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Norman's Grill

American, Diner
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3638 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley, CA 94546-4404
07:30 - 20:00
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Riverbank, California
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259 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

This place started out as a Red Barn hamburger franchise, then became a Chinese run German Hofbrau. I was planning to eat at the Hofbrau, but saw the name was changed, but the parking lot was full. Had a slightly different meat and potatoes menu. se we had a chicken sandwich and Nachos deluxe. Both were good.

Thank Douglas D
Castro Valley, California
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103 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Well-located on East Castro Valley Blvd with extensive parking, this local favorite is a little blast from the past. Old fashioned booths and tables, vinyl records on the walls, music from the 50's 60's and 70's welcomes the visitor. The menu is very extensive and VERY reasonable, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Service is usually brisk with coffee and drinks and... More 

Thank Michelle P
Bangkok, Thailand
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Don't expect to be impressed and you won't be disappointed. It's a cute place, decent breakfast at a decent price. It's what I love about Castro Valley... there's still a few places that aren't corporate chains. Cheaper and not, as crowded as, Dougs Place. Norman's is still my top choice for an old fashioned breakfast in Castro Valley.

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Oakland, CA
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95 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

I have been to Norman's many times since it opened some years ago. Normally the service is pretty quick and efficient; this occasion was an exception. My take-out order was simple, an omelette. After I sat for 15 minutes or so one of the cooks emerged from the kitchen and conferred with the waitress. Someone had missed the boat and... More 

Thank FoodieDoodie58
San Lorenzo, California
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49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

My husband loves a full breakfast on the weekend and sometimes I just don't want to do it. Well, he found just the spot in our home town. Norman's serves breakfast like you'd make it! The service is great. The restaurant is a bit small and the place has gotten pretty popular, so there's always a wait on weekends. He... More 

Thank Jan B
San Lorenzo, California
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27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Just a good old fashioned diner. I am a chicken fried steak freak, they do it right. The mashed potatoes are real and not from a box, the country gravy is delicious. My wife's chicken enchiladas were good although she said the rice left something to be desired. All in all a good place for real comfort food.

Thank Steve W
Zurich, Switzerland
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181 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Typical american food restaurant with burgers etc. The burger was ok but not good enough to visit a second time. For what you get the prices are reasonable and the staff is friendly.

Thank muhkuh77
Castro Valley, California
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2016

Norman's Grill was a pleasant surprise, went there for dinner and it was great, they make things more like home made. Had chicken fried steak and gravy and it was delicious, just like Mom used to make, it came with mashed potatoes and mixed veggies and we were stuffed at the end of dinner. Service was great and our waitress... More 

Thank jdc1948
Castro Valley, California
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2015 via mobile

Great food reasonably priced. Kid friendly. Home made soups and the hamburgers and frys great. Love the linguessa and eggs. Breakfast any time and eggs anyway you want. Dinner specials only wish they had wine available with dunner.

Thank Jaynee C
Ossining, New York
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2015

Had breakfast. Despite the restaurant being full (it's small), the service was very prompt. It was a typical breakfast and was good. Be advised there are only two seats in the waiting area, so if it's full and you can't stand very long, there may be a problem.

Thank vbclev

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
07:30 - 20:00
07:30 - 20:00
07:30 - 20:00
07:30 - 20:00
07:30 - 20:00
07:30 - 20:00
07:30 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3638 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley, CA 94546-4404
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Castro Valley

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