Modo Mio - Newport Coast

4.6
1182 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Dining at Modo Mio is a delight, thanks to the efforts of owners Phil and Linda Crowley and their talented staff. From the moment diners are greeted, as they enter the Newport Coast, California location, they are enveloped into a haven of warmth and hospitality. The Modo Hospitality Group is dedicated to creating and serving superb Northern Italian specialties, to their devoted clientele, in an ambiance that is both inviting and relaxing. You truly are family at Modo Mio.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is exceptional and the food is wonderful. Generous servings with your order.
We love this place.

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

Modo Mio is truly a gem. The service is world class and the food truly is incredible. As someone who has lived in Newport his whole life, I can say this is the best restaurant in the town and it’s not even close.

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OT
Los Angeles
159 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was 5+ stars except for the noise level last Saturday evening. Food, drinks and service were outstanding, Unfortunately conversation was very difficult because of the very loud ambiance.

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

Wonderful food.

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L
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Modo Mio! The food and service is always great!

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s
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Took our own bottle of wine. Aside from the 1st pour from the waitress, we poured own from then on. Not a criticism, but wonder what the "rule of service" is. Should she ask if we like another or do we decide for ourselves?

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S
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We celebrated two friends birthdays. The food was delicious and a diverse menu. Only problem was the long delay in getting our main courses.
Erica was our server.

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BD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food for a fair price. Drinks are
Great too. Always an enjoyable dinner

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BM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always solid. Service was over and above any other restaurant in the area. Love!

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MI
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Not on a Friday evening. Our reservations were for 6:45. The noise level made it almost impossible to have a conversation at our table with only 4 people.

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M
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Modo Mio is a wonderful place to dine--excellent salmon dish, good drinks and service. Especially enjoy the mushrooms they serve as an appetizer with their compliments. Look forward to going back again soon.

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G
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was overpriced and not up to he mark

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R
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambiance were excellent! And the service was just as good. The restaurant was somewhat noisy, primarily because it was full. Overall, a wonderful dining experience.

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C
Orange County
109 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to Modo Mio since it first opened and enjoy it every time. Phil & Linda did a great job in refurbishing when they bought ti and continue to provide great food and excellent service

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A
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Risotto was in edible. Way way way too much lemon. Wait staff just hangs around the station. Not Good experience for the cost.

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C
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 3

We have dined at Modo Mio on at least 2 dozen occasions over the years and have always been pleased with the food and service. Last Saturday was a distinctly different experience. We had made a reservation through open table for 7:30 and had requested a booth subject to availability. We arrived on time and were asked to wait for our table which can happen. While we were waiting we noticed a half booth that was being set up and asked for that table. The response was that they would try to accommodate us. We were then called and escorted to a different table. The half booth was still vacant. I asked about being seated there and the hostess told that we could not have that table . Not three minutes later another couple who arrived after us was seated at that table! My wife mentioned that later on the owner or manager was chatting with that couple. It seemed obvious to hear that some guests at that restaurant might be valued more than others. That being said the food was delicious, but it was both our feelings that our patronage was not valued.

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m
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The best Italian in the OC

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has been our family's go to spot for amazing Italian food since we moved to the area 12 years ago. We are friendly with with the owners and they really care about the quality of the food, their employees and the community. Enrique is THE ABSOLUTE BEST, he always takes the best care of us and always remembers the whole family. He is the sweetest guy and super hard working. At one point he was working 3 jobs and always had a smile on his face. Put his 3 boys through college and now his son is graduating from medical school and going to be a brain surgeon! We LOVE Modo Mio - the food is always superb.

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KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had a hard time deciding what to order - very diverse interesting menu. Everything sounded wonderful. We shared the pignoli pasta and the gnocchi, both with their ‘special’ sauce. They were delicious. The caprese salad was our appetizer and it was a very generous portion and also really good!

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant for its wonderful food, atmosphere and location on the coast!

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R
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great local authentic Italian restaurant with good food and fair prices. Good food good service and nice local atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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D
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

One of our favorites! Food is always wonderful. Owners Phil and Linda Crowley are very gracious, supervising the food and staff. Linda always wants to know how you like the food. Often, the recipe is hers. Complimentary marinated mushrooms is a unique and excellent starter. Extensive menu..seafood, veal, pastas. So many tempting desserts. Would give it a 5 star for sure except for the noise level which can get pretty loud.

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BK
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. The nice surprise were the marinated mushrooms free appetizer.
Very limited hours of operation so get there early.

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A
Los Angeles
88 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined her twice and have enjoyed the food very much. The veal is excellent as well as the pastas we have ordered. My only disappointment is that both times I have asked about the Pasta with Clams and have been told that they were still refining the recipe and that they have received both positive and negative reviews about it. I feel that a restaurant with such excellent Italian food should have a good Pasta with Clams. It is one of my favorite dishes to eat in an Italian restaurant.

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MW
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there. Celebrating my birthday with family. We all left happy

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ED
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Great location across from Crystal Cove, but the food is mediocre and so the evening a disappointment.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

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OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always terrific!

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DP
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, location and value. Best lasagna ever!

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M
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was lacking from the main waiter. They had an opportunity to wow me, but that didn't happen. My family and I decided to try this restaurant as part of restaurant week, so they could tell we were likely testing the restaurant out. Instead we got a waiter who took our order from the prix fixe menu and never came back to ask us how the food was or if there was anything else he could do to make it a better experience. It was almost like he was putting up with us since we weren't regulars or perhaps didn't look like their typical Newport Coast clientele (i.e., like people with money.) We still dropped $200 for a not so tasty dinner. I can assure you we will never go back - not because it's out of our price range for a regular dinner, but because the service from the waiter was bad. The assistants who brought us water were amazing - that's the only nice thing I can say.

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JG
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant experience. Nice upscale ambiance. Menu and especially wine list were extensive. Service was extremely good. Our salads were good though nothing out of the ordinary (spinach salad and tre colori)
Entrees, veal was very tasty, big portion, delicious potatoes and veggies were tasty. Eggplant parm was generous portion and was top notch. Sadly, was too full for dessert. Would recommend.

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S
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Salmon under cooked otherwise 5 Stars. 👍

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great ladies lunch at Modo Mio this weekend. Everything we had was amazing but we’ve already planned a trip to come back just for coffee and dessert! It was that good.

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LZ
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazingly delicious!! Wow! The atmosphere was also really comfortable with the tables close together but I’ve had much closer. Our only complaint is that the food took a long time to be served. Great service and make sure to have the bread!

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CL
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food, wonderful service, although a bit noisy since the restaurant was full. Suggest not to be seated under the ceiling speaker. Hope to return many more times!

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TW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've written this review many times. I've not had a better meal anywhere else that is so consistently good, in an atmosphere that is consistently pleasant, with superb waitstaff...what else can you want!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great as always - service was not up to par - took 35 minutes to get glass of wine and almost an hour to get salad course

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RB
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, as always. Another wonderful dinner at Modo Mio. Salmon A+; very nice Spinach salad, good Veal Marsala and Chicken. Loved both the Tiramisu & lemon cheese cake.
Eric did a super job serving us.

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OC
Orange County
49 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredibly warm gracious service, excellent food, charming neighborhood gem.

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AM
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and Service. The gnocchi were perfectly cooked and had just the right amount of their signature sauce, which was creamy and flavorful. The the calamaretti was a delicious and unique appetizer

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