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Irene's Cafe

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747 E Olive Ave, Fresno, CA 93728-3330
+1 559-237-9919
08:00 - 21:00
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El Cerrito, California
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46 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

Friends in Fresno introduced my husband and me to this lovely little café in Fresno’s Tower District. It is a very pleasant place to have lunch, with nice big tasty sandwiches and friendly servers. They also have wine and beer, a plus in my book. My only complaint is that most of the sandwiches are not heated, but they taste... More 

1 Thank Lisa Y
San Luis Obispo County, California
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

Went with my wife and some friends that said it was great food, or had a Philly cheese steak it was okay some of the other dishes not so good. We had to wait for about 45 minute's after sitting down to order food after eating and everything cleared we waited another half and hour for our check I ended... More 

Thank Ken H
Brisbane, Australia
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254 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

Below average decor and food. I note from the menu cover this place stopped wining awards quite a few years ago.... Basic sandwiches with poor quality protein fillings served on paper and plastic. Tower district needs to lift its game big time to compete with the bigger and newer places north of town.

Thank searover69
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2016

The food here is great! I love the enchilada omelet and I add carnitas. Breakfast is served till 11 on weekdays and till 3 in the afternoon on Sat and Sun. The chicken strips, potato skins and mini corn dogs with fries in a basket are the hot tips as far as appetizers. They are served all day but you... More 

2 Thank Kelly H
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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2015

Tower District is THE place to be for all things special. Being vegan in Fresno is not always easy, but I can usually find a main that can be adequately altered to be vegan, if its not a place that has a vegetarian/vegan main. While they do have a veggie burger on the menu, the bun it is served on... More 

1 Thank sfgoldrushgirl
Fresno, California
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112 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2015

This is a local cafe in the Tower District, a few business West of the Tower Theater. If you want a good casual meal this is the perfect location. The food, breakfast is the usual fare with great bacon, omelets, etc. Lunch is salads, burgers, sandwiches with a weekly special. Dinner and lunch are pretty similar. We often go there... More 

4 Thank robininfresno
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 July 2015 via mobile

Irene cafe is a nice place to eat with both indoor and outdoor seating. I believe they have one of the best hamburgers in the area cheeseburgers specialty burgers etc. The rest of the menu is okay I've had a few other items that I thought were passable but its the burgers that keep me going back. They also have... More 

4 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2014

Had a great patty melt and fries at Irene's today. Always a nice lunch in the Tower District. Sat outside under the heater, man that thing gets warm.

2 Thank Jacky P
Clovis, California
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99 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2014

The tuscan paintings on the walls made me curious, so we decided to give it a try. And besides, parking was easy; just off the side of the restaurant. It was quiet with a few occupied tables outside and about two other couples inside the restaurant. The place is simple with more tuscan bird tiles for accent. Someone was cleaning... More 

1 Thank crafty_dime
Fresno, California
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50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2014

Irene's Restaurant Historical Perspective During the mid-eighties, there was once a small corner women's fashion store, well-known by longtime Fresnans as "Bobby West Fashions; a trendy mid-century women's clothing store that offered fashionable clothing and accessories. It was a great Tower District locale; everybody loved that place from what I saw in the early 80’s. As the years passed, times... More 

3 Thank Mark Douglas M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 747 E Olive Ave, Fresno, CA 93728-3330
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Fresno
  • Phone Number: +1 559-237-9919

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