Spasso
Spasso

Spasso

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.spassosc.com/
  • Phone: 6505925886
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:monday to friday 11:30-2:30 Saturday and Sunday 11:30-3:30
    Dinner:monday to Friday 5:00-10:00 Saturday 3:30-10:00 Sunday 3:30-9:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: ramiro nolazco
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We can cater your special events; please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Hold your next special event at Spasso.
    We can arrange the tables any way you want. The dining room can accommodate 58 guests. Please call for details and pricing.
  • Private Party Contact: Kurt 6505339662

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Olive and Cherry
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is parking all along Laurel Street and private parking across the street.
A word from Spasso
Spasso features Italian, Mediterranean cuisine and Tapas. Spasso has been a new favorite neighborhood destination located in San Carlos on Laurel Street. Spasso features an extensive Napa Valley and Italian wine selection, and a full bar with specialized cocktails are available. Our waitstaff are consistently friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. And, the atmosphere is lively and exciting.
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Spasso reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)great for outdoor dining (21)special occasion (21)great for lunch (19)good for groups (17)fit for foodies (16)notable wine list (11)kid-friendly (8)romantic (7)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (5)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Always a great experience
    LJHA
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I've had lunches and dinners many times over the years. The food always surprises me with its goodness, and the service is superb. Love this place, and so happy its nearby.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Fresh salads Delicious"grilled" calamari ( much better than fried) The Friday night special with scallops and pasta is divine. The pasta was tasty and done to perfection
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hmmm
    PickyEater
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I've eaten here multiple times and in the past the food has been excellent. I took a work group here and for the first time I had the impression that the chef was trying way too hard to make fancy food taste good. it was not bad, but also nothing to write home about if you can understand that comment. Service was great. Our waiter, as well as the rest of the service team, was very attentive and spot on
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  • ChrisP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent food and waiter. Manager honored a 6 year old gift certificate, which was very nice. Noise level was too high because we were seated near a loud party. However would really recommend restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love their food!
    LindyVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I have eaten here several times and have never been disappointed. They have a great selection of tapas and starters, which I love. I've tried their bruschettas, the mushroom polenta (yum), the polenta cubes, and their grill eggplant caprese. All were delicious! My friend wanted the warm cabbage salad which didn't sound appealing to me but I think I ate 2/3 of it - it was amazing! Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • eileenVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food and the service was excellent. Our waitress was very nice attentive and professional
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Good was good. Hostess lacked enthusiasm. Service was excellent. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eander
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    an enjoyable experience. First time there. Would be happy to recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibrant!
    Jane
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Loved our dinner at Spasso. I have a seafood allergy and our waiter very graciously created an appetizer sampler plate without seafood that I could enjoy with the rest of my group. We each had a different dinner, veal, fish, lamb and each dinner was excellent. The wait staff was friendly and always available to us. This was our first visit but it won't be our last.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a great time for bday dinner
    owinegar
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The staff were extremely friendly. They were great with my 2 kids and served their meals first and dessert while my husband and I enjoyed our dinner. The only reason I did not give them 5 stars is because it took a little too long for our main dish to arrive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ron
    Ronnie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Good selection of entrees. The lamb was superb. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Forza
    Curly2
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Every time we go it's always great food and great service
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding food excellent service
    foodie
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I used the Yep reviews and selected this restaurant for dining with out of town visitors on a Thursday night. The place was bustling but the staff was attentive and the service was excellent. The food was outstanding, we loved the appetizers (crab cakes, eggplant and portobello), our dinner (salmon, clams, special of the day fish) and desserts (new york cheese cake and bread pudding). I will recommend this restaurant to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is good; Food is so so
    bruincalVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Service was good and our server was very polite. However, the food is below expectation. We ordered seafood linguini and Spasso chicken bolognese. The pastas were over cooked and were very soft. The bolognese sause was very watery without any flavors. More spices should have added to the dishes to enhance the taste.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite spot
    Lucy7083VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I love this restaurant. Whether I am alone or with friends the food and service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing experience this time.
    Dmeaness1
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We've eaten here before and the experience was very positive. The ambiance, service, cocktails and food were good. We thought we'd found our "go to" place only to be disappointed with our next visit. The food was fair, the waiter was entertaining and attentive in the beginning but I ended up bussing our table and had to ask the hostess who was busy chatting with the bartender for our check. The hostess that sat us was not the same as the one at the end of our meal. The gal that greeted us and sat us was the best thing about the restaurant sadly.
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  • Special occasion/ any occasion
    kirs
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Spasso continues to be one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. Kurt and his staff are wonderful and the food is always amazing. Thy cartered our sons First Communion and everyone raved about the food. We bring out of town guests and we go just because.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodloverforlife64
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Wonderful Lamb. Very delicious crab cakes. I usually go to Spasso when I visit my family in San Carlos. They are consistent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 501 reviews are from the Spasso reviews archive.
  • Good, better & best !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    WONDERFUL SERVICE, SUPERIOR FOOD, AND VERY GOOD AMBIANCE!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice neighborhood restaurant!
    ThePetiteFoodie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This was my first time at Spasso. We were greeted as we walked in and promptly escorted to our table. The staff were attentive, the food is delicious. We had the calamari appetizer and ordered three different pasta dishes as entrees. Each dish was delicious, and everyone was happy! I ordered the tiramisu for dessert, and it was a perfect ending to my nice meal. Spasso is a great neighborhood restaurant and I will definitely be back when I'm in the mood for Italian food and prefer to dine locally!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I eat here often and...
    hungrylady
