Casa Orinda

4.5
1127 reviews
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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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TC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every way! Wonderful valet parking, incredible ambiance, delicious and perfectly prepared food, amazing martini’s and wine, superlative waitress (Christina is an all time favorite!)! Perfect time!

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MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On my first visit, this became one of my East Bay "Go To" restaurants. The sweetbreads (rarely offered in restaurants) are to die for... excellently prepared!

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HK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best fried chicken in the area. Tender and juicy.

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T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casa Orinda never disappoints. The service is always top notch even on Mothers Day when they were slammed. The Fried Chicken is what their famous for but the Pasta dish's and the Prime Rib is excellent.

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m
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I go to Casa Orinda for the sweetbreads which are consistently excellent. The sauce is delicious and the serving is ample. The waitstaff are warm and inviting. Casa Orinda is a popular neighborhood restaurant
which is positive and negative. The restaurant is usually filled with patrons and can get very noisy. On this particular visit the noise level was moderate. We had a great dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It's was great

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KH
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My DH wanted to go to Casa for his birthday, so I dutifully made a reservation for the Saturday evening before Mother's Day. I did a little research and found a few negative reviews, and it is perfectly human to focus on the negative, so I was wary and did not expect the amazing food and wonderful service that we experienced. Everything was perfect: we had arrived a little early, but didn't have to wait more than a couple of minutes to be seated. Fresh French bread and butter was brought immediately. We ordered the special beet salad with goat cheese and hazelnuts to start, and it was delicious, if a little small. As a result of past salads drowning in dressing, I always recommend ordering the dressing on the side. For my entree, I ordered filet mignon, med.rare/rare, and it was cooked perfectly, if a little cool. The steak came with a perfectly baked potato and chive sour cream, fresh steamed mixed vegetables, and beautiful slices of delicious red tomato and romaine leaves. Having had no previous experience here, we had ordered the extra salad, but the entree plate alone would have been enough. DH ordered the fried chicken, which I tried, and it was delicious, not greasy. He also got steamed vegetables, along with mashed potatoes, gravy, and the best biscuit I've had in a long while, served with honey. The service was very good, and the place was full and a little noisy. We both took food home. All in all, excellent food and a nice place to go!

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OT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

as always the food is great... love the fried chicken, mashed potatoes and biscuit. really busy saturday early dinnerr.. wait staff was great, very kind and accomodating. the "bus staff" really worked hard and fast.. everyone was so kind.. thank you..

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MA
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Old steakhouse with charm. If you want a quiet time this place isn't for you.

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GL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

When making my reservation, I requested a table in a certain room. That request was granted. We arrived at the restaurant early and they were able to seat us within 5 minutes. Our waiter was friendly, efficient, and had a great sense of humor. The food was outstanding. I am never disappointed when dining here.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. The service was great. The Hostess and Waiter made us feel very comfortable. The atmosphere was homey and pleasant. I recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for great, reasonably priced food and service. I can't wait to go again.

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Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traditional fried chicken entree delicious breast, thigh, wing and drumstick. Fresh vegetable and mashed potatoes sides make a full American dinner.

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UB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a place where many families come to celebrate events such as birthdays. The food is delicious and the ambiance is warm and inviting. It is my go to place for relaxation and comfort.

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FA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistent with previous visits. Great meat. Too many fried items as appetizers to allow more frequent visits. Very basic salad. Still really love the place.

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KC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food and service was VERY good, but it is SO noisey!!! Was looking forward to a quiet dinner. I'll come back, but will pick a different place if I need to have a quiet conversation

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TA
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there for my birthday dinner; specifically for their fried chicken and it was fantastic. The crust was light and the meat was support juicy. Everything else (appetizers, desserts) was excellent as well.

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DL
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food, service, front desk all - OUTSTANDING! Can't wait to go back.

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RB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It's old school done well. Loved the antique guns and moose head over fireplace. Looks like the bar is frequented by local cowboys. Famous fried chicken was just ok, biscuit and sides were great. Chicken was moist and crispy but had no seasoning at all. Prime rib was incredible. Pies for dessert were ok but a lot of soggy crust and very little of the tasty filling.

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a
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Are we in Dodge City or what? The all-Western cattle cowboy decor is a blast. The food just what it’s supposed to be: steaks, chicken, Italian, etc. Great bar, service. Been around since the 1920s. May it go on forever. We love it.

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RK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Best veal in the area and best fried chicken! Never disappoints.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

Wonderful, friendly hostess who checked on us and made great recommendations. The server and bus-gal were also friendly and made our meal enjoyable. Fried chicken dinner was a hit.

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JR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner before theatet

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LA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are frequent Casa customers and always have a great meal! It was Mexican Monday which is a newer feature and the fabulous chef prepares the most delicious meals we have ever tasted. Authentic Mole sauce was exquisite and the Capon Avocado is always terrific. Our guests had the ever standard Fried chicken which looked wonderful and large prawns perfectly prepared. We stayed longer than usual and there was no pressure to move us off our wonderful table in the lounge. Service as always was wonderful. Love the Casa!

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TL
Central Coast
71 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Casa is absolutely the best... has been for many decades.

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QO
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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w
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family adventure to try their famous chicken!
Pulled up to valet - attendant was so polite and helpful opening doors and helping out our almost 90 year old mom. He was so sweet and made a lasting impression on all of us with his kindness!
Walked in and checked in with hostess who we had a few laughs with over our big adventure to try the chicken!
Seated at a half round table which was just right for all 6 of us. Waitress came right over took our drink and apps and asked us if we would like to put in order for dinner. Told her we would wait until apps came. We ordered garlic bread which made all our mouths water on the buttery garlic flavors. We had calamari which had a just a touch spicy tomato sauce. The apps were delicious!
Of course, u know what we ordered for dinner their famous fried chicken! We would all walk a mile for this along with the gravy! The gravy we could eat by the spoonful. The chicken was outstanding! If we could give this 10 stars we would for the valet, hostess, wait person & of course our food!
Thank you for a wonderful experience! We will venture back!

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M
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It was a Monday and crowded! Lots of birthdays including my own. Food is anyways good here !

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d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm never disappointed here!!!!! The Staff & Food are always top notch. A great place to meet with friends and family for just dinner or a special occasion.

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P
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drive from Sacramento to Casa Orinda solely for dinner. The food is flavorful, fresh, and consistent. The staff is friendly and does their best to provide a high quality experience. Having a meal at Casa Orinda is worth the 90 mile drive.

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CJ
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Casa orinda is an institution. One can expect to get a great meal, and that's why it's been around so long.

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LP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. Our favorites are the fried chicken and the cobb salad. Plus they make a great manhattan.

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DM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very busy night but the service was excellent!

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m
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We always enjoy dining at the Casa, however we were in on a Sat. evening so it was a bit
crowded & the noise level much more. That said, the food quality was still exceptional, and
ambiance always cozy and inviting. Wait staff running a little behind, but only because it
was so busy, but it was managed well enough. The restaurant is maintained very well, particularly
the bathrooms, and that is so nice! We always look forward to returning to Casa Orinda!

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AJ
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. The staff are great, the fried chicken can't be beat, and the drinks are the best.

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B
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Top notch in every way--wide and attractive menu--service and friendliness unsurpassed--valet parking.

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CA
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good chicken parmigiana. Swordfish was meh. Server forgot to bring glass of wine. Fair price for drinks. Food prices... not worth it.

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C
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Noise level is equivalent to a gunnery range. Ordinary conversation is impossible so everyone seems to resort to shouting which makes matters exponentially worse. Some sort of sound reduction materials should be installed.

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WG
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fried chicken 🍗 best ever

Better that Willie Mays in New Orleans

Great old school bar and restaurant that’s not selling out for fancy chefs, small portions and high prices

Keep up the great job

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P
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Casa Orinda serves comfort food in a Western-themed calm atmosphere with excellent service. Biscuits and fried chicken are the best. Great collection of memorabilia.

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E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always a wonderful evening at Casa Orinda. The food was delicious!

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