Far Niente Ristorante
Far Niente Ristorante

Far Niente Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.farnienteglendale.com/
  • Phone: 8182423835x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday: 11:30am-8:30pm
    Friday: 11:30am-9:30pm
    Saturday: 5pm-9:30pm
    Sunday: Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Luis Ibarra
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Choose from an extensive list of menu options to tailor an event to your unique tastes, or tell us some general guidelines and we'll happy to come up with a customized menu for your approval. Give us a call and let our staff help make your next event unforgettable.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining is available for groups of 25 or more.
  • Private Party Contact: Kevin Berresford 8182423835x
  • Special Events: Both the Restaurant and Bar / Lounge are available for booking special occasions and private events. We love serving private parties large and small, and we and can design special menus by request.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wilson
  • Public Transit: Metro and Bee Line right in front of Restaurant.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: City parking at meters and Glendale city lots. Valet on Friday and Saturday in the back.
A word from Far Niente Ristorante
Opened in 1987, Far Niente remains a Glendale landmark of fine Northern Italian dining. We established a tradition of authentic Italian cuisine served in a warm inviting environment creating a memorable dining experience. Far Niente's high ceilings and Italian atmosphere creates an inviting ambience for casual dining or special occasions. We enjoy working with large parties and designing a custom menu for you. Our Bar-lounge with its open beam ceiling, stonewall, wine barrels, and mahogany bar creates the perfect place to enjoy our all day happy hour featuring $4 well drinks and beer on tap.
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Far Niente Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (25)special occasion (22)fit for foodies (19)good for groups (15)romantic (15)great for lunch (11)notable wine list (10)great for brunch (6)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Nice dinner
    Tyhg
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was excellent with the exception of the garlic bread. Too much garlic and overcoocked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Glendale favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is our go to restaurant when we are in Glendale. We are particular fans of the tortelloni.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum
    MomsnightoutVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I am never disappointed when I dine here. It's delicious and they offer gluten free options!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie44VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great pasta dishes and very attentive service! The pizza bread with herbs and oil is delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good "go to"
    Sold
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    When people can't think of where they want to have dinner, this is mt GoTo restaurant..everyone is happy at the end . Good service, good food!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot. Great food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food was delicious and the service outstanding. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food; amazing service
    hungryTink
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We went here because of their no corkage fee, but we were truly impressed with their staff and tasty dishes. Amazing service and professionalism. The lasagna and shrimp scampi alone are worth going back for. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Loved the restaurant, food and the service. What else can I say?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Balletgirl
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This used to be one of the best Italian restaurants in LA, but sadly no longer. After new management, the menu has become much abbreviated, the specials lamost non-existent and the warm and welcoming atmosphere is gone. While the recipes may be the same, something intangible is missing. And I miss the old Far Niente.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Has gone downhill under new owners
    Twodawgzz
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    While we were told the same chefs are in the kitchen, first experience there under new ownership/management was disappointing. One person in our party sent back a plate of oysters on the half shell after eating one that didn't taste right. Then another in our party sent back a rib eye steak that was completely overcooked and was supposed to be medium rare. Staff was very apologetic, etc., but I doubt that we will be going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just delicious
    Babycakes84VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Delicious food, and lovely ambience. Servers are good, but not necessarily consistent, but we were there on a very busy night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Daisy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Good service, fine food. We made the mistake of dining there during the car show, though, so the ambiance and noise level were compromised.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • "Kelly's Komments"
    KellyVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Good value. All except one food item were very good. Very good match of wine with food. The switch of wines from printed menu was a smart move. Wine reps were very knowledgeable and spent the proper amount of time at our table. Very good service without overbearing. Timing of courses was very good...no feeling of being rushed or being forgotten.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GrannySchu
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had an excellent meal and great service. The lemon sauce that accompanied the calimari was outstanding! We put in on everything.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find!
    Haruko
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This was a great find. The bread they bring to the table is unique and delicious. Good value for the quality of food as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wayneVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Went with a group of 7 on a Friday night. Surprisingly the restaurant was not full. Good wine selection. Service was a bit rough around the edges with salad plates coming on top or starters and mains quickly thereafter. Rushed food delivery which is not the sign of a well managed kitchen. Clearing plates while others were still eating mains--another no-no. Wide ranging menu. Veal marsala was OK, lacking flavor, could use more seasoning. Pasta tortelloni with veal and chicken was good but meat sauce was overbearing. Lobster bisque and escargot were very good as was chocolate soufle for dessert. Overal, average mains. I would think there are many other restaurants to try in the area.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lou1974
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    It was the best dinner I've had in long time! The appitieziers, wine, the main dinner and the dessert just top it! If didn't have to pick-up my son Friday night, I know that myself and firends would have closed the restaurant that evenving!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Bosco
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We had a gift certificate that was from 2008 and with the previous owners, so we were thinking that they might not honor it. They said that they would be happy to do so. The staff are very friendly and attentive. The food was excellent, even down to the salad being tossed perfectly. The prices are very reasonable. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 249 reviews are from the Far Niente Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Good food and a great time.
    LinnD
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We enjoyed this restaurant and I appreciated the fact they offered gluten-free pasta. The dessert we had was AMAZING. We inhaled it. :) (I cannot remember the name of it)
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still OK
    BrooklynVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Not nearly as good as it was under original ownership and management, but still on of top Italian venues in Glendale area.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Going downhill fast
    dfsutton
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Since this formerly-great local Italian recently changed hands, it is entered into a nosedive. The new owner made the bad mistake of laying off the former waitpeople and bringing in imperfectly trained replacements evidently hired off the sidewalk. It is now managed by a couple of young ladies who seem neither to know or care what is going on around them. And, while the former menu has been retained, the quality of some of their dishes is noticeably slipping. If the new owner doesn't soon wake up to the fact he has a serious problem on his hands, he's going to start losing his regular customers and he's going to find it difficult to replace us with new ones. Above all, he needs to put in a mature and experienced on-site manager.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious meal
    BrendeVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Chose the venue due to proximity to Alex Theater and thrilled with everything about our dining experience. Will definitely return next time attending a concert in the area!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keep coming back for more
    LisapleVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    The food is so good that my misson will be to try everything in the menu.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inviting sophistication
    1Globetrotter
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My 4th visit to Far Niente for an early dinner before show time at the Alex theatre next door. We were seated immediately and the entire experience was friendly, efficient and very delicious. This restaurant is at the top of my list in Glendale-very pleasant!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great before the Alex
    Michael
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    This was a nice choice before our evening at the Alex. Great food, conscientious service, and a romantic precursor to our evening? Who could ask for more?
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would go again
    JanieVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    I like a lot of things about this restaurant - the food wasn't really one of them. That being said, like the restaurant, like the staff, loved our waiter - very attentive. No corkage, big plus. So yes, I would go again, but I would probably split a meal - a plus - the meals are big enough to split!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for pre play diniing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Needed a spot to eat before going to a play, at 5:30 on a Friday night the restaurant was open and ready. Nice quiet dinner, excellent food, nice service, great wine list, easy parking in garage, short walk, very friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    The food, the service, the ambiance are always the best here.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food in Glendale
    BenBuddy
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Two gems occupy the same block in Glendale on Brand Bl.. The Alex Theatre (where we were attending an 8pm movie) and Far Niente restaurant. Full bar, salad included with some entrees, incredible homemade soup and some of the best pasta anywhere ( and yes I've been to and eaten in Italy). Parking is fairly convenient but no valet. No stairs...easy front door. Great service but the kitchen slows down when it is crowded (from our previous visit) so let them know if you have to leave by a certain time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had to go back again!
    LisapleVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    There were so many different items to choose from so I picked something different. The menu item did not disappoint. Phil was our waiter and he was friendly, attentive and recommended some great food items.
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  • Had to go back
    LisapleVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The service was so great last time I just had to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Now a waste of money!!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    This was our favorite restaurant for years! My husband and I met in the restaurant bar 12 years ago. We dined there almost every Friday for 12 years. We spent approximately 5000. a year there. The restaurant was sold and it is no longer the establishment it once was. We've given it several chances, but unfortunately will not be returning. Last Friday was the final straw. We ordered pasta dishes which were lacking in the appropriate amount of sauce. In fact, they were on the dry side. An Italian restaurant should at least be able to master a pasta dish!
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  • What a delight
    pricie88
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    So, I look up a good Italian Restaurant in Glendale because my date lives there. Simple... Far Niente on Zagat says very good. OK... My date loves Bruchettas but it is NOT on the menu - I ask can we get some? Of course the waiter says.. And it was the best I ever ate at a restaurant. Next they bring a pizza like bread (They said Foccacia but different but GREAT). Next the soup.. Hot and delicious.. Next the dinner - she had a White Fish - She said WOW this is great.. So I am sure it was and she ate every morsel. I got the Chicken Picatta and loved every bite. Almost couldn't move as we ate so much. By the way this is the first review I have ever written,. Richard
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still a favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    This place has been a favorite of ours for years. It is my understanding that there is a new owner, so we were a bit apprehensive about unwelcome changes. Everything was great but we do miss the Burrata!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Server JUST DID NOT GET IT!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    My family, had a very important "interview" type meal with a world renowned guest & his wife-total dining party of 6. Food, ambiance, and ancillary service was fine. The server, however, just didn't get fact this was not a casual dining visit w/old friends & kept cracking lame, corny jokes trying to make him the center of attention. We arrived early refused bread service, wine bottle opened & poured, even water poured at the table as we explained we were meeting our guests for the 1st time and we wanted to be polite. Again, the server JUST DID NOT GET the formality of this dinner and kept doing what he was doing to a point of being more than annoying-literally up until we were walking out! MAY return, but will run if I see Phil,the server.
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  • Excellent food and wine. Can't
    hikerVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Excellent food and wine. Can't beat it. Neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience but lousy food
    JRdV
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    No corkage fee made it especially attractive, however the quality of the food will leave you disappointed. Just not up to par!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous Gluten Free Pasta
    Got2BGF
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    I have celiac disease, which means that gluten-free is not just a lifestyle choice. Finding gluten free Italian is always a challenge and it is not often done well. Far Niente is the first Italian restaurant where I was able to fully participate in all the pasta options (except ravioli), and the food was excellent! We had a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian with a French twist
    BandJVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Brrrr it is cold in this place, bring your jacket. Nicely and formally decorated, very nice wine glasses. The bread served was flat bread drizzled with olive oil, it was really tough but tasty. Minestroni soup was the light/thin style made without beans of any kind. The Betty salad was a wedge of iceberg with blue cheese dressing and mushy tomatoes. The Veal tortolini was a large portion with great taste, would definitely order this again. A surprise on the menu was Coc au Vin, a properly made French dish made without the usual white meat in an American version, very tasty, also would order this again. We will be back. One glass of wine, one tea, one salad, one soup and two entrees = $70.00
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent experience, highly
    xmas
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Excellent experience, highly recommend Far Niente.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic