Ciao Pasta

4.8
575 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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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HeatW
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soooooo good! Had the most delicious halibut special.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been enjoying Ciao Pasta for many years. I’ve had all kinds of occasions including date night, birthdays and every day dining. I can’t recommend the service and food enough. I’m so glad to have a place like this in my neighborhood.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambiance as always! Our favorite Italian place hands down

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Were so excited to get out and have date after being locked down due to COVID.

It was an amazing experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Server was a bit impatient to take order or explain food/drinks. Noise was loud mostly due to younger guests and some “energetic” guests. Must take into account COVID outdoor dining consideration but overall not a comfortable experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome family owned restaurant! Met Pasquel for the first time and enjoyed our conversation. His daughter was our server and so sweet!!! We look forward to dining there more often. Oh and the braised short rib by far one of the best!

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Fundates
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went here for NYE, and were greeted by (I think) the owner. He was SOOO nice, and made us feel like we were going into his home. We got to pick out our table, and everyone was nice to us. The waiting staff made us feel comfortable.
I know the servers need to wear masks, and so they did, but we would have LOVED to have seen the servers' smiles because we know it would have been great to see.
Everyone was nice.
We ordered from the Specials menu and the food came out so fast we couldn't believe it. The halibut was very good. The gnocchi was good, but maybe a little doughey and the sauce a little too garlicy.
Overall, our experience was tremendous and we'd go back here any time! Thank you!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

New Years Eve

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vipBabs12
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a winner! First choice for food and ambiance!

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vipKellyL
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot and food and service were awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at the restaurant and it was a fantastic experience.

Look forward to returning soon

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viplarpap
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ciao Pasta is always tremendous. The food is righteous, the service is always fantastic and you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. My favorites are Rotelle and Brasato. But just an awesome place with awesome food.

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vipCarrieA
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, ambiance and service! A+ all the way around, my dinner was incredible. The martini that accompanied my meal was top notch as well! Cheers and looking forward to next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Baja California
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG The best dinning experience! The patio was beautifully lit. We got to sit by the fireplace, the staff were so nice. The service was perfect and the food was delicious!!! Amazing place, I will go back again and again.
We love it there A+

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Home style Italian cooking with both high quality and an authentic flavor.

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vipAmie
Orange County
98 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ciao Pasta is our favorite Italian restaurant. We invited friends for the first time and they loved it. We shared the Calamari appetizer, and we all had different pastas and everything was delicious. Our friends can't wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I love this place it’s quaint, the patio is charming with the fireplace, there are plenty of heaters. The food is amazing. We crave their food 😋

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BettyP
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food! Lively atmosphere!

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StephanieK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful location, delicious food and even better service. I’d recommend this spot as a “must go” for a special occasion...or even just any night! Lots of items I need to come back and try.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with a good price point.

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vipCygnet
Orange County
82 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We appreciated restaurant's masks and social distancing and even ate indoors, instead of on the patio which we'd reserved, because the inside tables were so well spaced.

We savored the special appetizer of beets with burrata and as well as the special entré of seafood and burrata ravioli. The excellent spumoni was like none we'd ever tasted and was served with atop bottom of cake.

We'd like to challenge the Puglian chef to something beyond squid pasta: spaghetti al nero di seppia, one of our favorite Italian dishes.

Thanks to all who made the night a special one!

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PattyI
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TS
vipTimofSanJuanCapistrano
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
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
70 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!

OT
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
31 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
99 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
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Outstanding!!

DD
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
60 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.

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 575 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.