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Nini's Coffee Shop

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1000 N Idaho St, San Mateo, CA 94401-1127
650-348-9578
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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

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  • 58
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  • 43
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 0
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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
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I have been going to Nini's for years. Well, since I was a "tween" anyway. My dad had worked at one of the warehouses near this diner for many years. Every time I'd go visit him, we'd go to Nini's for lunch. Since I've moved out of state... I still make this our spot to get together. The staff... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
pixiedreamer
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Columbus, Ohio
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
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Columbus, Ohio
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I have been going to Nini's for years. Well, since I was a "tween" anyway. My dad had worked at one of the warehouses near this diner for many years. Every time I'd go visit him, we'd go to Nini's for lunch. Since I've moved out of state... I still make this our spot to get together. The staff know... More 

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Fox Island, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This place was recommended by a hotel employee where we were staying for a night while passing through. It was exactly what I like, a classic homey place that has been around for decades. It is in a residential neighborhood and it wasn't easy to find parking on the street (there's no parking lot) but we ended up finding parking... More 

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San Mateo, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The food was good but not spectacular. The place was too fast paced for us to have a leisurely breakfast, coffee and conversation. Since this is a small commercial and industrial area, finding parking is not easy. Good place for the local workers and community but not worth the drive since there are several excellent restaurants along my route. I... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Just go. This is the classic corner diner. A counter, cramped front room seating, spacious back patio. Always busy. For a reason. It is good food, good service and good folks. You will see someone you know. Know why? They found out before you about Nini's Coffee Shop. Now you know. Go.

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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Started my day out just right with pancakes, bacon and home fries. I felt right at home with the friendly service and smiles.

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Foster City, California
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129 reviews 129 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Pretty much a blast from the past. it looks and feels like the 1950s, which is appropriate given the history. Family owned and managed. Service is good, though no reservations and the wait can be very long if you don't time it right for breakfast on weekends. This place is extremely popular! Parking in the neighborhood is a pain, but... More 

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Hasselt, Belgium
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66 reviews 66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This is like eating at home on the patio. The only difference is that you can sit down and be served: can it get any better? Great atmosphere, large portions, tasty food, "bottomless" coffee cups and super friendly service. What more can I say?

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Millbrae, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

It's a nice little spot you need a reservation for or get there early. It's a nice laid back atmosphere.

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San Mateo, CA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a restaurant for those who put price ahead of any other factor. The only time I ate here I ended up with what felt like a concrete block in my gut and was constipated for three days. Enjoy!

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San Mateo, CA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Worth the wait. Casual and eat in patio area. Coffee served while you wait. Quick service and good basic food.

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Restaurant Details

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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