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About Casa Orinda

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.

20 Bryant Way
Orinda, CA 94563
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Italian, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:


Dinner: M-Sa 4:00pm-10:00pm

Dinner: Su 4:00pm-9:00pm
Bar: open til 11pm M-Thurs, midnight Fri&Sat, 10pm Su

Cross Street:
Moraga Way

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(925) 254-2981

Website:
http://www.casaorinda.net/

Parking Details:
Our complimentary valet-only parking lot is conveniently located next to the front door. Freeway entry is quick and easy!

Public Transit:
BART is right across the street! It doesn't get easier than that!

Executive Chef:
Kenneth Jensen

Private Party Facilities:
We are able to accommodate parties of up to 65 in our banquet room. We also offer a more private setting which can seat up to 20 people.

Private Party Contact:
Claudia Tata, General Manager: (925) 254-2981

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please join us for MEXICAN MONDAYS!
Our authentic Mexican Monday specials are all made to order with the freshest ingredients by our talented staff.
Viva los Lunes Mexicanos!

Specials

Happy Hour Special!

Specials

Happy Hour Special!
Details

Nothing will compliment one of our signature entrees or delicious appetizers better than a $5.00 Margarita!

Terms and Conditions: Excludes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 People

Starts: October 31, 2017

Ends: April 30, 2018

Availability: Mon 4:00PM-10:00PM
Tue-Wed 4:00PM-6:30PM

Casa Orinda Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (50)
Neighborhood Gem (49)
Casual (42)
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Special Occasion (31)
Good for a Date (30)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Authentic (29)
Bar Seating (20)
Good for Groups (20)
Worth the Drive (20)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Cozy (16)
Kid-friendly (14)
Business Meals (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Fun (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Disabled Access (8)
Romantic (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
People Watching (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

I have been going to this restaurant for years. Have liked the food - good basic food, prime rib always a hit. This time the service was horrible. Had to flag down someone for water, and when it was dessert time, had to ask for the menu from the bus staff as our waiter was not on top of it. When we were ready to order dessert, we had to ask another waiter. Disappointed that the waiter never checked back to see how the meal was, what we needed etc.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Delightful as always. Difficult to find parking! The food is always good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Great fried chicken at very reasonable price. Great fireplace room setting for dining.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We could not have been more disappointed. We had a very small table in a room filled with large parties, the noise level was to much. It was clear from the beginning that they wanted a quick turnaround. Coffee and dessert were not offered. The ambiance of the restaurant needs to be updated. The decor is perfect for a BBQ restaurant, way to rustic. They cater mostly to well known customers, newcomers are not appreciated.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

As always our dinner at Casa Orinda was fabulous. Out of 8 diners, 6 had the famous fried chicken, which of course was great. The service was pleasant and efficient. For this occasion, we celebrated a birthday and they brought out a piece of the wonderful lemon pie. This is one of our favorite restaurants and we will be back again soon.
Thanks

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Waited over half hour with a reservation. The food was tasted like fast food.Fried chicken was dry never got besket. The evening was embarrassing . We had out of town guests.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

We were lucky enough to get Gino as our waiter for the second time in a row. He was just outstanding. He was so attentive and perfect, that I was compelled to tell the hostess that on our way out. The bus person we had was not as attentive, but Gino noticed and kept making sure we got what we needed. I really can't say enough positive things about him. It's people like him that make you want to return to an establishment. It makes the dining experience so much better. And the food was good too. :) Also, loved being seated by the fireplace as it was a cold night. Totally recommend that!

Tags: Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We went following a performance at the SF Opera. Sat in the main room with the fireplace in a large banquette. Room was comfortable and festive with Christmas lights and greenery. Really good beet salad, wonderful halibut and chicken cutlet. Cocktails were good and service was friendly and attentive. All in all a very nice experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Four of us had the famous fried chicken and prime rib both excellent. An always reliable good meal service and value. Look forward to returning soon.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Casa is a longtime favorite in Orinda and continues the tradition year after year with great food, service and ambiance. Halibut was perfection and lemon cream pie to die for. Highly recommend!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our favorite local spot-comfort food. Friendly service and good value

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The best fried chicken in the Bay Area. Wonderful prime rib. Love the "Casa".

