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“Skip Ciaos there are much better places to eat for much less” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ciao - CLOSED

Ciao
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian, American
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Middlesex County NJ
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Skip Ciaos there are much better places to eat for much less”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

In a word horrible. If there was a way to give minus stars I would. Do your self a favor there are so many good places to eat down at the shore don't go to Ciao. I could write a book on what was probably one of the worst eating experiences I ever had but will keep it short and quick unlike our dinner at Ciao where it took 2 1/2 hours just to get to the entrées. Our table was not ready when we got there which happens elsewhere however at Ciaos you get to sit outside in the cold for a 1/2 hour because there is no place to wait inside. The appetizers/salads were disappointing my friend ordered the seafood bisque which was so salty it was uneatable, I ordered a Caesar salad which would have been average if not for the pieces of parmesan cheese rinds in it, which made It below average. The local tomato and buffalo mozzarella cheese was good only it came 10 minutes after the other appetizers came. The waitress did her best but after repeatedly asking for she got us 6 slices of stale bread served with a teaspoon of butter. After about 45 minutes after the appetizers were taken away we did ask why it was taking so long for our entrees and were told that the kitchen hammered and very behind, We ended up waiting about an hour in a half for entrees that were really were terrible. The risotto that came with the salmon (3 of us ordered it) was chewy and had pieces of rice that were hard like little rocks and the salmon was overdone, The spoonful of pasta that came with the chicken bruschetta was so salty it to could not be eaten the scallops were raw (grey inside and cold). At this point we called over the hostess who was also one of the owners, after hearing out complaint she gave us attitude and yelled at us accusing us of threatening her because we told her we would make sure not to recommend this restaurant to our friends. at this point we were there for 3 hours and we asked the waitress for our check, the owners didn't take anything off except the tip which they removed so it seems they must treat their staff with the same disrespect the treat their customers. Then the chef came out (the other owner) who told us he had no idea we were waiting so long since he ran the kitchen that we all knew was behind that was hard to believe and he also gave us attitude, We left without eating the entrees they were uneatable, and made sure to tip the waitress in cash as this was not her fault. I looked up the word Ciao and saw in Italian means goodbye and I have a feeling shortly we will all be saying Ciao to Ciao!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank C G
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English first
Marlboro, New Jersey
Level Contributor
95 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Small nice place to go when in Long Branch”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013

We made reservations via Open Table which is a great service when looking for a reservation by the way, the place is small but the food was fine I had the soft crab over linguini dish and my wife had a fish special. It is a BYOB so its a good deal from the start. Appetizers we normally go with some sort of a salad it was fresh. Our dishes were OK and the serving is just enough, which we can appreciate as its not over the top. We skipped dessert and had it next door at the ice cream and cafe shop. We recommend the restaurant the service was good and the timing was also very much as expected.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jucalo57
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Marlboro, New York
1 review
“Nice BYOB”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

Nice small restaurant by the beach. Food and Service were very good. Enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and pace of the meal. Enjoyed the Filet very much Very tasty. My wife had the fish special and this was also very good. will definitely be back

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sam12342013
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Oceanport, New Jersey
Level Contributor
30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“RUN don't walk away...”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2013

I've wanted to try this restaurant for a long time...too long since it was sold a few months ago.
Recent reviews were not great, but went anyway. First hint, only 2 tables seated. Should have gone elsewhere. Waiter was pleasant and attentive, salads were. good. Stop there...bread was stale & put in oven to warm, tasted stale. Had eggplant. So mushy, probably was frozen.
Waiter recommended brownie dessert...should have gone with that, but it wasn't that good. The banana bread pudding was raw banana bread.
So if the CLOSED sign isn't on the door, make believe it is because it won't be long before it's always there!!!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Karen G
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Manalapan, New Jersey
Level Contributor
153 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Shocked at these ratings and reviews!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013

Just skip this place. It's obviously not Italian run nor is it even average. Service, while friendly is chaotic and nobody knows who is covering which table. There are only maybe 8 tables inside!
It's BYOB with only water and soda offered.
Bread was stale. They baked it to try to soften it up but it was stale.
Entrees of scampi and scallops were comical. Fresh smallish shrimp swimming in scampi sauce with maybe ten strands of linguini. Scallop dish was served with a greasy fried risotto cake and the scallops were borderline under cooked. Mushroom tartlet app was smothered in a greasy sauce . Spinach salad was the only decent item.
Rarely does Trip Adviser fail me but we could not wait to pay our bill and say Arrivederci to Ciao!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank 68braveheart
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