Modo Mio - Newport Coast

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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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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian Resturant in Orange County

BS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Modo Mio! It is one of our favorite restaurants. The service is always good.

F
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing & best service we’ve had in a long long time! Well done!

RS
Orange County
57 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I generally enjoyed my dinner at Modo Mio. Great service, nice room, interesting menu. Terrific Caesar salad; i especially like how they bring anchovies on a plate on the side. Only disappointment (relatively speaking) was the short rib pappardelle. I love pappardelle with almost any sauce, but somehow this one didn't hit the spot. But there are plenty other interesting items on the menu, so better luck next time.

SH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and service. A little crowded in a compact space

J
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Modo Mio. Best Italian in OC. This time went during OC Restaurant Week March 2020, on a Monday, 5 PM reservation. It had just opened for dinner. Usually go at this time as service/food delivery speedier. Food outstanding. I had the chopped Italian salad and meat lasagne, which was enough to feed 2+. My husband had the restaurant week special, an appetizer/salad, a pasta dish, and an outstanding dessert for $40. (many choices) His quantities were also huge. Also they brought bread and a dish of complimentary dressed mushrooms for our table of 2. White table cloths, attentive service, good food, good prices, big menu. Monday thru Wednesday no corkage fees on 2 bottles of wine. Need I say more? Pasta Bolognese and Veal Marsarla (called something else) are also fantastic.

DB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Did restaurant week for lunch. Good value. Good food.

OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Easily the best salmon in the area - generous helping and well cooked medium rare.

v
Los Angeles
125 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was ok. We all ordered salads, never came. Did get a free dessert, which was ok also

OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was good as always - service was warm but slow - seems to be ongoing issue - perhaps they need one more server

T
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

No corkage every Mon-Wed! (2 bottles per table)

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overpriced for quality of experience

MO
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Modo Mio was the perfect spot to celebrate our anniversary! The food and wine were perfect!!!

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian Resturant in Newport Beach. Staff and owners are amazing.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Very kind, immediate service!

k
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a delicious dining experience, looking forward to our next meal :)

D
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Liked it so much, going again today!

S
Washington DC
108 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Predictable decent Italian fare
Very busy Sunday night but waiters managed well though it took a bit longer time than average
Good neighborhood option

BR
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever we dine at Modo Mio, I always get the Pescatore. It's my favorite.

j
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place. Never had a bad meal. The fish is amazing. We could eat here every night. And they give out fabulous mushrooms in olive oil and lemon before dinner.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were superb! They did not make us wait and were ready for us when we arrived. We’d definitely recommend it again!

RF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our meal was very good, not the best I've ever had, but very good.

t
Orange County
73 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, great wine list, great service. One of Orange County’s best Italian restaurants.

C
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Great food and service! The only issue we had was with the noise level. Conversation was a bit of a challenge.

MT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular choice for Valentine's Day lunch. Wonderful and friendly service, great food that included a special appetizer from the chef and just a lovely setting. First time but won't be the last.

M
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We enjoyed the lunch special.

m
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was tasty, and the service was good. Unfortunately, we were there on a busy night, and the tables are very close together, so the noise level was at a high volume. Our ears were ringing when we left the restaurant!

JA
Orange County
72 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

J
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in, we knew this would be a special experience. We were warmly greeted by the hostess and quickly seated. Very attentive wait staff brought our drinks and food in a timely, but not rushed, manner. We had a lovely conversation with the owner, Linda Rizzo Crowley, who could not have been more welcoming and friendly. The food was delectable and presented beautifully. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and highly recommend this establishment.

OT
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The space is the perfect size with beautiful ambiance. The food is delicious and tastes like authentic Italian. Wine list is nice too. Overall, very consistent and worth the experience!

A
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With a reservation we were seated instantly, and ice water followed seconds later, as well as fresh bread. . We all ordered different dishes, with a buratta salad to start with which was definitely large enough to share, and delicious. My lasagne was huge, obviously freshly made, and one of the best I have ever eaten. (and I am a lasagne addict, but so big half came home with me) Other dishes were the short rib ragout , ravioli, and Battuta Chicken we took our own Sonoma County Wine (free corkage Mon-We’d) and we skipped dessert in favor of cappuccinos, because portions were so generous, but they sounded delicious! Service was perfect. I wish I had the names of our server and three other people making our evening so enjoyable, but they were awesome. Our receipt lists Erik as cashier, so thanks Erik and associates. We will be back! On top of all that, we had 10% off with our Marriott Newport Coast Villas card. Couldn’t have been better. We will definitely be (again, this was 2nd visit) coming back.

JM
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food, superb service, professional staff, great e we use selection, authentic Italian ambience and recipes.

MB
Jackson Hole
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend and we will continue returning for dinner and lunch.

LI
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best--great food, fabulous ambiance, and wonderful servers--my go-to place.

GT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Modo Mio has become our "go to" restaurant for good Italian food. The restaurant always has a great buzz, their food is consistently very good, the waiters are attentive and the have free corkage on Monday-Wednesday so I can bring a favorite bottle of win from my cellar. You will not be disappointed eating here.

CD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, great family atmosphere, good service and always a good time.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A complete pleasure from seating until we left. The staff all so friendly and real. The food was delicious and the ability to get half portions appreciated. Fabulous wine list and great cocktails. Felt so relaxed and welcome all evening. Look forward to returning soon.

KP
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Head chef went to the restroom and didn’t wash his hands. I said something to him and he tried to tell me he did. He walked right out of stall and out the restroom door. Food was awful worst italian I have had in SoCal.

DB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, nice decor, good food, excellent service, not cheap but very reasonable for an upscale restaurant. Lunch menu is a really good value.

RG
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite OC go to places!! We have been here so many times, I can't count them and will continue to return. Be prepared for it to be a bit noisy as the evening goes on.