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Nini's Coffee Shop

1000 N Idaho St, San Mateo, CA 94401-1127
650-348-9578
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Ranked #2 of 357 Restaurants in San Mateo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Foster City, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is a very busy place on weekends. They are very consistent with their breakfast menu. I just wish they start accepting reservations.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Had to wait about 30 minutes to get seated on Sunday around 11am (but that's expected at a good breakfast place). Had a great variety of items (about 10 omelet variations, lots of pancake options, etc.). Inside is a step back in time to a family diner. There's a large outdoor patio that is rustic and feels homey. Service was... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This off the beaten path local breakfast and lunch hangout can't be beat for great way to start the day. The omlettes are made with fresh ingrediance and plenty of them. You may not need lunch after having one them. Besides their famous omelettes, The menu includes a wide variety of choices including vegetarian. It is well worth the effort... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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189 reviews 189 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We made this our first stop after flying into San Feancisco. Close to the airport, and only had to wait 15 min for a table on Sat morning. And they have an urn of coffee out on the sidewalk to help yourself while you wait. It's a funky restaurant that also has seating in an outdoor patio. A large menu... More

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Hong Kong
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162 reviews 162 reviews
132 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
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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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106 reviews 106 reviews
78 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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