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“Hearty Appetite” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ciao Bistro

Ciao Bistro
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Fernandina Beach, Florida
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306 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
“Hearty Appetite”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

Nice Italian Restaurant in downtown Fernandina Beach. Come with a hearty appetite because the portions are big and tasty. It was very crowded tonight and noisy since the Spring break crowd is in town but our server did an excellent job of making sure everything was just right. We ordered chicken Parmesan, eggplant Parmesan, pasta with seafood, and the pork Milanese. We all enjoyed our meals.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Pchee72
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
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English first
St. Marys, Georgia
Level Contributor
16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Birthday celebration”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

My husband took me for my birthday to Ciao. It has amazing Italian food. A great wine list, service and a personal touch that is appreciated. We will be back :D

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Marsha J
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Ocean City, Maryland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Nice area, well below avg food”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

Had dinner at Ciao Bistro last night. Primarily as a result of TA reviews, concierge at the Omni and how cool the downtown area was. Atomosphere was nice and lively. Server was great, although a bit stuffy (I appreciate high end service, but at times it so didn't match the product that it just added to it being out of place).

House salad- nice combination of veggies, but the house dressing was greasy and plain.
Ceasar salad- plain and boring as well. Ceasar should be a bold and flavorfull dressing, it was not.
The fried mozzerala was okay, but the side of some sort of lime green pesto mayo was strange.
The real disapointment came with mains and desserts.
Mains- Mushroom tortelini- cold in middle, alfredo sauce on top was from a jar (gross!).
Side of Italian sausage in red sauce was good and became our main meal.
Lasagna- was good. Nothing special but was above average.
Fresh catch and veggies, Cobi with grilled shrimp with mixed broccoli, squash, zuccini. All where gray and oily. The color of both dishes was totally unaccaptable. We picked from each dish. The overall taste of it was "okay", nothing off or bad, but just simply NOT good. The waiter did not ask what we thought of the food (so we did not offer it up, I never send things back and only give feedback if asked), asked if we wanted it boxed up (we said simple no), cleared our dishes and I think knew we weren't happen but did not want to confront it. We ordered two desserts to split. Terimasu (sp?) which was proclaimed as homemade and a lemon zest. Lemon was very good. The Terimasu was terrible. Tasted like cafeteria pudding made sloppily in an individual pudding cup. The lady fingers had been frozen and thawed into a water mess in the middle. Again, two bites taken from the food and the waiter happily scooped it up and brought us our check.
Paid and left... on the way out we passed the owner, hanging with some locals (appeared to have been drinking and was a bit load). Some people may find an ancented owner hanging with the guests charming, but I did not. Especially when someone was in the lobby (as we left) giving the waiters a piece of their mind (we did not catch exactly what was happening but the customer was hot and was defused by our waiter who asked him to have the conversation privately). Customer stormed out and up the street. Moments later the owner came running into the street barking at us (assuming we had just dressed down his staff). The waitress called him back, saying that was not the right person. Never an apology to us or oh I am sorry for yelling at you, etc... It was a pure mess. As we turned the corner to leave in our car, the kitchen staff was breaking down and the back ally was a mess. Stay away from this dump. It is a great location, a good idea and terrible execution.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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3 Thank Chris6585
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Fernandina Beach, Florida
Level Contributor
101 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Outrageous food, great service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

We had been to Ciaos many times at their old location and always enjoyed the atmosphere and food. Although the restaurant was crowded, the service was wonderful and the food was delicious. The shrimp scampi was distinctive and wonderful. Some of the others ordered the specials. Everyone was extremely happy with their choices. The service was excellent!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank zanpride
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Madison, Georgia
Level Contributor
53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Another chance coming.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013 via mobile

Our experience wasn't great but good enough to give this restaurant another chance. It was very noisy as there was not an empty table, but we actually had a hard time hearing each other. Our server was nice but acted somewhat overwhelmed with the full house.

The antipasto plate was delicious with a wonderful selection of meats, cheeses, peppers and olives. The plate was advertised for two, but was more than enough for the three is us to share.

Our entrées were good, not great. One was the evening special - a shrimp salad with pesto dressing and fresh sliced avocado. The greens were fresh and crisp, the grilled shrimp flavorful and dressing light and tasty but the avocado slices were underripe, hard and tasteless. If the server had come back to check on us, we would have pointed this out but by the time she returned to our table, the other entrées were finished.

I was surprised to find out that only one pasta dish has 'house made' pasta - the pappardelle pasta with seafood but it was ordered and was an excellent dish.

The veal piccata was our 3rd entrée and was tender and flavorful served with steamed vegetables that were seasoned perfectly.

We didn't order desert as we were quite frustrated with our server by this point.

Again, these are problems that can be corrected and we will certainly give Ciao a chance to do so.

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank DBAinGEORGIA
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