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About Castaway - Burbank

The Castaway Restaurant and Events is located high in the Burbank hills overlooking De Bell Golf Course, with a breathtaking city view that is spectacular day or night. This Polynesian themed restaurant is appropriately nicknamed "The Jewel on the Hill" and has been a landmark in the Burbank area for over 50 years. Open for lunch and dinner daily, the Castaway Restaurant menu offers award winning cuisine, steaks aged for 28 days and fresh seafood. On weekends the restaurant serves a spectacular Champagne Brunch offering over 100 specialty items. The Castaway Restaurant also offers large event venues for Corporate Events & Meeting Planning, Weddings, Socials, Themed Events and Private Parties.

Please contact the restaurant for reservations over 20 guests. We will do our best to accommodate your reservation.

1250 East Harvard Road
Burbank, CA 91501
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Brunch: Saturday: 10:30am - 3:00pm, Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
Sunset Canyon Road and Harvard Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(818) 848-6691

Website:
http://www.castawayburbank.com/

Catering:
The Castaway Burbank is proud to partner with SRC Event Group, one of Southern California's leading event production companies. SRC Event Group specializes in custom catering menus, detailed coordination and innovative design services for off-site corporate and social events. Please contact events@srcmail.com for more details.

Parking Details:
The Castaway Burbank offers complimentary valet parking.

Executive Chef:
Jesus De Anda

Private Party Facilities:
Uniquely situated on the hills of Burbank with a mesmerizing view of LA, the Castaway Restaurant is the ideal location for your next Corporate Event, Wedding, Social, Themed Event or Private Party. We offer full-service, event planning to ensure that your event is executed with excellence.

Private Party Contact:
Castawaybcatering@srcmail.com: (818) 843-5013

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Whether you’re celebrating a milestone or planning a business event, we welcome you to The Castaway. We offer a diverse range of catering packages including options like ceremony coordination, designer event linens, hotel reservation assistance, free valet parking, shuttle services, specialty cake creation, flexible menu accommodation (including vegan and vegetarian options), event production furniture and outside preferred vendors.

Available year-round, our eight elegant outdoor and indoor event spaces accommodate 20-1,000 guests.Our indoor event rooms feature high ceilings, crystal chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows. All of our spaces boast views of the surrounding valley and cityscape. From silver service to buffet with action stations, we accommodate the needs of your group and work within your budget.

We look forward to sharing in your celebration!

Contact our Special Events team at castawaybcatering@srcmail.com for more information!

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Castaway - Burbank Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

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4.0

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4.4

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3.7

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Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (1168)
Great for Outdoor Dining (827)
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Romantic (745)
Great for Brunch (550)
Good for Groups (511)
Neighborhood Gem (277)
Great for Lunch (203)
Good for a Date (188)
Fit for Foodies (181)
Good for Anniversaries (178)
Kid-friendly (173)
Good for Birthdays (144)
Worth the Drive (135)
Hot Spot (135)
Late-night Find (119)
Sunday Lunch (91)
Notable Wine List (72)
Cozy (72)
Casual (70)
Quiet Conversation (66)
Fun (59)
Vibrant Bar Scene (58)
Business Meals (47)
Comfort Food (43)
Happy Hour (32)
Handcrafted Cocktails (29)
Tasting Menu (26)
Bar Seating (25)
Creative Cuisine (25)
People Watching (24)
Seasonal (23)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Authentic (17)
Healthy (16)
Afternoon Tea (15)
Outstanding Value (14)
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Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Paleo Friendly (9)
Disabled Access (7)
Waterfront (6)
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Local Ingredients (3)
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

