Attic
Attic

Attic

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.atticrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6503424506
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Bar: 4:00pm - last call
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian, Southeast Asian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wine
  • Catering: For catering, buffets, large party dining, after hour cocktail parties, or venue rental needs, please contact info@atticrestaurant.com or (650) 342-4506.
  • Special Events: Level 236, a nightclub/ lounge venue next door to Attic, is also available for your private event needs. For rental and venue info, please contact info@atticrestaurant.com or (650) 348-8008.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd Avenue
  • Public Transit: SamTrans, Caltrain
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Closest Parking Lot is off of Main St. between 1st and 2nd Ave. Street parking is free after 6pm, Monday-Saturdays.
A word from Attic
An attic is where lost treasures are rediscovered, realized and re-imagined. Some of the most exciting flavors and culinary gems are hidden throughout Asia, where the cultures have mastered the art of cooking for centuries. With that in mind, we cordially invite you a unique exploration of food, décor, and service in San Mateo's Attic restaurant, bar and lounge.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Attic reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)fit for foodies (12)good for groups (9)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (7)special occasion (6)romantic (5)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Good food-bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    Food was great--a bit over priced for the small portions though. The service was just straight bad; at my table and at neighboring tables. When the runner brought the food to the table a foot and a half away, he decided to deliver it by squeezing between our two tables and bending over...I actually leaned the other way because his bottom was nearly hitting me and my water glass. The other side of their table was plenty of open space which he should have utilized. They don't leave water carafes at your table, so you have to wait for them to walk by and refill your water. We had to ask one of the bussers, who stammered incoherently, to get a server to our table. Would return only for the food and not for a special occasion.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Attic
    ckquanVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    My husband I had a date night and tried the Attic. We ordered the sweet potato fries, adobo chicken lollipops, bone marrow, and crab fried rice. Everything was very good. The service was also very good. Our server was attentive but not overly so. We will be returning again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Attic worth a try
    MMoon
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    I didn't know what to expect, especially when Attic is described as Filipino-influenced cuisine but has Kimchi fried rice and other Korean-style dishes on their menu. Based on other reviews though, I knew that at least we'd have a lively bar scene downstairs to carry us through the night if dinner was less than stellar. We decided to order a slew of dishes and share them family-style, including the chicken wing lollipops, long life noodles, cauliflower & curry dish, and grilled edamame. Most of the dishes did not disappoint, although the lollipops -- which supposedly are a "customer fave" - were a bit too sour/salty without any depth of flavor to counterbalance it. Fun dinner spot, kind of youngish crowd if that's your thing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You need more than just good food
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    The food is very. That's why we decided to give Attic a second chance, unfortunately they just don't seem to get to concept providing diners a dining out experience rather than merely serving them food. Attic offers 10 wines (plus 2 sakis), but they were out of 2 of the four whites they offer! There seems to be no effort to pace the meal, either. We felt very RUSHED. We ordered appetizers and held our menus and ordered our main course after the appies were served, but the mains STILL came before we were finished with our appies. I also ordered a glass of red wine with my main, and by the time they searched for it came back to tell me my red wine choice was also out of stock, our food was cold. HINT-restock wine BEFORE you run out not after!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant is upstairs hard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Restaurant is upstairs hard for kids. But they did accommodate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Attic gave good dining experience
    Hema1808
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    Food was great. We were a party of four and shared the dishes. We had about 2 appetizers and 4 entrees. We were very full at the end and had to pack some food. Don't get deceived by quantity of the dishes. They look small but fill your appetite.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great take on Filipino-Asian fusion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Had dinner here on Saturday night, celebrating a girlfriend's birthday. We had a great time, the food was really good. In particular we enjoyed the adobo chicken wings, the shaking beef, the garlic noodles with crab, and the ube tapioca bread pudding for dessert. All of us ladies really enjoy good food, especially different and unique Asian dishes. We found the food really comforting. It was a little noisy and loud for us, but still had a great time. The service was good, they were trying hard to be welcoming and accommodating, so I certainly appreciated the efforts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Repeat guest, always the requested
    Raymond
