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Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe

Uptown, Oakland
  • Jordan B.
    "The Jesse James is a great cocktail creation."(4 Tips)
    "also the Shakin' Jesse."(4 Tips)
    rc h.
    "going for the Big Bleu Burger & sweet potato fries :)"(2 Tips)
    "deal for a PBR"(4 Tips)
83 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • jesse james
  • burgers
  • shakin jesse
  • french fries
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  • Dan M.
    Dan McKnight1 week ago
    Buffalo chicken has no breading, the celery tastes like soap, and the service is slow
  • Matthew L.
    Matthew LJune 29
    This is the go-to before a show at the Fox. As the name implies, it's a reliable and simple diner-style restaurant with many menu options so even your fussy hipster friends will find something.
  • Libby L.
    I love their pancakes. Perfect balance between fluffy and cakey
    Upvoted Aug 24
  • Justin S.
    Justin SullivanJanuary 20
    Uptown's diner. Breakfast all day long. Great burgers and sandwiches and shakes too!
  • blessy s.
    blessy stertooNovember 6, 2016
    First time here. Service was great. Waitress was friendly and caring. Food was on par. Parking was okay. Would definitely recommend for brunch or breakfast.
  • Jason J.
    Jason JensenSeptember 18, 2016
    Tuna melt + fries are always perfect after a night at the Fox next door
  • Greg B.
    Greg BJune 23, 2016
    Really overpriced for the quality and service you get.
  • Roy S.
    Roy ScopazziApril 8, 2016
    Fast service! My food came way faster than I could've imagined. It was also v. good.
  • Ellen M.
    Ellen McGrodyMarch 8, 2016
    Rudy's is pretty good! This location and the Emeryville location are about the same.
  • Jose O.
    Jose OlivasDecember 16, 2015
    Easy to get a table for lunch. Burgers are better than other fare
  • Sydney C.
    Sydney ConnorsSeptember 12, 2015
    Yessss! This place rules I suggest the grilled cheese with tomato
  • Russell L.
    Russell LAugust 13, 2015
    Once-trendy now-staple diner. Breakfast options are all good. O really like the Eyedaho.
  • Krystha D.
    Krystha DartJune 21, 2015
    Don't eat here. Got super sick
  • Cristi S.
    Cristi ScheyeMay 17, 2015
    Overpriced food, slow service
  • Cameron W.
    Cameron WilsonApril 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cookies are baked in house--can't wait to try one. I'm usually here for breakfast.
  • Wandering B.
    Wandering BaileyApril 14, 2015
    Pancakes 💞 - they serve everything though!
  • moxie
    moxieJanuary 24, 2015
    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!
  • Craig V.
    Craig VillamorJanuary 10, 2015
    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.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussJanuary 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Breakfast with a little attitude. Tattoos encouraged though not required. The Oakstersam Benedict is a personal favorite.
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HebertDecember 17, 2014
    Oh gosh get a boozy shake they're great. Outside area is pet friendly but not always open when the restaurant is. Call first!
  • Nick F.
    Nick FruendtDecember 12, 2014
    Not as good as the Emeryville location but still a great lunch spot
  • 💕Linds💕
    💕Linds💕November 10, 2014
    Delicious breakfast!
  • Benjy W.
    Benjy WeinbergerSeptember 22, 2014
    Can't decide if you want breakfast for dinner? Get a burger with hash browns instead of fries. Best of both worlds!
  • antuan g.
    antuan goodwinAugust 19, 2014
    The Jesse James is the best thing on the menu. No, the best thing ever... Ask about it.
  • Talisa L.
    Talisa LavarryAugust 16, 2014
    Awesome vegetarian options and the food is fresh and yummy.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongAugust 9, 2014
    Try their alcoholic shakes!
  • Scott A.
    Scott AngelleAugust 9, 2014
    Green eggs and ham!
  • Jamilla
    JamillaAugust 8, 2014
    The milkshakes are to die for. Try the Jesse James!
  • Reid F.
    Reid FelizMay 11, 2014
    Reuben . So good
  • Joel M.
    Joel MMay 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Big Bleu Burger, medium rare, add an egg over medium with hash browns.
  • Jé
    April 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    $5 Shot & PBR!
  • John B.
    John BeynonFebruary 23, 2014
    The Monte Cristo on challah was great.
  • Audrey C.
    Audrey ChouNovember 16, 2013
    $5 PBR and a shot of tequila or whiskey!
  • Trevor S.
    Trevor SmithSeptember 26, 2013
    Try the pesto chicken quesadillas!!!
  • Moni H.
    Moni HarrisSeptember 22, 2013
    I am a Cadillac margarita enthusiast. They make them to PERFECTION here!
  • Donovan N.
    Donovan NixonAugust 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Milk Shakes w/ booze in them, how can you beat that.
  • Super C.
    Super ChanguitoJuly 27, 2013
    When you are out late and you don't have options, you can't fail here.
  • Johanna M.
    Johanna MeadMay 8, 2013
    Kris is a luv!
  • Johanna M.