We had been hearing about the Castaway Sunday Brunch since moving here 2 years ago and finally decided to go. The venue is by far, one of the most scenic high up in the foothills of Burbank. I would recommend you go just for that. We found the perfunctory greeting and check -in with the hostess staff to be inconsistent with the overall ambience of the venue and the scenic views. In other words, no warm and fuzzies at check-in. The buffet spread was vast, had many choices, but honestly, reminded us of cruise ship buffet food. Lots of quantity, but low on the quality and flavor of the dishes. The waitstaff was just ok. Lots of good service from the lady pouring mimosas, but not so much from the waiter, who we only saw twice in the 2 hours we were there. Overall, pretty mediocre for the $5w/per person asking price. It's my understanding that the dining room is now closed for renovations. I really hope that the upgrade in interior design will also include an upgrade in the overall customer service and food quality experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

I love this Resturant my coworkers and I come every 3 months. We also celebrate Christmas and exchange our gifts there and enjoy the great food and friends. I come with my family to celebrate birthdays. I can't wait to see what great changes are in store for this great restaurant.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Casual, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Castaway was absolutely incredible. My wife and I went for our wedding anniversary. We received a glass of champagne on the house for our special occasion. The food is impeccable and was the best tasting food I have ever had. The view was breathtaking, and I would recommend going close to sunset. The service was some of the best you will find. I would recommend this restaurant 110 %.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great service, the view was fantastic. Great place for a romantic dinner.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

It's a very welcoming environment and beautiful view for a special occasion. I would recommend food for anyone. Overall one of the best places I have been for dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

We sat down at 4:15 didn't get out till after 6:45. It took atleast an hour and a half after we ordered to get served REALLY BAD FOOD. The table of 8-10 next to us sat down after we ordered they were served and left before us.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Warming staffs with great service! The view is exquisite and the new york stirp steak was excellent!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Overpriced experience for subpar food. Stations were poorly kept and food quality was lacking for the overly charged price.

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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Although our server was fantastic, we were not pleased with the taste of the food. My steak (ordered medium well) looked great but was very chewy, hard (overcooked), too fatty, and not flavored well at all. As far as the seafood dish for my girlfriend, she complained that it was too salty and had poor flavoring.

We did appreciate the kindness of our server and his manager to move us indoors since there was an unusual amount of bees that kept landing in our food or simply would not leave us alone on the patio. It would be great if in the new upgrades to the restaurant would include an outdoor patio area this is netted for those who want the outdoor ambiance and experience without the bugs or bees.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

This place is great for a date and a very beautiful setting. My biggest issues were the fact that I was there on a date and the first 30 minutes were filled with a helicopter putting out a fire on the other side of the hill, a crying baby, loud talkers, and a toddler running around. Once all that subsided, it was a very romantic setting. Great views, great drinks, good food (very rich), awesome staff!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Rude staff at times. Said areas were reserved but a bunch of open tables that never filled. Poor service. Good food and beautiful views.

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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Totally unexpected price increase for brunch. Two 10 year olds - charge $35 each, last visit were $25 each and adult price increase to $50 each. Was definitely not worth it for the children. Was caught completely unaware. Brunch prices are not posted online on their website.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

The service is amazing and the view for the outside dining is breathtaking. Perfect place to relax with a drink in hand. Food is good a little over priced but good.

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Decent restaurant, didn't have the area I requested available despite making a reservation and arriving early

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Overall it was nice

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Need to cut the bushes shorter so are able to see the view of the city.
Our table had not a great view because bushes were to tall.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 20, 2017

I took my fiancé for her birthday and we both absolutely loved it. Scott took care of us with excellence and even though the food and view were great, Scott would be the reason for our visit back. Thank you all for the wonderful hospitality!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Had a lovely time here, celebrating my mom's birthday. We sat on the patio, it was a gorgeous view during sunset and afterwards. Our waiter, Scott, was incredible and we really enjoyed our meals! Staff is super friendly.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 19, 2017

A friend and I came to Castaway to try their DineLA menu. Food was delicious and the view was beautiful. The service from our waiter was great. We'd like to come back to try their brunch.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 15, 2017

This place is ok but reservations they don't take it seriously we arrived exactly the time and patio sitting and they told me to wait another 20-30 mins.so why placing reservations when it's still first come first serve?

