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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
  • "As always the service was impeccable but I ordered the wrong dishes...my bad! Anyway, I will stick with my regular dishes in the future."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The monthly regional tasting menu at Il Fornaio is fabulous. This month's region, Puglia, featured an appetizer, 1st and 2nd course seafood choices. Two of us had all 3 and we were more than delighted with the presentation, preparation, and taste. Two others had the lamb chops, perfectly cooked. Plenty of food. All good. We love the ambience. We opted to eat outside on this visit and it was very quiet and more conducive to conversation. The monthly artisan cocktail was especially good, too. We look forward to our monthly visit and we are never disappointed."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had talked about going here for years and finally did. I had a reservation and when I checked in at the hostess stand, the young lady just said okay. Never said if table was ready, if it would be a few. I finally asked and she kind of ignored me again. Then I said, it has been 30 minutes, I had a reservation why dont I have a table or at least an explanation. She sort of huffed and sat us like she was doing us a favor. I hoped the food would be good at least. Our actual server was terrific but the food was horrible. There was nothing special about it and we simply just will never go back. There are too many other good italian restaurants around with far better service and exceptional food."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "thos was my first time going here and I really liked it. I thought it would be a lot nicer so I tried to dress pretty formal, but when I go there I saw some people with shorts and sandals and others in suits. The food was nice, even though my pasta had maybe a whole garlic in it. My waiter constantly came to check on us, but we didn't have much to say. The dessert menu has a lot of bariety and they explain everything to you in detail. I ended up getting the Bellini sorbet and it was delicious! Dessert was the thing that took the longest to arrive, but it was okay. I got the check from Who I believe was the manager and he validated my ticket also. It was a nice first experience!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Il Fornaio is a great place for lunch, because it is bright, airy, and open. It makes you feel like you are eating outside, but you are inside. A touch of Tuscany with the atmosphere and the food."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "It was Saturday night and we were in Orange County with no reservations. Stopped at a few places that were too crowded. Found our way to Il Fornaio that had plenty of availability. A nice group of servers & employees help to keep this restaurant going. The wine list is weak at best. The menu is not that inviting but what we ordered was good."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We went for a birthday lunch and everyone had a great time. The natural lighting in the dining area was nice, although it was cloudy at times, which made it dramatic when the clouds rolled in. The food was great and the service was also very good."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The food was very tasty , the service outstanding , the food getting to the table was slow,"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Excellent service, free appetizer if you have not dined there before. Food was delicious"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "A person in our party was disappointed with the pizza, and the service felt rushd. The restaurant seems to be short staffed in the evenings."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "My husband and I came here to celebrate an anniversary. We didn't want a big foodie meal nor a big bill at the end, but we wanted something delicious, and we remembered Il Fornaio. I hope we remember it more often. The food and service are always good. We often do the regional dinner when we do go and are content with food and portions. It's easy to forget you are in the middle of an business park because of the way the restaurant is designed."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We love the regional dinners each month. The price is good and the choices are perfect. Plus we get to try new wines. We only wish risotto was part of the tasting every month. Most of them look interesting but not to order an entire dish. We look forward to our visit to Il Fornaio every month starting with a drink at the bar (great Artisan cocktail and bread sticks) and ending with a yummy dessert and gift from the attentive waiter. On to the next region and another great meal and fun evening at Il Fornaio, Irvine."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My firend and I only get together a couple times a year (I'm on the East coast, she is West coast). Our evening was perfect in that the food was tasty and the service was good but not intrusive. The venue is lovely with the open roof to let the beautiful California evening in. We were able to catch up and not feel like we were being hurried. I'd definitley go back."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "The food was fantastic as well as the service. We will definitely be coming back!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My wife loves Il Fornaio as do I. One of the few restaurants where I can order excellent Cioppino."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Service was excellent. Wait staff was courteous and welcoming. Food was good."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I have been dining at Il Fornaio for years and have always been pleased with their resturants - this is a great location and the food was excellent"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant ! Food is great and the service is great as well. Valet parking makes it easy to access and they validate!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had a server (Bradley or Brad) that had only been there 3 days so he was not well versed on wines, menu, etc. Instead of saying he didn't know he kind of made up or guessed when we asked him a couple things. When we questioned him he brought his trainer over to answer for him. I would have prefered it if he said he didn't know and just went to find out instead of "winging it". Also, I asked for decaf espresso but clearly got caffinated - I was up all night :(. All in all the food was good. We will return."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "I reserved this restaurant to celebrate my dear friend's birthday. It was a blast. Service was awesome. Ambience and architectural detail of the restaurant really impressed my dear friend. Of course, food is just impeccable. Delicious and great portion. We had a wonderful time and birthday girl will remember the celebration for a long long time."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Walk past this place 5 times a week to the gym next door. Never judge a book by its cover. Very average all round. Not worried about going back"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The server was very nice, the food was ok. I got the lasagna. I love the dessert."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Have been going here for many years. Service, location and ambiance remain consistent, and very nice. Food quality has gotten very poor. Dishes were greasy and tasteless. The chicken was burnt, and they forgot to put the vegetables on the plate. The pasta was oily, and the fish not very fresh. Needs work."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The service was just outstanding. Our waiter was prompt, knowledgeable and attentive. The food was good, martinis were perfect & the wine was excellent. The only downside was the hostess offered us a horrible table when several empty ones were available by the window--we took the window seats."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Good food, service, and ambiance! Thanks for a wonderful experience! Can feel a little crowded - but it adds to the charm."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great food. Lousy service. TO get around to take orders and get water took the waiter 15 minutes and the restuarant was not even full. Had to rely on other waiters to get water. THis is very atypical of this restuarant, so a bit disappointed as usually their service at lunch times is excellent"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This was not my first time at Il Fornaio, but might be my last. The food was good, but cannot say the she for the service. Our waiter did not go over any specials. I wanted to start with a small salad, he pointed to the menu (salad section) and said "which one?" Also, the buss boy, asked us if we wanted dessert, as he cleared the breads from our table, end of meal. Then our server came with the bill in hand, and asked if we wanted anything else, before dropping the check on the table. I was really disappointed with the service. I don't know if the server was tired or just had an off day. Regardless, I did not have a good experience. This was on the top list when clients are in town."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Service started out great. And went downhill from there order was taking food presented in a reasonable amount of time and then the server disappeared went downhill from there would not recommend this restaurant"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was great and the service was great the only thing that ruined our experience is that we were seated literally five feet from the kitchen where it was loud and people squeezing by the whole time. We were also placed two feet from another table if I wanted I could have reached over and tasted their food. If this was a last minute decision on one of the their busiest nights of the year I guess it would be O.K. BUT I had made reservations almost three weeks in advance and confirmed the day before, they still stuck us in the kitchen and the hostess said " this is all they had available tonight" . Other then our table being close the kitchen the food and service was great."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I love this restaurant, food is amazing they cook it to the perfect. service best ever. high class guests and the whole crew very friendly."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Taking a trip thru Italy on the Passport. We did the 3 course dinner and wine pairing. Food was good, server very friendly and helpful. A great evening out for us."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Had a lovely Valentines Dinner. Salads and pasta were excellent. Cooked perfectly aldente and sauces were flavorful. We were seated in the back room were you walk through the kitchen. These two room s usually host business dinners or partys and were why the noise level was quite. The main dining area is very noisy in comparison."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We always enjoy the prix fixe Festa Regionale; wonderful flavors!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I hadn't been to this chain for quite a few years. I was excited to go back. The bread and appetizer were both tasty, my boyfriends entree was pretty good, but my ravioli was awful, Infact overly dry and bland. I compared it to baby food. I didn't complain because I don't like to, I shared my boyfriends pasta . Maybe I will go back and give it another chance, but I won't be rushing there."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We had a party of eight and were not happy with the initial table setting/location. The manager jumped through hoops to make certain we were completely satisfied. To his credit, he followed up during the meal and afterwards to make certain we were happy with the meal, service, and experience. Delightful evening with excellent service and good food. The rack of lamb special was exceptional and the Gaja Super Tuscan was magnificent."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Il Fornaio is always hit and miss. Tonight's surprise was a hit. Food was good and tasty, service was very well above average and the place was packed. Normally when its crowded the food quality and service takes a noise dive. Good job Il Fornaio will be back next time."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Food was a bit disappointing....nothing special. I looked forward to having canneloni, as I often cannot find it, but this dish was below average."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I threw a luncheon for a few clients and I was thrilled. Everything was perfect. I love the bread!!!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Every time I go to Il Fornaio the food is always excellent and the service has always been top notch! I highly recommend it to anyone that loves Italian food"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "I loved the good food, wine selection, customer service and overall dinning experience. I'm putting this restaurant on my monthly list!"
    Dined on 1/20/2014