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“Awesome date night” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ciao Bistro

Ciao Bistro
302 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, FL 32034-0806
+1 904-206-4311
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Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Pasta
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Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Doing business
Dining options: Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Fernandina Beach, Florida
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31 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Awesome date night”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

I live in Fernandina and have always heard about how awesome Ciao is. My boyfriend and I decided to try it out and it was AWESOME! We both really enjoyed our meals and our dessert. The staff was extremely friendly. We will deff be back for more.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Jacksonville
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Awesome Meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

It was started by the owner greeting us at the door and seating us. Then the staff took over with excellent service. We each started with a salad, Caesar and Tropicale, then my husband had the veal picatta and I had the grilled salmon, each with a side of pasta. The owner brought us each a small glass of lambrusco to cleanse our pallets before finishing it off with the homemadeTirami Su and canoli. We cannot say enough about the whole experience. We will definitely be going back.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Best italian in the area!!! I should know since coming from northern nj and being Italian. Yum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Foid was wonderful and always bring home leftovers. Luca the owner makes you feel you are a special guest. Service is wonderful!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A must visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

My husband and I ate here on our last night in Amelia Island. It got awesome reviews and we wanted a good dinner our last night on vacation. As we arrived to the restaurant the owner greeted us at the door and seated us immediately. (I had made a reservation- which is a must!) our waitress was super sweet and the service was great. We both ordered the goat cheese salad that was a special and loved it! For our entrees, I had the eggplant Parmesan and my husband had the pasta special. Both were outstanding! The owner walks around and checks on every table. He actually noticed that at one point we had switched dishes! The 2 dishes were so good that we each ate some of both! After we asked for our check the owner came by with some complimentary after dinner wine. It was excellent. Upon exiting he opened the door for us and asked how everything was. We couldn't say enough great things! this restaurant is a must when visiting Amelia island or Fernandina beach. It is a short drive off of the island but absolutely worth it! Delicious food and awesome customer service!!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great Spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

As frequent visitors to Amelia, we've been to Ciao several times. The food is really good, and the wine list is better than what you might expect from such a small place. To a certain degree, they're a victim of their success - it's really crowded on evenings, especially weekends. Reservations are accepted, but it's an informal system. There's no waiting area inside the building, but most folks are happy to bide their time outside.

What really distinguishes Ciao is that the owner is front and center 100% of the time. He's talking to people, greeting at the door (often with a glass of wine), and making sure the place hums. Having that kind of visibility makes a huge difference in a restaurant. It's like dining with an extended family.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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