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Casanova Ristorante

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33585 Del Obispo St, Dana Point, CA 92629
949-496-0992
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3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 99
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Superb dining in Dana Point

One of the best Italian restaurants we have eaten at around the world. The shrimp appetizer is fabulous and you need to make sure you can order it on the happy hour menu ($10), almost a full meal in of itself. The fried calamari is great also. My wife likes their specialty salad, the pizza, the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
James S
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Capistrano Beach, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
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Capistrano Beach, California
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32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

One of the best Italian restaurants we have eaten at around the world. The shrimp appetizer is fabulous and you need to make sure you can order it on the happy hour menu ($10), almost a full meal in of itself. The fried calamari is great also. My wife likes their specialty salad, the pizza, the asparagus dish, all of... More 

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Dana Point, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Casanova has an excellent menu, and you won't walk away disappointed. Always a good choice for a date, and a good bar with a great wine selection. Try a bottle of the Centanni Monte Floris (Montepulciano from Le Marche, Italy) ;)

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Long Beach, California
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53 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

For starters I am one of the original customers from when Nik first opened in a much smaller space without a bar. I've been around through the expansion to a full service restaurant and through the years that Nik owned it the quality always remained. I continued to patronize the restaurant when the new owners took over and for a... More 

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casanovaristorante, Manager at Casanova Ristorante, responded to this review

I read your review and please allow me to answer some points. I do appreciate you taking the time to write in such detail. We have had the same bartenders make the best martinis as all our customers tell us repeatedly when they visit our bar. And yes, we do use in our bar real Maker’s Mark – anyone can... More 

Los Angeles, California
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Stopped by Casanova's last night for happy hour and was delighted with the quality of the food. Reminded me so much of my culinary experiences in southern Italy. Loved the calamari, fungi, and eggplant Parmesana. We found Casanova's staff warm, friendly, and knowledgeable.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The food at this restaurant is very average and the ambiance is terrible. Lighting is good enough for a sporting event and the decor is blah.

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Toronto, Canada
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91 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This was a very enjoyable evening. The Pasta was amazing. The owner and wait staff were wonderful. We arrived near closing but the owner had no issues with us coming in having a glass of wine and a terrific meal. This restaurant is not on the boardwalk but across the street in a strip mall. But for the food it... More 

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Dana Point, California
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Despite its location next to Albertson's in a strip shopping center, Casanova's is undoubtedly the finest Northern Italian Restaurant for miles - great pastas, fish, veal, etc. Nothing compares. Sit down service is attentive; take-out is always prompt and hot. Serves dinner only.

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Orange County, CA
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I was expecting a lot more after reading other people's reviews. I went for a business dinner and will not be going back. Here are the facts as I see them. The ambiance is decidedly average, the booth seating is a uncomfortable and, due to its proximity to the bar, is not conducive to conversation because of the noise. The... More 

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Dana Point, California
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I've been here for dinner several times and have never been disappointed. I love the big long bar that is great for a pre-dinner cocktail. I've enjoyed several pasta dishes and they were all tasty. Great service and great food.

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Dana Point, California
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

While the decor needs updating, the food, drinks and service is consistent and good. It is a favorite for locals. This is the kind of restaurant you go to when you want comfort food and service. Try the rigatoni mama rosa, the sausage is delicious. The bruschetta appetizer is huge, wonderful and I have. Hard time park passing it up.... More 

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Additional Information about Casanova Ristorante

Address: 33585 Del Obispo St, Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone Number: 949-496-0992
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
Open Hours:
Sunday 3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 33585 Del Obispo St, Dana Point, CA 92629
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
  • Phone Number: 949-496-0992

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
3:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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