Great food and service. I would definitely go here again. Job well done.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fantastic food, attentive
Fantastic food, attentive service. Would def recommend and will return to this local spot.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have been dining at this
I have been dining at this establishment for 14+ years. They never disappoint. This was my parents favorite dining spot in their later years, reasonably priced and the food is great!
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love Il Forno, food is consistently
Love Il Forno, food is consistently delicious and service is great. Joseph is the best, always a pleasure. Take family and friends there on a frequent basis.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Except for the noise----the
Except for the noise----the restaurant was full---everything was excellent.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
No special Mother's Day Menu.
Excellent shrimp salad.
Lobster Ravioli, heavy cream sauce - not delicate.
Halibut - mushy, again sauce killed delicacy of the fish.
We were never asked if we wanted desert or offert a desert list.
Should have ordered pizza, they looked delicious.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Italian food on the Westside
This place is highly recommended. Every person we have introduced to Il Forno is hooked for life. The food is so healthy, yet inventive, flavorful...excellent service, family-owned and run, great wine and desserts. We go back for the same dishes again and again, and we eat there at least twice a week. ( Lunch prices are cheaper than dinner, but they do not serve their incredible bruschetta.) I could go on and on, but just go and see for yourself!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
A terrific family-owned Italian
Il Forno is a terrific go-to Italian restaurant with a diverse menu of well-priced gourmet foods, with consistently high quality and overseen by the owner. It's one of our 'go-to' restaurants on the West Side of L.A.
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Reasonable prices, and the food was quite good. Tables inside were a bit close together but I didn't feel like it was an issue. Nice outside area, I'm assuming you probably have to request in advance.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent low key evening.
Excellent low key evening. Food was great, as was the service. Would def recommend, and will certainly return.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been enjoying Il Forno over the past 12 years. And, most likely, if I've reviewed this gem before, I've written the same things. Always consistent, flavor, quality, presentation, reasonable prices, and service and speaking of THAT, wait til Vicente serves you your meal. He beams with enthusiasm and pride.....so much so I'd thought for a long time he might be the chef come to care for his flock. No, not the chef, yet so much a part of my enjoyment is waiting for him to appear to inaugurate the dining experience. Reservations aren't difficult, but I recommend them. Il Forno fills up every night.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious and a fun find
Had a fantastic meal for my first visit to Il Forno and was very impressed. The bread and bruschetta were beyond amazing and the staff was very friendly and inviting
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch was really good
I had a meeting with a colleague at Il Forno and got there late, though I had reserved a table. I did not get an attitude but a warm welcome instead. The food we ordered was really really good, I would go there again.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food and service!
What a wonderful surprise to find Il Forno in this neighborhood. Missed it the first time looking for street parking (they have a whole parking lot + underground parking too). The food is excellent - with attentive and a professional staff.
I'll be back again.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I visited this lovely place for my friend's a-day-belated birthday dinner. Their outdoor seating is so romantic (even though there is no scenic view). Everyone was SUPER-friendly (seriously, EVERYONE!) and after a while we finished all the foods, our server brought my friend a surprise tiramisu cake for her a-day-belated birthday! I asked them for a surprise when I reserved for the seating and they remembered (although I didn't check with them as I first came into the restaurant!) The Tiramisu tasted heavenly!
I would definitely come back and recommened to anyone who would search for the authentic italian restaurant in santa monica area.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Whether for lunch or dinner, whether for work or with family, I am always warmly greeted, well fed and pleasantly treated at Il Forno. Il love the pastas, and the salads. They do a great job with fish, too. Its casual, but not too casual. It's upscale without being pretentious. It's just right -- and that's why i keep going back. I do not hesitate to recommend for any occasion.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a fine meal experience!
A wonderful neighborhood restaurant with a fine menu and dependable service. Always a pleasure to spend an evening either inside or on the patio. And. their Pastas are outstanding!
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our favorite places
One of our favorite places to eat; we've been going 25+ years and food and service always perfect!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had our rehearsal dinner at Il Forno 12 years ago and came back, as we have often in the past, to celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary. The food, as usual, was excellent and we had a really, really nice time! I love this place and would recommend it to anyone and everyone!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
make your own bruschetta
Complimentary addicting tomatoes, basil, and balsamic mix added to their fresh bread is so good it can spoil your appetite.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love me some pasta
Took my mom here for lunch as she loves Italian food. Food was delicious, staff was friendly and accommodating (has outdoor seating and can bring dogs)
Seafood salad was perfectly seasoned. Linguine with baby lobster was awesome! Will be going back again.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect Business Lunch
Members of our company regularly use Il Forno for business lunches. Whether it is a lunch with the team or an important business client, Il Forno provides just the right amount of attention to ensure your lunch flows smoothly while you discuss the important business of the moment.
