Seattle-based Casco Antiguo opened its South Sound outpost Monday on Tacoma’s Foss Waterway.
It delivers everything it promised. A robust cocktail list heavy on tequila, a menu of Mexican cuisine with modern Pacific Northwest touches and a breezy dining room with stunning views of Tacoma’s working waterfront.
The original Casco Antiguo opened in Pioneer Square in 2015. Partners Harvey Ward Van Allen and Paul, Steve and Tom Lyman of High Country Contractors have joined forces for the second Casco Antiguo in Tacoma.
The 5,000-square-foot restaurant offers seating for about 100 in a space that is on the rear side of The Henry building, a retail-residential building near the Museum of Glass.
Enter straight into the middle of an expansive dining room. Tables line two walls of oversized windows. Some of those floor-to-ceiling windows pop open to the plaza. The plaza overlooks boats in the nearby marina and offers a this-is-why-we-live-here view of Tacoma’s best assets, the water and mountains.
A bar is located directly to the rear of the space, offering high-top seating and little separation from the dining room, which is child-friendly. Flanking the bar is an open kitchen.
The restaurant is now open for lunch and dinner daily. Happy hour is 3-6 p.m. with a list of appetizers priced $6 and cocktails at $7.
Lunch items range from simple a la carte taco plates ($8-$10, add rice and beans for $5) to more robust plates ($10-$13). Dinner is a meatier menu with eight appetizers ($5-$11); a la carte tacos ($8-$10); three enchilada plates ($12-$13) and a selection of five entrees ($15-$18).
The cocktail menu lists one page of tequila-by-the-shot ($7-$65, and no, that’s not a typo); eight margarita choices ($8-$12) and seven specialty cocktails ($8-$15). Beer and wine also are listed.
Check back next week for a first-bite report.
Casco Antiguo Tacoma
Where: 1901 Dock St., Tacoma; 253-212-0665; cascoantiguorestaurants.com.