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About Spasso

Spasso features Italian, Mediterranean cuisine and Tapas. Spasso has been a new favorite neighborhood destination located in San Carlos on Laurel Street. Spasso features an extensive Napa Valley and Italian wine selection, and a full bar with specialized cocktails are available. Our waitstaff are consistently friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. And, the atmosphere is lively and exciting.

769 Laurel Street
San Carlos, CA 94070
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Fri, Sun 3:30 pm–9:00 pm
Sat 3:30 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Olive and Cherry

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 592-5886

Website:
http://www.spassosc.com/

Catering:
We can cater your special events; please call for details.

Parking Details:
There is parking all along Laurel Street and private parking across the street.

Executive Chef:
ramiro nolazco

Private Party Facilities:
Hold your next special event at Spasso.
We can arrange the tables any way you want. The dining room can accommodate 58 guests. Please call for details and pricing.

Private Party Contact:
Kurt: (650) 533-9662

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Spasso Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.5

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4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (28)
Good for a Date (14)
Special Occasion (14)
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Casual (11)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Business Meals (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Authentic (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Fun (6)
Cozy (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Romantic (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Very nice Valentine's Day experience. Delicious food! Extremely organized on a very busy evening. Enjoyed the casual, relaxed environment. Added to our list of favorites to go back on Date Night. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

I can't say enough about this restaurant, it never disappoints even on a busy Valentines day the food was excellent the service was outstanding had the mushroom bruschetta , Caesar salad, halibut, then bread pudding all well prepared and delicious. Great cocktails and wine list also.
will definitely be back

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Went there for a business lunch. Wasn't too crowded in the food was very good. Turned out to be a good choice

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Excellent food. Great ambience. Excellent service.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our waiter was wonderful!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Awesome food, kid friendly, great service. Excellent experience.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

It was great - a lovely restaurant with attentive staff and deliciousness. Special.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Spasso is dependable and accessible. We love its convenient location in our own city and the fact that we can get in at the last minute. The food is always good. It's an unpretentious and approachable restaurant. Great bar service and excellent wine choices too!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Spasso is our go to Italian restaurant in San Carlos! The food is consistently good as is the service. On a nice day or evening, you can choose to sit outside. They have fresh, delicious salads, appetizer plates, and entrees. If you want a good casual spot for everyday dining or for a special occasion, Spasso is your spot!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Casual, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Had a 7pm reservation. Did not get seated until 7:30 with no apology. Took about 20 minutes to get a drink at the table and we did not get food until about 8:15. Food quality was fair to good, but definitely not worth the poor service.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Very good Italian right in downtown San Carlos. Our waiter made excellent food & wine suggestions.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Still one of our favorite Italian restaurants. Pretty crowded and noisy on weekend nights. The food is almost always top notch, though this time the veggies were a bit over-cooked. The wine list can be hit and miss, with few recognizable labels, but we enjoyed a cab blend that was recommended.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Great place. We like a lot, but the parking in downtown San Carlos is not very good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Food was just not good. Appetizer plate was just a fried mess and my salmon was very over cooked.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

we live this restaurant food always outstanding. only issue I have is because they don't have double doors at the entrance the tables at the front are drafty and cold so sit to the rear

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great service! Great for birthdays. Food isn't the best but the vibe is nice.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We both had the warm cabbage salads, one with chicken and one with skirt steak. The steak was very tough this time, not able to chew it! They took the added steak charge off the bill, so, all was good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Should have known better than to go on a Saturday night! Even though we had reservations, we still waited an extra 30 minutes for our table. They were apologetic and even topped off our wine. It was quite busy and therefore also quite noisy. Overall the food was good as was the company!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Very attentive service, great selection of food and wine. We got there before the dinner rush and it was very nice. Once the dinner rush began it got rather loud due to the small intimate size of the restaurant. That was a downside and the sever seemed a bit quick which was a little off putting. Very slight dislike, otherwise a perfect experience and delicious food. Can't wait to go back again

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Spasso. The food, atmosphere and service were all excellent. We had the Caesar Salad, Black Pepper Fettucini, and Grilled Salmon and everything was delicious.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

the pasta dishes were the best, comfort food, reasonable prices, excellent service, full bar

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve dinner. Perfect

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were excited to try this place for dinner on New Years Eve. It was our first trip and we were excited for the menu that we saw online. No where (open table, their website or at the restaurant) did it mention there was a “special” menu for the night. Special entailed a small subset of the same items from the regular menu marked up 50-125%. At normal prices I would have really enjoyed this, but the disingenuous switching of menus left us extremely dissatisfied and will result in taking our business elsewhere.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My wife and I both had the Flounder which was overcooked and dry. The food here is normally very good. Maybe it was because of being New Year's Eve.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Well, admittedly it was New Years Eve, so the place was a bit crowded....certainly not unexpected to have to wait for 15 minutes past our reservation time.

