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Modo Mio - Newport Coast
Modo Mio - Newport Coast

Modo Mio - Newport Coast Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.modomiocucinarustica.com
  • Phone: (949) 497-9770
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm -10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Modo Mio - Newport Coast
Dining at Modo Mio is a delight, thanks to the efforts of owner Gian Franco Bertolino and his talented staff. While Modo Mio translates to my way, in Italian, Bertolino has infused his restaurant with his own standard of excellence. From the moment diners are greeted, as they enter the Newport Coast, California location, they are enveloped into a haven of warmth and hospitality. Bertolino and company are dedicated to creating and serving superb Northern Italian specialties, to their devoted clientele, in an ambiance that is both inviting and relaxing. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "we were quckly seated and had attentive service. they were able to accomodate gluten free and also vegitarian dinners in our group. we wrer also treated to off menu dinners as well. My sicilian chicken (an off menu dinner) was excellent - enough for 2 meals."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "It was too hot to stay home and cook so 4 of us went at the recommendation of the other couple. We are so glad we did! It was perfect. The food, so fresh, and the service, so attentive, were excellent and although it was a bit noisy, we didn't seem to mind. I know we will all return, soon and often. Thank you Modo Mio!"
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "Requested a special drink for my wife (on Open table Reservation Web Page) and the bartender went out and purchased the special pineapple mixer. Enjoyed the special complimentry mushroom appatizer. We never miss the chance to visit this secret spot."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "I had the meat lasagna with its super thin pasta, good beef and fresh tomato sauce around the edge. DELICIOUS ! My husband ordered the swordfish which was a thin cut, cooked perfectly with nice veggies and potatoes. We always love the thinly slice mushrooms with lemon and olive oil that are always put on our table as an appetizer. Always great service."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We love Modo Mio, and, as locals, eat here early most Saturday evenings. Managers Kathy and Laleh make sure that individual preferences are noted and met. The pasta specials are always an excellent meal, as is the veal. A far better choice than the other Crystal Cove "see and be seen" dining options."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "This may have been the last time we go to this neighborhood restaurant. The food is always great, but the service twice has been lacking. We waited 25 to have our order taken, and 60 to receive our dinner. It was nice that the chef sent some mushrooms as a pacifier (it would be nicer if I liked mushrooms), but seriously..... I like a leisurely dinner, but this was too long by far. We were lucky our out of town guests were able to wait to eat. We were embarrassed."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Modo mio is one of our favorites in the Newport Area. Always have had good food and pleasant service. This past time our server was really off. Slow, curt attitude (almost argumentative) and not attentive until the end of meal when the tip was in sight. Everyone has a bad night so we'll chalk it up to that but disappointing none the less."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • " Excellent northern Italian cuisine, served with enthusiasm by Kathy, Lahleh, and staff. Pass on the tourist and the see and be seen crowd at Javier's and dine at Modo Mio instead."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I love the food at Modo Mip but the service has constantly been the weak point. On our last visit the server appeared to be barley trained in the basics. It is getting tough to keep coming back for the food with an unprofessional staff"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "This is the second year we have eaten here during our vacation and we weren't disappointed. We even had the same great waitress both times. Food was good. Bread was really good. We even had a view of the ocean. Would go back."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Modo Mio is our go to spot when we want a good Italian meal. It never disappoints, the whole family leaves happy."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Excellent reliable menu dishes, especially all varieties of ravioli, risotto, and veal, are complemented by superb salad, pasta, and fish specials. Staff are friendly and focused on great service. Make a reservation so you will not miss out."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food is fresh, well prepared, and reasonably priced. It is has proven to be a reliable, consistent restaurant over time."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Service was top notch and the food was outstanding."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "the food was wonderful outstanding specials their fresh bread in amazing"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "First time at Mode Mio and I am in no hurry to return. The place was packed and I suspect that they have a small kitchen because they were simply overwhelmed, it was chaotic and loud. It took over an hour to get our entrees, although the four of us all enjoyed our selections. The salmon was as tender as anything I have ever had, my wife had chicken that was marginal. The portions were ample. We had a $20 bottle of Italian red wine that was delicious and smooth. No time for dessert because we had been there over an hour and a half and we had to go to see our show. I had to track down our waitress for our check and our dinner. And I saw other diners looking around bewildered and abandoned by their waiters. Also, the place is WAY TOO LOUD!!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I keep going back to give it one more try. The food was the worst this time and the server was clueless!! Never again!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had been to Modo Mio a fair number of times over the last several years, and the food was always good and the service decent. This was the first time we had been then in a year, and the service was terrible, our waitress was robotic and it took us almost 1.5 hours to get our main course and then the food was only so so."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Went to celebrate graduation. Three on our party are gluten free. Fresh GF pasta, great risotto, and a GF dessert option as well."