All Spice – San Mateo

4.7
1007 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

All Spice is an eclectic, contemporary eatery from Chef/Owner Sachin Chopra. Fresh Californian ingredients are artfully blended 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. For lunch, we offer a 3 course fixed menu for 35, inclusive of service and tax.

The restaurant is housed in a converted home with hardwood floors, a fireplace and a variety of architectural details. Each of three intimate dining rooms is decorated in bold 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+, please call the restaurant directly.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Californian, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Accepting reservations
Tuesday - Friday: noon - 1:30pm and 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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
Smart Casual
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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, 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)
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate 2018 with a luxurious 6 course Chef's Tasting at All Spice, $150/person. Please note in your reservation if you will need vegetarian substitutions. We may not be able to accommodate other types of dietary restrictions. TASTING MENU ONLY. 48 HOURS REQUIRED FOR CANCELLATION W/O CHARGE.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 1007 People Are Saying
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MH
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wow!
A treat to vist for the first time.
My best friend recommended it.
Will be a regular!
Left feeling it had been superb!
Food, service and atmosphere
Spot on!!!

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VY
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with very creative menu. I loved the braised octopus with squid ink. Save room for desserts!

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SD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful quiet setting, exquisite cuisine, fabulous service!

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San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

All Spice is a rare one of a kind dining destination. The food is superb and unlike anywhere else as the chef is so creative. We love going there especially when celebrating special occasions.

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r
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Accommodating staff. Delightful ambiance.

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KP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maybe the best meal I've ever had. Adorable setting, incredible food. Absolutely perfect.

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CW
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, as usual. I would also recommend opening up drapes at lunchtime to give it a bit more 'daytime'

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k
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and service. Food was excellent with wonderful presentation. Only drawback was the cost or value of the dinner. Mostly a special occasion kind of restaurant.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the tasting menu with wine pairing. It was worth every penny. The chef offers unique culinary experience. What an amazing experience.

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A
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful little restaurant in a Victorian house on an unlikely strip of El Camino. The cuisine is creative but not over-the-top. Rich and subtle flavors, lovely execution and presentation. We had a cod and salmon dish, and they were delectable -- the best cod and salmon dishes we have ever had. Not cheap, but a bargain compared to restaurants of similar quality, such as Gary Denko and French Laundry. Well worth it.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second time visiting All Spice and my wife and I are always drawn to the tasting menu. So far they are two for two. We have yet to try something that we didn't think was amazing.

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BC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambience is beautiful. The service is always impeccable. The food is artistically and beautifully presented. The serving sizes are very small, and the prices are excessively high. It averaged out to about $125 per person with only one bottle of wine. The actual quality of the food prepared did not measure up to the prices For several of the items chosen.

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AB
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants on the peninsula - perhaps THE best. Every item on the menu is meticulously thought out and prepared. I’ve never had more unique and pleasing flavor surprises in a meal. To me, All Spice compares favorably to French Laundry, but is even more creative in its use of ingredients - plus the prices are reasonable and you can usually get a reservation only a day or two ahead of time.

The fixed menu changes just frequently enough that you can go regularly and find something new to try every time. The tasting menu is an exceptional treat if you are up for a real gastronomic adventure.

The staff is super friendly and attentive and the service is just what you’d expect for a fine dining restaurant - always there just before you realize you need something.

The ambience is quiet, with well-selected music to set the mood without intruding and the seating is in three separate rooms that seat around ten people so you have a sense of privacy.

All Spice is great for romantic dinners, special events, family gatherings or even small business meals for people who care about cuisine.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and amazing. Love the corn soup and scallops. The pork belly melted away.

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ST
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a wonderful time and the food was great. We will definitely be coming back.

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AG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Exceptional hospitality, great food, highly recommended!

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CB
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We chose All Spice for our wedding anniversary celebration - and couldn't be happier. Outstanding delicious food - excellent service plus a quite and cozy atmosphere a short walk from our house. Definitely recommend.

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SM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing exotic dishes

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NB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Went there with my 13 year old. While the service was great, the wait for the main entrè was keeping us on edge. Also the environment is a little too dark, hard to even see what’s on the plate. Great pricing however the short ribs were way too rich. The entire ensemble was catering to a heavy dinner palate, kinda traditional not modern.