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Repeat guest, always the requested place when we have vistors back in town. Service is consistently good, good explanations of menu items, good timing when checking on us, clearing plates. Cocktails, again a favorite with guests, unique and consistently prepared. Starter of S&P Calamari, no issues, always cooked well, very tender and flavorful. Mains; Adobo lollipops, good flavor, but at 16$ for a dozen, price is getting steep. 5 spice lettuce cups, liked the presentation better than in the past, chicken correctly seasoned and tender. The all time favorite for everybody has been the Shaking Beef and the Crab Butter Fried Rice, both were disappointments this time around, the filet was like a tougher sirloin , the rice was shy on crab.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food and drinks,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Delicious food and drinks, and very attentive/polite staff. Great experience. As we left ~10pm it also seemed to have a fun bar vibe downstairs.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • When you walk into a restaurant
    AtticVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    When you walk into a restaurant and is greeted by two friends, whom are having dinner, it is a coincidence. While those two friends leave and 10 minutes later 4 other friends show up it is no longer a coincidence but underlining the fact that this is one of the best restaurants around San Mateo.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique find in a crowded area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    Came here w/ a date & had a good time! Surrounded by a bunch of other restaurants in the area, it can be somewhat hidden, but once you know where it's located, it's much easier to find. To start off, I would recommend that you make reservations for this place, since it gets crowded during dinner time. The restaurant is located in a 2-story building, with the first floor being a bar area. The appetizers we ordered (particularly the musubi with quail egg) were delicious, and their bread pudding w/ ube topping dessert was awesome! In between, they had a nice assortment of entrees to select from, and the service was also friendly. I would recommend the adobo wing lollipops; they were full of flavor and distinct from all of their other dishes.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Place to Visit Occasionally
    FridayNiteDinnersVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Really liked the mixed drinks, the Adobo Wing Lollipops, and Long Life Garlic Noodles - with crab - yay! We chose the Sisig with Milkfish. If you don't like strong-tasting fish, don't order it. Portions were perfect for a dinner for two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love Attic. The food is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/12/2013
    I love Attic. The food is always fantastic and the service is very friendly and always make me feel like they remember me.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and the service
    NugGaryVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    Great food and the service is attentive and fun! Sizzling Sisig is our favorite dish, but there are many other excellent choices as well.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Perfect.
    Raymond
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Does not disapoint. Living around the corner, we've been here several times. Each time we have visitors in town, we've made a point of bringing them here, each time they come back, it's the Attic they request for that good food night out. Outstanding food, with service that has gotten so much better. Well run restaurant. Great prices and outstanding drinks. Get reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the service was great. the
    nicknameVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2013
    the service was great. the food was fabulous. the ambience, interesting and the way they presented the food was entertaining. We loved the way they presented the bill as well. Too cute.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I have been here three times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    I have been here three times now and I have nothing bad to say about The Attic! Excellent food and excellent service! The Attic has also introduced me to my new favorite drink, The Bluegrass Mule: crushed ginger, bourbon, ginger beer, grenadine and lime. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
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    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    I personally would not recommend anyone to The Attic. I went here based off of pictures of food that I saw. When we got there, yes, we were seated right away, but our waiter, seemed to be rushed. He didn't even tell us his name. When it came time for our food, it took awhile. We had ordered three appetizers to begin with, but only got 2. After so many minutes, I had to check w/our waiter as to what was going on with the last appetizer. He didn't even bother to come check with us to let us know what the status of our food was. Finally, after so many more minutes, he served us our main food, but still had not served us our last appetizer, which is what my son was suppose to eat. The waiter avoided our table a lot.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything on the menu is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Everything on the menu is good. We always comeback for Death by the Pork and Sizzling Sisig.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Filipino fusion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/7/2013
    No comment , drinks are great your bartender is not only the best in mixing drinks , he is also very accommodating . We had a fabulous time,can't wait to be there again to have the greatest Filipino fission in town
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice location, the food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Nice location, the food was too salty. not really impressed.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very loud and hard to hear
    Queen
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    Very loud and hard to hear anything ....service was ok
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My wife and I were utterly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    My wife and I were utterly unimpressed by the food. Everything was too salty. The food lacked flavor, the Sisig dish looked sloppy and greasy, the garlic noodles were good but we could have had those elsewhere. The only thing we liked was the butterfish starter. All in all not the best experience for a restaurant we had high hopes for (my wife is 1/2 Filipino).
