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Cascal is a restaurant that specializes in more than 25 tapas-style dishes. The restaurant also serves a variety of traditional paellas and regional dishes from Spain and Latin America. The restaurant s seafood specialties include various food items prepared from calamari, octopus, ahi tuna, scallops, crabs and shrimp. It offers salads, starters, pizzas and pasta dishes in its dinner menu. Cascal serves various rose, red, white and sparkling wines, such as chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon. It also offers various vegetarian dishes, such as queso fundido, mushroom empanadas, potato gratin and roasted chile relleno. In addition, the restaurant organizes live music and special events. Cascal is located in Mountain View, Calif.
BBB Rating
A+
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Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (650) 940-9512

Fax Number: (650) 940-9512

Fax: (650) 940-9512

Payment method
all major credit cards, amex, master card, visa, diners club
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Central Mountain View, Old Mountain View, Downtown Mountain View
AKA

Cascals Restaurant

Categories
Latin American Restaurants, Mexican Restaurants, Spanish Restaurants, Pizza, Caribbean Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Cuban Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Cuban, Spanish, Mediterranean, Mexican, Caribbean, Latin American, European, Continental, Pizza

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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Bradshaw Theron

01/23/2012

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Overall
Great, Reliable Support

Every little thing was done skillfully and the care and the attention taken with my possessions is unsurpassed and drastically appreciated. The mover was completely honest, cautious and reliable. I am so pleased I chose MSA Moving Company and will definitely suggest every possibility I have.

toopi

03/23/2010

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Overall
low key

it is ok.....the people who work there are good people.

Yelp the cheaty web site that for years was manipulating merchants forcing them to run paid adds is being sued by more than hundreds of merchants who were harrased by Yelp...........over years.
This is a great victory.

mvcrosser

03/03/2010

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Overall
fun place for drinks, snacks, or a pricey dinner

it's a cool place - perhaps one of the more hip in mountain view, and it offers a good variety of food. the chocolate souffle dessert is one of my faves. good live music and a nice happy hour that offers affordable drinks and appetizers.

SmoothKessler

02/12/2008

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Overall
Fun atmoshere, excellent food, friendly service.

I went to Cascal on a first date and things couldn't have been any better. With our reservation, we were seated immediately. The bar was very crowded (where I was waiting for my date to arrive) but I still was served a drink within seconds of standing in the crowd. Impressive! After ordering, our food came quickly, but it wouldn't have mattered anyway because the atmoshere was so fun. Live Latin Jazz! Everything I tasted was exquisite including the Sangria. We ended up going back to Cascal on our second date with friends for drinks, and danced to the great music. So much fun, a must in Mountain View. I can't wait to go back again.

rosa_l

05/16/2007

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Overall
Great food, location and atmosphere

Very good dinner choice! The menu includes among others Spanish and Cuban specialties. The service is (most of the times) great. Try to avoid showing up without a reservation, or your wait will be utterly long; unless it is rather early, in which case you may be lucky and get a table. I'd say more, but you better go and see for yourself... bon appetite!!

ab wain

12/02/2006

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Overall
2nd time is a charm

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.

I 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.

However, 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.

kel2121

11/11/2006

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Overall
Great Cocktails Great Music

Great Music,Great Sangria I had a great time! My girlfriend and I went on a Saturday night. We had a few cocktails shared some appetizers and danced the night away!

al04

11/04/2006

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Overall
Good Sangria!

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.

rogus

08/28/2006

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Overall
Good Dinning Experience & Will come back again

Went to Cascal more on a whim than anything else. Only have heard of the place by reputation. Overall I had a good dinning experience.

Cascal specializes in Tapas/Mediterian Food. The decore of Cascal is excellent and has a top end dining feel too it. You feel like once you enter you're in for something special. Upon looking at the menu, the prices are a bit on the high side. Depending upon you order will determine if you get a deal or not. Most salads range around $6-$8, Tapas $6-$13, and Entrees $20+. The Salad I ordered was a good deal because it was enough to split in two and it had very good taste and flavoring. Also I would recommend ordering the small Paella. There is enough there to feed two and it was well done. Also ordered the Lamb Enchallada, very small and really nothing special. More as filler than something that tasted great.

From reading the other reviews, did not run into trouble with either seating and the waiter was good & did a decent job in taking care of us. We went on Saturday afternoon around 5:30ish and that could explain why the service was good but can see how on a busy night the service can become spotty.

