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223 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-1203
+1 949-675-4070
Today
11:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Newport Beach, California
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84 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Ciao is an old restaurant on Balboa Island, over 20 years old, with photo memorabilia. It looks like it has never been remodeled, like stepping back in time. I like coming there off hours to get my favorite table looking out to the street, watching people walking by. This time was on early dinner just after sunset and the food... More 

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Thank ZiaHansen
Biloxi, Mississippi
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44 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I arrived for dinner and were seated immediately however I would suggest a reservation. Others behind us we're not so lucky. We were greeted with a smile and the food was fresh and had a good flavor. They also offer individual size pizzas. I had the ravioli which was a slightly not mushy and was very good.... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Centrally located, and consistently popular. The popularity, however, is mainly due to its convenient location. The specials almost never change, and the food is decidedly average. Not much stands out as unique or exciting. Wines are unnecessarily overpriced, with bottles priced at about 4-5 times their retail value. Speedy service.

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Thank Bill M
Long Beach, California
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Visited Balboa Island on a recent trip to Newport Beach. Loved the Main Street full of restaurants and shops. Decided to have dinner at Caio restaurant. I ordered shrimp scampi expecting it to be something safe that I couldn't go wrong with. I was wrong. It was horrible. It tasted like parmasean cheese. It came with pasta that was limp... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Really nice meal and good portion size, wide choice on the menu, staff were friendly and polite and very efficient!

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Thank Dan R
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111 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Raspberry salad was good with goat cheese. New York Pizza was good. Nice restaurant with attentive staff. Good value.

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Thank Rjkono
Calgary, Canada
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270 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

This little restaurant is great and has wonderful food and excellent service. This was our second trip back to Ciao for dinner, they never disappoint, on the right hand side of the street after you cross the bridge onto the Island.

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Thank 281bob
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Truthfully, I have not had other Italian food here, but friends have and they all like it. It is a popular spot in the island, and usually very busy. Smaller sized, as most restaurants on the island are. Their pizza is delicious!

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Thank LuluGrace8
Franklin, United States
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178 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

This Italian restaurant in downtown Balboa was okay but not special. We had pasta dishes that were average in taste and presentation. The service was good but the ambience was average.

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Thank David K
Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

Didn't plan to eat here but glad we did. The staff were very hospitable and the food was really nice. Loved the music. Would recommend.

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Thank Shaun P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 223 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-1203
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach  >  Balboa Island
  • Phone Number: +1 949-675-4070

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?