Casanova Restaurant Carmel

4.6
567 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
We are committed to the culinary arts with a focus on contemporary and rustic cuisine. We provide our guests the best quality ingredients available to us by embracing and supporting our local small organic farms and fisheries. Authenticity has always been at the core of our vision. We are always questioning and ever evolving.
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Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greeted with complimentary glasses of Prosecco for our anniversary. Service friendly and efficient. Food was delicious.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Hands down, This used to be our favorite restaurant in Carmel. The quality of the food has gone downhill. The food does not taste as authentic as it used to be. The pasta used to taste fresh and now it tastes like it’s frozen; Not to mention overly salty. We will not be returning. It’s too expensive to be this disappointing. (I gave 2 stars because we enjoyed the oysters and creme brûlée.) The seafood fettuccine and ravioli are what we ordered.

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TY
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always fabulous, great atmosphere and superb food. After all these years, still one of Carmel’s best.

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AH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ambiance and even more amazing food and service

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MB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was great - the only thing is to maybe be able to do an uncorking fee fir two and not just one - love this pmace

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JM
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely, romantic restaurant. We had a wonderful dinner.

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PW
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service. This place has the charm too! Our favorite spot in Carmel!

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Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute little place with great food. We had the gnocchi appetizer- amazing, the special tomahawk steak - so good it was ridiculous, and the braised short rib cannelloni - yum! They shaved on some truffles but those were not worth the extra $$. Most of the time when you pay extra for that supplement they are fresh and you can smell and taste the rich earthiness. This was dried out without aroma or flavor. Besides that everything on the menu was amazing! And the wine list - fantastic!

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Orange County
41 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Casanova is certainly a beautiful restaurant, but sadly the food was not what I'd hoped it would be. My starter, which was a soup, was good but a bit too subtle in my opinion. I ordered the salmon special for my main course, and was really disappointed; it was dry, and also fairly flavorless. The best part of the meal was the dessert, the chocolate ganache cake, and it was really excellent.

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Naples
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surpassed our high expectations!

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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Actually a favorite restaurant we try to visit when in town

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M
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful outdoor; my favorite spot.

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GM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants we have experienced in a LONG time! Thank you, Casanova, for an exceptional birthday dinner!

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Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening at this restaurant for a ladies weekend. Extensive wine list and knowledgeable Staff! The service was wonderful and our waitress gave us a tour of the place afterwards and showed us the table that was given to them which Van Gogh dined on back in his day. The cannelloni with beef was Fabulous as were the assorted olives and the artichoke salad. Beautiful tarts there as well! The charming rustic look of the restaurant reminded us of someplace straight out of Tuscany..

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TC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was terrific. Gnocchi appetizer was one of the table favorites.

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TA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Nice outside patio for dogs. We asked to have our food brought in three courses instead we waited while others seated after us were served. When our dishes finally came, it was all at once. Nice wine list and nice waiter, just scattered.

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LT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Limited menu, no green salad the night were were there. Outstanding service. Extensive wine list with overpriced wines

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Our favorite place for lunch in Carmel for years now somehow doesn’t work as well for dinner, have given it two tries now.

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JB
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Duck was on the online menu but not available at the restaurant. Very disappointing.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner with hubby

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Been coming here for awhile. Hostess was able to secure us a table in the courtyard. Was slightly disappointed with the food this time. Ordered their ribeye medium rare but came medium ish and dry. The greens with the steak were really fibrous, spicy that I don’t think complemented the steak and kinda ruined the wine tasting since it was too overpowering. Pasta dishes were always good.

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SL
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a memorable experience. One of our musts when we visit Carmel.

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NB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husbands rib eye was a little fatty but my short ribs were super delicious. I love this place. We live in Santa Cruz and recommend you to all our friends especially for special occasions. The only bummer was there was a dog in the car out front barking the whole time...not your fault but when you spend $260 for dinner.....

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DF
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! My wife and I come here every time we're in Carmel. Most of time, we go to Carmel, just to have dinner (or lunch) at Casanova! The food is incredible, the staff is awesome, and they're pet-friendly. The best thing I can say about this place, is to just go there! It may become your favorite spot too! :)

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VR
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Have been coming here for years. Was a little disappointed this time around, actually. I felt our server was a bit impatient and almost condescending, which was a first at Casanova. The sommelier was magnificent, and nailed it. The food was very good, no complaints there. All in all, it was good, but not great, which was a bummer, as it was my girlfriend's birthday, and it was her first time in Carmel. Was hoping for a truly special night, but it was only good, because the server was just sort of short, and not really what I am used to from Casanova.

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FH
Dallas
32 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Vacation romantic

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LM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Every time we vacation in Carmel we always make sure we have dinner at Casanova’s. The ambiance is always great and the food and extensive wine list never disappoints. However, this time around the food and wine prices seemed to be much higher than when we last ate there. $16 for a very small portion of cold cut up artichoke with shaved cheese and $45 for four small sized lamb chops over asparagus and rice was in my opinion not very good value. I should have ordered a pasta dish like my husband did. His cheese and mushroom ravioli was delicious.

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M
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Fabulous food. I started with the escargot, which were prepared wonderfully. Not the typical butter and garlic. My entre was the short ribs. They were prepared over polenta with vegetables. Although a knife was provided, it was not needed as the he meat fell apart. My wife had the spinach gnocchi prepared in a light cream sauce and were very light. One of our favorite restaurants.

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is the Little gem in Carmel!
Unbelievable wine seller that has had wines since the release dates. Close to 5 million dollars in cellar incredible food

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and the food was delish and savory.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have some very extreme dietary restrictions and they were so good about working with me to alter the dish I wanted (and it was still SO DELICIOUS!). Cannot recommend highly enough for anyone with food allergies or dietary restrictions.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice. It’s s carmel classic.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delight to dine here. Service is always excellent, as is the food. Portions are generous. Great for celebrations too.

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SM
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always.
I’ll be back...

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J
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food!

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DB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such excellent dining - great food, gracious service, and wonderful ambiance.

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SP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

I have been going to this restaurant for 30 years. For the last 5 years the food has been going down hill. The menu is now extremely limited and the chef has a huge ego. When I didn't see a green salad of any kind on the menu I asked for one. Then I was told "green lettuce" wasn't in season. Really? In May? In California?

The manager came over and insulted me by saying with extreme disdain in his voice, that they didn't carry iceberg or romaine lettuce, like he thought I ate at McDonalds or something. Little did he know that my husband is a renown chef from Sonoma County...

I will forever now shout from the roof top, "DON'T GO THERE!!!"

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EB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food is inconsistent. I have dined there 3 times in the last two month. The food was disappointing the last two visits, specifically the larger serving of the gnocchi. Too little gnocchi, too much sauce. The food cost of gnocchi is next to nothing, so for $28 the portion size should be greater and quality should be much better.

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DM
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and wine recommendations were excellent. Atmosphere was quiet and romantic for my wife and I. Expensive dinner but we thought it was worth it.

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EM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the service, food and ambiance. Expensive.

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