Cascal
Cascal

Cascal

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cascalrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (650) 940-9500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Antonio Flores Lopez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: They offer a non-private room that can accommodate up to 26 people.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: California St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public Lot
A word from Cascal
Old World taste meets New World appeal in this vibrant new restaurant concept by veteran Restaurateur, Don Durante. Serving spirited Pan-Latin cuisine, Cascal is a place to meet and linger with friends over exotic cocktails and enticing foods with bold flavors and personality.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerTapas / Small Plates
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Cascal reviews from OpenTable diners
249 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (141)great for outdoor dining (139)good for groups (122)neighborhood gem (96)hot spot (88)special occasion (77)vibrant bar scene (77)great for lunch (55)romantic (40)late-night find (22)notable wine list (20)kid-friendly (14)great for brunch (11)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Excellent Choice
    Phil
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Cascal is a very special restaurant for us due to the varied menu. We especially enjoy Paella a la Marinera and the Tapa Sampler. The service is excellent with pleasant and gracious servers. We have be going there ,since the inception and continue to enjoy the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Believe the great reviews!
    ChipsterVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    First time here, after several friends saying it was their favorite. We were not disappointed. Great, fun atmosphere, perfect service, good cocktails, and delicious food. Great place to take friends and business associates for a fun time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Time
    Toogood
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    My wife and I always have a great time at CasCal. Food is great, we always order 3 tapas for the two of us. The Sangria is phenomenal and the pumpkin bread pudding is one of my favorite desserts ever. A local gem that we keep going back to. Always busy, so strongly recommend you make reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spanish Tapas
    Anonymous
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    A nice place to experience Spanish tapas and other pan-Latin cuisine. The high ceilings and décor make for a nice, vibrant atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For fun but not for food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Restaurant has a great atmosphere for meeting friends for a drink and a light snack. Coming here for a meal is a bit of a let down as the food is mediocre. The portions are small and pricey and is somewhat tasty but it won't make you say mmmmmmm.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cascal
    CJeatsWellVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great atmosphere. Great band. Service ok. Tappas sampler was ok. Paella, small serving very generous and very good. Octopus salad good. We would go back, not order the Tappas sampler and re -order paella and the guitarist were awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A regular spot for us!
    VBrown
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We love this place. Consistently great food. We always do tapas style eating to sample a good variety of what they have to offer. We always get the sizzling shrimp and after the shrimp are long eaten keep the spicy olive oil yumminess left over to dip our bread into. Lots of great flavors. You can't go wrong. It is always busy so get a reservation or expect to wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cascals
    beveVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Consistently wonderful food at affordable prices and great ambiance. One of my favoitess
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bring your ear plugs
    tommycomet
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    This place is incredibly noisy, and they have the music turned way up to be louder than the roar. They should consider some soft jazz or something to calm the place, not hype it. Repeat clients are in for an early and unnecessary loss of hearing. The tapas sampler was incredibly wonderful. We'll go back for that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A true favorite but...
    Carolw
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Went to Cascal's Saturday night with my teenage daughter for a small celebration. It's one of my daughter's favorite. The only thing that was missing from a perfect meal were some of our favorite dishes on the menu. I know restaurants need to change things up a bit, but we were so looking forward to our favorites.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good
    DonfVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Cascal's tapas are delightful and always good. Service was wonderful. Suggest you tell server to bring the tapas separately rather thn all at once. It makes for a better dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food was exquisite. I had the Puerco Cubano. Mmmmm. My Wife had an assortment of tapas and she let me taste. Mmmm. Service was friendly and prompt. Oh, the raw brussels sprout salad was unexpectedly delicious with fresh grapes, apple slices and a perfect dressing. Great dinner and I'm pretty fussy about eating out. I used to own a restaurant and enjoy cooking at home.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the food
    janethompson
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I always love the food at Cascal, I make a point of going there whenever I'm in the bay area. The service is often very slow, which I don't mind because we can make an evening of it; but I wouldn't go there if I were in a hurry. The only complaint I have after this last visit is that after we ate our tapas, we had dropped some food on the table (common with shared plates) and they didn't wipe it off before serving dessert. It was just kind of icky...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do not want to go back
    jacgigi
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful but the food and beverages were very disappointing. The red sangria was horrible. We ordered the Churrasco and that arrived about 10 minutes before the other order. The Paella Marinara and was not good, my date ordered Churrasco and it was dry and lacked flavor. We thought this place would be great due to the reviews, but save your money and go somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wouldn't Go Back
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This is my third time at Cascal, but I won't be back. I've ordered different dishes each time, but the food has been consistently salty. This time I tried the paella for the first time; it was not only incredibly salty, but I couldn't chew the chicken, it was so overcooked. If a Spanish restaurant can't do paella right, there's no hope.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Waiter rocks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We told our waiter that we were going to the theatre that night and he made sure that our food came with plenty of time to enjoy it. He also picked up our payment swiftly so that we'd make it with time to spare. Gracious server and the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy!
    DPaletteVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I love the Cuban Garlic Chicken. The tapas were all very good as well. Service was pleasant, food came out FAST, and the ambience was hip and vibrant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excited going in but disappointed
    Mveater
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Wanted to love this place, but the food and sangria was extremely disappointing- very heavy handed with everything. Only positive was you could hear the person you were dining with in a rather busy/noisy setting- wish all restaurants were like that.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great tapas
    BiscuitVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It was my husband's first time at Cascal and we really enjoyed it. The pork belly and scallops were superb! Great outdoor patio. Lots of heat lamps for when it gets cold. Our waiter was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Kathleen
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I've been to Cascal once before and enjoyed my dinner. This evening the waiter rushed us from the time I sat down until we walked out. We ordered mushroom empanadas, hearts of palm salad(recommended by the waiter) and crab and shrimp tostadas. The salad and empanadas were way too rich. The empanadas were blast and unexciting flavor. Tostadas were great. it was a Thursday night and they were anxious to clear our table which was very annoying since there was plenty of tables, it was early in the evening and no one was waiting. I never even got a water refill.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A fantastic evening
    dindin
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I took my husband to dinner on a Saturday night, and we sat outdoors. We each tried a signature cocktail, and were delighted with them. Our meals were fabulous - subtle flavors, quality ingredients, delicious. Service was prompt and friendly, and it was overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is always good here
    Mabrewsta
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I made reservations here to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday (this is where he wanted to go). We decided to seat outside as the weather was really nice. We ordered five different dishes to share and all were delicious. Our server was just okay, he was not very friendly so that made our experience not the greatest. But at least he was nice enough to bring my husband a birthday treat. We live in the neighborhood so we come here often. Maybe next time for a special occasion we'll go somewhere else. Other than that the food is always great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sandy
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    love this place! Feels like you're in Morroco or Turkey, and not Mountain View!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food at a Great Price!
    LeesburgDave
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We decided to visit Cascal to celebrate our anniversary and had a wonderful time. Their paella was excellent and very authentic. A taste I hadn't had since leaving Madrid in 1980! The menu features a wonderful sample of tastes from around the Mediterranean Sea that are well prepared. While they have a selection of full entrees (of which several paella dishes were a feature), much of their selections are served as tapas ("fancy hors devours") suitable for sharing. We really enjoyed our outing and look forward to visiting Cascal again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excelletn Pan-Latin
    Flower
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Amazing food on Castro street. Loved the trio Tapas, the chops, flank dish and the amazing desserts - flan and tres leche. Heading there again soon -reminded me of Barcelona
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    industryinsider
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Everything was perfect. Walked in and were immdeiately sat at a nice table by the window. A busser helped my fiance with her chair and filled out water glasses right away. Our server was fantastic. Recommended the right ammount of food. Brought our cocktails with exceptional speed. I was actually shocked how quick they came out. The food could not have been better. The lamb meatballs, mushroom empanadas, and paella were delicious. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service and food
    Jasi
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I have been to Cascal several times for lunch and dinner. Its always consistently great in terms of food and service. The Paella, emphanadas, lamb meatballs, Spanish fries , calamari are delicious.. Service is always polite and friendly, atmosphere is great..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambiance.
    cascalregular
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Many dishes are great. Some could be better (had better bacon wrapped dates and better eggplant dishes at another tapas place). We love this place so much we come back regularly
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always busy
    Foodie4VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Hadn't been here in a long time and it's busier than ever. Menu is very large. Had the tapas sampler which was plenty of food, if a little heavy. Very noisy! Good for groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forgot how good it is
    GFCFSFVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I haven't been to Cascal for a year or two and now I'm wondering why. I had the Pork Cubano which is very tasty. My sister had the lamb chops with chimichurri which she really enjoyed, too. We ate outside on their large patio on a lovely September evening. Indoors would have been much noisier. Service was professional and prompt.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Really enjoyed the diverse menu and the various choices on the menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food and good service
    Gdub
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Lunch was great with very good food..the two of us shared 4 of the many Tapas plates. When we asked for recommendations by the waiter he gave us 4 suggestions and we picked two of them. All the plates were very good. I expected small single servings but there was plenty on each plate for two or three. I would love to go back and try more of their offerings.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Snooty hostess
    hmmm
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The hostess did not even make eye contact when we came to the restaurant. After we were seated no one came to serve water or take our order for 20 minutes. After I reminded the host she sent some one AFTER 5 whole minutes without making eye contact. The server was good, the food was okay. They need to improve the service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday eve at Cascal
    ID66
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I've been many times to Cascal and I always enjoyed the ovarall atmosphere there. This visit was a bit disappointing. We had a reservation, but when we arrived, it took more than 20 min to be seated. Service was good, the food a bit of a disappointment: the liver in particular, which we've had before was either not very fresh or somehow not cooked right, very tasteless. A big part why we like the place is the live band. That night they were quite a bit off (new band?). I'd recommend Sat. night instead when James Robinson plays. I'd still recommend the place to friends, but I'll set the expectations right - it can be a hit or a miss. Still, Cascal offers a nice bar, live music and dancing and IHHO is one of the places to go in MV.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Octapus salad was excellent. Unfortunately, the noise level was unbearable. Probably better outside on the sidewalk.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great
    dlcalvi
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our 2nd visit, loved it! looking forward to our 3rd visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre theatre
    Foodie2
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Outstanding service and food! Very noisy, so difficult to have private conversation inside. Great for drinks and tapas!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Small plates anyone?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This is a great place for dinner or happy hour. Don't recommend for an hour lunch during the weekday unless you can take a longer lunches. Only because the food takes longer and they pace it out instead of serve all at once. The watermelon salad, beef taquitos, and potatoes gratin were very good, among other things, that's just what I had on a particular day. Overall great place if you like food service that's a la carte.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Night with the Nevins
    Goldie4life
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We had another wonderful evening at Cascal. Everything was perfect as usual. We needed to increase our reservation from 4 people to 5 and they handled it with a smile. Their special house paella was delicious, like it is every time we come to Cascal. They also take Passport Dining Club which is a bonus. If you're looking for extended time to chat with your guests then get there early (5 PM) when it's relatively quiet. The energy level at Cascal ramps up between 6PM and 7PM. No matter what day we go they always have a full house by the time we leave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MeritaVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The bartender Alberto was the best part of the evening. food was Great but our server took 20 minutes to approach us and stayed consistently inefficient rest of the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate