Modo Mio - Newport Coast

4.8
1630 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 1630 people are saying
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vipAlyse
Orange County
68 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best outdoor dining in The OC. They really took this up next level Covid style. Everything was safe. Food was yummy. Enjoyable evening.

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KevinB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Ate outside because weather and view was perfect!

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vipsimiburtons
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our dinner outside and were seated within 10 minutes of checking in for our reservation. The house appetizer of mushrooms was delicious. The waiter paced our meal excellently. Thank you for a yummy experience.

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vipBobL
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phil and his team do an exceptional job taking care of every patron. We arrived and were seated. Our hostess was polite and friendly. The staff was attentive. My son had the seafood risotto. I had the spaghetti carbonara, which is not on the menu and is just like in Rome. Our hostess surprised us with a special tiramisu birthday cake. It was a wonderful experience. Modo Mio Rustic Italian Kitchen is a neighborhood gem

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Good is always great.

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vipsm39
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

beautiful view at sunset. great menu. excellent service

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viprh00
Orange County
140 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner on Saturday was wonderful. Our server, Jill, was delightful. Very professional and made excellent recommendations.. the food was delicious, especially the raviolis will be back again soon!

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vipLYNNT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They went beyond expectations to make a lovely evening for us. The outdoor tables with linen table cloths and napkins were lovely. The fire pits were such a nice touch. Our server was the best we have had anywhere in last 9 months. She always knew what we needed and never had to ask. Food was outstanding and large portions. Can’t wait to go back.

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michelinoc
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ModoMio is one of the very few restaurants that actually has IMPROVED their performance since the COVID Panic struck us, in almost every sense. The ambiance has progressed from a noisy concrete, overfilled box to a Mediterranean style terrace where one can actually speak in a normal voice and enjoy the nice ambiance. For once, the Irvine Company did a good job by allowing Modo Mio to expand their outside seating, to about 2.5 times what it was before, with elaborate heater-umbrellas, fire pits-excellent job! The waitresses are very nice, even though they have to span a much bigger distance. The only disadvantage is that due to the new logistics, the food takes longer to arrive, so build in more time for your meal (also a good Mediterrenean habitr). prices are reasonable and well deserved. Warmly recommended !

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JeffG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Highly recommend. The menu has some very unique items.

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ModoMio
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They only have outdoor seating available at this time but it is a large patio area with umbrellas, heaters and good lighting. The service was prompt and the food was very good. We enjoyed the complimentary mushroom starter and the bread basket that never went empty! They have free corkage Mon, Tues, Wed. also so don't forget your bottle of wine on those nights!

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vipKathleen
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service but way to noisy near the bus station. Very distracting.

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vipLarryHN
Los Angeles
77 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their new outdoor dining combined with their always excellent food is an amazing experience.

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TomieM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really enjoyed dining in the outdoor area. Our server was very attentive and helpful with the menu suggestions.
The food items were outstanding.

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SandraM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this restaurant. Just not as nice eating on the sidewalk.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Modo Mio is my favorite italian spot in SoCal. The food is fantastic and the ambiance and service are great! My favorite dish is the cartoccio. The seafood is so fresh, the sauce wonderfully flavorful and the pasta is cooked perfectly. I recommend this place to all my friends and always bring out of towners here to dine.

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MaxD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor patio has a very nice ambience. The service is always friendly and competent, the food excellent and the prices are fair.

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Nightnanny
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and wine always great, my go to place for a good
Meal!

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vipBobL
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining at its best. Beautiful weather. Lovely sunset flavorful Italian Food with excellent service. Phil and his team do an excellent job! Neighborhood Jewel

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vipSkipA
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is exceptional. It is a family run business which is reflected in the positive attitudes and service by the servers. The fish of the day is always a great bet, but everything is always excellent. ENJOY!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
75 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love what you have created for your outdoor dining. The umbrellas with heaters are so attractive and so is your fire pit! Bravo! So enchanting. As always, the food excellent but what made the evening was our waitress Jackie! She is personable and professional! Thank you!

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vipAuthentic
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite spot in the OC. We spend birthdays and anniversaries chowing down on a parm with a side of Bolognese.
This family-run place is a true gem. Be sure to say hello to Brett, who has taken over Mama’s role as the welcomer-in-chief.
With the recent expansion outdoors, this place is a must-stop when you are on the coast.

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LBCarol
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service. Marginal food for anyone who really knows Italian food.

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KenR
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything at this restaurant is absolutely perfect every time. My favorite Italian anywhere.

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CorneliaL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Pleasant atmosphere, good service, delicious food and fair prices. We would return.

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TomD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Modo Mio is the best restaurant we have found in Newport Coast area. Arguably the best Italian food around. If we were going out to dinner on consecutive nights, we would be tempted to keep going back night after night.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants in Newport!

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Mosafer
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Outdoor patio setting for Covid drew us to this restaurant and the food was great.

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vipRichardS
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding, very attentive but not pushy. Our waiter was very helpful in our selection of wine for dinner. As usual, the menu choices were great and the special sounded yummy. When our dinner arrived it was as expected, outstanding. For those of us that are trying to be as safe as possible, the outside seating was perfect, and the fact that they offered inside or outside as an option was great. If you want greatness then this is the place to go.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service! Love this place!!!

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Snapper
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I know that looking for a dinner spot can be a stressful process but let me assure you that this choice was a perfect fit for my family who rarely agree on where to go. Last night was the second time and again the evening was a big success as we celebrated a birthday.
Highly recommend this gem and we wish them much success during a difficult time.

Cheers

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent!!!!

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vipFDRL
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent 🥰

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Service

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SusanK
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken Parmigiana is excellent especially with the pasta with olive oil and garlic. The mushrooms that are served before the meal are fabulous with just lemon juice, olive oil and a little parsley. This place is fabulous!

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BruceR
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and excellent service. We really enjoyed the outdoor dining. One of our favorite Italian restaurants in NOB.

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vipDavid
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has always been one of our favorite local Italian restaurants, but since the requirement for social distancing, even more so. Their outdoor dining area feels safe and is very pretty with the white table clothes, fire pits and awnings with heaters built in. The food is always fresh and served hot, and the service is friendly and efficient. One of the nice touches is the complimentary serving of delicious marinated mushrooms as an appetizer, and they offer free corkage during the week.
Finally, the owners are a lovely couple who really care about their restaurant and their customers.

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vipMB420sel
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Modo Mio has better food than the more expensive restaurants in the same shopping center! The service is as good as it gets. The outdoor seating is comfortable (with heaters if needed)

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NDOpus
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Most of the meals for our party of 4 were very good. It was especially ice that they had gluten free pasta readily available. My carne lasagna, unfortunately, disappointed: the noodles and filling were tasty, but the sauce seemed barely cooked - not nearly as flavorful as the sauces on others’ pastas.

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LorraineL
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Poor service

FAQs

Modo Mio - Newport Coast offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 497-9770.

Modo Mio - Newport Coast is rated 4.8 stars by 1630 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.