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1602 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402
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Ranked #8 of 364 Restaurants in San Mateo
Price range: $31 - $75
Tue - Sat 5:30 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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Hayward, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

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
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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91 reviews 91 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 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
50 helpful votes 50 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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101 reviews 101 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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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, Contemporary

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