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Ciao Pasta, San Juan Capistrano, CA

Ciao Pasta

4.7
4.7
1173 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 11:00 am–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (949) 496-5002
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Pasquale
  • Catering
    Catering Menu available for all your small or big parties
  • Private party facilities
    Private area for up to 80 people for any special occasions Preset 4 Course Dinner available from $29 per person
  • Private party contact
    Pasquale , Salvatore, Roberto: (949) 496-5002
  • Neighborhood
    San Juan Capistrano
  • Cross street
    Ortega Highways
  • Parking details
    Street parking or back lot parking
  • Public transit
    Amtrack and Metrolink
  • Entertainment
    Sunday jazz 12.30 to 4pm
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,173 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Orange County

    Italian

1,173 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Not sure how this place has such a good rating. I wish I could have never gone here. Nothing is made from scratch here. Our whole meal was as if it had been pre cooked and then heated in a microwave when we ordered it. Steaming hot in the inside and cold on the outside. Pasta was all stuck together. Pizza toppings were hot and yet the crust was cold. It’s a glorified Olive Garden. The menu is misleading acting as if it’s “nonna’s dishes”, there is no way this is authentic Italian recipes passed down generations. How did this place win a James Beard award in 2022?

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  2. GloriaS

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent and the staff was welcoming and friendly. We ordered the halibut and it was delicious and very tasty. We would definitely go back to Ciao Pasta.

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  3. WayneP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I have to give it a lower score, because I was disappointed that OpenTable asked if this was a special occasion ( yes it was, our 50th anniversary), but the restaurant never acted on this. Why ask if the information will not be used to make a dining experience extra special ?

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  4. Cindy

    Los Angeles

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another fantastic meal. We had the salmon salad, and this is by far the freshest, perfectly prepared salmon in orange county. The team is always attentive and welcoming, providing a great experience.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great outdoors area. Old Fashioned cocktail was sub-par. Recommended wine with my entree was OK. Halibut entree was fantastic.

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  6. Kzee

    Orange County

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic service! Great food! House wine is very nice! I would love a candle on the table for some light and maybe a flower to give it a warmer ambiance!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had another fabulous meal tonight! My husband and I shared the halibut and it was delicious. We also shared a large Cesar salad that was good but should have been a larger portion for the $14 price tag. Cocktails were delicious and their wine list is extensive. We had the dirty Belvedere martini with blue cheese olives and chocolate martini for dessert. I had the Montepulciano red wine and it was wonderful. We sat inside which has a cool vibrant vibe but it’s VERY loud inside. I recommend sitting on the outside patio if it’s not too cold

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  8. KimB

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always one of our favorites! The Salmon salad and pizzas are excellent!

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  9. IleneS

    Orange County

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dessert is included when it’s your birthday

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  10. Maurice

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and friendly staff… great food of course!

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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 1173 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Ciao Pasta

31661 Camino Capistrano Ste 201, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Ortega Highways
  • Neighborhood
    San Juan Capistrano
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 11:00 am–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street parking or back lot parking
  • Public transit
    Amtrack and Metrolink
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Pasquale
  • Entertainment
    Sunday jazz 12.30 to 4pm
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (949) 496-5002
  • Catering
    Catering Menu available for all your small or big parties
  • Private party facilities
    Private area for up to 80 people for any special occasions Preset 4 Course Dinner available from $29 per person
  • Private party contact
    Pasquale , Salvatore, Roberto: (949) 496-5002
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