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About Modo Mio - Newport Coast

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.

7946 East Coast Highway
Newport Coast, CA 92657
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 497-9770

Website:
http://www.modomiocucinarustica.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking hosted by Irvine Company on the weekends.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Modo Mio - Newport Coast Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (35)
Authentic (28)
Good for a Date (28)
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Good for Anniversaries (24)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Special Occasion (20)
Casual (19)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Business Meals (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Romantic (11)
Healthy (11)
Cozy (10)
Fun (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Scenic View (6)
Kid-friendly (4)
People Watching (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Live Sports (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Generally good experience and enjoyable

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food4
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was beautifully presented and delicious! The service was quick and friendly.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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food4
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 5 days ago

We drove from the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs) to have lunch and celebrate the pending arrival of our friends' first child. We all had salad and pasta. We all had something different and to the meal, the food was outstanding.

Well worth the drive!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Wonderful food and service. A great bar and wine selection and varied menu items. We have been fortunate to visit this restaurant many times over the last three years and will keep coming back.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The food and the service are always 5 star at Modo Mio in Crystal Cove. I love dining here for ANY occasion, but lunch here is always enjoyable and relaxing. The ambiance is elegant and peaceful which makes it is possible to have a quiet conversation. I enjoy sitting by the window and gazing at the ocean while I eat the delicious food!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 12, 2017

As in the past food and service most enjoyable. Would like restaurant to be less noisy,

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Modo Mio is always, always, always outstanding. This restaurant is consistently excellent....no matter what dish is ordered or the service. Also, the atmosphere is very special which makes the entire dining experience one of a kind. There is no other restaurant around here that compares. Modo Mio is definitely on my list of top restaurants!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The short rib Ragu was excellent and our friends had salmon that they felt was better than at any seafood restaurant in Newport Beach. My friend had the veal griglia but didn’t like the thyme seasoning. Extremely loud and slow to get started but once they took our order we had excellent service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 9, 2017

In the scenic Crystal Cove center, this Italian style restaurant is local gem. Get a reservation because it fills up. Service is terrific and good wine selections. Reasonable prices unlike the others in this center.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Met with friends. First visit for all of us. It was recommended by a friend of a friend and they were right on with their recommendation! The service was awesome, I don’t remember our waitress’ name but she was very personable. The food was excellent, very Italian.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

An excellent local Italian eatery with a great selection of veal and seafood in addition to the delicious fresh pasta.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great service, great menu, great taste,
Romantic feel.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was delicious. I thought that 5 dolllars was a bit steep to add angel hair pasta as a side instead of fettuccine noodles but they were good

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 4, 2017

One of the best restaurants I’ve eaten in, in CA. I’m from the east coast and this restaurant equals any from NY.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Our favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant with truly great food, service, and a world class wine list!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Ordered the Salmon Vodka Pasta (my favorite) which I've had several times and love it. This time the salmon quantity was less and the sauce weaker, disappointed however the salad and wine was terrific.

Tags: Romantic, People Watching, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent food. loud but okay. large portions - glad we split the entry, Lasagna verde. Owner wandering around checking on people. very nice to kids. Will definitely come back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 22, 2017

A nice find in Newport Beach. Described fittingly as rustic Italian. Good variety of pasta e.g. with 3 types of mushrooms, oil and garlic, tomato sauce. Excellent rather unique dish of breaded chicken breast seasoned with chili flakes and Marsala reduction.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Patronized this restaurant on 10/21/2017.

Tables are extremely close to each other; no privacy; extremely noisy; other customers' conversations ring in your ears!

We ordered the followings:

Calamaretti (all squids in marinara sauce) $14.00; sauce is salty.

Carpaccio Beef $14.00 which is not bad but we have tasted better than that.

Zucca Ravioli Butternut Squash $18.00. These raviolis are exactly the same as the one we bought at Costco!!! Pasta dough is way too thick!

Short Rib Ragout $22.00. The ribs are dry and insufficient sauce. We have tasted better than this.

Cioppino $34.00. This is a loaded seafood dish according to the menu but it is in fact loaded with squids - 3/4 of the dish are squids, with one tiny slice of salmon, a handful of tiny clams & black mussels, and the sauce is extremely salty!!!!!!!!!

