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The Why Coffee Shop

1319 Main St, Niagara Falls, NY 14301-1117
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good26%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“home fries” (7 reviews)
“pancakes” (8 reviews)
“potatoes” (4 reviews)
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7:00 AM - 2:00 PMAll hours
American, Diner, Cafe
1319 Main St, Niagara Falls, NY 14301-1117
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best breakfast place in Niagara! Stopped in on Sunday morning and had a great breakfast as usual when we are in the area. What a value for great food and service. Love the diner feel , makes everyone feel welcome here!

Thank osudan87
Reviewed 5 December 2017

We staid around the corner of the Why, so the coffee shop was convenient for us. The choice is very simple, but is served fast and in good portions. I can honestly say the prices are ridiculously low. The place is small, so there is...More

Thank Fawkes66
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Are you looking for old school neighborhood greasy spoon diner food? This is the place to be! A couple blocks away from the falls, you will wait a few minutes because the locals eat here and it is busy. Def worth the wait!

Thank ChefMark617
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Was told about "The Why" by a local. Was not disappointed. Knew what we were getting into and got exactly that - good food at good prices without distractions. We have a very similar place near home and these home grown cafe's are something to...More

Thank Mark F
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

Cool small hole in the wall. Always busy, throw back to 60's diner type. Great food and excellent prices.

Thank cubagirl87
Reviewed 2 August 2017

This place has been a restaurant for at least 40 years, probably more. Cheap eats but be ready for it. You could be sitting next to a homeless person or the Mayor. No worries though you can sit, be served and out in less than...More

Thank tkasper3
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Found this cafe by chance and glad we went. Food was great. enviroment was welcoming, not crowded wait isn't bad. There's single and group meeting. Cafe is small but thas what makes it better.

Thank Elizabeth C
Reviewed 22 June 2017

This is the second establishment I walked out of during my stay in Niagra on two separate days. This place was recommended by a local who kept raving about the prices and stated its very well known and well liked. Well, we walked in for...More

1  Thank bboughter830
Reviewed 25 May 2017

This place is so good, we make an effort to go there every time we go golfing and we don't golf nearby either....so we drive out of our way to visit WHY. Served quickly with great staff. Feels like home!

Thank Bake69
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

When we travel we like to avoid chains, and instead, search out local spots. After reading the reviews on The Why I knew it had to be our breakfast choice in Niagara. We were not disappointed! The place is small...seriously only 6 booths and about...More

Thank aksunrae
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Diner, Cafe
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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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