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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
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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
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.
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.
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.
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'?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
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!)
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.
The servers were polite but they seemed inexperienced and unsure. We asked for a cup of coffee to go with our dessert and our server looked surprised and told us he wasn't sure they served coffee - which is quite unusual for a restaurant. The hostess then came to hand us the dessert menu and we asked her the same thing and she also was not sure if they served coffee. Our server then came back a few minutes later to tell us they indeed serve coffee but that it is Vietnamese coffee, which was perfectly fine. The food was okay. We had the pork sisig, kimchi fried rice and pork binagoongan. The pork sisig was good, not the best we've had. The kimchi fried rice was blah. It wasn't as flavorful and rich as ones we've had at other restaurants. And the pork binagoongan was okay - the eggplant was undercooked. Overall, it wasn't great and quite overpriced. The service definitely needs upgrading.
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