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food2
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The best Italian in oc. I've been eating here since they opened. Absolutely perfect, from service to the food.

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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 21, 2017

One of the orders was misheard and it took 30 minutes to get the right order.

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food3
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Nice neighbor Restaurant
Calamari not fried in a sauce and one of liked it and I personally thought the calamari was so chewy that I didn’t eat it.
It was an ok restaurant as we wanted something close.
I have eaten at better ones in Newport

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Live Sports, Hot Spot
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food4
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Thanks - we love the Monday-Wednesday no
Corkage feature and love the modo salad and chicken siciliano!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite
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food5
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 19, 2017

My dining partner this particular evening is a regular patron of this neighborhood gem. Though only my second time, I understand why. It's a beautiful restaurant with delicious, carefully-prepared Italian cuisine and outstanding service. Might have to become a regular, too!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great evening out.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

What a delicious meal we had. The chicken Sciliana was so good, everyone wanted some! Tender and seasoned so well. Fresh pasta was great. Would highly recommend. Mushrooms at start of meal are special.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

My two girlfriends and I tried this place for the first time for dinner on a Saturday night and we did not make a mistake on any of our food choices!

From the antipasto, carpaccio and spumoni!

There was just one thing about our assigned server, she wore eyeglasses and from the start probably because of a busy night she does not seem too friendly and quite impatient but unlike the others who brought our appetizers and drinks who were friendly and helpful.

I had to mention this as I got to meet the very kind owner who is so sweet and does have a very personable and likable quality!

We truly appreciate the owner allowing us to move to the table close to the window when it vacated as we were already seated.

And even with that one unfriendly server because overall the food quality was great, and a good place to eat and a wonderful owner we will surely return and recommend this restaurant as a “must go to” place in Newport Beach.

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Had dinner for our anniversary. We will absolutely be back when we visit Newport Coast again! Delicious food. Amazing staff.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We've eaten here a number of times over the years and never had a bad meal. The food is delicious. The portions are very nice size. The staff is friendly and accommodating. Everything was excellent, and it always is each time we return. You can't go wrong with Modo Mio.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food, fantastic salmon and appetizers, the service is just awful, I still will go back because of the food.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Veal parm.... mic drop...

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 8, 2017

First time that we've been so disappointed at this restaurant. Maybe it was the one large 'homecoming' party that they were trying to handle, but the service was terrible. The service was terrible long after the large party left (which is when we arrived). We were left waiting for our table for 10-15 minutes even though there were 4-5 empty tables available...they simply were not cleaned and reset. Owner and hostesses (2) did nothing to alleviate the problem, simply leaving the diners to cope with long waits and poor service long after the large party was gone.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We love Modo Mio! We often make the 45 minute drive to eat there, and we always bring our out-of-town guests. Highly recommend!

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Fun
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food is absolutely the best and we have never had a bad meal there. Our service was just the best also.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Always delicious, fresh food. Our favorite Italian restaurant. We've been dining there since the first day they opened. So yummy! Great service and friendly staff! We love Modo Mio, and will continue to dine there. Just wish we lived closer.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Wonderful food in a pleasant setting. We feel like we are eating in Italy (until we walk out into the shopping center afterwards).

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Our server,Susan, was superb. The food was authentic and delicious. The restaurant is located in a beautiful center facing the ocean along Newport Coast. The setting was wonderful. We will return.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We came here for lunch to celebrate my husband's birthday. It's our favorite Italian restaurant. My husband loved his veal that came with yummy potatoes and veggies. I had the flattened chicken with capers from their special lunch menu that came with a glass of wine, an entree, & tiramisu- all excellent! We shared my tiramisu and ordered their spumoni gelato too which the restaurant picked up as a birthday gift for my husband. So very thoughtful! The food, service, and ambience is superb - classy but never stuffy and in a nice outdoor "mall" to walk around after too. We will be back! Thank you, Modo Mio for making my husband's birthday so special!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We love this place and it is close to home. Dine early if you want to be able to carry on a conversation. Excellent veal and pasta dishes. Corkage is $20.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The food, the ambience, and the service were all excellent. And it was quiet enough for pleasant conversation. Also, we appreciated the variety of the menu, which was fairly large. Also, the service and the atmosphere was very friendly. It was a place we plan to revisit.

Tags: Business Meals, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Coffee
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