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About All Spice – San Mateo


San Mateo’s most exciting restaurant is All Spice, an eclectic, contemporary eatery from Chef/Owner Sachin Chopra. Chef Chopra artfully blends the freshness of Californian ingredients with global techniques to create inventive, layered and flavorful dishes. Whether you choose to order from our constantly evolving a la carte selection or to experience our nightly Chef's Tasting Menu, you will be presented with something delicious, beautiful with just a hint of the exotic.

The restaurant is housed in a converted Victorian with beautiful hardwood floors, a fireplace and a variety of architectural details. Each of three intimate dining rooms is decorated in bold, shimmering hues accented with gold. Thirty seats are scattered throughout. Professional service and a thoughtful, moderately priced wine list complement Chopra's dishes.

To book reservations for parties of 5 or more, please call the restaurant directly.

1602 S. El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94402
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Contemporary Indian, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Accepting reservations
Tuesday - Friday: 5:30 - 9:30
Saturday: 5:00 - 9:30

Cross Street:
Borel Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 627-4303

Website:
http://www.allspicerestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Ample parking is available in the restaurant's lot and on nearby streets.

Public Transit:
Caltrain: Hayward Park
SamTrans: Route 390 (El Camino Real and 17th Ave.), also Routes 53, 55 and 58 (Borel at Edinburgh)

Executive Chef:
Sachin Chopra

Private Party Facilities:
Have your private party in our sumptuous, charming 1906 Victorian. You may rent the whole restaurant out for brunch or lunch events, or you may reserve one of our three intimate dining rooms for a dinner party. Chef’s tasting menus are available.

Private Party Contact:
Shoshana Wolff: (650) 627-4303

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Wine

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All Spice – San Mateo Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

service

4.6

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4.6

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4.1

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93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (17)
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Tasting Menu (15)
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Cozy (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Authentic (5)
Seasonal (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Healthy (4)
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Fun (3)
Hot Spot (2)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Needed a spot for a business dinner and this worked out perfectly. All guests enjoyed the ambiance and the food. Service was excellent despite restaurant being busy. Food was great and vegetarian guest had plenty of choices. Favorites were the Fritter appetizer, the Kulfi ( never had it before but it. Was amazing) and the pork belly main course. Will definitely come back for business and personal. Only issue I have is same with all nice restaurants—wine is grossly marked up.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This is such a great find It’s friendly and comfortable and offers excellent service but the high point is the food. We both had tasting menus. I’m a vegetarian and the chef didn’t blink an eye in adjusting the menu. Each dish was super imaginative and complex, well considered and beautifully presented. True to their name a lot of fun tastes subtly presented. Definitely looking forward to returning.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Always a great experience with unique and creative cuisine in a quaint setting with stellar service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Didn't enjoy the food. The egg plant dish was just boiled egg plant. Many dishes used the same onion tomato and green chutneys. :(
The fish was under-seasoned and quite bland.

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·Dined on January 12, 2018

We loved the variety and trying things that we have never had before. All of the dishes were excellent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Wow! Just wow! Everything was a delicious work of art on a plate! Amazingly creative (healthy too) cuisine!!

Can’t wait for to go back!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Yummy unique

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great meal. Wonderful combinations of ingredients and spices. Attentive service. A five-star experience on the peninsula

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Amazing, creative flavors to delight all! Don't miss this gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Really enjoyed the Branch Tasting Pairing Menu tonight. Starter: Porcini Mushroom Tea Confit shiitakes barley puffed rice paired with Canard-Duchene Champagne. 1st Course Salmon Veronique Tarragon-nutmeg mousseline, mushroom & grape reduction paired with Alphonse Mellot La Mousiere Sancerre. 2nd Course Smoky Mole Baked Black Cod, warm green papaya noodles, cilantro tom yum paired with Poet’s Leap Riesling. 3rd course Roasted Squab wine-braised pears, cabbage veil, sunchokes paired with Donelan Family Moriah Grenache Syrah. Pre dessert surprise of Vanilla Ice with puffed rice in a covered glass container. Dessert Baby Forelle Pears Yuzu yogurt vanilla brioche wild fennel paired with Chateau du Pouys Sauternes. Very healthy dishes without the starches. The branch menu is always changing depending on what comes from the farm.

Tags: Healthy, Seasonal, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Birthday celebration.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

It was so creative and delicious!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We did the tasting menu. One in our party was vegetarian and they accommodated that very well. My experience doing tasting menu's at other Michelin star restaurants has been that the chef sends a few complimentary dishes and that is always exciting. However, non of that here.
Nice cozy little place, was quite and good for holding a conversation.
The service could have been better for the price.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I really liked the service that was provided. Overall, the food was delicious and I will definitely recommend All Spice to a friend.

