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Modo Mio - Pacific Palisades

4.4
191 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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About

Dining at Modo Mio is a delight, thanks to the efforts of owner George and his talented staff. While Modo Mio translates to my way, in Italian, George has infused his restaurant with his own standard of excellence.

From the moment diners are greeted, as they enter the Pacific Palisades, California location, they are enveloped into a haven of warmth and hospitality. George and company are dedicated to creating and serving superb Northern Italian specialties, to their devoted clientele, in an ambiance that is both inviting and relaxing.

In the virtual world where we live, favour human relationships; so when you come to Modo Mio, let yourself go on a journey of flavors, let us advise you and let us guide you, let yourself to be pampered... Let us do.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm and Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(310) 459-0979
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
The restaurant is available for private party reservations.
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Private party contact
George: (310) 459-0979
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
La Cruz
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Parking details
The building in which we are located has an underground parking garage (enter on La Cruz). Two hour free parking with validation at lunch, free parking at dinner. Street parking is also available--meters run until 8:00 p.m.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.3
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4.3
service
4.1
ambience
4.3
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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

We were seated at station #10; a charming , intimate corner table that concealed kirchen activity and sounds.
We ordered two entrees. The complete , cooked Dover Sole was delivered to our table for our perusal ansd approval. Then it was returned to the kitchen to be filetted before being served to us. It was perfectly seasoned; perfectly prepared and although it is a thin fish, it remained moist and flavorful.
The second entree was grilled , herbed, loin lamb chops , ordered to be prepared medium. And this too was perfectly prepared with a warm, pink center. We requested al dente olive oil/ garlic linguine. It was an excellent accompaniment. Their Tolusa Pinot Noir contributed to being a delightful complimentary dining partner.

Service throughout was impeccable, friendly, engaging , knowledgeable and timely during the course of our evening which ended with a double espresso and tiramisu, Kalua soaked lady fingers. This was our sweet denouement.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2017

Our Pali graduation celebration was perfect, everyone loved the food!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Love Modo Mio in Pacific Palisades because it is consistently good. The servers have been there for
years, which I love and they are always friendly and professional!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2017

We always enjoy Modo Mio. Excellent food. Excellent service. It is great place to meet with friends for a meal.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2017

It was a delicious dinner and well served by an attentive and experienced waiter. Between us we had the fresh branzino, a lasagna and a risotto. All were well prepared. There is a good selection of wines by the glass. The room is quiet and we weren't fighting the noise of other diners nor of loud music. A pleasure!

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2017

Modo Mio is a perfect example of what a neighborhood restaurant should be. The atmosphere is ideal, casual, service is good, and food is well cooked and predictable. It is very comfortable.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2017

Lovely neighborhood restaurant with delicious takes on traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine. Great service and good selections from a standard menu and seasonal/daily specials.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2017

This is a longtime neighborhood standby for us. We probably go three times a month. The room is actually quite beautiful, the staff members are nice, and the food is excellent. Highly recommended: risotto del padre (chicken and asparagus), chicken Siciliano, and a great Bolognese sauce that can be had with any pasta shape.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Modo Mio never disappoints! Fantastic food and service.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2017

Modo Mio is, hands down, the best restaurant in the Palisades. If you close your eyes, you would swear you are in Italy. The food is as favorable, the aroma is as tantalizing and the variety is as great as any fine restaurant in Rome. The servers are a perfect mix of professionalism and friendliness, the service is provided at a perfect pace and the other diners are polite. I would eat there every day if I could, and often lunch there two to three times a week when possible. No-one I've ever dined with has had anything but a perfect meal!!

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2017

A lovely restaurant for lunch or dinner. The food is consistently good. The shaved artichoke salad is wonderful. Veal Milanese is outstanding.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

My wife and I really enjoyed our dinner at Modo Mio. My seafood was superb and my wife loved her ravioli. The service was attentive, but not overbearing.

Highly recommended.

Cheers, Jon

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2017

Great food, a real find. Feels like a small neighborhood restaurant but has really good quality and tasty Italian food. Desserts were also amazing, especially the chocolate flourless cake and the apple tart.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2017

Reliable basic Italian in a quiet pleasant setting. Lack of noise is the chief attraction when choosing among other options.

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2016

Modo Mio food is always surprisingly good. Location is "cowntown Pacifica Palisades" and parking very convenient. Value is excellent. Relaxed atmosphere and Very comfortable.

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2016

The hostess a female brown hair was really rude. It's like we were bothering her to seat us. Then later on in the night we asked her something and again was really snippy. But we had a fabulous waiter and busboy. Food was good not amazing but worth the price. Very quiet so we could enjoy our friends.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2016

Always perfect service and food. Love the Dover sole!!!!