We were disappointed that the menu presented was a small subset of the selections on the Open Table menu. There was very little to choose from if one did not want cream sauce. When my wife asked if she could get a simple pasta with tomatoes, basil and olive oil, the waiter refused the request citing the owner's instructions that nothing was to be ordered that was not on the reduced menu. I can understand the need to focus offerings on a holiday to turn tables more quickly but then the menu should have a variety that accommodates wider tastes. My wife settled on a salad and an appetizer as her meal since the choice of entrees was quite limited for her palate.

Not only that, the prices were significantly higher than their typical menu. For example, Mista Salad normally $7.00 was $14.00; crab cakes normally $16.00 was $22.00; and Salmon normally $21.00 was $34.00. The crab cakes were good; salmon was good but certainly not worth $34. However, the Lava cake was excellent! (at least one bright spot)

So overall, quite a disappointing experience. I doubt we would ever return and will not recommend. The owner's decision to price gouge on a holiday is certainly his prerogative but he will need to wear the consequences of his decision. He made $50 more off us one time but lost potentially years of business.

Lastly, Open Table, if it does not already, needs to prompt restaurants to provide updated special event or holiday menus. We were grossly misled based on the menu available on Open Table. While the fault is that of the owner, Open Table's reputation as a "go to" resource for dining has been compromised.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We have always enjoyed Spasso. The food and service is always good. When we made the reservation, there was no mention of a special limited menu. That would not have been an issue, except the prices were about double what they would normally be. Of course, people will say that is was New Years Eve, and we should expect that. That would not be true. There are many restaurants that post that type of information. It is disheartening to arrive with certain expectations, based upon their posted menu, only to find something very different and over priced. We certainly could not have just walked out and found another table somewhere else that evening, so we stayed. There are many restaurants who do not do that, and just serve their normal menu. This will probably result in me not returning to Spasso. While the food and service was good, we felt as though we were hosed. I believe in transparency, not deceit.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We made a reservation for 10 and end up with 12 of us going there for family dinner. They add a table fast and we were seated in 5 min. Food was delicious and service great. Our server was very nice and friendly. We all had a great time. This place is great for groups or family gathering.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I love these guys. We made a reservation for Christmas eve. Our table was right there, waiting, at the appointed reservation time. Beautiful. It was packed. Understandably so, because the staff is so friendly and the food is so good. Yet the ample staff attended to our every need and never appeared stressed even in light of a very full customer load and very busy pace. The food? Wonderful. It was the perfect choice for a special Christmas. And we'll continue to go there for everyday dining because these guys are just so good.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Healthy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Went out our first time to dinner on Christmas Eve . Although the restaurant was busy , service and food were perfect . Have eaten here before and that is why we will continue.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food and service were amazing! Great location. We will NEVER go there again in a holiday! The noise was deafening!! I left with a horrible headache.

Lunch is great - dinner is great. Just go early!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

So delightful on Christmas Ev!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner. Restaurant is very loud due to the acoustics unfortunately.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Aside from the noise and poor parking (which Spasso has no control) we would be back in a heart beat. Our server was exceptional, the food good, and our overall time was worth a repeat.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Excellent food. The best salmon I've tasted at a restaurant. Normally, I do not order salmon because it is never as good as at home. I'm glad I ordered it at Spasso; the salmon was cooked to perfection.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Tapas, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Yosemite)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Cocktails great. Food great. Service great. Everyone is friendly and attentive.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

great as always! Our #1 go-to restaurant in San Carlos

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I did love this place - but, we had a really bad experience on Saturday night. I made a reservation on Open Table, said I wanted to be away from the cold blasts from the front door, and when I got there, they just kept asking us to sit outside on the sidewalk. We said "no" three times. The outdoor area is so small, and people walk by on the sidewalk and bump into the tables. Then, they said they had a large party coming in the back, but could "squeeze" us in for an hour back there, so we agreed. The waiter was stressed and very short with us. Our salad was served quickly and then he brought the entree and plopped it down on the table,and we weren't even half finished with our salad - as if to say, "hurry up and get out of here". Then, the large party started trickling in after we were only at the table about 20 minutes, the employees were rushing around shouting at each other and moving chairs, and the large party was a group of very rude young people who appeared inebriated - they were so loud - and shouting at each other. After we were at the table about 40 minutes, they asked if they could move us to the bar, and gave us a tiny glass of port, but it was at the end of the bar where the wait staff kept bumping into our chairs to pick up their orders - the evening was truly a disaster, and I don't know if I will ever go there again. I would have felt better if they would have just said the reservation got mixed up and they didn't have room for us. I offered to go elsewhere if they couldn't accommodate us, but they wanted to "squeeze in" a few extra bucks, I guess. So sad to see a good place let their greed ruin their good reputation. What a disappointment - we felt like we were just annoying the staff the entire time we were there - not welcome at all.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

always constantly good and the staff is very friendly

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Always good. Love the warm cabbage salad. Excellent cocktails

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

They had given away our 6:30 reservation due to the restaurant overbooking. Never got a table because the wait for a table wasn’t happening.as it was so crowded. So we sat at the bar for dinner. It was my birthday dinner so even though they were nice it didn’t overcome my expectations for my birthday dinner. When we finally got to eat my food it was served warm instead of hot. But I was to hungry by then to send it back

Tags: Special Occasion
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