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Friendly ambiance. My only complain is that the restaurant can use touch ups here and there .

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 15, 2017

View, view and view. This place is absolutely beautiful, specifically if seating out at the patio ( for me ). Has a full bar, and enough choices on the menu to satisfy most everyone. Can't go wrong with this place for any occasion, date or just everyday dining.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 14, 2017

My best friend from Canada came down to visit....i want to introduce this place to her and some of my other friends.....tge last time I was here was when I was 19 years old....anyways the service was wonderful....the bus boy named Roy was exceptional very attentive to us when we asked if we can move to a closer table to see the beautiful view of Burbank. Our waiter also was very nice....this was an overall exceptional experience for my friends and I.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 11, 2017

This place is worth only for the view not x the food or service.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Castaway is an amazing restaurant. The food is excellent and the desserts are astonishing. The view is amazing and at night everything shines bright and makes the evening even more special. Lastly the service is amazing. The waiters are kind and are always checking to see if everything is okay. All in all it was an amazing experience dining here.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Upset that prices went up but the quality of the food changed for brunch.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 7, 2017

I have been coming to Castaway for over 22 years. I look forward to dine in a new remodeled atmosphere. The selection of food is not to my satisfaction. I wish the menu would give more variety with healthy choices. The buffet on Sundays are great the only complain is to be in a organized way. may be separate stations with servers for meat, seafood, salad. I don't like the idea of people touching food

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Came here to celebrate my birthday. The service was excellent! Our server, Kevin, was friendly and attentive, as was everyone who works there. Food was exquisite and the portions were the perfect size too, so we had plenty of food. Beautiful views and the ambience was amazing. I recommend this place 100%!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Disppointing. Snow crab was slightly frozsn in the middle. Noodles on my $39 seafood pasta plate tasted like they came out of a box. Lobster was so overcooked I could have bounced it from table to floor and back.
Requested appetizer forks and crab crackers for our crab and did not receive them until half way through our entree.
Medium rare Filet was brown in the middle.
This used to be a top class restaurant, but would have had better, less expensive food and better service at Sizzler.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 2, 2017

The hostess was very friendly & accommodating... Bartender constantly ran his fingers through his long & greasy hair then made drinks w/out washing his hands... Server was really sweet but a little slow. We never got bread ... even though everyone around us had bread and we asked for some! Bussing was non existent until I asked the manager if he could remove the dirty & stacked appetizer plates! This place desperately needs a makeover and new management!

Tags: Happy Hour, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Loved it! Best buffet outside of the queen Mary!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Had a good time! Food was great, may come alone next time so I can have as many mimosas you can provide! 😁

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Great food, great ambience, not-crowded, beautiful scenery, excellent service. Michael took excellent care of us, and gave plenty of options to ensure we were satisfied.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Food was cold. Second serving of bread was stale. Quality and taste of food at best average. Overpriced. But for the beautiful setting, there is nothing about this place that warrants the prices.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Food is hit or miss. Drinks are pretty good. But you can't beat the view and the atmosphere of you sit on the patio. It's magical.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 26, 2017

We went there for our anniversary. The food was very good. The 1941 mai tais were delicious. This restaurant has some of the best views in Los Angeles. I can't say more about the service. It was outstanding. Our waiter was very attentive and helped make for a memorable evening.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Cozy, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 25, 2017

It was my first visit, I enjoyed the variety of foods, the service and dining outside. The buffets were well organized and easy to get to. The food was well stocked and fresh. I am a seafood lover, the crab legs and shrimp were fresh. It as overall a very relaxed environment, I will go back for casual dining.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Amazing!!!! This was my 3rd time here and it gets better every time. I brought the family to celebrate my father's 60th and he loved every minute. Can't wait to come back when we're in the area

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Excellent as usual. Great place for our Anniversary.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Scenic View, Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Kid-friendly, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fun, Disabled Access, Healthy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 21, 2017

It was a gorgous view. My husbands birthday and his firt time there. Our meal was excellent.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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