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Ciao Pasta

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31661 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2667
949-496-5002
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Dining options: Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice Lunch Spot

Good location with free parking in back. An old adobe-like building. Quiet w/o the bustle of the nearby train station spots. Waiter was friendly and helpful. Typical Italian fare. Spaghetti alle Polpette had good sauce, but meatballs were bland: too much bread. One visit was enough unless you are a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Harry G
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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good location with free parking in back. An old adobe-like building. Quiet w/o the bustle of the nearby train station spots. Waiter was friendly and helpful. Typical Italian fare. Spaghetti alle Polpette had good sauce, but meatballs were bland: too much bread. One visit was enough unless you are a regular and really like the food.

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Thank Harry G
San Juan Capistrano, California
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Husband and I decided to take our neighbors out to dinner for Christmas. They picked Ciao Pasta, easy just down the street and we went on a Thursday. This evening the restaurant featured a smoked oak flavor Cabernet, which was good - $8 a glass. Our table had 3 - Caesar salads and one Minestrone soup. Good. Entrees consisted of... More 

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Thank GettingoutofLA
San Juan Capistrano, California
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48 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

All four of us had great dinners. Right across the street from the mission, it's also a very nice setting for walking around after a great dinner. The halibut was my favorite!

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Thank Matt T
california
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34 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

This is a favorite Italian restaurant of many locals. It is right across from the beautiful mission in San Juan Capistrano. There are lots of choices on the menu. There is patio seating as well as indoors. They used to have larger helpings, but guess this is becoming the norm.

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Thank Bonnie L
San Juan Capistrano, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Food excellent, service great. Menu offerings are Italian favorites. Both inside and outside seating. Parking in rear. Church bells in the background are a bonus.

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Thank GenevieveMc
San Juan Capistrano, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We love this restaurant. My boyfriend is from Rome and even he thinks it is the best in this area. The atmosphere is very nice, directly across from the Mission. The servers are very attentive and the owner is very often right on the premises greeting the guests. Their seafood dishes are my favorite but everything is good. Best Italian... More 

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Great "presence" and a really tasty menu - prices are quite reasonable. Staff is attentive and helpful.

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Thank CoastalPicRick
San Juan Capistrano, CA
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We really enjoy the atmosphere and the food is great. You can sit outside or inside. On weekends they have music. Try it you will like it.

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Thank harshmom
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50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

This place has some great southern (?) Italian food. The flavors mix so well. The prices are reasonable and the service is great. Highly recommend.

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Thank Bill M
Salt Lake City, Utah
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Visited on a Saturday evening with another couple visiting. As rated the experience was "average". Food seemed to lack real inspiration or uniqueness. Salads were plain, minestrone seemed thrown together. Pesto pasta was just that....pesto sauce and pasta with nothing more. Sauce seemed as though it was right from the jar. On the plus side ambiance is nice right across... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 31661 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2667
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Juan Capistrano
  • Phone Number: 949-496-5002

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Steakhouse, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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