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223 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-1203
949-675-4070
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11:00 am - 9:00 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
    Excellent
  • 21
    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
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Had a friend visiting from out of town, and I wasn't familiar with the area. Friends suggested Balboa Island. Ciao looked exactly what we were looking for, a local place with good food without the very expensive pricetag. We all had something different and loved our food. Serving size was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2015
Michelle B
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San Marcos, California
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San Marcos, California
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67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Had a friend visiting from out of town, and I wasn't familiar with the area. Friends suggested Balboa Island. Ciao looked exactly what we were looking for, a local place with good food without the very expensive pricetag. We all had something different and loved our food. Serving size was generous. My husband had the lobster ravioli and commented that... More 

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Illinois
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We went to Ciao a couple times! Service and food are both very good. overall, Ciao was very good. :)😃

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Poipu, Hawaii
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We are always skeptical of Italian food away from home (NY/NJ area), but we were pleasantly surprised by the quality and quantity of the food. My daughters had penne alla vodka, one with chicken and one had shrimp, my wife had shrimp scampi dish and I had chicken parmigiana over pasta. All the dishes were cooked perfectly. We highly recommend... More 

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california
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Cozy restaurant on a touristy main street in beautiful Newport Beach/Balboa Island. A few tables are located next to the front windows giving patrons an opportunity to people watch while dining if that's your thing. Visited during an early lunch hour and we pretty much had our choice of seating; midway through lunch the place was filling up. The complimentary... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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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170 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 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
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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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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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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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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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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
  • 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?