Ciao Pasta

4.8
692 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.
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
727 reviews
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible and amazing experience. Every dish that comes out of the kitchen is so well done and cooked to perfection. Pasta cooked al dente and tasted wonderful . Same attentive waiter who remembered us, providing us with world class customer service. This restaurant never disappoints.

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vipDennisM
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought friends- everyone loved their dinners.
Alway good food and service!!

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vipAVMommy
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, casual atmosphere, unpretentious restaurant for OC
Will definitely return

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viphuntsman
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love this restaurant. Prices are reasonable and food is delicious. I ordered the lobster ravioli. It's excellent. The sauce is like a lobster bisque. So much flavor. The pastas are also wonderful. Service was top notch. This is a nice find for us and we will keep coming back.

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KaleeF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute must dining experience! Food was amazing. I had the Bistec and my Wife had the Sea Bass and both were cooked to perfection. Miguel was our server and he took care of us as if we were his family !! I’ll be back soon

Thank you

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viptimothyg
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined here several times. Always on the patio. Lovely experience. The food has always been consistently good and the service was excellent

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vipKayinSC
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love ciao pasta! The best pizza this side of Rome! The meatballs are the best I’ve ever had and the bruschetta is fabulous. Truly a gem in San Juan Capistrano.

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EricP
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't wait to go back and try something else. Great food. Beautiful night on the patio and a play at the mission afterwards.

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Alex
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was well seasoned and prepared perfectly. Service was attentive and helpful.

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ShariS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Pretty good experience overall

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vipHerbie
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside on patio and everything was perfect and delicious

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vipMike1946
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Me met a dear friend there and also celebrated a birthday. Corkage of $25 is high. The Italian restaurants like Magia Bene and Tutto Fresco that we frequent are $15 and no corkage on Sundays at Tutto Fresco.

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BeckyB
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & wine were delicious!

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vipBostonfoodie
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Empty restaurant yet the next party into the restaurant was seated so close by - directly next to us with little spacing. We had reservations. When leaving, there were still many tables empty. A little space would have been nice. We get it when a restaurant is full - however, with so few people in there, we may have well been seated with the other party making conversations awkward.

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JaniceB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely outdoor patio dining. Birthday cannelloni with chocolate chips. Very fresh capellini and good service.

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vipkaryn77
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our dinner was wonderful and our service was excellent :)

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WilliamU
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful early evening on the patio. Excellent service. Had the Burrata/beets, meatballs, short rigatoni and carbonara. Finished with the Affogato. All excellent. Need to go again and try some more of the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food that you can’t stop eating. Staff was personable and attentive. All you can ask for in a dining experience. I wanted to eat both my dish and my husbands.

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vipGWN5
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food & ambiance like always. Wish you would move to Scottsdale so we don’t have to wait so long between visits. Will be back.

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Betsea
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Somehow I forget the incredible hospitality at Ciao Pasta, until I walk in the door again ... a hearty warm and personal greeting, choosing the perfect table for our needs, making recommendations - from the host to the wait and bussing staff, everyone is friendly yet professional. And the food is delicious, from the bread with olive oil and tapenade starter, to the house-made tira misu for dessert.

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PatriceM
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to Ciao however it will not be my last. It's now my favorite Italian restaurant.

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vipNatalieR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!

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MikeN
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second time there and another great meal. The short rib pasta is so good.

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RonA
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite spots to dine. Love the ambiance and the food. Never disappoints.

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vipVivaglam
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood gem!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipJulianaH
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

While the food was delicious, the service could have been better…perhaps an off night. On the website the restaurant looks more new and modern than reality…more like family style charming.

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vipDrBob
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite for family, date night and celebration time for atmosphere and great food treats💕💕💕

JS
JeffreyS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tables were set beautifully. The outdoor patio had broken sunlight and a cool breeze. It could not have been more perfect for Fathers Day. We had Pizza as an Appetizer. Fresh. Delicious. Chewy crust. The Bartender made a fantastic Bloody Mary. Light and Snappy. And our entrees were excellent. Ciao Pasta with Chicken is an sure winner. The Salmon Filet had seared edges and a pink center. Perfect. And the manager stopped by to check on us. They make you feel special at Ciao Pasta. The staff call out to each other to ensure the guest is taken care of. You feel like you are in an Italian Restaurant. As it should be. Five Stars!

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Rosemarye
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Superb service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Celebration

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christyr
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best date night spot! Huge patio and romantic ambience. Perfect for our third wedding anniversary! Amazing food, service, and ambiance. Amazing dinner.

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Chad
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place was 5 Star. I really enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere. Parking on the other hand was a challenge.

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Patty
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted withgreat enthusiasm. Patio dining was very pleasant. The pasta was delicious. Service was great. We are looking forward to going back and try the pizza and salads.

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Essence
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A first dinner since the Covid with a friend from Boston.

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vipTimofSanJuanCapistrano
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Our server Berta was great. The food was average. Even though we had a reservation we were seated on the patio. Next time I'll specifically request indoor seating. The noise level was very high due to road noise and a very loud and shrill large birthday party table.

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vipReeve
Orange County
72 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a local favorite. Patio seating is always good for people watching. The braised rib dinner and the chicken parm were amazing! Went different this time with food choices, and was not disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service and amazing location and patio dining.

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vipEdwardM
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Nice ambiance as well!

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vipSanDiegoFoodie
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm, well run Italian reastaurant. We will return.

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 692 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.