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    we purposely asked for a table outside because it can get really loud inside. However, the staff made the outside distractingly loud. There was a constant banging of dishes as they hastily cleared tables and dragging tables and chairs all over the pavement to reconfigure for the next seating. This happened 8 or 10 times in the 90 minutes we were dining and was distracting and repeatedly interrupting of our conversation. It is completely preventable and disrespectful to all those dining outside. Have to say the food was a disappointment this time which it usually is not. Lamb pita had lovely bread but contained only a few bits of overcooked and dry lamb that looked left from a previous cooking. Desserts lovely!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Neighborhood Restaurant
    jksancarlosVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    We come here fairly often as it is convenient and they have free corkage on Sundays and Mondays. The food is good as is the service. Seating could be better and it is usually quite loud. Don't expect a quiet romantic spot and you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a very nice lunch
    eileenVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    the food was excellent and the service was wonderful. our waiter was very nice and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a delight !
    PamAVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    You can always count on SPASSO to provide a delightful dining experience. The food is consistently excellent and nicely presented. The service is attentive and friendly.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    A wonderful Pork Chop entree, super Caesar Salad, with very fresh and crisp lettuce. Great Decaf Coffee, which is hard to find.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I had a lovely experience at Spasso's! The service was excellent and for maost part, the food was delicious. I ordered the halibut with mashed potatoes and there seemed to be a funny taste with the sauce and with the mashed potatoes. Otherwise, everything was fabulous. Thank-you!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were thrilled!
    KittyGirl
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    My husband and I met another couple here for dinner one evening. We had never been here before, but they had been and recommended it. The food was amazing! We shared a polenta appetizer that was delicious! I had the fish special of the evening; it was seabass and it was moist, flavorful, and seasoned just right. My husband ordered scallops and they were cooked perfectly. We had some really good food, friendly and attentive service, and GREAT company with whom to enjoy it! We WILL be back... And, eventually, we will try everything on their menu!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice ambience
    tzep202
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Went with a friend for lunch. The decor was very nice and being that it wasn't too crowded, the noise level was low. We both had the warm cabbage salad with chicken. It was very good except the chicken was a bit dry. The service was excellent. I would go again to try the other things on the menu.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I love Spasso
    JLFergVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    The service is always friendly and first-rate. The food is always delicious. The drinks are always refreshing. Dining here feels like a celebration. We often go with small plates (crab spring rolls, piquollo peppers, polenta cubes, the beef carpaccio) and drink wine or champagne and end with a split piece of cheesecake and coffee. This is a delightful place to sit at an outside table and watch the passing people and their dogs.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was great, now not so great
    NorahVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Service is still the best. Great ambiance. For some reason the food doesn't taste as good as it once did.
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't rush us
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Great experience overall - enjoyed the food, great menu choices, ambiance was comfortable, server was helpful and funny, and the wine we had was delicious. The only note I would recommend for improvement is to not be so quick to rush our plates away after dinner. We had one person at our table who really likes to take her time eating. There were 5 attempts to take her plate away before she was done - all different people trying to be helpful, but after the 2nd request, it felt less helpful and more like they're pushing to get us out the door.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was our 57th wedding anniversary
    pokey
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    It was our 57th wedding anniversary and we had an enjoyable time. Had dinner with family. Food was good. It was early enough that it wasn`t too noisy. Later on it tends to be extremely loud.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday celebration
    LornaVi
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    My husband made this res for us to celebrate my birthday! The food was great, we brought our own bottle of wine and because it was a Sunday the corkage was free. We did order cocktails and they we're relish. The service was great ( I do t like to feel rushed). The only complaint was that there was a large party next to us, of 10 people that were a little noises but not a big deal to me. I would definitely go back. I had the lamb (delish) my husband the pork chop which was tastey though slightly sweet with raisins in the sauce. The gran marnier creme brûlée was a great ending to the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    AtoZVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Been coming to Spasso for some time now. Friendly staff and good food
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great sevice,good food,very satisfy
    mmdm
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    We had a 8pm dinner on a Thursday night and the place was packed. The service was great. Our waiter was very nice, make sure all of us are taken care of, accommodating of our requests. Food is good, not like wow wow. We ordered calamari and mozzarella eggplant. Both are good, but need little bit more salt for the calamari. Seafood pasta has MORE seafood than pasta which worth the $ you paid. Although, we all love pasta, but absolutely no complain about the portion of the food. Descent size. Dessert, we ordered the chocolate lava cake, tiramisu, bread pudding. Out of all, surprisingly, bread pudding score the dessert. All of us were very happy with the overall experience. We will definitely good back for sure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    OliviaVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We love this restaurant! The food was phenominal! Great service and not too hard on the pocketbook:-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual Dining at it's Best
    BooperNJ
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    I made an early afternoon reservation for a business dinner and was more than pleasantly surprised. From the flatbread tapas to the entrees, the food was superb. Menu offers a great balance of old favorites and new trends as well as healthy choices. Our server was charming, and made some great suggestions. Meal was well-paced. It was the perfect end to a long day. I will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • revisited
    banjo
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    My most recent visit was a disappointment. It was extremely noisy. Good was OK, service was OK, but it is a change from several previous visits where everything was very good. A change in the wrong direction.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One observation
    patty
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    As we were the last diners on a recent Tuesday night, and were enjoying the quiet at our table nearest the kitchen, we were disconcerted to have a couple seated right behind our table. Chairs are very close (back to back) and was awkward to move away from our table. As the restaurant was empty except for our table, we asked at the bar on our way out, what the reasoning might have been for that deliberate seating choice. We were told that the couple had asked for that table??? Could not they have been seated at at least one more table away from our threesome? Just curious as to the seating policy for those situations.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, great ambience
    JonisjVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    This is the first time we ate at Spassos. I went there with two girlfriends for lunch. The menu was quite extensive. And the food was excellent. And I love the decor. . I am really looking forward to going there for dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.