Casa Orinda

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$31 to $50
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Casa Orinda has been serving the finest Western and Italian food in the area for the past 84 years. We are famous for our fried chicken, prime beef, and classic Italian pasta, chicken, and veal dishes -- everything being made from scratch in our kitchen using only the freshest, highest quality ingredients.

Our full service mahogany bar is a popular stop for locals and visitors looking for a nice refreshment and a hearty meal in a cozy, friendly atmosphere. We have three dining rooms, each with a slightly different character afforded by our hand-formed brass hearth fireplace, Western original art collection, famous antique gun collection, and alluring floral arrangements.
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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We truly enjoy Casa Orinda, and find it very difficult to stray away from ordering their fried chicken. It's famous and never disappoints. This night there was a Dover Sole amandine special that sounded so much lighter and appealing on this hot night. WOW, hot night or not, this was a fabulous dish. Can I recommend they add it permanently to the menu? I think my go to favorite would change! Who knows, they have such a great selection already. Service was always very attentive without being oppressive and the suggestions we're spot on. Another great visit to Casa Orinda!

F
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

If you want hearty, deliciously prepared, and perfectly cooked food, served piping hot by an attentive server, Casa Orinda is for you. Whether I order meat, fish, or fowl, it's always cooked perfectly, exactly as I requested. The veggies are al dente and never overdressed. It's delicious, no frills food, with extra thought to maximizing flavors and sauces, without paying over $100 per person for the experience. Drinks are delicious, and the homemade pies are terrific. My only wish is for Casa Orinda to improve the quality of their coffee - good desserts need to be complemented with good coffee like Peet's, or better yet, Blue Bottle.

SS
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first time I went there I was probably six and went many many times when I lived in Lafayette. I am now 67 years old and I still love this place. I had the fried chicken, WOW WOW still as good as I remember. Our waiter was fantastic and funny. We loved the free valet parking.

M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always absoluely Delicious! And our waitress is always friendly and efficient.

BA
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

very nice place. "Local gem" but VERY crowded on a Friday night and noisy. Food was good
and a good value.

KC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I have eaten there more than once. The good had gone down hill. Our appetizer was not appetizing. It was not hot and over cooked and soggy. My baked potatoe was over cooked and not appealing. The fried chicken did deliver but only a B.
They are just cranking out the meals.

DM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So happy to see a familiar face from Lark Creek now working at Casa Orinda!

LA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casa wonderful as always. Perfect time to go quiet end of the summer crowd. We had the fried chicken and the fish special . Both were perfect. The summer salads were great. Blueberry pie was amazing.

y
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined at Casa Orinda for sixty-nine years and it is predictably good every time!

TL
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, Casa did not disappoint us. The service was excellent, the food was great and we sat in the fireplace room, so it was quite lovely. No complaints!

b
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food as always! The service was a bit slow but the place was packed. We had reservations but had to wait about 15 minutes for our table. Noise level a bit loud with so many people. I think week days might be better than the weekend.

v
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Casa Orinda is modern dining living in the 60's. Great prime rib, steaks, and fried chicken. Definitely worth a return visit just for the atmosphere. Terrific Greyhounds made with fresh grapefruit juice.

M
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, drink and all around awesome spot. Highly recommend Fried Chicken

ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Casa is our go to place when we are looking for delicious comfort food. We love the prime rib and the really great fried chicken. They are so generous with their portions that you will most likely be taking some home. The waitstaff are all so friendly and they make you feel right at home. We were there on a busy Sunday night, but the wait was not long and they kept us informed as to when our table would be ready. There is a reason they have been in business for close to 70 years!

c
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This old standby never disappoints. Great variety on the menu so that you can find something for everyone. Service is five star. Wonderful bar and of course terrific food.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delayed service, seated next to others when other tables were available, customers who arrived after us were helped first(regular customers)

D
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the staff! Food is homey and comforting
Always leftovers

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service

N
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

But I would ask for the quietest corner. Our server is aware we couldn't hear her. We realize most restaurants are noisy these days., but...

DC
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We have dined here many times. The food is consistently good, wine list okay, service efficient and friendly. Guess 7:30 on a Saturday night isn't the time to go if you hope to have a conversation with your tablemate. It was so loud we had to meet in the middle of the 2-top table to hear each other. Not the restaurant's fault, but rather the people who don't have "inside" voices.

m
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife loves the fried chicken and biscuits. The veal cutlet was very good as always. I wish the gravy was served in something that keeps it warm. Comfort food.

A
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I do like this place. Is it the best food ever? No, but the ambiance and the people make it worth it...love the historical element!

MH
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I love sitting at the bar! Service and food is reliable and good.

DR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The noise level at dinner is over-powering. The back DR needs a sound buffer of some sort. And too much noise travels in from the fireplace room.

Food is well prepared but took almost 40 minutes to receive both the chicken & penne-pasta plates.

f
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Casa Orinda has been one of our favorite restaurants for many years, and the visit in August was the third one we have made in the last 6 weeks. We were VERY disappointed. The fried chicken (usually superb) was dry. The veal was so tough my friend had to ask for a steak knife to cut it, and my chicken Marsala had very few pieces of mushroom, and the gravy had no Marsala flavor - it was just brown sauce! The only good thing was the biscuit, which was light and delicious as usual.

Service was also very poor. It took about 20 minutes for our glasses of wine to arrive, and the servers were not attentive at all.

We all agreed that Casa Orinda was having a bad night. I hope that this is not a harbinger of things to come. We will probably wait a couple of months before returning.

JM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Love their roasted chicken and biscuits with honey. We go here every year for our birthdays. Wonderful people. Must have reservations. They gave us small sundries for our birthdays.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fried chicken and prime rib.

LO
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love the fried chicken dinner not to mention the great staff.

RC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy going to Casa Orinda. Good food and service. Love the look and feel of the restaurant as well

MM
London
60 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So much such good food and drinks and a great staff. Our local classic.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Casa Orinda for a quiet dinner out. Good is always excellent especially the fried chicken dinner. Sat night appears to be an evening for “regulars” who know the staff & enjoy a night out—we fit right in!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were served our appetizers and no plates arrived. Had to request them.
Had to find the waiter to ask for the sauce that was to accompany one of the dishes.
Over all the food was good but service can be an issue

DW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Better than mama’s fried chicken. Comfortable atmosphere and friendly people. It’s a ways to drive but worth the trip. Only our second time here, first time for the chicken.

PH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service, great food and cocktails, lovely old school atmosphere that I adore. Would highly recommend.
Fresh veggies cooked aldente, my flounder was yummy. My dinner date enjoyed her food also... love this restraint. Pricey.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nicole was excellent.

JK
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, Great place, and Great experience. I have been eating here for years, and I will continue to come to this amazing place.

s
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We've always enjoyed Casa Orinda, and the Caesar salad (with anchovies) was great, as was their famous fried chicken, but the prime rib was a bit of a disappointment because it was somewhat over the medium rare that we requested: we had forgotten that this has happened before. It's a good idea to ask for a cook on the prime rib that is a notch lower than what you really want. In other words, we should have asked for a cook that is "on the rare side." And the Manhattan cocktail seemed overly sweet with red vermouth, which is another lesson we learned and should remember: the bartenders are pros there and can make drinks to your taste, you just have to ask. Still and all, Casa Orinda is a very reliable and tasty place to dine.

FM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic time there. Everything was much better than I expected. I definitely will go back and try their new wine from Noria wines :) Thank you so much for an awesome job!

KJ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was amazing as always. Fried chicken was delicious!!

P
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the history and the contemporary culinary offerings!

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