Ciao Pasta

4.8
606 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 606 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.6
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFRANCESCOM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
5 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
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

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vipAmie
Orange County
99 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.

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Michaelc
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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vipkeri
Anchorage
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a delightful lunch. The food, service and atmosphere were as good as it gets.

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bacal
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food. Friendly Covid safe outdoor dining experience. Would highly recommend for any occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When ever we travel to San Juan Capistrano, we make a point to have lunch or dinner, food is always excellent....

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MichaelD
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, and totally worth the price.

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viplindas
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food from an attentive server, surprised we didn’t come here sooner. Very nice setting for a birthday dinner.

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vipSteffi
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to dine in San Juan Capistrano. We truly enjoyed our outdoor lunch dining in this place on a nice sunny Saturday. The location is very convenient with ample space for parking right across the San Juan Capistrano Mission Basilica. It offers great Italian meal choices and the servings are also very hefty. We will come back here another time.

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viplbbonnie
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My halibut was terrific!

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vipSanJuanSteph
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always get the same thing, the Tagliata salad, but instead of steak, we get salmon.
They have an open fire grill, so it's the best salmon we have ever had. We've given up having it anywhere else. Service is perfect, same servers for years, it's a team of people that work together to make sure your meal is perfect.
You will want to go back, I promise!

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DianeM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ciao,
We have become a regular customer of Ciao pasta. It offers a great ambience, quality of entrees and service is true Italian style. You simply cant go wrong.
One of the most consistent restaurants in all of Orange County.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my girlfriends birthday at Ciao and the food and service were great! It’s such a challenging time to celebrate with friends right now but Ciao made us feel welcome. For a moment everything felt normal which was really nice.

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HeatW
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soooooo good! Had the most delicious halibut special.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been enjoying Ciao Pasta for many years. I’ve had all kinds of occasions including date night, birthdays and every day dining. I can’t recommend the service and food enough. I’m so glad to have a place like this in my neighborhood.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambiance as always! Our favorite Italian place hands down

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Were so excited to get out and have date after being locked down due to COVID.

It was an amazing experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Server was a bit impatient to take order or explain food/drinks. Noise was loud mostly due to younger guests and some “energetic” guests. Must take into account COVID outdoor dining consideration but overall not a comfortable experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome family owned restaurant! Met Pasquel for the first time and enjoyed our conversation. His daughter was our server and so sweet!!! We look forward to dining there more often. Oh and the braised short rib by far one of the best!

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Fundates
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went here for NYE, and were greeted by (I think) the owner. He was SOOO nice, and made us feel like we were going into his home. We got to pick out our table, and everyone was nice to us. The waiting staff made us feel comfortable.
I know the servers need to wear masks, and so they did, but we would have LOVED to have seen the servers' smiles because we know it would have been great to see.
Everyone was nice.
We ordered from the Specials menu and the food came out so fast we couldn't believe it. The halibut was very good. The gnocchi was good, but maybe a little doughey and the sauce a little too garlicy.
Overall, our experience was tremendous and we'd go back here any time! Thank you!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

New Years Eve

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vipBabs12
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a winner! First choice for food and ambiance!

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vipKellyL
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot and food and service were awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at the restaurant and it was a fantastic experience.

Look forward to returning soon

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 606 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.