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: 7145469550
  • 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
539 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (320)special occasion (320)great for lunch (206)fit for foodies (159)kid-friendly (136)romantic (128)neighborhood gem (125)hot spot (74)great for brunch (61)notable wine list (53)vibrant bar scene (52)great for outdoor dining (45)late-night find (26)scenic view (7)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Maggiano's is a busy restaurant but, the service is great, the food is always hot and tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So so..
    caytre
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food is ok, but prices are high ($150 for 3). We could get better service, better food for that price. The noise level was unbearable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stick to the Basics
    BillyBraciole
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It's best to stick to the basic pasts and marinara dishes at Maggiano's. Although the prices on the non-standard items are comparable to more upscale restaurants, the quality on those dishes doesn't measure up. Shrimp Scampi, for example, a standard Italian crowd-pleaser is abysmal: soggy, soupy Angel Hair pasta topped with spongy pale no-tail small shrimp that have neither grilled nor broiled -- sitting atop the limp pasta. The classic pastas are GREAT -- won't find a better lasagne anywhere. The signature Rigatoni D is great. Stick to the basics and you'll be fine.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Convenient and Tasty
    Lizzie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This is a good location for dining prior to performances at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Definitely make reservations at this restaurant -- very busy place with many customers waiting. We had reservations and were immediately shown to our booth which we requested. The service was outstanding. The food is tasty and moderately priced. We made a 5:45 reservation with our performance time at 8:00 p.m. It was exactly the right amount of time. We had appetizers, entrees, dessert and coffee. It was a very pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always reliable and good selection
    ljsimpson
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Hernan was our server, and he was exceptionally energetic and friendly. Their new lighter calorie dishes were excellent. We go to plays, and it is our go to place especially before and after performances.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cold
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Started out with mushrooms they were horrible so cold sent them back twice our dinners were just as cold all of them had great service just not up to our expectations sorry we will give it one more try
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stop dimming the lights
    Srsly
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    They keep dimming the lights way too much throughout the dinner in the end it was hard to tell what I was even eating. I doubt it was great on the eyesight either.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great value!
    BongoVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Maggianos has a bustling, fun and lively atmosphere. They have many items to choose from, always easy to find something yummy. The portions are very generous and the buy one pasta, take one home is a great deal! A great go to restaurant prior to or after going to the the theater.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner - part 2
    Christiane
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Since I had won a prize at the Guest Appreciation Night, my family had dinner at the restaurant again. I had reservations, but was a minute late. The very tall blonde straight hair hostess was a bit rude and glowered when I informed her of my reservation and prize, but the petite brunette with long curls and glasses quickly took over and handed me a pager. We were eventually seated and our waiter, Ricardo, made a huge improvement on the evening's mood. He retrieved a manager to help with the prize and also brought us extra lemon cookies when we told him about our anniversary. What a massive improvement in customer service since the last dinner with Wendy, waitress. The classic shrimp fra diavolo was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The new "lite" plate was not 'all that', you DONT do that to pasta.. Live & learn
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun, exciting & good eats
    Again
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Excellant place to get large groups together for great food and an energetic experience. Maggiano's service personnel works well as a unit but the primary serverer could have been a little "happier". Good advice as to "what to eat and the differences on the menu for like items.". Still would go again as over experience was very solid and fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Isabella Cats
    l8s3g2
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We enjoyed the warm atmosphere of the restaurant, great service, and, as always abundant, delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service will a little slow...
    Show101
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    But dont let that deter you. this place is always REALLY busy, and there is a good reason, the food is excelent. the only reason i marked it down was becase it did take awhile to get drinks deliverd, and it took about 15+ min to get desert after we ordered, but again, they were really busy. ALWAYS... and i cant stress this enough. ALWAYS get a reservation. They do accept walk-ups, but you could be waiting until the end of time to get a table. Open Table just makes it that much easier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Basic Italian
    Cindy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Maggiano's is a basic family Italian restaurant. The food is well prepared and the service is satisfactory. The noise level, however, is quite high and it is difficult to hear your table mates. The restaurant is crowded; tables are packed quite close together. It is not a venue for a relaxing dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why is this restaurant so popular?
    IKnowGoodFood
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Crazy crowded and restaurant guests literally trying to crawl over us to get to the host stand, we had reservations and were seated promptly, the ladies at the desk were professional and lovely. The table was great the service was not. We ordered cocktails, a few minutes later the waiter took our order, appetizer Calimari, chopped salads, I ordered Chicken Parmesan, my husband had Moms Lasagna. 20 minutes later the Calimari was delivered, then not two minutes later a server was trying to set down the salads, yet I still hadn't gotten my damn cocktail! We sent the salads back. It was a rushed horrible experience. Food was mediocre at best. We won't be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food as usual
    8thnoteVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Haven't been there on a Saturday in a while so I wasn't used to the noise level. Everything was prepared perfectly and served promptly. We appreciate consistency.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kitchen Bad Manager Outstanding
    Harvey18
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our server took our order correctly but the kitchen messed it up. The manager was great. No charge for our dinners. If food had been prepared as ordered and brought to the table hot they would have had 5 stars.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining experience!
    Kennedy
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Our table was ready and they honored our request for a booth. Great pricing and generous portions! Our server was very friendly and efficient! Love the take home meals that are included with select dinners!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maggiano's & SCR
    Lilb1957
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We always come to Maggiano's before our SCR evenings. We can count on great food & service plus they are part of the SCR promotion so we receive 10% off our bill.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always wonderful
    wendywVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This review sounds just like all the others for Maggiano's. Great food, including their new lower calorie menu & fantastic service-thanks, Rue! # of us had their lower calorie items and there is nothing to say except they taste just as good as the full calorie meals. Yes, there's less breading and less butter used, but the flavor is still delicious. Looking forward to a return visit to try out some more of their new low cal menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    good food at great price.Will recommend to go there for pastas and salads. Service is great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great But....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was excellent, service was excellent, 5 stars. But there was a significant problem.....the restaurant was uncomfortably hot. Everyone at our table was feeling the same, we asked them to turn on the a/c and they said it was already cranked. This is the 2nd time I've been to this restaurant and had this exact same problem. They need to fix this!! I probably won't go back for a quite a while just for this reason. The restaurant must be fully aware of the problem yet hasn't corrected it. That says to me they don't care, it probably costs money to fix and they'd rather just pretend it's an isolated incident each time someone complains rather than spend the money to fix it. That's my impression at this point.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Birthday lunch
    Flowerfairy7
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a great time at Maggianos. I planned a small birthday lunch for my 2 sisters, but it soon went from 4 to 10 folks! No problem. I called the restaurant and they had a lovely table for all of us and told us that we should order family style. Being that it was lunch we picked the light option and for approx $20. per person + drinks it was plentiful. Great appetizers and pasta and they bring crusty bread to enjoy with oil and Balsamic. They will keep bringing plates of the appetizers and salad but we were soon stuffed. We chose the Rigatoni D and Moms Lasagne as our Pasta course and both were excellent , they gave us a plate of the Fried Zucchini with aoli sauce and the table gobbled it down. Our server Justin was awesome Too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty Specials
    SushiSpice
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    After flying into John Wayne airport on a Friday evening, we decided to jump off the freeway to come to Maggiano's and wait till the traffic died down. So happy we did that. Their spaghetti sauce is simply tasty...and the buy one and take one home never got seen by us because our kids ate them! Would definitely come back again soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner was so-so
    Christiane
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We went to the Guest Appreciation Night & then followed up w/ our 20th anniversary dinner. We ordered the lighter fare sausage ziti & chicken alfredo dishes, which were good. The grilled chicken entree looked the most appetizing with green beans perfectly blanched & garlic mashed potatoes w/gravy on the side. The most disappointing was the sausage & orzo soup which usually is quite wonderful, but it tasted so salty that I couldn't taste anything. Perhaps it boiled down too much during the day? The waitress w/red flower in her hair also didn't give me anniversary cookies until I had to ask for them; she blamed the check-in booth for not notifying her, but why? She took the certificate that stated happy anniversary...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Light Fare
    Grrrrrrreat
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Went to try the new Light Fare and enjoyed my meal very much. Tasty and did not leave feeling over fed, yet portion was generous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Celebration
    SoniaInNewport
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The service was wonderful and our server was great! We all took part in the double meals. You eat one now and you get one to take home with you! We will DEFINITELY be back again! Thank goodness for the "Lighter Side!"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Maggiano's was an excellent place to go and have dinner. The food was delicious. The service was great I would go to that restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food never disappoints
    Turtlesteps
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Had the crab cannelloni. I don't usually get items with the rich Alfredo sauce, but I'm glad I made an exception. These were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Derek
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Good food but nothing out of the ordinary. Nice romantic dinner with good overall atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    HuskerDano
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Went there last Saturday night. The food was great. Service was great. Ambiance was great. Love me some Maggianos!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Dining Experience
    Glennepi
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We sat in the bar before our reservation and found the staff to be friendly and engaging. Our reservation was prompt and the dinner that followed was nothing short of excellent. The entire dining experience was a pleasure for my family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Excellent as usual! All menu items are delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for groups
    italianeater5
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Easy and good for groups. takes reservations. good food. service was very friendly. would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The look of the place is wonderful it places you another time & place. The food is done perfectly & the service is first class.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening!
    LuvinMaggianos
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My friend and I have made Maggiano's our "go to" spot for Saturday lunches, once a month. With my mom retiring, we wanted to give her a very special dinner. So for this evening, we did the Family Style dining which was perfect! Our waiter, Rick, is a professional waiter, and it shows. His attention to every detail was spot on. My mom throughly enjoyed the evening, full of friends, laughter, and food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just "eh"
    JustinClark1023
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I've been to maggianos several times over the years, and each time I go, the service is worse than before. This last time, the service was incredibly slow. I finished my water before the server even came over to greet me. We order an appetizer and drinks, I finished my appetizer before my iced tea even got to the table. Then we received our main course. We were about 90% with our food before the server stopped by to see if it was alright. Overall, it was a very lackluster experience. Don't think I'll return to this location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always leave here full!
    DinahMay
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We've been here before, but never for lunch. The restaurant wasn't terribly busy (as it typically is at night) at 2PM on a Sunday, but it was the perfect Sunday meal with family. You cannot beat the classic pasta deal of 'select 2', choose one for your meal and one to take home for later. We sat in the bar area of the restaurant and Greg was our waiter - service was spot on. We had mozzarella marinara, Caesar salad, lasagna, cheese ravioli and the Nona's pound cake. We left full and happy, feeling we'd really gotten our money's worth!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Magical Maggiano's
    hangtoeat
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Salty, huge portions, nice, normal, chubby waitresses and waiters..and rooms full of well groomed people enjoying italian food made american way. I noticed that the restaurant treats both white and nonwhites in the same manner. A rare but needed trait. I would think about the magic of magianno's when I plan for fine Italian dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy but great food
    BillandChristy
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Maggiano's is always crowded and noisy, but that is because the food is so great. Most tables are full of 6 or more people and there is lots of talking. People stay 2-3 hours.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.