Maggiano's - South Coast Plaza
Maggiano's - South Coast Plaza

Maggiano's - South Coast Plaza

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.maggianos.com/
  • Phone: (714) 546-9550
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Gilbert
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We are excited to also offer full-service delivery/catering. Please call our delivery department directly at (714) 546-9555 for complete details. Please note that there is a $125 minimum purchase for this service and a ten mile delivery radius.
  • Special Events: Please come by to discover our complete restaurant renovation. Our bar and dining areas are bigger and better.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Self parking is available in the mall parking lot. Valet parking is available on weekends.
A word from Maggiano's - South Coast Plaza
Located at the South Coast Plaza in Coast Mesa, across the street from the Performing Arts Center and just minutes away from John Wayne Airport and several hotels, we are the ideal location for your family dinner, social gathering, or client meeting. Our 300 seat dining room is always buzzing with lots of people celebrating their love of good food and good times with family and friends, so reservations are highly recommended. Whether you join us to savor our Little Italy Italian faire from the a la carte menu or choose to enjoy our famous Family-Style Menu, your taste buds will not be disappointed. So join us soon! We look forward to hosting your next business or family gathering.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Maggiano's - South Coast Plaza reviews from OpenTable diners
489 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (308)special occasion (274)great for lunch (171)fit for foodies (162)kid-friendly (122)neighborhood gem (112)romantic (112)hot spot (78)notable wine list (58)vibrant bar scene (55)great for brunch (43)great for outdoor dining (31)late-night find (26)scenic view (6)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    My husband and I really enjoy dining at Maggianos. We love the food and know the quality will never disappoint. We even go to Maggiano restaurants out of state. The take home "extra entree" means our dining experience does not have to end at the restaurant. The staff is very nice and the chefs are always sensitive to my husband's mushroom allergy. We look forward to many more visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maggiano's
    mark
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    What can I say? We had a great time, the service was great. The food was even beter. Love the second entree they pack for you to take home. The whole family loves this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • no candles
    amberoc
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    A birthday celebration, but the waiter never wished me Happy Birthday, and our tiramisu did not have any candles. We always have to order off the menu since we are not pleased with menu items. But, the waiter was very accommodating. His ignorance showed when he thought cabernet was white, and sambuca was a Port wine.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Great food. Everything tastes fresh. Reasonable prices for the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Datenight
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Our great experience started with the friendly hostess and a well versed waiter on the menu. The food was fantastic and had a marvelous time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Delightful Experience
    Sandi
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The service is excellent. We have never been disappointed in any item the servers have recommended. The food is always good with a very homey feel that goes into preparing it. The chefs do send out quality dishes. I like the old style atmosphere of the place. It reminds me of old New York or Chicago eateries of the past. It's very comfortable even when it is crowded and the fact that they make my handicapped husband feel welcome in his electric wheel chair is a plus in our book. We always recommend people that are new to the area to try Maggiano's at South Coast Plaza for an enjoyable experience, be it brunch, lunch, or dinner.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EATING AT MAGGIANOS SOUTH COAST
    HungryMama2
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This is our first time eating at Maggiano's in South Coast area. Very loud...who knew that on a Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm would be SOOO LOUD! I have kids so I was happy to see them out and about and families enjoying a lunch. Maybe I expected a lot more! I generally eat at the Maggiano's at the Grove. It's never really crowded...or maybe it's the spacing. I think I will go back to eat...just not here...to full for my taste.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Where's the Chef???
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food has gone down. They use to have the veal chops on the menu but gone now! The Cesar salad was bland with no flavor. The kids order fries but gave us baked potatoes. They said they stopped serving fries a few months ago. Service was really bad!! We won't be back in the future!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quality and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Our last visit reinforced all the reasons that Maggiano's has become our favorite restaurant. The quality of any of the menu items is superb, from the incredible flatbreads to the pasta's and veal and of course the wonderful desserts. Our server, Fernando exhibited the perfect balance between concern for our wants and needs and the ability to let us enjoy our meal and our conversation. We have never experienced bad service at Maggiano's and Fernando was one of the best we have encountered. We have visited your Chicago and Old Orchard restaurants in Illinois and will continue our love relationship with your restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    It's very rare for me to find an Italian restaurant that I feel I get good food and service for a reasonable price. I've been to many Italian restaurants in my life and this is by far my favorite.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner
    Lambie
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We enjoyed wonderful service from Andre who took great care of us! The food was fabulous and drinks delicious. We would recommend not seating people at the "little" table across from the servers station - at least not a couple... Our view was the servers station if we wanted to sit next to each other on the bench. Not to mention the table being lower than all the others. This should be a last resort table - not for a couple with reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another return visit
    wendywVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We love Maggiiano's, however this was not one of our favorite experiences. We arrived early, but the restaurant filled up early. Our food good, however we started with a salad and a server (not ours) arrived with our hot dishes, placed my hot plate on the table and did not remove our salad plates, (even though I tried to hand it to her) leaving little room for the food, with a spoon handle jutting out. When I went to move my salad plate, the spoon dropped into my lap and on the booth seat, spilling sauce on my husband and my clothes. They did bring a wet towel to wipe off our clothes and the booth, and a manager did apologize. However, had the server removed our salad plates before putting our main courses on the table, this would not have happened. Put a damper on the evening. We did not see our server much that evening as she was busy running around waiting on other tables. Hopefully, better service next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Low calorie fettucini disapointment.
    sjazzer
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We dine frequently at your particular location in Cost Mesa. Love your spinach salad which we had for appetizers. For the first time we tried your low calorie chicken fettucine and were most disappointed. The cream sauce was very liquidity like broth; there was just no taste to the entire dish. The chicken was tough and hardly much of it in the dish. I never use salt but had to add salt and pepper...still not satisfied. I would usually tell the waiter and perhaps order something else, but we had theatre tickets and it was not an appropriate time to reorder another entrée. The dinner was kinda of a downer because it was a birthday occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable day.
    l8s3g2
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    The service was excellent. Our waitress was very pleasant and attentive. It was an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Magianos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Friendly waiter, however for what we spent we felt rushed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Service
    KrAndRi
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    As usual, our food was delicious, service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pasta, Pasta
    MsLBLeeVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Fantastic Pasta and wonderful garlic smells. Maggiano's is our top pick when in Costa Mesa area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wino
    Wino
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We had a reservation through Open Table at 3:45 PM, but we were not seated until almost 4:30. The restaurant was extremely crowded! Service was acceptable, realizing how busy they were. We started out with one server and then shortly we were given a different server, who was not aware of what we ordered. All food that we ordered was unique and very flavorful. Veal picatta could have used a little more lemon and the fettucine could have been more al dente. Chicken ricotta mealballs were tender and moist and the pasta that accompanied it was al dente. Appetizer of gorgonzola cheese, roasted pear and crispy proscuitto on a bread round was incredible! We asked for a taste of the house wine, but did not select it. Overall, it was a good experience, if you were not in a hurry. Many guests were dining pre theater; we dined post theater.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration
    SCfan
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Our recent visit to Maggianos was to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary. I must say that our visit was a home run! We were seated promptly, the food was excellent and the service was outstanding! We were even given some complimentary cookies to celebrate our special occasion! Thank you Maggianos for helping to make our day a special one!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late dinning at MAGGIANOS
    Mlm5150
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The wait was horrible , late night dinning is not recommended. Our server and food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • peak times
    kevin
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We went on a saturday at 745. The hostess said that with out a reservation the wait was between 2 - 2.5 hours. That is crazy. So obviously this place was slamed. But even with a reservation we still had to wait 30minutes for a table. Not the best first impression. Whats the point of a reservation if its still that sort of wait? I was in fact in line to return my alert device and give up our table when it went off
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vkao
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great place to eat before and after the show in Segerstrom center
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great value! Food was excellent!
