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All Spice – San Mateo

4.6
957 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary Indian, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Accepting reservations
Tuesday - Friday: 5:30 - 9:30
Saturday: 5:00 - 9:30

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Phone number
(650) 627-4303
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sachin Chopra
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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.
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Private party contact
Shoshana Wolff: (650) 627-4303
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Borel Ave.
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Parking details
Ample parking is available in the restaurant's lot and on nearby streets.
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Public transit
Caltrain: Hayward Park
SamTrans: Route 390 (El Camino Real and 17th Ave.), also Routes 53, 55 and 58 (Borel at Edinburgh)
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Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 957 People Are Saying
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4.7
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5.0Dined on March 13, 2013

Haute cuisine with just a touch of Indian flare. Amazing: scallops, wild boar, pork loin, soups, hamachi, desserts (all of them so far), sunchoke soup. Just Good: Samosa, wine selection.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2013

This restaurant is definitely a neighborhood gem. I've eaten here three times and each time I feel like I'm experiencing it anew. Maybe it is because of the unique specials, which obviously change regularly. The specials seem to me like the chef is experimenting (for instance wrapping fish with thin zucchini strips and 'cooking' it ceviche-style and serving it with blood orange!). I also really enjoy the "snowball" sundae dessert, with different ice cream flavors each time I've had it (so far the cigar-smoke-infused flavor is my favorite). My husband's main favorable comment was about the quantity of food you're given - so you feel satisfied, yet, you've enjoyed delicious food. Overall, a great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2013

Food was superb, as was the service and ambiance. Excellent choice of fish, poultry, meats, and vegetarian selections. We will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2013

excellent food with an Indian spin on it
lavender scallops with bacon was delish...
the brûlée was smooth and creamy...

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2013

Delicious, great little spot for an upscale but unpretentious dinner. The winter roots didn't do much for me, but the sunchoke soup was superb. I would have liked a little more "blanket" on the pigs-under-a-blanket but it was still very good. We both loved the snowglobe dessert - very neat and tasty. Wine list was not intimidating and offered some affordable choices along with pricier options. Service was friendly and consistent. A great experience. Thank you All Spice!

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2013

This was the 5th time to dine here. The food was delicious, nicely prepared & presented, filled with mid-Eastern flavors that define this restaurant. We will definitely return for more.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2013

Our experience was just lovely. We enjoyed every part--food, service, ambiance, and we could talk to each other! A bit expensive, but we'll be back.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2013

Amazing flavor combinations mix Indian spices and some American dishes. I had the Pig Under a Blanket - pork loin (cooked perfectly) over a bed of stew like beans, brussels, and mushrooms with a sauce of ginger, cardamom, and deliciousness. Beautiful and cozy atmosphere in an old house and great service, super friendly people.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2013

This is an excellent restaurant, with a truly different type of cuisine. One has to imagine Indo-French fusion (sounds like something out of The Life of Pi) done at a high level of fine dining. Service was very professional, yet not stuffy at all. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2013

Wonderful experience, warm service and unique/delicious food. Would happily eat there again!

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2013

Both the food and the service was quite outstanding. Its best to view this restaurant as innovative french gastronomy influenced by Indian spices. Do not go there if you are in the mood for Indian food!The creativity in the menu is absolutely brilliant. Its certainly a cut below COI in the city but if your standard is the Village Pub, Chantillys, John Bentleys, Donato Enoteca, etc you will be pleasantly surprised!As might be expected reservations are not easy. I suggest parking on the street as it is easier to get away

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2013

Beautifully presented, interesting renditions of Indian-inspired food. I enjoyed it even though I am not normally a fan of Indian cuisine.

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3.0Dined on February 8, 2013

After reading all the great reviews, I was expecting an exceptional meal at All Spice. Unfortunately, after dining there recently, I think the chef's ambitions and desire to daringly combine ingredients often result in disappointing dishes that don't quite gel. The hamachi appetizer was the best of the four we tried, the short rib vindaloo was tasty but would have benefited from more accompaniments so it wasn't really just a hunk of meat on a plate, and my gnocchi were so doughy and heavy that they were inedible. To be fair, my three companions were happier with their meals than I was, but we all agreed that the desserts left a lot to be desired (snow globe suffered from poor quality ice cream and the creme brulee was curdled).

