Maggiano's - South Coast Plaza

4.5
8205 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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NP
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drove up from San Diego to celebrate a birthday - menu has lots of choices and serving are so large easy to share and always some to take home. We had an awesome server Sheri at table 65/1. She was right on top of every one's orders and was great with suggestions. Wish we had a Maggiano's in San Diego.

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RH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated in back room and was outstanding service and food. Always fun at maggiano’s
Coming with group of 13 on the 31st
Work retirement party

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HA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had dinner to celebrate my friend's birthday. Our table was ready in less than 5 minutes from our arrival. The servers was very friendly and attentive. Our food was really flavorful. It was definitely a lot of food, so we ended up taking some of it home. Good wine selection. The only thing that was a bit much, was the noise level, we were literally screaming to hear each other. We came out of there with tired voices. It could be a place for romantic dinner only if it wasn't so loud. This is more oj f a family restaurant or good for groups of people to gather and celebrate.

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AM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is very popular with locals, families and all ages. It was crowded in the parking lot and at the entry and people were waiting for tables at a little past five p..m. on a Thursday. We were seated earlier than our reservation as requested, much appreciated. The food was tasty and portions very generous, the help staff attentive. The rooms are busy and noisy but typical of these kinds of large places with a rapid turnover of diners. We enjoyed it all.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table was ready for us on a very busy night; server was pleasant and helped to get chef to create a special dish for a friend with a newly recovered stomach after the flu and charge as little as possible for it since it had no meat/protein. The food was hot, tasty and exactly what we ordered. Happy hour wine special was enjoyed by half the table.

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CN
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This has always been our go to place before attending theatre at South Coast. We were disappointed to find prices have gone up since our last visit and the menu has changed. We loved getting the Dine now take one home option for two. But now the price has gone up 10% . That by itself would have been okay but the pasta choices have also changed with an extra $5 charge for certain pastas that are now called premium. So the dinner we used to pay $40 for was $55 this time.

No argument that the food is great but sorry to see this big jump in pricing

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SB
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They are attentive, exceptionally service oriented and do everything in their power to make sure I have an amazing dining experience every time. The unique menu, quality, portion size and price makes this a place I return to often - with friends and family.

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ST
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding. David our waiter was superb. Only had to ask 1 time for anything we needed and it was there. Food was outstanding. I tipped the waiter very well reflecting his service.

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OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great, always have great service when we come here. David was our service.
Came for a birthday but come here about once a month and I think I’m just getting tired of the same thing. Done get me wrong food is great but I just might need a change for a bit but my boyfriend never gets tired of eating here that’s why we come so much. I’m sure we will be back in another 2 to 3 weeks as always.

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AC
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have eaten at other Manggiano's and this was that much better; excellent food, great service, and a very good wine list. It certainly was a good value for the meal.

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A
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time for me. Loved it!

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SM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and very good service. You can't go wrong with Rigatoni D!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Work holiday dinner

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MB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great dinner. The only reason I would give this 4 stars instead of 5 is we were seated on a back patio, which was nice because it was much more quiet than the main dining room, but the ambiance left a little to be desired.
The food was absolutely delicious and I love that you can pick a classic pasta to take home for another day. The service was outstanding. I always come for dinner before going to the theater and it makes for a wonderful evening.

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PR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Went for my boyfriends birthday. It was a good experience except We were seated in a round table and I had a seat on the aisle and the waiter’s and guest kept bumping in to me constantly which did not make my experience pleasant at all.

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AC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the foods, been there many times and i even celebrated my birthday there. Service are awesome. Nice location too..

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ES
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Huge portions, good selection, excellent service. Always a good dining experience.
Too crowded and too noisy.

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OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Sat in the booth at the entrance. It took awhile for our server to come and great us. I live the food to I forgave you this time. But it was my boyfriend's first time there and he wasn't too thrilled.

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FN
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Very busy place. Food was ok, however, it's been better! Eggplant dish has declined over last year. Why? Take home meal is good perk.

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LC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I was a little frustrated that we didn't get the whole menu and had to ask for options. It was a very busy night. I feel like the service could have been a little better. I love this restaurant so was a little disappointed about that.

