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Mangia Bene Cucina

4.7
225 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Located in beautiful Laguna Niguel, CA, Mangia Bene Cucina has been an Orange County landmark since 1991. Our mission is to provide our guests with the best and most memorable dining experience. From our upbeat and vibrant staff, to our original and delicious Italian dishes.

We have a passion for Italian cuisine and with over 25 years of restaurant experience, we are sure to provide you with what we like to call, The Fresh Italian Food Experience.

From serving you daily for lunch and dinner to catering your parties and special events, we welcome your family to our family restaurant.

Support Mangia Bene Cucina during COVID-19

What 225 people are saying
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vipCraigG
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting meal. And awesome service!.

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vipRossanaW
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Super friendly staff.

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vipChicago2Napa
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We are regular customers. The server seem to forget about us as we were outside in a tent. Missed our guest salad and brought it out literally 2 minutes before the meal showed up. Drinks were so so. The regular bartender Kathrine wasn’t there. The drinks proved it. Disappointed in overall experience this time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food. Outstanding!!

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viprh00
Orange County
142 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our dinners were very tasty and our waiter was exceptionally friendly and helpful. The food here is very good and they make you feel at home. Definitely coming back again soon!

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JackieN
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious!!

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LindaA
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our evening - from the food to drink to service!

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JackieN
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious, and they've done a lovely job extending outdoor dining...very comfortable!

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vipcindym
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food not that good especially for the price.

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MarieS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We ate outside where we could hear ourselves talk, which was nice! The food never disappoints and I liked that we could get a Riesling and a Sryah by the glass! Typically the service is better than it was this time, but it is never bad to visit with family and since we weren't in a hurry, it was fine!

DB
DougB
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an exceptional experience on Christmas Eve. I would highly recommend Mangia Bene to anyone that still enjoys a Resturant experience. They provide a safe, clean, delicious food experience that we plan to enjoy again and again!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve with our favorite staff at our favorite restaurant! We love this place!

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viplovetoeat
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the Mangia Bene salad, bbq chicken pizza, and pasta with shrimp. It's always good and the garlic bread is always a fan favorite.

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ScottK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food came out quick and hot. The service was great. They also have outdoor heating which helped at night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local place with awesome Italian dishes. Fantastic service. The lobster ravioli is amazing. Make sure to save room for one of the mouthwatering desserts.

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YvonneP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tables are spaced out and separated with tents - Food is amazing!!! Highly recommend it. Ciao!

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vipCynthia
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A family favorite. Food is consistent and good. Service is awesome! We are trying to support them as much as possible during COVID!!

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Raybro
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food flavor was excellent. Our waitress was Very Good - personable, helpful, even bubbly. Table was nice. Social distancing was almost far enough. Prices were reasonable.

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vipGratF
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the food, but wish they had disposable paper menus given Covid protocols.

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vipXana007
Orlando
46 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience1

This is a perfect example of a restaurant that has benefited greatly from Covid. Huge expansion into the parking lot area and curbside. No thought given on how to set tables apart with heaters and minimizing social distancing. People were coming through without masks and coughing as they walked by your table. The area did not have enough heaters and it was absolutely uncomfortable. The staff was very nice i must say and service was fast. That was the best part. Food was plain bad. The mini toasts they placed at the table were soggy. The pasta with salmon was so filled with cream, that is all you could taste. The stuffed mushrooms had absolutely no flavor. Absolutely not a repeat.

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JanetA
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Inside ding was closed so we sat in the outside patio for dinner. I was initially worried about being cold but they had the overhead heaters, which worked out just fine. I do love the garlic cheese toast they bring out to nibble on while you wait. Service was very good, no complaints there. Food was excellent. They are a bit overpriced but food is yummy, so I pay. My favorites are the Calamari Salad, the Mangia Bene Salad, any of their pizzas and their Lasagna (all about $16-$18 each) The Malbec wine was $11/glass and very good.

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DanielB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service!

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jdv91
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice evening -many tables set up outside with lights and protected from the wind. We really enjoyed the seafood risotto, and desserts.

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MichaelV
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food, excellent service. Gabriel was our waiter, outstanding service!

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vipmangoj
Atlantic City
18 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor dining area was nice and had heaters which was great. There was a bit of a wait due to the limited seating even though we had a reservation, but the staff was very accommodating asking if we wanted some water, bread or a bar drink. The food was good and the server Lucy was very nice and personable. Would definitely recommend this place!

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vipTonyD151
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was excited to try this place for the first time right in my neighborhood. The place is very busy and lively and the food was delicious. Also, there bottles of wine are priced very well. We will definitely be back regularly, as it also has a very nice bar for those nights of just drinks, or apps.

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LindaP
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always... delicious and authentic Italian food, steaming hot, large portions, great service, lovely atmosphere + best ever martini's!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have loved this place for 25 years

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RichL
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Although outside dining is not optimal, but is my safety preference during the pandemic, the server, James, was very professional and pleasant, and enhanced the lunch experience by his sense of humor and prompt and accurate service.

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ChristineR
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was nice, not too loud. Service was quick, efficient and so it needs were met. Food, as always, was delicious. We each ordered something different and we loved them. Looking forward to ordering something new the next time we visit this restaurant.

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EatingB4dashow
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent pasta and service. The server was so knowledgeable, we thought he was the owner. Very attentive and great with suggestions that were NOT the most expensive things on the menu! First time here for most of us and we all will come back. Well done!

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Blarneygal
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Due it being Tuesday and election night, it was quiet inside. Thought my pork chop was a little tough. Love their bread and service was wonderful. We have made this a regular spot since the ownership changed some time back.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We used to come here often over the last 20 years, but since other restaurants opened up we gone a stray. I’m glad we came back here on a Sunday afternoon. The weather was beautiful and we sat outside distanced from other patrons. Freddie, our server, was very nice! He served us cold drinks and brought our food out steaming hot... Yumm! We enjoyed our meals and will definitely return more often. Thank you for a great experience!!

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vipJenniferH
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Mangia Bene since they opened and their food has always been delicious and fantastic! Love our server Steve!

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cam01
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Mangia Bene about 4 times per year and have never been disappointed. The service, food and ambiance are always stellar and we look forward to our visits. The wait staff is friendly and efficient and it seems that many of them have been at the restaurant for quite a while. The manager is usually on the floor greeting customers and helping to serve the tables. This makes the restaurant extra special for us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We had reservations for 7:30. At 7:49 I asked when we would be seated and they acted like they forgot about us. The waitress was not friendly at all. Didn’t say hi, just said what can I get you. Didn’t say enjoy your meal when the food came. Nothing good about the experience except the food was great.

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SeleneM
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from everyone, clean, and amazing food!

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vipchristyh
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, loved the staff and a great surprise find. Wish we lived closer to be able to go again.

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CarrieH
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious meal!!

FAQs

Mangia Bene Cucina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 831-0141.

Mangia Bene Cucina is rated 4.7 stars by 225 OpenTable diners.

Mangia Bene Cucina does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.mangiabenecucina.com/gift-cards.

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.