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Spasso Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.spassosc.com
  • Email: spasso1@yahoo.com
  • Phone: (650) 592-5886
  • 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 (650) 533-9662

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Been coming to Spasso for some time now. Friendly staff and good food"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We love this restaurant! The food was phenominal! Great service and not too hard on the pocketbook:-)"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Celebrated my daughter's birthday the other day at Spasso and we were pleasantly surprised by our experience. We were there upon a recommendation and now will recommend to our friends as well.Service was SUPERB! I was limping from a running injury that am and they accommodated my temporary disability by giving us a more comfortable table. Wine list was extensive. Food was great, esp'ly the mussels/clams appetizer. Most notable was our server, very knowledgeable w both the wine & the dishes!, attentive and courteous. Even the other staff who helped clear the table between courses were very helpful and catered to everything we asked for, always checked if we needed anything without being obtrusive. WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK! TWO THUMBS UP!!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Good food and service; was quite loud (but we're older)"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We took my daughter and new boyfriend here for dinner. Everyone loved their meal. Food is always great. The only negative is that the restaurant is often very noisy at dinnertime during the weekend. Fortunately we had a quieter table in the corner. We were seated right away. Enjoyed cocktails before ordering and did not feel rushed."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The service staff rushed us a bit and the menu was limited because of Valentine day."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Overall the ambiance of the place is good. But i have had much better Italian food at other places. Nothing outstanding of the food. Any Italian place can be judged by the bread they serve in the beginning. This place served thick bread which wasnt even warm. Pros: Small plates Many options for appetizers Good ambience Cons: Small red wine list aweful bread"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Went on a weekday evening. Although we had pleasant service, We had to wait too long for the waiter to take our order. Appetizer was just okay. Long wait between app and entrees, but I liked that our entrees arrived steaming hot. Unfortunately, the salmon entree was bland; thumbs up on the black pepper pasta.I would have enjoyed the evening much better if the pacing improved. The food is reasonably good, but for the price, I think I'll be looking for an alternate to Spasso."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Good well prepared Italian food. Typical continental offerings as well. Uneven wine selections. Good service. Nothing outstanding, but nothing bad either."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Dinner after a great theater experience was very good. Wait staff helpful and attentive. Food exceptional. Cost in line."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Food and service, always great...but the noise level was frustrating if you wanted to have any conversation with your own dining companions. Bar crowd so packed left no room for those with reservations to check in and/ or wait to be called. Need for more room and noise reducing insulation. Perfect on a weekday when it's not packed."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "the girls and i were out for our girl friend's birthday and we had a great time. Our waiter was on top of his game and service was great and the food as always was very delicious even our picky eater of the group was very happy!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Restuarnt was very crowded and loud. Our 8pm reservation was not going to honored, so we went across the street to the Cask where we had the same meal in a less hectic atmosphere. The problem with Spasso, if you have to wait there is no room to do that and you are just standing in the way."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "there was NO reservation. We were seated, but it was at the door and there was a very cold draft everytime someone entered. It was almost too noisy to hear my three companions. We ended up after the meal talking outside on the street. Our waiter was terrific and the food was great, if a very small quantity and not cheap. Lovely wine, but not a great selection by the glass. I enjoyed it but would probably not be enthusiastic to return."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "My 12 year old daughter specifically requests eating at Spasso's. Food is always good, the food servers are very friendly and accommodating."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "I was hoping this place would be really good but I wasn't impressed. The food was average. When I go out I want to taste food like if its something that I can't make myself no matter what the dish. My date and I shared apps and entrees, both of us were not impressed. I felt like we could have made something better at home."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "My husband and I had dinner at Spasso New Years Eve. We did expect it to be noisy and crowded, but this was over the top. I had heard so many good recommendations for this restaurant, due to the fact that all the pasta is supposed to be made from scratch. However, this evening my husband and I didn't select any pasta dishes, but decided to have entree's of prime rib for him and lamb chops for me. The chops were very fat, grissly and hardly warm. It was a very basic dish with no imagination!! Chops, potatoes and gravy and seared asparagus. The only good thing on our table was the wine. The service was very haphazard with the wait staff looking after too many tables,"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "They changed the menu and the prices almost doubled for Christmas Eve. I wish we had been told this when we made our reservation."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We were pleased that our table was ready when we arrived. Our service started immediately and we indicated we were not in a hurry, our waiter was responsive to this. The sampler appetizer was ample for 4 and delicious. We did not feel rushed, our entrees were delivered in a reasonable amount of time. However, one entree was cold - the melted cheese had hardened on the canneloni - so we sent it back to kitchen. Unfortunately for most people sitting in our section - a very loud group of 5 men were seated right next to us. I finally signaled to one of them to please keep it down. We might have lingered a while over coffee and dessert, but it was so loud we had to leave. Three of the four of us enjoyed our food and would return."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants in restaurant "row" on Laurel in San Carlos. We mostly go for lunch, and like to sit outside with tapas and wine flights. The food is varied and generally very good, plus the noise level is not too high, unlike some of the other restaurants in the area. On a cold evening, you should stay away from the front door, where it can be cold."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "We took friends of ours thier for the first time and everything was superb."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "We had a group of 8 for a workplace celebration, food was fantastic, staff took care of the group's every need. Favorite dishes were the Spasso sampler (ordered 2 for the table), Filet Mignon and Paella."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Nothing outstanding. Pasta sauces too sweet. Hardly memorable. Better choices on Laurel to be had."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "I've been to Spasso twice and both times the food has been good, ambience is nice and the service is really slow. The kitchen is really fast with getting food out, however the server seems overwhelmed with tables and prioritizes the larger tables for the smaller ones in the corner. I would recommend this place to a friend if they were not in a hurry."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "San carols has a lot to offer and this is one of them, Great food. Great service and a fun vibrant scene."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Five of us enjoyed good food, good service, and fitting ambiance. Overall, a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "To families with children, when you bring you children to dinner, please have them keep their shoes on and use a chair. People are paying a lot of money to enjoy their dinner and aren't your babysitters. It's rude to have your children run around a restaurant. Restaurant was good, good food, good service."
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "I was searching to dine with my girl friend in Redwood City/San Carlos area. I googled and Spasso came up. Got a table for two by the window looking onto outdoor dining, bar on the right side of us. It was a secluded table in a corner. The waiter told us the special menu of the day before we looked at the extensive menu, so much to choose from. We decided to order the combination appetizer, with fried calamari, beans, beef skewers, artichoke hearts. The beef was so tender and tasty. Did not care much about fried food. We also ordered a salad and the special pea soup. Both good and could not resist the chocolate lava cake."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We came for my Mother's birthday lunch and sat outside ( I have a dog), our waiter Louis ( who is our favorite) was there to greet us and had our table ready. He is so accommodating and always pleasant. The food never disappoints and we had a great time! Louis surprised her with a birthday dessert of bread pudding which we all enjoyed. Everyone that I bring to Spasso's always comments on how much they enjoy the restaurant which is centrally located in the hot spot of San Carlos on Laurel Street."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "Great food, great location, wonderful service. I love Spasso!"
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "Been many times and food is always wonderful along with service too"
    Dined on 9/8/2013
  • "My husband and I went there for our "date night." We made a meal out of the appetizers and side dishes. Even though he's not usually a beans guy, my husband LOVED the cannellini beans that came with his shrimp dish. When we asked about what makes the dish so yummy, the waiter shared with us how they make it and told us many people really enjoy the special basil oil that tops the dish. We had a great night overall!"
    Dined on 7/26/2013