Il Forno
Il Forno

Il Forno

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilfornocaffe.com/
  • Phone: 3104501241
  • 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 3104501241

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.
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Il Forno reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)great for outdoor dining (22)fit for foodies (16)good for groups (15)great for lunch (14)special occasion (12)kid-friendly (10)notable wine list (8)romantic (6)late-night find (4)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Quick and Yummy
    LuvMerlot
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Went for a quick dinner at 6:45 with some friends as we had theatre tickets for a nearby 8pm play. Seated us quickly, very accommodating to our time constraints. Enjoyed wine and various pasta specials for the evening. Cauliflower soup and Caesar salad - all delicious. Great service too. I'll be back when I can enjoy a bit more leisurely. Btw, Noises Off play was very funny and enjoyable too!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Selections!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The menu selections are outstanding! There are many different pastas dinners from which to choose.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Solid
    foodie007VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Il Forno is always a solid choice. The staff is always friendly and the food always consistent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Dining Experience Ever
    wicketcricket
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This establishment is the heart of Northern Italy in Santa Monica. The atmosphere, the staff, the food, the entire vibe is amazing. Last time I stopped by was aprroximately 20 yrs ago. I recently went back and was happy to see that some things have not changed. Il Forno has always maintained that wonderful customer service, they really do treat you like family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great neighborhood cafe
    LASF
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have been going to Il Forno for many years, consistently good. A wonderful neighborhood restaurant, nice atmosphere. My only issue is our waiter got two orders wrong. The portions are good, and the bread it the best !
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  • Reliably good
    luv2eat
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Very good food in a nice setting. The staff is very nice, and the owners seem to care about their customers. Parking is free and has easy access to the restaurant, which is a bonus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful place to sit outside
    Joecalifornia
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Sat outside, we had a wonderful Italian meal. Everything was excellent - food, service, ambiance. Very reasonable for Santa Monica. Our bill for 3 people, including 2 glasses of wine, antipasto app, 3 meals, and 2 desserts was $100.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We loved the appetizer of the day...barrata cheese, melon and prosciutto as well as the house made pappadelle pasta.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great for business and friend lunches - lovely outdoor nooks that are good for private conversations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A true gem that's always consistent
    SharbearVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great food, service, location, parking -- I dare you to find something wrong with this place. It's always a wonderful place to go for dinner. I haven't had lunch here, but I'm sure it's just as good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food with a smile
    MarkB
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Always a please dining here. Great favors and selection. Wait staff very. Ice and patient. May be a little pricey for middle of the week but perfect for weekend relaxed dinners. A bit noisy at times unless you are there early.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Solid
    foodie007VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Il Forno is always a solid choice. The food and serving are excellent.
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  • Poor Service, OK food
    MelissaBVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mangia Mangia
    Linkeman
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good- and Prices Won't Choke You
    KailuaKween
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AS13
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Had great pasta and a calzone at Il Forno, would definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • YummyVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great family friendly local. Well recommended, and frequented often.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome experience
    ilforno1fan
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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 ;-)
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 342 reviews are from the Il Forno reviews archive.
  • Can't say enough about Il Forno!
    dwprods
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a winner
    HealthyEater
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We love this place! Wonderful wait staff. Friendly atmosphere. Consistently good food. Something on the menu for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    JeanPierre
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • YummyVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Always good! Great food and service, in a low key neighbourhood spot. Would definitely recommend if youa re local.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!
    finedineNwine
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Great food, great wine list. Very fresh food. Plan to go back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfecto!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    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.
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • Love it!
    DonnaVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    DonnJulieVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in the West
    Sheila
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great exoerience.....
    HealthyEater
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian flavor...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food at this restaurant was very good. The taste of all the pasta dishes were sophisticated but not overwhelming. Highly Recommended!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day lunch!
    Cheri
    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.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stacy
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    amazing food amazing service... LOVE LOVE this place
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian Restaurant
    kdizzle
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    Emmabella
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pm61
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    nice neighborhood spot. food can at times be uneven. Pizza good.
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    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great.
    don24
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
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    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best pizza outside of Italy!!!
    Lucky1VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Il Forno is a favorite!
    PatMarguliesVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Birthday
    Luvitalian
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always great food!
    Love2eatVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Home comfort food! Great atmosphere and always excellent service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite neighborhood spot
    BHReviewer2VIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.