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 WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerTapas / Small Plates
Cascal reviews from OpenTable diners
233 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (127)good for groups (110)fit for foodies (110)neighborhood gem (84)hot spot (75)vibrant bar scene (69)special occasion (59)great for lunch (50)romantic (32)late-night find (20)kid-friendly (15)notable wine list (13)great for brunch (8)scenic view (3)Show More
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
  • 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
    Number1fooddudeVIP
    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.