Ciao Pasta

4.8
744 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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vipDaveT
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wine list has some gems and the prices are really good! The food is off the charts! Love Ciao Pasta!!!!

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vipAlyssaC
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem! Fantastic Italian food.. can’t wait to go back. The carbonara was amazing!

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CiroD
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio is the place to be.... Food was great, Miguel our waiter was great and the atmosphere is the best. Pasquale, the owner came by to say hello which was also a nice touch.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and great service. We were very pleased. Thank you!

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TeresaT
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ciao NEVER disappoints. The food is delicious, the environment is tranquil and invites you into the conversation.

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NicaJ
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, attentive waiters, nice atmosphere. You can't go wrong eating here.

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MichaelW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the feel of the place and the food was excellent. Great service and reasonably priced.

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SusanB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If anyone says "Italian". We say "Ciao". It doesn't get any better. The bread is always fresh. The salad is always crispy and the main course its always hot.Love all the wait staff. They don't miss a beat!!
Love, love 'love CIAO

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vipMarianneF
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a perfect evening on the patio at our favorite Italian restaurant! Food was great! Service fabulous…. Thank you!

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vipCaroleR
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live the Ciao Pasta!

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vipalexS
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food !!

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vipwineoflife
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Miguel was a great waiter. 10 out of 10 would recommend

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McMom
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place! Everything about it was wonderful. Looking forward to coming back soon!

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vipYummy
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always! Started with pizza as appetizer and then short rib pasta! My favorite

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vipReeve
Orange County
73 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One can never go wrong with this local favorite! The menu has been condensed, but still great plates to choose from. Always an energetic place with awesome service... and great people watching!

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KathyB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service outstanding, food delicious, great wine list, beautiful patio setting! One of our absolute favorite restaurants!!

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vipAndrewM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st visit and will be back!
Great service, food quality and accommodating on menu request.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome location and amazing staff. Our Waiter Ruben was super. He helped us creat a wonderful vegan dish. Outside dining is perfect for couples and friends.

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CarynE
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem in the bustling San Juan Cap depot area. Absolutely fantastic authentic Italian fare at a sensible price. The Chilean Seabass will be in my memory for a long time. The patio is lovely but we look forward to returning to enjoy the unique indoor dining room.

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Julie
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was an amazing dinner !! Will definitely go back !

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vipMichaelJ
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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gabrielm
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
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 on September 11, 2021
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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KariS
San Francisco
11 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 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
5 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
20 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food drinks and service!

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vipMatthewP
San Francisco
25 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.

JM
vipJohnM
Seattle
23 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.

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 744 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.