Cascal

4.5
3215 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.
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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

My only complaint is that I wish whoever checked us in had done it the right way so that Open Table didn’t think we hadn’t shown and I had to explain that we had.

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ED
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Cascal is our new go to place for dinner. Wanted best place to take my Valentine and sounded like best bet on the internet. We enjoyed the ambiance, service and food. It is really a nice place to sit and dine on Castro St. Also we felt it was quite affordable.

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AA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was really bad, it took the waiter more than 13 min to take our order, we order drinks and we asked to 3 different person for our drinks after 10 min food is relatively good and the ambiance too

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WD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and excellent food. I recommend trying the banana leaf chicken tapa dish. Really enjoyed the cucumber jalapeno margarita as well.

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T
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It’s always a fun place, love the paella the flank steak was excellent also

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

Food was outstanding, but a bit pricey.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Valentine’s Day dinner was a little crowded and noisy. There seemed to be extra tables added, since they were very close together. But the food was excellent and the service was good, so we enjoyed our dinner.

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NJ
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Cascal for Valentine's Day and it was just perfect. Our waiter, Ivan, gave us great recommendations and always seemed to be there when needed. The butternut squash soup and queso fundido were so delicious and my husband live the puerco cubano. I could see the meat just falling off the bone, very juicy. And I love the atmosphere of thia place. We'll have to come back when they have live salsa music.

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r
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service. The food and ambiance was amazing. Highly recommend Cascal.

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LT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the place and support you almost from the day one. We brought the rest of the fam8ly, our friends and acquaintances. Love the food, love drinks and love your hard working crew.

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LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good tapas and drinks. The service was friendly, fast and accurate. It gets crowded very quickly on the weekend so go early.

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c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and unique flavors and taste combinations.

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b
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cascal paella is terrific. Serving person Victor was attentive, prompt and able to anticipate desires. Have been there several times and never disappointed.

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M
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend this fine restaurant to foodies.

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JD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was ok this time. Would have liked more shrimp options. They removed some options from their menu, which was disappointing as i was looking forward to the shrimp ceviche.

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JA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant, not too noisy, great menu selection. And even a nice selection of sherries!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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KF
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food, good cocktails. It is so loud that it is hard to have a conversation with your dinner guest. Especially hard for elderly people with hearing issues.

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

Good food, good service

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CJ
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it. Have eaten there many times. When quieter area requested, hostess was happy to oblige.
Waiter, Victor, was wonderful--helpful, efficient, thoughtful. He gets six stars!

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SL
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a last minute cancellation elsewhere so we decided to try Cascal finally. Very glad we did and enjoyed the tapas, particularly the wild mushroom epinadas and braised short ribs. Also enjoyed our server Ivan (hope that’s spelled correctly!)

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food options

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

My table staff ask about anything else? do you need something? even I ask to him I will let you know if we need something. Sometimes too much asking can be bothered our converstation. I wish proper service is required and trained. Everything is prefect except this. Thanks!

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Tables are too close to each other, you can overhear everyone's conversation while trying to have one with your partner. Overall, food, drinks and service are always good. Cascal is our go to place for a Friday night. 👍👍😁😁

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K
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Having been here multiple times now, I continue to enjoy Cascal. The service is consistently good and the food is always tasty. I enjoyed the lamb chops, which were perfectly cooked, the Brussel sprouts, which were a healthy portion and full of flavor and the gorditas, which were excellent in both size and flavor. I plan to continue to go to Cascal for an enjoyable night out.

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d
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our first visit was very nice. The Spanish cuisine was a little out of our comfort zone but our waiter was patient with us. The tapas sampler was fine for us but we wished there had been a simple green salad to go with it. The recommended wine was very nice but the price by the glass was a little steep. We'd go back next time for the piella; and get the wine by the bottle.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Server only checked in once, took awhile to get take away boxes and check. Food lacked in flavor

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MB
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We love going there once in a while, quite a few of my friends, either for Happy Hour or before a show at the nearby CPA MTV. Always good food, nice friendly wait staff, sometimes a little too energetic, ie noisy, but our waiter was kind enough to turn down the extra loud music right away. I might be getting old that I don't like loud speakers or loud music, but definitely not a combination!

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K
San Francisco
122 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

The food Nd service are always good. This time however we got seated near a very large group that were loud!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

Terrible food

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J
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Paella is always delicious, and I like the variety of tapas.

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SB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal, great service and live salsa music. My only complaint is that I was a bit disappointment with the dessert menu.

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EC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I like the place, especially the music on Friday night.

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JG
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cascal is one of our favorite our go-to restaurants for dinner and special occasions. It has never disappointed! Very much worth the drive from South San Jose.

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b
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The food was a joke they offer roasted brussel sprouts they were Deep Fried the meatballs were far from Morocco the flavor on the menu the sizzling shrimp were oily you get bread when you sit down that’s Stale. Questioned the manager all he said was sorry zero customer service but the is very busy.

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B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had several shared Tapas and all of them were really good. We left happy and full!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Family reunion

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & service was great! I always love the fun environment.

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HC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Cascal describes itself as a tapas restaurant, which I think is not really accurate. To me, tapas means small plates. Cascal’s “tapas” are larger plates with higher prices. This really inhibits you from sampling a number of different dishes, which is what real tapas dining is all about. I could forgive the false advertising if the food was great. Unfortunately, I think the tastes of the dishes we tried were okay to mediocre.

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