Ciao Pasta

4.7
667 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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.5
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Noise · Moderate
100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipJulianaH
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

While the food was delicious, the service could have been better…perhaps an off night. On the website the restaurant looks more new and modern than reality…more like family style charming.

DB
vipDrBob
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite for family, date night and celebration time for atmosphere and great food treats💕💕💕

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JeffreyS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tables were set beautifully. The outdoor patio had broken sunlight and a cool breeze. It could not have been more perfect for Fathers Day. We had Pizza as an Appetizer. Fresh. Delicious. Chewy crust. The Bartender made a fantastic Bloody Mary. Light and Snappy. And our entrees were excellent. Ciao Pasta with Chicken is an sure winner. The Salmon Filet had seared edges and a pink center. Perfect. And the manager stopped by to check on us. They make you feel special at Ciao Pasta. The staff call out to each other to ensure the guest is taken care of. You feel like you are in an Italian Restaurant. As it should be. Five Stars!

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Rosemarye
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Superb service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Celebration

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christyr
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best date night spot! Huge patio and romantic ambience. Perfect for our third wedding anniversary! Amazing food, service, and ambiance. Amazing dinner.

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Chad
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place was 5 Star. I really enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere. Parking on the other hand was a challenge.

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Patty
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted withgreat enthusiasm. Patio dining was very pleasant. The pasta was delicious. Service was great. We are looking forward to going back and try the pizza and salads.

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Essence
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A first dinner since the Covid with a friend from Boston.

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vipTimofSanJuanCapistrano
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Our server Berta was great. The food was average. Even though we had a reservation we were seated on the patio. Next time I'll specifically request indoor seating. The noise level was very high due to road noise and a very loud and shrill large birthday party table.

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vipReeve
Orange County
72 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a local favorite. Patio seating is always good for people watching. The braised rib dinner and the chicken parm were amazing! Went different this time with food choices, and was not disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service and amazing location and patio dining.

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vipEdwardM
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Nice ambiance as well!

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vipSanDiegoFoodie
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm, well run Italian reastaurant. We will return.

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Chris
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Out with friends after COVID

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vipAndrew
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta dishes were cooked to perfection with fresh and flavorful ingredients. Attentive and friendly service. Wonderful outdoor patio dining in shaded but still bright light. A lovely lunch experience.

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LauraD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our first time at Ciao!! The food, service, casual atmosphere, all amazing! I would highly recommend!

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Michael
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Perfect on a Sunday afternoon with out side seating. It has been sometime since I have been at this restaurant. Their menu was a reduced and was kind of surprise.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved it. Staff was fantastic and had amazing food

OT
OpenTable Diner
Mainz
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mothers Day was great

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vipKimbo1038
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great
Service was same!
Parking was bad otherwise I would give this a 5 star!

JB
vipJacquiB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day lunch at Ciao Pasta with my daughters was so enjoyable. I enjoyed the salmon salad which was perfectly cooked with a nice selection of greens and flavors. My daughters enjoyed pasta, the spaghetti bolognaise was delicious. Bread for the table was warm, soft panini with an olive oil tapenade. For desert, you must try the chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice-cream-a perfect end to a lovely meal.

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GARYC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always, never a negative at this amazing Italian restaurant

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Iscjeff
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu of well prepared dishes. Nice wine list

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Kiddo
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so awesome and of course, the location was amazing!

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vipNancyLynnAscencio
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Lasagna WEAK!
Pizza greasy 🤷‍♀️😬

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vipReeve
Orange County
73 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
26 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
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date with my husband

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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
724 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.

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 667 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.