400 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041
Parking: On-street: free, Street
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Spanish, Mexican, Latin American, Tapas
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
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12/02/2006Provided by Citysearch -
when Cascal first opened, my boyfirend and I were excited about a tapas place in our neighborhood. The interior is nice, inviting, and comfy. The service was good, Sangria great. The food, though, left much to be desired. My squid ink paella was dry and burnt, the tapas (obviously forgetful) left much to be desired. \n\nI have to admit I am a bit picky, the foodie that I am, but I always try to give every place the benefit of the doubt.\n\nHowever, a second visit about 8 months later, and WOW. The tapas menu was more refined, everything tasted much better, and they have great live music (albeit loud) on the weekend. The food improved so much, we will definitely go back for more.
12/14/2005Provided by Citysearch -
We happened upon Cascal one Christmas Eve when everything else was closed. The hostess rolled her eyes with an exasperated sigh when we answered ""no, we don't have reservations."" She then ushered us way into the back, past empty table after empty table, to what I presume is the loser section. Twenty minutes later, we (still the only people in the restaurant), were provided bread and water. Had ANYWHERE else been open, we would have left (one similarly dispositioned couple arrived after us and did just that). About 10 minutes later, we were greeted by our waiter. From that point on, our waiter was attentive and the food was delicious. We paid our bill and left through the still-empty restaurant, having learned our lesson well: never darken their door again-with or without reservations!
11/04/2006Provided by Citysearch -
The food was pretty good and surprisingly filling. We ordered the tapas sampler (nice assortment of tapas dishes, a lot of seafood), corn soup, and wild mushroom empanadas. The soup was the biggest disappointment... it had an anise flavor that just didn't work with corn. And it came in a tiny bowl/shallow dish for $7.50! Although, because it tasted bad, we were glad that the dish was small. The wild mushroom empanadas had a strange sour flavor, not sure if it was from the mushrooms or cheese, but in the end, it wasn't something that I'd rave about. The sangria was very fruity and sweet, a good choice. On the Friday night that we went, there was a live band (great music!) so it was difficult to have conversation, but overall, it felt really fun and lively. I would definitely go again to try other dishes, like the paella.
11/18/2005Provided by Citysearch -
The cusine here is definitely a blend of Peninsular and Latin American. The bread was fresh and came with a delicious blend of olive oil, garlic, cilantro and other spices. We tried the Tapas sampler, which is large enough to be a small dinner for 2, and liked all the various Tapas so much that it has become a favorite. Another favorite is the Brazilian Caipirinha Naranja drink. On a later visit we tried some of the other small plates, including the Mojo de Ajo (Mexican shrimp with lime and chile) and Mushroom Empanadas and found both delicious. For dessert we had the Spanish Artisan Cheeses, a welcome break from the usual dessert fare of chocolote torte and cheescake. All in all, we enjoyed our evenings and the music very much.
02/22/2005Provided by Citysearch -
We liked the atmosphere. The ahi tuna tapa was great - pink and firm; and the tapenade it was served with complimented the fish very well. The prawns in garlic oil was good, but bad value - you get about 6 shrimps. The clams in coconut sauce was ok; the clams were fresh - a really huge plus! But, I didn't like it in coconut broth - that's just my preference though. Bread was yummy, and even better after you add some salt. \n\nThe only negative was that the maitre'd seated us (2) at a bad table near the bathroom when there were several other better tables for 4 available. We asked the waiter to move us, and he did. The other tables for 4 remained empty the rest of the night. That maitre'd needs to improve.
07/07/2004Provided by Citysearch -
While we had our hopes for a decent tapas/nuevo latino restaurant NOT in the city, we were let down. Ramblas, Timos, even Cha Cha Cha greatly outshine the food served at Cascal. Of the four dishes we tried, there was not a single one we could have outdone at home. Overcooked mussels were lost in a sea of chorizo infused suace. The potatoes gratin bacalao was overpowered by some chili and had absolutely no trace of salt cod. We tried the ceviche sampler and were similarly underwhelmed: too much lime and chili here, not enough flavor elsewhere. I've had better ceviche at a tacqueria on Winchester ave... sadly enough. Only the Moraccan veal stew managed to taste the way it should. That is to say the flavors were balanced, but it was average at best. So our problem remains- either make it at home or drive to SF.