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was wonderful, service
    AmyS
    Dined on 1/10/2013
    Food was wonderful, service was very good and noise level was very loud. I had to speak loudly for my dining partner to hear me.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I live their garlic noodles
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/2/2013
    I live their garlic noodles and sweet potato fries!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The bone marrow and filet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    The bone marrow and filet mignon was the main reason I wanted to try the restaurant. It was good. The beef was a little overcooked. But overall the food was tasty and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Make sure you try the cocktails
    bianVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Make sure you try the cocktails on the lower level! Everything here was fantastic. I'd come back in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great night out with friends!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    Wonderful food. I recommend the sisig and the garlic noodles, but truthfully, we enjoyed everything. A group of five ate several dishes and the total (food, tax, and tip -- no beverages) for $15 a piece! Considering the quality of the dishes, the ambience, and the smooth, professional service, I thought that was quite a reasonable bill. And don't miss Under Attic. It gets crowded... the bartender is fantastic, the appetizers are very special, and happy hour is much longer just than one hour!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Marco and the team at Attic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/6/2012
    Marco and the team at Attic did a fantastic job at hosting my girlfriend's birthday party. The service is outstanding and the food is incredible!! A winner for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love The Attic and go there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    We love The Attic and go there whenever the occasion calls for a great local restaurant! Fab for small groups who want to share dishes. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Having dined at this location
    AtticVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    Having dined at this location many times, and knowning many of the staff, it was bound to happen... Baaaad Waiter... This was just a relaxing Saturday night dinner so no biggie, but still... Waiter did not posess the basics skills of the trade and messed up everything from drinks orders to dinner culminating with forgetting one dish, which I had to make him aware off so he would remove from bill. Still a 3-Star experience as the food weighs up for the service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Appeals to a younger crowd.
    GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    Appeals to a younger crowd. Food was very good, but seemed somewhat limited. Very different kind of environment for a Pan-Asian restaurant. Overall enjoyable, but would not hurry back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was ok, but not great.
    vpin
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    Food was ok, but not great. Drinks were pretty interesting. Seems like a good place for a group, though it is kind of small.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • There were 6 of us and we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    There were 6 of us and we started with appetizers and drinks. Then another large party of 10 or more showed up and it got really noisy. The noise level was so bad we were screaming at each other. So we decided to leave before ordering entrees. Also the drinks were a little watered down.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Do not miss Attic Restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    This place is awesome! Drinks are great and the Asian-inspired menu has tons of brilliantly executed Filipino dishes! Hurrah! I'm coming back fo sho - even if its a long drive for me :)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have been there before.
    Ronk
    Dined on 9/25/2012
    We have been there before. Food and service were terrific again.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious! Will definitely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2012
    Delicious! Will definitely be back many times. The food was amazing and the staff was super friendly!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent food but abysmal experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/11/2012
    I was very disappointed with my experience here. I came with a large group for a friend's birthday, and the service was absolutely terrible. Servers rarely came by and were hard to flag down, our dishes came out at sporadic times (main courses coming out a full 15 - 20 minutes apart), and the server dashing off before taking the order of the birthday girl, of which it took another 15 minutes to flag him down again. Her dish ended up never coming at all. She managed by snacking off of others' plates. Also, strangely, when someone would ask for water they would bring one glass for the specific person who asked, then run off again. Not good.
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  • Attic's food and service are
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2012
    Attic's food and service are consistently excellent. This is one of my most favorite local spots. The prices are also excellent for upscale and Asian food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Attic is a neighbor gem, a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2012
    Attic is a neighbor gem, a good place for the people to hanging out. The food was good and very tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall