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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
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch

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  • 56
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
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  • 1
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Delightful and lively family neighborhood restaurant.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Bart C
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Foster City, California
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
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Foster City, California
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

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
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

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
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 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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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

It's great here. Its what you want - home atmosphere, large portioned, nice tasting breakfast with super service. The atmosphere and service is REFRESHINGLY respectful and friendly. Portions are huge. Coffee is good and refills are plentiful.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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53 reviews 53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

First of all, I suspect the many warnings of long waits really apply to weekends. I went on a Wednesday morning at 8 and there was tons of room. The menu is long and full of breakfast and lunch classics. I had corned beef hash with eggs, home fries, and toast. The home fries are made from scratch, which is... More 

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San Francisco, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Pre Alice Waters place, don’t look for organic section. Come here for reverting back and taking a stroll with the grandparent era. The menu is very is exhaustive, the service very tender, don’t ask for more, just enjoy it. A traditional breakfast place, that would do for lunch as well, one feels good being there, no portentousness, totally at home... More 

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Sacramento, CA
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83 reviews 83 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

It was a 30 minute wait. But, it was worth it. The vegetarian omelet is made with fresh cut and sautéed veggies. Their pancakes are just the right texture. An added bonus is the free coffee for you during your wait.

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Northern california
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

Nini's has been around forever. There's obviously a reason for this. It is old-school breakfast and lunch. Unapologetic in the amount of butter,toast, potatoes bacon,sausage: anything you can think of that has gone in and out of fashion over the years. So after you read these first four sentences you may or may not want to continue with the review.... More 

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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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