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All Spice – San Mateo
All Spice – San Mateo

All Spice – San Mateo Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.allspicerestaurant.com
  • Email: info@allspicerestaurant.com
  • Phone: (650) 627-4303
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Friday: 5:30 - 9:30
    Saturday: 5:00 - 9:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Contemporary Indian, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Sachin Chopra
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Have your private party in our sumptuous, charming 1906 Victorian. You may rent the whole restaurant out for brunch or lunch events, or you may reserve one of our three intimate dining rooms for a dinner party. Chef’s tasting menus are available.
  • Private Party Contact: Shoshana Wolff (650) 627-4303

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Borel Ave.
  • Public Transit: Caltrain: Hayward Park
    SamTrans: Route 390 (El Camino Real and 17th Ave.), also Routes 53, 55 and 58 (Borel at Edinburgh)
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking is available in the restaurant's lot and on nearby streets.
A word from All Spice – San Mateo

San Mateo’s most exciting restaurant is All Spice, an eclectic, contemporary eatery from Executive Chef Sachin Chopra. Chef Chopra expertly blends the freshness of Californian ingredients with Indian spices to create an entirely new style of cuisine, at once light, familiar and warmly exotic. All Spice is proud to have been awarded a Michelin star, a distinction reserved for cuisine of the very best quality and consistency.

The restaurant is housed in a converted Victorian with beautiful hardwood floors, a fireplace and a variety of architectural details. Each of three intimate dining rooms is decorated in bold, shimmering hues accented with gold. Thirty seats are scattered throughout. Professional service and a thoughtful, moderately priced wine list complement Chopra's dishes.

