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Bistro Casanova
Bistro Casanova

Bistro Casanova Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.casanovamaui.com
  • Phone: (808) 873-3650
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: David Gemberling
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: A private dining room hosting up to 30 people offers a tasteful environment for business meetings, community gatherings and private parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Steven (808) 283-1875

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kaahumanu Avenue
  • Public Transit: Maui Bus stop on the back of the building.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Large public parking with access from Lono Avenue's side entrance. Several parking spots at front entrance(Kaahumanu Avenue access).
A word from Bistro Casanova
Bistro Casanova is the offspring of Casanova in Makawao, an Upcountry institution. Bistro Casanova is smooth, elegant, exquisite and fun. A tropical landscaping refreshes the air surrounding the outside al fresco tables. Bistro Casanova offers Mediterranean fare, its roots coming from the Cinque Terre in Italy (where the owner comes from). Locally grown ingredients are used extensively, as well as Maui grown beef and the freshest fish from Maui's ocean. It's a fusion of old world flavors and Pacific cuisine. Bistro Casanova is a favorite for Happy Hour relaxation, watered by specialty martinis, a creative offering of wines by the glass and carafes of mojiito and margaritas. Tapas (available after 3pm) can be a tasty complement to your drinks, an opening line for your dinner, or dinner itself.

At dinner, Bistro Casanova is a romantic destination for meals before a show or the perfect stop before flying out of Maui or after picking up a friend in nearby Kahului's airport.Continued

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "We love th food and great service at Bistro Casanova, and we always book ahead when we are going to a show at the MACC or Iao Theatre or other Central Maui events. This time, we enjoyed everything except...the acoustics are such that noise surrounds you in quick order. The restaurant was not quite full ( and no one in th back room at all) and still, my companions and I could hardly hear each other speak. One particular table in the center of the main room was filled with young women whose voices were quite loud carried throughout the room. So...our experience this time was impacts by the near deafening noise. Next time, BC, can you put up some acoustical tiles to help all of your guests enjoy their dinner??"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Finally, true fine dining in central Maui! Nice to not have to drive 30 miles to get a good meal. Ate here two nights in a row and both times the entire experience was a delight! Great food, great service, nice ambience and atmosphere. The manager stopped by and chatted with us both nights. Pasta dishes were excellent, steaks and chops cooked to perfection. Generous portions. One of those places that we'd like to eventually try every dish on the menu, just to see if they're all equally tasty."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "We enjoyed the dinner. Great menu choices. Food was delicious. Peitro was an excellent waiter. Overall we'll be back."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "The occasion was a Special and Important Business Dinner. Reserved via Open Table with an additional note about whom we were bringing and the importance of everything going "jut right". We were warmly greeted, and immediately seated. The waitress, Kara, was helpful but didn't "hover". She was very attentive in a real stealth manner. Be sure to ask for Kara! Our business associate lives in Las Vegas but, is an executive with an online reservation and review firm - so she travels a lot and is, almost, a professional foodie. She ordered the ravioli, we ordered the Mahi, Cajun-style special. She said the ravioli was some of the best she's ever had and we would order the Cajun-style Mahi, again, it was Great! You can count on Bistro Casanova"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Out of 4 dinners we had some good items; clams entre and veal good. Noodles and meatballs and calamari wouldn't be ordered again. Service good. The placed was packed and service great."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I had a reservation for 2 at 6:45pm. When we walked in to the hostess stand no one was there. No workers looked up at us to notice we were waiting. It took over 5 minutes for someone to finally notice my friend and I and it was kind of uncomfortable standing there just waiting. It shouldn't take that long to be noticed. It was not busy at all but the workers would only attend to the guest that were already seated. A "HI" or "We'll be right with you" would have been nice. Our server/waiter did not smile at all. He seemed annoyed or stressed out. Not very friendly service."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The place was packed the first 30 min there. It took 30 minutes toget our drinks and an hour to get dinner from when we arrived. I will not be going back at peak dinner time not when there's an event at the Macc. I could not hear my party nor the waitress speak.. There was a lot of "what?" The food was good but asking for drinks, water, and bread with such long wait period resulted in just 15% tip."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My husband and I shared a Caesar Salad which was delicious...one of the best! My husband had rib eye, scalloped potatoes and marsala sauce. He said it was cooked to perfection! Usually he uses A1, but the mushroom marsala sauce was amazing! I had Trofie Al Pesto Genovese w/ Scallops! Holy moly, I enjoyed every bite...what a great dish! I also had 2 lychee martinins! I was only going to have one, but the first was so good that I couldn't stop at one. Natalie (bartender) suggested the peach vodka which made it all the better! Pietro was attentive and offered suggestions, but was not overbearing as there were only a few tables in the restaurant! Overall, one of the best dining experiences we've had!