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Third time we have eaten here. Our meals were okay but not the best of the three. Not greeted when we arrived, floor had debris on it, maybe we ordered something we didn't like as well. Will try again another visit."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This was a colossal failure. This is a restaurant that doesn't care a bit about customer satisfaction. The attitude is uppity, arrogant and condescending ... all comes from its prime location in Crystal Cove. The food is mediocre to inedible and place gets cramped like a can of sardines. AVOID AT ANY COST... "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Good place to meet friends from LA for lunch but it was so noisy, the older members of our party won't be back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We enjoyed the delicious food and outstanding service. We had chicken filled with spinach and cheese etc. and the ravioli which were both outstanding. The desert was also delicious. Our server provided excellent service and was very attentive to the diners needs. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Modo Mio always brings a smile to the face. From mentioning the name as a choice for dinner, through the savoring of each dish, the care and attention paid to food quality and presentation is always top notch. Specials, both on and OFF (wink) the menu are definitely MUSTS to try. The staff is always pleasant and accommodating and cocktails are well-prepared and amply served."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Good experience, good food especially the fish dish and the pasta. Prompt and efficient service. Reasonable wine choices. Give it a try and get a window seat with and ocean view. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Short and sweet---a very good restaurant with a wide choice of menu selections and excellent service. Definitely worth a try."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I had been here before, several times and enjoyed the food, but this time we did not. We ordered the same thing that we have ordered in the past and it just want as good, food needed seasoning."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "If you want fresh Italian, come to Modo Mio. The sauces are the best! Everything we have ever had at Modo Mio has been delicious. Truly a neighborhood find!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Terrific Italian food. Moderate prices. Conversation-friendly noise level. Friendly service. White table cloth, but not at all stuffy."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The service was terrible the night we went! There was only one waitress handling half of the restaurant. There was no manager on the clock yet to even help her or talk to about the situation. She forgot our drinks, the food was late getting out, and we had to wait forever for the bill. There was no follow through. :-( You really need to have more than one waitress on a Saturday night handling half of the restaurant. The poor lady couldn't even manage half of her tables because it was a full house. She was a good waitress, but she did a terrible job because she was overwhelmed and spread too thin. Our food came out late, she forgot our drinks, and it took forever to get the bill."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I was down in Newport Beach visiting my sister and she suggested this restaurant. I thought it was really good. I was just down in Newport again for a business trip and decided to bring some guests there. I was craving something with a pesto sauce which they didn't really have on the menu. They made me up a special entree which was just awesome. I love how they went that extra step so I could have what I was craving!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I had a three hour dinner here on Friday night with a friend and we had such a wonderful time! The appetizers, wine, and pastas were fabulous. Service was great. The tartufo for dessert was so-so but otherwise the meal was fantastic. I recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great pasta-experience!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Food here is great, Thisis visit the vongole was a slight exception and was a bit fishy. Everything else was fabulous and the service really great."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Service was a bit slow due to: - a larger table next door - lack (not enough) of service personnel"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Modo Mio is THE place to go in Newport Beach, Laguna, Newport Coast, Corona del Mar for EXCELLENT Italian cuisine, served in a casual atmosphere that enables great conversation. A favorite among the local residents, always great wines, ample cocktails and friendly service."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The ambiance is very nice. We had reservations and taken to our table immediately, A bit too much noise as we could hardly hear each other talk. Service was good..bread was outstanding (needed oiive oil ) Each of us (4 in our party) had a salad and a main course. My wife had the rigatoni with eggplant that she enjoyed. I had the Meat Lasagna which was okay. Portion was not that large.....had some almost melt cheese (mozzarella) on top.The Lasagna was tasty but not great..(not a great value at $18 per plate.) The other couple had salmon and vegetables which looked and tasted fine...non descripted...and the Meat Lasagna too. if you are serving pasta (it shoud fill the plate..pasta is inexpensive enough to provide a larger portion."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Great food. Good service. Good value. Only complaint is the very annoying landline phone continually ringing in front. I know the restaurant has a need to take incoming calls for reservations but it was incessant, loud, and too distracting. Still, I really like this restaurant"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "ONCE WE WERE SEATED EVERYTHING WAS GREAT. EVERYTIME WE GO THERE THEY ARE OVER BOOKED. THERE IS REALLY NO PLACE TO WAIT AND THE BAR MOSTLY FOR EATING. IT TOOK US 20 MINUTES TO ORDER DRINKS. THEY ALWAYS APPEAR TO BE UNDERSTAFFED, BUT WE CONTINUE TO GO THERE."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The food is consitently top quality Northern Italian cuisine. Their seafood risotto is right on the money. The complimentry mushrooms outstanding.Our Son ordered and relly enjoyed the sicilian chicken. all in all ago to place."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "I have been dining here for many years, and most of the time the service and the food is fantastic. This time, the food was great, but the service was very slow. Now, I would understand if they were busy, but there were very few people there, and there were two waiters working. I don't know if the kitchen was slow or the service was slow, but when the food finally arrived, one dish was very hot, but my dish was warm."
    Dined on 1/26/2014