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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
17:30 - 21:30
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Menlo Park, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 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 14 November 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 26 October 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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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015

Having dined in fine restaurants in more than 4 countries, we had an underwhelming experience at All Spice. We had read about this restaurant's ratings and decided to walk in. We asked if there was room, and the maitre d' checked and found seating was available. We then got a condescending comment about how we should make a reservation next... More 

2 Thank BayTraveler13
San Mateo, California
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182 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015 via mobile

Had heard amazing things about All Spice and maybe wish I hadn't. I had really high hopes and expectations. Ordered the steak and it needed salt..and seasoning in general. Lovely starters of shishito peppers and a seated tuna appetizer. My friend had the lamb and that was awesome. Flavorful and right spice and heart. Great service. I feel I've had... More 

Thank Tiny_Bubbles007
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64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2015

so this is our second visit, we were expecting indian fusion, which was our previous experience........this was not the case, there was only one indian dish, the rest was modern Californian. I feel that All Spice has "dumbed down", the food was all well presented and tasted good, the wine list was short and less interesting than originally. they have... More 

1 Thank peter w
San MAteo, CA
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58 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

Our meal was absolutely unique in the best possible way. The cuisine is unlike any I have ever had and the service is impecable. Truly a fine dining experience.

Thank kristifred
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

Great food. You must try the snowball for dessert! Tables are a little bit tight. You almost feel like you are dining in one big table. That's really the only drawback.

Thank jimbocpa
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

Every dish was unique and appealing, from elaborate entrees to simple scoops of ice cream with unusual flavors.

Thank Walter S
San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

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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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
US$31 - US$75
Indian, Contemporary
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
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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