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Nini's Coffee Shop

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Cafe, Diner
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1000 N Idaho St, San Mateo, CA 94401-1127
+1 650-348-9578
06:30 - 15:00
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Mon - Fri 06:30 - 15:00
Sat - Sun 07:30 - 14:30
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San Mateo, California
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48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I think people like Nini's because of friendly service and large menu choices of hearty & sometimes greasy food served. I really want to enjoy a great cup of strong java, expresso, latte, etc, with breakfast and was very disappointed. Its a simple thing to expect but I must be alone because there's always a wait on weekends. Lots of... More 

Thank WanderlustHigh
Durango, Colorado
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great find, although parking is challenging. Local place, historical with good food and friendly service

Thank LFults
Salt Lake City, Utah
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89 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A pleasant neighborhood cafe. Crowded and difficult to park nearby, but you will be rewarded for the effort. Don't expect a quiet spacious breakfast. You will be treated like a local in a crowded, bustling coffee shop. The food is great and the servers will treat you like a local.

Thank Mitchgobears
Pismo Beach, California
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126 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were headed back home after a weekend stay in San Francisco and wanted to eat breakfast out of the City and in an understated place. Nini's reviews were good enough to try this little neighborhood place. So glad we did, what a great breakfast place! Great ambiance in the coffee shop/diner/cafe genre, the service is fast and accommodating and... More 

Thank Sandra S
Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Great food and service! Reminds me of the New York Deli restaurant Mom and Pop Style, highly recommend!

Thank Mickey W
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were on our way to the Airport for our flight back to San Antonio And I, luckily, found this place in Trip Advisor. With 4.5 star rating from 220 reviews I felt safe in giving this place a try for breakfast. The hot cakes were phenomenal! Old time diner still has it going on. Friendly staff... More 

Thank Kimmy V
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

A cozy little neighbourhood brunch place. Judging from the interior decor - has some history and a character in the comunity. Food was great - portion size/price just what one would expect. Being able to sit outside at the quiet little patio is a cherry on top. Service seems a bit chaotic and on a slower side - thats why... More 

Thank Taras K
San Mateo, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

First time at Nini's...delightful in all regards. Friendly efficient staff. Monster breakfast menu. Our group ordered pancakes&eggs, omelets and eggs benedict...all terrific. Only minor complaint...totally overcooked bacon. Funky atmosphere and eclectic décor gives it a fun, relaxed feeling. Even at 9am Friday, it was crowded with what appeared to be an older local crowd. Seated in the back outdoor-covered porch...comfortable,... More 

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San Mateo, California
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40 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

For a real local favorite, don't miss Nini's for breakfast or lunch, homemade great meals, sit at the counter or in the Patio, family owned

Thank torin k
San Francisco, California
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Amazing food, family owned! Be prepared for a wait, but it is worth it! Would recommend getting their as early as possible to avoid the wait.

Thank trav3ljunk1e

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
07:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1000 N Idaho St, San Mateo, CA 94401-1127
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-348-9578

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?