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“Great meal, no curb appeal.”

Casanova Ristorante
Ranked #20 of 143 Restaurants in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Families with children, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Casanova Italian Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge offers authentic North Italian cuisine in a romantic atmosphere. Many customers enjoy our specialties and specially selected wine list. The restaurant has a warm and friendly Italian ambiance with terracotta tiles and many beautiful images of Venice. It offers an indoor as well as an outdoor dinning experience. The delicious cuisine and wonderful music of many greats, including Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett creates an atmosphere for love and celebration at Casanova. We are located just a mile away from the Ritz Carlton and the St. Regis Hotels off the Dana Point Harbor. Please visit our web site for our most up-to-date menu and dining specialties!
Caldwell, New Jersey
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39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great meal, no curb appeal.”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

It has been said before, Casanova looks bad from the street but once you are inside it is a whole different world.
The service, food quality and atmosphere are all very good.
We are from the east coast and have been disappointed in most of the Italian food in this area.
But this place has the best Italian food we have found so far.
The tomato sauce is superior and the serving portions are large.
A definite must try if you are in the area.

  • Visited October 2013
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Glendale, California
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233 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Great surprise tucked away in a humble strip mall.”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

We happened on Casanova Ristorante by checking our list of "want to try" eateries. When we drove up, we were disappointed to find it in the corner of a strip mall. The parking lot was not full, and the windows of the restaurant were dark, making it seem empty. But as soon as we walked in, we were greeted by a friendly and polite host, who warmly welcomed us. Ironically, the dining room was full, so we were seated at the last large booth in the bar. Both rooms were lively and full of friendly conversations. We ordered the house salad to share - very crisp and fresh with an excellent creamy Italian dressing. We were both in the mood for seafood pasta. It came with a mountain of fresh fish, mussels, clams, shrimp, scallops and calamari on a delicious linguine. We both agreed that it was the best seafood pasta we had ever eaten! The servings were so generous, that I left more than I ate. We both took home leftovers and made a note to share one order next time. We ordered wine by the glass from a varied menu. The service was excellent and every bit of our meal was delicious. For the quality of the food and the service, the prices were reasonable. We have since been told that their happy hour is also well worth trying. We will definitely put it on our favorites list for Orange County.

  • Visited September 2013
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2 Thank Lorraine M
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Burlingame, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Amazing polenta porcini!”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

Did not know what to think when reviews took me to a strip mall for dinner, but after the food arrived I couldn't have been happier. The polenta porcini was flat out fantastic! Pizza buttery and delicious. And we cleaned our plate on the veal marsalis. Staff was very nice and prices extremely reasonable. Highly recommend this place!

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank SmrOrng
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Windsor VT
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67 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Yummy meatballs”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Service was excellent, wine was very good and food was the best. We were so lucky to have found this place. Looking forward to returning.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank babybatman8
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London
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3 reviews
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“Lovely”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

visited with friends on a recommendation. Arrived in good time and seated in a lounge which was most enjoyable.

When shown to our table, excellent atmosphere and helpful staff. Was very impressed with the way the waiter took a board and explained each of the steaks and cuts, along with the marinade. This is the 1st time I've ever been explained steaks and it was interesting to hear the waiter explain things.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Phil J
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