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 WinnerTapas / Small Plates
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Cascal reviews from OpenTable diners
277 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (158)good for groups (133)fit for foodies (127)neighborhood gem (97)vibrant bar scene (90)hot spot (87)great for lunch (79)special occasion (78)romantic (36)late-night find (26)kid-friendly (25)great for brunch (22)notable wine list (21)scenic view (9)Show More
  • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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.
    • Food
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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.
  • Will Have To Come Back!
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Was there on Sunday early evening. We sat outside so did not have noise problem. It was nice to note dogs are welcome outdoors. The Service was very friendly and helpful. The mango margaritas was amazing. Quesco Fundido and Mexican Gorditas were delicious. Have to come back to try rest of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cascal Brunch
    Chewey
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Over the past year we've tried many of the tapas plates at Cascal and every one has been really delicious. The wines by the glass, including some good Spanish wines and sangria, compliment the dishes. We really liked the musician playing Spanish guitar music: created a nice ambience without being too loud.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great experience
    Alan
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Have been here several times now and each time the service and food is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, eat a little or a lot
    RichardE
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Good food in just the right portions. We order a single choice and when it arrives, we order the next choice. That way the food is spaced out with time to talk in between. Never too much noise that you cannot have a conversation. Best to reserve early in the day. We like the 6:45 time the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st Timer to Cascal
    BigEd
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our overall experience was great. The food is very good. We ordered various Tapas plates. We loved the Sizzling Shrimp, Churrasco and Beef Taquitos. We also ordered Sangria for the first time and had the Red Sangria and the Sparkling Sangria. Both were very good. The service was also very good. Being first time visitors, we wish the server would have taken the time to explain the menu a bit more, but ti was not difficult to figure out. Also the room temperature was a bit warm. We are definitely going back soon and I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tapas
    RNelson
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    First time at this restaurant. We went for an late lunch/early dinner. We ordered the tapas. Everything was tasty and great!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Ibis2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great food, nice ambience and small portions that allows everybody the opportunity to share something new. You must try the empenadas.....spectacular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodieveggie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great place! Not too many veggie choices. And not for the health conscious! Love the Tres leches cake
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food, Atrocious service
    DondersVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    As usual, the food at Cascal is fantastic, but the service is embarrassing. Hostesses are cute but lack poise, organization, and communication skills. I received a call to confirm my reservation only three hours prior to the designated time during the workday. Made a special request which was ignored rather than politely declined or accommodated, and the hostess lacked the poise to hide her irritation when I reiterated the request. (Incidentally, do not let them seat you in the outdoor tables closest to the sidewalk on the corner as they are horribly exposed to the wind, and if it's even slightly cold the heaters will do you no good.) Must have had at least four different waiters who never once asked us if we wanted refills on our drinks.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Food & Music
    Kojo
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    What a great spot for food and music. While the food is constantly excellent, the latin/cuban jazz inspired music the last few Saturdays has been sensational. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cascal Delight
    tapasenjoyer
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We went the tapas route and had a wonderful variety of dishes. In every dish there was a freshness and flavor that was a treat to eat. The crab and shrimp tostaditos was my favorite. We also enjoyed the wild mushroom empanadas, the Mexican gorditas and the churrasco. The service was friendly and helpful. Great anniversary dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I Love Cascal
    AHreviewVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Cascal is great. There are wonderful sounding lunch specials, but I usually have tapas. The menu is varied and everythiing is good. This time I shared 3 tapas and a salad with a friend. The salad was super, with hearts of palm, fennel and oranges. Then we had a yummy chili relleno. If you like melted cheese, you will love it. It was a bit spicy, but not too hot. Then we had a baked eggplant tower with tomato and cheese that was savory and delicious, followed by four of the best scallops you could imagine in a buttey broth with a hint of soy. We had to drop the bread in the sauce, which the waiter said was a must. I can't wait to go back. My friend said she found her new favorite place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic