Powered By OpenTable: Restaurant Reservations. Right this way.
Restaurant Reservations - Free • Instant • Confirmed
  • Far Niente Ristorante

  • Online Reservations

Far Niente Ristorante
Far Niente Ristorante

Far Niente Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.farnienteglendale.com
  • Email: kevin@kerestaurantmgmtgroup.com
  • Phone: (818) 242-3835
  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday: 11:30am-9:30pm
    Friday: 11:30am-10pm
    Saturday: 5pm-10pm
    Sunday: 5pm-9pm
  • 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
Foodspotting photos
See all photos >
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "The food is so good that my misson will be to try everything in the menu. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Excellent food and wine. Can't beat it. Neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Excellent experience, highly recommend Far Niente."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "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
  • "Food was amazing and the service was great. I highly recommend Far Niente."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "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
  • "We met some friends for dinner and were seated in a big booth! The food was great and we enjoyed our time hanging out and chatting. Will be back!"
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "Wow! This place is fantastic. Great food, wine and bar scene."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "the restaurant is a long time classic with wonderful dinning experience."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "Standard Italian fare - friendly attentive service - nothing, however, to "write home about" nor to sample again"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We always go for our specoal occasions we have been dining at Far Niente for years for our Christmas Eve dinner its always festive and always consistently good. We recommend it to all our friends!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "This place used to be great - so disappointing! We waiting an hour and 20 minutes for our food- other people left."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "It took and hour and ten minutes to serve a party of five.......do I need to say more"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Everything was truly 5 star from the entire staff to the food. I would highly recommend this for an excellent dining experience."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Far Niente has the whole package - good food, good service, nice ambience. Wine list is nice but they also have a reasonable corkage fee and great wine service. Food is also all wine friendly so those who love a great pairing have to go. It is great to have a high quality restaurant that is also open with long hours for lunch. Is is an added bonus."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "I only come to town once a year and I make sure I have one stop here for dinner. Everyone in my family love it too. Service was excellent, special requests were just fine (splitting) and as usual the food was amazing! Thank You"
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "A good choice for a large party of 14 to celebrate a birthday....no corkage fee too which is nice...food good to very good, service good."
    Dined on 9/10/2013
  • "The food was great, but what impressed me most was the attentive service. Better than many high priced restaurants we have been to!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Good service and food still make this a pleasing neighborhood restaurant."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "First time back in many years. Everyone's order was very good. Some things we ordered were excellent and other things were fair. Minestrone soup was one of the best I have had anywhere. My wife loved her salad. Our friends enjoyed their pasta and chicken dishes. My pasta with oil and garlic was good but the shrimp and lobster in it was poor quality or very overcooked. Service was good and bad. Nice and attentive most of the time but they took a long time to take orders and food took awhile. Dessert fair. Prices are reasonable. I would recommend and go back once bit a while"
    Dined on 11/2/2013