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About Attic

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.

234 South B Street
San Mateo, CA 94401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Pan-Asian, Southeast Asian

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

Cross Street:
3rd Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 342-4506

Website:
http://www.atticrestaurant.com/

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

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

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.

Attic Ratings and Reviews

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3.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.3

service

3.6

ambience

3.7

value

3.0

Noise

Quiet

80% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (3)
Good for a Date (2)
Special Occasion (2)
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Creative Cuisine (1)
Fun (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2016

The food overall was great The problem we had was service Our waiter was nice but not very attentive We waited 20 minutes to place our order and the restaurant was not busy Our food took almost 40 minutes to get to our table There was a mix up in the kitchen Our waiter had not checked in with us until about 15 minutes before we got our food Luckily we were having a great conversation at our table The lumpia when it came to the table seemed to have sat for quite awhile but the rest of our dishes we're great If you don't mind that the service might be iffy the food was good enough for the wait if you're with a great crowd

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Very disappointed, have been here a number of times and the food is great but the service especially this last time was awful.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2016

I really appreciate their flexibility. I'm not familiar with the area so kinda got lost also signing wasn't very obvious so we actually missed this place twice before finding it but they accommodated us without any issues.

We loved the drinks especially the calamansake. The food tasted authentic but had a modern spin. We had the Binagoongan Pork, the Adobo lollipops, Salpicao and the calamari. The calamari wasn't our fav maybe it would be better served with a spicy vinegar than sweet and sour but all the other dishes were are favorite. The sizes were good for tasting but not when you're hangry which we weren't. Awesome place. Great service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Place is good for groups. Food is a bit on the salty side but overall it's good food!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2016

We didn't stay. The noise coming from the bar downstairs was just extremely loud and disruptive. Also, when we looked at the menu online, there were several fish entrees. When we got there, there were none.

There are a lot of great restaurants in San Mateo. I wouldn't recommend this one.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2016

The service was very good. Unfortunately, all but one of several dishes were overcooked to the point of being too dry, or too salty or without much taste. Our party of 9 was uniformly disappointed, esp after having read such good reviews on Yelp.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2016

New favorite place! The grilled Edamame is amazing, so is the Pea Sprouts Stir fry

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2016

I've been here a bunch of times and the service this time wasn't good :( we had reservations at 7:45pm got seated right away. Got wine right away. Then ordered and didn't get food until 8:45 :( all we ordered was Brussel sports, garlic noodles, lettuce cups and the chicken was so dry I couldn't eat it and poke. No one came over to tell us. I had to ask after waiting veryyy patiently. No one apologized. Sad but true.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2016

Very nice experience. Food is fantastic.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Attic has some great must-try dishes, including the adobo wings and edamame. The shaking beef and lettuce cups are also nice for meat eaters. It also has what I would call a cozy, but not cramped, interior. The decor is well done, and expresses a clean, modern vibe while enhancing that with some older odds and ends. Be aware that you'll need to go right through the bar to get to the stairs leading up to the restaurant - don't be too scared if it looks full from the street. Reservations help, in any case.

Overall, I would easily recommend the place for someone looking for a good asian fusion experience with a small group of friends. The food is served family-style (shared), so you should probably be pretty close, anyway.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2016

We went to Attic because we've walked by it many times and it looked interesting…figured we'd give it a go. The service and food was good, nothing outstanding however we heard they will be closing soon. Another restaurant in San Mateo that is to be shuttered…..

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2016

Very disappointed with their food. Death by Pork was too dry and over priced in my opinion. It was noisy and we could not even enjoy our conversation.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2016

The food was tasty and good for sharing; large portions! The seating and view by the window overlooking the street was nice, but the windows are large so it can get cool if you go later for dinner. They were missing some key ingredients for their signature hard Thai tea cocktail, which was disappointing. Good overall; I'll go back to try other menu items and drinks!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2016

The salpicao was super super salty. My mom couldn't eat it because it was just like chewing and swallowing a spoonful of salt. The garlic noodles were great though!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2016

A good place to introduce Filipino food w/o the more "intense" ingredients (like innards) and heaviness. Nice rustic ambiance and inventive cocktails, especially downstairs.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2016

The food was slow in coming and was staggered. The second round of drinks was also slow in arriving. Upon learning of this management apologized and comped the second round of drinks and one dessert.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2016

Wide ranging Asian focused menu. Food is always well prepared and I can't pass up the garlic noodles ever.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2016

Had dinner there with husband and kid. My son loves the wings. He thinks the garlic noodles is spicy. We like the pork bellies with eggplants and string beans. But after a few more bites, I can't eat it any more as it is really greasy. I think the eggplants soak up all the grease. Overall, it's a decent place to grab a bite. Not impressive with its drinks at all. A+ for the waiter who is very friendly and attentive!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2016

Awesome Saturday night dinner spot. And the food was delicious. Will be going back soon to try other dishes.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2016

I had the Lumpia to start and then the Salpicao for dinner. Wife had the garlic noodles with crabmeat. Really good stuff.
The place is cool with a downstairs bar and another bar upstairs. Cool seating near the bar or eat in the dining area.
Nice bartender shook me a great martini.
I would recommend very easily.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 27, 2016

My wife and I have lived in San Mateo for 14 years now and enjoy key dining experiences.

My in-laws were in town and we were tired of Coppa, Block 34 and 31st Union. We hadn't been to Attic in awhile and I proposed a more adventurous night. It paid off well. I showed them the menu online beforehand and they perked up at the eclectic array of choices.

