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“Always reliable and tasty!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mangia Bene

Mangia Bene
Ranked #2 of 148 Restaurants in Laguna Niguel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Established in 1991 Mangia Bene Cucina has been a Landmark of Orange County for over 20 years. Although we've gone through some ownership changes, we still maintain the same recipes that have made us a "most" destination for many of South Orange County's residents as well as our new and exciting monthly dishes that are sure to impress you. From the classics like our Homemade Lasagna and Penne Sonato, to our very popular salads, like the Mangia Bene Salad with Grilled Chicken and Seared Ahi Salad, as well as our monthly specials, we are confident you will have a great experience dinning with us. Come see why we've been an Orange County landmark since 1991. Bring your family to our family restaurant and experience Fresh Italian like you never have before
Newport Beach, California
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66 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
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“Always reliable and tasty!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2014

Mangia Bene is our family's hands-down favorite restaurant--not just our favorite italian, but our favorite overall. First, their garlic bread is fresh and powerfully garlicky!! Just the way it should be. The Mangia Bene salad and the Seared Ahi Salad are great: fresh and delicious. Their pastas are exceptional. Our favorites are the Angnolotti Rosati (chicken ravioli) and the Rigatoni Mangia Bene.

Two of their entrees are among my favorites anywhere. They make an incredible roasted salmon (I prefer it with garlic and olive oil only). It's fresh and comes out crispy on the outside and tender and moist within. So good!! When requested, they will happily make the Pollo Porcini, a favorite of mine that's no longer on the menu. Grilled butterflied chicken breasts in a porcini cream sauce that I think they make in heaven. Maybe if enough of us order it, they'll put it back on the menu.

Oh, and if the garlic bread, salads, pastas, and entrees aren't enough, their tiramisu is among the best I've ever had anywhere!

Mangia Bene was once just 5 minutes from our house. We're now an hour away and still go at least monthly. You should too.

  • Visited August 2014
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English first
Orange County
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Italian food with style”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2014

Looking for Comfort food that is gourmet and still tastes like momma made it her self. The place has great service, many of the waiters know your name if you are a frequent visitor. I've been a patron for nearly 24 years. It has changed hands on time a few years ago, yet the staff, chefs are all the same, and so is the taste, style, and enjoyment. If you ever need a shot in the arm of caffeine ask for the sun made tea, it is the best.

Visited June 2014
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Laguna Beach, California
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223 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Bravo! Buon Apetito!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

Real Italian in Laguna Niguel! Every dish we order was delicious. Service fantastic although a little noisy. Great for large groups as the restaurant has bigger tables. In a warm night sitting in the patio is great ~ this helps the noise level. enjoy!

Visited April 2014
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palm springs
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“MANGIA BENE DELIGHT”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

We celebrated two birthdays and the staff was terrific. They helped with the decorations and served the birthday cake.

The food was excellent especially the garlic toast. It is the best in Orange County, we have tried them all!!!!

  • Visited May 2014
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Laguna Niguel, California
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“For Italian Food Lovers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

We were very surprised to find such good food and atmosphere at Mangia Bene! The chicken dish was amazing with fresh ingredients and just the right spice. The presentation was very nice too. We will definitely go back.

  • Visited March 2014
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