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Il Fornaio - Irvine
Il Fornaio - Irvine

Il Fornaio - Irvine Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilfornaio.com
  • Phone: (949) 261-1444
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday, 11:30am - 4:00pm. Sunday, closed. Dinner: Monday - Thursday, 4:00pm - 10:00pm. Friday - Saturday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jeff Burt
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering available for business, personal or holiday events. Please call the Event Coordinator to arrange.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Michelson
  • Public Transit: Orange County Transit
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary self-parking or valet validated at restaurant.
A word from Il Fornaio - Irvine
Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. Early mornings bring rustic, crisp crusted bread hot from the oven accompanied by the scent of fresh brewed espresso. During lunch and dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while meats and vegetables roast over hot coals. Bottles of wine from small, regional wineries are uncorked to complement the dishes, which have been crafted in the custom of Italy's chefs, bakers and homemakers. Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We have eaten here many times and our experiences have been lovely... sometimes the food is exquisite. This time we were disappointed. The server was a little off, the food was greasy and cold, and there was a lot of push to upsell, from the moment we sat down through dessert. We'll go again just to see if this one time was a fluke, but can't recommend right now."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Service was excellent, food was terrific. Will come again. Went later on in the day around 730 on a friday and it wasn't packed at all."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Good food and décor but the meal was almost ruined by slow inattentive service. The server seemed to be everywhere but at our table."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Went to Il Fornaio with my wife and two kids (age 17 & 10). Had a great time. Service was attentive but not disruptive, good suggestions on food and drink. We ate in the ceter of the restaurant which has a dome that can be retracted in warm wether. It was a very nice touch."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Average Chain Restaurant. Looking for 50 character but it was average"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "My parents introduced Il Fornaio to me years ago. Although they've retired back east, it's still their all time favorite. It's also a standard favorite for me. Everything is "just right" here from the food to the warm atmosphere. I would highly recommend Il Fornaio to anyone. One stop and you'll clearly understand why this place has enjoyed it longevity in our community."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We came here for a business lunch recently. Service was okay not as attentive as I remember it to be. Had to ask for water/tea refills. Caprese salad always a big hit. Tried a shell and chicken pasta with broccoli and sundried tomatoes. It had a very strong flavor in a somewhat almost chinese like flavored sauce. I would not order again. Prices are a bit high and would not run back for lunch."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Fantastic, polite, attentive, cheerful service staff. Food beautifully presented, fresh, full of flavor."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Wonderful environment with reasonalbly priced dishes. Food is amazing. Highly recommend for couples, groups and buisness gatherings."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We tried the venetian tasting menu for dinner last friday. Very good. They also had a special no corcage fee which we appreciated as well. The weather was great and we sat outside and had a great dinner with our friends."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Very authentic Italian. pasta is made from scratch.Kinda noisey. I love the fresh fish entrees. I frequent this establishment often and highly reccomend it to any one."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We had a business meeting at Il Fornaio and it was wonderful. Great service and delicious food. The waiter was thoughtful of the fact that we were conducting business and didn't intrude during conversations. Our guests enjoyed the meal and overall vibe of the restaurant. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We loved our lunch at Il Fornaio this past Sunday. I have enjoyed dining at Il Fornaio since I first found it in Berkeley, many many years ago. We often go to this location and enjoy it every time. Not only do they have wonderful bread, pasta, and pizza, the salads are delicious. I have never felt rushed there. The staff is warm and friendly, and they make you feel like you are having a beautiful, leisurely lunch with your Italian family."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We needed a relatively quiet table so we could hear one another and not disturb others. We were provided with that location and received efficient service that also respected our privacy and process. We found it an excellent restaurant to enjoy the ambiance and food while carrying on our discussion."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food was great, esp calamari and petrale sole. We had a great time celebrating with our 13 year old:-)"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This is a wonderful restaurant with authentic Italian food. During special occasions, such as our anniversary we set up reservations. We love to go to lunch or dinner here. Whenever my husband has business lunches, he picks this restaurant whenever possible. There is so much available for the private parties or a casual lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I went there had the Carpaccio the Agnello alla Scottadito and the sampler dessert, great!! also the service nice and easy going."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Il Fornaio was the dinner venue selected by our Japanese customers. Though they enjoyed the evening, an excellent impression was lost of the bustle and noise close to the kitchen."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "From the wine list to the main course, we enjoyed our visit. Great service. Wonderful location and an outdoor patio."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "This was a meal to forget before you even finished. The bread in the basket was lukewarm and rubbery. The fish linguini was so tasteless I had to add some olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper trying to spice it up a little bit. My wife's bronzino was so dry that I doubt it has ever been in the water. They gave us a complimentary tiramisu wich was a nice touch but unfortunately that too was dry and tasteless. A father's day to forget."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We have enjoyed Il Fornaio many times in the past, but had a particularly disappointing experience last Saturday night. We were seated near the kitchen, even though many tables were empty. Some of the dishes were quite tasty (e.g., the lentil soup), but something we ate from the Sicilian menu was much too garlicky. My husband, who usually does not notice garlic, complained about lingering garlic taste. Service was slow and indifferent. We waited a very long time to place our orders and even longer to receive the bill."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "great food, prompt, friendly service. cant wait to go back. only one problem. some server keep speeding up & down the isles with a big cart full of customers dinners. with that giant cart, there is only about 12 inched between your table and the cart. And, let me tell you, this guy is RUNNING!!! up and down the isles with this thing. don't stick your foot out from under your table or will be run over!!!...and if you want to get up out of your seat you better sent up a signal!!!!because you WILL BE MOWED DOWN!!! someone needs to address this problem. while we sat at our table, he passed us at least 4 times at a full run OH! the desert cart, which is smaller and much more professionaly handled otherwise, everything was GREAT!!!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We played bocci ball with a glass of wine, while munching on pizza, before dinner. It was a lot of fun."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Had dinner before we went to a concert. The setting was beautiful and the food was very good. I would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Don't think there's a more consistent and delicious Italian restaurant in OC. Always a pleasant surprise on the regionale menu (served for the first couple of weeks of the month), with direct-import items from the Italian culinary region of monthly focus. Staff is also consistently terrific and friendly."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We were a group of six women with a few requests, and Chris was one of the best servers we've had at Il Fornaio. We loved the quiet and less crowded outdoor patio. The food was very good to celebrate Sicily. We all walked away with a beautiful hand-painted ceramic dish with a Sicilian scene. The artisan cocktail was also delish and we love the breadsticks in the bar."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Our family enjoyed a lovely dinner of pasta, salad and drinks. Everything was cooked perfectly, the servers were pleasant and friendly and it made for a great evening out. We will return."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Let's keep this place quiet! It has wonderful food, great service, classes, drawings and you can get reservations. If word gets out, no more reservations!! It is a favorite!!!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "How many restaurants last more than a handful of years? The longevity of Il Fornaio is a testament to their food, commitment, and family. True traditional Italian cuisine, a nice setting, and an attentive staff makes this a great place for dinner either for a couple or large group. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Enjoyed their special tasting menu of the month with wines from Sicily. It was wonderful! Lovely ambiance and great service. We will definitely return to Il Fornaio!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Okay, I haven't eaten at EVERY Il Fornaio, but this one stands out among a group of restaurants that is consistently high quality. It is the only restaurant I frequent on my 2-3 business trips to Orange County each year. This month features Sicilian cuisine (they feature different regions of Italy on a rotating basis) and it was wonderful. I had the calamari alla griglia con salmoriglo, expecting the usual not-on-your-diet fried rings and was delighted to be served whole *steaks* very lightly breaded, grilled and served on a hot plate. Best ever. My entree was the pasta chi purpetti, ribbon pasta with small veal meatballs and a double side of spinaci alla griglia (passed on the potatoes, gorged on the bread). All a delight!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "My party of three had the Sicilian tasting menu here last week. The food was very good and reminded me of Sicily. The wine flight was also very nicely chosen, with some items I did not know before; it is great that the restaurant offers 1/2 glasses of a number of wines, especially if you are driving."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I love the regional menus each month. The region of Sicily never disappoints. In lieu of the complete tasting menu, I opted just to have a bowl of Spaghetti Mazara with a nice glass of Purato Rosato 2012. Big tender mussels and sweet lobster..... A perfect meal for a warm summer evening. The Artisan Cocktail was a special treat, too. Such a great way to start off the evening. I look forward to the food and fun every month at Il Fornaio. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "A very corporate restaurant, lack of character and charm.good food good service but very superficial"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "IL Fornaio is our go to work lunch place. Great food and variety for all that is easily customized (ie add spinach or chicken to your pasta dish). Great service....free parking/valet with self serve validation. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I should be able to change asparagus with broccli but it didn' happen. Food cam with asperagus. I had to ask for more water. The food was hot and tasty like always. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Always my favorite go to place for a happy evening and good, consistent food. They really take care of you here! A nice glass of wine from the Passoporto list of delicious regional wines, a crisp Il Fornaio salad with shaved Reggiano and slow roasted chicken or grilled salmon. A perfect dinner."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "celebrating a special occasion with a party of 6. the restaurant was packed when we got there with big parties. It was a chilly night, and they walked us outside to a cold patio with two small round tables, (suitable maybe for 4) and wanted us to sit there! We waited for them to scurry around to find where to put us! We ended up sitting at a poor table on the chilly patio with a heater dividing us! it was just a super busy night and way too breezy and cold, inside and outside of this restaurant! Food mediocre. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We came to enjoy a dinner with our daughter and ordered off the regional tasting menu. The soup was delicious, salads were fresh and not over dressed. Daughter had pasta, hubby a chicken/pasta and I had a veggie pasta. We all loved our meals. They were perfectly cooked, seasoned and well presented. We will return."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I am part od a group of five guys, (friends and business associates), that have been going to dinner here about once a month for about (6) years. We have seen several changes in management during that time, as well as some waiter changes. The staff service is consistant in that they are very mindful of your table and often check to see if anything is needed. Several of the staff often recognize us when we are seated and come by to say hello even when we are not at their station... nice touch to make us feel welcomed. Another nice touch is when we are "comped" for corkage. We rotate whose turn it is and always bring a couple of bottles of our own wine. If you have't tried Il Fornaio your are cheating yourself out of a very nice evening."
    Dined on 5/15/2014