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119 North Michigan Street, South Bend, IN 46601
5742892426
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4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Dessert
Description: The premier Italian Restaurant and Bar in Indiana, offering unique and...
The premier Italian Restaurant and Bar in Indiana, offering unique and authentic Italian cuisine, enjoyable drinks and amazing dessert!
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Bar scene

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  • 20
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
My favorite South Bend restaurant

Superb Italian food in a very pleasant atmosphere, lovingly prepared by Mrs. Ciao. Service sometimes a bit less than it could be, but more than compensated by the quality of the food. I think that, all things considered, it is the best place to eat in South Bend.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Don H
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South Bend, Indiana
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Bar scene
  • Reservations
  • Dessert
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

It's just okay. Our first casual observation was that this looked nice, and would serve as an upscale Italian dining experience. The interiors appeared nice and contemporary, but upon a little more observation, you will quickly notice that it's only lipstick. We were actually sitting at a folding table in the main dining room. The bowl for our olive oil... More 

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South Bend, Indiana
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6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Superb Italian food in a very pleasant atmosphere, lovingly prepared by Mrs. Ciao. Service sometimes a bit less than it could be, but more than compensated by the quality of the food. I think that, all things considered, it is the best place to eat in South Bend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We went for our anniversary dinner and had a wonderful meal! Service was great and the food was fantastic! I highly recommend.

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North Liberty, Indiana
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

If you haven't tasted Chef Adele DeRose Ciao's magnificent cucina then you haven't lived. From her freshly made bread and soups, salads, main courses and incredible Italian desserts, everything is fabulous. Have a drink and a casual meal in Ciao's Lounge at the front of the building or experience the more romantic setting in the rear dining room. We had... More 

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Augusta, GA
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628 reviews 628 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
295 helpful votes 295 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We went here because the Asian bistro we wanted to try was closed on Monday. We were anticipating your basic Italian food, but it was far from it. My husband ordered the most basic dish they had--lasagna. It was very good. I had a pheasant tortelli with a creamy mushroom sauce that was good but there was way too much... More 

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South Bend, Indiana
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I'm not a big fan of Italian food, but I do like some. Ciao's had some pretty attractive offerings (at two entrees for $33) during South Bend's Restaurant week and my wife does like Italian a lot. The lobster linguine sounded pretty good to me so I thought, what the heck? It was very good. My wife liked her meal... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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57 reviews 57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Everything was perfect. Great wine - esp. the Aglianco. Bruschetta with fresh tomatoes created a tasty start. The dipping oil (for the bread made in house) had basil, oregano, roasted garlic and really good olive oil. The house salad was artfully arranged with interesting greens and vegetables. We had the house-made ravioli stuffed with salmon with shrimp with tomato/cream sauce... More 

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South Bend, Indiana
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77 reviews 77 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We celebrated our anniversary here and had a pleasant meal. Started with the spicy mussels appetizer, which was just-right spicy and perfectly cooked. I had a very hearty chicken vegetable soup and husband had caesar salad for accompaniments, both also very good. On our server's recommendation of her favorites, I had the pheasant tortelli with its amazing mushroom sauce, and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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56 reviews 56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

We have been patrons of Ciao's for the past ten or so years. Adele is an excellent chef and, when she can get out of the kitchen, is a charming hostess. I love to cook and Italian is my favorite. On a recent visit we had the puttanesca and cacio e pepe (Roman style adult macaroni and cheese). If you... More 

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Mishawaka, Indiana
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

On 11-22-2013 I made a reservation for 10 in the lounge. We were sat at a round table that was probably made to seat no more than 8 so our evening began very crowded. We had three different waitresses but could never find one when they were needed. Soups and salads were delivered to our table before anyone had silverware.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 119 North Michigan Street, South Bend, IN 46601
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  South Bend
  • Phone Number: 5742892426

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 19 - 34
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

The premier Italian Restaurant and Bar in Indiana, offering unique and authentic Italian cuisine, enjoyable drinks and amazing dessert!
Open Hours
Monday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?