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Far Niente Ristorante
Far Niente Ristorante

Far Niente Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.farnienteglendale.com
  • Phone: (818) 242-3835
  • 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 (818) 242-3835
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Good service, fine food. We made the mistake of dining there during the car show, though, so the ambiance and noise level were compromised."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We had an excellent meal and great service. The lemon sauce that accompanied the calimari was outstanding! We put in on everything."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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)"
    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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The food is so good that my misson will be to try everything in the menu. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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?"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food, the service, the ambiance are always the best here."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The service was so great last time I just had to go back."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "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"
    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!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Excellent food and wine. Can't beat it. Neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "No corkage fee made it especially attractive, however the quality of the food will leave you disappointed. Just not up to par!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Excellent experience, highly recommend Far Niente."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Food was amazing and the service was great. I highly recommend Far Niente."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "It was a rare rainy night in Glendale so that might have been why the restaurant was almost deserted and very quiet. However, the lack of crowd did not adversely affect either the service or the quality of the food. Bread and olive oil were very good, as were our two pastas, Fettuccine Gamberi E Aragosta and Rigatoni Quattro Formaggi Gratinati. Service was attentive without being intrusive and a fine time was had by all, rain (much needed) not withstanding."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Great menu with good value. No corkage which is a plus plus. We were there for the dineLA event and ordered extra appetizers to check out other items on the menu and were NOT disappointed. They were great. Server was pleasant, knowledgeable and appeared at the right time as needed. I think is a gem and plan to return."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Wow! This place is fantastic. Great food, wine and bar scene."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Enjoyed entire experience at Far Niente and especially Stephanie our waitress. starting with the Greeter at the front door through the entire meal, everyone we encountered was friendly and the food delicious."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Far Niente is just a few steps away from the Alex Theater in Glendale. We had dinner there before a concert by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. The menu, food, and service were very good to outstanding."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We ordered classic pasta dishes: spinach and ricotta ravioli and penne with shrimp and vegetables. They were both delicious.. The Malbec and Chianti wines by the glass also seemed reasonably priced and of good quality. We didn't have dessert but there were ample choices. Far Niente has high standards for service. Everyone was very professional."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "We decided to try out Far Niente because it was participating in the Dine LA program. They provided a solid italian meal, but for the price there are far better options in town. 2 of the 4 people in my party loved their meals but the other 2 didn't like them at all. Of the 3 desserts we had one was fantastic, one was okay and one was bad. If I lived in the area I'd probably give it another try, but it's not worth the 30 minute drive from the Valley where I can find other quality Italian food minutes from my home at similar prices."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Great Italian food. Never order before hearing all the specials. Superb service. Everything is really good. We've been eating there for nearly 25 years and now it's the place for all the family special occasions. We moved away from Glendale but the 70 miles of driving are well worth it."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "For those that like more traditional dining, this is your place. Food and service is of dependable and high quality. Long time favorites stay on the menu but new items and specials keep it interesting. Decor is updated but not trendy. They take and honor reservations. It is unusual to find such a quality restaurant serving lunch, but they do and it is a great option."
    Dined on 1/10/2014