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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.
San Mateo, CA 94402
Contemporary American, Contemporary Indian, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday: 5:30 - 9:30
Saturday: 5:00 - 9:30
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Ample parking is available in the restaurant's lot and on nearby streets.
Caltrain: Hayward Park
SamTrans: Route 390 (El Camino Real and 17th Ave.), also Routes 53, 55 and 58 (Borel at Edinburgh)
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
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Wine
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All Spice – San Mateo Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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