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Acerca de Cassia
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Estilo de comida:
Horas de operación:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm;
Friday-Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00 pm
Código de etiqueta:
Rango de precio:
De $31 a $50
Opciones de pago
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Acceso para silla ruedas, Asientos en la barra, Banquete, Bar / Sala pública, Bar completo, Cargo por descorche, Cervezas, Comida para llevar, Granja a la mesa, Mesas en el exterior, Para no fumadores, Restaurante bar, Salón privado, Vinos
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Cassia calificaciones y reseñas
Truly a wonderful evening. Food and ambiance were exceptional, service was attentive. Recommendations from our server were received exactly as described, tasted phenomenal. It was our anniversary dinner and the evening will be remembered in part by the meal we enjoyed.
I made a reservation for 8:15. I got there 8:18, my friend was on her way. I checked in with the seating host at the door. He said they only seat full parties. I could either have a drink at the bar or just wait for my friend to come. The bar was full, so I said I'd wait. I walked out the door for 10 seconds and my friend showed up. We went back to the waiter to be seated and he told us, the table wasn't ready but the guests had called for checks, so it'd be just a second. We waited not long, just a bit to get seated. But the problem is ... 1) you told me I couldn't be seated because my friend hadn't arrived, only to reveal 30 seconds later that our table wasn't ready? 2) the seating host didn't have a good attitude -- he not only didn't smile, he also acted as if he wasn't happy to see me the second I showed up. And it's a bad first impression of a restaurant that I've been wanting to try for a long time.
Finally ate at Cassia after a year of trying. We rarely plan in advance so reservations at popular places like Cassia are hard to come by last minute. The space is beautiful, and very comfortable. Service was attentive and very knowledgeable. Food was as good as I had heard it would be.
I have to admit I was so put off by the 3% surcharge tacked on so the owners could provide "Health Insurance" to their employees. I will never understand why any business, especially in CA, would advertise that they wouldn't do the right thing and simply provide their employees health insurance without whining about it and publicly passing the cost along to their customers. If it truly is a financial burden (which I highly doubt), then simply raise your prices by 3% and keep quiet about it. That way your customers won't ever have to know you are to cheap to do the right thing.
But the food is great.
Food was great. In fact we just got back from Saigon and can attest to the fact that the food at Cassia not only authentic but is also raised up a notch. The biggest problem was the noise level. It is borderline uncomfortable to sit through dinner because you can conduct normal conversation. At the level this restaurant is at I think they should really look into sound deadening in the ceilings and possibly walls.
My voice is hoarse from trying to converse above the loud din of the Cassia dinning hall from our dinner on Saturday February 25.
It is a shame that the front of the house in this restaurant does not approach the style of the excellent kitchen. I have read how wonderful the service is but it sure wasn’t for us.
We knew what to order when we arrived because we had read many reviews. What we didn’t know was how much to order for 4 persons. For this we relied on the waiter who got it wrong.
The waiter also paced the service to quickly, bringing each dish to the table before we completely enjoyed the previous one, so that one dish melded into another. I had the feeling he rushed us so they could turn over the table once more time.
We began with the escargot flat bread, which was wonderful, followed by one order of the pigtail, which was delicious. The waiter should have suggested two orders of the pigtail for four people.
We order the small seafood platter. It was very nice but had a creamy salmon dip with creamy scallops. There were three delicious prawns for four people. There should have been four prawns if this is set up for sharing.
Jonathan Gold raved about the Pot Au feu so we ordered it to share. Not enough substance for four people…and frankly, Gold is wrong – it isn’t that great.
Lamb breast was served over jasmine rice and delicious…but again, not enough for four people to share. We needed one more dish to satisfy everyone before the deserts. When we began the meal, I asked the waiter if I should order more and he told us not to. What was in his mind?
We had a Santa Barbara acidy Gruner Veltliner – well priced and good.
So, we had a delicious too small meal, terribly paced in an painfully loud environment so we left disappointed.
What a shame.
Came here after a friend's recommendation and it was delicious! So glad I came! Definitely make reservations. I made reservations a couple days before and the earliest slot was 9:15PM for a table of 2 on a Friday night so you know they are busy! My friend and I arrived early around 9PM and they were able to seat us at 9:10PM but i saw a group of 3 come in without reservations and the host told them they would have to wait for about 45 minutes which is a really late dinner! The food was good and the service was good. My friend and I ordered the sea urchin in steamed egg (forgot what it's called) for our appetizer and it was delicious. My friend normally doesn't like steamed egg but he said this was the best steamed egg he had! I ordered the Laksa and it was delicious! It is a little heavy because it's a thick coconut based broth so I only finished half of it and took the other half to go. The waiter will warn you that it's spicy but I didn't find it spicy at all. I wish it was spicier! My friend had the Beef Rendang and it was good. The meat was so tender! However, he wishes that his dish came with a hot sauce or something too. I guess we just really like our food to be spicy. For dessert, I had the Vietnamese Coffee Pudding and it was SO MUCH BETTER than what I expected. I don't like pudding but I love coffee so I couldn't resist getting the dessert. It was amazing! The flavor of the coffee was so prevalent and the texture of the pudding was very smooth. I was very pleased with my choice of dessert. It also comes with two little cookies but I was way too full to eat those. Overall, it was a great meal and I would highly recommend!
Too noisy, great service, gin martini wasn't chilled or very dry, food was a mish mash, lamb taste was overwhelmed by spice, service was excellent and server cut the pig's tail and lamb and instructed me how to eat it. The dining area is huge, limiting the kitchen in how to cook and prepare the food. It wasn't authentic Vietnamese cuisine but was "eclectic". Pete Wells, whom I respect, was wrong in giving it a good review. Stay away from Rustic Canyon Group: They're theatric and gimmicky.
We loved Cassia! We had the papaya salad, the curried chickpeas and flat bread, the whole grilled sea bass and Chinese broccoli. We loved it all! Our server was knowledgeable and helped steer us in the right direction in terms of selections. My only criticism of the restaurant was how loud the room was. We had to talk very loud to hear each other and the tables are close together, so it would have been difficult to have a private conversation. But we enjoyed the food so much that the noise level didn't matter after a while. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Came for Valentine's Day, and overall really enjoyed the experience! Our appetizers, drinks, and desserts were simply outstanding. The entrees were still good, but not nearly as spectacular or flavorful as the appetizers we had. A bit loud inside, but the ambiance overall was chic, modern, and pleasant without being pretentious. Service was great and I really appreciate that they give their waitstaff health insurance! Bravo.
The chickpea dish deserves several awards! It's the most delicious dish I've had in a very long time. The fried cauliflower was also perfectly made and the fried rice was nice and fresh. The lobster with the pistachio butter sauce was one for the books, we wish we ordered a whole lobster instead of the half.
This restaurant is very unique. The food is a fusion of very delicious flavors. The bar is active and fun.
The atmosphere is lively and again unique delicious food!
there were three ladies getting together and we had a great time and will be back soon!
Experienced a wonderful meal and it wasn't our first time. Appetizers were killer as was the selection of wine that our server recommended. They have outdoor dining and wised up to the glorious rain we've been having so inside or outside, you will not be disappointed.
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