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Casa Orinda was recommended as a longtime neighborhood dining spot. Our server, Nicole was fantastic and friendly. The Western and Italian food menu was extensive and affordable. The Entrees were generous. The downside, I ordered eggplant parma, which was rather heavy and I only ate half. The veal parma was mediocre according to my husband. We selected nicer wines by the glass, which were actually pricey because of a scrimping pour. We drove an hour to dine with family so we won't be back. We dined early evening on a Wednesday and it was noisy, but there's multiple rooms. The valet parking is great. It's worth a try for locals, suggest going hungry and order the famous Fried Chicken, which we missed.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We had heard about it from several people and wanted to give it a try. We happened to be out in Lafayette that night so it was a perfect moment to have dinner there. We both loved it. Very friendly service, had a great table, food was delicious in an old school way that we both love. Big portions & serious comfort food. Nice bottle of wine at a reasonable price. Though we live in Berkeley we will absolutely go again. Worth the drive. Great old west atmosphere. Fun, comfortable & unpretentious.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Cozy, Late-night Find, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Good eating experience however restrooms were disgustingly smelly and dirty for a nice restaurant. This was my last impression of what could have been a great experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Early Sunday dinner..wonderful service, great food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Casa is a most hospitable place from the car parker, the wonderfully gracious hostess and the entire service staff. It is a throwback to good old fashioned dining out. Perfect! I can only say do not wait...Go!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent, as always!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

It was an interesting place. The decor/tableware appeared to be western themed but the food is mostly Italian of sorts. The food was not good but the service was great! While an interesting place to go back into time, not enough to time travel twice. However may be an interesting place for the curious...

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

C O is a great family restaurant. Quiet enough to hold a very comfortable conversation and has Jazz in the background (a must).

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great service and good food in ample portions. Appreciated that we weren't charged for a drink that came in a cracked glass.,

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We have been coming to Casa Orinda for many many years and it's delicious food every time. The best Deep Fried Calamari in the Bay Area!! Also a Great place for a steak, chicken, veal or pasta! Yummm!

Tags: Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, People Watching, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

For the first time since I have been going to Casa Orinda, the meal was a major disappointment. I admit I am a sucker for their fried chicken and usually it’s great but this night the crust, the second most important thing, was wildly overdone almost black. How the expediter let this go is beyond me. The meat was of course dry. Mine was one of two that were both the same. We were both too tired to complain but as we walked out looked at each other and said “that was terrible “. I realize we should have sent it back, but there were six of us and it was Friday night. My advice, don’t go on Friday

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The food is always consistent, especially the fried chicken. The waitress went out of her way to please our group. Only disappointment was the fact that they do not serve prawn cocktail. They only have Bay shrimp.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Kind of a neat ambience -- Early California, with branding irons, and historic paintings, and other bric-a-brac. But the food really needs to get better. Steak was good. Vegetables were steamed and boring. Seafood stew included fresh and good quality seafood, but in a broth that was uninspired. And the chefs apparently don't know how to clean squid; they left some entrails in the body. The onion rings look great, but they are bland and uninteresting. It shouldn't take that much to bring the food up a notch.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

my friends food came out cold. my seafood stew was overly spiced and had very little seafood just lots of beans and tomatoes. very dissapointinted

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

I went with my boyfriend and took another couple. As young adults, we were the youngest people in the restaurant which caused the other patrons to stare a bit. However, the staff was so professional. We ordered a great bottle of wine for the table. We ate a good cross section of the food and were pleased. Overall a lovely experience. I will be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

