Cascal
Cascal

Cascal

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cascalrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6509409500
  • 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
274 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (150)good for groups (130)fit for foodies (125)neighborhood gem (94)vibrant bar scene (87)hot spot (83)special occasion (71)great for lunch (62)romantic (33)late-night find (24)kid-friendly (20)notable wine list (18)great for brunch (14)scenic view (5)Show More
  • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
  • Great Food
    Dinningwdogs
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Tapa plates are perfect to share among 3 people maximum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food, service, & ambiance
    srcastro8
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Great experience from start to finish. Made a reservation, & was seated promptly. Server made recommendations & the drinks we started off with were delicious. We started off with the Peruvian ceviche, which was outstanding. The shrimp tostadas, beef adobo, & mushroom empanadas were also great. The ambiance is wonderful. It's comfortable & inviting, with great music & a fun vibe, yet still has the ability to have a cozy conversation. I have been here for HH with coworkers, for my hubby's surprise bday dinner with friends, & with the ladies for girl time. It's perfect for all occasions. Will absolutely be returning. My two complaints, would be the parking, which can be a block or two walk on busy nights, & the steep prices for small portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very eclectic Pan Latin food
    partyof2
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The menu has great variety. We went with another couple who have been there several times before, especially for the tapas sampler and paella. Very tasty and nice variety. We ordered the large seafood paella, and it was more than enough for 4 people. The tapas sampler was also quite large. One of our party ordered the sangria and said it was very, very good. It measures up very well to food we have had in Spain. The restaurant is attractive and comfortable, but I understand that it can get very noisy later in the evening. We went late on a Sunday afternoon. We shall return to try some of the other interesting offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, mediocre service
    MercouriFanVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Been to Cascal several times now. The food is always great, and the service is always good (not great). This time the lunch service was mediocre at best. Our server seemed like he just wanted to push us out to make room for more customers. Strange, because the place was only about 70% full. He asked what we wanted to eat literally 2 seconds after we sat down. Then he came by again 1 minute later. When he realized we didn't have the menus with the lunch specials, he brought us only one to share among us. Gimme a break...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    newtonashua
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Cascal is consistently excellent - the service and a wide variety of Latin tapas and entrees. I am a fan of Spanish wines and have had some good ones at Cascal. I have brought many friends there and will continue to do so. Like other popular bay area restaurants, it is always packed so the noise level is higher than I'd like for conversation, but it has not stopped me from going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OutandaboutVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Always great food and fun. The tapas are generous and always served hot or chilled as meant to be.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • paella perfection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have been waiting years (literally) before venturing back to this restaurant for the paella. My boyfriend and I celebrated our anniversary, and we intentionally made a trip to Mountain View just so we could celebrate at this restaurant. He ordered the ASADO (being a meat lover) and I the PAELLA CASCAL. It was perfect in every way, savory and delicious with every bite, first to last. The BANANA LEAF CHICKEN was a great way to start the evening as well! And the server was excellent and gracious throughout the evening. Im so glad I finally made it back to this restaurant and I cant wait to find another reason to dine here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The empanadas. were amazing . You can't go without trying them.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Tapa's in Silicon Valley
    Number1fooddude
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food is excellent with many choices-you can come back 3 times and have completely different choices that will be excellent. Service is exceptionally fast, and complete. We never had an empty water or ice tea glass. Ambiance was great and we could hear ourselves talk. Ownership/Managers stopped by each table to check on everyones meals and service. I used to think that I had to go to Palo Alto or San Francisco for excellent Tapa's, but not since I visited Cascal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Dining
    EnglishRose
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Six of us came here for a special occasion and were not only blown away by the food, but also the service. We were seated promptly, waited on hand and foot and the food was just incredible. We had a really great experience here on this visit and I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to spend a little more on a very special night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cascal - Worth Going!
    ImpressedVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We went to Cascal for an early dinner before a back to school night event. The overall dining experience was lovely - good food, good company and outdoors on a mild summer night. Our server Ryan was excellent - attentive with frequent opportunities to make requests... but not intrusive. The noise inside was too loud to allow normal dinner conversation, but we arrived just before six on a weekday - early enough to request an outdoor table and get one. My husband had the calamari and sizzling shrimp. Shrimp were excellent; calamari were a bit too floury. I had the crab and shrimp tostadillas and they were fresh and surprisingly filling. We only had an hour, so will have to come back to try the paella at a more liesurely pace!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice for sharing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The tapas are the clear star of the menu. The mushroom empanadas are quite nice, as is the watermelon salad. I've always found the paella to be a pale imitation of the real thing. Cascal's is very bland. Sangria is popular here, although I've always found their caipirinhas to be much nicer. My biggest complaint about Cascal is that it's so very loud in there, which makes conversation difficult. If you are really interested in having a conversation over drinks, Cascal is definitely not the right place to go.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food rocks
    LiluSatori
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    yummy every time yummy every time yummy every time
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OutandaboutVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Fun place with great tapas. The food is very well prepared and presented and there is a great variety to choose from. Service is friendly and efficient. Wonderful specialty cocktails.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent paella...
    GingerKittyVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Came here with a couple of friends on a Thursday night. The place was packed and everyone seemed to be having a good time. We started the evening with the complementary bread and dipping sauce (which was absolutely delicious). Then came the scallop ceviche (mild and sweet), hummus (nothing too special), sweet corn and poblano salad (refreshing and delicious), crab and shrimp tostaditos (one word - yummy!) and mussels in a pimenton broth. Our last course was the paella cascal which was also absolutely delicious - would highly recommend this dish! The service was great and we had a very nice time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Lunch for six was great. Staff was appropriately attentive, food was creative and delicious, with a diverse-enough menu for suit everyone. Overall, a great spot. Acoustics suck if you are over 50 and trying to participate in a group conversation. Like a lot of restaurants, there is an intentional noise level to make it hip, but it makes conversations harder if you ever listened to loud rock & roll as a kid...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Party of 10 left waiting...
    lbg2244
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had a party of 10 with reservations made a month in advance and we were still made to wait 1/2 an hour for our table. A little more experience at seating tables may have helped get our dining experience off to a better start. I've been here many times and the food is the only thing that brings me back. After waiting for 1/2 an hour for our "reserved" table -we were hungry and asked for bread multiple times and got nothing. If you don't' mind yelling to be heard you'll enjoy the noise level. Not a great experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great if you don't mind the noise
    Slax
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Everything is awesome, but if you're inside it gets really noisy, and then when the live music starts (which is nice btw), you can barely hear yourself. Maybe outside is better, dunno, but if you have important discussions to carry over dinner (lunch is usually quieter), probably not the right place. Otherwise, awesome, delicious paella and tapas, 10/10 would recommend.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DinnerDateVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This place has outdoor dining with heat lamps, which is perfect for nice, but cool evenings. All the tapas we had were really good, I don't think you can go wrong with anything on the menu. The jalepeno cucumber margarita was nicely balanced with spice and sweetness. I would definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cascal
    Foodie2
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was not my first time dining at Cascal. It was my first time booking with Open Table however. I eat at Cascal, because the quality of the food is excellent and the service is excellent. We were served by Gil ( Gilbert) the place was busy and he was very attentive. My only complaint is. I asked to reserve seating outside, but that was not honored. I was very disappointed. The noise level inside is not conducive to good conversation, the friends that I was with were new to the restaurant, but we had not seen each other for a long time and we wanted to chat. We did get a corner table which was slightly better, but dining outside is much better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed customer
    luv2live
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I went for lunch with my friends and I have to say I was quite disappointed. As I walked in the restaurant it smelled a mix of bleach and soap. I'm glad we sat outside so I didn't have deal with the bad odor... About a year ago the restaurant was better. As for the service it was just okay.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Ambiance, tasty food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I've yet to have a dish at Cascal that I did not like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner time!
    CHamabee
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Went here before seeing Arcade Fire last week, made reservations for 5:15pm and it was PACKED. On the reservation I asked to be seated on the patio but it was way too busy for that accommodation. Served water immediately and asked if we wanted bread (hell yeah we did, we were starving). Then ordered drinks and empanadas to start. Both were delicious! Got a couple more tapas plates and drinks before heading out, one of the drinks (don't remember which one it was) but it wasn't very tasty. Overall it was a fun place to go to dine, good food and good happy hour prices. I would definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is so-so, but good scene
    Sherm
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The ambiance is nice and the scene is trendy. Great outdoor dining. However, the food is underwhelming and the staff were sort of rude and impersonal. I'd recommend this place for drinks with friends and a couple of tapas--not for a special occasion or memorable meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd Time Around
    like2tryagain
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    1st visit, liked the food, drink choices, relaxed environment. Waiting stuff's a bit annoying. Couldn't order a 2nd glass till after dinner. 2nd visit was a downer. Reserved the table over OpenTable and liked how easy it was to get one at the right time. Upon arriving on time, still had to wait for another 15 minutes for the table. We got seated at the highest traffic area they had, which felt really offside. Chairs are higher than what I'm accustomed to, or maybe the tables are lower. Waiter seemed friendly and attentive, but that was only at the beginning. He then tried really way too hard, and in the end reached over across the table while we were in a conversation.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    LiluSatori
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Was a great find. Made us smile. Would go back any time
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    Spence
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was so good and very original the way it is prepared. I always enjoy dining here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cascal lunch
    foodismylife
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    the food choices are amazing and resonably price...outside umbrellas are a life safer
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • aaaaVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    never rush diners when it's closing time. unacceptable. serves need to be btter trained.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, Terrible service
    terribleservice
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Waiter took our order and disappeared. Asked for extra plates to share Tapas dishes. Never came. Had to eat salad off bread plate. Asked person who delivered Tapas dishes for extra plates and serving spoon. Never came. Finally cornered another staff person who brought us bread plates. Dinners at other tables had dinner plates to share Paella, so they had the plates. Just did seem to care or were so busy they could not take the time. Go for the food. Bring you own plates!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    OrdinaryGuy
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The dining experience at Cascal was wonderful, in the quality of food, the atmosphere, as well as the service. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.