    SamT
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great value Food was excellent. Service very attentive. Even though it was crowded, the attandendents were very curteous and efficient in handling the people
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Italian Classic
    Wolfemama
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Maggiano's has been around for years and years. They have done a lot to freshen up their image the last few months. They launched their "Lighter Fare" menu and I must say......OUTTA THIS WORLD! At times it is difficult to choose the Lighter version as you fear it will be less than the original. Not so here. I enjoyed my Lighter Fare Chicken Alfredo with asparagus. Light in texture, bold in flavor....still more than I could finish! And at over 1/2 the calories as the yummy original....I was feeling happy and satisfied. Maggianos is currently offering 6 pasta dishes that you can order 1 for dining in and then you choose one to take home. This is truly a deal. So much food and fun to have pasta two nights in a row or you can freeze for a later date. Good service. If you need to get to a movie or show just let your server know and they can hurry you along. I highly recommend reservations as we still had to wait 15 with a reservation. A very busy location located in South Coast Plaza's parking lot. Enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a positive experience
    lvtoeatVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Our dinner was fabulous. The restaurant is a VERY busy place and yet so fully organized. We ordered drinks while awaiting our table and we got called before drinks came and the server brought them immediately to our table. The butternut squash was to die for as well as the entire meal. THIS place is a winner. We have YET to have anything negative to say about our experiences other than the fact the place is always packed--so remember to make a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • winston
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Everthing was great from out wait time to our last bite of dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable and Timely
    PhantomC
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The first thing to note is that my reservation was for 5:30, and when we arrived there were about thirty people waiting with remotes to be seated. We arrived right at 5:30 and were seated immediately! A nice surprise! The food is always excellent at Magliano's and this visit proved no exception. Deliciously prepared and huge portions.... and yet it never felt like a "chain" restaurant. It had a nice, individually prepared quality that was refreshing. The place was quite busy, yet the service was attentive and quick. I had the tomato bisque (excellent) and the chicken parmesan, which I had to divide and bring home it was so large. I can easily recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a good Italian meal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maggianos for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Went to Maggianos before a musical at Segerstrom Hall which is very convenient as you can walk to the theater. Food was OK, not great, but good. Service a little slow as we sat at the bar and had to flag our waiter a couple of times. Been here many times and like it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    DateNight
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We were concerned because we had theater tickets and were seated more than 30 minutes after our reservation time. However, our waiter accommodated our needs and made sure we got out on time. Would have liked to have had a little more leisurely dinner, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Busy, successful restaurant
    Maggianosfan
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Maggiano's at 6:00-7:00 pm is extremely busy and while providing excellent meals and good service is not the place for a quiet dinner. Lest one suggest anyone should anticipate this condition, agreed but if you are having a pre-theater dinner you have little choice about time. We have had the most wonderful "late" lunch experiences here and recommend off-hours dining when possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for family meals
    Tim5SanPedro
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Great service, food and restaurant Comfortable seats, good vibe.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I made a reservation for 5 at 4:00pm...our table was ready and waiting even though the restaurant was very busy when we walked in. We were going to a show across the street, and it was wonderful that we got seated right away. We had no problem making it to the show on time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent menu!
    SandiB
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The menu choices are good for everyone. Those on a diet, vegetarian and even gluten free! Delicious and affordable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maggiano's Never Disappoints
    LindaF
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Four of us went to dinner here before a concert at the Segerstrom Center. I noted on the reservation that we needed to be on our way by 7:00 PM. Our waitress was prompt, courteous and made numerous excellent suggestions. We were all pleased and we made it to the concert with time to spare.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Dinner at Maggiano's was absolutely amazing! We had such a fine time dining and look forward to another return visit. Thank you to the staff for all their good service and excellent customer service!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maggiano's
    raybird
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Reasonably priced food but somewhat high priced on standard house wine. Liked the ability to take a pasta home in addition to having it there as our meal
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lunch
    dissappointed
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    After avoiding this restaurant for some time due to a bad experience, we were pleasantly surprised with Food and service. They were both excellent. With the exception of the desert. We have always had a apple crostada. This time however it was so doughhy very unlike their usual excellent quality. Very open and hot. This time it was almost closed on top and barely warm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellant service
    RonnieAidan
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Food was outstanding, Wine was delicious. Celebrated our Anniversary and was treated with a warm sweet surprise. Waiter was not too friendly and was sarcastic when I asked about the sauce. He charged my child for a drink and adult salad, he was not too nice about why our childs items were overpriced, so we called for a manager to correct. Not a problem, Han the manager apologized for the error and made the correction. Other than that everything was fantastic!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jessica's review
    JessF1
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I have been going here for years. Every visit has always been a great experience. The food is always guaranteed fresh, prepared perfectly. There's a wide varity of items to chooose from and the portions are always generous. We love to order Family Style with our large groups or enjoy the Pasta order and appreciate the separate pasta dish to go. The dessert selection is sure to please any appetitle and the friendly staff has always made each experience a pleasant one while being very attentive. The ambiance is very nice, and classic Italian. Makes you feel like you"re in little Italy. The seating is perfect and not so crowded and always clean and well maintained. Kid friendly & highly recommend Maggiano's! You won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waitress was terrible
    Flopped
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Experience was terrible, especially ir was a birthday dinner. the food was warm like it has been sitting out for awhile. She forgot part of the order. Forgot to get our drinks. And forgot to include the food to go. and to make maters worst she did not really apologize just responded with some fake smile. Overall this waitress did not represent the restraunt well. This is the first time experiencing this at Maggiano's. we have bene here several times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.