Ciao Pasta

4.8
639 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 639 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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Iscjeff
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu of well prepared dishes. Nice wine list

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Kiddo
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone at Ciao Pasta is extremely pleasant & helpful. The waiter, Jorge, even
remembers what we usually like to drink & our favorite pasta even if it isn’t on
the menu. The other waiter, Rubin, is also extremely pleasant & helpful. Our favorite Italian restaurant.

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vipReeve
Orange County
70 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite place of ours. Great service and food!

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Powell
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food excellent...service spotty for there being very few people there.

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vipSjcjo
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Comfortable shaded patio, good spacing between tables, good variety of lunch choices. The salmon is delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian food served by friendly staff. We had lunch on their beautiful patio overlooking the old Mission and we felt transported in Italy. Their Calamari appetizer is the best that I ever had. The grilled Salmon Salad was cooked perfectly. Overall a great experience and we are looking forward to go back

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vipJayF
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Mediocre food that was greasy. The Chilean Sea Bass on the daily specials was so-so. The Caesar salad had an of putting taste.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love CIAo Pasta, espresso martinis are the beat and the carpaccio is delicious. I get the ciao pasta and love it.

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runtoeat
New England
20 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a very nice experience dining at Ciao Pasta. The heated outdoor area was perfect for dining even on a cool April evening. Our dinners were both very good - short ribs/orecchiette and pasta rotelle.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
723 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Our entrees cooked to perfection. Service was amazing. Delightful experience. Will return soon.

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Angel
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food wonderful service...always perfect!!

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vipFRANCESCOM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Italian food. Nice patio and servers are very friendly.

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vipBenny
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio dining at Ciao Pasta is a wonderful experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very friendly and helpful

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was an experience in itself. Taken back to our travels in Italy. We celebrated our daughter 19th birthday and she requested this restaurant after dining here the night before with extended family. 2 nights in a row was not enough. Loved this restaurant and experience.

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vipStefan
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great evening out with friends for good food and a wonderful ambiance. All in our group were vaccinated and we went out for a Easter dinner.

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chelenas
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was our first time at CIAO, won’t be our last. It was fantastic. Food excellent, ambiance was perfect. Wait staff was a little slow but that allowed us to linger a little longer and enjoy the warm evening. We’ll be back for sure!!

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vipAnnJeffrey
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fist time we have dined there since, March, 2020. So happy to be back. Food, service, ambiance, everything was wonderful. Gorgeous warm evening, so we sat on the patio. Started with Martinis. Finished with Daou. Mmmmm. Bread was warm. Caesar’s salad, followed by Spaghetti and Meatballs. Excellent on all. Incredible being back. Thank you!

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ShawnM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food was delicious and service was very quick. Great local Italian restaurant.

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vipIsmaelaS
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was delicious! From pizza to all the pastas (gnocchi and ravioli) house salad with delicious dressing and eggplant appetizer (our family is vegetarian). Everything was delightful!!! Even the espresso at the end. Good wine list also. It’s a must! Authentic delicious Italian!!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing, 10/10 recommend!

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Teri
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Ciao Pasta! Great food, awesome service, beautiful setting inside or out. One of my favorite places for Italian food or any food!

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rick
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite Italian restaurant in south Orange County!

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RobertF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food, good service. best to dine outside in good weather.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

We were not impressed with the quality of food. We ordered 2 appetizers and 4 main dishes. Appetizers were better but the main dishes unfortunately wasn’t good.

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ProductReviewer
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I love Ciao Pasta! The outdoor seating is fabulous and the food is always tasty

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SusanJ
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delectable cuisine, pleasant ambiance, and attentive service.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday -

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GeorgeS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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viplindas
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and cooking were great as always. Wonderful lasagna and Chicken Limone!

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Jared
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ciao Pasta has been a family favorite restaurant for over 5 years. I recently came here during the pandemic, and the service was exceptional + the food was amazing as always. I would highly recommend going here if you want an amazing Italian dinner with quiet ambiance.

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luv2eat
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful meal. Great service and excellent food.

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vipsunsetdiner
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio for outdoor dining, food was great, short rib pasta and Branzino recommended

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vipFRANCESCOM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
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 on February 28, 2021
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!

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 639 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.