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Cascal Details

  • 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 WinnerTapas / Small Plates
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Was a great find. Made us smile. Would go back any time"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The food was so good and very original the way it is prepared. I always enjoy dining here."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "the food choices are amazing and resonably price...outside umbrellas are a life safer"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "never rush diners when it's closing time. unacceptable. serves need to be btter trained."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The dining experience at Cascal was wonderful, in the quality of food, the atmosphere, as well as the service. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Have been here several times now and each time the service and food is outstanding."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "First time at this restaurant. We went for an late lunch/early dinner. We ordered the tapas. Everything was tasty and great!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Great food, nice ambience and small portions that allows everybody the opportunity to share something new. You must try the empenadas.....spectacular!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great place! Not too many veggie choices. And not for the health conscious! Love the Tres leches cake"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great food and good service, came here for a meeting and it worked out well."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Food and service were excellent, as always - the noise level is more than energetic at times but understandable as this place starts buzzing even before 5:30pm, and it should be! The tapas we had (lamb enchilladas, chicken, churrasco, mushroom empanadas) were scrumptious, but my favorite dish are the Spanish potatoes with harissa salsa - not your every day fries!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Excellent service, nice tapas, great quality, ambiance, their emphinadas, paellas are always consistently enjoyable"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We were a table of five people and it was really hard to talk because of the noise level. We sat inside and it was really loud. The food and service were top notch as always!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The place was hopping and most tables were already full at 5:30 on a Wednesday evening. We shared orders of beef taquitos and Cuban black beans and rice. The taquitos were fairly spicy, perhaps not a good choice if you favor mild flavors. Beans and rice were really good. My wife ordered Pescado Marbella from the tapas menu. Fantastic! The Serrano ham that it was cooked with was a very nice addition. I ordered Peruvian ceviche, which was very good. With a cocktail and several glasses of wine (at happy hour prices), the overall bill was only about $60. Service was a bit slow, but that was probably because it was pretty busy. It was still busy at 9:00 that night."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "My brother and his wife were visiting from Indianapolis, and I chose Cascal for its novel and tasty cuisine. My only disappointment was the watermelon salad failed to reach the pinnacle achieved some time ago when it also include shaved radish. We had a combination of tapas and paella, and they were all good. The sauces with the shrimp croquettes and the Moroccan meatballs were outstanding. The other thing that was outstanding was the service. Our waiter was both helpful and efficient, although it did look like he was pretty busy. This was a Monday evening, and I had expected a light crowd. That was wrong! Our Open Table reservation was essential, and most of the evening there was a wait for tables. That is a popular vote."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Every time I have had dinner at Cascal, the food has been tasty, staff friendly and enjoyed the ambience (inside or outside)."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed sangria and tapas outdoors before a performance at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts. Park once, close and convenient, with a fun ambiance and good food."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Nothing special - food, ambience, decor, service was just ok."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food was good and the service even better. It is a bit noisy, so not good for detailed meetings"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Every dish was delicious, the sangria was perfect, and sitting outside on a beautiful afternoon was delightful. We have eaten here several times, both in and out of doors, with and without children, and it has been very tasty every time, with a great atmosphere and attentive staff."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The tapas were great, with a large selection of creative dishes. The flamenco guitar player on Sunday afternoon was the perfect accompaniment to the food and wine."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Not as good as it was several years ago. Relatively poor value for your dollar. Servers are mechanical and unfriendly. Too many of the small plates are greasy and unhealthy. Over-priced drinks, with skimpy pours."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I've been to Cascal quite a few times - mainly for business lunches. I enjoy the food but the atmosphere is LOUD. Very LOUD. It makes having a lunch meeting a little challenging and that's why I typically go a little earlier to avoid the peak noise. In addition, following typical Spanish tradition, service is slow and lumpy. Sometimes it is quicker than others. So expect this as a "feature" when planning a lunch meeting. However, I've been lucky and my guests have always enjoyed the food and left happy. That's the main reason for coming back."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Fantastic as always. Great food. Great Service. Will be back soon."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food was pleasant and the drinks were good. On the negative side, the service was frantically fast and the noise level was intolerable. It was not a relaxing meal. The service was very rushed. It felt like a fast food joint - move 'em in and move 'em out. They didn't wait until you finished a dish before serving the next dish. We were still eating when the check was presented. It was all about turning the table and not about enjoying a pleasant meal. Not a repeat unless you like to gulp down your meal and eat on the run."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I get the same dishes everytime and usually throw in one or two new things to try. Brought a few friends for the first time and ended up being embarrassed by the dishes I previously said were "amazing". Consistency is very much lacking. Short ribs were so incredibly dry and even the salsa tasted horrible and 100% different from times before. Not sure I will visit again since this seems to have turned into a "hope we get lucky" type if place. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We enjoyed Cascal very much. Reccently went to another Spanish Tapas in the City and it didn't compare. I like the Tres Leches cake but wished it didn't have a fruit drizzle over it, very bitter. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "If you are looking for a consistently reliable tapas restaurant (with good paella as well!) I strongly recommend Cascal. The ambience is festive and the food is flavorful. Can't think of anything I wouldn't recommend. I love the garlic shrimp, the coconut scallop ceviche, as well as the octopus salad. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Came here to celebrate my graduation since I knew the food was good, it was kid-friendly and has a great atmosphere. It's always exciting to pass around the small tapas that everyone else ordered! Must mention the wonderful sangria too!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "What a well-thought out menu-tapas outstanding! Excellent cocktails that complimented the food. Would recommend sharing to give a wide range of dishes. Look forward to a return to try more tapas!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014