Ciao Pasta

4.8
619 Reviews
$30 and under
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 fresh Branzino, Lobster Ravioli, Pappardelle si porcini e truffle, baked Halibut And many more. 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.
What 619 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
service
4.7
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4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFRANCESCOM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Italian food. Nice patio and servers are very friendly.

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vipBenny
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio dining at Ciao Pasta is a wonderful experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very friendly and helpful

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was an experience in itself. Taken back to our travels in Italy. We celebrated our daughter 19th birthday and she requested this restaurant after dining here the night before with extended family. 2 nights in a row was not enough. Loved this restaurant and experience.

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vipStefan
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great evening out with friends for good food and a wonderful ambiance. All in our group were vaccinated and we went out for a Easter dinner.

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chelenas
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was our first time at CIAO, won’t be our last. It was fantastic. Food excellent, ambiance was perfect. Wait staff was a little slow but that allowed us to linger a little longer and enjoy the warm evening. We’ll be back for sure!!

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vipAnnJeffrey
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fist time we have dined there since, March, 2020. So happy to be back. Food, service, ambiance, everything was wonderful. Gorgeous warm evening, so we sat on the patio. Started with Martinis. Finished with Daou. Mmmmm. Bread was warm. Caesar’s salad, followed by Spaghetti and Meatballs. Excellent on all. Incredible being back. Thank you!

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ShawnM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food was delicious and service was very quick. Great local Italian restaurant.

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vipIsmaelaS
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was delicious! From pizza to all the pastas (gnocchi and ravioli) house salad with delicious dressing and eggplant appetizer (our family is vegetarian). Everything was delightful!!! Even the espresso at the end. Good wine list also. It’s a must! Authentic delicious Italian!!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing, 10/10 recommend!

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Teri
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Ciao Pasta! Great food, awesome service, beautiful setting inside or out. One of my favorite places for Italian food or any food!

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rick
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite Italian restaurant in south Orange County!

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RobertF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food, good service. best to dine outside in good weather.

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ProductReviewer
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I love Ciao Pasta! The outdoor seating is fabulous and the food is always tasty

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

We were not impressed with the quality of food. We ordered 2 appetizers and 4 main dishes. Appetizers were better but the main dishes unfortunately wasn’t good.

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SusanJ
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delectable cuisine, pleasant ambiance, and attentive service.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday -

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GeorgeS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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viplindas
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and cooking were great as always. Wonderful lasagna and Chicken Limone!

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Jared
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ciao Pasta has been a family favorite restaurant for over 5 years. I recently came here during the pandemic, and the service was exceptional + the food was amazing as always. I would highly recommend going here if you want an amazing Italian dinner with quiet ambiance.

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luv2eat
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful meal. Great service and excellent food.

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vipsunsetdiner
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio for outdoor dining, food was great, short rib pasta and Branzino recommended

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vipFRANCESCOM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing authentic Italian food, nice patio and great service.
Had a good time talking to Pasquale.

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vipMimi
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Sunday lunch!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great!!

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vipTrufoodie
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We’ve eaten here for many years and have never had a bad experience. The owner is always overseeing the operation and walking around making sure everyone’s happy.

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vipreddo
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All good value

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Brasstown. Braised short rib with homemade pasta

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent night out! Staff is on point and the food was stellar for all four of us!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite places to go! The service is great and I have always been so pleased with my food!

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JuliaM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were so outstanding. They’re super quick to bring out food, refill your drink, etc. The food tastes phenomenal. Eat here!!

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vipDaisyG
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place, great food. We’ve been here a few times and each time it’s always good. Love the location as well. We will be back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great restaurant! Everything is so fresh and delicious. Very clean and very good about spacing guests apart. The burrata beet salad is the best! Highly highly recommend!

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Ernizfriend
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As in my prior visits, the food was excellent. Their patio works well, it is a very pleasant atmosphere and there is adequate spacing between tables. Love their heater system as it is overhead and heat evenly distributed, no hot or cold spots at least for my party. Service was impeccable.

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EileenP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I thought the food was great! It was a very cold day to be stuck on the patio, but it is what it is. I would highly recommend Ciao Pasta again -- and I would wear a coat!

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CarrieS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Salmon salad was outstanding. We sat on patio by fireplace - comfortable and quiet space. First visit - had a lovely time.

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vipColeenC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ciao pasta was amazing as always! Great dinner to celebrate a special birthday! Highly recommend!!

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vipMimi
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful lunch outside

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

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vipAmie
Orange County
101 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

As I have commented in my past reviews, the food is excellent, but the service is lacking. Our server did not ask if we wanted anything to drink. He just asked what we wanted to eat. When I said, you did not ask if we wanted a drink, he responded, it is lunch time so I didn't want to push you to order a drink. I said, you should always ask as we did want to have wine with our meal. Also, they drop the food to the table and immediately walk away. We have had better servers, but this server seemed to have an attitude. I feel the wait staff should be trained to be more professional.

FAQs

Ciao Pasta offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 496-5002.

Ciao Pasta is rated 4.8 stars by 619 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.