Casbah Café Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar
1770 First St
Livermore, CA 94550
Over the past decade, Livermore has put a lot of effort into revitalizing downtown. We now have water fountains to play in on hot summer days, markets and events to draw people to the town center, a couple new theaters for live and on-screen drama or action, and even a new parking garage that can’t quite handle Livermore downtown’s bustling weekends.
The best thing about the growth of Livermore’s culture is by far the food. With around 200 restaurants, there is certainly something for everyone.
- Feeling like a burger? Livermore has some of the best.
- Longing for a burrito? Dozens of options.
- Craving Thai? There are four to choose from.
- Looking for something exotic? Well, I’m glad you asked.
Let me bring your attention to a little place two doors down from the Vine Cinema on First Street, the Casbah Café Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar. It’s not a large restaurant, but with their bar and generous outdoor seating they can accommodate plenty of people. Being on the quiet end of First Street, it’s a much more peaceful outdoor dining experience compared to central downtown a couple of blocks down.
Like many of the restaurants in the area, the drink menu carries a large assortment of Livermore Valley wines. Beer affectionados need not worry, local brews from Working Man, Altamont, Eight Bridges and Schubros cover their 10 taps. They even have a couple Greek beers available, the Zeos Pilsner and Zeos Black Weiss are worthy of a taste.
Their menu has a great selection of popular exotic cuisines from Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, Spain, Morocco and Iran. In addition to their lamb, beef, chicken and seafood options, they offer a wide selection of vegetarian dishes too.
Yes, Casbah Café is very vegan and gluten-free friendly!
Since this is my first time here, I decided to go for the Kebob Combination Platter. I wanted to try something that gave me a good overview of the place and with this I get to try three of their meats in one dish.
The beef is thinly shaved, slightly crisp and yet still tender. The seasoning was excellent and really made the beef stand out. My favorite is the ground lamb. It’s very moist and grilled with a light crispy texture that adds to the experience. The chicken, while tender, was the less flavorful of the three. The pesto powers the the flavor of the chicken.
Since I can only eat one meal at a time, it’s hard to judge a menu that covers around seven countries. But my combo platter impressed me enough to come back again. I’m not the only one. Reviewers on Yelp, Zomato (formally Urbanspoon), Faebook and Google all rate Casbah Café in the 4 to 4.7-star range.
The next time that you’re planning on catching a movie at the Vine, definitely give Casbah Café a go. It’s Mediterranean cuisine really adds to Livermore’s wonderful food scene.