Ciao Pasta

4.8
755 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 755 people are saying
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vipReeve
Orange County
74 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

You can always count on Ciao Pasta to provide a tasty meal! This is our local go to place. The service is just as good as the food!

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KevinMcC
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great location, wonder ambiance, service and food. Definitely a go to for us!!!!

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JennyK
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends birthday. It was great as always

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vipOpenTable Diner
Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food at the right price

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vipBenny
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Italian food. Beautiful Patio. very friendly staff.

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britLynne
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the staff, and Tatiana, our waitress, is always terrific

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Food was horrible tasted very bland was no seasoning on calamari , pizza was drenched in sauce and falling apart I didn’t even finish my food left it there I would never eat here again

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vipDaveT
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
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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BobB
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food along with great value

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vipAlyssaC
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipGagan
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ended up ordering too much pasta! Next time we will swap out one item for something else. Wine was good too.

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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
6 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
29 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
75 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
7 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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Frenchie
New York Area
13 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
12 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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vipDwest10
Orange County
17 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
7 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!

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 755 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.