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All Spice

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Indian, 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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Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations
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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  • 8
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  • 3
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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
Beautiful presentation, eclectic menu

Ate here with a customer. Difficult to find as it is a small house located in an ally off El Camino Real. They do have parking in the ally. It is a very eclectic menu so if you have a traditional palette this is not the place for you. It was perhaps the prettiest meal I have ever had. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
SandraBaja
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Danville, California
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Danville, California
Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Ate here with a customer. Difficult to find as it is a small house located in an ally off El Camino Real. They do have parking in the ally. It is a very eclectic menu so if you have a traditional palette this is not the place for you. It was perhaps the prettiest meal I have ever had. The... More 

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Montreal
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124 reviews 124 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I travel to Redwood City regularly and have been to All spice many times, going back to before they got their Michelin star... It's a great restaurant... I love the old victorian house and the way the tables are spread in the different rooms. I like the originality of the cuisine mixing the french classicism with indian spices (very light... More 

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Hayward, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This was easy for us to get to from the East Bay without having to go into SF. It's a pretty little house off the street that I wouldn't expect in this neighborhood. Overall the food was very good with the apps and dessert being the highlights and would make different choices on the entrees when we go back (and... More 

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Burlingame, California
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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Menu falls within the category of restaurants that combine ingredients and flavors to create "innovative" new dishes. Problem is there are no safe choices on the menu, everything is some weird combination the kitchen decided to put together. I ordered the NY Strip Steak, and got a fairly tasteless dish that was prepared without any real artistry and with accompaniments... More 

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New York City, New York
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129 reviews 129 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

There is no surprise that these place has a Michelin Star. Our meal was inventive and excellent from top to bottom, with the French-Indian fusion coming together really well. The service was also nice and comfortable, as we expect in Northern California. It is a bit hard to find, tucked away off the main street.

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Palm Springs, California
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20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

All Spice presents original and well-prepared California cuisine with an East India touch. The menu is unique. The entrees are mildly spiced with a professional touch, served on varied white china shapes which show off the food colors. Braised veal cheeks were succulent. Appetizer salads were also good. An international beer and wine list is hit and miss, with moderate... More 

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san francisco
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56 reviews 56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Just okay -- my pot pie was unforgivably dry and the crust too cake-like. The boar was unbalanced. The appetizers were a bit better hence the three stars but nothing I would go back for. The old Victorian house was charming but felt cramped and dark. And the service was not particularly good although the server at the next table... More 

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New York
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57 reviews 57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

we wanted to try three different 1-starred Michelin restaurants in my trip to CA and All Spice was one of them. when I read the story from their website, I understood that the chef was an indian but with formal classical French training. so I was curious how the dishes would turn out even though we are a fan of... More 

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San Francisco, CA
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We just discovered All Spice even though we've been living in the Bay area for more than a decade. It can beat some of the better known establishments in the city with the imaginative, flavorful, yummy and beautifully presented food. A delightful and refined culinary experience! Cannot wait to go back there again!

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77 reviews 77 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

I was a little intimidated by the menu and I'm an adventurous gourmand. I read the reviews and jumped in with both feet. I asked the waiter for "must try" items and my taste buds were absolutely dazzled. Highly recommend the octopus appetizer - the octopus is skinned and then slow cooked for hours. It is unbelievably tender and flavorful... More 

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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, 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?