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AR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been going to Maggiano’s since it first opened in Chicago and was thrilled when I moved back to California and they had just decided to open restaurants within that state. The quality of the restaurant has never been less than excellent since I have been going there. The only suggestion for improvement that I have is that they consider revamping their menu so that it’s easier to understand which pasta meals qualify for the second take-home pasta. It seems to differ depending on the time of day that I attend and who my waiter is. So I think there is general confusion in that regard. But overall, you have a friend for life Maggiano’s.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Server David was amazing and very accommodating.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Felt rushed to leave at the end of the night

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FR
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is outstanding. My family went there to celebrate my husband’s bday last Friday but since the place was new to us, my son who has special needs started to have meltdowns. The management, staff, receptionist and servers were kind enough to help us. We were treated so well and would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of us. You guys are awesome!!!

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R
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the great food it was a nice date night dinner then off for a movie. Would recommend it to friends.

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JB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed our lunch at Maggiano's. The food is wonderful and the staff is accommodating and friendly. I want to commend Cynthia who was our server. Cynthia was friendly and went out of her way to give her excellent service!

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G
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our special date night and so appreciated the excellent service from our waiter Michael; delicious food with generous servings; the lovely ambiance of such a classy restaurant; and the wonderful value for our meals. Thank-you so much! We had a wonderful evening.

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We don't dine at Maggiano's very often - it's always decent, but leaves me feeling like I've participated in industrial Italian dining. It's a well-oiled machine, pushing out food that is tasty enough. The portions are huge, and a la carte dining just doesn't fit my needs like it used to. I want more veggies and less meat on my plate, but to do that can get pretty pricy. The menu could perhaps explain better what the "lighter" portions are. I ordered a regular portion and didn't realize it would have two pieces of chicken breast meat, not just one - more than the average person needs. Next time I'll try the lighter portion and add a veggie side. The red Sangria was delicious.

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CA
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We’ve tried other restaurants around the area. Maggianos is always the best!

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B
Orange County
76 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

This was a pre theater dinner and our reservation was at 4:45 pm. After being seated, we waited for at least 10 minutes, ignored and finally had to flag down someone. We subsequently discovered that it was change of shift between 4:30-5 pm so it seemed that we fell through the cracks.
The situation eventually got straightened out as our assigned server took over.
The kitchen was a bit off that evening as my wife's entre of gnocchi tasted pasty and stiff.
All in all, a disappointing trip and not up to the usual standards expected at Maggiano's

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OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my team out as a treat. We had a reservation for 12 that grew to 14 am the they quickly accommodated us. For those that arrived late their food was delivered with minutes of the rest of the group. Everyone was warm and attentive.

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Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server, Alex Munoz, was a great server. He took care of our guests very well and was very responsive to our needs. He was also very courteous with a nice respectful attitude. He should be recognized as one of the best servers we experienced so far.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

It was a nice time, a little loud in the restaurant and a little dark, but still quite nice. Personally, I didn’t enjoy my entree, but my appetizer salad and calamari was delicious.

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n
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Slow service: my entree arrived, my 2 friends waited forever for theirs. My soup and my friend’s coffee wete cold

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AD
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a “girls night out” and decided on Maggiano’s because we’d eaten there years ago and had enjoyed it, plus it was close to the Segerstrom theater wher we had tickets to a play.

We had reservations which were honored immediately and we had a great server, great food and delicious dessert.

Our dinner was served in a timely manner so that we we could enjoy our dinner and make it to our play on time. It was an excellent evening.

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D
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. Server was very prompt and attentive.

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BL
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch. No wait at all for our table even though at peak lunch hour. Seated immediately and server greeted us promptly. Food was great and service was attentive and quick. Lunch combo plate options are a good value as well as other offerings including buy 1 for now amd another to take home. Will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband took me here for my 20th birthday. It has been several years since I’ve been to Maggiano’s and I don’t know why! We had an amazing time! Our server was very friendly and the value for your money is extremely good. 100% returning.

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P
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Lindsay was AWESOME!!!! Lots of attention to detail, joy and enthusiasm!!!

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r
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for Sunday brunch. Mimosas are $2 each! Food was delicious and our server was good.
No complaints, will return and would recommend.

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