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Il Fornaio - Manhattan Beach
Il Fornaio - Manhattan Beach
  • Address:
    1800 Rosecrans Ave.
    Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
    Neighborhood:
    Manhattan Beach / Hermosa Beach
  • Cuisine:
    Italian
    Price: $30 and under

Il Fornaio - Manhattan Beach Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilfornaio.com
  • Phone: (310) 725-9555
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 3:00pm; Saturday - Sunday, 11:00am - 3:00pm. Dinner: Sunday - Thursday, 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday, 3:00pm - 11:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Vicente Mendoza
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering menu and banquet menu are available for events with Manhattan Beach and El Segundo areas.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Aviation Blvd.
  • Public Transit: Blue Line
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Convenient parking is available outside restaurant in public free lot.
A word from Il Fornaio - Manhattan Beach
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. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Three of us ate dinner here and we all were disappointed with our meals. There are so many excellent restaurants in LA but this is not one of them. My only recommendation is to keep searching and avoid this chain."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Who knew an Italian chicken curry dish could be so good. My wife and I both ordered it from the regional menu and thought it was delicious. We look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Food was okay and service was okay. Nothing to rave about. It's a good place to go if you are going on a big group. The restaurant itself looks nice."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We visit here every two months. the free corkage for month of July was great.."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I love the ambience and food. We get a kick out of the passport program. Keeps us coming back. The food was great for all 5 of us. Service always good and quick. We will be back in a couple of weeks. It was my birthday, so that was nice. Table was ready when we got there. Appetizers came fast. Salmon was burnt, but they brought another one fairly quickly. Lovely evening."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I come to this restaurant whenever I am in the area. It is always good authentic Italian food."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Very happy with our meal and great friendly attentive service. Clean and well appointed surroundings."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We had the regional menu, which started with a nice light tomato based soup, followed by curry chicken, baked cod and a risotto (among three people). All of it was very good and some leftovers were taken home. The dessert as a peach, mascarpone and amaretto gelato concoction, wich is one of my favorites here."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The carpaccio, Cristina pizza, and Linguine Mare Chiaro were delicious! We love the Zabaione! However we were very disappointed with the Pollo Toscano. This pollo was dry and not very tasty. The $4.99 chicken at Costco is so much better. Also disappointed that the Piatto Smeralda isn't served for dinner."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Just drove into manhattan beach, calif and driving around looking for dining spots and beach locations. Saw this restaurant, thought Italian sounded good, was close to our hotel so went on line to view menu and read reviews. Recent reviews were nothing what we experienced. Service was superb, extensive wine list, food wasn't your typical pasta and spaghetti entrees. Overall, very impressed. If this is a chain, please come to Tulsa."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Food was good, however service was horrible. Once seated, our server never came and had to ask manager to find him. Had to ask for our bill twice and when it came we received 2, ours and someone elses and to make matters worse, paid our bill and server short changed us - Must say, the bus personnel should be given recognition as they were very attentive to our needs, i.e., water, bread and taking away unwanted plates quickly. Bartender was good as well - we should have stayed in the bar to have our dinner!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "2 ladies celebrating their Birthdays at Brunch! Pleasant service, but delivery of food was disjointed - it didn't all arrive together. The toast under the Eggs Benedict was so stale it couldn.t be cut w/ a knife or teeth. We had to flag down Server and ask to see Desert Menu. Once we made our choice, he then told us we were entitled to a different selection since it was our Birthdays. I had specifically e-mailed ahead to let the Restaurant know it was both our Birthdays. Someone didn't read it, I guess. The cannoli, however, was very yummy."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Yes, it is a chain. But, the food is very good. There is usually something for everyone in a group to enjoy, including many grilled meat or fish entrees. Our group ordered a steak entree, grilled salmon and ravioli and all of the entrees were very good. Ambiance is nice and wine specials were interesting."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I always come in for lunch when meeting up with family. I've been to many different restaurants in the chain and this is my favorite. Sitting outside is so lovely. The food is always wonderfully fresh and excellent quality. I have to say, I love that you've started having calorie counts on your menu. The service is always excellent from the host to the busser to the service staff. I love it here."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Was somewhat disappointed with the lamb chops - tough. First time I ever had a disappointing meal. Can happen every once in awhile. We'll be back. be back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Hubby and I were looking forward to a nice dinner. He ordered rack of lamb and glass of wine and I ordered seafood pasta. He asked waiter if "med rare" was bloody or pink, since he wanted it pink. Waiter told him to order med rare. Both of our dishes came at same time. The lamb was too bloody and had to be sent back. In the meantime, I ate my pasta (which was bland and skimpy on the seafood). By the time my husband's dinner was returned to him, I was almost done with mine. My husband's lamb was tough, so we're not sure how it was recooked, or if it was just tough on its own. We ordered flourless chocolate cake for dessert, which was good. Thought they would have at least comp'd us the dessert. We're not in a hurry to return."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I dined with my team of 3 people and had the beef carpaccio - excellent with plenty of shaved reggio-parmisano and capers with the right amount of olive oil and arugula; the Penne Alla Vodka dish was delicious - not too much sauce and the pasta definitely home-made - could have had a little more sauce as the bread was delicious....portion was small given it was my entree but I was able to finish all and did not feel hungry - desserts were plentiful with a large variety of chocolate, pflan's, and delicious bread pudding.....wine list is great as they had the Duckhorn Decoy zinfandel and Rombauer cab. Would go back again and do a "specialty entree" - salmon looked good as it was "wild""
