Bistro Casanova

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$30 and under
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Italian
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.

Specials

Best Happy Hour in Maui

$5. carafes of Italian wine, Mojitos and Margaritas. Can't beat that and the fun to mingle with Kahului community.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 8, 2019

Ends: April 9, 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 4:00PM-6:00PM

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ML
Hawaii
134 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a friend’s birthday so we celebrated at Bistro Casanova. We have grown to expect good quality food, delightful servers and a pleasant environment. We were satisfied in all respects on this occasion. Server Tabitha was cheerful and efficient in answering questions and bringing our orders in a timely manner. We ordered the delicious tempura roll appetizer and surf and turf and the boulliabase as our main courses, Yum! Thank you, Bistro Casanova, for consistently being our best “Go to Restaurant” in Central Maui!!

VS
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated quickly. Our server was accommodating and the food was hot and delicious.

JT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Your portions of the food were very small for the price!
I ordered a crab cake appetizer for $16.00 and it had only one crab cake!
My son ordered the lamb chops and he said the taste was terrific but left the restaurant hungry.
Our pastas were also very small portions!

LD
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great surprise find in town! We had been to the location in Makawao but were pleasantly surprised at how different this location is compared to the other one, however still maintain the same level of quality. We both ordered the pasta dishes, and both were generous servings that we enjoyed.
One had lamb and the other was carbonara and they didn't skimp on the main appeal of the dish (lamb and bacon respectively). We also ordered a salad which was large enough for us to share. The restaurant is located right in the middle of town, but it's set up so that it's a nice little respite in a busy area. We're looking forward to coming back!

L
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Casanova is fantastic! My husband is Italian and he could vouch for the authenticity of the food. The Terramiso is fabulous. We went there three times while we were visiting Maui.

j
Phoenix
31 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great place for dinner near the airport. We had a 9PM flight out of Maui and this restaurant is perfect for getting closing to the airport so you can enjoy a meal and not have to worry about missing your flight. I had the spaghetti and meatballs and it was served nice and hot and tasty. Our server was very good.

SH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a reservation and drove a half hour from Kapalua only to be told they just seated a party of 32 and it would be quite a while before I could be served dinner. The host actually encouraged me to find another restaurant- which I appreciated because at least she was honest about the situation. She asked the chef if he/she could squeeze me in and was apparently told no. What’s the point of securing a reservation if the restaurant won’t honor it?

K
Hawaii
35 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant ambiance, good food, and good service. We enjoyed our meal!

VK
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unexpectedly great find in Kahului. Easy walking distance from nearby hotels. A delectable dinner with great service. Nice ambiance. Recommended for a couples and groups.

j
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

the bouillabaisse was weak. The shrimp angel hair pasta was excellent, drink good, there was a noisy a/c unit next to us so abidance was so-so. service was good
I had the Paiea before and loved it, maybe will have that the next time

SL
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We overheard our waiter tell the table next to us that his “real job” was in construction, that explained a lot as he was not the friendliest or most efficient and pretty rough around the edges. Not anxious to go back to this restaurant because of this experience with our waiter. I don’t know if he was needing to make extra money but he should stick with his construction job. Not attentive, took forever if we wanted something more at our table. It seemed when we didn’t order alcohol and stuck with water we became a very low priority.

Portions were small and pricy. My pesto pasta had very little pesto.

MK
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Bang for the buck, the best meal i had on Maui during my holiday!

Y
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

One of the best happy hour specials with a great tasting Mojitos

VM
Hawaii
23 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is consistent specifically the lobster salad which is my go to. Fresh, flavorful and filling. The service is energetic and Jose is always a joy to see as he serves and knows just when to clear the dishes.

DA
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was attentive and pleasant. Food came really fast. Place was very busy before a concert, with the Maui Arts Center only a few minutes away. Took a while to get the check but well within reason.

T
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing....food was so delicious!

A
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Came for our wedding anniversary and first time in Maui. As Italians, wanted to check it out. Not an ideal venue, but the food was good. Welcomed by the manager, which was nice. Many food items were overpriced and our waiter Pietro was extremely rude when realizing we didn't want any drinks or an appetizer. He was very short with me and my wife, which I didn't care for, and we briefly saw him throughout the meal. We will not be back.

g
Hawaii
116 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice dinner out with friends. Always get consistently good food here. Service great as well.

AS
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent! We celebrated our anniversary and they gave us a tiramisu to celebrate! It was special.

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Our server seemed bothered that “we came for happy hour”, never checked in on us and alway seemed put off by any request. He spent more time running things for his inside tables that came after happy hour.
The food was good

SK
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cajun chicken sandwich was the best I've ever had!!!

K
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for my girlfriends after conference wrap party held at UH Maui campus that she co-chaired with 4 other Health Care Professionals. The friendly service for the drinks was fast and consistently good. After a. While we said our Aloha’s to the others and the two of us went into the back dining area where we were seated next to the cute water feature. The two of us had the best time ever celebrating our 5 year anniversary and her birthday. The restaurant provided us with great service, tasty drinks, delicious food and a wonderful memory. A perfect ending to a perfect day!

