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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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  • 60
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 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
I AM RELOCATING TO BE CLOSE TO THIS Restaurant

Just kidding but the breakfast is AMAZING. OH MY GOD, YOU WOULD BE FOOLISH to go elsewhere. Very close to the airport, we landed, rented a car nland two minutes later were here having the BEST breakfast. Slthey also have lunch. Menu is extensive and well put together. Prices are great. Food is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
diablo676767
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Just kidding but the breakfast is AMAZING. OH MY GOD, YOU WOULD BE FOOLISH to go elsewhere. Very close to the airport, we landed, rented a car nland two minutes later were here having the BEST breakfast. Slthey also have lunch. Menu is extensive and well put together. Prices are great. Food is oh so amazing. Two Thumbs WWWAAAYYYY UP.

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Daly City, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I've lived in the Bay Area all my life and just recently discovered this gem of a coffee shop! Located inside a San Mateo neighborhood this restaurant will be difficult to find unless you have GPS or familiar with the area. I strongly suggest getting there early due to the fact it does get busy especially during the weekends, Food:... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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42 reviews 42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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131 reviews 131 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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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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