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223 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-1203
949-675-4070
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 21
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  • 17
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good and not so good

My chicken piccata with penne and veggies was tasty but my husband's bolognese sauce on penne was more in the sweet tomato side rather than a hearty beefy flavor. We'd try it again and order something different for him.

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Donna C
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Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States
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English first
Northampton, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Visited balboa island one evening & happened along this restaurant. Not many customers when we went in but stacked when we left despite a lady telling us they may have to close early as no business!! The food was excellent. Quick & pleasant service from the guy behind the bar. He was very nice. Massive portions & proper glasses of... More 

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Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States
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160 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

My chicken piccata with penne and veggies was tasty but my husband's bolognese sauce on penne was more in the sweet tomato side rather than a hearty beefy flavor. We'd try it again and order something different for him.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Service was good, salad was good but the recommended pasta dishes were unremarkable. I truly can't remember the last one I used salt let alone that much salt to add a little flavor. The pasta Angelo and my husbands linguine vongole had very little flavor. I would Not recommend this place.

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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Came from Newport for the day and chose Ciao from other travelocity reviews. I really like the small, intimate setting that's great for family, friends, couples etc. My husband, our 2 college girls, and 3 little ones found a dish : pasta, seafood, salad, soup each of us enjoyed. Service was very good.

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Belton, TX
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74 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Small restaurant. Very relaxing music playing. The spinach appetizer was very tasty. The bread is soft and delicious. The bread is served with a butter and olive tapenade and it is excellent. We ordered the egg plant with capellini on the side. Very well executed. I would eat here again. There is a split charge if you split a meal.

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Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States
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160 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 via mobile

I had the chicken piccata which came with lots of fresh veggies and pasta. The description on the menu does not detail it so make sure you inquire. The dish had red sauce on penne which I can't eat and would not think would accompany the piccata sauce. I had to remove it as the aides were blending together. Flavor... More 

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Florida
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111 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Small Italian restaurant with pictures of the Rat Pack and different Italian themed movies on the wall. Food was very good. We had the linguine with clam sauce both red and white. Another person had the lobster ravioli. All was very good. Prices and service was good. The only draw back was no beer on tap and no craft beer.... More 

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Colorado
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

A casual place for some very tasty Italian food! If you're traveling alone, this is a nice place to sit at the bar for a glass of wine and pizza.

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71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Consistent quality and service. My wife and l have enjoyed eating here for for almost 10 years. Never disappointed. Sometimes Balboa Island is jammed with tourists so you might have to wait for a table. But if you are in a hurry you shouldn't come to Balboa Island. This is where we relax and unwind even if its crowded. I... More 

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Balboa Island, California
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5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Good is decent, portions generous, service attentive and one of the best places to eat on the island. Great bread with a yummy olive spread is served. Take out is great!

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Additional Information about Ciao

Address: 223 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-1203
Phone Number: 949-675-4070
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach  >  Balboa Island
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 223 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-1203
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach  >  Balboa Island
  • Phone Number: 949-675-4070

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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