Ciao Italian Restaurant

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Since 1985 Ciao has been charming downtown diners with authentic, freshly prepared Italian dishes. Just a few blocks off the beaten path, away from the hustle and bustle of the River Market, Ciao is a perfect place for a business lunch, dinner before the show or a romantic date night. We offer traditional Italian dishes and creative Chef specials with a broad price range and attentive service in a cozy, intimate atmosphere. Discover the hidden gem on 7th Street.
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Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date night venue with your significant other. Old country cozy, romantic with excellent service and food. From the time you enter Ciao and greeted by Becky, the owner, and served by Sarah, your waitress, you will leave feeling like family. One of Little Rock's hidden gems.

r
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a quiet awesome meal....the service is always great and the food is very good.

d
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lori took great care of us. We weren't rushed and her recommendations were spot on. Her timing was perfect!

M
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both remarkable. If your looking for authentic Italian food with great service, this is the place.

HJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We reserved a table for 6 people for a bridal dinner. The food was amazing and had several menu options. Cutest hole in the wall restaurant but do not let the outside deceive you. The inside is cute with Italian feel and lovely art by local artists for purchase.

The only thing I would add is the light music because it was so silent that you can hear everyone's conversion.

I gave an overall 4 instead or 5 because the server wasnt as knowledgeable in wine & smaller plates did not accommodate the appetizers & bread. It was a little awkward when server put bread rolls on our plate after appetizers came out. My recommendation is invest in more bread baskets for larger parties to place on the table.

I would recommend this place to anyone who truly loves Italian food and looking for a romantic date. The price point was good as well. <3

LZ
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

service was very slow. food was amazing. fresh ingredients. claustrophobic.

MS
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

waited for food over an hour, needed to get to a show, so was a little rusted

r
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome.....very quiet and the perfect atmosphere for business. Excellent service and food.

BN
Memphis
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst Italian food I have had in a long time. Service was also terrible. It took over an hour to get our food. The cream of mushroom soup was made with canned mushrooms. Would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

SS
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 4

Took my husband for his birthday. Food was delicious! So yummy!!!
Service was prompt. Waiter was kind.
He was very dirty and a bit smelly. Needed a shower. We still left a good tip.
Unfortunately, they didn't read the reservation request. I shared it was his 49th bday so they could come sing . They didn't help me celebrate. This was a bit disappointing.
Also, the phone rang like crazy for Togo orders. It was do very loud!!! Very annoying and took away from ambiance. It literally rang non-stop.
We will return because food was so good.
Salmon was amazing!!!
I just see a few areas of needed improvement.
Next time it will be ToGo!

DF
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ciaos has been a favorite of mine for years! It is usually on the quiet side, but our visit this past Saturday night was a little lively! Which was nice since we were celebrating my son and daughter in-law's birthdays! Just so happened that the Sweet Adelines were in town for a convention and some of them happened to be in the restaurant. One group sang Happy Birthday to our table, while another group sang to another table. What fun it was! The food was fabulous, I have never had a bad meal. I recommend The Marco Antonio which is chicken parmesan with eggplant parmesan on top. we had a wonderful waiter and all the staff are very friendly!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful evening with good food, good wine and the service was outstanding!! Highly recommend!

JB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Ciao's has great Italian food! We love the atmosphere!

RL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Twice we have been to Ciao and both times was an excellent experience! The waiter was exceptional with humor and service! The food was awesome and we highly recommend it!

GB
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ciao is one of our go to places to eat a great meal with the family. Becky and her crew always have their "A" game with the service and food.

L
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, good wine and exquisite service. Consistent quality and service over the years at a good value!

V
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Caio’s continues to exceed all expectations when it come to a quiet, romantic evening out. The food is delicious and is well presented. The wait staff always provides exceptional, friendly and personable service. Nice selection of wines are available at reasonable prices. Caio’s is our favorite go to place for special occasions; make it yours!

SM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Menu items we selected did not disappoint, great flavor and just the right amount of heat.

OT
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was great. We really enjoyed our dinner

c
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Have eaten here twice now w/friends - it is one of our friends favorite recipes, and where we all go to celebrate certain important events! They like it better than we do, but it is ok food - I've had better Italian but, again, we really aren't going there for a great meal!

