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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

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (36)
Fit for Foodies (28)
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Good for a Date (27)
Authentic (25)
Casual (22)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Worth the Drive (20)
Great for Lunch (19)
Comfort Food (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Cozy (16)
Business Meals (15)
Fun (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Good for Groups (10)
Healthy (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Seasonal (7)
Romantic (6)
Scenic View (6)
People Watching (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Waterfront (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
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Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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Organic (1)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 14 hours ago

Good food. Friendly service. Reasonable prices

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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

Great winter luncheon special including wine and dessert. Friendly staff.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Arrived about 15 minutes for our reservation on Valentine's day and we're seated right away. The restaurant is small but not too cramped. They piped in piano music and used nice table linens which improved the ambience of an otherwise strip mall sized location. The food and service was excellent from bread to dessert. We even got a complimentary off menu appetizer of marinated mushrooms. They have a huge wine list. Would definitely return.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

We went on Valentine's Day and even though it was extremely busy the service was attentive, the food was great, and did not feel rushed so they could turn the table. Would definitely go back again!!!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food and service are incredible at this Crystal Cove gem. Wine list is affordable and well researched. Desserts are incredible as well. All entrees were and looked great. Portions are perfect. Noisy but the good more than accounts for that

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Amazing gnocchi and zucca (ravioli with butternut squash)!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We love Modo Mio in particular due to the consistency of the food and waitstaff, and have patronized the restaurant for many years

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Cozy, Authentic, People Watching, Comfort Food, Casual, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Food has been delicious and consistent. Liked the mushroom salad(?)
So far not disappointing...

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 4, 2018

This restaurant has become a "go to" for us. Wonderful food, good wine, good service, friendly diners. It gets a bit loud when full...and as inviting as the window seating is, avoid this area because of too much noise if you are having a conversation. Great restaurant!

Tags: Casual, Fun, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We stopped at Modo Mío by a recommendation from a friend , he never told us that the restaurant is the best of the best.

Our server’s name was Susan, she is the best, ask for her and you will love the service quality. She recommend us the favorite dishes and she was right. Delicious food !

The owner came to our table to see if all is perfect ! His name is Phil , really nice and polite person.

The food quality, taste and presentation were amazing !

Definitely we highly recommend Modo Mío as the best Italian Restaurant in Newport Beach .

Thank you !

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I visit the Cyrtal Cove shopping center often for the restaurants, but this was the first time I had been here. I chose it based on location, and ratings. It certainly lived up and surpased its rating. The food and service were excellent and I am looking forward to going back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Healthy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The atmosphere was very comfortable especially for conversation. We were seated at a slightly private table that was ideal. My high expectations of the food left me pretty much disappointed. The bolognese sauce, chicken parm and caesar salad were very average. The best part of my meal was the linguine and the risotto with vegetables was very tasty. Overall, our visit was above-average.☺️

Tags: Casual, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My main entree was disappointing. The veal was a bit tough although the salad and tiramisu were excellent. Ambiance is rather lacking, very plain and more for families rather than a date night or fun night out. Service was great. Our waiter was very attentive.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Restaurant Week. Big Mistake for a local....

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The restaurant was a nice find. We came here for restaurant week lunch and were delighted with the quality of food and service. The salmon was excellent, cooked to perfection. The pasta was very tasty and the chicken very good. The caprese was very generous and tasty. The Caesar salad was very generous and delicious. The noise level was a bit high as the restaurant was very busy. We had to wait for our reservation and as a "thank you" for waiting, we were given a plate of mainated mushrooms The dessert, chocolate truffle gelato with zablione gelato inside and cocoa hazelnuts on the outside was excellent. We will be back!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Unfortunately, because it was Newport Beach's Restaurant Week, the food was poor at best. The appetizer was soggy and had no flavor. The entree of pounded chicken was cold and also had no flavor. The potatoes were actually hard and inedible, the vegetables were cold and had NO flavor. It appears the menu for Restaurant Week was cooked in advance and was just "re-heated". I realize that the $20 price is not high, but the food is usually Top Notch but unfortunately this time it was just plain bad.