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We always enjoy coming to this restaurant...and we think it is the best restaurant in Central Maui. It is convenie t to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center anspd the Iao Theatre. Keep up the good work, folks!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Our waiter was excellent and stayed on top of fulfilling all of our needs. The food was very reasonably priced and happily very good. The steak was tender, muchrooms delicious, calamari excellent and Paella was filling. The topper was the desert which was decatant and absolutely to die for. Probably the only negative that even comes to mind is it was a little noisy. But part of that happened to be due to the party sitting next to us and that isn't the fault of the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I believe our server's name was Jessie. Very personable, and she made great recommendations. The hostess that night was a crack up and we had fun with her too. We had the Paella and Rib Eye. As good as it was, there was no way we were going to finish them both. It was a lot and we actually shared. Also for dessert we both had some kind of ice cream with Espresso. That was killer. In the end, had a great experience will be coming back agin."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Just arrived from an outer island business trip in time to catch dinner and the Lisa Loeb concert at the MACC. Ordered the carafe of Mojito which was happy hour price and very refreshing. I ordered the Grigliata De Verdura and was very happy with my order. My wife and a friend ordered the shrimp and lobster salad with chianti. Everyone was happy with their order. We had more than enough time to make the concert too. Our server Kara was very kind, helpful and attentive. Can't wait to go back again."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We were celebrating our wedding anniversary. It was our first time dining here. I wanted to order the New York, but it turned out that they were all out. It was only 6:45pm! I settled for the paiea instead, it was made for two, but I thought I'd try it anyway. When it came it looked like a red mess of things jumbled together, you couldn't see the seafood. One taste was enough, it was so spicy. It tasted more like a jambalaya than paiea. Yuck!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Took a little time to be seated as the restaurant was very busy. Food was excellent and worth the wait. I'll be back again soon."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We always come to Bistro Casanova when we drive frm the West Side to Wailuku for shows at the MACC or Iao Theatre. We usually bring friends or visitors to the island...and are never disappointed in any way. Food is excellent, generous portions, and the wait staff is helpful, friendly and professional. How nice to have a restaurant that is consistent, dependable, friendly and serving great food!!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I absolutely love eating here, the food is great and priced just right. The atmosphere is very relaxing and inviting. Will go back to there over and over again"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "the menu has some good variety. all the dishes we had were flavorful and well-prepared. The inside restaurant was very noisy and a little too air conditioned but the outside remedied that. I think the quality of the food preparation was better than the mother restaurant, Cassanova's in Makawao."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "It is predictable...Bistro Casanova always delivers high quality food, excellence in customer service and a dining experience that will make you want to keep coming back. We do and are never disappointed. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food and service were very good. We had salad with strawberries, beets, goat cheese and nuts with a delicious dressing. I had a ravioli taps with an orange sauce that was excellent. My husband had Tagliatelle Bolognese with tasty meatballs over pasts, which he enjoyed also. We were headed for a performance at the MAC and the waiter made sure we were served in a timely manner. We will definitely return to Bistro Casanova. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Whenever we have theater tickets at the MACC or the Iao Theatre, we book our pre show dinner for Bistro Casanova. We are always pleased with the menu with fresh and interesting Italian fare ( including a happy hour assortment of wine at very reasonable prices) , the wait staff are charming, friendly and efficient, and a lively environment. Thank you for being a treat in Kahului!! "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Had a late lunch (around 1 pm). Service was very good, but food coming out of the kitchen was a bit slow. Food was tasty."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The restaurant was not very busy, our party of 3 was seated quickly. The menu was good and the food was excellent. However the waiter seemed to have other things to do. He appeared arrogant when he took our order and never offered ground pepper or cheese for the pasta until asked. ELeoretven then someone else brought the condiments. Overall not that great an experience."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Downtown Kahului does not offer much in terms of nice restaurants...except for Bistro Casanova. This charming restaurant, housed in one of the many strip malls, has great food at reasonable prices ( we liked the capellini with six generous sized Shrimp in a light yet tasty cream sauce, and Affogatto for dessert...yum!!) and friendly and efficient wait staff. We heartily recommend this delightful spot, near shopping, the MACC and the Iao Theatre, as a pre show treat."