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've really enjoyed the food and received great service each time I've eaten here. My favorite restaurant for special treat meals.

G
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was awesome. He was very engaged with our table. Great service.

ML
Hawaii
135 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Casanova is a favorite spot for us, every time we are in Central Maui...which is usually for a performance at the MACC or the Iao Theatre. We enjoy the small but just right size of this friendly restaurant, the wonderful and varied menu ( seafood, chicken, beef, vegetarian) and reasonable prices. The wait staff are Always courteous, and helpful. Thank you, Anthony! There is no glorious view here, but the inside is pleasant and the back room has a waterfall. We highly recommend BC!

K
Hawaii
36 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Bistro Casanova is a great lunch spot: good food, pleasant ambiance and service. Sadly, the best waitress,
Kate, is gone.

SM
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Petro is excellent! Food delicious! Lovely & joyous experience!

VM
Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kayla our server was attentive and served us our drinks and skillfully and confidently answered our questions about the Mojito and Margarita sugar content. Our lobster salads were consistent and never disappoints!

k
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

While some of our party were given the happy hour menu, I wasn't and didn't know about it. The food was good and the service was satisfactory. The waitress was friendly. We would go again.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Super fast service even during busy dinner hour.

K
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

NEVER judge a person by the way they dress. The mister was in surf shorts and a t shirt & I was in jeans skirt w/a blouse. We were not drabby dressed or disheveled looking. Comfortably dressed.

(STRIKE ONE) It took more that 5 minutes to be acknowledged at the hostess stand. Not one person smiled or mentioned that someone would be with us in a moment. Even the employees that were huddled at the bar seen us...I made contact with a few. No one acknowledge us. They seemed too busy or occupied in their conversation.

(HUGE STRIKE TWO) My server felt that she should serve and give fantastic service those that was dressed nicely & seated AFTER me. There was only ONE other party seated in the section we were in prior to us arriving and the other was seated about 10 minutes after we sat. She decided to serve the party that seated after us before us. It took her 15 minutes since we sat to finally acknowledge us & take our drink orders. She was about to step away I mentioned we were ready to order our food also...her answer..."Oh...I didn't think you were ready." After 15 minutes of sitting, yes we were ready.

(STRIKE THREE) Our order consisted of 3 tapas & an entree. My boyfriend just wanted tapas (calamari, clams & mussles in white wine and frites). I was hungry for their linguine el fungi with chicken. The frites sat awhile on the warmer, the clams and mussles were rubbery & the calamari was soggy-ish. This meant it was made & sat on the warmer for a bit before arriving at our table. While I witnessed bread baskets passed by we were never offered. Once my entree arrived I asked our server if I had a bread arriving. "Oh... you wanted bread? Ok" While everyone else got a full basked. I got a basket with 2 dried out taro rolls & 2 cardboard choking hazard bread.

I've frequented this establishment many times before & was absolutely disgusted with the service. The fairer skinned, light haired was given exceptional service.

OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely last final meal before departing to the airport home. Had a bit of difficulty locating the restaurant as it was in a non-description mall near a bank. But decor and interior was very nice. While the fare is predominantly Italian, the seafood Paella was excellent. Service was friendly and attentive (thanks Razi). Happy hour drinks were great and loved the flavour of the tiramisu. Highly recommended.

JS
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I almost always have their pasta dishes and they are usually tasty and well prepared. They come with a Caesar salad. I think of their pasta as Italian Italian food versus American Italian food. For example, there's a black linguini with a spicy marinara sauce with seafood. One of my favorites. Then there's the angel hair pasta with pinenuts and spinach. And another favorite is the linguine with pesto with shrimp. All in all, their food is good to great and almost always satisfying to this foodie.

h
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Our first night in Maui we wanted something close to our hotel by the airport. This place was recommended by our hotel. The service was excellent, but we found the food lacking in flavor and were not impressed at all. We should have known not to eat Italian food in Hawaii!

RS
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Outstanding and Food Always on Point! The Mojito’s Fabulously Delicious!!

k
Hawaii
28 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoy coming in for lunch and dinner at least once a month. Gluten free options are plentiful. Quack salad is a must and gf pasta selections are great (if in stock). Great happy hour and friendly staff make for a pleasurable experience every time i visit.

VM
Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Lobster salad may have brought us back initially, but it's really the service - It was Kamalei's 2nd day and she was like a veteran, Jose is always on it, and I believe Kamalei was shadowing Razi (guy with accent who never forgets a face) who serves with passion and delights the diners. We actually came back after our business meeting and had drink served by Cori. Bistro is our go to place.

g
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian on island. Had the tempura ahi and the lamb chops, both quite delicious. All my friends loved this place. I recommend Bistro Casanova to all.

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and fabulous desserts.

LO
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We normally love this spot. I booked a dinner reservation for 9:15 pm for our son and his new bride who just landed. When we got there we had 2 people tell us we had to order quickly as the kitchen closes in 15 minutes! Had I known that I would have never reserved for dinner that late.
The waitress Jessie was very nice and did her best to make us feel better about it.
I will book earlier next time but did feel uncomfortable with being so rushed and feeling unwelcome.
The experience for the honeymooners was not the greatest first impression.

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