Il Fornaio - Manhattan Beach
AmazingWe went there for a graduation dinner, it couldn't have been any more perfect <36/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dinning experience5 Star food and service. We like the monthly regional specialities and make it an evening out. We've been going for about 2 years and average about every other month Excellent atmosphere and reasonable prices make it a great dinning experience.6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday Brunch2 Ladies celebrating their Birthdays together at a lovely Il Fornaio Brunch...Perfect!
Lori, our attentive wait person was on the spot and very cordial. We never felt rushed
or intimidated. Food was great - especially the fresh bread...not to mention the incredible
dessert! Go JUST for coffee and dessert and you will not be sorry!6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was specialWe have been to this restaurant many times but never enjoyed it more. We were greeted upon entering by the chef/owner and the manager, both of whom have gotten to know us. We were then seated at the table with the green tablecloth. All around us were the usual white ones but this is the special chef's guest table. Besides the great food we ordered from both the regional and regular menus, we were treated to a marvelous caprese salad and a great flourless chocolate cake. We had a lovely Barbera with our dinner and all in all it was a special evening. This is definitely our favorite restaurant in the LA area.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMWe love Il Fornaio.....ItWe love Il Fornaio.....It is always our go to place when we need to meet people from the opposite direction.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMSpent a leisurely 2 hoursSpent a leisurely 2 hours for dinner, bidding a friend who was moving farewell. The wait staff was attentive, but not obnoxious. The evening was special.6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMFood, Table, Availability, Parking!The food was exceptional. My previous experience at Il Fornaio was no where near as good as it was this time, but I had only been there for lunch. We sat at a round table with six people which was great because we could talk across to anyone. It was very noisy and it was close to other tables but once I sat down I didn't notice other tables. The noise was mostly restaurant chatter and not plate clatter which I hate. We 4 ordered expensive entres, 2 midrange, 4 appetizers, four cocktails between us, and one bottle of wine, no dessert. The bill came to $330 including tip. Entres were 2 salmon specials, 2 veal scallopine, 1 ravioli, 1 pizza. Made reservations for Friday night on Thursday. Lots of parking.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMFeels like I'm dining in ItalyFeels like I'm dining in Italy every time I eat here. Love this place!5/27/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistently very goodI have had better Italian food, but generally at much more expensive restaurants, and rarely find places with good to very good dishes all across the menu. Breads are especially good. Portions are generous, especially for senior citizens like I am, whose appetites had better decrease with age to keep weight in reasonable bounds!5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMGood dining experience withGood dining experience with my friends. Food from the bar was delicious. Pasta dish was magnificent!5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMGood ItalianThis place was noisy but the food was good and the wine list mall but acceptable. My risotto was lovely though not spectacular. Given the opportunity, I would return.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMalways goodwe had the zucchine paermigiana. then the seafood risotto & baked cod. One thing I always like about this place is the seafood is fresh and perfectly prpared. Always a winner.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellant RestaurantIl Fornaio is always a dining experience. The food, the service, is second to none.5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMMothers' Day GemIl Fornaio-Manhattan Beach is a long time favorite for our family, consistently good food in a big, friendly, comfortable space. The entrees are always good, but the dessert cart is breathtaking. I never tire of the affogato's espresso poured over vanilla gelato and my lovely wife adores the zabaione with its fresh berries and sorbet. Glad it's in our neighborhood. The addition of sea-salt caramel to the list of gelati makes me happy. It's terrific.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMNo FrillsMother's Day was my 2nd time there, I went there for Easter. This is what you ask for when you dine out. Good drinks, seated in timely fashion, knowledgeable waiter, and good food.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGood service and good food.We had a good time and the food tasted great. The wait staff was very helpful and we were well taken care of.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMHad horrible service for theHad horrible service for the 1st time ever at Il Fornio.....the waitress was not attentive and she was also a bit cocky. Only time she ever came to ask if dinner was OK was when she saw a drink glass empty and wanted to add another cocktail to her bill. Love this restaurant but need to continue great service by all.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways goodAlways a pleaure to come here, the service is good, the meal is always fresh and tasty, the pacing of the courses occasionally seems slow, but it'salright becasue it gives time to settle before the next one comes.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMIl Fornaio. Gluten-Free? Yes!We have been going there for years and have recently been avoiding it due to the wheat products. When I was searching online for gluten free restaurants, I was surprised to see that there was a gluten-free menu. If not for the website, I would have never thought we would be able to enjoy your restaurant again. Thanks for the gluten-free pasta. The gluten-free pasta was good not over cooked and mushy like some gluten-free pastas that I have experienced. We will be back!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMI love this place except everyI love this place except every time I get the same server and he seems to get lost in other groups. Thanks.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMTHe only reason I didnt giveTHe only reason I didnt give this 5 stars all the way was because we had a server in training, who was very poliet and attentive, just a little bit slow.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMDinner with my sister wasDinner with my sister was excellent, service great and the staff cordial. We had a delightful meal and great conversation.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMOur go to place in Manhattan BeachWe dine here regularly. The staff is good and food consistent. We enjoy the regional cuisine as a change of pace.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMIl Fornaio is reminiscent of ItalyIt had been a while since we ate at Il Fornaio. We certainly had missed a lot. The restaurant was very busy on a Tuesday night. We sat at one of the side rooms. Calamari fritto was excellent - light, crunchy coating and tender calamari. The three of us enjoyed a delicious cannelloni, rigatoni with spicy sausage with a creamy tomato sauce, and the pasta with seafood, also with a tomato sauce. Service was attentive and unobtrusive. We've been to Italy twice and it reminded us so much of the restaurants there.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMVery nice Upscale chain ItalianGreat service at this upscale italian chains Manhattan Beach Location, a birthday request was met with a generous dessert, enough for 4 to share and a subtle presentation, perfect for my attention loving but shy husband. The calamari fritti is perfect every time I order it. The only item ordered that was not a hit was the maple glazed duck which came drenched in a berry sauce.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMExtremely delicious food andExtremely delicious food and very attentive service. If there's a seasonal menu available, I highly recommend ordering something from it!4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMFood good overall - howeverFood good overall - however presenting "fake" samples of the deserts for some reason does not look as appealing -4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was fantastic myThe food was fantastic my friend & I always enjoy dining there.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, excellent service,Great food, excellent service, very friendly Staff3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMAgain, Another excellent experienceAgain, Another excellent experience. I had 3 colleagues with me for whom this was a new restaurant and they loved it. They wished they had tried it before. I vist this area regularly for dinner on business from New Zealand, and Il Fornaio is a regular.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMAbsolutely incredible. HadAbsolutely incredible. Had the most wonderful server who took care of all our needs. The food was well presented, tasty, tasty, and just the right amount. Would recommend this restaurant to anybody looking for something special to celebrate. The hostess was friendly and made sure we received a free appetizer as we were first time diners at Il Fornaio. Loved the whole experience.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our very first timeThis was our very first time dining there and we loved the service, everyone is very friendly. I would definitely recommend it to my friends. The food is excellent!!!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had three different entrees,We had three different entrees, and they were all good.3/11/2013 12:00:00 AMThank you for having a glutenThank you for having a gluten free pasta (corn). It was delicious...Maggianos should take a lesson from you! Our server was great too. It was super busy with holiday lunches, etc. but service and food were superb. Well done!12/6/2012 12:00:00 AM