    Nick Fruendt · December 12, 2014
  • 💕Linds💕

    Delicious breakfast!

    💕Linds💕 · November 10, 2014
  • Benjy W.

    Can't decide if you want breakfast for dinner? Get a burger with hash browns instead of fries. Best of both worlds!

    Benjy Weinberger · September 22, 2014
  • antuan g.

    The Jesse James is the best thing on the menu. No, the best thing ever... Ask about it.

    antuan goodwin · August 19, 2014
  • Talisa L.

    Awesome vegetarian options and the food is fresh and yummy.

    Talisa Lavarry · August 16, 2014
  • Kelly W.

    Try their alcoholic shakes!

    Kelly Wong · August 9, 2014
  • Scott A.

    Green eggs and ham!

    Scott Angelle · August 9, 2014
  • Jamilla

    The milkshakes are to die for. Try the Jesse James!

    Jamilla · August 8, 2014
  • Skip M.

    great breakfast spot

    Skip McBride · August 7, 2014
  • Reid F.

    Reuben . So good

    Reid Feliz · May 11, 2014
  • Joel M.

    Big Bleu Burger, medium rare, add an egg over medium with hash browns.

    Joel M · May 11, 2014
  • Jé

    $5 Shot & PBR!

    · April 19, 2014
  • John B.

    The Monte Cristo on challah was great.

    John Beynon · February 23, 2014
  • Audrey C.

    $5 PBR and a shot of tequila or whiskey!

    Audrey Chou · November 16, 2013
  • Trevor S.

    Try the pesto chicken quesadillas!!!

    Trevor Smith · September 26, 2013
  • Moni H.

    I am a Cadillac margarita enthusiast. They make them to PERFECTION here!

    Moni Harris · September 22, 2013
  • Donovan N.

    Milk Shakes w/ booze in them, how can you beat that.

    Donovan Nixon · August 6, 2013
  • Super C.

    When you are out late and you don't have options, you can't fail here.

    Super Changuito · July 27, 2013
  • Johanna M.

    Kris is a luv!

    Johanna Mead · May 8, 2013
  • Johanna M.

    Fantastic burgers and good music on the house system.

    Johanna Mead · May 8, 2013
  • Aaron R.

    Group of 7, they forgot my order... FAIL!

    Aaron Rivera · May 6, 2013
  • Elizabeth P.

    Do not get the Bloody Mary...under any circumstances.

    Elizabeth Price · March 23, 2013
  • Meitar M.

    This yuppie heaven has friendly wait staff but the real treat is the full bar. Food isn't great but the drinks are top notch. Be sure to try their Bloody Mary (it's GREAT), and also the Shakin' Jesse.

    Meitar Moscovitz · December 21, 2012
  • Kevin B.

    $5 PBRs & a shot: good value for the location

    Kevin Bennett · December 2, 2012
  • TBJ

    This place is great for a sit down spot late night, especially after a show at the fox. Brunch is nothing special but definitely try the shakin jesse any time of day.

    TBJ · November 25, 2012
  • Zennie A.

    Go to the bar for faster service!

    Zennie Abraham · November 4, 2012
  • G.R. M.

    Hakeem B. is an idiot. Don't dine and ditch and steal from your local economy.

    G.R. Medina · October 20, 2012
  • KyAsha

    Try their Veggie Chilli. I'm not even a vegetarian and I can not resist!

    KyAsha · October 8, 2012
  • Joanna

    Cheap beer!

    Joanna · September 7, 2012
  • Greg K.

    Walk in. Sit at the bar. Chicken burger. Cheddar.

    Greg Kaplow · September 4, 2012
  • Gusto L.

    Pricey indeed but the French Toast are amazing!

    Gusto Lopez · August 25, 2012
  • Edward M. O.

    Foods pretty bad. Cold, bland, and service is poor. Only thing going for it is that it's next to the Fox Theater and open late.

    Edward M. Olivos · August 12, 2012
  • K G.

    The fries aren't vegan, sorry.

    K Ga · June 11, 2012
  • rc h.

    going for the Big Bleu Burger & sweet potato fries :)

    rc hunter · May 30, 2012
  • Joey S.

    $1 PBR drafts during happy hour from 3-7pm!

    Joey S · May 4, 2012
  • Tessa C.

    Avocados on my Benedict were ROTTEN! The waitress was really nice about it, got my meal comped. But being served rotten food at a restaurant was pretty bad. My milk shake was awesome though.

    Tessa Cox · April 22, 2012
  • Janeen J.

    The best fries in town, and I've. Had many.

    Janeen Jackson · April 8, 2012
  • Cat S.

    Before 10am on weekdays there's three kick ass early bird breakfast options.

    Cat S · March 30, 2012
  • Damon J.

    Meatloaf Monday's. You've never had meatloaf like this .. Not a game.

    Damon Jamal · March 19, 2012

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