JJ
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The atmosphere was extremely poor with multiple flys surrounding our table the entire meal and absolutely dead silence with no ambiance at all.
My girlfriends Chicken Marsala was a breaded chicken fried steak with some sort of soy tasting sauce. It was so bad we had to return it for another meal.
The fettuccini Alfredo I had was so watery with no flavor and the smallest pieces of chicken I have ever seen in a meal! Even my girlfriends replacement fettuccini Alfredo was just as bad.
Even with the horrible experience the management didn’t nothing at all to better the situation. We were charge full price and even charged for the four hard rolls.
By far the worst experience ever and it’s a shame being our first time in Little Rock.

OT
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You will be happy with anything on the menu. It is all incredible.

RF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

the best part of my meal was the cup of mushroom bisque soup. My main course was the veal tortellini. It was cold and very dry and had some linguini mixed in, which I had no idea where it came from. I also ordered coffee and it was served to me cold. The waiter gave excises for everything that was wrong with the meal. He was less than functional and not very accommodating. We were heading for a play at the Robinson so I didn't have time to make management aware, that is if they were even on site. WILL NOT RETURN!

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was amazing and the food was phenomenal, we’ll definitely be back on our next trip to Little Rock.

OT
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was very slow. Restaurant was out of veal which is their signature meal. Seemed odd. Food was okay.

AK
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. The most real Italian I've ever eaten in the US.

MS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I was very disappointed overall with this restruant. The positive things...service was excellent. The culture of the restruant was above average. The food.. not so much. We had a wide survey of the menu and shared the food amongst each other for a party of seven. The food was average. It was better than Olive Garden or similar options, but it was not worth nearly double the cost of entrees. I’m glad we tried it but we won’t be back. This place has such potential, but the food needs a revamp.

BO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visit MB at least 3 to 4 times per year, and always make it a point to return to Ciao for dinner at least twice every time. The food is always spot on and the service is excellent.

LW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great atmosphere! Met friends for lunch and had a great time.

LC
Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 3

The food and the service were exceptional. However, the kitchen was having a bad night. There were long waits between courses. We might return if we were in the area again. But, I couldn't recommend it to anyone for a pre-event dinner. Those around us trying to get to the symphony ended up getting their food to go. Managers were apologetic but.....

MW
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our table for 2 was just a little too small for us. Had to set all table decorations, salt, pepper, etc. on the ledge next to our table. Next time will ask for a larger table.

P
Memphis
16 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious meal in this little restaurant. Excellent service. Will definitely be back the next time I'm in downtown Little Rock.

J
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food choices for lunch were excellent -as were the wine choices :). The waitress was superb; she checked on our needs with excellent timing. We ordered the crab cakes and were pleasantly surprised when they were coupled with an aioli pesto dressing. It was such a complement to the crab cakes t I asked for the recipe! Cannot wait to go again. Ciao!

KK
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I have always enjoyed this restaurant very much. However, my experience this past weekend was not the best. It may been a busy night because it was the Saturday of the marathon weekend. I ordered a dish that was to include salmon, spinach, capers and a sherry sauce. I believe what came out was a fettuccine Alfredo with salmon there was no sign of capers or Sherry sauce. We also had trouble placing her wine order because our waitress didn’t show up until most of our mail was gone. I love this restaurant so will try it again but hope the food improves.

JT
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very authentic Italian cuisine. It was a great reminder of my trips to Italy with my wife.

RS
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the special Valentine extras. Champagne, special menu, decorations, and Valentine goodie bag. Chocolate Creme brûlée was wonderful. The restaurant was busy and our party had an event to attend after dinner, so we were a little rushed, but the service was excellent. I'm sure the kitchen was backed up a little.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very much worth the 45 min drive it took us. It has been a few years since we visited and it is still just as good as always. Great place for our birthday dinner.

SC
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

The reviews seemed hit or miss. I should have went with my gut because it was a big miss. Not authentic, terribly slow service. My pasta tasted like Chinese food. The foccacia bread was a load of bread. Extremely disappointed and will not return or recommend.

E
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were absolutely impressed with the food and service. We celebrated her birthday and were very pleased with our meals along with the amazing choices of wine. Definitely will be back again.

OT
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Ciao’s for years. We always love it and the friendly service we always receive!

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