To book reservations for parties of 5 or more, please call the restaurant directly.
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "We love All Spice and always look forward to dining there. Saturday night may have been the first "off" night we've had. The leeks that came with the lamb were a bit chewy and the duck breast wasn't heated through consistently. Other than that, we loved the Halibut special, and highly recommend the "snow globe" for dessert. We also tried Shoshana's wine, and really liked it - went very well with our dishes. It's still high on our list of favorite places to dine."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Every dish was excellent. Creative dishes. Nice presentation. Hard to get reservations"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Great food and quaint location/decor, however, food did not live up to the high expectations of a Michelin star restaurant. Very well priced for the quality."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This restaurant came very highly recommended by one of our foody friends, so we had high expectations when we went to All Spice. My wife and I had the duck confit kebabs and warm chaat for appetizers. The chaat was a very confusing dish - lots of layered flavors mixed with conflicting textures and way too much going on in general - a well overthought dish in our opinion. The duck kebabs were good, but the eggplant that came with it was well over fried and very tough. We then had the spring lamb loin for entrees - what a big disappointment! The lamb loin was totally bland in taste, chewy and greasy - to the point that it was tough to finish the plate. Desert was ok, but not great. I expected A LOT more. We won't be back."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I enjoyed the full experience at All Spice. Friendly staff, good service, good food. And it was priced right for what you got (slightly higher price than other good restaurants, but also better quality service and food). Without the Michelin star it would have been a great find. However, our reference for a one Michelin star restaurant is the Pruned Horse and it doesn't get close (granted also not in price). So, in conclusion, I recommend to visit if you are looking for a good intimate diner experience, I recommend against it if you are sampling the Michelin star."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Best, best dinner. Really quality of food on a par with best Paris has to offer. Irritating that cell phones are allowed? Intimate setting and ring, ring, ring very distracting!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We had a fabulous meal. Our appetizers "Ode to my wife" and Pork belly were delicious, presentation was beautiful. I had the lamb and my husband had the wild boar. My lamb tenderloins were perfectly cooked and so flavorful. My husband's wild boar was served in a lovely tureen, braised with just the right amount of fennel and coriander to flavor the meat and sauce. Our dessert, the dark chocolate kulfi was like a gelato served with macadamia nut brittle. We brought our own special bottle of wine, but I noticed they had wine by the glass on draft. Shoshanna, the chef's wife and her father make it themselves. Service was wonderful, and Shoshanna and our waiter kept checking to see how we were enjoying our meals. We will return."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Eclectic menu with something for everyone. Food was well prepared and portions satisfactory. $15/bottle corkage fee not listed on website. Servers were attentive but very ammature and uninterested. Very small dining space so expect noise to travel. No wait to be seated with OT reservation and free on site parking was a nice feature. Chairs are large but very hard, so be prepared to get up and walk around if having more than one course. Unfortunately there was no tasting menu option; we would have been very interested in smaller portions and more selections but prices were prohibitive of that with the current menu design. Pretty & colorful decor was a nice change to some of the sterile & boring restaurants in town. Worth at least one visit."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "All Spice is a special experience, better now than it was two years ago, with beautiful and delicious dishes adding an Indian touch to French cuisine, topped off with attentive but relaxed service, well deserving of its Michelin star. I highly recommend this classy and still homey place. We can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Unique menu offerings,with delicious flavors. Went to celebrate my husband's birthday. He was one happy foodie."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This is Indian food with a distinctly modern California sense. Loved the flavors. The staff was helpful in describing dishes and wines. A surprising find off El Camino!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Discovered AllSpice I'm sure like mant others via the TV show Check please bay area. It was a dining delight. Had 3 appetizers.... the friitter, ode to my wife 2 salad & the scallops. i would order them all over again. We both ordered the short Rib and it melts in your mouth. A little pricey, but it was a special occasion birthday and worth it.....about 150.00 for two plus tip. That was 3 apps, 2 entrees and 2 desserts."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Great dining experience , amazing food . Will recommend"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "A wonderful dining experience. The food was perfect, and consisted of wonderful flavors and aromas. Service only enhanced the experience of this wonderful even. A hidden jewel in San Mateo. A must for anyone who seeks only the best. Friendly atmosphere, great food, great service and all at reasonable prices, what more can anyone ask for. We will be back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The entree was too spicy. Those who ordered the boar were unable to eat it."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Saw this restaurant on Check Please. Great food, great presentation, great service and just enough. Loved the lamb and the Chocolate Terrarium dessert."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We had some amazing dishes on our first trip to Allspice. The crispy potato gnocchi and the pan seared sea bass with star anise and fennel were real stand-outs. For desert, the salted creme de caramel was superb. All of the dishes had interesting and unusual flavor combinations, without being self-conscious or overbearing. Well worth a trip to San Mateo for the experience. Lovely hostess, attentive and professional service, and a blessedly quiet ambiance."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Everything was fantastics...the best meal my husband and I have had in a long time!!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "A bit disappointing this time.It has been over a year since we last ate there. The lamb was not up to expectations,too much fat on it.It was not properly cleaned before. Fish was good but very small with most of the plate taken up by the sauce.Not in proportion for the eye, chicken appetizer - kebab( ?) was a bit dry and for my taste bready. Can't even remember dessert something with chocolate but it was not memorable. Reasonable wine list and our wine was nice."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Once again, All Spice blew us way with fantastic service, great wine suggestions to pair with each course, and fresh inventive cuisine. Stand out dishes were the scallops with sea beans & strawberries, the crispy pork belly with decadent potato purée & radicchio, and the tender smokey short rib. Dessert was perfect also, a creme caramel with spiced nut brittle. Perfect way to celebrate our ten year anniversary!