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“Could be 5 Stars...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cascal

Cascal
400 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 940-9500
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Ranked #2 of 297 Restaurants in Mountain View
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Latin, Spanish, Tapas
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: California St.
Mountain View, California
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289 reviews 289 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 64 cities Reviews in 64 cities
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
“Could be 5 Stars...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Cascal has become a fixture in downtown Mountain View, and should not be missed by anyone who has the opportunity to bask in the amazing restaurants in this area. I'd probably rate Cascal tonight at 4.5 to 4.7 stars, but I don't have that option, and 5 is reserved for the very best.
High points - Many. The scallop ceviche is out of this world. Labondigas (spicy Moroccan lamb meatballs), and the Pork Belly were also fantastic! The Octopus salad may have been the best cooked Octopus I've ever had - perfectly done, perfectly seasoned, with just the right amount of vegetables to round out the salad.

Nits to pick - The Ensalada Mixte (Mixed Salad) was just a little plain-Jane. Seasoning was wonderful, greens were very fresh, assorted, and tasty, but it lacked texture. The croutons were well soaked in the dressing, and had lost their crunch, and there was no cucumber, pepper, or anything crispy..
The beer selection really fell flat. I'm a beer snob, and look for at least one nice IPA in a West Coast restaurant (West Coast IPAs rule!). Unfortunately, Lagunitas IPA in the bottle was the best of a thin crowd. Seriously - Lagunitas is brewed a little about an hour from here - why not get it on draft? Or one of the specialty Lagunitas beers, like Maximus or the seasonals, in a keg would be an easy get that would really distinguish Cascal...
Really enjoyed, would go back in a second.
The outdoor seating is fantastic unless it's windy. :^) (They have nice heaters for winter!)

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Ashburn, VA
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Excellent tapas and wine!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

I love tapas bars - and this was no exception. The wines by the glass were good - and the tapas are great. It was my 2nd visit and I love the Crab and Shrimp tostadas - had them with a large group and they were everyone's favorite. Mushroom empanadas were good, scallops great too. We only ate the tapas on both occasions - and mostly seafood and veggie.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mountain View, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Good food, service and atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is a fun tappas restaurant. Good for friends to go and sample different dishes. The location is right downtown and the area has plenty of parking.

Visited September 2012
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Expensive but very good food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Since it is a "tapas" type restaurant, we know it would be expensive. The restaurant is noisy but the 4 of us were still able to have a comfortable conversation. The service was good and the food was excellent. The portions were larger than the usual tapas portions.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Jose, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Exotic Tapa Plates”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The food is very good with lots of different flavors from American food. I like those tapa plates. You can try many different thing when you go with a group of people. Outdoor seating is very nice in summer. Only the service is lagging. The servers are not very pleasant appealing to us.

Visited March 2013
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