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Date
Thu, 4/26
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10:30 PM
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All Spice – San Mateo

4.6
959 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 959 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
service
4.7
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined a day ago

Hardly any vegetarian choices . Was disappointed and surprised.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

If it wasn't so expensive, I would go back every week to try everything on the menu. All the items we ordered were amazing!! I had anticipated the menu to have a stronger Indian influence (which I love), but it was more eclectic than that. And I was not disappointed. It was all so well prepared and flavorful.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

This was our 4th visit and the level of the quality of the food went down in the last few years. Our taste buds were not surprised in anyway like it did before. Our appetizer was pretty blend and the desert was just ok. The main dish (duck confit with spices) was good and so was the service. Value wise, it was a high price tag for a good but not unforgettable culinary experience. Overall disappointed compared to what we experienced before. We might not return. There are plenty other great places to try.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Wonderfully cooked and beautifully presented dishes. Very attentive staff.

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Each dish was either Luke warm or cold. Quality good but not

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Shoshana and her husband are a delightful team! Cooking all day so that when 5:00 rolls around the place smells amazing and they are ready for the customers!

We have gone here a few times and always the food is spectacular.

I love that a Micheline star restaurant in my backyard with great parking!!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

All around a wonderful experience. My favorite parts were being greeted at the door and the cozy ambiance and decor.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Always a great dinner here. Very inventive cuisine and perfect service. Plus the very friendly owner/hostess!

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Every time we dine at All Spice we are in awe. The food is creative, the ambiance is wonderful and we love it .... every time. Thanks

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

I actually don't want to write a review because I'm afraid that once everybody learns how great All Spice is, I won't be able to get a table! Everything here is great; food, service, ambiance. Going there is a special treat. Hard to believe that food could actually be cooked so well. The menu doesn't do service to the tenderness and flavor of every single. Even the wines they offer are remarkably good. This deserves all 5 stars. But please don't tell anybody!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Always a wonderful experience here. The dishes are creatively prepared and delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We love this restaurant, it is our favorite in San Mateo. They prepare food masterfully and with such care you can taste it in every bite, the chief is amazing, staff is professional and explain every dish. This is a restaurant everyone should experience!!!

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5.0Dined on February 6, 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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5.0Dined on February 2, 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.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Yummy unique

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Birthday celebration.

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

It was so creative and delicious!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Delicious, delightful evening!

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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