Ciao Pasta

4.7
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415 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
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4.7
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4.6
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4.6
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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joseph was awesome as the food was incredible

T
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food!!! Great service! A place that will be our go-to for Italian food!!

j
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we're longtime san juan capistrano residents and view ciao pasta as THE best restaurant in the city....

k
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go here regularly and always love it. Food and service is excellent.

KS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Ciao Pasta! The ambiance, the food and the service are all outstanding! We highly recommend Ciao!

J
Orange County
46 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Had no problem getting a 6:30 PM same day reservation, and we (party of 3) were seated right on time. However, it was obvious that they were slammed. The service was very slow. We did not actually get our dinners until about 7:40 PM. We had the Ciao Pasta, Salmon and Halibut entrees respectively and all were excellent. Like this place and would recommend it. Hopefully the slow service was just an anomaly.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, ambiance and staff that like their job. Everyone that works at this place seem to have a good relationship with each other and look happy to work at this restaurant. The service was excellent!

JP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food! Enjoyed the wait staff! Would highly recommend this restaurant!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice little Italian restaurant. Service was good, food was good. Bonus for me was very tasty gluten free pasta. Will return for sure!

PM
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had a nice table for two. Unfortunately it was near the door and it was a cold night. We kept getting the cold drafts each time the door opened. Sit anywhere else. The pasta was delicious and the wine selection delicious. Our service was poor. Our waiter kept disappearing on us so others apologized and delivered our food and clean silverware. He also did not know how to use the wine corkscrew and ended up breaking the cork in two. We will go back and try again.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good with dairy-free and gluten-free options that are enjoyable by everyone.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

This was our 3rd time and it is getting worse each time. My husband is still complaining about the food. My wine was spoiled, I only had 2 sips and then left the rest. The bread was the best part of the meal.

a
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have lived in Dana Point for 15 years and have never been here. We are quite picky with food and service and the whole experience was AWESOME. Our server Miguel was great and every single pasta dish we ordered was over the top incredible. Make sure to ask for the specials and dishes that they make that are not on the menu.. this is a must eat restaurant and the prices are so affordable! We loved it!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambiance and the food was delicious. This is my daughter’s favorite Birthday place directly across from the Mission in our beautiful downtown San Juan Capistrano.

SP
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dine here reasonably frequently and have never had a bad meal. Great for getting together with friends and family. Classy interior with a lovely outdoor patio. Great service. All the pasta dishes are very good.

M
Orange County
63 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a treat to dine at Ciao Pasta. The sea bass is amazing.

h
Orange County
107 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Trimmed down menu limits choices. Prices remain reasonable, and the patio is very nice. If you have that small of a menu, nightly special might make a big difference

LA
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience as always.

MF
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just love it here! Always a great experience!

k
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Italian food with amazing service! The patio was nice and warm and the overall experience was on point!

JO
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience2

I miss the old restaurant design with the comfortable ambiance. Was told the corkage fee was $15 and was charged $25. Will not recommend and am sorry because the food is good and we live right in town.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner!

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
3 reviews
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
720 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
22 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
720 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!