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The Why Coffee Shop

American, Diner, Cafe
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1319 Main St, Niagara Falls, NY 14301-1117
07:00 - 14:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 14:00
Sat - Sun 07:00 - 13:00
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Seriously!! I can not say enough great things about this place. Prices are amazing,,,. Potatoes are AMAZING! Service is AMAZING. We live in Michigan and our daughter goes to college at NCCC... We go to the WHY EVERY time we are here. Go early and don't dawdle as there are always people waiting but it's VERY worth the wait!! 2... More 

Thank Tekkshel
Oswego, New York
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Outstanding food and service. The past two times we have visited Niagara Falls, we made sure to stop here. Great omelettes, toast, pancakes and other breakfast food. Friendly wait staff. Three of us left full for $13.44. Not sure how this is possible.

Thank Upstatewolfe
Baltimore, Maryland
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145 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

My wife and I were at the Falls and we were looking for breakfast one morning. So she pulled up on her phone The Why Coffee Shop. I am so glad she found this place. It was like stepping back in time. Nothing on the menu was over $5 and a cup of coffee was $0.80. The food was so... More 

1 Thank Justin B
County Dublin, Ireland
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119 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

Well worth stopping off here as its a superb little coffee. Expect to queue but some excellent coffee, good service & fine food here. No problems at all.

Thank stagsfanindublin2015
Austin, Texas
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

We always look for local eateries for breakfast and The Why did not disappoint. Staff was friendly and attentive. The food is 5 Star. We ate along side locals. The #5 a must.

Thank SacB2014
Midlothian, Virginia
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

We have not stopped raving of The Why Coffee Shop since we got back from Niagara Falls. We are huge fans of diners and places a little off the beaten path: and this fit the bill for both. It's not glamorous nor is it trying to be. It's just a place where the locals come to eat and everyone knows... More 

1 Thank Vicnic10
Wynne, Arkansas
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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2016

This is my only must visit place in the Falls. I make a point of having breakfast here several times during a week visit to the Falls. I have introduced it to my kids and grand kids. It is a step back in time with the early 70s decor and prices. The food is always great and the prices are... More 

Thank Mike O
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

If you are looking for real food, served hot and cooked like you want, you need to eat here! Glad we explored the area. Small place where local folks eat are the best.

Thank Sharon R
Sacramento, California
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110 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2016

I love the little places that you know the locals go to and this place was no exception. The breakfast was so cheap and good for what you get. The place was crowded but you get fast service. The menu is simple but good, the restaurant is a no frills local place. Love it!

1 Thank wahlflower
Grand Island, New York
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 May 2016

We have been to the Why a few times, and have never been disappointed. I love their hash, seriously give it a try! One time I was here with a few friends and was told "an angel in the building paid for our meals." Well we were not told specifically who it was I would love to thank him/her. It... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 13:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 13:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1319 Main St, Niagara Falls, NY 14301-1117
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Niagara Falls

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