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Il Forno
Il Forno

Il Forno Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilfornocaffe.com
  • Phone: (310) 450-1241
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm Dinner: Moonday - Thursday 5:30pm - 10:00pm Dinner: Friday - Saturday 5:30 - 10:30pm Dinner: Sunday 5:00pm - 9:30pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday - 5:30pm - 10:00pm Dinner: Friday - Saturday - 5:30pm - 10:30pm Dinner: Sunday - 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Domenico Salvatore
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full catering service available, office catering, at home cooking, to go pick up.
  • Private Party Facilities: Il Forno has everything you need to create the perfect party, office meeting, family or social event. Whether at your location (office, home, etc.) or ours, we can plan and deliver a custom menu for your guests. We can accommodate any event including Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Graduations, and Office parties. For your special event, Il Forno offers two Private dining areas. For more information on our catering services please call or email us.
  • Private Party Contact: Sorin Costache (310) 450-1241

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 29th and 30th
  • Public Transit: Santa Monica Blue Buss #8 at 28th street and walk back one block.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking available behind the restaurant and under the restaurant at no charge
A word from Il Forno
The “food, owners and servers are all so very Italian” at this “neighborhood favorite” next to Santa Monica Airport (and its branch on Colorado Avenue) where locals go for “delicious, unpretentious”, “reasonably priced” fare and “friendly”, “attentive” service in a “low-key” setting that’s “perfect” when “you want a tablecloth but don’t want to get dressed up.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "They were clearly under staffed the night we went, it made for a less than great dinner experience. The food was fine, not worth dealing with the lack of service though. Probably won't be back."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "My buddy and I met for a bite the other evening. We arrived at 6:30 and were warmly greeted and seated. There was an array of folk enjoying their food. Families with children, couples, business types, etc. I had Domenico's Pizza which was fantastic, and my pal had pasta bolognese which was very tasty. I have lived in the area for over 30 years and this was my first visit to Il Forno. It will not be my last."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We used to bring the kids here when they were little for the casual atmosphere and good food. After 10 years away, not much has changed, except the kids can order wine. Seafood linguine w/red bell pepper sauce was a highlight. Complimentary Bruschetta had big chunks of fresh tomatoe, but was a little too heavy on the garlic for my taste. Pear and goat cheese salad w/hazelnuts hit the spot. The mushroom sauce on the rolled chicken made up for the chicken being a little dry. Excellent pizza margherita. I would have licked the tiramisu plate, but not in front of the kids. And free parking!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Had great pasta and a calzone at Il Forno, would definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great family friendly local. Well recommended, and frequented often."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We love this restaurant, we have been going there since we started dating (10 yrs ago or so)! We got married, now have 2 children that enjoy the food, especially the dulce de la casa (tiramisu) we're totally recommend you this place!! The staff is so friendly ;-)"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Whether you are local to the neighborhood, working close by, or traveling here to meet friends, Il Forno is one of those rare restaurants where you are able to feel a part of things. The food, service and ambience are predictably excellent as is the bread. There are three great eating environments: a more formal dining room that works better for me at night, a casual interior dining area that feels outside because of all the windows, and a nest of outside tables that on a summer day is the perfect setting for a business lunch or meal with friends. Il Forno has always been a gem - and it has continued to polish its act with age."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We love this place! Wonderful wait staff. Friendly atmosphere. Consistently good food. Something on the menu for everyone."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "After going to Il Forno since 1986 and moving away I went back to find the same outstanding quality and service since they opened in 1986. Many of the original staff is still there and remememberd me. Just a gem without the unecessry hipe and exagertions so typical of LA. Drive up, parkyourself and eat. No silly Valet Parking and show off people . This place is about food! Jean-Pierre Bieri"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Always good! Great food and service, in a low key neighbourhood spot. Would definitely recommend if youa re local."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great food, great wine list. Very fresh food. Plan to go back for sure!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I knew I'd love the pasta I'd ordered, because I could smell the sweet aroma of the wine added to the meat sauce. The service was great, and the outdoor patio perfect. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Well overdue for a reivew. My husband and I eat here regularly. So many wonderful choices and EVERYTHING is delicious! The service is outstanding and the quality of food is fresh. You can tell that the owners take pride in what they serve. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We had a lovely meal last Saturday night. The food was outstanding. Restaurant very busy and quite noisy. We arrived a little bit late for our reservation but were seated immediately. there was a brief hiccup in service--had to ask for our appetizer to be brought out twice--kitchen snafu and very busy waiter. Waiter was very apologetic and gave us complementary dessert and coffee. We will definitively be back. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Il Forno among the best Italian restaurants on the westside of LA. The neighborhood loves it. People come from all over to sit on a beautiful summer night and enjoy the whole experience. I eat there eight or nine times a week."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Love this restaurant, and always enjoy the food and service. It's a great place to take guests when you want to have a delicious meal in a relaxed atmosphere!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The food at this restaurant was very good. The taste of all the pasta dishes were sophisticated but not overwhelming. Highly Recommended!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had a very nice lunch for Mother's Day. The service was excellent. The food was delicious. The restaurant was very quiet. I assume it was because they aren't typically open on Sundays. This was the first time we had dined here. I definetly would come here again and frequently if I lived closer. Will absolutely recommend it to others. