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“Great Italian!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ciao Bistro

Ciao Bistro
302 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, FL 32034-0806
904-206-4311
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Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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“Great Italian!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

This was our first visit but we came with friends who had dined at Ciao at this new location the night before and at the previous location several times, needless to say it was as good as advertised and we were very satisfied with our meals.we were seated about 45 minutes past our reservation time but this was o.k. As it gave us some time for some good conversation with our friends.the place was packed but the service was very good and our food arrived promptly.The calamari appetizer was EXCELLENT!!.if you are in the mood for Italian I highly recommend this place.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Hilliard, FL
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57 reviews 57 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Qestionable if I'd Go Back”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Seated in "bar" for dinner: people gathered next to table witing to be seated and I felt as though we were in a cafareria with all the noise. The Chicken Marsala chicken was not the best.

Visited December 2012
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new jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“great food, hurried service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

We arrived 7 on a Wed. with a reservation. We were seated promptly.
Impressive menu. The chef/owner came by to greet us. Nice touch.
No full bar so we would have anticipated more choices of wine by the glass. There was only one special but the food was excellent and the atmosphere sort of NYC hustle and bustle.
The major drawback is that we felt rushed from the outset. A dinner with an appetizer, main course and dessert with wine shouldn't be over in an hour. And my pet peeve, being given the check without asking.
Also...while they serve cappuccino and espresso...no decaffeinated version.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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florida
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“Tasty and Fun Italian Bistro on Centre Street”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Ciao is a nice Italian bistro with a pleasant atmosphere and a fun owner that goes above and beyond to help ensure a positive dining experience. Luca likes to greet each guest at the front door and welcome them home to "his place." The recent expansion of Ciao has given him and his staff the opportunity to expand the menu, the bar offerings, the seating capacity, etc. The new location is an improvement from the Yulee strip mall. It allows for strolling downtown before or after dining and also provides a comfortable place to wait if there is not a table readily available. My favorites on the new expanded menu include the thin crust pizzas, spaghetti and meatballs, the beet salad, the veal chop and the sausage with pasta entree. The tiramisu is a great way to finish off the meal. There is also an expanded wine list with more choices for both whites and reds. It has been busy with the new opening, but, we think it is worth the wait. We have been there twice in the last few weeks and only had to wait 5-10 minutes for a table. Ciao is defintely worth a try.

  • Visited November 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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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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“Bigger and Better”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We have been to Ciao 3 times at the new location and we think Luca has hit a home run!! (unlike MRossJax, I will at least spell the restaurant name correctly). We were regulars at the Yulee location and now are following Luca to his new location on Centre Street. In the newly remodeld surroundings and with a bigger and better kitchen, he is putting out great tasting food. The new menu offers some nice choices for all apetite sizes and with ample variety. Luca gives you the choice to dive into a hearty veal chop or steak or make many options and just sample smaller items and graze. His staff is consistently friendly and attentive...Talia and Piper are awesome!! It is always great to see a local business succesfully grow and be able to continue to offer a quality product to visitors and local regulars alike. Our favorites include the thin crust pizzas, lasagne, roasted beet salad, meatballs, the mussels, and the chicken Ciao. He added many nice wines to the wine list with choices from Italy, Spain, California, and more. Ciao is definitley worth the trip!!!

  • Visited October 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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