Ciao Pasta

4.7
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532 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
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4.7
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4.7
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
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
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service and fantastic food

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vipDennisK
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Halibut special is to die for. Great service great venue

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Sammy11
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
Los Angeles
95 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
67 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
23 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
65 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
68 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
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service from Ruben!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. We love their patio as well! Great little spot for everyday or date night!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always good and staff are very personable.

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AdriB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Ciao Pasta numerous times. It’s my go-to for authentic Italian. I love the food, the ambiance, and the service so much I make the drive from San Diego. They never disappoint! I have brought friends/family here and they all agree...Ciao Pasta is THE BEST!

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EileenL
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The BRASATO DI MANZO is a MUST HAVE! Really great food, nice wine selection.

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Joined
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and quick.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome and service was excellent.

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vipNoBe
Orange County
67 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all ways!!!

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vipMarkusB
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Ciao Pasta - all around! The service, the food, the ambiance - perfecto.

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vipJenniferB
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The salmon is always amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great experience the food was very good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Been to better italian.

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lindanpaul
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lunch gathering of old friends. Wine list was very nice and the appetizers were good, bland but good. The entrees sounded so much better than they tasted and the tab was pretty high for lunch

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vipMimi
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening with family celebrating birthday!

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vipReeve
Orange County
68 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our never fail, go to local places. Consistent quality on the food and casual patio dining!

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vipKipH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Our first time at Ciao Pasta and we were pleasantly surprised. It was a Saturday night and a little crowded so the tables on the patio were a bit closer than six feet apart. The service was a little slow but the food made up for it. The bread was delicious and the house salad large enough to split. I had pasta and my wife had the veal with a lemon sauce. Both were wonderful. We will be sure to go back again to try a couple of other dishes.

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vipsusanh
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

This is our fourth time eating at Ciao because we like it a lot. The owner is there to welcome you as you enter and is very present throughout the restaurant. Right now, it is patio dining only due to the covid-19 requirements, but that has not affected the quality of the food nor the service. Both remain very good. The branzino fish entree is delicious along with their chicken breast entree. My husband always orders their seafood pasta. He eats half of it and enjoys the rest the next day at home. All of the entrees are delicious. You can't go wrong no matter what you order. Ciao is located in a delightful setting right across the street from the SJC Mission. Parking is readily available in the public parking lot near the entrance. This has become one of our very favorite restaurants in the area. We always know eating there will be a nice experience.

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Asmiley
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, staff was courteous and food was delicious!

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vippaulaM
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very impressed with Pascal (owner) and his team. They have created a safe environment during this Covid mess and delivered superb service and food. Never disappointed in going here. The food is fresh and delicious.

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vipNoBe
Orange County
68 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food is always fresh and delicious.

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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 532 OpenTable diners.

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