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2.0Dined on December 4, 2016

This was probably an off night for this restaurant, as we had dined there before.
On Sunday, my entrée was cold (it was one I had ordered previously, so I know what it should be like).
We had to ask the waiter for plates for our shared appetizer--grilled vegetables. He was not real happy to provide them.
Dishes at our table were not picked up.

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4.0Dined on November 19, 2016

Modo Mio is a friendly neighborhood gem with delicious Northern Italian cuisine. Great pastas, delicious meat dishes like chicken Milanese, scottadito (lamb chops) and fish like Branzino. The room is cozy and feels like a country home. A lovely choice for friends and family

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2016

The food was very. The help was accomdating. It is convenient for parking near the elevator. I had banana squash soup that was excellent. The staff was very accommodating and helpful.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2016

Modo Mio has always been our family s favorite place in The Palisades.
Though it changed ownership several years ago the quality of the food,the atmosphere and the staff make it very enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2016

Love Modo MIo. Dependable and delicious. Great for special occasions or if simply if you want a great meal with service.

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2016

Delicious food with a lovely ambience. We love Modo Mio.

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4.0Dined on October 20, 2016

Neighborhood gem. Our waiter, Sean, was very attentive and made good recommendations regarding the menu items and specials.

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4.0Dined on September 26, 2016

Wonderful neighborhood spot

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5.0Dined on September 21, 2016

Food, service selections all excellent. we live in Ventura county and always eat at Modo Mio when we are in the area. Sept. 21 we dined here after taking out of town friends to the Getty Villa. Perfect end to a wonderful day!

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4.0Dined on September 4, 2016

Our third visit (we live 6,000 miles away, otherwise we would go more often) to this nice Italian restaurant in Pacific Palisades. Still as good as 2 and 4 years ago. Can't wait to return (2018?).

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2016

Excellent service. Try the salads, fish and lamb chops.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2016

Good service, good food and you can HEAR!
Love the chicken diavolo.

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3.0Dined on July 16, 2016

We go here frequently and it is usually fabulous but tonight our entrees seemed "off". I hope they didn't lose their chef.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2016

Great as always!!!!!

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2016

My friend and I started our meal by sharing one of the pasta entrees - it was excellent - pasta was very good and sauce was excellent. Our main entrees were very good and reasoanably priced. I really don't think anyone will be disappointed by Modo Mio.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2016

Very good italian food, including enticing specials & wide variety of wines. Several specials to consider, many of them uniquely appealing, such as mixed greens salad with various fruits, small chunks of chicken & a perfect lemony dressing. Grilled veal chop always perfect, & their special grilled lamb chops were perfectly seasoned & cooked -- just the right touch of pink.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2016

Reservations were honored and we enjoyed the evening very much. Great that there was no corkage. More restaurants should do this

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Charming ambiance, varied and delicious menu choices, and excellent service.
You'll want to return.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2015

We were looking for a casual Italian restaurant with good authentic Italian food in a nice comfortable atmosphere, with good service and at a reasonable value. We found all of that at Modo Mio. We drove 8 mins out of the Santa Monica craziness to arrive at a quiet street in Pacific Palisades with easy parking and walked upstairs to the second floor into a restaurant in a bank building. The restaurant is on the small side and was packed when we arrived at 7pm. It appeared to be a nice casual restaurant (a tendency toward a notably older crowd (70+), along with a few families like ourselves). Although it is a casual restaurant, it still quite nice with white table cloths and the feel that you were there for a nice dinner out and not just grabbing a quick meal. Bread basket served with butter was simple, but good, and they were happy to refill as they were crowded and so we waited a bit for our server. Given our wait (which really wasn't all that bad) they brought us a plate of complimentary sauteed mushrooms between our salads and dinner. Our server was clearly very busy, but he was also very pleasant when he was at our table. We all enjoyed our main dishes - 2 got chicken and 3 different pasta dishes. We all also agreed we'd found a great Italian neighborhood restaurant and we will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2015

Had a wonderful lunch meeting Lon time friends...thank you

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2015

The food is fantastic - smells and tastes like real italian dishes. Best italian dining in LA so far

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4.0Dined on October 24, 2015

Reservations were honored even though we were late getting there. The service was ok and the food was good. We felt however that we should have been told in advance how the Lambchops were going to be prepared. Several people were very disappointed.
I was told that they would accept separate checks as there were four couples. That was not the case. Three couples ordered wine. The fourth couple insisted on a separate check which they got as they did not drink.
Three couples split the bill.

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5.0Dined on September 26, 2015

My wife and I have lived in Pacific Palisades for over 11 years and I can't believe we waited this long to try this fantastic local restaurant right in the heart of the village. Needless to say, it won't be nearly that long before we return with our children and other family and friends to mark special celebration or any other occasion worthy of great food, service and setting.

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