Ciao Pasta

4.6
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437 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Ciao Pasta offers the most authentic flavors of southern Italy in a historic setting reminiscent of the old world. Located in San Juan Capistrano, California, the restaurant serves upscale Italian fare using the finest quality ingredients. Such menu items include marinated eggplant parmesan, goat cheese salad, breaded chicken breast and oven baked halibut. Ciao Pasta offers unique blends of flavors using old family recipes that are sure to delight friends and family alike.

Happy hour at Ciao Pasta includes discounted house wine and beer, where guests are free to indulge in the beverages as they share affordable salads and calamari appetizers. Enjoy homemade martinis and wood-fired pizzas for a comfortable and fun dining experience.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.5
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4.5
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B
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant and the next time we are in San Juan Capistrano will make a point of coming here. Salvatore Is a most gracious host and really knows the meaning of hospitality. The food is delicious, the ambience is terrific and Salvatore makes it even more special.

MT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice italian restaurant. Would come back again. Service can be inconsistent and food quality as well.

S
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and amazing service. Can’t wait to go back.

J
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great Italian restaurant. The service is amazing. We enjoy it every time we are there.

KS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

You can always count on a wonderful time at Ciao Pasta

PC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner day after Valentines. The lobster ravioli was excellent and the lamb chops were astounding (and a great value at $32). First time there and will definitely be back.

MA
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always love this little spot in San Juan Capistrano. Always good food.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience for Valentines Day Dinner!

9
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza in SJC! Love the staff!

J
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent and professional service. Food was good and the ambiance was fairly good.

LD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the patio. The food was incredible! We ate there 2 times in one week when on vacation in Orange County. The inside looks beautiful too but I will always choose outside if the weather permits. The staff was perfect. Highly recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food, attentive service. Noisy environment. Food took a long time to be served.

M
Orange County
64 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of our favourite places in San Juan. Good for lunch too.

OT
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasquale and his staff are always great. Food .. amazing and service very good. We’ve been going for over 25 years and it’s always delicious!

OT
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice restaurant in front of the San Juan Capistrano Mission. Food was delicious great menu selection.

k
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We usually sit on the patio but this time went inside since it was cold out. A bit noisier inside but still a wonderful place to eat. Great food and service.

RL
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food, as always!! Ciao Pasta never disappoints

GC
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, great food, great wines. Outside seating is warm and cozy!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our Service was great!

CD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I thought portion sizes were so small for pasta. Not worth 20$ for a tiny bowl of pasta. Hungry when I got home

Also 25$ corkage fee is ridiculous

Will not be back

OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was phenomenal from the second we walked in. Chef came over to every table to ask about the food. Absolutely will be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joseph was awesome as the food was incredible

T
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food!!! Great service! A place that will be our go-to for Italian food!!

j
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we're longtime san juan capistrano residents and view ciao pasta as THE best restaurant in the city....

k
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go here regularly and always love it. Food and service is excellent.

KS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Ciao Pasta! The ambiance, the food and the service are all outstanding! We highly recommend Ciao!

J
Orange County
48 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Had no problem getting a 6:30 PM same day reservation, and we (party of 3) were seated right on time. However, it was obvious that they were slammed. The service was very slow. We did not actually get our dinners until about 7:40 PM. We had the Ciao Pasta, Salmon and Halibut entrees respectively and all were excellent. Like this place and would recommend it. Hopefully the slow service was just an anomaly.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, ambiance and staff that like their job. Everyone that works at this place seem to have a good working relationship with each other and look happy to work at this restaurant. The service was excellent!

JP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food! Enjoyed the wait staff! Would highly recommend this restaurant!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice little Italian restaurant. Service was good, food was good. Bonus for me was very tasty gluten free pasta. Will return for sure!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy eating here.

PM
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had a nice table for two. Unfortunately it was near the door and it was a cold night. We kept getting the cold drafts each time the door opened. Sit anywhere else. The pasta was delicious and the wine selection delicious. Our service was poor. Our waiter kept disappearing on us so others apologized and delivered our food and clean silverware. He also did not know how to use the wine corkscrew and ended up breaking the cork in two. We will go back and try again.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good with dairy-free and gluten-free options that are enjoyable by everyone.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

This was our 3rd time and it is getting worse each time. My husband is still complaining about the food. My wine was spoiled, I only had 2 sips and then left the rest. The bread was the best part of the meal.

a
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have lived in Dana Point for 15 years and have never been here. We are quite picky with food and service and the whole experience was AWESOME. Our server Miguel was great and every single pasta dish we ordered was over the top incredible. Make sure to ask for the specials and dishes that they make that are not on the menu.. this is a must eat restaurant and the prices are so affordable! We loved it!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambiance and the food was delicious. This is my daughter’s favorite Birthday place directly across from the Mission in our beautiful downtown San Juan Capistrano.

SP
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dine here reasonably frequently and have never had a bad meal. Great for getting together with friends and family. Classy interior with a lovely outdoor patio. Great service. All the pasta dishes are very good.

M
Orange County
65 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a treat to dine at Ciao Pasta. The sea bass is amazing.

h
Orange County
107 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Trimmed down menu limits choices. Prices remain reasonable, and the patio is very nice. If you have that small of a menu, nightly special might make a big difference

LA
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience as always.