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About Casanova Makawao

Since 1986, Casanova Italian Restaurant and Deli is at the heart of the Upcountry Maui lifestyle. From early breakfast thru lunch and dinner you may expect the best Italian food on the island (as voted by countless local magazines’ surveys). Fresh salads, pastas, seafood and pizzas from Maui's first wood burning oven are Casanova's signature dishes. Loyal patrons appreciate Casanova's very reasonable prices. In 2017 Open Table diners rated Casanova the Best Italian Restaurant in the State of Hawaii.
At the main crossroad of Historic Makawao town, Casanova is a must do experience after a visit to Haleakala National Park.

1188 Makawao Ave
Makawao, HI 96768
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:30am - 11:00am

Cross Street:
Baldwin Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 572-0220

Website:
http://www.casanovamaui.com/

Entertainment:
Since its opening Casanova has offered Maui the opportunity to enjoy some of the best artists visiting the island. Icons like Taj Mahall, Sam Kinison, Kool and the Gang, Los Lobos, Dave Mason and countless others have performed on Casanova’s history loaded stage. Nowadays Willie K owns Tuesday night. Wednesday is Casanova's world famous Ladies' Night, when the young and beautiful drive from all over Maui to dance and party. On Friday and Saturday local bands or visiting DJs from the Mainland fill the dance floor with ever changing beats. Check Casanova's web page for the weekly lineup.

Catering:
From trays of lasagna to go, to elaborate parties in private residences, Casanova offers catering individually tailored for every occasion and budget.

Parking Details:
Casanova offers Makawao’s largest parking lot, just at the town main crossroad.

Public Transit:
Maui Bus stops at Casanova parking lot.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Casanova Makawao Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (18)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
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Authentic (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Casual (9)
Cozy (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Fun (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Romantic (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Live Music (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
People Watching (4)
Business Meals (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 3 days ago

Great new menu stuff. Super specials. Lots of small plates. Easy to share. Better than ever!

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Authentic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 5 days ago

food, service and ambiance were all good. Nice selection to choose from.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 6 days ago

Casanova is one of our family's favorite restaurants. The service is friendly but not over the top. The food is tasty and the portion is generous. We went recently on a Friday night. It was busy but our table was ready at the reservation time. Since it was a Friday, it was a little more noisier than usual. The specials were great. We loved the risotto with funghi. Parking was a little tough, but there was a big public parking lot just before you enter into the busy part of Makawao and it's only a 5-min walk away.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

It had been years since my last visit, so decided to try my old stand by. Arrived at 7pm for a 7:15 reservation and was seated on time. Being a Saturday night, I had forgotten it was also a dance club later on. More on that later.

There were clearly many large parties set up with reservations, and I don't think they were taking walk-ins so it was a busy night. My server was very sweet and nice, but having difficulty handling all her tables. I ordered the brussel sprouts and tagliatelle Osso Buco for dinner. It took 30 mins for the Sprouts to arrive, then another 30+ mins for the pasta. Since I was in no rush it didn't matter at the time. To be fair, the kitchen was probably backed up too. Another guest had walked up and given me a ticket to the "show" that was starting at 9pm, so I figured I'd wait to check it out. Unfortunately the 9pm show did not start till almost 11pm, and was not the "reggae" that I had expected.

If you are not into the vibe of a nightclub when you're eating, be sure to arrive and leave early before 9pm. Other than this, I would definitely recommend for dinner.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

All staff were very friendly and helpful and attentive to our table. Food was presented beautifully and all members of our party enjoyed their selection.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Straight ahead good food. Pizza for the group of 9 as an Appy, followed by individual orders. Everyone loved what they ordered. Waitress was totally cool and accommodating. No delays...reasonably priced. Good ambiance.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Nice and clean Italien fare, not overly sauced or cheese covered. The pizza and pasta were very fresh and tasty. Service was very friendly. Beautiful vertical garden off the back room. would benefit from a refresh. They could leverage the cool bar area. Acoustics are difficult in the back room.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Took 2 hours 15 min to be served the whole of our meal. Restaurant was close to when we first got there but did not remain so. Didn't really understand what would take so long. Waitress was definitely not attentive.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Very disappointed in the food. We’ve been here so many times before and it’s been excellent but not tonight.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

It seems as tho the entire restaurant from decor to fine Italian food has taken a step up. Excellent house cabernet. Great menu. Quality food!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We were about 15 min late but the restaurant was still quite busy. The food service was a little slow but our waitress was excellent. She was attentive and kept us informed as to where are order was at.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Have eaten here many times from 1992-2006 ,been away since . Always noisy, but my hearing is worse and so was the noise. Used to know Steven.
Food was average , my veal was not good ,bread was not warm. Pressed chicken had no decent veggies.
Price was only saving grace.
Wait staff cleared while my wife was eating.
Won’t be back or recommend.
I owned my own restaurant. So I am educated here.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