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Love coming here, service is always great. Food is fresh."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Il Fornaio i s lovely inside and the food is excellent- lots of creativity and flavors. You can watch the chefs prepare the food. Prices are right on for portion sizes"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Consistently good food; great service; accommodating; good drinks. Il Fornaio is one of my favorite restaurants for any occasion."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I go to this location about every six to eight weeks. The last two times I've been pleasantly surprised with the food. It's been tasty and well prepared. The service is generally good. This last time, however, the risotto with shrimp, not so good. The risotto was not cooked through. it was hard. There was a thick slice of garlic I bit into -- not a pleasant experience either. It too was hard. The shrimp were very small. The service was spotty. Had to call the server over three times. We felt neglected and forgotten. How did the gelatto dessert come ten minutes after everyone else's dessert? Is it not already made? Scoop it into a pretty bowl, right? Odd evening."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We had a group of 8 and the food was excellent and the service superb. The family all commented on how impressed they were. We will be back!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We were running late out of a meeting therefore arriving 15 minutes late for our reservation. The wait staff seemed hurried to wait the table. They weren't careful in removing the plates from the table and splashed food on the front of my dining companion's shirt. They just dropped the bread on the table. We got the feeling that they weren't happy that they had to wait on us. Not likely to return."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • " This location is our favorite restaurant. We like to experience the cuisine of all the regions of Italy, not just the tomato and pasta kind. Servers are attentive and offer advice on the menu choices and combinations."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Excellent spot for business lunch busy, reasonable in price and great business ambiance"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Our water was brought in glasses just out of the dishwasher so the glass was hot. As a result, the water was warm. The waitress couldn't figure that out? I loved my spaghetti Bolognaise. The pasta was perfectly cooked and it was nicely sauced. It was a really good dish and I will come back for it. Seems simple but many places can't make al dente pasta or sauce it correctly"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I love the outdoor eating area as it was a beautiful day-the food was great, came out in a timely manner and the waitress was enthusiastic and definitely presented the menu well."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We were all in awe of how good the food was and how well presented it was. My husband wanted Italian for Fathers Day and had picked a pizza place. I said we had to do better than that for a special occasion. Il Fornaio fit the bill and even had pizza had we wanted it. We will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We always have a great meal and a nice time at Il Fornaio. The food is consistently great. Good service, good ambiance."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I do not eat lamb chops very often these days but I am so glad I ordered the ones on the Sicilian regional menu. They were fantastic. The wine was also wonderful. It was the blend of Nero d'Avolo and Frappato. Both the chops and this wine should be made part of the regular menus. I look forward to our next visit, which will be in less than two weeks."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The food, service and wine list was excellent. Our waiter accommodated us to another table when asked after we realized we were too close to a busy walkway. We definitely will be back again...I think lunch here would be a fun place too. I especailly liked that I could order gluten free pasta...great!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We love Il Fornaio. What is most noteable is every location makes you feel special and the food is always outstanding. Always a GREAT EXPERIENCE Great value for the $$$$$$"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "FIRST TIME WE MEET THE CHEF AND HE TOOK GOOD CARE OF US, THE FOOD WAS REALLY REALY GOOD BUT THE SECOND TIME IT WAS OK BUT IT COULD BE BETTER, I ORDERED SAME PLATE I HAD FIRST TIME BUT THIS TIME WAS NOT DONE GOOD SALTY SMALL SEASHELL ( SHRIMP - CLAMS) PLATE WASN'T LOOKING FRESH. I WILL GIVE IT ANOTHER TRY I THINK IT WAS END OF THE NIGHT AND QUALITY CONTROL WASN''T THERE."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The service was fair to good. Water glasses were not refilled. Food was average. Ambiance is good. Waiter was pleasant and helpful when we had his attention . Bus boy had to repeatedly asked for water."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Always great food and atmosphere. Service was awesome!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The Regional Menus are always a hit, and have very good items on them. They always have good seafood risottos, the lamb (when offered) is excellent and the desserts are great. They have the best tiramisu I have had, and the panna cotto is large and yummy."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We've been to this restaurant multiple times for many different occasions, including very special occasions all the way to a casual dinner, etc. We had a large group this time, with lots of different arrival times (unplanned) and the waiter couldn't have been more accommodating. Il Fornaio is THE place to go."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Always go monthly for the regional food offering. The "Sicily" offering was OK....not one of their best. Unfortunately, I am finding that I do not go to Il Fornio any longer for anything other than their regional dinners as there are so many other Italian restaurants out there in the South Bay area....and I used to go for dinners there before I discovered the regional thing."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Il Fornaio is a wonderful dining event. Before my wife and I got married we would always go there on dates. It is always fun to go back and have an anniversary there. The food is always great and the noise level always you to talk but is not boring. The meal (it doesn't matter what you choose, it's always amazing) and the dessert were great. Our server was always around but in a way that doesn't bother you from having a nice conversation. Yummy is all I can say."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "food is average, pizza cristina was flat not much taste. Tin Roof pizza so much better. Crust nothing spectacular for an Italian restaurant."
    Dined on 5/22/2014