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223 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-1203
949-675-4070
Today
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

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Visitor rating
  • 17
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 5
    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
Most recent review
Eat where locals eat.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
Rick W
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  • Reservations
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English first
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Northbrook
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

Very delightful Italian eatery with a nice variety of delicious appetizers and entrees. Marinara was delicious on my cheese ravioli with veal meatball. Good service and hot tasty food. Desserts are delicious too - kind of hard to save room for dessert though. Good sized servings for rather moderate prices. Great for lunch or dinner. Reservations suggested for dinner during... More 

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Austin, Texas
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This is a small restaurant with lots of charm in a great location. All the staff were friendly and accommodating. The menu is typical Italian including gnocchi. Not all Italian restaurants serve gnocchi. Gnocchi is the potato-based, bite-sized pasta that takes a fair amount of time to create. Everything at Ciao is home-made.

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Puyallup, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

With lots of quaint little restaurants to choose from on the main street of Balboa Island, we were lucky enough to choose this one. I just had a simple cheese pizza that was tremendous and my wife has an ahi tunu salad, which she said was fantastic. The prices were a little on the high side, but so is about... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Was just going to have lunch with friends and walked by ciao, the smells drew us in. We were not disappointed. Two of us had pasta with the spicy red sauce and Italian sausage, very good. I was making mmmm sounds the whole time I was eating. The other friend had pizza. Nice and thin crust and very well made.... More 

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Balboa Island, California
Top Contributor
214 reviews 214 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

This popular restaurant has excellent pizza and excellent service ; however, don't go expecting a romantic evening.(You're much better off at Amelia's down the street). Ciao is usually packed and so noisy you can barely talk to your table mates. Now, on the other hand if you're with a loud extrovert type crowd, this is your place. You'll love it.

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Overland Park, Kansas
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I had a lovely lunch at Ciao, on the main street of Balboa Island in Newport Beach, CA. It was recommended by a shopkeeper there. I had the calamari appetizer with a house salad, which were both very good! I loved being able to sit by an open window, so I felt as if I was sitting in a sidewalk... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Our hotel recommended this place and when we arrived is was full, so we had a few drinks at the bar while we waited. We all enjoyed our food, but the highlight was the service - Excellent throughout! Very competitive prices - I would go again!

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Brea, California
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I went here with a couple of close friends after an afternoon of fun in SoCal. We were hoping to find a good place to sit, relax, and eat for awhile after a busy day. This was not a good choice for that. We had to wait close to an hour to be seated at 8 o'clock at night. Once... 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 1 - 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?