Tags: Organic, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Delicious, delightful evening!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Absolutely my favorite restaurant ever! We’ve been eating here for special occasions ever since it opened, and it has never let us down. Outstanding, innovative, delicious food with careful and attentive service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

This was our third or fourth visit, always interesting and expertly prepared.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

A very disappointing experience - not sure what warrants the high ratings. We did the tasting menu. Food was well presented but every course was *very* bland. The chef seems to value producing foams, gelees and emulsions and using 10+ ingredients per dish, rather than developing deep or interesting flavors. My halibut was overcooked (mushy) - the chef added a trout course - a nice gesture but we couldn't eat it otherwise we would have been too full to eat the remaining courses (it was also odd as we had let the waiter know at the start that we did not want a lot of food). Steak course lacked seasoning. Service was terrible - waiter did not ask if we wanted more water or alcohol, suggest coffee, etc. He could also benefit from giving a smile and some warmth - very perfunctory. He noted our general lack of enjoyment of the meal and the manager took 20% off the bill. They did reasonable things to try to make up for us not enjoying the meal but I would not recommend All Spice or return, based on the consistent blandness and poor service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My third time. Food and service are outstanding and I love the ambiance

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We visited All Spice for our anniversary. The food was impeccable. The service was attentive, as expected. It felt quaint but upscale. The chefs choice/taste menu was worth it, many different textures and flavors we hadn’t tried before. As an afterthought we wished we had gotten the wine flight that went with the taste menu.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food is always excellent, as is the service! It's one of our favorite restaurants.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We always enjoy AllSpice! I almost don't want to share it with the masses :-)

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Organic, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

cozy little house renovated to be restaurant. We tried tasting menu, the spice combination was different than what I have had before, couple of the meals I liked better than the other, but overall very beautiful design and very creative.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (London)·Dined on October 18, 2017

One of the best meals we have ever had! We also enjoyed the fantastic service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

The food was delicious and very unusual. Great blends of flavors. We loved our dinner there and the staff was excellant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We have been here several times now. Dinner here is not a meal, it's an experience. The chef must be a chemist who studies the taste buds because he knows how to create a symphony of flavors on the tongue. His wife is very kind and friendly as are the wait staff. What a well run operation it is. You can tell there is a lot of hard work and passion that goes into All Spice.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

This was my first time and I was impressed. The food was excellent. The service was forgetful. We order appetizers and it came much much later.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We tried the butter-nut squash Steak as the main dish. There were 3-4 non-veg options but only 2 veg options. The main course was too sweet and beyond a point I just could not eat it.
Please add more veg options and make sure that it covers all taste-buds. Main course should be less on sweeter side or else it becomes difficult to eat.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

I took my husband here for his 50th birthday. When I researched this restaurant I was initially disappointed by only having two vegetarian ontray choices and a few veggie appetizers. We were pleasantly surprised by our meals. The food was fantastic and our waiter was fabulous. It's a hidden gem in my San Mateo neighborhood. We're already planning on going back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Organic, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

I wanted to like All Spice more than I did, but the experience was nevertheless enjoyable. The ambience is cozy - three warm, cheerful and inviting rooms inside a house set back from El Camino Real. Our server was attentive and patient. And for a Thursday night, the restaurant was filled to capacity. All pluses. The restaurant is billed as Indian in style, but I beg to differ. The chef may be Indian but his style is French-Indian-California fusion. While that's not a bad thing, on a fairly limited menu I had trouble finding items that appealed to me from their descriptions. With the server's input, I ordered the onion soup appetizer and vegetarian gnocchi as an entree. The dishes that arrived in front of me weren't what I'd expected, and yet the presentations and flavor combinations were unique and delicious, which is where the chef's creativity shines. And the homemade bread with 'designer' butter made a wonderful accompaniment, as did the marvelous chocolate mocha semi-fredo dessert. The restaurant's only alcoholic beverages are beer, cider and wine - with a nice wine-by-the-glass listing. I found their own brand of Cabernet Sauvignon enjoyable. Still, to me, All Spice would benefit from a new menu with more options to choose from. Something more is needed, and to me it has something to do with expectations. Maybe they should remove 'Indian' from the billing.

Tags: Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Amazing food and service. Expensive but good for a special occasion.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

This restaurant never ceases to amaze me! Such unique, wonderful, creative food. Even the 'home made' wine is great. We love everything about this place!

Tags: Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Wy wife and I really enjoyed All Spice- especially the vegetarian choices. Although I did order the duck it was not my favorite part of the experience. Everything else we had was vegetarian and I think that is one of the real strong aspects of their menu. The flavors of the combinations of mushrooms, the lintel cake were wonderful. The service was excellent we felt very well cared for.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

This was the fourth time we've been to Allspice and it will not be the last. Everyone we've taken there has become a devotee, for good reason: exceptional service, ambiance, and fabulous, innovative cuisine. Perfect for a really special occasion or just a dinner with friends. Don't miss it!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Organic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

awesome experience. Food was creative and delicious.m Very interesting flavors...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

This was a dinner for a friend's birthday, and none of us had eaten here before. And it was hard to find the place since it is set-back from the main street! Once we got in, it was more like entering a home instead of a typical restaurant. There is a very small check-in area where we waited for a few mins before getting our table. The food is amazing -- not your typical indian place (in fact, they food is eclectic with a minimal Indian influence); lots of interesting sauces, and not too many choices.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Cute funky ambience and absolutely outstanding food! It's best to bring your own wine because they only have four selections. The food is spicy but not hot spicy. I highly recommend this restaurant. It is a little pricey but well worth it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We love all spice, and the food was incredible, however all of the dishes were brought out at once which made it difficult to enjoy the dishes and pace ourselves -- by the time we ate some of the dishes they were cold.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Joined another couple. We all had the special tasting & wine pairing meal. Absolutely fabulous presentation with outstanding flavors and uniquely paired glasses of wine with each course.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great experience - interesting, rewarding flavors, quiet pleasant setting, attentive service, great for a meaningful relationship-building business dinner. My guest frequently commented about how good the food was, and she is a bit of a foodie! I enjoyed the Albarino wine on offer, and the pleasant, attentive, staff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic
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