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“Good food but Oh so loud.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Ciao

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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Balboa Island, California
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236 helpful votes 236 helpful votes
“Good food but Oh so loud.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Food and service are very good. Don't go if you want a quiet romantic evening. Normal conversation is almost impossible. This is the loudest restaurant on Balboa Island.

Visited May 2013
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Maplewood, Minnesota, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“A fine place for toasting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Stopped to have a snack during a long day of shopping. The staff was so friendly and helpful. The food was good as was the wine. We sat and watched the shoppers go by. It wasn't busy when we were there, but was later when we walked by. i'd go back for sure.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Crossett
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“Great Find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

We wandered into Ciao after a long day of site seeing in the area and asked for carryout. They could not have been nicer. The order was prepared promptly and packaged well The food was very affordable and very hot when we reached our beach rental The specials are unusual and well prepared. Great Italian cuisine with a great staff. Glad we found this local Italian venue.

  • 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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Mexico
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Yummy Italian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

I travel alone a lot and love it. However, there are some restaurants which do not like giving up prime tables for four to a woman alone with her Kindle. Not Ciao! This wonderfully friendly restaurant on Balboa's main drag offers some of the finest Italian food in So. Cal. I cannot reccommend it highly enough...always busy with locals and visitors. Moderately priced.

Visited October 2012
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Nashville TN USA
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“Great value for great Italian food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We've eaten here for the last four years a couple of times on each of our visits. They have never failed to deliver great Italian cuisine at very affordable prices. We particularly liked their Scallops Fra Diablo, the Sausage Pizza, and Penne Antonio this visit. A great place for lunch with windows open to the street or a couple outside on the sidewalk.

Visited October 2012
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