We had a great meal! I always ask to be seated near the garden towards the back. More than not it works out. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I commented on how I will have to eat there every week for a while to start trying all the fabulous choices. It took me a bit to decide. Delicious!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Comfort Food, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I loved it more in the past. Service isn’t as timely, and the spaghetti and meatballs aren’t as good. They could also rotate their wines by the glass selections. The calamari remains the best on the island, and my friends raved about their meals. It’s still a gem...it just needs some polishing.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Organic, Bar Seating, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Simply delicious authentic Italian food...can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Boise)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Always love coming here. Prices in Hawaii tend to be so high, some restaurants have one menu item starting at $50+, this place is much more reasonable, and at the same time very delicious. High end meal at decent price. I had filet mignon, since it was our anniversary, and it was delicious. We came at happy hour, so we got great price on drinks, also. Great pasta dishes, made from scratch there, & great service. Beautiful atmosphere also.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The best Italian restaurant on Maui. Not a tourist trap, primarily repeat locals. Not in any of the main travel area's, but well worth the drive. The warm Spinachi salad is wonderful, the linguini with clams is so light and delicate, it is difficult not to eat the whole dish. The Carbonera and the veal marsala are equal to the so called best on the mainland. The noodles are house made, and light and delicate, making all the pasta dishes something to savor. The corkage fee is reasonable at $15. Reservations would be recommended since it is a popular local hangout for dinner.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The food and service were very good. They never recorded my Open Table reservation, so I received an email from OT informing me that I was a no show. It was easily corrected through the OT website.

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Second time having a Birthday dinner there and second time with terrible service. I’ll never come back and I’ll never recommend. The food was ok but not great... service I would give a zero stars if I could. Thanks but no thanks.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

We had a great time celebrating our friends 50th birthday. Service was excellent and great reatauranr. We have been here now 4 times. We are from Vancouver Canada . The only thing this time was we ordered a pizza and the crust was completed burnt and we had to flag our waitress to mention it and had the pizza redone. The saving point was a complimentary dessert for our birthday boy and a complimentary appetizer. We would definitely come back to your restaurant and will recommend our friends to come to this place . Thank you

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Local Ingredients, Organic, Cozy
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We had reservations the day after the big storm that wiped out electricity on Maui. There was no way to cancel the reservation- I couldn’t leave a message and their voicemail said the restaurant was closed. Open table didn’t respond when I hit the cancel button. I know you want us yo cancel but I was unable to successfully do it. We really wanted to eat there but they were advising no travel with trees and power lines down.

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Wonderful over all expierence. Food is always superb. Service is always very friendly and professional. And cost is reasonable. Love taking my son every Sunday for our family meal together.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Amazing authentic Italian food. The Lobster Risotto Special was absolutely out of this world! The Sauteed Spinach is my regular favorite. Everything here is super Yummy. One of my most favorites here on Maui.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Comfort Food, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Appetizers set the rating and Casanovas did not disappoint. Dinner was excellent and topped it all with a beautiful Brulee. Our waitress was helpful, friendly and knowledgeable about the dishes. Our out of town guests gave it a big thumbs up....and they are no food slouches...LOL. Mahalo for a wonderful evening!

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

It was our 52 anniversary we celebrated at Casanova with always good service and food.Always like the atmosphere.
The Bouwens

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Overall a satisfying experience, with good food and very respectable service. I would go back again.

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·Dined on September 5, 2017

The Pizza unfortunately didn't taste a lot. so it wasn't a really good pizza for us.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Overall great food as usual. One of our favorite upcountry spots.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2017

A group of 10 enjoyed remarkable Italian dishes. My husband is from Sicily and was thrilled with the flavors and choices. Also offers gluten free options. The waitress was amazing as well. A must for dining on Maui.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Fantastic, always a favorite when visiting!
I'll go again at least once more in the coming week.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Our friends had the chicken which was moist and flavorful and excellent! My husband always has a vegetarian pasta that he, obviously, loves. I had the salmon special that must have been a "small plate" because it was definitely a mini portion! The quinoa served with it was excellent but, sadly, the salmon was quite dry. I wouldn't have it again. Next time I'm going for the chicken!

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We as a family have been coming here for almost 20 years.. still one of our favorite places to eat at!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 17, 2017

We had family in town so took them to Cassanova's for a great dinner. My grandson had the spaghetti and meatballs - there was so much that even a 17-year old couldn't eat it all! My daughter-in-law had a creamy chicken pasta (darn! I can't remember what it was called!) that was excellent! I had the spinach salad which is always fabulous! Plus I had requested to be seated by the "dance floor" (no musical group that night) which was a perfect location when you have an active 3-year old along!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 16, 2017

My wife and I rented an Ohana (guest house) in Makawao walking distance from Casanova, could tell it was a local favorite, and were happy to see them on Open Table. My $0.02 is that this gem of a ristorante is the perfect blend of Americanized Italian food and Hawai'ian hospitality! Their "Paglia e Fieno aI Funghi," homemade linguini with wild Italian porcini mushrooms in creamy garlic sauce, was lick-the-bowl delicious! :)

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Good food, interesting variety, more than basic Italian.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Great experience all the way around!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Our friends from Italy prefer to eat Italian food everywhere they go. They are hard to impress and quick to critique. They found Casanova to be EXCEPTIONAL and wished they had known about it earlier in their trip so we could have eaten there every night!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The portifino is my husband's favorite dish, but this time is was too oily, the pesto had separated. I ordered the ravioli. The pasta was perfect, but the truffle oil overwhelmed the mire delicate flavors if the dish. The polenta appetizer is delicious.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Fun, Cozy, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Been there many times, great place to go. We think better italian food than Kihei !

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Our waitress was excellent and the food was outstanding great night out. I loved the feel of the place.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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