Ciao Pasta

4.8
723 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 723 people are saying
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vipMichaelJ
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and really good service. I will be back soon

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gabrielm
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and atmosphere! I rarily give restaurants 5 stars but this was a very pleasant surprise! Will come back!

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vipFrenchie
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful service, outdoor beauty! Love how they first serve focaccia with an anchovy olive oil. Bruschetta is delicious. Good pizza choices. I had the gnochetti with pesto which was a healthy serving and fragrant with garlic/basil. Others had spaghetti and meatballs and a seafood pasta. We were all very pleased.

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AllisonM
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambience, beautiful patio dining, and best of all was the delicious food, from the salad, entree, main course, freshly made pastas, and dessert. This is one of our local favorites and the best Italian food in Orange County.

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vipKariS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Ciao! We love the food! Amazing service! We go there at least once a week!

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Dwest10
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were pleasantly surprised at this gem of a restaurant. It was so good. The service was excellent, the food was excellent, the wine list was also excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal and service

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the patio and food here!

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BeckyB
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, great ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Went here to show my sister my favorite Italian restaurant in San Juan.. unfortunately (maybe due to the size of our party of 10) it wasn’t as great as I remembered.. my ribeye was over cooked and the others were under cooked..
pasta people were happy with their meal . Just felt rushed and I don’t like they add your tip for you.
I would not of tipped 20 % for the service we received.. bummed

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vipbobzefferino
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food drinks and service!

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vipMatthewP
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was busy when we were there (8:30pm on a Friday), so there were some delays getting the server's attention, but once we did they were very pleasant and nice despite the rush.

Food was good, we got carbonara and short-rib as our mains. We were happy with both.

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RonA
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, one of our favorites over the years. Does not disappoint.

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CindybT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had a quiet table for my birthday dinner. The beet appetizer was good but we ran out of bread way before we finished it. The capellini was fair with overcooked tomatoes and a boring sauce. The fruti di mare looked good. The decaf double espressos were very generous portions served in regular sized coffee cups. We sat next to flowering plants that must have seen better days.

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vipMichelleY
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The branzino was excellent, fresh, masterfully prepared, well balanced with grilled vegetables. Wait staff were courteous and very friendly. Outdoor patio seating is very comfortable and has a nice ambience. Very satisfying experience overall. Keep up the good work and very importantly do not raise prices beyond reason, which was the primary factor for me to leave my former to-go place behind.

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CorrineM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Nice patio area, fine service, but the food was really not very good.
Bread and oil dip - very tasty.
Calamari - rubbery, some pieces were not edible.
Carbonara- tasty, rich, and full of bacon.
Pizza - raw dough, the waiter took it back to try to cook it more but it was not salvageable. They kindly removed it from the bill.
The place does get quite a crowd and has a festive atmosphere.
It may have just been an off night in the kitchen.

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vipJohnM
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Owner was very accommodating even though we were his last of the night reservation. Looking forward to next time.

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AnnaC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite place to get gluten free pasta out of all the ones i’ve tried.

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Mimi
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really pretty location right across from San Juan Cap Mission. Yummy Italian food, salads and pizza.

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vipBeckyT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent !! Love the outdoor patio. My only issue was that the older gentleman who was the host, and seating people, needs to smile and have a better attitude!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great friendly service

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StaceyZ
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved to see so many servers that I work with!! Service was top notch!!! Food, delish. Ambience- fantastic!! Highly recommend!

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viplisas
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

branzino was dry... pizza oven not working..
I did have lunch there once and the cesaer is good...

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Too expensive for what you get.

Very few vegetables with the pasta dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Chip Pasta at least once a month, sometimes more. The food is always great.

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vipgreat
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

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CiroD
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Been here many times consistently very good. Out door patio very charming.

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vipDoll
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner at Ciao - good service, delicious food. Will return again soon.

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vipgreat
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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Socalgirl
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Polite and attentive service. Food, as always, was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
734 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible and amazing experience. Every dish that comes out of the kitchen is so well done and cooked to perfection. Pasta cooked al dente and tasted wonderful . Same attentive waiter who remembered us, providing us with world class customer service. This restaurant never disappoints.

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vipDennisM
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought friends- everyone loved their dinners.
Alway good food and service!!

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vipAVMommy
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, casual atmosphere, unpretentious restaurant for OC
Will definitely return

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viphuntsman
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love this restaurant. Prices are reasonable and food is delicious. I ordered the lobster ravioli. It's excellent. The sauce is like a lobster bisque. So much flavor. The pastas are also wonderful. Service was top notch. This is a nice find for us and we will keep coming back.

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KaleeF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute must dining experience! Food was amazing. I had the Bistec and my Wife had the Sea Bass and both were cooked to perfection. Miguel was our server and he took care of us as if we were his family !! I’ll be back soon

Thank you

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viptimothyg
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined here several times. Always on the patio. Lovely experience. The food has always been consistently good and the service was excellent

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vipKayinSC
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love ciao pasta! The best pizza this side of Rome! The meatballs are the best I’ve ever had and the bruschetta is fabulous. Truly a gem in San Juan Capistrano.

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EricP
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't wait to go back and try something else. Great food. Beautiful night on the patio and a play at the mission afterwards.

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Alex
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was well seasoned and prepared perfectly. Service was attentive and helpful.

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ShariS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Pretty good experience overall

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 723 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.