Ciao Balboa

Ciao Balboa

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+1 949-675-4070+ Add website
Hours
Sun
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Mon
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tue
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wed
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thu
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Fri
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sat
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Ratings and reviews
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Value
3.6 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Details
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PRICE RANGE
$5.00 – $30.00
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Wine Bar, Soups
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
meals, features
Can a gluten free person get a good meal at this restaurant?
About
Ciao has been serving delicious Italian fare to locals and visitors of Balboa Island, Newport Beach for over 25 years! Seafood, pasta and pizza is offered and served with a smile. Come in, sit down and enjoy! Ciao!
PRICE RANGE
$5.00 – $30.00
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Wine Bar, Soups
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles154 reviews
Excellent
58
Very good
50
Average
24
Poor
9
Terrible
13
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

MomofPBL
142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 family
Called Friday they were booked with reservations we had a larger party of 7 but said we can sit you now the party behind you has reservations in about hour and half. We walked in ordered apps mozzarella sticks and cheese garlic bread both were delicious. Our party ordered Chicken parmigiana, lasagna made with steak as the meat unbelievably good, make your own pastas with meatballs and small 8” pizza. Only downfall was large pizza were take out only. The service was great everything was fresh and came out quickly. We got up from table at 6:57 perfect timing for next party coming in and never felt rushed. We will be back!
Written July 23, 2022
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jabmoore
Corona259 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 family
Our family of five was visiting Balboa Island this past week. We decided on a whim to stop by this restaurant not sure what to expect. Seating was restricted to the outside where only a handful of tables could fit but we were warmly welcomed and immediately seated at two tables put together for our group. The server was impeccable. He also happened to be the host and greeter. But he took great care of us despite his many other duties. The food was delicious. I can't even suggest just one dish. We ordered five different things off the menu and the were all amazing. Personally though, I encourage going with a pasta entree over a pizza. Either way you will be pleased. We will definitely be returning on our next visit to Balboa.
Written July 27, 2020
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Mike
Newport Beach1092 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
This place is SUPER popular on weekends and during tourist season, so be prepared to wait. Now, if you go mid week in winter this place is an absolute dream. You get tons of attention, not to mention great food at a reasonable price. This place can be really noisy when crowded.
Written January 10, 2020
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Luigi760
18 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 friends
I guess this place will be the next one to close !! .we wouldn't know what the food taste like because although the menu says they close at 9 pm..we showed up at 7.45 pm for dinner on Sunday and they had already stopped serving..The next day we called for take out pizza around 7 pm and again closed!! What's up with this place? We will never go back again !! Twice is enough , apparently they dont need the business. So we wont be giving them ours .we were told they had a new management and this is was they way they chose to run it. , all I can say is. Good luck ...
Written February 27, 2020
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calinadian
Hi Luigi760 I’m sorry to hear that your experience was so disappointing. Unfortunately, it looks like you may have been at the restaurant during the time the previous owners were still in operation. We now have new ownership as of March 1. We welcome you to come in and give us a try and check out all of our improvements. Ciao has been a part of Balboa Island for over 25 years and we’re excited to continue offering both locals and visitors a place to dine, enjoy and continue generations of memories together! We look forward to serving you and hope you’ll give us another try! Ciao!
Written March 8, 2020
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Brenda T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 couples
Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Caio’s today, highly recommend giving them a try. Service, meals, drinks & pricing (all w an Italian accent) were a pleasant surprise. The bread & butter are a must. Can’t wait to go back. You will not be disappointed.
Written June 26, 2021
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Susan W
Southern California11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 couples
Quaint restaurant with an authentic feel. We love Italian food and we love Italy, having visited there many times. We happened upon this place while walking and taking in the boardwalk in Balboa. Menu looked tasty - we ordered some extra thinking we’d take it home for leftovers. That never happened! They offered bread and it came warm and fresh and amazing! That got our brains thinking this may not be your average Italian restaurant. We ordered chicken lemon piccata (one of our favorites!) and a margherita pizza. We took their card and cannot wait to go back!!!!
Written March 13, 2024
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James Weaver
Irvine2288 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 friends
We each ordered a cocktail, 2 splits and a red wine. Then one pizza, one salad, and one pasta. All to be shared. Everyone got a little of this and a little of that. Made the meal more interesting to say the least. Front row, window seat, see and be seen.
Written June 25, 2020
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Ricardo V
Bloomington50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 solo
Nice Italian restaurant in the heart of Newport Island. Everyone is friendly, food and ambiance is cozy. Recommend the cioppino.
Written July 3, 2021
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Paul H
Mission Viejo98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 couples
If you really desire excellent Italian meals , this is an excellent choice. Very good service and home made selections. A must eat.
Written January 9, 2021
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Brian C
Newport Beach338 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 none
This quaint little restaurant located on beautiful Balboa Island is EXCELLENT!!! The staff are attentive, the food is authentic, expertly prepared and simply delicious. I highly recommend it.
Written November 7, 2020
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Josephine J
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 couples
10/10 Italian Food is one of my favorite food and this one made a big points on how the food should taste. They take their time 👍👍 good job! Awesomeness, will definitely go back.
Written September 10, 2020
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Susan L
Tucson103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 couples
Stumbled upon this little gem on a Saturday night when most eateries were full. Even though we had no reservation we were seated immediately.. even though the restaurant was full and larger groups were waiting for a table. Service was prompt and efficient. Took our drinks and dinner orders since we were ready and hungry after our 7 hour drive. The pasta jambalaya had a kick and my eggplant parm was delicious. Too much food on the platter but everything was done well. The plates were pricey but not for the location
Written December 22, 2019
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Mike
Newport Beach1092 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 none
I absolutely love the food here. However, the ceiling and floor reflect sound. Good luck having a conversation here on Friday or Sat night. The answer: Take out, and go sit on a bench by the bay.
Written November 6, 2019
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HuJo
Irvine7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 none
I dined at this place for the first time last night with a couple of my friends. It is a very nice and cosy place to get pizza and other Italian food but does have some issues. I ordered a meal salad and before getting half way through, I found a sizable piece of cardboard in my salad. I notified the manager who asked me if I wanted another salad or something else. Since I had lost my appetite I did not get anything else and the manager did waive the charge for the salad. I think this is a good place but the management needs to have a better quality control to make it even better. In addition, while we were there, one of the customers at another table would frequently laugh extremely loudly every time she heard something funny at her table to the point when everybody at the restaurant would look at her with surprise or anger every time she would laugh. Unfortunately no one complained nor the management did any thing about it which made our dining experience even more disturbing.
Written September 7, 2019
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Mike H
Columbus156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 none
Wonderful service! The Antipasti is fabulous. It easily feeds 3-4 as an appetizer. I got it as a meal and had some left to take home. My wife got the ravioli with meatball and she was happy with her meal. Good food and fair prices.
Written June 20, 2019
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