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
49 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)fit for foodies (21)special occasion (19)romantic (15)good for groups (12)notable wine list (10)great for lunch (8)great for brunch (5)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • stilesVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    just an average local Italian restaurant. The minestrone soup was very good as was the apple dessert and the spumoni, but the main dishes of chicken marsala had too much residual alcohol and the veal parm was very thin, dry and not very tasty. We heard it was better recently but was just average years ago and still is. Will not be back
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Zagat to the rescue
    Lola
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were a large party of indeterminate size but the staff was most accommodating. Food was delicious and server was friendly and efficient. A wonderful dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice simple ambience
    fonzi
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Very nice and simple. Yet romantic ambience. Perfect for a nice date.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Italian
    Voltron
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Nothing fancy or creative. Just good hearty Italian food. Prices are reasonable, and ambiance is very "Italian".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Meal
    hikerVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We set in the bar and dined. It was fantastic. Excellent place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Italian Fare
    Lawrence
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Far Niente has the atmosphere, service and food of a local and non-trendy high-quality restaurant, which I found refreshing. I enjoyed a bowl of wonderfully gazpacho followed by a rigatoni dish with roasted eggplant and tomato sauce. The rigatoni was perfectly al dente. I ended with a pan a cotta, which was one of the creamiest I have ever had - even after living in Italy for six years. I dined on a Thursday evening and was practically alone in the restaurant, which is a shame. If in Glendale I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable
    FromLeawoodVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food and service were very good. The waitstaff was attentive, but not always interrupting. A lot of ladies were dining in the restaurant as it was early. Customers were in pairs and large groups and all having a good time. There are a lot of menu choices and the salad and salad dressing is very good. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barb2
    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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 254 reviews are from the Far Niente Ristorante reviews archive.
  • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
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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.
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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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    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
    MichaelVIP
    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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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet