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223 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-1203
+1 949-675-4070
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Montreal, Canada
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had nonexpectation. Only finding a place where to relax and have good comfort food after an exhausting working day. First visit to Balboa Island, we decided to stop at this restaurant. Not fancy, very old furniture but very nice staff and super good food! We shared vegetable pizza an enormous eggplant parmigiana! Both were delicious with a refreshing Sam... More 

Thank Mariejana
Orange, California
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586 reviews
282 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We just stopped in for a glass of wine, but were impressed enough by the ambience and service that we will come back for lunch or dinner. The setting is inviting and even if you are seated towards the back, you still have views outside. I only wished we had looked at the menu, but like I said, the staff... More 

Thank Samndjsdad
Sussex, Wisconsin, United States
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96 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious flavor filled pasta dishes. Vodka penne, shrimp artichoke angel hair and penne garlic olive oil dishes. Large portions. Bread with olive spread was also flavorful and special. Great service. Reasonable prices. Nice location to walk around the shops of the island. Would highly recommend.

Thank Julie A
Irvine, California
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54 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

I went to lunch today with my girlfriends at this cute little Italian restaurant on Balboa Island. The restaurant is small with a lot of old charm. We were seated right away at booth, so we can all talk easily, not all at the same time of course. We had not seen each other in a while. Our server came... More 

Thank mjke1
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Great little Italian restaurant on balboa island Main Street. Staff were great and very attentive. Food was delicious, and the portions were huge. We'll definitely be back when next over in California

1 Thank LeeGridley78
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

My partner and I visited on a weekday evening. The restaurant itself is cosy, a table in the window overlooking the street is a good choice. The service is quick and friendly. Complementary bread is on offer whilst you wait for your meals. There is lasagne of the day (which makes you ask - how many variations of lasagne is... More 

Thank Marsy0071
Newport Beach, California
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91 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016 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 

Thank ZiaHansen
Biloxi, Mississippi
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63 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016 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 

1 Thank cajuntrifecta
Newport Beach, California
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75 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank Bill M
Long Beach, California
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 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 

Thank katestarb

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
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?