Cascal

4.5
3163 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00PM Dinner : Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(650) 940-9500
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Antonio Flores Lopez
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Private party facilities
They offer a non-private room that can accommodate up to 26 people.
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Cross street
California St.
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Parking details
Public Lot
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Thank you for choosing Cascal for your New Years celebration!
First seating is 4:00PM-7:30PM and is a 4 course menu with a glass of Cava for $75
Second seating starts at 9:00PM and is a 4 course menu with a live band, dancing and a toast at midnight for $95. Salud!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 3163 People Are Saying
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E
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always a good experience at Cascal. Please bring back the Pollo Andolucia,, it was one of the best things on the menu.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Way overpriced. Two eggs and some pork for $17 on the lunch menu.

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

As always good food and good service. Never been disappointed when coming here for Business clients.

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RS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Didn't really know what to expect when I made the reservation. The menu was really interesting with sufficient selections. I chose the shrimp tacos and have to say they were tasty including the sauce (bit of a kick to it) and sides. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meals.

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DR
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We (myself and a colleague, not a date) enjoyed the evening. The restaurant was bustling and quite noisy, but we were prepared for that. The tapas sampler we ordered was rather ordinary, but after that we had excellent tuna carpaccio. A bottle of Albarino should have been better than it was for $40, and when I ordered another glass or two I was served a different wine without being told. I didn't complain, but I never return to restaurants where they don't respect my palate. Still, it was a fun evening after a busy day; a good place to relax, enjoy the ambience and shoot the breeze!

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A
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a nice dinner at Cascal with the family. We wanted to try their Paella and it did not disappoint us.

We ordered the beet salad, an eggplant tapas (recommended) and seafood Paella. Not to mention their house Sangrilla.

They did make a mocktail for our 12 yr old and he was impressed.

The wait staff was knowledgeable and the service was prompt.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love cascal people are super nice, the food is great and the salsa music at night I love to come to cascal.

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EK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Loved the sparkling sangria!

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening. Delicious food. Tony was a terrific waiter.

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G
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cascal had kind of fallen off our radar, since there are so many outstanding choices around here, but we're sure glad we went back. The Spanish Tapas platter was delicious, and actually plenty of food for the two of us, but we ordered the braised pork belly and eggplant dishes also, and both of them were delicious. We're looking forward to going back again soon and trying other things.

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G
San Francisco
126 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very tasty and unique. We tried various Tapas and they were all yummy. Good wine selections also. I have always enjoyed my meals there.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in all categories

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KA
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Had only one crowded table available. Tables so jammed in it’s hard to have conversation

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SL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cascal was great as usual! The empanadas and tacos are my favorite.

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JY
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and tasty desserts! Our friends and us had a great time dining there!

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O
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Water tasted and smelled like death. The service was poor. This once great restaurant needs help!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

The ambiance at this place was good, but the food was quite bland. Personally, felt that the flavors in the vegetarian Tapas was either too strong or had too much cheese.

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f
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is one of our favorite places. The hostess took us to a table right in the restroom & kitchen foot traffic despite having a reservation. So we requested to be moved and she kindly obliged. Great service. Good food. The only negative was that the date tapa was burnt.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was outstanding. The noise level was high so we could not hear each other.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time catching up with a friend. Had no issues conversing due to noise levels. Food was wonderful, service a bit slow.. but it was Saturday night and the place was packed.

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BM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Good service. Good ambience.
Highly recommended.

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R
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love that place, great food and the service was amazing. I just wish that the dance floor was bigger 😊

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very very good...everything from ambience to food.will be back

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MN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 7 that included a baby and a toddler. The staff was warm and welcoming and the service was amazing. The food at Cascal is always amazing and the staff is truly awesome! Thank you.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great 1st date night ambiance. The live music was a little loud, but we were close to the bar area. Sharing the tapas was fun to order and eat. Everything from the Mushroom Empanadas to the Eggplant was exceptionally delicious

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S
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Went to dinner with friends we hadn’t seen in a while. The food, drinks and service were excellent. However, the noise level made it hard to have a decent conversation. Luckily we were by a window. I think if we had been in the center of the room, it would have been even more challenging to carry on a conversation.

