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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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Ring in the new year with a Chef's Tasting of 6 festive, seasonal courses for $150/person. Please list any dietary restrictions in your reservation notes; we'll do our best to accommodate. Our regular a la carte menu will not be available. Cancellations after 12/28 will be charged cancellation fees.

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All Spice – San Mateo Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.6

service

4.7

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4.6

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4.3

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Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (23)
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Authentic (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2017

As always, excellent service and food. A little disappointed that the Indian-fusion has been played down somewhat. But still quite inventive and innovative.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2017

One of the best meals we've ever had anywhere. What a find for foodies in San Mateo.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2017

All Spice is a quiet, upscale restaurant that is appropriate for special occasions and business meetings in my opinion. The staff is polite and efficient and the food is good. The decor is very elegant and the atmosphere suggests a quiet and conservative dining experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Amazing as always. Perfect for a quiet night out with excellent food and attentive service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Superb! From my appetizer to desert, a 2+ Michelin star meal.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2016

The place is just incredible. Right from the start where we were greeted to the end, it was amazing. The food quality and taste is beyond words. I had the Not your Mama's Aloo gobhi, very true to the sentence (not at all like mam's aloo gobhi). Every veggie in the entree was perfectly cooked with the perfect taste and flavor of the different spices. Would definitely recommend to anyone. Just order whatever you like, it will be good!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Third time dining here, unfortunately this time was the last. Our previous experiences were wonderful. Cold poorly flavored duck and a poorly seasoned salad were not nearly up to par. Sorry to say we are not retuning.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2016

We had dined at All Spice on December 2nd for our anniversary dinner and could not stop thinking about the delicious and unique dinner we had for days. Luckily we had a birthday diner coming up on the 21st and booked to return to the wonderful food, service and cozy atmosphere of All Spice. The Yam soup was full of flavor, the Radish salad was so cool and fresh and we split entrees of seasoned beef filet, pan-seared sea bass liked you've never had and "this ain't your mama's gobi". All with the most unique presentation and full of flavor!
Next visit will be the chef's tasting menu.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Healthy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Have been there twice and both a great experience. Went for the tasting menu and wine pair the second time - it was a great experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Love this place for a special occasion.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Spicy, Vegan
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2016

A scrumptious experience with a tasty fusion menu. Will go again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2016

Overpriced, small portions, long wait in between courses.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2016

Exceeded expectations. Well constructed food. Welcoming and attentive service. Wine list is small but interesting, well priced and of quality.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2016

Our evening at All Spice was delightful. Our waiter Brian was attentive and efficient. The food was excellent .Lovely dinners are the norm at All Spice.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 28, 2016

Ryan our waiter was tremendous...knew the menu and the chef inside and out. The food was off the chain good. The ambience was unique, interesting, and friendly. Thrilled we found this place and will be back again and again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2016

We've already been here and the experience was better last time. This time we went for our first anniversary and I guess my husband had informed them about it and asked them to get some candles and an anniversary wish with our dessert , they only brought the candle with no message written. The food was good which saved the day, because the waiter was constantly at our table and interrupted our dinner NON Stop !!! And we had the last reservation at 9.30 and o guess they were in a hurry to chuck us home and started playing loud crappy music in the kitchens and cleaning all the other tables while we were still in our last leg. Crappy service that we din't expect from such a place, that too on a special day for us.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Every time we have dinner at All Spice is a wonderful culinary experience. The chef is so creative is tastes and presentations. It is truly a meal you will talk about and remember.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2016

Creative, delicious food with impeccable presentation. Each course was interesting and complex. Although the wine choices are limited, they proved excellent and good value. The dining room was a little too cool when we first arrived, but we had an early reservation, and it warmed up.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2016

The flavors were explosive, especially the vegetarian dishes. We asked when does the chef do a vegetarian tasting menu. We were told New Years Eve and Valentine's Day. We made reservations for Valentine's Day on the way out.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2016

We had an incredible meal. I am a little bit surprised that more people aren't raving about the food- it was thoroughly delightful.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Superb cuisine with an added dash of experimentation. Truly excellent staff, knowledgeable about the dishes being served and attentive, but not oppressive and overbearing. Nicely ambient decor for socializing. Highly recommended.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Very nice restaurant and good service. I had Ode to My Wife for appetizer, it was very taste, and
Lamb for my Entrees but it was too salty, i told the lady i think she is wife of chef, she didnt charged this one.

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2016

One of the best handful of dining experiences I have had in the Bay Area over the last ten years. Consistently innovative blends of contrasting flavors, dishes cooked to perfection and beautifully presented, knowledgeable and attentive but unobtrusive service, all in a lovely and charmingly offbeat setting that provides a wonderful atmosphere for conversation. We had the tasting menu, and every dish was excellent and distinct from the others (only the octopus might have been improved, as the smoky bacon infused squid's ink paired with it was overpowering). I am only sorry that All Spice San Francisco closed before I had the chance to go there as well.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2016

All Spice is a fantastic destination. Every dish is magnificently designed. The impeccable presentation is only surpassed by the mouthwatering taste. The menu has something for everyone so don’t worry that you won’t find anything good to select. The waiter staff is friendly, can answer any question about dishes and wines. Everyone working at the restaurant makes you feel appreciated and welcome!
Great place for special occasions. Note: It can be a bit expensive but you are treated to an experience when dining there. You get the top quality food and service. I would rate this as great place for the price.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2016

We tried 6 dishes plus a dessert and shared everything. All the dishes were exceptional.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2016

The food and service there is always fabulous. This anniversary trip was made less pleasant however by a younger couple bringing their four year old in with an iPad to play video games during dinner, yes while the husband spent most of the time texting. This is not the restaurants fault per se, although I might suggest they have a stack of headphones to offer! This is not an Applebees. This is a nice restaurant that is not inexpensive, and also very small. A slight damper on the evening but the restaurant itself is still very nice.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2016

We had a really great time here. Service was laid back but generally there when we wanted it. Food was, across the board, excellent. Food was a great mix of inventive and classic, with simple dishes of curried meat and rice being just as well-executed as elaborate takes on western cuisine. Wine options were not extensive but were well-selected and staff were well-educated on them. Honestly it's very difficult to find much to complain about at this restaurant other than the parking -- the lot is incredibly shallow and narrow; parking on the street or taking a taxi is probably a better bet.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Spicy, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2016

LOVED IT! Great food, great service, great ambiance.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2016

The food and service was outstanding. Our waiter recommended the speciality of the house and it was delicious. The beef from Japan was like butter.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 21, 2016

The food was quite good however it took more than an hour before we got our entrees, at that only after we asked for them.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2016

Over priced for the smallest portion of food ever!
Unbelievably snobbish and over rated.
We ordered gnocchi and got exactly 4 pieces of it!
Will never go back or recommend it

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 11, 2016

The restaurant was fabulous, ambiance conducive to elegant dining, wait staff helpful without being intrusive. The dinner was delicious, beautiful presentation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2016

The food was exceptional however the chairs were not comfortable and the service was good, but not excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2016

This is a hidden little place with big ambitions and a well executed plan. Definitely a foodie spot, with unusual offerings, sophisticated flavor combinations and very beautiful presentation. The service is a bit formal, and the prices are what you would expect for a restaurant with these goals.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2016

Consistently amazing food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2016

The food was delicious and interesting. The dishes are heavily influenced by french cuisine with a touch of Indian food - very unique. We had the octopus dish for appetizer - a very interesting dish: tasty with an artistic presentation; for entry my wife had a venison which was soft and flavorful. I had a lamb stew - which had more of the Indian cuisine influence and was served with an Indian bread . Desert was great. All in all - we really enjoyed our food.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 5, 2016

Enjoyed the dinner and was a nice find considering it was on Labor day Monday. The old Victorian house was quaint and a nice setting for our anniversary.

The staff was attentive and professional, while the chef came out to deliver some of the dishes - obviously proud of his creations. The food was delicious - I would recommend the king mushroom appetizer and the trout main dish. The scallop appetizer was ordinary. My wife had the duck - although she liked it, she was not overly enthused.

When I made the reservation, I let them know it was our anniversary. They gave us a free dessert - cream filled puff pastry with "Happy Anniversary" decorated on the plate with a dark chocolate syrup.

We will come back again on another date night and I would recommend to friends.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2016

Several adjacent rooms on the first floor of a Victorian house almost lost among medium-rise glass and concrete; idiosyncratic decor; very knowledgeable and helpful waitstaff, which is a good thing given that the menu is largely impenetrable without guidance. Every dish is a tour de force and the effect is mostly positive, but the combinations of treatments in any single dish is borderline exhausting and, in the end, not entirely satisfying. This is a kitchen full of enthusiasm, ideas and experiment, but needs more discipline. Wine list is limited but very well chosen; and corkage is exceedingly modest if you prefer your own wine.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2016

Food was great. Service was just terrible. Wait we did not seem very happy. Had to repeatedly ask for water glass refills, wine glasses. Ended up pouring our own wine. Utensils not brought as courses changed. For example, hey brought out dessert and left in but it took us a few minutes to get their attention to bring spoons. I felt bad for the chef as the experience would have been amazing given great food and ambience if the service was good. Happy to share more if you want to call me at 650-894-2128. Thank you.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2016

The food is amazing and the service is very good. Without wine, our bill was under $100, so we go there often.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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