Overall had a good dinning experience and will be coming back again some day.

gelsominio

08/19/2006

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Overall
Service sux, pretty good tapas

Go for the Tapas, not the entrees. Cascal has pretty good food, but the service is TERRIBLE. We have been here at least 5x and never had good service. The last and perhaps final time a few weeks ago, we went for lunch. We ordered 4 tapas. 2 plates arrived with the bread and house dip. Ok..good, we ate that. They take away our empty bread plate, ok...then nothing. 15 minutes later I tell the host we are ready for the next tapas. He said we ordered the Queso tapa so that takes 10 mintues. Hmm..it has been 10 minutes. We wait another 10 minutes..no more bread, no more tapas. We wait 5 more minutes, then get up pay for our 2 tapas and tell them the service is too slow (the place was empty). Bascially they tell us we are wrong with our estimation of the elapsed time. I am not sure I can get over the terrible service this time to return...too bad, was a fun place to go.

lalocavaca

07/14/2006

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Overall
Food is Fine, but the Hostess is Awful

The food is fine....we like the seafood paella & ceviche sampler. Since my husband & I live in Mountain View, we just want to get a good food without having to drive to SF. However, the hostess' attitude is totally awful. I think the Management need to re-train them how to give the best impression & service, and not to make customers upset and to spread bad words. One Friday night, around 7:30PM, we went to Cascal without reservation. The hostess asked us to wait for about an hour. We thought it was understandable since it was Friday night and it was our fault to come without making any reservation. I worked in the restaurant when I was in college, and therefore I totally understood about it. We waited and went back around 8:27PM (we looked at the time carefully). To my surprise, the hostess,rolled her eyes and rudely told us that our table had been given to another party since we were...LATE!!! Hello?? How dare she accused us of being late, whereas we came 3 MINUTES EARLIER!! My husband even showed the watch and argued with her. After I demanded to see her manager with a high voice, she finally gave us a nice table by the window.
Such a shame that customers need to argue with the hostess to get their seat. If Cascal doesn't want to lose more customers, they better retrain their front staffs to the customer service skills.

mtviewgirl

03/29/2006

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Overall
Lose the ATTITUDE! (And don't rush me.)

The decor is beautiful. Happy hour is a deal. The food is good enough.

The problem with Cascal is the ATTITUDE. The waiters are pushy. They want to take your order the minute you sit down; clear the table before youve finished your meal; bring the bill the moment you put down your fork. Its pretty clear they are more interested in turning the table than creating a pleasant dining experience. The waiters arent the only ones to blame. On a recent visit, the manager came by to check on our bill. When my dining companion asked if he was trying to get rid of us, his response was Well, we do need the table. What decent restaurant manager would say this to customers?

Cascal claims traditional Spain hospitality. In Spain, the dining experience is more important than the actual meal. My advice - Lose the attitude or lose customers.

yakko1

02/11/2006

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Overall
Average for what you pay...

Entering Cascal, you will notice the high ceilings, colorful decor, and the bustling crowds. Unfortunately, the food doesn't impress as much. A multitude of choices greet you on the tapas menu. I tried wild mushroom empanadas, Mexican Shrimp (""Mojo de Ajo""), and calamari. Empanadas (tasty), but were pretty tiny even by tapas standards. The shrimp (decent) but didn't wow me... I've had better chili-garlic shrimp before. The fried calamari, bland, even with dipping sauce. Perhaps I chose the wrong tapas... none stood out. For the main course, I had the Paella Cascal... like the tapas, it was decent, but failed to wow me... the seafood was semi-fresh, but the flavors didn't mesh together as well as it could have. The sangria at Cascal isn't bad, but SF's Cha-Cha-Cha is better. Decent atmosphere and service, but the food must get better if this is going to be a hot spot.

littlangel77

01/24/2006

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Overall
Terrible Service for Mediocre Food

Waited for over an hour only to find out that the hostess gave our table away. Her excuse was that we originally said 10 ppl, but when we changed to 8, the table of 10 was given away for the party that arrived much later than us. Go figure! When we were finally seated at 9pm, we were not offered any bread, either. We just had to wait longer for our food to come. To be fair to the owner, he did give us about $50 worth of food and drinks after our complaints, but all those free food (not even that good) and drinks really didn't justify the time wasted for waiting, the distress, and the heartburn that I got for eating so late. Should've just left. Definitely NOT going back. There are many more restaurants worthy to visit in the area..

foodlvrsj

12/14/2005

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Overall
Well, I guess we learned our lesson!

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!

erik_the_read

11/18/2005

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Overall
Great food and reasonable portion sizes

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.

foode

02/22/2005

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Overall
Fun place; not a value

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.

The 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.

foodforme

10/01/2004

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Overall
beautiful

this place was beautiful. but the service was a let down. my drink came about 20 minutes into my hour wait for my food. waitor was not watchful, but the atmosphere was great. i saw people just hanging out not eating, which is what i would go to do.

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