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31661 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2667
949-496-5002
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Outdoor seating

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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
Excellent lunch

We just ate lunch here & we almost passed it by because there were so few people there. It was absolutely delicious. We ordered a salad with steak, another salad with salmon and the Ciao Pasta. All 3 were absolutely delicious and the service was fast and friendly.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Coto de Caza, California
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Coto de Caza, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We just ate lunch here & we almost passed it by because there were so few people there. It was absolutely delicious. We ordered a salad with steak, another salad with salmon and the Ciao Pasta. All 3 were absolutely delicious and the service was fast and friendly.

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san diego, ca.
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Pastas are excellent, made to order, flavors out of this world, nice atmosphere, just across from San Juan Capistrano Mission, the only thing I did not like, I was greeted by a waiter and he told me to follow him, and we got stopped by the Roberto Cravet, the general manager, he asked us if we had reservations, he gave... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I love the Italian man that gives me a smile on of his homemade hot chili, yowza. Sexy food, sexy ambiance! See us mid april

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Ewing NJ
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114 reviews 114 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Good dining on the porch. The gnocchi we done perfectly as was the chicken parm. A very peasant lunch. Wish we lived closer.

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I love to go to this restaurant and eat out on the patio. It reminds me of having lunch in Florence! The food is delicious and the service is warm and friendly. It is right across from the mission which makes it a perfect spot to stop for lunch after a day exploring!

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Huntington Beach, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My husband and I visited this restaurant last week, and it was really, really good. The waiter was Italian, very nice, and quite knowledgeable about the menu items. Where in Italy the menu item originated, etc. I had the Mediterranean Halibut and it was perfect. It is baked with an olive, caper and Parmesan crust and served over a bed... More 

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Southlake, Texas
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130 reviews 130 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Our most recent visit was our third time at Ciao Pasta, and it just gets better every time. First and foremost, the restaurant itself is beautiful, with a wonderful outdoor dining area that begs for a leisurely meal. Our family was warmly greeted by the staff, and given an appropriate amount of time to review the menu. Drink orders were... More 

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Minooka, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We ate at Ciao Pasta on a very slow day, but that did not diminish the taste of the dinner. We had a dish of lasagna and spaghetti that were ample and delicious. The price was OK for a nice outdoor restaurant. It's quite close to the main road which was a bit noisy, but not bad. The meal plus... More 

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Fantastic food in a great atmosphere, especially the outdoor dining. Good service. Bar service available.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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92 reviews 92 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We had great service with good advice about portion sizes so we ordered the gamberi appetiser and the steak salad, both excellent and made for a more than adequate lunch. They have a good wine list, a glass of negro amaro was a great match for the steak and the pinot grigio went well with the gamberi. They do need... 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, Mexican, American, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?