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201 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-3903
650-342-2356
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7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 7
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Popular breakfast & lunch place. Accomodating staff

I go often. Large portions, The only place in downtown San Mateo for breakfast. I prefer the salads though since I am gluten free. The staff "gets" the gluten thing, though the menu has very little that is gluten free. Sandwiches, eggs, pancakes, potatoes, skillets, are all great.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 9, 2015
LH L
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San Mateo, California
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San Mateo, California
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98 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

I go often. Large portions, The only place in downtown San Mateo for breakfast. I prefer the salads though since I am gluten free. The staff "gets" the gluten thing, though the menu has very little that is gluten free. Sandwiches, eggs, pancakes, potatoes, skillets, are all great.

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Thank LH L
Lafayette, Ca
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157 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

had tuna and guest had toasted cheese very good serive was good and inquired often as to food quality

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Thank Lesley H
Redwood City, California
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

For a reasonable and delicious brunch. There home fried potatoes are the best. All dishes are generous proportions. Be prepared to wait for seating on a busy weekend but well worth the wait. Service is friendly and polite. Seating is booth and table with a very crowded but not over crowded feel to the restaurant. Convenient location. A family favorite.

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Thank Mitch L
Foster City, California
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212 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

They serve very ample and not expensive breakfasts here. I've never been for lunch or dinner, but if the breakfast is any example, I'm sure the other meals are good as well. Good seating, very good service. I've been using it for business meals and you can actually talk at a normal volume and hear one another here - now... More 

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Thank Bart C
Tampa, Florida
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

My wife and I ordered salads ( Cobb salad and Pecan Dijon salad) and we were both pleased. My friend ordered breakfast, which looked delicious. Generous portions and good service. You may have to circle around the block to find parking on the city streets so give yourself some extra time if you are on a tight schedule.

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Thank Cory T
Brookings, Oregon
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303 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

a solid and dependable breakfast place. we went for breakfast the day after mother's day and enjoyed a very nice, unrushed, uncrowded venue. i ordered the spanish scramble which was good - not quite enough chorizo for my taste, but it was good. instead of the potatoes, i requested fresh fruit which was fresh and tasty. the potatoes i don't... More 

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Thank dmc50
San Mateo
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135 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

Convenient. Nice menu. The veg omelette is decent. Coffee is always hot. Service is good. Nice ambience. I usually visit once every three months of so. Simple, easy, tasty.

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Thank Fulldistance
Oaxaca, Mexico
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156 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 510 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

A lot of bad experiences for lunch, dirty glasses, dirty cups, my veggie sandwich was really bad, and for asking check another bad experience, they tried to gave us the one from other table. A bad day!, maybe the turn from the morning is more active than the one at lunch, a bad experience.

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Hong Kong
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291 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

Good huevos rancheros and other breakfast selections in the heart of San Mateo! Since all we wanted was a place to wolf down on a pre-departure breakfast, this place more than served the purpose.

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Thank jrocker7
San Bruno
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75 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

It was Excellent! Had the veggie quesadilla from the "Health Watch" section of the menu and hubby had the reuben sandwich - both came with a delicious house salad and fruit cup and the sandwich came with diced potatoes (baked not fried) Waitress was friendly and prices were reasonable. Were seated right away. This will be a regular breakfast, brunch,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 201 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-3903
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: 650-342-2356

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm

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