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All Spice

1602 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402
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Ranked #4 of 357 Restaurants in San Mateo
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Price range: $31 - $75
Tue - Fri 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Indian, Contemporary
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Borel Ave.
Transit: Caltrain: Hayward Park SamTrans: Route 390 (El Camino Real and 17th Ave.), also Routes 53, 55 and 58 (Borel at Edinburgh)
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.
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English first
Palm Springs, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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
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84 reviews 84 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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San Francisco
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

In a tiny, unassuming, old house, set back from a very busy street, with parking that isn't easy to find, we encourage you to persevere. Make reservations. Go. The service is outstanding. The decor well done. But it's the food that you will remember best. The blend of spices, cuisines, and styles are remarkable. The four of us had four... More

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Milpitas, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

My husband booked this place for dinner to celebrate my birthday. The food was wonderful - the chef seemed almost like an artiste - and the flavors of the Fusion Indian-French-Californian- reminded me so much of the flavors from my childhood - going back to food that my grandmothers used to cook. This was truly a special experience and soul... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

It's hard to get a table at this small restaurant, and having dined there I can now see why. Beautifully cooked food, a unique Californian / Indian fusion cuisine, exceptional service and fine wines. And very hard to find the restaurant which further adds to its exclusivity! A definite favourite already for me on my next trip to the area...

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Santa Rosa, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

All Spice has become one of our favorite restaurants. We try and book a reservation any time we are spending the night at SFO prior to flying the next morning. The food is creative and very tasty. Over the past half dozen visits, there have only been a couple of misses. The portions, in our opinion, are generous, especially compared... More

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San Francisco, California
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105 reviews 105 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

After all the positive reviews, I came away disappointed. The portions are small. Some would say precious. Another party had the same complaint. The food was of mixed quality. The Boar was an uninspired curry dish. Some dishes were better executed.

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