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Casa Dora Italian Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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108 E Forsyth St, Jacksonville, FL 32202-3318
+1 904-356-8282
09:00 - 21:00
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Oslo, Norway
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109 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We dropped in, a group of 7 people and were welcomed by Fred (the owner). It took a looong time before he was able to take our orders, but he dropped by from time to time with some friendly bantering and assured us that the wait was worth it. When we eventually got our food on the table it was... More 

Thank Kropell
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We popped into this place before a show at the Florida Theatre. It was set up like a buffet/salad bar. Once we decided what we wanted the gentlemen behind the serving trays scooped our food out and proceeded to heat it up in the microwave. We should have walked out at that point. I also ordered a slice of pizza... More 

1 Thank Matt C
Virginia, USA
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172 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We went there as a group of about 30 and had the back room. Fred, the owner, was great fun and treated us like members of his family. The food was very good and there was a lot of it. It was a fun place to eat.

Thank DonnieRam
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43 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Stopped in here the day before Valentines Day. We were staying at the Hyatt 2 blocks away. Wasn't sure what to expect as it was a Monday and downtown area gets pretty quiet at night. This place was fantastic.! The best meal I have had in a very long time. Well priced and the service quick and efficient. Trust the... More 

1 Thank travelcrazy58
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

After all the recommendations and rave reviews, I was very disppointed with my meal here. I came by for lunch, midday and had spaghetti and a salad. The spaghetti was sauce was watery and thin..barely any tomato, and was bland. The salad was a bowl full of lettuce and 2 cherry tomatos. Maybe they skimp out at lunch time and... More 

1 Thank TenWill_Beach
Charlotte, North Carolina
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35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

We were attending show at the nearby Florida Theater and needed dinner. Went by the Casa Dora restaurant and let walking only to return after the staff at theater Recommended it. To be honest it was outstanding!! Manager was warm and inviting. Wait staff as OK. Food was fabulous. Would definitely go back for authentic Italian. The lasagna was the... More 

1 Thank yarnel2001
Jacksonville, Florida
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Love coming here to get a truly authentic independent dining experience. Right next to Florida Theater and the BAP art gallery. Always a good experience and value. Chicken Bianca and a generous pour on Friday night make for a great night in downtown Jax

1 Thank KMBud
Albany, New York
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151 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

In town for a conference. My Uber driver mentioned that Casa Dora had good food as we drove by. Later that day as I wandered around downtown Jacksonville, I found myself outside the restaurant. I stopped to look at the menu and check it out. I loved this little place. The staff made me feel right at home. I had... More 

Thank jelmwood
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Decided to check it out before going to a show down the street. The food was delicious, but the service not so much. Had to wait in line to order "buffet style." The gentleman at the register was very friendly, but the young lady seemed less than excited about being there. They were also out of a couple of the... More 

1 Thank Kathy K
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Dirty, cheap wine if they even have what's on the pitiful list, out of what I asked for, calamari was horrible, we had Rez for big group and there were 2 staff members in all including chef.... so terrible service. I hate to give bad reviews, but this was by far the worst dining experience ever. It is cheap. If... More 

2 Thank Ashley T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Italian, Pizza
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 108 E Forsyth St, Jacksonville, FL 32202-3318
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Jacksonville
  • Phone Number: +1 904-356-8282
Casa Dora Italian Restaurant is located in Downtown Jacksonville on East Forsyth Street next to the Florida Theatre. You can find the owner Chef Sam Hassan and the store manager Freddie in the restaurant each day. They have been cooking homemade Italian food with love and care since 1976. Stop by and try some of Casa Dora's delicious food and see why 'Homemade is Better.'

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?