Ciao Pasta

4.8
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393 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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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful day to sit outside and have lunch. Our meals were incredible. The service and our waiter George made our meal very enjoyable.

A
Los Angeles
93 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner with friends who had not been to the restaurant and they enjoyed it very much. We enjoyed it as much as we had on our previous visits. We had a 6:00 reservation and decided to go earlier and were seated right away at a table we had requested. We all had a different entrees and everyone enjoyed their meals. We can't wait to go back.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and comfortable outdoor patio. Indoor dining is very nice too. Outstanding food, wine and dessert! My 3rd time but it was my two friend’s first time and they like it so much they plan to be back. They were happy to find a good quality Italian restaurant in this area.

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food w excellent service

OT
Los Angeles
718 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was attentive as always - our pasta dishes are always cooked al dente. A true treasure in the heart of San Juan Capistrano. Don't miss eating here and enjoying homemade cuisine.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

All the dishes were a bit too salty.

GW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Service. They had our reservation and got us right in.

JM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Lasagne was awesome! Service is always great...we love Ciao Pasta❤️

SW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food is very average and for what we paid. Been there now 3 times trying to find something that was not too salty and a tasty. The place is over rated and over priced . We will not be returning again!

SM
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner here with friends and it was perfect. The patio is lovely and the food is great!

N
Orange County
211 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been coming here for 19 years and always enjoyed the experience, but things just keep getting better - the changes with the menu and decor are amazing and we congratulate them for moving forward. The food is delicious, the service exceptional and the ambiance is magical.

OT
Los Angeles
718 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful luncheon experience. The pastas are superb and the service was outstanding. Our waiter knows our likes and he's absolutely wonderful. A true asset and gem. Will come back real soon. Highly recommended as a superior choice in South Orange County for quality Italian cuisine in a pleasant atmosphere.

DB
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner in ITALY 💕💕🎂🎂

Wonderful place as always ‼️

Best of San Juan Capistrano ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

C
Orange County
54 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food service and outdoor dining

A
Kansas City
30 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best pizza I have ever had!

VG
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely family birthday dinner. Service was excellent, food was good, we will return!

UV
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a nice evening! definitely would recommend and we will go there again

TD
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the outside seating is very nice. Giuseppe was an amazing waiter!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always so pleasant to sit outside. Has a celebratory mood. Temperature perfect due to heaters. Food is always amazing and reasonably priced. And the lemoncelo desert is to die for

RG
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall, good food and nice atmosphere. Service was a little slow tonight compared to other nights we’ve dined here. Bruschetta was excellent as were the pasta dishes. Chicken special was a little over cooked but tasty. Deserts were very good, especially the Apple Tart, which is amazingly light. We’ll be back.

O
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We were warmly welcomed and seated quickly. The service was very attentive throughout the meal.

Unfortunately the food wasn’t as satisfying as the service. The beet salad came with arugula which was drenched in vinaigrette. The flavors were good, there was just so much dressing that I could only eat the beets. My husband found the same problem with his house salad.

My salmon entree came with pasta. I am gluten free and they subbed gf penne. That was very nicely done - many restaurants overlook the gf pasta but they cooked it perfectly and it was tossed with a delicious garlic and mushroom sauté. The salmon itself was fine - could have been taken off the grill sooner.

C
Orange County
54 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal. Pretty outdoor patio

AG
Tahoe
21 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming here for years, it is simply one of the best Italian restaurants in Orange County. The best outdoor patio seating around!

P
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considering they had prom events so the restaurant was very busy the service levels and the food was exceptional. Drinks and appetisers were delivered very quickly and the mains not too quickly. If I was to be constructive the only issue was I had to chase to pay the bill at the end. We sat outside and the vibe was very cool. The Ciao Pasta is definitely something I would recommend.
All 4 of us left after having a great dinner and great service.

R
Orange County
63 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A local favorite and the food and service never fail! LOVE this place!

OT
Memphis
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding find in San Juan Capistrano. Great food and service. A return visit is definitely in order!

OT
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant! Food was amazing!

TK
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated finding my bio father and my two new sisters. Had an amazing bottle of Amarone! We have been many times but the new family hadn't they loved it! Sat outside it was lovely and we were able to talk and catch up. Also the waiter brought a candle on a dessert and we got to celebrate our fist birthday together. Yummy yummy

AG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend this restaurant. The next best thing to eating pasta in Italy. We ordered pappardelle and orecchiette pasta dishes because the waiter told us they were homemade noodles. THEY WERE AMAZING.....light and so flavorful.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food, good service.

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good

C
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Italian restaurant! The best food, cocktails and service always. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a great dining experience.

L
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and service. Love the patio for dining. Has the salmon salad and it was excellent.

k
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we sat outside on the terrace and our evening was lovely. the food was delicious and our service was stellar. we will be back :)

C
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently amazing! I am always impressed with this place, from the welcoming greeting, the service, the food and the cocktails. I will keep coming back again and again!

M
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The good : honest Southern Italian fare
The not so good : not so customer friendly
I’ve been to hundreds of Italian restaurants in my life - all over the world - and one thing sticks out. They are all welcoming and friendly. Not so with Ciao.
Maybe the owner lacks the charm and that rubs off on the staff.

That’s the difference between a good and great restaurant.

OT
Los Angeles
718 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Top notch wait service and the food is excellent - pasta was tasty and flavorful. It's always a pleasure to dine in this wonderful restaurant.

LA
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our 32nd wedding anniversary and were, as usual, treated to a feast. We really enjoy the ambiance, servers, and of course, the food. If you have been to Ciao Pasta, make it a must.

SR
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

It is a nice Italian restaurant. Nice atmosphere and good food. The waitress was nice but never came back to fill up my water not even once. But I would recommend this restaurant.

JA
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All good and meat in the steak salad was a bit tough. Everything else was very good.