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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.)
+1 650-627-4303
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Menlo Park, California
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had not visited this restaurant for 2 years after a previously excellent meal. What we had loved about the place was the interesting layering of many flavours within the one dish. The chief seemed to be able to keep unusual pairings of spices and ingredients distinct almost a new experience in every other bite. Our experience this time was... More 

1 Thank ValMike2014
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10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for my birthday dinner with my husband on a friend's recommendation. The restaurant location was a bit awkward, the neighborhood seemed a little shabby - not somewhere you would expect a Michelin star restaurant to be and we were wondering if we got the location wrong. Parking the car we went in and were delightfully greeted by... More 

Thank Vidisha S
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

While the restaurant name and the chef's name might suggest Indian, as many have pointed out don't go to this restaurant expecting premium Indian food. In fact, it seems that the restaurant has evolved and now describes itself as "new American exotic". We had the creamy yogurt kebab, nihari style lamb and not your mama's aloo gobi. All three were... More 

1 Thank acfenmius
San Mateo, California
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52 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

Cute secluded restaurant located between busy commercial and residential street, friendly staff and good food execution with plenty vegetarian choices.

Thank Kallen C
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60 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2016

There is definitely a reason this restaurant earned one Michelin Star. Each of the dishes is unique and contains pieces of heaven. As always with these kind of dishes it is not so much of the quantity but more of the quality. Although it is a highly esteemed restaurant its prices are fair. Spoil yourself with an evening at All... More 

1 Thank kendstar
San Mateo, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

Did you know that there is a Michelin starred restaurant in San Mateo? It's located in an attractive 1906 Victorian house nestled behind other buildings fronting on El Camino Real just across the street from Safeway. Frankly I had never seen the restaurant before going there for the first time; it is a hidden gem. You are immediately transported to... More 

1 Thank Gail S
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71 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2016

We have eaten here several times and have never been disappointed. In fact, the meals here have been some of our most memorable dining experiences ever. The restaurant is located in a clapboard house tucked away from El Camino Real and the ambience is very intimate. The chef, Sachin Chopra, is Indian so he uses the Indian spice palate subtly... More 

Thank Pigcat
Menlo Park, California
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2015

The food here is not as Indian as it was during my meal several years ago. Then it was too Indian for the work group. Ha! This time, basically the same guys and gals, but the menu was definitely more fusion and all left happy. Dessert were frankly a bit foo-foo or is it frou-frou.

Thank zagatschmagat
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2015

This is very pricey and not what we had expected. Our sons gave us a $100 gift certificate and we had another $100 to the bill. Just one glass of wine. The service was impeccable and the meal was very good. This is not an Indian restaurant. A young (30something) came in and read the menu and then left. Maybe... More 

Thank Rover266
Burlingame, Ca
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2015

Has been our go to place for special occasions. An intimate venue which is often booked up for days in advance. It's a cross between continental and Indian Fusion food. Meets my bang/buck ratio easily.

Thank Bill B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $75
Indian, Contemporary
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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: +1 650-627-4303
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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