Ciao Pasta

4.7
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476 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
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.6
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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viphungergames2
Orange County
46 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

One person had the herb crusted halibut, which was overdone and with crust & all, not more than a 1/2 inch thick.
One person had the Lamb rack special, it was presented with chine in place could not cut through each chop...hard to eat and not a lot of meat....only other thing on plate was what resembled cubed breakfast potatoes with nothing on them, and no greenery or vegetable side.
Two people had the pork pasta special...which was about 95% pasta, and not much else.
Shared a burrata beet appetizer...burrata was dried out and crumbly, beets consisted of 3 paper thin slices and about 5 halved grape tomatoes
None were good! Pasta dish, lamb dinner, and 1/2 a beet appetizer, 1/2 caesar, with bottle of $40 wine and tip was $150...definitely not worth it!

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nick
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good food

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DeanReyn
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the "everything" about it; food, wine, bread, patio and staff

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LauraF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food and Great Service! Love sitting on the patio!

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KevinMcC
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very special time at Ciao Pasta. Service was wonderful and the food was, as always delicious.

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vipNoBe
Orange County
63 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best halibut and salmon salad ever!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a lovely evening on the patio- so happy to see the restaurant so busy after quarantine! The service was fantastic and the food was delicious!

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vipMariaK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love the food and service. Patio was beautiful.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Outside is nice! Especially given the pandemic. Inside is a bit bland and quite loud.

Good food, service can be slowish.

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KathyF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will definitely be back! Food, service and ambience top notch!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great service, Good looking!

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RichardK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been going here for years...and never ONCE been disappointed. Try the branzino...it is world-class.

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ShannonO
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great place. Best Italian I have had in years. Great service and ambiance. I had the Pappardelle and my GF had the Chicken Parm. Both we exceptional!

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vipReeve
Orange County
64 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great service! The Ciao Pasta dish is amazing! This is our local go-to for authentic Italian!!

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PeterQ
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We've been going to Ciao for 23 years. It is and always has been an outstanding restaurant with great people, a great owner, really nice ambiance and the food it to die for.

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vipLZ4ART
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Service was a bit off but the food as usual was great
Love sitting out on their patio

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vipFrankD
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great, always consistent. The service, and the owner Pasquale makes t your dinner special!

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DanielW
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic and the service matched the food. Definitely a place for all occasions.

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GARYC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best Italian restaurant around, would recommend to everyone

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PamW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful ambiance and terrific food! Please support this local restaurant in San Juan Capistrano.

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VincentR
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great setting, good ambiance, very good Italian cuisine all at a fair price. Great deal!

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vipLovesfo
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was great to be back at a restaurant after the ling lock down. Ciao Pasta’s patio is perfect for social distancing. The service was wonderful as was the food. My husband loves the squid ink linguini with seafood. The gnocchi is to die for and I normally don’t like gnocchi. Their gnocchi is so delicate and tender. The polpette is a favorite starter. Love the hurrata on it. Delightful. Bravo Ciao Pasta.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian, best in South OC!

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vipJenG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ciao has become our go-to favorite for a nice evening out, family celebrations, meeting with friends. Their food is consistently delicious and the ambience is warm and inviting. Their patio dining is wonderful for summer evenings. Staff is always welcoming and you can tell they put love into what they do.

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KirstenD
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the starters to the chocolate lava cake was amazing! great ambiance and great wine! You wont be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasquale always makes you feel welcomed

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner date with my husband. Ciao Pasta employees did a phenomenal job and everyone was wearing masks. They had all tables for enough on their patio as well for safe social distancing while dining. Everything was great!

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iluvfood
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, as always. Great homemade pasta and Italian food plus a beautiful restaurant. Good service by a friendly and welcoming staff.

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vipMimi
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fundraising for JSerra Business Magnet

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vipStevieMac
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dinner. Pastas are freshly made, good sauces. Nice salumeria appetizer. Reasonably priced wines. Great service. Nice heated patio on chilly evening !

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AdriB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here. Loved everything about it! Staff was extremely attentive and made excellent food/wine recommendations. Food was AMAZING. Perfect place for date night-GREAT ambiance. Can’t wait to go back!

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DouglasMcAbee
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Appetizers and entrees were excellent but dessert was only so-so. Coffee was lukewarm and served with milk instead of cream. Service was very good.

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vipJohn
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this place. The people are very friendly and the food is very good. We have been there several times and have always been pleased with the experience.

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Bacon4life
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy ambience; great service, good food.

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msumaryann
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta is so good. Many dishes different than the typical Italian place. Service was friendly and prices are good. Love their ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Nice patio, great food.

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vipMatilda
Orange County
67 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always a good choice for delicious food.

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ErinV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall really good not a great wine list though a little lacking in that area. Great atmosphere. One loud drunk woman ruining it for the rest of the patio diners but other than that very good.

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vipBene
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant and the next time we are in San Juan Capistrano will make a point of coming here. Salvatore Is a most gracious host and really knows the meaning of hospitality. The food is delicious, the ambience is terrific and Salvatore makes it even more special.

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MaryTary
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice italian restaurant. Would come back again. Service can be inconsistent and food quality as well.

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Ciao Pasta offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 496-5002.

Ciao Pasta is rated 4.7 stars by 476 OpenTable diners.

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