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Attic

4.0
4
283 Reviews
$30 and under
Pan-Asian
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Pan-Asian, Southeast Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Bar: 4:00pm - last call

  • Phone number

    (650) 342-4506

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    For catering, buffets, large party dining, after hour cocktail parties, or venue rental needs, please contact info@atticrestaurant.com or (650) 342-4506.

  • Neighborhood

    San Mateo

  • Cross street

    3rd Avenue

  • Parking details

    Closest Parking Lot is off of Main St. between 1st and 2nd Ave. Street parking is free after 6pm, Monday-Saturdays.

  • Public transit

    SamTrans, Caltrain

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wine

What 283 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.3Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The Attic is closed and they still accept Open Table reservations 👎. What gives? It would be nice not to have to drive 30 miles to be told it’s closed!!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Very poor service. Slow and unhelpful. We will not be dining there again and will not recommend it to friends.
  3. BF

    BrendaF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2017

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Good food with nice ambience. We enjoyed the food especially when it was Chef Tim Luym. They have happy hour in the downstairs section and the price is right.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Enjoyed an early dinner with a friend on a weeknight. We had the place to ourselves for the first hour and enjoyed attentive wait-staff, tasty small plates, and the World Series on the TV. Restaurant is upstairs above the bar in a surpringly large space.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2017

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Food is family portion but a majority of it seemed like it would only serve 2-3 people so we had to double our orders which was fine. However the service was extremely slow and forgetful
  6. EE

    EdoErgoSum

    San Francisco

    66 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2017

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Someone wrote on Yelp review they were served burnt sisig. I was thinking prior to booking reservation here how could a Filipino restaurant ruin a signature dish? Well, turns out they can. Majority of us in our party has not tried Filipino cuisine before so we ordered sisig. When waiter came to ask us if everything was okay, we told him our sisig was burnt. They did not replace the dish, apologize or comp our bill. Waiter only said "I will tell the kitchen". So that was a big F for fail. Another review on Yelp called place quaint. We all thought the owner either ran out of fund/got cheap with the upstairs dining area. They certainly could use some major redecorating along with adding an AC upstairs. For the dinner, the adobo and garlic noodles were okay. The real highlight was the female bartender in the front of the restaurant on ground floor. She was friendly and made us felt welcome. Always nice to be greeted with a big smile with professionalism. Unfortunately, this place did not convince any of us we should seek out more Filipino cuisine.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Everything was delicious but it was so incredibly hot upstairs in the dining room. It wasn't very comfortable but the service and food were great.
  8. s

    stacey

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Getting to the dining room you have to weave your way through a very loud poorly laid out bar. Our table was sticky and not leveled so it constantly shook. I pointed it out to the waiter and he tried to fix it but didn't really succeed. Our drinks were delicious and the food was decent. Would go back, but probably would rush back soon.
  9. KT

    KelliT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We went for a casual dinner after a SoulCycle class in SanMateo. It e Was good and fast. Recommend for week night dining.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2017

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    They have a very limited menu. We went on a Saturday night and they were out of most of the things on the menu. First we had to order things we did. It come for and even those were great. The long life garlic noodles was also just okay. Not a very great experience.
  11. GF

    GoldenFoodie

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2017

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    They try really hard--that's about the best I can say. The service staff is sweet but not in the least bit professional. The drinks came long after the food and one of us didn't get his cocktail until we were all finished with dinner and ready for the bill. The food was pretty good--we especially enjoyed the wings. The Brussels sprouts were too salty, the cigarillos were fantastic, cauliflower flatbread was made yummy by the fantastic curry sauce. Did We enjoy? It was Ok. Will we go back? Nope, too may good places to eat. Why go with 'just ok'?
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2017

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I used to love eating here. My recent visit was disappointing. Got our orders wrong, food was lukewarm and did not taste good. Server gave us big serving forks as dining forks and did not give us any other utensils or napkins until we asked for them.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had a very disappointing experience. The reservation had been made to celebrate my husbands birthday. When we got there it was closed. Apparently it is under construction. I think the restaurant should have communicated this to "Open table".
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Don't know who is at fault here but the restaurant has apparently been closed for some time now, yet it is still possible to make reservations through Open Table. Imagine our shock when we arrived with guests and discovered the restaurant closed!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The place was closed. Made a reservation for Saturday, March 18th. Got to the restaurant and the doors were locked. Went to Vault. Nice dinner. Done with Attic. I suggest you eliminate it as an option.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Restaurant was closed. No signs stating why and no answering machine when we called.
  17. C

    Cherr

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I was disappointed that even with reservations made through OpenTable, when we got to the restaurant, it was closed. There was no sign and no one was available to answer the phone to explain why the restaurant was closed. We went on a Saturday evening at 6 pm. I noticed other people also tried to go in but obviously were also disappointed.
  18. S

    Smo7

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2017

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    The restaurant didn't meet the expectations I had. Being that it was a Tuesday, I can't understand why a restaurant could not be ready with all items on menu. We were interested in a refreshed drink that had mango in it, but they didn't have a any mango, so couldn't make the drink. By default, the sever said that they didn't have any ahí tuna so they couldn't offer that starter. Then moving on to the main dishes, we ordered the garlic noodles and wanted the fried rice with crab meat, but minutes later the server stated that the crab they had was probably not good to eat, so we couldn't order the fried rice with crab meat. Overall, bummed out. Not a good first experience.
  19. SC

    SereC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love going to attic.. I like their mix Asian food. Plus the wine selection is my favorite.
  20. DL

    DLH1

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were there early so it was quiet but could be noisy with crowds. Interesting Asian fusion and local ingredients. Delicious although not inexpensive for the small size plates.
  21. TK

    TonyK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2017

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We have been to the Attic a number of times and were a bit disappointed with this past visit. The service was extremely slow despite having an early reservation and there being only a handful of tables occupied. A couple of our favorite choices, i.e. the garlic noodles to name one, was extremely salty. It is a shame because the restaurant had been quite consistent in the past. Such inconsistency will make it hard to recommend to others.
  22. DH

    DennisH

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoyed the food and we have always had great service.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2017

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    This place needs to cut down on the salt. Very salty food!
  24. T

    Tony

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was delicious and the service was attentive.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2017

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    The food is great as always. But the service was not that great. The service could use some tuning up, but the food never fails.
  26. b

    babs

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2017

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The food was pretty good and the service was great. At first it was quiet but then a few groups came in and the noise made it hard to hear the person across the table from me. The table was sticky which distracted from feeling like I was eating at a good restaurant and made me wonder about how the food was prepared.
  27. r

    richbart

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2017

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Food seems like an after thought. Everything was slightly off.
  28. PJ

    PaulJoe

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food, great service from our waiter, and cute decorum. My only complaint was the extraordinary time it took for our meal to be prepared--one hour. It was for this reason only that the Attic did not get 5 stars.
  29. N

    Nadmax2

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We popped in here out of curiosity one night. It was so good we came back with a friends a few nights later! The brussel sprouts and sisig were my favorites, but everything on the menu is great!
  30. K

    Krisf

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2017

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Food was good just seemed a bit too greasy this time. We had the garlic noodles and brussel sprouts. Again, very good but too much oil used for our liking.
  31. E

    Ellen

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2017

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    The food was tasty, service was good, however prices are way too high for the amount of food you get. Our waiter told us that all portions are family style. The portions were so small, it was hardly share-able. The roti appetizer only came with one piece of roti, to share! We asked for another piece and were charged $4....for one piece of Roti! Cocktails were also very small and watered down. This place will need to make some changes (larger portions, not charge for extra bread) if it wants to survive. It was not even half full at 8pm on a Saturday evening.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reservations: 545pm on Jan 10 Server and Hostess: Nikki (stars are for her) Took my parents here for my mom's 60th birthday. They were just opening so we basically had the restaurant to ourselves until we were finished. It was very rainy and windy that night. + S&P Calamari - nothing really special about this dish. we would've liked our calamari to be more on the crispy side + Lumpia Cigarillos - the ends were quite burnt but nonetheless, still one of my favorites + Roti Curry - we ordered this for 4ppl, I thought it was family style but it only came with one flatbread. The flatbread was very charred but the curry sauce was very flavorful. + Shaking Beef - another one of my favorites! the beef is so tender + Long Life Garlic Noodles - super yummy! so flavorful but missing the garlic punch! + Death by Pork - i was SO excited to order this because every time my husband and I came, it was by ourselves and this dish is far too big for us...unfortunately, i was a bit disappointed in this dish. the garlic soy vinegar dip was my favorite out of the 3 sauces. We received two dishes on the house: + Brussel Sprouts - my first time trying brussel sprouts and OMG, I don't know why I waited so long. + Coconut Bread Pudding - this was my mom's birthday's dessert. it was so good! The tapioca that was served on top of it was of coconut and the fragrance was "mmm...." Thank you Nikki for your excellent service! Our water never saw the bottom of the glass.
  33. B

    Bonnie

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Recommended by a friend we were there early but had a reservation. Took some time to find the right entrance,you need to go thru the bar and up stairs. I`m not sure of a handicapped entrance,or an elevator. I am sure they must have one. The family style meal was just enough with no left over food. we will certinaly go again!
  34. M

    Mark

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2016

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Service could be more attentive. Pretty sure our server forgot to ring in a follow up order of ours and was not intuitive enough to notice we were sitting there with empty plates on our table. The food was pretty good, creative and cooked well when it came out - salpicao, crispy pork binagoongan, garlic noodles (which was actually on the plain side, need to order something else with it). It's pretty tough for vegetarians (one in our party was).
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2016

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Overall the food was very good and we enjoyed a nice dinner, except for a few minor issues. There was a large family seated right next to us with horrible, badly behaved screaming children. I was not expecting this restaurant to be so "family friendly" as it is a trendy downtown Asian fusion spot. Also I thought it was strange that the servers did not have any trays for drinks, multiple servers had to bring us waters and cocktails which seemed wasteful, since one person could have easily carried five drinks on a tray.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great place for groups or a romantic dinner for 2. Laid back ambiance in the attic and bustling with energy in the downstairs bar. Great cocktails, even better food, and all of the staff we interacted with were friendly knowledgeable and accommodating. Will definitely be back here! (Ps- get the lumpia!! Yum!)
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2016

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Very busy and crowded. We knew that going in, We had been there several times before. This time we waited from 8:30 to 9:40 and we never got our dinner. We were served 2 appetizers and by 9:40 they said 2 more minutes till our food was ready. We had to leave.
  38. K

    Karly

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great everytime we've been there. Great food and super friendly staff.
  39. MH

    MichelleH

    Columbus

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2016

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Over an hour for food to come out!!! Unacceptable!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The service was great but the food was on the salty side.

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Attic is rated 4 stars by 283 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    3rd Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    San Mateo

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Bar: 4:00pm - last call

  • Cuisines

    Pan-Asian, Southeast Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Closest Parking Lot is off of Main St. between 1st and 2nd Ave. Street parking is free after 6pm, Monday-Saturdays.

  • Public transit

    SamTrans, Caltrain

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (650) 342-4506

  • Catering

    For catering, buffets, large party dining, after hour cocktail parties, or venue rental needs, please contact info@atticrestaurant.com or (650) 342-4506.

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