Spiedo - San Mateo
Spiedo - San Mateo

Spiedo - San Mateo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.spiedo.com/
  • Phone: 6503750818
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Everyday from 11:30 AM until 10:00 PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Gilberto
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our Under the Tuscan Sun & San Marco Square Room are perfect for celebrating anything from a Surprise party to a completely private business meeting. The Menu includes salads, pasta, rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and seafood; it can be designed by you or you can use one of our prix fix menus
  • Private Party Contact: Lisa Psaila 8885742486

Getting there

  • Cross Street: S. Ellsworth
  • Public Transit: We are located 4 blocks from the CalTrain Downtown San Mateo Station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Behind the restaurant is San Mateo Central Parking $0.50 hour, and after 6pm, parking is free. There is also street parking and handicapped spaces are available.
A word from Spiedo - San Mateo
Come and try our New Bar & Patio Appetizer Menu as well as our New Cocktail Menu!

Spiedo Restaurant located in the heart of San Mateo, specializing in fine Italian cuisine and Daily Specials from the Venitian region. Using only the freshest of ingredients, Spiedo is known for our wood-fired pizzas, homemade pastas, and our fresh rotisserie. Enjoy a bottle of wine from an extensive wine list or a cocktail from our full service bar. Open for Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week. Spiedo is a wonderful place to celebrate an intimate dinner for two or a special occasion for a large group. Banquet facilities are available for private parties.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Spiedo - San Mateo reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (7)special occasion (5)fit for foodies (4)good for groups (3)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (2)romantic (2)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great place
    Cate
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I have been there many, many times over the years. Always consistent. My only suggestion is the place could use an update. The decor is tired.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I had the veal osso buco special, which was delicious! I would also recommend the house Spiedo salad. The service was attentive. I will go back next time I'm in town.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • just ok
    sevenfanVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The last time we went there it was really good. But Saturday night, the place was empty, but the wait staff really wasn't on top of their game. The wine was oxidized. The food was slow and overall just slow service. This place could be much better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • accordnguyVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We've been to Spiedo's on several occasions and always left satisfied. This time, I was a little disappointed. The Minestrone was not, the content of the drinks we ordered were hidden under the ice cubes and the waiters seemed to be afraid to approach us. I'm going to try it again. Maybe it was just me.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VERY SLOW SERVICE
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    There was hardly anyone eating on a Friday evening around 7 and there was a 45 minute wait between our appetizer and entre'.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Great Meal !!
    Kathyb
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Went on Friday night for my daughter's birthday. Had reservations and were seated immediately. Wonderful service, not rushing you which I so appreciate. Food was great. I had the nightly special of Osso Bucco which was very flavorful and fell off the bone. My boyfriend helped himself to the marrow from my bones. My daughter had pesto gnocchi which was awesome. I am a gnocchi snob and they were like little fluffy pillows. Love the Spiedo salad !! Great wine selection. Had a variety of desserts which we all enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 221 reviews are from the Spiedo - San Mateo reviews archive.
  • Amazing Experience
    MadsVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I took my mom and my friend here for Mother's Day and it was a fabulous experience! The waitress was phenomenal. There was a special Mother's Day menu and I asked the waitress if I could get olive oil on my pasta instead of the pre-assigned sauce because I can't eat dairy. She got me the pasta (with the chicken and peas) in olive oil and had garlic added. She was very nice. My friend had the dish as it was supposed to be and it was also delicious. My mom had the cannelloni and loved it. The food was amazing (dinners, desserts, bread) and the atmosphere was great. I hadn't been here since 2008 and it's improved a lot and is now a new restaurant I'll be eating at regularly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needs adequate staffing
    BabbzVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I would recommend on the basis of the food, but the service was sorely lacking!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why was it so quiet?
    eatsalot
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We had a great girls meal here, 8 of us around 2 tables and we were able to catch up since there was no other noise. Was mystified as to why Spiedo wasn't busier, it was really quiet in there. The food was excellent, everyone of us loved what we ate from Cornish game hen, to pizza. Plus the kitchen accommodated a request not on the menu which was a hit so should be on the menu. The wait staff were attentive, but not intrusive, so overall a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good neighborhood restaurant
    wabash21VIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    From great pizza, to great pasta this is the place to go in San Mateo for Italian Food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    Noms2chi
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Great food, service and atmosphere. My 6yr old daughter had a delicious kids meal with grilled chicken. My girlfriend and I had wonderful meals as well. Our server made great suggestions, was attentive but not intrusive. Would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Okay
    EatsAlot
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Showed up on a quiet Sunday afternoon and sat on the deck. The menu was unremarkable but traditional. We started with the carpaccio which was okay. Good portion size but nothing special. Could have used a bit more arugula honestly. I had the Saltimbucca, she had the Fettuccine. Both needed salt but the port wine sauce on mine was pretty good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • As always, a great place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    As always, a great place. Good food, very reasonable pricing. And great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so bad
    Holly
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    people were very nice, food was really bad. order Filet mignon ($30!) medium rare. it came well done. it took them 25 minutes to bring another one and it looked and tasted like Salisbury steak from an old tv dinner. Bleh.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    scott
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was a Valentines dinner with my wife. Their service was disorganized ...probably due to the large volume of people celebrating Valentines dinner. The food was good but when the bill came they charged me for the salad that I did not get.The waitress was very nice and tried to be accommodating but after the no salad and then being charged for it left a bad feeling for us. We finally go it all straightened out but it was a bit of a hassle and not what we had hoped for on Valentines Day. Moral of the story it is a nice place to go if they are not busy but I would think twice about going there when they are likely to be busy.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've eaten here before for
    ValentineCouple
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I've eaten here before for lunch, it wasn't valentines dinner of course but the food was excellent and you felt like you get what you paid for and the service was great. I expected much the same during my reservation for Valentines Evening. However, my girlfriend and I were disappointed in our food that evening despite ordering a little bit of everything on the menu. The staff however were just as impeccable as ever and service was prompt, polite, and attentive.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is good and hearty,
