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Specialty's Cafe & Bakery

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1886 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1102
Mon - Fri 06:00 - 18:00
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Foster City
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Usually have coffee and a baked good, occasionally lunch. Sandwiches are fresh and the breads are outstanding ... lots of choices. Baked good are fresh and "non" caloric.

Thank Paul P
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114 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016

We were looking for a breakfast place that was close by our hotel and I found Peet's Coffee. My wife and I had the breakfast sandwiches. I thought the bacon was over cooked. but the rest of the meal hit the spot. If you like strong coffee, this is the place. Service was a bit slow. We had our sandwiches... More 

Thank Kimo17051
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

They give great service. The food is good too. I love the app. They just got the android hooked to them which is what I have. Now not only can I order my lunch on line but my coffee too. They have Peets which is nice to be able to get everything in one place.

Thank Abbsuz
Granite Bay, California
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57 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

I can't say enough about Specialty !! I've been to the Foster City and San Mateo locations and the staff is always friendly and helpful ! Everything from the sandwiches to the salads are always fresh and tasty !!! My weakness though are the baked goods....all of them !!! Fresh baked and deeeeeeeelicious !!!! They also have the option to... More 

Thank xprsoqn
Loomis, California
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016

As the title of the review states we ordered online the night before, requested a time for pick up. It was exactly as ordered and waiting for us when we got there. Love the turkey and cranberry sandwich. All their breads are delicious, the cookies are very tasty too!

Thank Jan R
San Francisco
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55 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

So many choices of good sandwiches. Soups are also excellent. I often bring my paperwork in along with my computer. After eating an early lunch, I do some computer and paperwork update and then pick-up the kids. The day old cookies are also a huge treat. Half the price and one cannot tell that they are day old. Kids love... More 

Thank bzbeehive
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2015 via mobile

Fresh baked pasteries every morning, wow the flavor of the cranberries, blueberries, whoa doggie! I came back the next morning after a cholesterol reality check a got oatmeal with all kinds of toppings, just so I could go back in the afternoon to browse and consume some more fresh baked pasteries.

Thank Lacharles J
San Francisco
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2015

Amazing cookies and sandwiches. The sandwiches stand apart from others due to the amazingly fresh bread they use. However, the true reason I come is for the cookies. I am a fan and will return for the chocolate chip cookies!

Thank npcx4
Millbrae, California
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2014

Purchased a bunch of sandwiches and cookies for my camping trip. It was to be our first night with 4 different families and we knew we wouldn't have time to cook. Ordered the sandwich trays which gave a variety of sandwiches and as always, they were loved by all. Their cookies have a reputation all their own and they never... More 

Thank Imelda V
San Mateo
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 September 2014

Salads and sandwiches to die for. You can't go wrong with anything here and the special treat of a freshly made cookie for later is a real plus!

Thank Scsanmateo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1886 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1102
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo

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