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b
San Francisco
222 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Extraordinary food preparation! ...Service excellent ...entrees prepared to order so it takes time , be patient...
Unfortunately for mid September the weather was chilly and the facility was chilly as well...not ideal for an outstanding dining experience... The question: Would we go back? ... despite strong pricing, absolutely !!!

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NP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

No longer on my Michelin go to restaurant due to a waiter holding a grudge again me speaking up for a fish bone a year ago!!!

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, All Spice was fantastic. I can't think of anything remotely comparable in the mid-Peninsula. Thanks again!

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Well prepared and imaginative menu presented very attractively. There are many flavors and combinations within each dish. The chocolate dessert was fabulous. Love the setting in an old house with tables in every room. Service was very attentive.

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CW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

All Spice is now open for lunch. Three course pre fix meal for $35. You choose between soup or salad and a vegetarian or non-vegetarian entree plus dessert. It was an overall pleasant experience.

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JO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted warmly and seated promptly. The server was very knowledgeable and helpful. Those who assisted him were also quite good at meeting our needs, whether water or additional bread. The food was simply delicious. Very flavorful, creative, and presented in an appealing manner.

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NC
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful meal: the food, the service, and the ambiance. I had such a great time catching up with my friend over the delicious foos that what felt like 20 min was really 3 hours that passed. Thank you for a wonderful evening All Spice! Can’t wait to go back

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Octopus leg and the mint lassi were so good

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EF
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant! Going to All Spice is like going to a hip, funky place in Manhattan Beach or Santa Cruz, you are transported outside of boring San Mateo into a real foodie paradise in a setting that is casual but hip. If you can't get to San Francisco or SoCal, go to AllSpice and you will get your real food fix. The staff is attentive but not overbearing, the mood is romantic but also appropriate for a business meal. The food is amazing- sublime and full of fresh flavors and seasonal produce, great if you eat meat but if you don't you still have great options.

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C
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious and inviting. The mixture of flavors was delicate and interesting. Each dish was beautiful and eye-pleasing. Early lunch was great because it was pretty empty. It might be noisier at dinner as tablrs are close together and rooms are quite cozy.

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k
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All Spice is my husband’s and my avorite restaurant for the last few years. It’s where we go to celebrate events.

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D
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Absolutely delicious. Loved their house Zinfandel too.

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SD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time here, and equally blown away by the creative cuisine and friendly service.

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Z
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant with amazing menu creations that evolve with time. Family owned, michelin star place, one of the best in the Peninsula and definitely one of my favorites.

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

I've been to this restaurant many times in the past. Its usually on a special occasion. Infact most people come here to celebrate a special occasion. Its a quiet, romantic, cute little home converted to a restaurant. This place is not just about food or ambience. Its about the experience. Its about making that special occasion memorable. In the past it has been pretty good. But this last time we were there to celebrate our anniversary, the service didnt meet the high bar that they have set over the years. They never even cared about our anniversary, server wasn't even friendly, no wishes, no smile or anything. Just doing his job. Maybe i'm being hard but i feel that if i have to pay premium prices to be at your restaurant then i should be getting the full experience. Service with a smile always makes all the difference. I'll definitely be going back and I hope the next time they do meet our expectations.

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IM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. It was a great place to celebrate a birthday!

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n
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

creative, flavorful dishes from start to finish, beautifully presented. a real treat!

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LS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All spice is one of if-not the best restaurant in the Bay Area.
I’m thinking Michelin

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great surprising flavors

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CR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really a surprising find here in San Mateo. Exquisite presentation and taste. No bite was wasted. The chef is an artist.

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AT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All Spice has long been a favorite of ours, though we don't come here often. This time was a spur of the moment weeknight dinner, and we went all out settling on the tasting menu with a shared wine pairing. This is not your 2-bites per course tasting. We were hungry coming in and stuffed at the end after six courses and tasty bread. Every course was superb and the BBQ yam an unexpected stand-out. Each course was different and interesting, always with complex and tasty combinations of flavors. Service, as usual, was attentive and professional without a trace of snootiness.

The only detractor was the very loud man at a nearby table, but that's not the fault of the restaurant. Too bad we're not working for one of his company's competitors - we could profit from his running commentary.

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