Ciao Pasta

4.7
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505 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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipNoBe
Orange County
67 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all ways!!!

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vipMarkusB
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Ciao Pasta - all around! The service, the food, the ambiance - perfecto.

JB
vipJenniferB
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The salmon is always amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great experience the food was very good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Been to better italian.

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lindanpaul
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lunch gathering of old friends. Wine list was very nice and the appetizers were good, bland but good. The entrees sounded so much better than they tasted and the tab was pretty high for lunch

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vipMimi
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening with family celebrating birthday!

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vipReeve
Orange County
65 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our never fail, go to local places. Consistent quality on the food and casual patio dining!

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vipKipH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Our first time at Ciao Pasta and we were pleasantly surprised. It was a Saturday night and a little crowded so the tables on the patio were a bit closer than six feet apart. The service was a little slow but the food made up for it. The bread was delicious and the house salad large enough to split. I had pasta and my wife had the veal with a lemon sauce. Both were wonderful. We will be sure to go back again to try a couple of other dishes.

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vipsusanh
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

This is our fourth time eating at Ciao because we like it a lot. The owner is there to welcome you as you enter and is very present throughout the restaurant. Right now, it is patio dining only due to the covid-19 requirements, but that has not affected the quality of the food nor the service. Both remain very good. The branzino fish entree is delicious along with their chicken breast entree. My husband always orders their seafood pasta. He eats half of it and enjoys the rest the next day at home. All of the entrees are delicious. You can't go wrong no matter what you order. Ciao is located in a delightful setting right across the street from the SJC Mission. Parking is readily available in the public parking lot near the entrance. This has become one of our very favorite restaurants in the area. We always know eating there will be a nice experience.

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Asmiley
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, staff was courteous and food was delicious!

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vippaulaM
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very impressed with Pascal (owner) and his team. They have created a safe environment during this Covid mess and delivered superb service and food. Never disappointed in going here. The food is fresh and delicious.

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vipNoBe
Orange County
68 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food is always fresh and delicious.

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vipkerncamp
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Took my daughter to Ciao for her 19th birthday, as it’s one of her favorite restaurants and we both love authentic Italian food, plus during coronavirus restrictions, we know it has a large and welcoming outdoor dining area. Our server was very polite, all staff wore proper PPE and were still polite and friendly, even though our reservation was at 8 pm on a Sunday. Service was never rushed, with true Italian hospitality and it was relaxed, which was especially refreshing during this stressful pandemic. Lovely food and evening!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around!

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KimR
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Can’t wait till next time. The braised short rib is simply addicting.

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MichelleL
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio was open for dining and they were so hospitable! Their efforts for cleanliness were apparent. There was a fresh, clean smell present as we approached the table. The servers were welcoming and generous with the amount of time we sat and visited. The space was airy and pleasant. Overall a great experience! The food was good too!

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JenniferK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great as always! The staff was great with keeping tables separated and guests not sitting close by any means. The food was delicious and the staff was friendly as always. A favorite for us all!

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vipFinefoodie
Orange County
87 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as usual

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vipmonicaa
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Ciao Pasta!!! Great food, ambiance and very clean!!!

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Angel
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience...food and service is so good.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our to go restaurant for Italian food. Authentic, delicious and great service.
Never dissapoint...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything on their menu is authentic and delicious. The owner is very kind and attentive to detail, especially right now with Covid restrictions.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and patio. Perfect in today's new normal

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic patio dining. Food is great and Ruben is the best!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great outdoor spot!

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Outstanding
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service- seared halibut and rotelli de pasti are legend

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Violaw8
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s worth the drive to this awesome Italian restaurant. Everything is good and fresh. Service is great. It’s really nice to be able to sit outside at this nice place and enjoy a good sit-down dinner during this pandemic!

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ChrisP
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem of an Italian restaurant. Even with the challenges of the times Caio Pasta delivered a great experience for date night! Do yourself a favor and try the Limonchello Gelato dessert! It is one of the most refreshing desserts I’ve ever had.

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viphungergames2
Orange County
47 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

One person had the herb crusted halibut, which was overdone and with crust & all, not more than a 1/2 inch thick.
One person had the Lamb rack special, it was presented with chine in place could not cut through each chop...hard to eat and not a lot of meat....only other thing on plate was what resembled cubed breakfast potatoes with nothing on them, and no greenery or vegetable side.
Two people had the pork pasta special...which was about 95% pasta, and not much else.
Shared a burrata beet appetizer...burrata was dried out and crumbly, beets consisted of 3 paper thin slices and about 5 halved grape tomatoes
None were good! Pasta dish, lamb dinner, and 1/2 a beet appetizer, 1/2 caesar, with bottle of $40 wine and tip was $150...definitely not worth it!

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nick
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good food

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DeanReyn
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the "everything" about it; food, wine, bread, patio and staff

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LauraF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food and Great Service! Love sitting on the patio!

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KevinMcC
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very special time at Ciao Pasta. Service was wonderful and the food was, as always delicious.

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vipNoBe
Orange County
68 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best halibut and salmon salad ever!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a lovely evening on the patio- so happy to see the restaurant so busy after quarantine! The service was fantastic and the food was delicious!

MK
vipMariaK
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love the food and service. Patio was beautiful.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Outside is nice! Especially given the pandemic. Inside is a bit bland and quite loud.

Good food, service can be slowish.

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KathyF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will definitely be back! Food, service and ambience top notch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great service, Good looking!

FAQs

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

Ciao Pasta is rated 4.7 stars by 505 OpenTable diners.

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