Millbrae >Food & Dining > Peter's Cafe
10 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA | Directions 9403037.598859 -122.387428
Mon 6 am - 9:30 pm Tue-Sun 6 am - 11 pm
worst customer service – i think i'm crusading against peter's cafe for a while. the waitresses are very rude. 3 nurses came in wanting to eat breakfast after a long day's work at a nearby hospital, and the waitress told them to sit at the back of the restaurant. we have been coming here for almost a year now, and yes we've stayed 2 hrs a couple of times, but often we come in a big group (after a long night at the hospital, we get hungry and stressed out). we told them we wont stay for long and that we'd prefer to sit in the front of the store. when a waitress sat us down, another waitress came up and said "no you are not sitting on this table" we were just stunned, stood up, left and went to millbrae pancake house. i have told as much nurses as i can not to go to this diner. the waitress were so rude, havent had that happen to any of us at all, and to think that there were only about 3 tables accupied at 0730 thursday morning. well they've lost at least 3 customers today, plus their coworkers and family :(
A decent alternative to a "Denny's" or an "IHOP" – My bf & I eat here 1-2 times sometimes 3 times a week for almost a year. If they've got any kind of business mind they would try to learn our names as this has made us less inclined to be loyal to them. If a similar restaurant opened nearby, we wouldn't think twice to check it out & jump ship. They flash their fake smiles and usher us to our tables on a bad day they'll hand us our menus and point to where we are to sit. The owner always has a mildly abrasive & hasty demeanor. The food is on par w/IHOP while Denny's is slightly cheaper. Typically at these other restaurants you'll get "extras" for free, not here (e.g. ranch dressing). They'll charge for every little thing so be mindful when you ask for them. The decor is cheesy and very 70's looking. Needs renovation. The servers on Mon-Tue are probably the worst they've got. They're cantankerous and don't like it when you ask for more than a couple of service needs. The others we've experienced are very friendly & very good.
*Typically there is never a wait (as it is spacious) to and if there is, we've never had to wait longer than 10 minutes unlike Stacks in Burlingame, IHOP or Millbrae Pancake House.
*Breakfast is good.
Yesterday, I was annoyed the host didn't take our name down, they put us in an awkward position by asking who came first. Could've been easily avoided had they wrote our names down. (We had about 7 people serve us making it hard to know who our server was). When we got seated, the hostess asking us for our drinks didn't even let me finish my sentence before she ran off so I had to flag someone else to finish it. The waitress that took our order basically wrote it down then gave us our check. Don't know why she deserves a tip, she didn't do anything. In the open kitchen we noticed one of the servers eating which was not professional looking. The couple that arrived after us got their food first. This is somewhat atypical, but let's say I'm not surprised.
Great 24hr diner – i first discovered peters out of pure convience, it was right down the street from my hotel and it was 2am and i was hungry. this place has great good quality food! a huge menu, large portions and they don't have any restrictions to their menu, and their waitstaff know that menu like the back of their hand, the service isprompt and efficient, and very friendly! whenever i'm in the area i crave the place and can't leave until i make a stop for a bacon cheeseburger and chili cheese fries!!!!
extensive menue, fast service – I never expected diner food to be this good or for the menu to have so many items. It took me forever to read the whole menu. They even have Hawaiian Loco Mocos! Most diners just have burgers and shakes but last night this place also featured fish and chips, lamb stew, fish, and a number of dinner entrees you'd expect to find only at family restaurants (not a 24 hour diner). Food was good and hearty and the service fast and friendly. No wonder the place has customers at every hour. I can't wait to go back.
great 24 hour joint – my favorite thing about this restaurant is that you can order a side of trout. who would have thought? oh, that and the fact that if you ask for mashed potatoes, they have 3 different kinds of gravy. there is definitely something for everyone here - at any time of day or night. just watch out for the waitress that asks if you're pregnant if you order too many different items.
OMG good breakfasts! – If ever you've been out so late that the only things open are fast food places, convenience stores, and restaurants that don't have anything you would like to have, then it's time to head over to Millbrae. Peter's is a place that has great breakfasts, I've had about half of their breakfast menu and was definitely satisfied with each of them. I love the Monte Cristo. I used to live about 10 miles from this restaurant and would be there very couple weeks. Now that I live further away, it's the place I have to go whenever we're out late night in that area.
Just what you'd want for your neighborhood eatery – Open 24 hours, Peter's is a lifesaver. Generous portions throughout the menu always, something from the specials board is always a good choice. Breakfasts are available all the time. The best kept "secret" about this place is the burgers, very juicy and flavorful (ask for them to be done "medium"). There's a touch of Hawaiian-style to the menu, too. Cooks tend to do stuff well-done; you can ask for medium.
I live about 40 miles away and wish this place was my neighborhood restaurant. As it is, I try and make it over there about once a week.
The best diner I've ever been too! – This is a family owned cafe, which serves only the best! They go all out to make sure that everything is prepared fresh daily! The owner (host) will always be there to greet you. Everything on the menu is wonderful!
late night snack – Peter's is open 24hrs!! They've got delicious omlets. Just a nice place to hang out for a snack.
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