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“Great service and excellent food.”
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Ranked #42 of 135 Restaurants in San Carlos
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Olive and Cherry
Santa Clara, CA
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great service and excellent food.”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

I'd had Italian dinners the two evenings before, so I wasn't really looking to a third; however, this was a pleasant surprise for both the service and the food. We shared an appetizer sampler for the group and it had a decent selection with spring rolls, bruschetta, fried calamari, and salad. I had the spinach ravioli which was exactly what I expected and wanted. It was done just right. I had the orange creme brulee for dessert. There was a portion of the caramelized sugar that was slightly overdone, but didn't detract from the overall dessert itself. Overall I'd recommend this place for small groups - it has excellent service and a good atmosphere.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank TravellingPamB
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English first
Renton, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
545 reviews
329 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
“One of my favorite San Carlos restaurants”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

We love Spasso. The small plates are delicious and four or five of them make a great meal with wine and a split dessert (excellent cheesecake). Their filet mignon is cooked just right and lean. The black pepper fettuccine is my husband's favorite. Decent wine list. Excellent mixed drinks. Friendly wait staff.

Visited February 2013
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San Carlos, California
Level 6 Contributor
91 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere and good food at The Cask”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

The Cask is a wine bar and restaurant across the street from Spasso, and they share the same owner. They bill it as a wine and cheese bar. While both the wine menu and the cheese menu have an nice selection, there are also some excellent burgers, appetizers, and salads. My wife and I stopped by for lunch during the San Carlos Art & Wine Festival last weekend, and were surprised that they were even offering selections from the Spasso lunch menu. I'm not sure if that was just for the festival, but we enjoyed some tasty apps and a great salad from that menu.

The Cask has a very nice atmosphere, well suited to the "wine bar" feeling. It's comfortable, relaxed, and un-hurried. The service is excellent. It's a bit on the pricy side, but it's a great place to relax with friends and enjoy a nice glass of wine.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Marc_Majka
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Santa Barbara, CA
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great food -- wonderful service.”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

It was refreshing to come to this restaurant for the first time and feel truly welcome. From the greeting by the hostess, to the attentiveness of the bartender, it was very pleasant. Food was very good and prices reasonable. Would definitely return -- great combination of both service and hospitality.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank sbcook
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Grapevine, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Best steak in town! Quality through and through here!!”
Reviewed June 26, 2012

spasso has the best steak, the demi sauce was delightful, the olive oil for bread dipping is out of this world delicious! Love the mushroom bruschetta, as well as the sliders. What makes this restaurant stand out to us is the awesome service. Wait staff is incredibly friendly and knowledgable about the menu as well as the wine list. Quality through and through at spasso, we will come back here soon, really love this place, can't get enough!!

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank bnbyoung
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