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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
Best of Mid-Peninsula

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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San Mateo, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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San Francisco, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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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Danville, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 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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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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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?