    mdf1
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    The food is good and hearty, and the place is reminiscent of a 60's restaurant. We went on a week night. The place was quiet' and the service was good. This could become a regular if you like hearty Italian food at a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious
    Italianxmama
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The food was really good and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spiedo is horrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Spiedo sounds like Speedo....either way, I would not eat it! Poor management of the restaurant. We arrived for our 7:30 reservation only to run into the folks waiting for their 6:30 and 7:00 reservations and fighting over tables. The hostess did little except whine over how busy it was.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not prepared for reservations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    They overbooked or did not pay attention to the reservations they had. Took an hour to get seated and then the service was slow and not at all courteous.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Christmas chaos
    Goldieluvsfood
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    This place was a madhouse on Christmas night. In spite of our reservations, the line was out on the sidewalk, the hostess was frantic and disorganized, allowing late arrivals to enter ahead of other people with reservations who had been waiting in line. My son and I finally left and ate at a Chinese restaurant. I'll never return to Speedos. Bah humbug.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overbooked but still nice
    Pasperdu
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    There were not a lot of choices for Christmas dinner and chose Spiedo because it has a great reputation. Even with a 6:30 reservation, it took 15 minutes to check-in There was a crowd out the door. When finally seated, we were greeted by a very nice, yet exhausted server. There were some foods no longer available from the fixed menu and were also told when we asked for more bread, that we had the last of it. It seemed that the restaurant was not prepared for the onslaught, and/or they overbooked. At any rate, the dinner was nice and the food good. I did not have high expectations for a holiday meal, so I was not disappointed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great evening
    Bueno
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Our group of 5 all enjoyed the food, drink and service very much.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy food!
    MAWEVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    There were 6 of us who ate dinner on Saturday night, early, before a movie. We arrived at 5pm and the restaurant was nice and quiet. We hadn't been in years since we moved from the area and didn't have high expectations -- we were pleasantly surprised! The men all had the ossobuco special -- it melted off the bone. Bread was nice and warm. My sausage pasta dish was flavorful and cooked al dente plus served really hot. The other ladies had the shrimp risotto and really enjoyed it. Nice meal! We would have loved to have sat in a booth but other larger parties had those or smaller parties of 4. Oh well... really enjoyable though!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We had the mussels and clams for appetizer. We loved how fresh they were and the sauce was so good that we soaked up everything with the bread! The roast duck special was amazing and the portion was large. Pasta was equally tasty. The service was still good eventhough they had two holiday parties in the main dining area. I will definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't eat Thanksgiving Dinner here
    Marla
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Horrible Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner they served - should have ordered off regular menu - bad turkey and trimming!!!!!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Spiedo has great and great service. The antipasto platter was delicious, rabbit cooked to perfection and the veal was very flavorful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I am a little bit disappointed
    Anthony
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    I am a little bit disappointed with the entrees...we ordered 7 different entrees for 7 people and all of the entrees are not as good as it should be. The duck/lamb chop were too dry, and the truffle pasta had no taste. The pizza and the appetizers were good though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was very good, service
    wabash21VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Food was very good, service was great, would recommend this resturant to anyone, who wants a great Italian dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food, was really
    PattiVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    excellent food, was really surprised and loved the choices! A definite go back place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood was fresh and oh so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    Seafood was fresh and oh so flavorful! I know I'll be back, just for that. At 1530 on a weekday, blessedly quiet. So if you like seafood and hate noise, this is it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • food was good, but too expensive
    laff1
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    food was good, but too expensive for lunch. Need to broaden their lunch menu for less expensive options than the regular price. I think this is why it is so quiet during the day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is nothing to get
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    The food is nothing to get excited about but the staff is very nice and service was good. The best thing about Spiedo is that it is not at all crowded, so it is great for being able to talk during the meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was good but nothing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    Food was good but nothing to rave over. Dessert were just plain boring. Would recommend for a quick bit but nothing fancy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is consistently good,
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Food is consistently good, but they use the same sides (mashed potatoes and steamed veggies) for almost all of their entrees. Frequent diners will long for variation. The fish portion was very small (I almost sent it back but didn't want to make a scene in front of my guests.) Always friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • staff seemed a bit unprepared
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    staff seemed a bit unprepared for Valentine's Day volume. service was slow and not as friendly as before.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Whereas the wait staff was
    happytochow
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Whereas the wait staff was really friendly and efficient, the food just wasn't very good. My fish was mushy, my daughter's filet was under cooked and my husband's salmon had a red sauce on it that was not expected (grilled salmon).
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu is misleading "housemade"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/6/2013
    Menu is misleading "housemade" does not mean "homemade" or "fresh". Gnocchi is "housemade" not "homemade" or "fresh". To the waiters credit he did tell us when we asked.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This used to be a hot place
    fredarepVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    This used to be a hot place but isn't now.I hadn't been in a couple of years & was disappointed that the food is old fashioned. I had the clams vongole which was wonderful, a friend had the linguini with seafood which he loved but the others-ravioli & duck were just so-so. I think they need a new, hip chef. The place is good looking but there were at the most 20 people eating there on a Friday night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The wait staff was very attentive.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    The wait staff was very attentive. One of the men spoke some Italian. It was nice because it felt so authentic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate