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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.
San Mateo, CA 94401
Pan-Asian, Southeast Asian
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Bar: 4:00pm - last call
$30 and under
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For catering, buffets, large party dining, after hour cocktail parties, or venue rental needs, please contact email@example.com or (650) 342-4506.
Closest Parking Lot is off of Main St. between 1st and 2nd Ave. Street parking is free after 6pm, Monday-Saturdays.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (650) 348-8008.
Attic Ratings and Reviews
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…..
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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