Casa Orinda
Casa Orinda

Casa Orinda

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.casaorinda.net/
  • Phone: 9252542981x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: M-Sa 4:00pm-10:00pm

    Dinner: Su 4:00pm-9:00pm
    Bar: open til 11pm M-Thurs, midnight Fri&Sat, 10pm Su
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Kenneth Jensen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We are able to accommodate parties of up to 65 in our banquet room. We also offer a more private setting which can seat up to 20 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Claudia Tata, General Manager 9252542981x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Moraga Way
  • Public Transit: BART is right across the street! It doesn't get easier than that!
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Our complimentary valet-only parking lot is conveniently located next to the front door. Freeway entry is quick and easy!
A word from Casa Orinda
Casa Orinda has been serving the finest Western and Italian food in the area for the past 81 years. We are famous for our fried chicken, prime beef, and classic Italian pasta, chicken, and veal dishes -- everything being made from scratch in our kitchen using only the freshest, highest quality ingredients.

Our full service mahogany bar is a popular stop for locals and visitors looking for a nice refreshment and a hearty meal in a cozy, friendly atmosphere. We have three dining rooms, each with a slightly different character afforded by our hand-formed brass hearth fireplace, Western original art collection, famous antique gun collection, and alluring floral arrangements.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Casa Orinda reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (54)good for groups (35)special occasion (29)vibrant bar scene (18)kid-friendly (15)fit for foodies (12)romantic (7)hot spot (5)notable wine list (3)great for lunch (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The Casa Orinda has the best fried chickien ever! The service was great and everything we have tried on the menu has been excellent
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casa Orinda
    BondVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were banished to the back room which is a mixed blessing. It is somewhat less noisy than the room off of the bar but it has all the warmth and style of a cafeteria. My wife had the Prime Rib which she liked very much. I had the fried chicken which needed more flavor in the coating. The chicken itself was very good. It was the juiciest chicken I have ever had. I don't know if we will be back soon because the meals were very heavy for us.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth trying out
    JamieE
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was our first time at Casa Orinda. We tried 2 dishes. My husband had the paella special (pass on that one) and I had the fried chicken dinner. That's what they are known for along with prime rib. I was not disappointed. It was DELICIOUS! My husband wishes he ordered the chicken as the paella was bland and did not have enough seafood. The reviews on Yelp were spot on. Stick with the fried chicken and prime rib and bring a sweater as it was cold in there. We will be back!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Casa Orinda is known for its fried chicken and it didn't disappoint. The chicken was crispy on the outside and moist and delicious on the inside. The vegetables were fresh and well cooked. The biscuit and local honey was great. Their prime rib was tasty as well. The restaurant has a charming feel of the old time steak houses.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Classic
    Cindacious
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Casa Orinda has stood the test of time. As one of the oldest restaurants in the Bay Area it has stayed true and doesn't take themselves too seriously. Most of the employees have worked there for many, many years and do a fine job in making one feel at home; bartenders are delightful. Food is good, not great. Husband ordered the famous fried chicken, which was moist and flavorful and served with creamy mashed potatoes, veggies and their house made biscuit. Mom in law enjoyed the burger and fries and I had the Petrale sole special, which was delicious but very rich. The menu has not changed much, if at all. I would have liked to see a couple of healthier options.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The hostess recognized that we had a big pile of presents on our table and brought an extra chair so we could relocate them during our dinner. Waiter brought dessert with a candle. Both nice touches. We were in a hurry and they accommodated our time restraints.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    horselady
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Since we were last, the service has greatly improved. It is pricey, but worth it once in awhile. I have never had a bad meal there and the fried chicken is out this world!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great traditional restaurant.
    strawberryVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    As they note in their adds their prime rib and fried chicken are their specialties. Both are fantastic. The decor is a throw back to the 50's but very we'll done. The service is efficient.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Delicious , they are famous for their chicken, now I understand why, very generous proportions. Would definitely go again, and tell my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Food was great, server recommendations were perfect. Enjoyable evening. Will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still great fried chicken
    RifleVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The secret here is to order what they do best. The fried chicken is old fashioned goodness. However, we were dissapointed with the brownie sundae. It's hard to mess up this dessert choice, but our brownie was dry and hard to chew. Even the ice cream didn't soften it up much. Too bad
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • incredible fried chicken
    winky
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    remember broasted chicken way back in the 60's? well this place has it down only a whole lot better and the price is right huge menu with the scallopinis and the prime rib etc al well prepared incl al dente veggies and delicious sides very good desserts
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casa Orinda
    lakelady
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Casa Orinda is a reliable, old fashioned (no espresso machine) western themed restaurant. This is a good place to usually find a table without much notice. They usually have a spot for a group of 8 or so. They have a variety of good high quality food and excellent salads and fried chicken. The mud pie for desert is always good - not too big or too sweet. They have an excellent bar that consistently pours a heavy drink. This is a great local spot that makes coming back from a beautiful vacation away, a little more tolerable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Old family Favorite
    SAMsMeals
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    It's always nice to come here introducing new people to what has become one of our families favorite places.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cluck cluck moo moo
    bwaks
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    the organic birds that give their all & end up at the Casa are treated with utmost respect and finesse when they're submerged in that transformative vessel the pressure fryer..they emerge a dark shade of amber, hot & succulent with perfect not overly battered crispy skin........for our group of 6 it was preceded by a shared order of fragrantly beefy prime rib..... it has to be one of the perfect meals ever.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like home.....
    Justaskme
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It's our go to place when we decide to get a bite to eat. Grew up & went to school with the original owners. Never rushed....our complete and extended family feel the same. Probably return once or twice a month. We'll be back......
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So loud it was stressful
    Camino
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went on a Saturday night. We got seated in the second dining room, because I forgot to request the main room. The main room has higher ceilings and the fireplace, so even though it is across from the bar, the sound gets absorbed better. My family had to almost yell over the noise. The sound of all those people just had nowhere to go. I'm glad they have a full house and good business, but we will not be back on a crowded Saturday. It was just not worth it. Food, everything else was just fine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cozy spot with homestyle food
    Lolo6
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We have been coming here for years with our family for Sunday dinner. Fried chicken is the best and so are the seafood specials
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casa Orinda
    Vicki
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Very enjoyable evening sharing tournedos of beef. Blueberry pie with home made whipped cream was tasty.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Very disappointed. Service way too slow and food was terrible.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, fond memories
    CaptainKirk
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Used to come here with my parents a couple of times a year growing up. The food is very good—my father swears by the fried chicken, the rest of us usually have something more Italian-ish—and the atmosphere is very warm and the service friendly. Just went back for the first time in 12 years or so and found that very little had changed. Great meal and we'll return!
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  • Loud Drunken Cowboys
    butchpoodle
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This was not my first visit to Casa Orinda and it may or may not be my last. Their fried chicken is extremely good, their service is very good, but their dining rooms are loud and for some reason, every time my spouse and I go there, we get seated between two large, loud parties. This time was no exception. We were unable to enjoy our meal together, as the table of 6 we were seated next to was so obnoxiously loud. They were unbearable. It will be a long time before I venture there again, if ever - this happens to us a lot there. What a waste of a night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 46redhead
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The Casa Orinda is a great establishment. It has been in Orinda for many years and my family always went there for special occasions, mainly birthdays. The menu reflects many teriffic classic offerings as well as a fresh ideas on salads, etc. You can always count on having a memorable meal and being treated well. The fried chicken is not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Going here for 70 years
    bobby
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We love Casa Orinda, love taking folks there to enjoy and share the collections of Western moblia. Great fun, good servers, a delightful experience ALWAYS!! Keep it up and many thanks
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary celebration
    syl1
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    casa Orinda was a taste of a bygone era, for us baby boomers it was perfect for anniversary dinner. we were a little early we waited for the family to arrive by sitting at the charming bar, with the not so charming bartender. she offered peanuts to the couple next to us who were obviously regulars, then came to us, no real welcome or warmth, and no offer of peanuts. Lucky for us, our waiter "Al" was the opposite of her, and made us feel happy to be there. appetizers, were very good, calamari the best. dinner was very good, not gourmet, but we all enjoyed what we ordered. the youngest in our party loved her brownie sundae. we will return, but will probably skip sitting at the bar next time. we will request "Al" again for our server.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Americana
    letty
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Solid food experience with an excellent chef. Nobody goes home hungry.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic!