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NW
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was great until the music started thankfully we had finished eating and were able to leave.

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KW
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This must be the first time I am not entirely happy with Cascal's. We had mushroom empanadas, eggplant, potato gratin, ahi tuna, and lamb meat balls. The first disappointment was the fact that the chef struck the mushroom dish from the menu which used to be our absolute favorite. The next one was the sauce with the lamb meat balls: it was dry and lumpy, not smooth and creamy as I had it before. The lamb itself was fine. All the other dishes were good, especially the tuna: it had a bit of zing in the accompanying dip and side. Our server was very good.

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V
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been eating at Cascal for at least 12+ years. I highly recommend! In the last 4 months we have introduced Cascal to 8 of our friends on 4 different occasions . love the option of the specialty dinners or smaller versions in the small plate menu. The only downside is it gets too loud to really have a conversation inside .... service-food-ambience!! One of my fav restaurants ... never disappointed !

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SM
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

First time visit. Average service- brought bread and olive oil after entrees were served. But food was good.

Corner location on Castro is nice. Large, open air space inside so can get noisy. Good for a business lunch or dinner.

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

To celebrate our 40th Anniversary my wife selected Cascal where, joined by my two aunts, son and daughter, we toasted our years together with Gramona Cava. We shared the Ceviche Sampler and delightfully a sweet and tangy Watermelon Salad, six tasty tapas and the hearty Paella Cascal along with a Numanthia Termes Tempranillo. Every dish was well balanced and delicious - special note for the Mushroom Empanadas and Eggplant Tian - and the service was impeccable... until dessert menus were passed out. Our server was nowhere to be found and I could not catch the eye of any staff. After 15 minutes I had to wave my menu in the air to get anyone to come to the table. The desserts - Bread Pudding, Chocolate Souffle and Helados were a perfect (eventual) finish to the meal.

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DQ
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We love Cascal for the great food and ambiance but the service has really fallen off over the last few months. For our last visit we were seated at a nice outdoor table. It wasn't very busy but it took 10 minutes for anyone to bring water & bread and another 5-10 for our waiter to even come to our table. It just got worse from there. I also thought the waiter was a bit chauvinistic by serving everything to my husband first! Very disappointing.

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FJ
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

CASCAL is a very festive, great colorful decor and well decorated restaurant!
There’s outdoor seating too! Great, knowledgeable and friendly services.

The Vegetable Paella was delicious, and a perfect, colorful theme of healthy vegetables! The price was excellent.

Salmon entree was delicious and healthy, but a bit overpriced.

Great atmosphere restaurant for lunch!
Thank you!

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DG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Would definitely recommend for either a date or a delicious meal with just family. Cocktails were delicious.

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TO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

the band is too noisey. we had to shout each other to communicate thus many of my friend will not go this restaurant anymore

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n
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Went to this place nearly 10 years ago and there were a few rough edges in terms of service and food.

The fact that they are still here and business is booming is testament to the fact that Cascal has gotten it together in the meantime. Food was excellent and service attentive.

The lamb chops, eggplant dish and the whitefish with fried Iberico ham flakes were all outstanding. The tortilla was a little bit cold as if it had been sitting for a little while, but I know some places serve it cold, so I'm not complaining about that since it was still pretty good.

Chocolate Mousse and Tres Leches cake both excellent -will definitely return to sample more of the menu -especially want to try the Paella to see how it compares to Duende's in Oakland

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ZS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Food was good as always. We were seated near the door that led to the restrooms. Bad spot.

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b
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Have been there several times. Haven't had anything other than Cascal paella. That has been so good I haven't tried anything else.

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VG
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy Cascal, but I'm still missing their beef empanadas. I saw the lamb enchilada on the menu, and my heart skipped a beat, because for a moment I confused empanada and enchilada. Alas.

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E
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cascal is always good, always busy, always a fun place for dinner or drinks. It is very loud but that’s the only downside.

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