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“Casanova is Falling on "Hard Times"”

Casanova Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 159 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $75
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Verneuil-en-Bourbonnais, France
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83 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
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“Casanova is Falling on "Hard Times"”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

For many years now, I have always rated Casanova as being the best restaurant in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Repeatedly I have referred friends and strangers alike to it for a memorable dining experience. Its cuisine remains excellent as does its charming ambience in which to enjoy your meal. But I am afraid Casanova has gradually fallen on hard times. Were it not for it unique ambience, I could not recommend it has heartily as I once did. And why do I say this? Simply because of its long-standing tendency to overprice it menu selection, especially its varied selections of wines. Slowly but surely, it is "cutting corners" with a little less here and a little less there, especially the hors-d'oeuvres! The proverbial "straw that broke carmel's back" came yesterday, when I asked for some bread and was told that bread is no longer severed, but can be ordered for five dollars. I placed an order for it and I was give four slices of excellent bread, that is, at $1.25 per slice of bread! NEVER in life have I been in a restaurant and charged for bread, not to mention this outrageous price. So, fellow restauranteurs from now on I shall frequent "Le Saint Tropez" in Carmel-by-the-Sea, where excellent bread is served without charge and where the cuisine easily rivals that of Casanova.

  • Visited August 2013
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“Not To Be MIssed”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

The restaurant looks great as you approach--very inviting. The hostesses were very friendly, very welcoming, and very passionate about the food and the restaurant. The atmosphere is very relaxed, pleasant, and convivial. The server had a large area to cover, but she pulled it off with aplomb. A manager (owner? partner?) was circulating among the diners, conversing, filling water, clearing plates. Even better than all that was the food. It was fresh, delicious, and beautiful. You should not miss out on the experience.

Visited August 2013
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Oslo, Norway
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“Great place.”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

We ended up at Casanova for a little late night snack, when we couldn´t find anything else open (other than all the other restaurants, that is - grocery store closes way too early). We only had some appetizers, prices were a bit stiff, but the food was excellent! It is perfect for a romantic evening.

  • Visited July 2013
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Swindon, England, United Kingdom
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“Evening meal”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

We were really looking forward to a fantastic gastronomic experience but were bitterly disappointed. The staff were very offhand and the whole atmosphere was very pretentious - there was a limited menu and a half bottle of wine was 25 dollars. The food was very mediocre And we were so disenchanted with everything especially the exorbitant prices that it is the first time we decided not to tip!!!

  • Visited August 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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“A great recommendation”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

While visiting Carmel for the first time and shopping in one of the lovely cottages, the shop owner recommended going to Casanova for lunch or dinner. The next day we visited Carmel again and made sure we had lunch at Casanova. Everything was excellent from the charming cottage decor, the friendly knowledgeable staff and delicious food. Great Italian dishes, great wines and a few wonderful desserts. This must be one of the finest restaurants in Carmel and we will go again on our next visit to this area. We liked it so much that we purchased a gift certificate for the friends we were visiting in Pacific Grove.

  • Visited June 2013
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