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2013

Lovely place. Food and seasoning was understated and subtle. Great little place that had somehow slippped past us until now. Price is very reasonable for the quality. Came away filled, not stuffed.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2013

High marks for creatively using traditional indian spices & techniques to create amazing food combinations; some work better in concept than execution. Our starters were wonderfully prepared and delicious. Our mains were not. The lobster was uneven- tough on one end, not on the other. The boar was very nicely flavored, but some pieces were not tender, many too fatty. The "edible silver" was pretentious, and because it stuck to the lid of the terrine, made for a messy presentation. Service was uneven. They served our desserts, telling my wife they were out of her choice, simultaneously providing her with an 'on-the-house' selection that THEY picked without even asking her preference. Not sure we'd drive all the way to come again.

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2013

You will need a reservation well in advance. Not surprising once you have eaten there.

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2013

Best interpretation of indian-inspired slow food in the Bay Area -- loved it!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2013

We had a special birthday dinner for our adult son. The restaurant personnel who gracious and with humor presented the cake we brought for dessert with flair and style. I will recommend this restaurant to all my friends.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2013

Lovely! The best restaurant in San Mateo/Burlingame.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2013

All Spice is my favorite restaurant on the Peninsula. The food is consistently amazing and I love the special treats from the chef. The "Ode to My Wife" salad is an inspiring creation and the lamb vindaloo is always a star.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2013

All Spice continues to be a lovely place. Good food and service.Unusual and interesting cuisine.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2013

Arguably the best meal we've had in a restaurant ever. It's refreshing to find a business with so much passion for its product.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2013

Went to All Spice to celebrate our anniversary - they sat us right in front of the fireplace which was perfect and romantic. Food was all very interesting and loved all the flavors put together. The only disappointment was they only have beer and wine - but knowing that I would still go back.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2013

Great food and attentive service.

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2013

The food was exceptional - a superb blend of Indian and California cuisines. The kitchen even accomodated several special requests. Presentation was beautiful. Every dish was a work of art. The service was prompt and efficient and the server was knowlegeable about the ingredients in every dish. Prices were more than reasonable for this quality of food and level of service.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2013

Celebrated my wedding anniversary. The food and service was outstanding - a perfect night out.

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4.0Dined on January 5, 2013

The food was creative and delicious, the staff was friendly, and I found an unexpected gem on their wine list. This is a small and intimate space. And given the quality and prices, this place is a great value. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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3.0Dined on January 4, 2013

My first visit to All Spice was excellent, but my second visit was just average. I must agree with the recent review of All Spice by Michael
Bauer. The shortrib main course was to dry and without flavor. Indian food, I think, should have some Indian Spices. The Osso was very dry and without texture.

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2013

Great atmosphere - food is creative, and the service is very good. I look forward to returning.

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2.0Dined on January 2, 2013

If you like heavy and salty dishes, this would be the place. I frequently reached for glass of water while eating and my palate were bombarded with spices.

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2013

One of the best meals of my life! An absolute gem. Service was perfect - formal but yet still warm & casual so not stuffy at all. Food is delicious - unique flavors, all prepared beautifully.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2012

This is a wonderful restaurant, with creative and innovative food, exquisite ambiance, excellent service, and so unique in more ways than one. A true gem in the Bay Area food scene...actually, in and out of the Bay Area!

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2012

Great experience. Looks strange from the outside since its in a house, literally. But it was fantastic. Sat near the fire place. Very romantic. Food was superb and service was top notch.

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2012

We had a very nice special-occasion dinner at All Spice. Appetizer, entrees (cod and venison), and dessert were carefully prepared, beautifully presented, and delicious. Flavors were slightly exotic and very interesting. Would be happy to go back again.

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2012

Gracious dining, fabulous in everyway.

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5.0Dined on November 30, 2012

A charming,small,comfortable restaurant in an old cottage where you might want to go on your anniversary. Unknown to me, it has garnered 1 Michelin star.

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4.0Dined on November 29, 2012

great food, creative presentation. a real find for the mid-peninsula.

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5.0Dined on November 27, 2012

What a fabulous find in an incredibly odd location right on El Camino in San Mateo. The Michelin star is well-deserved: California cuisine with an Indian flair. Great flavors, and the service was very solid considering the suburban location. The hostess/owner was beyond nice and took great care of us as though we were regulars.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2012

We came here because of the rave reviews we saw on Check Please Bay Area and they were spot-on. The food was utterly amazing-- I will dream about the short rib vindaloo. The ambiance was romantic and intimate and the service was impeccable.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2012

Super food and good value for money

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