We will come back because we know that their regular menu items are always fresh and delicious.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Ate here a couple of times years ago. Food was good, but portions minute, and menu very limited. Also it was extremely noisy. Wanted to take a friend visiting from Massachusetts out for dinner, and she wanted Italian. In reviewing menus on line, I saw yours. I printed a copy of a few menus from different restaurants for her to select one, and she chose yours. We live in Irvine and had gone to a movie at the Spectrum, so made a 5 PM reservation. We had a nice, reasonably quiet table near the window, with a nice view I didn't recall from previous visits. Service was impeccable. Made slight alterations to our order to accomodate our needs. Husband had Veal Lamone, friend had Eggplant Parm., I had Veal Marsala. We shared 2 appetizers. All were presented attractively and tasted great. Server brought a complimentary plate of extra sliced mushrooms to share. Bread was great, served with a spicy olive oil. I requested and received butter instead. Entrees were large, with enough to take home for lunch. Food reasonably priced, a good deal. Only slight negative is that my veal for veal marsala was a little tough. Husband's veal for veal lamone was tender. Alcohol was a little expensive, but not horrible. Restaurant needs to make money somewhere. We'll definitely be back, and suggest to or take more friends. Good job. Thank you.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Fun, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The owners have a life time of experience including running Five Crowns in Crorona del Mar for years. They have created a magnificant restaurant with food that is of that same Five Crowns quality (if you been there then you know), but Italian!!
In addition, the owners know wine better than most anyone in the area. The wine list is incredible... for instance, they have many of the best Pinot Noirs in California on the list (and you cant get in a store), which is why i go back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The menu is creative and fresh with wonderful blends of flavors and a unique dessert selection. Unfortunately, the service was spotty and a bit disorganized. However, my meal was so delicious that I am happy to return to give it another go!

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great choice for Newport Restaurant Week. Great value. We will return.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We lucked out for restaurant week. The food was amazing and the lunch special was unbelievably priced. We were there last year while vacationing at the Marriott. Always delightful.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Our favorite Italian restaurant in OC. Have been there numerous time since Linda and Phil Crowley bought the restaurant

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Business Meals, Fun, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Quick Bite, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 23, 2018

I refer to this as a "local" bistro...although it takes me 30 minutes to get there, but well worth it! The atmosphere, view, service, and delicious Italian food is superb (Butata with Pasta) ! Not to forget no-corkage on M, T, W...makes it even better! Phil, the owner, is a gracious host, and does his best to make sure that everything runs smoothly. That's twice for me this week!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Fabulous food and the quality of service was above board. All the staff pitch in and with such great cuisine, we have found a gem that we were unaware. Thanks to Restaurant Week for introducing us to this tip-top restaurant.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food is good but the service was disappointing. We had a 7:45 reservation for 4 and did not get seated until after 8:30. This is the 2nd time we've been here with a similar experience. When we inquired about why it was taking so long their response was that tables were taking longer than expected and that it was Newport Beach Restaurant Week, both of which should be taken into account in the reservation system. We were also told we would be the next 4-top to be seated which turned out not to be the case. Only after asking, did they offer a complimentary drink.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

If having a restaurant reasonably honor your reservation time is important to you, then STAY AWAY from Modo Mio. My party of 3 was seated 40 MINUTES after our reservation time. Two parties of 4 were seated prior to us—even though their reservation time was after ours because they checked in over 20 minutes prior to their reservation time. The hostess did not have a clue how to manage reservations. When we complained after a 35-minute wait, the owner/proprietor told us he was going to get us seated and then see what they could do. He did NOTHING. We watched as the owner/proprietor visited other tables to introduce himself and chat with the patrons. However, the owner/proprietor never came to our table; never apologized for the wait; never made any attempt to offset our wait time inconvenience. Overall, the food was good and the wait staff was attentive; however, that did not offset the wait time inconvenience.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Very attentive and fabulous food. Kudos to Modo Mio as we viewed the 2017 Restaurant Week Menu online via the Orange County Register, not current menu for 2018. This was shown to management as they were unaware of the situation. Very grateful. $20 was deducted from our bill. Extremely impressed as this was not necessary, but very kind. Fabulous customer relations noted. Thank you!

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Fun, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food, especially the desserts. Friendly service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Excellent service, friendly staff, special mention of Kathy.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Restaurant week lunch was wonderful as was service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Best italian in the area and wonderful service! Love that’s local for us and in a great neighborhood. My go to!!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Groups, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great pastas, seafood & lamb chops!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Always great Italian food at a great price. Chicken with capers and red pepper flakes is my favorite along with several of the pastas. Go early if you want to hear the conversation at your table.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 12, 2018

One of the best restaurants in newport

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Always a pleasure to dine there--both lunch and dinner. The new management is just great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The fresh fish with lemon caper sauce accompanied by genuine english-style roast potato, is truly the best cooked fresh fish dish I've had anywhere at any price. Yet it's modestly priced here at lunch. Wonderful value!

Tags: Business Meals, Healthy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Casual
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Wonderful food and nice comfortable restaurant will definitely go back

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Casual
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always wonderful. Love this place!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Awful tried to

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Always superb food served exactly as we wished.
Service was surprisingly a bit off - had to ask for several things more than once.
One of our go-to places in Newport Beach.

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