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Ciao

223 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-1203
949-675-4070
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Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Dining options: Reservations
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Germantown, Tennessee
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82 reviews 82 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

I stopped in recently with some colleagues and was treated to a great dinner. The food was good, the service quick and the price reasonable. Ciao is not fancy, but definitely worth a stop. I will return.

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Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States
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92 reviews 92 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This restaurant is located on the main commercial Street on Balboa Island. While the food is average I would return again for lunch or dinner. I had the caprese salad and the tomatoes were just ok. Three of my friends had pasta and all of them said it was delicious. There are a couple of bistro tables on the sidewalk... More

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132 reviews 132 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Stopped here for a quick lunch. It has a good menu and the food is slightly above average. Service was good. Nothing real special but ok place to eat.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Very disappointing. The lack luster, miserable, slow service made for a poor start to the evening. The food was poor. Badly reheated lamb shanks, tiny greasy pizzas and stodgy tasteless pasta sauces. We would have willingly drank more to lift our spirits, but short of standing on the table and shouting down a megaphone it was impossible to catch the... More

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Victoria, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

My husband and I spent the afternoon on Balboa Island and decided to stop at Ciao for a small plate and some vino. We were pleasantly surprised when the antipasto platter arrived at our table...it was much more than we expected, and very tasty! So we turned our "stop" into a more relaxing visit and took our time to enjoy... More

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Newport Beach, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We got a booth-wood seat and seat backs. Not very comfortable. The waitress hadn't even been hired yet and was being trained by another woman. She said, "I hope to get this job!". They did have a decent selection of craft beer, which my friend likes. We had the Caprese and it was just fine. Not stunning, but it's hard... More

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San Diego, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I was looking for something really wonderful on Balboa Island, and so when we saw the menu outside we decided on Ciao. The fact that everyone in the restaurant was a tourist with no residents in sight should have been the tip-off. The house Cabernet wasn't particularly good - in fact we didn't bother to finish our glass. The Spinach... More

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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103 reviews 103 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Recently stayed for a month on Balboa and this was one of the "good" places. Proper Italian like they used to have in NYC. Good basic Italian nosh like momma used to make. And also a little bar area where you can grab a glass of wine at end of the day. Nothin' fancy, but just what you want.. and... More

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Fairfax VA
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78 reviews 78 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Ciao is a small Italian restaurant on Balboa Island. The food is very good and the atmosphere is very nice especially if you can land a table by the windows. The service was great and our server, Gemma, made it so much fun! It's obviously popular with locals and that says a lot.

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Orange, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Had dinner here the other night with some friends. Really enjoy the layout of this restaurant. The food was pretty good but took a while to come out. Our server was very friendly and made some good recommendations. Some of the dishes are a little overpriced in my opinion but the overall experience was still pretty good. Will try again... More

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