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "amazing food amazing service... LOVE LOVE this place"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went here on our first date and we return every year on our anniversary for a delicious Italian meal in a great atmosphere! The food is great, there is a nice wine list, and yummy tiramisu for dessert! "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Went to dinner with my boyfriend and my grandparents (whom are usually very picky) and they all loved it! It was all of our first time and it was really incredible. Everything was perfect from how my AMAZING lamb was prepared to the fluffiness and warmness of the bread and (amazing) dip they served with it. Definitely recommend this place! "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "nice neighborhood spot. food can at times be uneven. Pizza good."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "I've come here since I can remember, late nineties I think. I am always happy and satisfied with the food and service. it has that nice Italian family thing goin on too. the chef may come to your table and ask you about the food. it's in an odd sort of place considering how good it is. pretty consistent over the years for an best-kept-secret kind of place."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "What a wonderful surprise this restaurant was! It was our first time dining there and din't know what to expect. Food was absolutely delicious. Everything was fresh and well prepared and beautifully presented. Pizza was amazing..thin crusted and reminded us of the best of Italy. Gnocci were also wonderful..tomatoes in Caprese salad were fresh and tasted home grown. The bread was so good, hard to resist. The atmosphere was friendly, busy and cheerful with a range of families with children and couples.Service was attentive and pleasant. We look forward to going back!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We love Il Forno, on Ocean Park Blvd... delicious food, wonderful service, marvelous menu. I keep ordering the same thing each time as I cannot get away from it! Great wine list; by the glass too. I cannot wait to return! Thank you Il Forno!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We love authentic Italian....and Il Forno is the place! Bruschetta and bread were outstanding. Husband has the scampi and I had the veal. Both were prepared perfectly. Shared the chocolate raspberry cake for dessert. It was husband's birthday and this dinner was a hit. We look forward to many returns."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Home comfort food! Great atmosphere and always excellent service!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We have been dining at Il Forno for many, many years. The food and service are always consistently good -don't miss the fresh artichoke salad, the branzino or the tuna carpaccio!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Surprised to find this food friendly restaurant which is located in a small shopping center. The landscaping helps to hide the traffic on Ocean Park Ave. The service was attentive and the food tasty and innovative."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "My folks have been to Il Forno many times and this was a first for me in a long, long time. I had the most delicious lunch, with delicious bread, wine, gorgeous greens dressed with balsamic, grilled chicken... The waiter was great, the staff was great and the food was delicious. Il Forno is a beautiful little restaurant, little lights, plants - something very happy and upscale about it. I cannot wait to return."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "This restaurant is great for families with kids. But if you don't have any with you, you will not enjoy the atmosphere. The noise level was horrible; mostly caused by small children whose parents looked too exhausted to care about keeping them quiet.There is a room to the side which was better than the main room. The food was good but not good enough to overcome the unpleasant atmosphere. Maybe if you dined there much later at a time when kids are already in bed, it would be much better."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We absolutely adore Il Forno. We have been coming here for years. The food is amazing (love the Tortellini and the pizza)! Wine list is great. It is a perfect restaurant because there is a nicer side for the special occasion and a more casual side when we come with our kids. The waiters and owners remember us even when we haven't been for months at a time. They treat us like family. Our kids love the waiters (especially Michael). Such a neighborhood gem! We would come here more often, but it is a slightly more expensive meal for a family of four if you get wine, coffee, etc. Definitely a must try for Angelenos! Every friend/family member we have ever taken here loves it too."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Fantastic food and great service. The outside sitting were beautifully designed. Every dish was tasty. We will definitely go back there."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Very good and when we asked to share 2 dishes , they split them for us. A nice touch. Very friendly and nice people- feels very comfy in the neighborhood"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Always consistently great, service and food. Average 4-6 visits a month. Celebrated my son's birthday and had a wonderful time."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Great food, great service, wonderful neighborhood restaurant."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "This place is great. There isn't one thing on the menu that didn't look delicious. My girlfriend is a chef, and she said this is the best restaurant I've taken her too. The service is great and i had the best risotto I've ever ordered. And the parking is easy - no valet. It's now on our regular's list."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Great spot and a great place to have a nice meal. We went here for a valentine meal. Really cool place., However, two people, drinks, appetizers, mains, dessert and drinks - 160.00 plus 20.00 tip. Whew! I had the caprese, basically tomato and some buffalo cheese, 12.00!!! At the grocery store i could get 2 packs of buffalo cheese and 5 tomatoes for that price. Booze, my two personi bottle beers were 16.00!!! Not draft but bottle. I can get 6 bottles of beer for 9.99 at Ralphs. Just a real disappointment what restaurants are chagrin these days, no wonder people are staying home more. However, the staff were superb, the setting is wonderful and the food is excellent. Parking is easy too."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was ok, service terrible. All kinds of seating issues and waiters pulling houdini acts. Would maybe try again if in the area, but doubtful."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Every dish was excellent. There were no poor ones. Spinach salad and lobster ravioli were superb."
    Dined on 2/14/2014