Ciao Pasta

4.7
553 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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4.6
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PattyI
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location. Outdoor patio is very nice. Food is always great!

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vipTimofSanJuanCapistrano
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Our first time here. Nice patio environment however the street traffic noise can be bothersome at times. The food was very good. The service was slow.

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vipReeve
Orange County
68 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this local Italian gem! Took friends out who had never been and they LOVED it! You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. The Zuppa di Pesce was the table favorite, this paired with one of the genuine Italian wines makes for a great night out!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 Incredible food and vibe

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vipChowTime
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Pizza was thin crust, but soggy. Sent back and returned after more time in the oven, even more soggy. Pasta was just okay. Ribeye steak was chewy and lacked flavor, except for the excellent garlic sauce on top. Service was stretched thin, but quickly accommodated replacement food without hesitation.

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viplbbonnie
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My friend sent her chicken back. She couldn’t cut it. I had made the reservation...embarrassing!

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vipAmie
Orange County
97 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We have dined here many times; it is one of our favorite Italian restaurants. The food is always excellent. Our only dissatisfaction is that the wait staff could be more professional and should be better trained. We had an appetizer and after we had finished eating, the waiter passed several times and looked at the dirty plates but did not pick them up until we said something. Waiter did not come by after we received our entrees to ask if we need anything else; I had to stop him to ask for more cheese for our pastas. Also one diner's plate should not be removed until everyone at the table is done eating. Good food and good service makes for a good dining experience.

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GARYC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST ITALIAN FOOD IN ORANGE COUNTY
NEVER A DISAPPOINTMENT

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Myhuckleberry
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was our 2nd time at Ciao Pasta, the first time we had dinner for a birthday celebration and we couldn’t stop talking about how amazing the food and service was. So we had to go back and again another amazing dinner.
Hands down to the chef and the staff. We can’t wait to go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Husband and I got engaged here years ago (2006) we had been back a few other times after that and now fast forwarding about 7 years we returned and weren’t pleased :( quality of food was on the cheap side. Our calamari was not a full dish of calamari and had 25 rings and about 7 calamari scattered on top. My pasta was okay and husband pizza looked like cheese pizza 😬 not margherita pizza. I think we were expecting to much after all these years.

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pamelsm
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. Nice people, great menu and glad to see them making it through these times. Our favorite Italian restaurant.

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HeatW
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, all around great experience! Would definitely recommend.

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vipNancyLynnAscencio
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!!

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vipDebbieD
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my lunch on the shaded patio at Ciao Pasta. Great food, great service!

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vipDennisK
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is exceptional. Such a great find. Authentic and reasonably priced.

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vipDean
Orlando
57 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service and cuisine with a comfortable atmosphere.

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Ernizfriend
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice patio seating and our service was wonderful. The food was delicious.

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ShawnK
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice patio, friendly service and great food. Wonderful menu with a nice selection. We enjoyed wonderful pasta dishes and the crusted Halibut. Leave room for dessert, it was authentic Italian just like the owner and the manager who are from the same town in beautiful Italy. I’ve already recommended it to my family and friends. We got our reservation easily on Open Table.

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JillT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food for all four of us, pasta, pizza, and salad. Nice Patio and attentive service.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and service was excellent. They were fast and always going to the table refilling drinks, bread etc.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was friendly and just right! Food was delicious, as were the cocktails and after dinner drinks. This is a place to go to over and over again!

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vipNancyLynnAscencio
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service and fantastic food

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vipDennisK
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Halibut special is to die for. Great service great venue

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Sammy11
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome!! Service and food always great!!

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Judy
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ciao Pasta has a really lovely patio perfect for social distancing. The food is delicious and our server, Ruben, was attentive but not intrusive, and fun. Highly recommend Ciao Pasta!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awesome! Food is excellent!

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Dystrackded
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing smelling food as it passes your table sparks inspiration as you try your best to select only one item from the menu. The consistency and flavor of the freshest ingredients. Wonderful staff, with an outstanding outdoor dining experience!

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vipAmie
Orange County
98 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We have dined here many times and the food is always delicious. We went at 5:30 and they were not very busy. The service was a bit lacking. We waited at least 10 minutes before our water took our drink orders, and we had to make requests at least twice.

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vipbarini
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place, great service, simple and tasty food. Well done

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Judy
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The lobster ravioli was excellent. I would definitely order it again.

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vipMimi
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gluten free pizza was fantastic. Love that your menu includes gluten free options!

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Camamma
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food as always was superb. Service on this night could have been more prompt, but a lovely evening nonetheless

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vipLinda
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great menu and good food! Outside patio can get a little noisy! But my vegetarian son loved the gluten free pizza and pasta.

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vipReeve
Orange County
69 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant with patio dining. Always great food and service.

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vipsusanh
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ciao is a neighborhood gem. The food is fresh, seasonal and delicious. Their menu is varied and able to suit everyone's preferences. Excellent pizzas, pasta, fresh fish, chicken, port and steak. They have a good wine list, by the glass or bottle, that serves various price points. This restaurant has become one of our very favorite restaurants. Right now, it is outside patio dining only due to covid 19 restrictions, but they have a nice indoor dining room once the restrictions are lifted. Free parking is available behind the restaurant.

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vipLuvnlife
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect portions, delicious food, drink was perfect! Will go back to this local gem soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best gluten free pizza ever! Coming back here every chance I get

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vipReeve
Orange County
69 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One can never go wrong with Ciao. It's a local favorite and reservations are recommended....they can get vey busy! We've had everything from appetizers to pizza and entrees and never had a bad meal.

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RennyS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The patio could use some fans as it was a it hot with no breeze.

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Chris
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant for the food and the service as it is always great.

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 553 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.