We truly enjoyed the chicken lollipops immensely, followed by the shaking beef, garlic noodles and other delights. Service was always spot-on, courteous, interactive, humorous and well-natured. Our server truly made a positive addition to our experience. It was a fun, refreshing and innovative outing in a town that struggles to be daring. I applaud Attic's direction and look forward to more blistering courage to give our neighbors in Palo Alto & Burlingame a run for their money.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Late-night Find
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 23, 2016

Another great meal with good service and tasty food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 19, 2016

Attic is always a fun dining experience. Salpicao and the Korean barbecue beef are to die for. Cocktails are treat. Reservations are a must -- this place is always busy.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 17, 2016

Had dinner for a friend's birthday. The cuisine is a combination of Korean, Chinese and Filipino dishes. We ordered the Filipino dishes (Death by Pork and Salpicao). The Salpicao was tasty and the Death by Pork was okay. One of the things we noticed as soon as they food came was that there was no silverware, only chopsticks that were in a container on the table. They gave us forks after we asked but growing up in a Filipino household, you eat with a fork and spoon. The other thing that bothered us is that a dessert menu was never offered. At most restaurants I've eaten, this is always offered. It was weird. Granted, most Asian restaurants don't have a dessert menu but this place was touting itself as a new kind of Asian restaurant. They brought out a small dessert with a candle for my friend's birthday but didn't have extra silverware to share. Noise-wise, the noise from "Under Attic" (the bar downstairs) wafts up to the restaurant so it can get loud.

The food tasted authentic but I would go to a less trendy-like Asian restaurant where I can get more bang for my buck.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2016

My 2 friends and I were anxious to try this spot and as soon as we saw the Death by Pork listing on the menu, we went with it. Designed to serve 4-6, we decided to take it on with some coconut rice. I was a bit disappointed as the entire entre was simply a sample of everything pork dumped in the deep fat fryer. The pork belly was decent and the cracklings were good, the knuckle was the most moist and had a good amount of meat on it. Unfortunately the belly was very dry as were some of the end pieces of the pork. I would have liked to try a few more things on the menu since this fell a bit short. The happy hour drinks were good and a great deal at $5 bucks.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 8, 2016

Arrived a few minutes late for our reservation for 7 people.
It took about 20 minutes before I finally flagged down the hostess for waters and to place appetizers/dinner. The hostess basically took care of us all night - took our order, brought our food, refilled our waters.
Food was delicious per usual - garlic noodles, lumpia, snow peas/prawns, sisig.
Will be coming back - hopefully the focus is on better service for the next time. Typically service here is amazing, so I was surprised.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2015

Food was overly seasoned with garlic. Was not authentic. Have had better from grocery store.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2015

fun casual ambiance with interesting small plates of Asian fusion dishes. loved the roasted Brussels sprouts and beef dishes. nice flavor with minced chicken in lettuce cups. pork sizzle was a little too greasy...calamari was okay. we tried many dishes and will certainly come back for our favorites. service was very good and attentive, and our server helped us with all our questions and made good recommendations.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2015

We used to go weekly, but haven't been for a few months. The edamame were overcooked and not very well salted. The eggplant dish was not good at all, undercooked. The garlic noodles and sisig were awesome as usual.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2015

We have frequented the Attic since its inception but, after last night, we won't go back again. We ordered 3 starters to share, including our favorite dish, ahi tuna poke, which we have ordered every time. When the waiter brought our two entrees, we asked about the poke that never arrived, but he acted clueless. One of our entrees, crispy pork, was inedible, like trying to chew chunks of concretized cardboard. The other entrée, beef & bones, used to be my husband's favorite, but it, too, has changed. Instead of several marrow bones plus delicious oxtail, it's now half a bone and a spoonful of beef cubes in nondescript slimy sauce. It was described as accompanied by parsley salad, but that was barely enough for one bite. Such a shame!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2015

Feels like an annex to the hopping bar below; food adequate but portions small; service goodnatured but spotty

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2015

had so much fun at this place... was my 3 other friends first time & they enjoyed it especially with the great service (kyle) then when my friends start eating the food they fall in love. thank Attic for making my 2nd time around more memorable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 23, 2015

The food was good. Portions were small and dishes were a little overpriced.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2015

Loved the Garlic Noodles w/fresh Crab & very generous portion. The Signature cocktails are very inovative & really good. We'll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 9, 2015

Food was good but the crab rice was on the bland side. Still good though!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2014

I've been a longtime fan of Filipino cuisine, and Attic takes it a new level in San Mateo! They had a special guest chef from a well reviewed restaurant in the Philippines (Chef Mike Santos of Speakeasy Makati) and the special menu was TO DIE FOR! Other menu standards like the garlic noodles, beef salpicao, and kinilaw (Filipino ceviche) are superb. But any group must order the spectacular "Death By Pork." Its just sublime, and must be seen in person to believe.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2014

We had a group of 6. Everyone enjoyed what they ordered.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2014

Overall was good , service staff was excellent , food was good some were price high , the food made me real thirsty so they probably used msg? For the three of us came to $99 which was high for what we ate. May go back again ,but Pacific Catch a better place at happy hour.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2014

My Opentable reservation was cancelled by the restaurant for some reason and I did not receive the 100 points that was due to me.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2014

We have the good fortune of being able to walk to this restaurant from home. The food and service are consistently great. If you are in San Mateo, and you like Asian food, I would strongly encourage you to stop by for dinner.

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