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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:monday to friday 11:30-2:30 Saturday and Sunday 11:30-3:30
Dinner:monday to Friday 5:00-10:00 Saturday 3:30-10:00 Sunday 3:30-9:00

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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (18)
Casual (14)
Good for a Date (12)
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Good for Anniversaries (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Business Meals (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Authentic (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Cozy (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
People Watching (4)
Fun (3)
Romantic (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Healthy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I️ always enjoy eating at Spasso’s and I️ am sure you will also!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

After some good meals this one was a disappointment. Food was under cooked and underwhelming. Not much flavor, and pasta noodles were hard. Service was efficient but lacked any type of interaction or general friendliness. Seemed like everyone was being overworked so they were just running from table to table trying to get things done rather than making it a positive dining experience. Want to give them another chance, but probably will try some other San Carlos spots first .

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Delicious food, good value on wine and all around terrific service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

They accommodated 14 of us very nicely. The food was delicious but the noise level was over the top. Service was also excellent.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Friendly and courteous personal offering great Italian cuisine!

Great Job Spasso!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great food in an environment where you can have a business meeting and hear the other person. Outstanding service from our waiter too.

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

A very good neighborhood Italian restaurant with good food, good friendly service, full bar and good wine. Easy street parking.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

As usual, all is fantastic. The service is great, attentive and very personal. The food is good although more variety would be great for those of us who dice there frequently. One of my favorite spots for a good meal and after work get together!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Outstanding. One of the best restaurants I’ve visited in a long time.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

So noisy we barely heard each other's conversation. Waitress had to tell us 3 times about the specials.So noisy.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 3, 2017

I used to eat dinner at Spasso with some regularity when I lived down the street, but haven't been back for a few years. That was an oversight.

My girlfriend was supposed to cook, but our schedules didn't work out on a busy afternoon so I started up my OpenTable app and narrowed my choices to the western suburbs. Spasso was about halfway between where we were coming from, so that became our destination.

I had forgotten that they co-own the wine store next door, so the wine prices are quite reasonable for some above-average selections. I had a nice broiled walleye, while my girlfriend went with a well-prepared chicken dish.

The only downside of the evening is that we were seated next to a few boisterous kids who just got out of a soccer game, but we engaged them and ended up having a nice dinner despite the "extra movement and sound".

We will return in a month or two!

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 3, 2017

I have come here for years. Never had a bad meal, service or experience.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Two women friends enjoyed a quiet lunch where we could talk & catch up.
Good cabbage salad with skirt steak and eggplant parmigiana with pasta.
generous portions.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Everything was excellent.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

It's pointless to make a reservation at this restaurant - they just don't keep reservations. I guess you're making a reservation to get in line for a table at Spasso.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Our go to for good food & service for a special occasion or just a night out.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great food , awesome service . We would definitely go back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We were warmly greeted The service was nice The waitress also our greeter was attentive to us. The food was excellent the three diners had mains of wild mushroom ravioli, paella,& veal piccata. All were savory the Veal picatta was delicious. Compliments to the chef as his sauce was near perfect. We will be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Really good food!! Great staff. Always enjoy eating there!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great service, accommodating, great food. We love Spasso!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I LOVE Spasso!! We go there at least once weekly. The staff is amazingly friendly, attentive and always remember names and likes. The food is very good and ranges from healthy to comfort food. The bar is well equipped with nice cocktails and very good wines. Without hesitation, I highly recommend this place.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

This is our GO-TO spot. This night was my wife's and I anniversary. brought seven family members with us. Great food, great service, we were treated like royalty.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Casual, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

My girlfriend moved to Arizona and everytime she comes to visit she loves to have dinner here. The service is always friendly, polite and very professional which is great. The waiters always go beyond and it's great. The food is delicious and it's nice to know that the cooks will accomodate and the dessert menu has a great selection.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Met some old friends who were visiting the area. The Caesar salad was very good and the crab cakes were also delicious. My husband and our friends enjoyed the cannelloni. I would definitely return for the warm cabbage salad.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Two ladies who lunch both enjoyed warm cabbage salads. Very tasty.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We took an "out-of-towner" to our favorite place. She eats special foods & found things on the menu that were perfect. Enjoyable evening.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Healthy, Comfort Food, Casual, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Love this restaurant. Great food and service!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Trying too hard to be something it's not
That is an authentic Italian eatery
Staff very friendly and attentive
Menu a bit scattered unfocused
Food not very satisfying in that it's just a step off throughout
Too acid red sauces
Balsamic added to everything for no reason whatsoever
Mushroom brucetta v good
Mains felt almost a bit Sysco like although I'd hope they are not
No deep comforting flavors
Creme brûlée just ok grand mariner?? Didn't taste it

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

On a scale of 1-10, our server was about a 5. She didn't check in with us after the food was delivered, and she did not offer us dessert we had to ask for coffee.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Wonderful food and service. Traditional Italian. Calamari appetizer is excellent.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

We made a reservation for Spasso at 9:00 pm through the Open Table App. It would have let us make a reservation as late as 9:30. We got there right at 9, and were told that they closed at 8:45. Not really expecting much, I did show them that we had a reservation, and that I could have made an even later reservation. The response I got was "well I don't know anything about that."

Keep your hours on Open Table up to date, and try to give an at least halfheartedly gracious response. I know you're not going to reopen the kitchen for two people. But don't respond in a dismissive and rude manner when it was your own failure to keep your hours up to date that caused 2 customers to waste the time it took to drive to your restaurant. I won't be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

I love this restaurant and go here for special occasions. i have never had a bad thing on the menu and the waiters and bartenders are nice and friendly. i particularly like the portabella sandwich on the lunch menu. and the sea food pasta on the dinner menu. it's a great place for a date or girl night out. it is a little pricey but everything is delicious!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants in downtown San Carlos. The menu has a lot to choose from, and, of the several times I've eaten here, the food has been delicious. So far, I have not been disappointed in the quality of the food. The dip served with bread when you first sit down is especially delicious.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We celebrated my husbands 50th Birthday with 5 other couples. I can not say enough about the exceptional service we received. From the moment we walked in we were greeted and seated. The waitress was amazing and the food was delicious. There was something for everyone, including our vegan diners. Great wine & cocktail menu. We will be back, whether it be two of us or a large group. Thank you Spasso for making my husbands Birthday memorable...

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Their was three of us two order halibut it was over cooked they did not adjust the bill. No other service was provided. They did ask to place another order but we did not reorder.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Father's Day

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 12, 2017

The lamb pita is no longer on the lunch menu. That was one of my favorites.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2017

We visited on a Sunday evening to celebrate and were impressed. We all ordered pasta entrees and they were delicious! The fact that there is no corkage fee on Sundays allowed us to bring our own fabulous bottle that we were saving for an occassion.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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