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Bistro Cassanova is an excellent restaurant providing good Italian dishes, good service in an upscale atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Well, I'm not a grumbler but I'm refined! First greeting was lovely, it set the pace for my expectations. We sat, the plastic cover kept slipping all over the place on the table. Two things we wanted to order where out. Got the tuna cakes that were burnt and too thick, and full of mush. The little salad on the plate were brown. I must say the mahi wraps were tasty but I felt like it needed a little more quinoa and little bigger portion of fish to fit perfectly on the lettuce. The tiramisu was just alright I could live without it. I had an edge piece that had very little ricotta cheese .....booooooo wasn't too enjoyable. Execution and consistency could have been better!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The list of fine dining establishments may be be short in Kahului, but Cafe Bistro is decidedly the best and worthy of high praise on all accounts. My husband and I dine ther whenever we have evening engagements on the East side of Maui. This particular night we enjoyed the ahi appetizer , pasta with creamy, tasty sauce and capellini with shrimp. And for dessert we Topped off with Affogado with generous portions of ice cream. There is also a happy hour that offers a half carafe of decent wine for just five dollars. We love this restaurant and think the wait staff is always helpful, charming and efficient. We have not been to their other restaurant in Makawao but we plan to go the next time we are Up Country."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "GOOD FOOD SLOW SERVICE. We got seated at 5:30. Food did not arrive until 6:15"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We were there for an early light dinner that turned out to be during their happy hour. The house wines, at $5 for a half litre caraffe, were surprisingly good. We shared 4 plates from their tapas menu. These were uniformly good and tasty and were just perfect for what we wanted - like 2 good sized appetizers for each of the 2 of us. The servers were friendly and attentive.All of this including 2 caraffes of wine and tip for about $70."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "We like this place and go there often before concerts. Great food and wine at fair prices"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Probably the first and last time I will eat there. The food was pretty good. The host suggested we eat outside which turned out to be next to a loud air conditioner. There was mellow music being piped in, but it was a bit difficult to ignore the loud humming of the condenser. Also, one of the staff took his smoke break out in the hallway right where the breeze blows to where the people are eating. The smell of cigarrette smoke does not blend well with my idea of a romantic evening. My experience might have been better had we eaten inside. Our waitress was friendly and upbeat and we got our food quickly, but the bar was a bit slow. My husband's beer came after we finished our meal."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I enjoyed my night of casual dining at Bistro Casanova. The food was good, and the service was good and the restaurant was not crowded, either inside or out. It was very pleasant. I dined at a casual pace and enjoyed my wine and dinner very much."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Often stop here on way to airport for lunch or dinner before a show."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Great central maui dining. Food good. Would be great if there was a salad bar"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "The tapas menu was delightful. Had the lamb lollipos, Clams and mussels, tempura artichoke and shrimp and pineapple spears. Everything tasted fantastic and the four dishes was enough to fill me up. Can't wait to go back again."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Restaurant was great for a business lunch. Delicious food coupled with great discussions."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "If you love italian food and want a great affordable place for lunch with great service this restaurant is the place to be. Great service, quiet so that you can catch up with her friends. I love that you have the choice of having something substantial like pasta dishes or medium entree's like sandwiches. But if you're watching your weight and want something light there were a variety of delectable salads to choose from. I can't wait to try this place for dinner. Our waiter was extremely solicitous."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "We always go there for our girlfriend day outings, we all love the food, and usually don't make reservations! It was a birthday lunch and we had 6 ppl, so i decided to use Open Table to make reservations. It worked out perfectly, easy to change the time of reservation online, which we did 2 times. The restaurant was very full but since we had reservations we walked in and had a great celebration! will definitely use Open Table if it's available for reservations."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "The tapas menu was exquisite. Everything was tasty, the steak kebabs and the tempura artichoke were divine. The fish special was good too! I'll be back soon."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "Went to Bistro Casanova to celebrate a birthday. The paella was delicious but a little on the salty side. The price was amazing since the dish serves two. The complementary birthday dessert was outstanding. Overall experience was great but the service was a little slow. Make sure you allow yourself enough time to eat. I recommend Bistro Casanova for dinner and will definitely return when I'm back in Maui next year."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "Tapas menu was awesome! Great variety and food was delicious. The regular menu also had good Italian variety of food. The bar was very busy with every seat taken. This was not a place for a quiet dinner, i'll be back soon."
    Dined on 11/22/2013