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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

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (37)
Special Occasion (28)
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Fit for Foodies (26)
Good for a Date (25)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Casual (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Comfort Food (16)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Great for Lunch (15)
Cozy (15)
Business Meals (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Fun (11)
Scenic View (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Romantic (8)
Healthy (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Seasonal (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
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Kid-friendly (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Live Sports (2)
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Organic (1)
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vip
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined 2 days ago

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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined 6 days ago

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 15, 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 15, 2018

Great pastas, seafood & lamb chops!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 14, 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 13, 2018

One of the best restaurants in newport

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 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 4, 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 January 1, 2018

Always wonderful. Love this place!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Awful tried to

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 21, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Owner, Phil Crowley, runs a great restaurant with an amazing wine list. Great ambiance, comfort, service and food quality. Can;t wait to go back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. Try to get a table by the window so that you can look out at the ocean. Excellent service!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We had an excellent meal at Modo Mio. I was especially happy with the Lake Superior whitefish, a fish you don't see very often. I knew it from my years in the Midwest, and this piece was perfectly cooked, moist, full of flavor, served perfectly on a bed of spinach with accompanying veggies. I added some linguine, which was not necessary. We also had buratta to start with, which was fine. The chocolate dessert was a little much. Our waiter was casual and efficient, steered us right with his recommendations. I would love to go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We love Modo Mio and we visit every time we are in OC from the LA area. The food, wine list and service are always wonderful. Prices are fair and the staff is always so friendly. Highly recommend!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

We asked the hostess to move us to another table as my 80 year old aunt (who's birthday we were celebrating) was in a draft. They were quite snippy about it so we stayed put so as not to make a scene. We had to pour our own wine from the bottle we purchased from the restaurant. Other than that our server was attentive.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Fantastic!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Everything was FANTASTIC! The food is amazing, service on point, all Ina beautiful ambiance. Most amazing- the ownership is present making sure everyone has a delightful time- this amount of engagement really shows and makes it a special place. Very high quality!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great staff

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Incredible food and service. Maybe a little loud but great overall.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always consistent with great service. Dine early if you want a quiet meal. Our server Roger was very attentive and knew much about wine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The best food, wonderful views and stellar service, can’t wait to go back!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Outstanding food, great service! Will definitely go back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had an excellent meal from start to finish! The service was amazing & the food was served piping hot, even though the restaurant was full! We have been here several times & will be going back when we're in Newport Beach again. The noise level is quite high on a weekend night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

One of the best meals out in a long time!! Owners made us feel like we were visiting their home. Food was delicious!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Generally good experience and enjoyable

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Long wait for table despite reservation

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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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Best Italian in OC!

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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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