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Nini's Coffee Shop

1000 N Idaho St, San Mateo, CA 94401-1127
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Ranked #1 of 356 restaurants in San Mateo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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95% Recommend
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Hong Kong
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150 reviews 150 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Their menu is very extensive - from omelettes to pancakes to a ton of other breakfast items. The place is a discreet little 'hidden gem' packed with locals and some out-of-town visitors alike (ie: me!) Had the bolognaise omelette which was very good and the first I'd ever had! Great prices.

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Nashville, Tennessee
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I was lucky enough to find this place residing in a residential neighborhood during my stay earlier this year. I had met the owner at an area club, and came to a breakfast with a couple of friends. WOW! The atmosphere is like a small coastal cafe, with various things from the ocean decorating every surface. And the food.... What... More

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Sydney, Canada
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We found this gem via tripadvisor. The food was SO good we returned for breakfast the next morning. We sat at the same table and the waitress actually remembered us from the day before. Exceptional service. Fantastic food. Excellent prices! Wonderful atmosphere! This place had it all. My only regret was that we didn't find it soon!

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Redwood City, California
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105 reviews 105 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Just ate here 5/29/14. I had the triple decker club w/ the homefries. The club was nice and thick and the homefries are the best. The patio is so relaxing to have lunch. The service is always great. I recommend Nini's for breakfast or lunch :))

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San Francisco, Ca
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60 reviews 60 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

When you enter Nini's you step back in time. The service is personal, the food is freshly prepared and good. The biggest problem is whether to order lunch or breakfast. Menu is full of classics and all well done.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We passed up our free breakfast at the SFO Airport Inn & went straight to Nini's Cafe.. Trip Advisor really rocks! When unfamiliar with restaurants while on vacation, this site totally pointed us to the right places! Delish breakfast, out on their adorable patio! Great coffee & great service, for this little gem!

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Martinez, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We had business in the area, had read about Nini's, so we gave it try. We were glad that we did. It is a little difficult to locate and is "Off the beaten path". It is located in essentially a residential neighborhood and does not a a dedicate parking lot. We were lucky and found a spot right up front,... More

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Breakfast and lunch offerings. Great, fresh food--Large portions. Creative, varied menu. Original decor, not just the feel of an place with history but history all over the place. Some of the best, thickest bacon I've ever had. The staff is efficient and personable. Bring your patience or call in your order to go--once you eat the food, you will understand... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Nini's is located in an unpretentious building in a quiet neighborhood. My friend and I ate lunch there on the way from the San Francisco Airport. We sat in a lovely covered patio outside and had a really good lunch. I had a garlic burger with grilled onions. That sounds ordinary, but it was very tasty. I have a small... More

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Top Contributor
179 reviews 179 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Well, maybe not exactly, but clearly the choice with locals. Sat at the counter and was stunned the number of folks who came in who were greeted by name. Also how many on departing said, "See you tomorrow!" That really says it all. Fun, local, unpretentious. Good value, More a diner than coffee shop. Large menu. Daily specials. I asked... More

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