    Classic
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Old school done right! A restaurant from yesteryear kept up and still fabulous! Good food, great staff, nice bar ... Love it!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal & Service
    BobS
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Have not been to "...The Casa..." for several years .... great memories of meals over the decades continue. Outstanding service, not pushy service but always there when needed. Food portions for group of 3 men were more than adequate. We will be back more frequently because of the experience. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forest
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Excellent food and service as usual. If you haven't been here its a must for the decor and the foo-d particularly the Prime Rib and their famous fried chicken.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food didn't disappoint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Yes, we only knew about this place through TV. We made the trek over to Orinda and of course ordered their famous fried chicken, which lived up to all the hype! The best part to me was actually the biscuit! I would order a batch of those if I could. Overall our experience was pleasant. The only negative aspect was actually the service, which we tried not to let bother us since everyone else was helpful. Our server was curt and rude. One example out of many was when we asked her her recommendation between two entrées, she basically said the veal is veal and the shrimp is shrimp, and since they're different it's up to us to decide. With that said, we would still come back for the ambiance and delicious food, but not that server's area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Instituton
    FHD444
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I had been meaning to come here for many years. I was not disappointed, the food was outstanding and the servers very friendly. My only complaint was there was a big time lag between appetizers and the main course I think because they were busy. I hope to come back many times.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Casual fun dining
    AlamedaDeb
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Came here for Fathers Day. Ordered drinks at the bar before dinner. The bartender was personable and the atmosphere was comfortable. Sampled the beet salad, cannelloni, veal parmigiana and sweetbreads - all were very good. Prices are reasonable. Overall, this was a good experience and I would return.
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Treated Like A King
    hyedenny
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Casa Orinda never disappoints! The food was great, and our waiter Chris made us feel like VIPs. Even though it was very busy, everything arrived on time and perfectly cooked, and we left with full stomachs and full "to go" bags. Anyone who think this place doesn't have a nice, cozy ambiance clearly doesn't know what ambiance means!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always top notch
    WinoDino
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We have never been disappointed at the Casa Orinda. The menu offers a wide selection of choices. The food is delicious. The prices are reasonable. The bar makes great drinks and the wait staff are thoroughly professional (not a bunch of 20-something's who can't remember who ordered what). We often go for their famous fried chicken which is out of this world! Sometimes just the two of us, sometimes with a group for a birthday or anniversary, everyone always remarks about what a great restaurant we took them to. Valet parking completes the picture. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & enjoyed evening there!
    Cookie12
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Nice Father's Day celebration! The food was great and when we asked for a more comfortable table staff worked with us.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't order the Sea food
    vettskii
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    If you're looking for an upbeat place; this is not it. The bartender was extremely RUDE. The food was over cooked especially the vegetables, not a place for a young crowd at all. I ordered the prawns, and they were awful to say the least. Very disappointing! Will not return
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  • We'll Be Back
    Qualityvquantity1
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Food was quite good, prices reasonable, service affable & attentive. My wife & I will definitely be returning and would not hesitate to recommend to others.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and Reasonable
    MD925
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We've been going to Casa Orinda for years. The atmosphere is always friendly and welcoming. The staff is always helpful and attentive. This is a great place to meet friends for a catch-up meal.They have the best fried chicken and prime rib! The biscuit that comes with the fried chicken is delicious. The menu has so many choics for all tastes. Casa Orinda is a great community restaurant, and it's our go-to place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 7 reviews are from the Casa Orinda reviews archive.
  • tradition reigns
    foodie
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Casa maintains its long time Orinda tradition. The old west ambiance, the Italian/American menu, the divine fried chicken...nothing changes. Our server was very accommodating and surprised our birthday celebrant with an ice cream sundae at the end of a great meal. Two of us ordered the veal, as that is seldom found on menus these days. Delicious! We had a great time from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • surprise
    burgie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Now I hate to say this place is great because then it will become very crowded...... but it is. They are known for their fried chicken but their Prime Rib and fish dishes are fab. C Rose the meet n greet person always recognizes me and I can't say that for other places I frequent! Great value and Onion Rings to die for!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate