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Mangia Bene Cucina

4.6
303 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.

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What 303 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.3
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4.4
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Location was in a strip mall. Food was just ok. Overpriced for quality.

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OGClan
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve enjoyed Mangia Bene since it first opened, when I lived in the area. It’s still my favorite Italian restaurant & I constantly refer my friends... just the best!

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JeffreyH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here on a Saturday evening, had reservation, waiting 5-10 minutes as they were packed. However, service and food were really good and worth the wait. Highly recommend.

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MilesF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice servers and food is always very tasty.

FJ
vipFoodieJoy
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We come back to the bar @ Mangia Benne b/c we love Catherine! It was okay- but always enjoy our fave bartender, Miss Catherine! Their pizza is actually pretty good! It was a bit noisy for date night as we made the most or evening out/-)

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viplpzirb
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mangia Bene never disappoints, whether it's date night or family dinner out. Had a reservation and were seated promptly and service and food was excellent, as always. Will keep coming back!

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njoy
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Neither the lemon drop martini nor the chocolate cake were the best. But veal picatta and linguini and meatballs were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Service is horrible!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat in the bar (booth for two). Great service. Food was prepared well and within a reasonable time.

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bobjoyce
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

suggested menu options were terrific. Service was friendly, engaging and attentive. Our meals were exceptional. Only down sides were the garlic toast seemed only to be toasted on one side and my wife would not let me order the decadent desserts as I had reached my calorie quota. RDS

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buttercup
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated immediately, to an inside table as requested.
Our server greeted us right away and was very attentive .
The food is always amazingly consistent.
Very good , the pasta, salads and bread - spot on.
Our favorite Italian restaurant , always makes us smile !

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vipCaligirl
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been eating here for years. Good service, great food, and the bread is to die for.

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VeronicaS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

We have been loyal customers of this restaurant for years. It is usually great food with good service. Tonight they made us wait 20 minutes for our reservation. The server came to our table 15 min. after we were seated. When the food finally arrived, 1 hour past our reservation, my husband's entree was cold and they got my order wrong. The server not only didn't apologize, she accused me of placing the wrong order. We waited another 15 min for my food to arrive and finally gave up. We told our complaint to the manager who was rude and unapologetic. He then accused my husband of being a constant complainer. We told him we have NEVER complained before! We also let him know that, not only are we loyal patrons, but we supported their restaurant during the forced shut down in 2020 because we wanted to aid local businesses. I also told him that I use Yelp to give reviews. His instant reply was, go ahead post what you want. I informed him that I have always given them 5 stars and rave reviews. In no way did we deserve to be treated with such disrespect because for the first time we pointed out that they totally dropped the ball. DO NOT SPEND YOUR TIME AND HARD EARNED MONEY ON THIS PLACE! The management doesn't appreciate or want your business. After 13 years of faithful patronage we will never return.

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MarkJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Mangia Bene was excellent. The bruschetta is incredible and so is the lasagna

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PamK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mangia Bene never disappoints! Everyone is welcome and the food & service are excellent!

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Kalena
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an awesome place to relax and eat the most delicious food with excellent and attentive service from all who work there. Try NOT to eat too much of their am amazing complimentary garlic toast, it’s to die for!!! You need to save room for their amazing dishes. Love love love this place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was very accommodating. Food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The waiter didnt write down our order and my meal was completely wrong so my wife had to start and finish eating by herself while waiting for my meal to be prepared. We only visit OC occasionally now and we were quite disappointed that the service ended up being way less than expected. Katherine was wonderful with the bar service however...

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day brunch was fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The waiter was amazing, the blue cheese and pear salad incredible, and the pasta with smoked salmon also a winner. Everything else we had at our table was mediocre. Bland.

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JulieM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fun restaurant to frequent. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is lively and the service was outstanding. I would highly recommend it.

JM
JMcG
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and delicious. Steak salad, pear salad + grilled chicken and salmon lunch special. Salmon had a sauce with chunks of scallops and shrimp. Delicious!!! Have been enjoying Mangia Bene for decades. ❤

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Tafa
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good. Service was sub par.

DC
DrCJMc
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always outstanding service. Food is delicious and fresh. A local gem.

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vipRobW
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Look forward to returning again

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birds2watch
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and delightful waiter who is informative and brings requests promptly and with a smile behind a mask. Food is excellent and Calimari Salad over the top. We like to bring friends here as they have never been and are wowed by the experience...

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jenca
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Only complaint, I usually order pasta with read sauce. Decided to mix it up a bit and try a white sauce. Flavor was fine, but the pasta was drowning in sauce. Please use less, still tons of flavor without the goop.

MB is always a great value and good service.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enough food to feed an army. Rich and delicious.

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PeterD
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had birthday dinner with the family. Food and service was great while dealing with California COVID rules.

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vipJordo
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Loved it all!

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vipJmack
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Great food and price!

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Sgreen
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Sat on patio. Seated immediately with reservations. Service was fast. Food was really good. Seafood risotto was excellent!!

MG
vipMichaelG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was slow.

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SanClementean
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food was outstanding.. We'll be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal. Always on point with service and food. Never had a bad experience when we have gone. The food is always tasty and hot.

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vippatrickz
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alway's Enjoy dining at the Manga, good food-drinks, staff very friendly!!

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GaryM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They served delicious garlic bread to every table. The entrees were generously proportioned. We had enough to enjoy a second meal from our leftovers the following night. Although our entrees were both tasty, they were over-sauced, to the point that it was almost a soup with pasta in it. We brought it to our waiter's attention and he was going to call the manager, but we were enjoying the meal and said please don't bother him. Perhaps a little less sauce on the entrees next time. The Caesar salad was good and the bruschetta too. We also enjoyed the house chianti.

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vipOCRick
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice surprise! Hadn't heard of them until looking for a new place on OpenTable. Will be returning again soon! Food is great!!

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TeresaS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious Italian food. Try the scampi limone or any of their pasta dishes.

JD
JoyceD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience2

We enjoyed our experience and the service was fabulous. it was quite noisy.. not a big deal. The food was excellent, although my husband was not quite as enthusiastic about his meal as I was. We will definitely go there again. Oh and the free Birthday dessert was Amazing.

FAQs

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

Mangia Bene Cucina is rated 4.6 stars by 303 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 bookings at the moment.