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Nini's Coffee Shop

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1000 N Idaho St, San Mateo, CA 94401-1127
650-348-9578
Today
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch

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  • 47
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A delightful step back in time!

It is truly a warm, family run cafe, with the most amazing breakfasts in the Bay Area! The omelets are my favorite, especially the one with bacon and avocado. Arrive hungry- portions are large!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Lisa C
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San Mateo, California
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San Mateo, California
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

It is truly a warm, family run cafe, with the most amazing breakfasts in the Bay Area! The omelets are my favorite, especially the one with bacon and avocado. Arrive hungry- portions are large!

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Clarksville, Maryland
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

A little out of the way but well worth the trip. Even on a Wednesday morning it was busy. Our party of six was greeted by Nini's grandson and taken to a table in the courtyard. All six of us enjoyed our breakfasts. Service was good, accurate, welcoming and prompt. Good sized portions and delicious

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San Mateo, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This place is great. Warm fuzzy feeling because the people are so nice, the food is like mom's home cooking and the portions are HUGE. Great little find in a residential area.

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San Mateo, California, United States
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I came here with 3 other friends on a Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for brunch. We were told it was going to "just be a 30 to 40 minute wait," but we ended up waiting 90 minutes! during which I studied the menu in anticipation of Wally's "Country" Oldies of homemade home fries with ham, mushroom, tomatoes, two eggs, melted... More 

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Jackson, Michigan
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

very homey, menu is chock full of good stuff, noisy bar area, then a quiet, plant filled community area. down to earth comfortable, family place

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San Ramon, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Great little coffee shop / breakfast place in San Mateo . If it's not crowded ask to sit outside , great patio area

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 342 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Met a friend for breakfast at Nini's and it was awesome. Great little spot with both indoor and outdoor seating. Menu is extensive...breakfast sandwich is terrific, especially with bacon!! Would highly recommend!

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Tracy, California
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This place has been here for YEARS and still doesn't disappoint! I started coming here in high school and still enjoy coming here 35 years later. Be sure and get here early to avoid a long line. If you are in a long line they have benches and coffee and water outside for you to enjoy while waiting. I'm a... More 

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San Mateo, California
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

It find it interesting when the review starts off telling you the "cons" . But in this case, they are a results of Nini's successes, not faults. Get there early or be prepared for a wait. Expect a crowd when you get your seat, try to snag one on the patio.Yet, if you do have a wait, they put out... More 

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

You should get there early on the weekends otherwise there is quite a wait because of its popularity. Food is fabulous (especially breakfast) and the portions are generous...very generous. History of San Francisco and abounds on the walls. Very quaint. Very good!!

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Additional Information about Nini's Coffee Shop

Address: 1000 N Idaho St, San Mateo, CA 94401-1127
Phone Number: 650-348-9578
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Monday 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday 7:30 am - 2:30 pm

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1000 N Idaho St, San Mateo, CA 94401-1127
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: 650-348-9578
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm

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