We chose Casa Orinda as a place to meet our daughter's boyfriend for the first time. The service and food were outstanding. I get their signature fried chicken whenever I can - it was even still crispy and excellent the next day, lightly heated in the microwave (the serving was huge, made two-plus meals for me), the biscuits were light and fluffy and the mashed potatoes' texture was perfect and flavor delightful. My only complaint is the noise level, which made it hard to hear what this nice young man was saying!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

One of our favorites. Always love a seat in the lounge. Great martini. Veal dishes are superb - they did a veal scalopinni for us - delicious. Great wait staff.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The Fried Chicken a must try, Fish of the day delicious!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Consistent, good bartender. Generally need a reservation. Our waitress was a bit distracted, I got the feeling she wanted to turn the table. Not my usual experience here.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

This is one of those restaurants which has been around forever, one you always hearing about and finally decide... it's time to check it out. Suffice it to say, we all went in with low expectations. Well, this place was a absolute surprise!
The space is definitely authentic - dark wood paneling, hushed conversations with a lowly-lit throwback kind of vibe of maybe circa 1950's. The gun displays on the walls kinda gave the place a little extra charm as well.
Service wise - hostess and waiter were both very friendly and courteous. The three of us were quickly seated in a cozy booth next to the fireplace with the head of Bullwinkle above looking on.
Drinks wise - we all had the $5 margaritas which was well balanced. The bartender wasn't shy on the tequila.
Food wise - We all shared a first course of fried zucchini with a beet salad dish which were all very good. The zucchini was moist with a light, but slightly crunchy batter. The beet salad was delicious and not over dressed. Of course, we had to try the fried chicken which was surprisingly moist on the inside, nicely seasoned with a perfect brown crust coating on the outside. Essentially, you get half the chicken. It came with a side of fresh tasting biscuits, decent tasting mashed potatoes and gravy. The side vegetables were even prepared aldente! We also ordered the Chile Relleno which had a unusual filling of minced chicken, potato and carrot - with very little cheese, within an enormous green chile.
Overall, interesting ambience, great service with very good food for such an old establishment. Our expectations were surprisingly shattered.
If you're a bit tired of going to all those trendy foodie restaurants around the Bay Area and hanker for a little comfort food, this place is just the diversion.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Cozy
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

I’ve been going there for 30 years and it never disappoints !

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Table service was exceptionally slow and un-attentive. It was a busy Friday night but even so, we were left languishing long after finishing our meal and decided to just skip dessert for fear that we would be left unattended for another hour.

Food was just okay. Nothing special. They are trading off their past glory and nostalgia. If you want to go anyway, try a weeknight.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I was taking good friend out to dinner for his birthday. Had seen a review on Check Please for fried chicken, so decided to go there. We both had the chicken with a mac and cheese appetizer. Was not disappointed. Was served half a chicken, veggies, mashed potatoes with gravy on the side and a huge biscuit with Steve Bee's honey. Meal was so huge should have skipped the appetizer even thou it was very good. Our waitress Erica was excellent. Always checking on us and food served hot. Made sure the manager knew how pleased we were with her service. We are already planning on a dinner there with the family at Christmas!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The best value and the best fried chicken dinner on earth

Tags: Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Everything was great. Good food and large portions, enough to take home for next day.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

All of the food was excellent as always. The peach pie slices (we ordered two) at $10.50 a slice were pretty steep in price for the size in which they were served. Still one of my top 2,3 restaurants in the bay!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We always have a great time at Casa Orinda! And, this includes family dinner, romantic dinner for two, birthday dinner for 12 and fun friend + couples' dinners. The food is consistently good, and the wait staff are always friendly, attentive and fun! Take your kids, or your parents, or your friends: you'll enjoy yourself!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Friendly place and very popular. recommend reservations. Italian food is questionable except for the Cannelloni. Good american style dishes with excellent biscuits and mash potatoes. Very large menu so something for everyone.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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