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All Spice

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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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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, 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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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
Hidden Foodie Gem in San Mateo!

We just tried this place for the first time with our uber-foodie friends, one of whom is an amazing chef. Unbelievable experience (in a good way!) The restaurant is set back from the road/hard to find, and takes up the former dining room and living room of a quaint old house. Not a lot of tables... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We just tried this place for the first time with our uber-foodie friends, one of whom is an amazing chef. Unbelievable experience (in a good way!) The restaurant is set back from the road/hard to find, and takes up the former dining room and living room of a quaint old house. Not a lot of tables so reservations are needed.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Some fusion foods are great and some never make much sense. Sachin Chopra has tried to bring Indian spices like ginger, tamarind and cumin to traditional western fare like lamb chops and short ribs. Same with desserts where saffron and cardamom are added. We shared 4 appetizers; the Indian bread fritters and gnocchi were great, the burrata salad was good... More 

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Fine dining, excellent service, creative and beautiful presentation of phenomenal dishes. Its a small restaurant tucked off the busy El Camino, but worth finding! Three Michelin stars!!!

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Outstanding food preparation and presentation. Unique fusion menu. Intimate, relaxed environment, located in a small home converted to restaurant. A table in the front room, near the fireplace adds to a special atmosphere. Restaurant location behind other small retail and across the street from residential, might at first be off-putting, however do not let that deter you from enjoying one... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We really enjoyed the atmosphere & the food presentation. The service was discreet and the food was nicely presented. We would go back.

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Actually, this is the finest food on the Peninsula. Every dish is magnificently prepared to perfection. I'm not kidding! I have had three dinners there and all have been fabulous!

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Special birthdays and the anticipation of the next generation took us to All Spice in San Mateo. What a delight. Forget the location and enter into a special space and enjoy. This is a fusion of the California creative with the flavors of India in ways that will amaze. Make reservations as there is competition for this little gem. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I can only describe the cuisine and Indian nouvelle cuisine. Traditional dishes and flavors are revisited with a twist reminiscent sometimes of a more classical French cuisine. Despite a relatively limited menu, the diversity and inventiveness of it is sure to leave no one disappointed. The wine list is also limited, but very well curated. The service can be casual... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised with All Spice. If you are in San Mateo, this a great twist on Indian food because it has French influence. Portions are generous and service is outstanding. We started with a three appetizers--green garlic and almond soup, scallops and bone marrow, and purple gnocchi. All very good and had a molecular gastronomy twist in the... More 

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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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Additional Information about All Spice

Address: 1602 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402
Phone Number: 650-627-4303
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 75
Cuisine: Indian, Thai, Contemporary

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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?