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Today 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:30 PM
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5th Ave Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923
5th AvenueUSCaliforniaCarmel-by-the-Sea93923
$$$European Restaurant, French RestaurantToday 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:30 PM
Friday 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:30 PMSaturday 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:30 PMSunday 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PMMonday 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PMTuesday 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PMWednesday 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PMThursday 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
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Romance abounds at this French & Italian restaurant with outdoor patio once frequented by Van Gogh.- Google
"The sun-dried tomato dip for the breadsticks & the scallops were tasty."
"Phenomenal wine list."
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Brian Mello
4 months ago
This is our third visit to Casanovas in the last 10 years, and only because we had a $60 gift certificate to waste. Even with our gift certificate accompanying us, our dining experience remained the same as the last 2 visits. Again, we were very disappointed by quality and portions of the dishes as well as the disinterested service we were provided. The restaurant seems to offer just a long list of wines to cater to its European ambiance along with an unexciting menu. We ordered the meat canelloni and the pork ravioli; both dishes tasted like reheated pasta with poor quality meat (greasy and tuff). We had to ask for bread twice, eventually it came 20 minutes after we were served our main dishes. When our bread did arrive, it was chewy and bland. In the end, we opted not to have dessert and felt the $22 out of pocket we spent in addition to the $60 allotted for us on the gift certificate ($82 total) left us leaving the restaurant feeling cheated. I have no regrets saying this is the last time we will be visiting Casanovas together or with friends that come to town.
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Janet Weitkunat McGuirk
7 months ago
We wanted to have a special dinner to celebrate our anniversary last Friday night - made a reservation and then stopped by during the day to request a special table which the hostess graciously assured us she marked down and would be taken care or. When we arrived at the restaurant, a different hostess said every table was special and did not even look into our request, she placed us at a table for two in the middle of a noisy room. Dinner service was slow and the food less than average and very expensive - we travel a lot and appreciate a good meal and certainly willing to pay for one but this was very disappointing. My husband's beef dish was very fatty and barely edible. My roasted vegetables were truly less than impressive - not too much effort was put into that meal. We purchased a 1/2 bottle of wine that the following night we purchased a full bottle at the same price - also at a Carmel restaurant. We will not go there again and will not recommend it to our friends.
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ken keller
a year ago
Despite being loud & excessively priced ($33 for a small pasta w/ no sides), the food was mediocre if that. The sun-dried tomato dip for the breadsticks & the scallops were tasty. "Artisan" bread cost $5. The gnocchi was greasy. The cappellini was thick & the balsamic taste was overpowering. First, it was sprinkled w/ shaved cheese (not described on the menu) so I sent it back. The Christmas lights were unappealing.
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Arne Laudien
a year ago
If you have no reservation, definitely give it a try. We got this place recommended by a different (booked) restaurant and Casanova was able to squeeze us in on a Saturday night. The Linguini with Sea Food were awesome! The wine list is not a list, it's a book, lots of choices, very impressing! Very kind, thoughtful and kids-friendly (!) service.
Sky Lobowski
5 months ago
Let me preface what I'm about to say with "We love dogs!" BUT... We were celebrating a birthday, and looking forward to a nice meal in Carmel. We arrived on time for a reservation this evening. There were several parties in the outside seating area, all of which seemed to have large dogs accompanying them for dinner. A scuffle broke out between three of the animals; people began pulling their animals apart to avoid a bristled mess. Not a very pleasant entrance for such a touted restaurant. It didn't end there...We entered the building to be met with a woman who barley acknowledged us. She was busy talking to another patron about, you guessed it, his dog. We patiently waited, she fluttered off while another young woman asked if she could help. Yes, thank you. We told her the reservation time, and she seemed genuinely dazed, then said, "You'll need to wait for Christian, she'll seat you." We stepped back awkwardly while a large party of 15 arrived. They sat them while we waited. Funny, another couple came in and this same young woman asked if she could help them. They advised of a reservation, she then responded, "You'll need to wait for Christian." Not quite sure what her roll was in this establishment, but clearly she should not be asking if she could be of any help. The flutterer came back mumbling at the no-help gal "...and we need to take care of Lexor, his dog..." We did eventually get seated in a couple of uncomfortable wicker chairs and stared at each other. We decided $30 for a ravioli dinner at this restaurant just wasn't worth it. We shrugged, got up and began walking the canine gauntlet. What a hoot. It was PC comical. So many other restaurants that will engage their patrons upon arrival, seat them quickly, and at the very least, treat them better than the dogs. Here's a helpful hint: designate a corner of the restaurant AWAY from your main entrance for dogs, and hint #2: remember, it's the human animal that pays your bills.
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Nic Kleemann
10 months ago
Oh my goodness, this was heaven. We had a team dinner here, and every dish we tried was excellent, and I think we tried them all. The service was excellent, they accommodated our like for sharing and trying different dishes. I am so looking forward to be back.
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Lilian Tellez
a year ago
Loved my lunch here! I had the catch of the day, a very well cooked salmon with potatoes and artichokes, a glass of red wine and as a "dessert", a tasting of artisan cheese and fruit. The ambiance is fantastic, ideal for a romantic dinner or lunch, with a Mediterranean flair.
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Fabien Curto Millet
a year ago
Very romantic spot - the decor is charming, and the patio is great for lunch. But crucially, it's not only about appearances as the food doesn't disappoint at all! I had a fantastic grilled artichoke (accompanied by a terrific red pepper aioli), followed by a superlative lamb ragu pappardelle (beautiful pasta, tender lamb, great sauce and mushrooms). Service was friendly and effective. Would come back without hesitation.


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