Also, I'd like to give a shout out to the chef. Never had a dish here I didn't like. I've enjoyed healthy options to the heartiest Italian fare and been pleased with every dish.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Why We Keep Coming Back
We eat at Il Forno at least once a month, usually on the spur of the moment when we want a tasty and enjoyable meal. We also entertain at Il Forno. The kitchen does a great job with every one of their dishes, both in taste and presentation. The food has a sense of being traditional while at the same time being light and contemporary. Want something not on the menu, just ask. The dining room always seems fresh. The servers and the busboys are attentive without being over-bearing - it's all about how they can make your dining experience more enjoyable.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Italian cuisine.
A true northern Italian cuisine with a lot pasta and pizza to choose from.
Highly recommend for Italian cuisine lovers.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were greeted enthusiastically by all as we entered. The service was outstanding.
Saturday night is busy with groups and couples so there is an energetic feel to the
restaurant. We asked for our food in courses so we had appetizers, salad, pasta and
an main course split. This was handled easily by the servers. Well done!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Fine Gathering
We were a group of friends who do not meet often. One friend was visiting from another state. I was unfamiliar with the area, and found Il Forno on OpenTable.com. We could not have picked a better location. Parking, always a problem in popular Santa Monica, was subterranean, free, and very convenient. Our meals were all excellent. Service was gracious and prompt. We lingered a while. There were a few empty tables. No one approached to ask us to move on. It was a very nice event for all of our group.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Neighborhood Vibe
Il Forno is casual and friendly (I love that our dog is welcome on the patio) and the food is delicious. A real neighborhood vibe to the place. One of my favorite LA restaurants.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
very good food and service.
very good food and service. parking could be a problem.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood restaurant
You can always count on this restaurant to have great food and service. We've been there many times and consider it to be a go-to place for either a special occasion or just to have delicious food to dine on.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyable for my group
Our 7 person group had a great time at IL Forno. Food was above average, service was pleasant, ambiance was festive very appropriate for a Saturday night on vacation.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Service / Good Food
All that has to be said is the service is awesome, people are friendly, and the food is good. I am glad that I was turned on to this place!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Il Forno is an extraordinary restaurant, consistently serving authentic, delicious, high quality Italilan food, in a very welcoming, friendly and comfortable environment. Excellent wine list. Excellent service. Really excellent food! Set in an unlikely location, in a little strip mall on Ocean Park Ave., it's MUCH better than most of the better known, more expensive Italian restaurants in LA. Highest recommendation.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
sunday at 6:00
il forno is a great neighborhood restaurant. have been going there for years. this was first booking on open table. worked like a charm. restaurant is extremely clean. good food for a fair price. stable work force. not funky or frayed around the edges at all. very smart and up to date. elegant space. as mar vista and ocean park gentrify, il forno is keeping up with the times. but not pretentious. all in all an A+
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Been here on several occasions and safely say I'd come again and again.. very consistent food, very solid staff.. not overly involved but courteous and consistent as well. Really excellent salads and pastas.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
How many restaurants remain
How many restaurants remain consistent in food quality, service and ambiance for over 25 years? That's how long we've been visiting Il Forno for dependably delicious Italian food in a comfortable but unpretentious setting. The professional staff always delivers good service, and we've never had a bad dish or an off-night. A family favorite. Highly recommended!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
As good as we remembered
We moved to the Bay Area over 15 years ago but never forgot the great food we enjoyed when we lived in L.A. A recent visit had us savoring the same great seafood salad, crisp pizza, complimentary e tomato brushetta and wonderful pastas. We even remembered some of the waiters. After 29 years, this place has it down.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best restaurant in the world
I've been dining at this restaurant for well over 25 years. I don't know of any restaurant, or any business for that matter, that is better managed, better staffed, and more customer friendly than Il Forno. Every single person that works there is extremely friendly. I cannot sing enough praises. The food is across the board AMAZING. Anything that you order on the menu is absolutely delicious. To sum it up, I've travelled to Italy and back, and by far the food at Il Forno is the best Italian food I've ever tasted. Thank you so much Il Forno, for being the best restaurant that me and my entire family can enjoy every week!!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM