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Attic

4.0
303 reviews
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$30 and under
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Pan-Asian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Pan-Asian, Southeast Asian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Bar: 4:00pm - last call
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Phone number
(650) 342-4506
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
3rd Avenue
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Parking details
Closest Parking Lot is off of Main St. between 1st and 2nd Ave. Street parking is free after 6pm, Monday-Saturdays.
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Public transit
SamTrans, Caltrain
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Special events & promotions
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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
4.0
food
4.0
service
3.7
ambience
3.3
value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on March 7, 2018

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!!!

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1.0Dined on November 9, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on November 1, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on October 21, 2017

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

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2.0Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on August 31, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2017

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.

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2.0Dined on July 13, 2017

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'?

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2.0Dined on July 8, 2017

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.

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1.0Dined on May 6, 2017

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".

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1.0Dined on April 22, 2017

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!

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1.0Dined on March 18, 2017

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.

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1.0Dined on March 18, 2017

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

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1.0Dined on March 18, 2017

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.

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2.0Dined on March 14, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2017

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

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2.0Dined on February 23, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

The food was delicious and the service was attentive.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2017

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.

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2.0Dined on February 10, 2017

Food seems like an after thought. Everything was slightly off.

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2017

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!

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2017

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.

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2.0Dined on January 21, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2017

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!

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3.0Dined on December 21, 2016

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).

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2016

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!)

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1.0Dined on December 2, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2016

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

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1.0Dined on December 2, 2016

Over an hour for food to come out!!! Unacceptable!

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3.0Dined on November 2, 2016

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

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