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Too bad. It was a gem before. Did they change the chef?"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I love this place. The food is great, the service is incredible. Nice and quiet, the ambience is also great."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "A combination of top class, inventive menu, presentation, and decor make this a must-try place. Set in a charming little house, it glows like the gem it is. It's the go-to place for special occasions orfor guests who like warm and unique places. Staff is relaxed, attentive, and friendly like none other. Thank you, Shoshona and Sashin."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This was our second visit and we brought friends. We enjoyed the charming dining space...intimate in small quarters but private...colors and decorative rooms were lovely. We shared our appetizers and enjoyed all the tastes and spices and beautiful presentations. Our waiter Rennen was pleasant and helpful. We loved the octopus! We had the braised boar, duck breast, wagyu beef, and gnocchi. Great Flavors and presentations. We saved room for a few desserts...chocolate kulki, Creme brûlée and a wonderful "terrarium" treat that hit the spot. This all made for a great night to enjoy with good friends. Thank you!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We went here for our Anniversary dinner. All Spice was a great place to celebrate. The food and service was outstanding."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "My two friends and I ordered all appetizers and 1 main dish and shared everything. The presentation was impressive and the flavors were original and satisfying. Dessert was worth every calorie!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "After many failed last minutes attempts, we finally planned ahead and got a reservation. It was well worth the wait. The food is delicious - definitely try the lamb, even if you normally don't like lamb. Wonderfully seasoned and cooked. Not a hint of the gaminess that usually keeps me away from lamb. We will be returning - this time, we will make our reservations far in advance. The service is wonderful. My only complaint is that a nearby couple was a bit too loud, but that's not the restaurant's fault."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "This is one of those places you'd never know about with the internet. It's tucked away in an alley of sorts, and it is sexy/funky. I loved the imaginative dishes and the service was great. A great find for sure."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I took my best friend out for her birthday. We were greeted immediately and sat down promptly and had a cute table near the fireplace. The food was really great and we both enjoyed a glass of good wine. Really cozy and comfortable with attentive staff.... I would recommend this place highly."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I have motored doen El Camino a million times and never knew this restaurant existed. Sophisticated yet simple food preparation and presentation. Octopus appetizer to drool over, wild boar, duck and spare ribs very succulent. The ambience met the quality of the food. After I scrape together enough money I will certainly go back again"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "This converted house has all the charm of a 100 year old home with excellent food. Set back from El Camino; you can't even hear the noise. I will be back."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Both of our meals were prepared to perfection with exquisite seasonings. The service was excellent. A totally enjoyable experience that we have talked about for days."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We came here for my birthday after hearing so many wonderful things about it, and it did not disappoint. In fact, the evening was one of our most memorable dining experiences ever. The restaurant is located in a clapboard house tucked away from El Camino Real and the ambience is very intimate. The food was unsurpassed with each selection imaginative and surprising. Expect an array of tastes with subtle Indian notes - numerous sauces, bits of garnish - that combine with the main ingredients to create something greater than the sum of their parts. Service was gracious and unobtrusive. The wait staff seem to know they are part of something special. We plan to return for our next visit just to try every single appetizer on the menu."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We have been coming here for Valentines for the past few years. Previous years, I would definitely give the Restaurant 5 stars, but this last year it wasn't quite as good as we were hoping for for the $. In previous years not only was the food better, but the food was more exotic and fancy (like Venison, quail eggs, etc). This year it felt not only more $$, but also felt a bit boring (like typical beef, vegetables, etc) . Don't get me wrong, the food was really good...just maybe didn't measure up to what we were expecting. We have nothing bad to say about All Spice and really enjoy the service and atmosphere. Buy I would by lying if I didn't feel a little disappointed with the actual food choices this year for the Valentines dinner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Although it took me a couple of tries to get a reservation here, it was worth it. Such a cute house tucked off El Camino! Excellent service and meal. The menu made it hard to choose! We will be back."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Wow what a place, fantastic food, excellent ambiance"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Dinning at All Spice was an incredible experience.I enjoyed every bit of those amazing flavors,exotic and vibrant notes.Me and my husband had "Ode to my wife " (appetizer),Endive and pear salad,duck breast and lamb.Everything was delicious!!!The dessert was to die for. I had "Kufli" chocolate ice cream(unique flavor) and my husband had homemade ice cream(three different flavors). All the herbs,spices and aromas were like a beautiful and harmonious symphony.Service was excellent . The host and owner along with staff gave us a warm welcome and made us feel special.We are looking forward to come back and definitely recommending this place to our friends.Special thanks to the chef .He is an artist I dare to say not just a chef!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "From the location in a Victorian house nestled between two strip plazas, you get the feeling you're in for something a little different and you are. The food is a mix of unusual flavors which surprise and satisfy. The amuse bouch was a white wine gelee with habernos. Service is comfortable so you don't feel rushed and can enjoy the food and conversation at your own pace. Definitely merits more visits to try more of the items now only if we could make reservations easier to come by."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "They accommodated my dietary restrictions (gluten, dairy, egg and soy free) with grace. I let them know when they called to confirm the reservation and they were prepared when I ordered to guide me through and modify as needed. All Spice is off the hook!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The food was flawless from start to finish. Wines by the glass are reasonably priced and perfectly matched with the food."
    Dined on 2/1/2014