Ciao Pasta

4.8
786 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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vipjohns
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best Italian restaurants I have ever been to! A must stop when in OC.

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MatthewV
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always quality

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and ambience were amazing!!! Adults and the kiddos loved their meals:-) My wife had the Chilean Sea Bass which we both agreed was the best we’ve had and I enjoyed the shorts ribs with pasta which was so yummy!!!

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Frenchie
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always great food. Sometimes not the friendliest of greetings, but the staff is efficient.

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vipCherylO
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice relaxing time with friendly service, great food and drinks !

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and the food was top notch!!! Delicious but the service was over the top amazing!

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vipJoanM
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to dine even after all these years. The food, service and ambiance is amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Cold food. They were having an off night I guess because dinner is usually outstanding.

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vipMarianneS
New England
36 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Minestrone was superior. Papardelle was amazing! Definitely will go back!

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vipNancyLynnAscencio
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SPECTACULAR!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super nice decor. Food was so good! Service was great!! We will be coming back.

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nycdogooder
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good but service was lacking and rushed. The branzino burrata, and short ribs were delicious! The server on the other hand was without a mask, hovering over our food, unavailable at times, and had zero tact. Glasses of water were basically thrown at us, while the server grabbed the lip of the glasses with his bare hands.

At least pretend there is a pandemic, and that you care about your job.

I would still recommend this place because the food was very good, and somewhat reasonably priced. But with caveats.

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MichaelK
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A consistently well run restaurant
Food and service is always great
It’s our go to restaurant for 20+ years

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vipMichaelB
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation to sit indoors at a table on the side of the room. When we arrived the owner tried to sit us outside in a rainy day. We told him the reservation was for indoors. He said fine and then tries to sit us at the worst table in the middle of the room. We asked to sit on the side at one of the tables four 4, but he said those were for four people yet there were 5 other tables along the wall that were all 4 person tables yet each had two people at them. We left without eating as the owner and staff were simply rude.

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viphuntsman
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal. The lobster ravioli is my favorite, so delicious. Great service also.

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vipCindy
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were Exceptional once again. Tried the short ribs on this occasion and they were very good

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vipGeomi
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish dinner menu items were excellent, sea bass and halibut

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vipJoyJ
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

First time and probably won’t return. Very disappointing.

The service was actually very good and the waiter was attentive. But he couldn’t make up for yucky food.

The pizzas were very very soggy, not a crisp crust. Lasagne came out in an oven proof dish and we were warned it was very hot. Indeed, it was, however the entire center of the lasagna was cold and not cooked. Yikes - amateur mistake for a kitchen.

Also, we have a soy allergy in the family and we were shocked that instead of using olive oil, they use soybean oil in almost everything!!! Why would an authentic Italian restaurant substitute olive oil with an inexpensive, GMO, allergy unfriendly, soy??? I mean fast food restaurants like McDonald’s use soybean… not nicer restaurants.

One person in our party was not able to eat anything with a red sauce which is pretty much 90% of the menu because they use soy oil in all sauces, salad dressing’s, fryer, etc.

The restaurant is cute but it is very noisy. We don’t mind the energy but it’s not a place I would recommend for a date night or quiet conversation. Great for family dining. But the food was just borderline atrocious.

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HBsassy
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not crowded for Sunday lunch. Very quick and attentive service. Beet salad with salmon was excellent. Gluten free options.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations for 7:30 PM and arrived early but they were friendly, accommodating and sat us right away! For appetizers we had calamari fritti and beef carpaccio, both were exceptional! The beef melted in the mouth and the calamari was tender and cooked to perfection with a light crispy outer crust, one of the best we've ever had! I had the gnocchi, my husband had the bolognese with Parpadelle, my sister in law had the Parpadelle with Cremini mushroom and black truffle sauce, and my brother had the Frutti di Mare; the seafood was bountiful. All the entrees were cooked to perfection and delicious. We had wine and beer to quench our thirst and ended dinner with an apple tart to share. Everything was superb; the service was attentive and both the Maître d' and the owner came to our table to ask how everything was and they were personable and since both are from Italy, they're very passionate about food! All in all it was a perfect holiday meal, and they made it a wonderful experience for us! We'll be regulars, no doubt!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic, as always!

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CynthiaT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They treated us like royalty!

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vipLarryHN
Los Angeles
95 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing local restaurant with great food and service. You feels like you are eating in a local restaurant in the Italian country side. Ask for the owners special wine list from his home town in Italy.

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vipCindy
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best Italian restaurant in Southern California. Every dish was fantastic

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vipNancyLynnAscencio
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Awesome Food!!!
Love Ciao Pasta❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great night, the food is delicious as always. It was very busy and we noticed that the door dash/Uber eats orders were steadily coming in and getting their food timely and we waited over 30 mins for our entrees. It’s was fine and we just enjoyed each other’s company but it was kind of annoying to wait that long while watching the steady stream of Uber eats getting food out of the kitchen timely.

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vipMatilda
Orange County
69 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Always great food, delicious salads and best branding.

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vipjonathanj
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Read about it on Open Table. Exceeded our expectations. I am having lunch there this week. We highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
743 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

A delightful dining experience with the always outstanding food choices a clear winner. The lemon pasta and the cheese ravioli were both noteworthy and prepared to perfection. Dining outside was a definite highlight.

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LinDen
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ciao Pasta is the best place to have a quiet lunch in San Juan Capistrano. Food is excellent, service is friendly, and if you go early, parking is easy.

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SpecialP
Houston
46 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Awesome authentic Italian fare. Large portions, great service and a lovely patio made for wonderful meal. Don't forget to save room for dessert.

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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
36 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!!!!

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 786 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.