    Johanna MeadMay 8, 2013
    Fantastic burgers and good music on the house system.
  • Aaron R.
    Aaron RiveraMay 6, 2013
    Group of 7, they forgot my order... FAIL!
  • Elizabeth P.
    Elizabeth PriceMarch 23, 2013
    Do not get the Bloody Mary...under any circumstances.
  • X
    XDecember 21, 2012
    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.
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BennettDecember 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    $5 PBRs & a shot: good value for the location
  • TBJ
    TBJNovember 25, 2012
    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.
  • Zennie A.
    Zennie AbrahamNovember 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to the bar for faster service!
  • G.R. M.
    G.R. MedinaOctober 20, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Hakeem B. is an idiot. Don't dine and ditch and steal from your local economy.
  • KyAsha
    KyAshaOctober 8, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try their Veggie Chilli. I'm not even a vegetarian and I can not resist!
  • Joanna
    JoannaSeptember 7, 2012
    Cheap beer!
  • G K.
    G KSeptember 4, 2012
    Walk in. Sit at the bar. Chicken burger. Cheddar.
  • Gusto L.
    Gusto LopezAugust 25, 2012
    Pricey indeed but the French Toast are amazing!
  • Edward M. O.
    Edward M. OlivosAugust 12, 2012
    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.
  • K G.
    K GaJune 11, 2012
    The fries aren't vegan, sorry.
  • rc h.
    rc hunterMay 30, 2012
    going for the Big Bleu Burger & sweet potato fries :)
  • Joey S.
    Joey SMay 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    $1 PBR drafts during happy hour from 3-7pm!
  • Tessa C.
    Tessa CoxApril 22, 2012
    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.
  • Janeen J.
    Janeen JacksonApril 8, 2012
    The best fries in town, and I've. Had many.
  • Cat S.
    Cat SMarch 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Before 10am on weekdays there's three kick ass early bird breakfast options.
  • Damon J.
    Damon JamalMarch 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Meatloaf Monday's. You've never had meatloaf like this .. Not a game.
  • Oka A.
    Oka Artha NegaraMarch 7, 2012
    good food and great drink
  • Maddie Mae
    Maddie MaeFebruary 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Vegan Boca burger! Where else can you actually order one?
  • Damon J.
    Damon JamalJanuary 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The meatloaf Mondays are crazy. Not sure how they do it but it's super addictive. I never tastes meatloaf like this.
  • Bob L.
    Bob LeeJanuary 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Gotta love the fact that they're always open and serve everything under the sun. Food quality is generally just okay, though...nothing to write home about.
  • Jordan B.
    Jordan BrandonDecember 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Jesse James is a great cocktail creation.
  • M-C R.
    M-C ReidDecember 2, 2011
    Hipster and emo fuckin' overload!! Jesus Christ!!
  • Larry L.
    Larry LarNovember 19, 2011
    FAIL! How can you screw up breakfast?!?
  • Ben M.
    Ben MattickNovember 13, 2011
    Pressure drop
  • Phil D.
    Phil D.October 21, 2011
    Burger and beer available early!
  • Perfect T.
    Perfect TimingOctober 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Kitchen could time orders better.. If you order appetizer or soup, make sure you specify you want it BEFORE your meal... #TheSameTime???
  • Paul R.
    Paul RoseOctober 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure you have michale as your server he kicks ass!!!
  • Paula S.
    Paula StornettaOctober 5, 2011
    Never again! Didn't get served!
  • Oren J.
    Oren JacobSeptember 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great hashbrowns, and the shakin Jessies are amazing.
  • Bryan P.
    Bryan PradoSeptember 20, 2011
    They have this insane doll's frakkin' awesome! Food was mighty tasty! Read more
  • Jovan H.
    Jovan HackleySeptember 16, 2011
    Try the pancakes #amazing
  • mayu-chan
    mayu-chanSeptember 15, 2011
    Expensive but trendy brunch spot. Burgers, mediocre.
  • Jenny V.
    Jenny VilchezAugust 27, 2011
    Don't be scared of the huge security guard. And I mean HUGE.
  • ashleigh r.
    ashleigh rAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Their mac and cheese is a big fail. Super duper dry. And tasteless. Covered with mozzarella.... Really? Mozzarella? Try, try again.
  • Bri J.
    Bri JacksonAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the French toast! Soooo yummy! The only place I know of that makes French toast on Challah bread
  • Edward O.
    Edward OrellanaAugust 13, 2011
  • Adam P.
    Adam PlanasAugust 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Italian burger was awesome! Delicious flavors from the roasted bell peppers and house made pesto
    Upvoted Oct 15
  • Kristen H.
    Kristen HaneyJuly 12, 2011
    Jesse James. Shakin Jesse with Jameson. Amazing
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FlemingJuly 1, 2011
    Mile hile club sandwich
  • Oren J.
    Oren JacobJune 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Shakin' Jesses. 'nuf said. Boom. Read more
  • Luke A.
    Luke AskNovember 24, 2013
    Nice Portobello sandwich!
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