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All Spice

$$$$
Indian, Thai, Contemporary
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1602 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402 (Borel Ave.)
Caltrain: Hayward Park SamTrans: Route 390 (El Camino Real and 17th Ave.), also Routes 53, 55 and 58 (Borel at Edinburgh)
650-627-4303
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: San Mateo’s most exciting restaurant is All Spice, an eclectic,...
San Mateo’s most exciting restaurant is All Spice, an eclectic, contemporary eatery from Executive Chef Sachin Chopra. Chef Chopra expertly blends the freshness of Californian ingredients with Indian spices to create an entirely new style of cuisine, at once light, familiar and warmly exotic. All Spice is proud to have been awarded a Michelin star, a distinction reserved for cuisine of the very best quality and consistency. 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.
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  • 35
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Deserving of its Michelin star

We have eaten here several times and have never been disappointed. In fact, the meals here have been some of our most memorable dining experiences ever. The restaurant is located in a clapboard house tucked away from El Camino Real and the ambience is very intimate. The chef, Sachin Chopra, is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Pigcat
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California
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California
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52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have eaten here several times and have never been disappointed. In fact, the meals here have been some of our most memorable dining experiences ever. The restaurant is located in a clapboard house tucked away from El Camino Real and the ambience is very intimate. The chef, Sachin Chopra, is Indian so he uses the Indian spice palate subtly... More 

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Thank Pigcat
Menlo Park, California
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

The food here is not as Indian as it was during my meal several years ago. Then it was too Indian for the work group. Ha! This time, basically the same guys and gals, but the menu was definitely more fusion and all left happy. Dessert were frankly a bit foo-foo or is it frou-frou.

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Thank zagatschmagat
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

This is very pricey and not what we had expected. Our sons gave us a $100 gift certificate and we had another $100 to the bill. Just one glass of wine. The service was impeccable and the meal was very good. This is not an Indian restaurant. A young (30something) came in and read the menu and then left. Maybe... More 

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Thank Rover266
Burlingame, Ca
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Has been our go to place for special occasions. An intimate venue which is often booked up for days in advance. It's a cross between continental and Indian Fusion food. Meets my bang/buck ratio easily.

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Thank Bill B
USA
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Having dined in fine restaurants in more than 4 countries, we had an underwhelming experience at All Spice. We had read about this restaurant's ratings and decided to walk in. We asked if there was room, and the maitre d' checked and found seating was available. We then got a condescending comment about how we should make a reservation next... More 

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San Mateo, California
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120 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015 via mobile

Had heard amazing things about All Spice and maybe wish I hadn't. I had really high hopes and expectations. Ordered the steak and it needed salt..and seasoning in general. Lovely starters of shishito peppers and a seated tuna appetizer. My friend had the lamb and that was awesome. Flavorful and right spice and heart. Great service. I feel I've had... More 

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Thank Tiny_Bubbles007
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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

so this is our second visit, we were expecting indian fusion, which was our previous experience........this was not the case, there was only one indian dish, the rest was modern Californian. I feel that All Spice has "dumbed down", the food was all well presented and tasted good, the wine list was short and less interesting than originally. they have... More 

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Thank peter w
San MAteo, CA
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49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Our meal was absolutely unique in the best possible way. The cuisine is unlike any I have ever had and the service is impecable. Truly a fine dining experience.

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Thank kristifred
CA
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Great food. You must try the snowball for dessert! Tables are a little bit tight. You almost feel like you are dining in one big table. That's really the only drawback.

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Thank jimbocpa
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Every dish was unique and appealing, from elaborate entrees to simple scoops of ice cream with unusual flavors.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1602 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402
    (Borel Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: Caltrain: Hayward Park SamTrans: Route 390 (El Camino Real and 17th Ave.), also Routes 53, 55 and 58 (Borel at Edinburgh)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: 650-627-4303

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 75
  • Cuisine: Indian, Thai, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining

Description

San Mateo’s most exciting restaurant is All Spice, an eclectic, contemporary eatery from Executive Chef Sachin Chopra. Chef Chopra expertly blends the freshness of Californian ingredients with Indian spices to create an entirely new style of cuisine, at once light, familiar and warmly exotic. All Spice is proud to have been awarded a Michelin star, a distinction reserved for cuisine of the very best quality and consistency. 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.
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?