Hayward >Food & Dining > Val's Burgers
2115 Kelly St, Hayward, CA | Directions 9454137.683654 -122.063414
Mon Closed Tue-Sat 6:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m
Neighborhoods: Upper B Street
The best ever – This is where you want to get a burger
So so – ok I went to this place since everyone told me to try it when I moved to the area. what a huge dissapointment service sucked food was so so and cash only why??? it's the end of a decade hey it's 2009 oh wait 2010 now who carries cash now a days??? we will not come back ever take cards and take more pride in your food again!
What a HUGE Disappointment...In-N-Out Has Better Burgers! – I had a Mama burger, medium, and was surprised that Val's charges extra for a slice of tomato, but whatever. DH ordered the linguica and eggs breakfast.
The burger was "okay" but the linguica was awful...DH didn't even finish it and he is not one to waste food. Service was "okay" and the owner Val seemed cheerful as he took our cash (no credit cards accepted) but their bathrooms horrified me...and I'll stop right there.
Honestly, an In-N-Out burger is better than Val's...and at least their bathrooms are clean, a slice of tomato is included and they do take credit cards.
This is the spot! – No where could you find a better place for a good hamburger. Big ones too. Onion rings are so,so good! Try it, this is the spot. Lunch time has the line out the door 12-1. Parking lot small . Very cool people work here and the service is down to earth. Try it! I give this place A+
Hands Down Best Burger Joint!!! – i love this place. best time to go is around 3 pm. the lunch rush is over and it's before the dinner rush. by far the best place to get a burger and i've tried many places. not just for a burger, but definitely try the steak sandwich, add some american cheese and tomato and forget claim jumper steaks!!!! shakes are excellent and pie a la mode is great. but if this is your first time, make sure you order the mama burger and guys, don't try the papa burger....it'll ruin it!!! if you think you can eat the papa, you're better off getting a mama burger and splitting the jr steak sandwich with a friend.
excellent food!!! and gotta love the owner's mustache
BEST COOKED TO ORDER BURGER – I have been going to Val's for 26 years now and I do understand the well deserved raves that they get. I have yet to eat a whole mama burger; so you do get your moneys worth. I order my burger medium rare which helps when you reheat it the next day. If you ask for the fries to be crispy they will make them that way. I have never had a greasy burger or rude service. It is however not like me to eat in choosing to go home with my meal because it is generally so crowded. Call in your order and they will have it read. just remember they are closed on Suns. and Mons. In n Out burgers doesn't have anything on Val's they are two totally different venues. so go judge for yourself! Ciao'
Great Food Lousy Service – My family and I have been eating at Val's for years. Best burgers bar none! Old time authentic diner decor can't be beat. Too bad the service has me wondering if I'll spend another dollar there again. I took a business associate from out of town to Val's for lunch today. As usual, the food was great, unfortunately the service was insulting and rude. Before we were even through with our food the waitress was giving us the bum's rush! Not like we were nursing a cup of coffee for an hour, we had ordered the works, burgers, salad, shakes, fries. This rude bi$%& started pressing us to finish and started clearing out our unfinished food before we could even get it down our throats! Even after I made a remark to her regarding her attitude and the fact that we weren't done, she just started mumbling and shaking her head as she walked away. Think I'll let my wallet do the talking next time I decide where to eat!
WHY?! Unappetizing and greasy. – I REALLY don't understand the rave reviews of this place. I tried really hard to like it, returned a total of 6 times over a year (yes, I'm stubborn), and nope, nasty across the board. This is a greasy experience, both the restaurant and food. I love my burgers, but this is not the place to go. Sub-par ? (often cold) tasteless patties slapped on small wonderbread buns, an oily mountain of (often cold) grilled onions on the side (extra $); limp, (often cold) fries....how sad when even the shakes don't taste good. In-N-Out is better than this place, for a fraction of the price.
Breakfast fares no better. Unappetizing and greasy. Nuff said.
THE Bay Area Burger Joint – Val's is more than just a good burger, it's an experience. I've been going for 30+ years and still stop in a couple of times each year since I've moved to the North Bay. Old style diner. We actually drove out a couple times (about an hour drive) while my wife was pregnant because she craved their pickle slices! Burgers are the best you'll find anywhere and cooked exactly as ordered. Fries and onion rings are great. Everyone raves about the shakes, but if they were served anywhere else they would be considered average. This being said, they do go great with the burger...and yes I do the Papa medium well w/cheese and tomato. Some folks complain about the wait, but it's worth it. Some complain about the noise or service...get over it. It's a diner and operates just as a diner should: Sit em, stuff em and get em out. Food is fantastic, portions are generous & well priced and I've yet to have bad service in probably 100+ visits.
Editorial Review – Venerable family-owned burger joint has been serving charbroiled quarter-pounders, fries and milkshakes since the 1950s.
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