Great Family Lunch
Il Fornaio was a great location for our recent Fathers Day/Graduation lunch. We had a table for eight at a private table in the kitchen that provided great ambiance and privacy. The food is outstanding and their service was second to none. I would recommend Il Fornaio for any special occasion whether with a group or just for two.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently high quality
Il Fornaio does not disappoint even picky foodies. They provide consistently excellent food in an elegant, airy setting with formal service. I highly recommend Il Fornaio.
6/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant can always be counted on for good service, good food, and a good time. My family has come to this restaurant for special birthday celebrations, and recently, a graduation. Each time, we have enjoyed the evening. This last visit, the manager came to our table to congratulate the graduate. We have an assortment of diners in my group including vegetarians (vegan and other), non-meat eaters, meat eaters, and health conscious eaters. The menu has never disappointed us. Il Fornaio is on our "favorite list."
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food / Excellent service
loved the pasta and fish dishes that we ordered. service was excellent. server took the time to explain many items; general manager also came over to check on experience. will go there as often as feasible
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and ambiance
The food is excellent. We were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. We received attention and recognition of our event by receiving a special dessert. We were fortunate to also receive a tour of the facilities for future use. It is a perfect place for small meetings or presentations. It has rooms that can be used for a small engagement party. There are many enclosed areas that can be used for private meetings as well. The restaurants' prices are fair for the kind of entrees that are available. I highly recommend it.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Service and Great Food!
It's been years since I've been to an Il Fornaio, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that they have great service and really good food that is also very healthy. I have a lot of food allergies, and they went above and beyond to make sure that they could provide me with choices of great meals that would be safe for me to eat. The manager came to the table to go over the menu with me and figure out together what items would be okay for me -- and which ones could be modified to work for me. I was incredibly impressed with how seriously they took my issues and worked to accommodate me. Additionally, the food choices were both delicious and amazingly healthy. I just wish we had one near my house!
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Il Fornaio Irvine
Every dish was meticulously prepared and presented. The service was excellent, but unobtrusive. The ambiance was perfect for any gathering. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Il Fornaio.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was good. Lasagna quite good. Cappellini Pomodoro was lacking flavor, sauteed spinach was rushed, lacking flavor. The location is less than desirable being surrounded by office buildings. I prefer the Manhattan Beach location.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Spaghetti Mazara was excellent
I normally order the regional tasting menu each month, but the spaghetti with seafood sounded too good to pass up.
It did not disappoint. The half-lobster was sweet and meaty and the mussels were very good. I took 3 gal pals with me. It was their 1st time. They loved it! The entire staff is very attentive. We will return every month hoping to win that trip to Italy!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great as always. Love the
Great as always. Love the Regional menus. This time it honored Sicily. Very good.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this restaurant!
Il Fornaio is one of my very favorite restaurants. Whenever something special comes up or I just want to get together with a friend or go to dinner with my husband, it is the first place that comes to mind. The ambience is great, the food is delicious, and what makes it so special is the waiters. They are the nicest, happiest group of waiters ever! They make eating out such a pleasure. The desserts top of a fabulous meal, and you leave in a great mood. Highly recommend Il Fornaio!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great authentic Italian food!
On this visit we dined on the patio as the inside was rather loud. Unfortunately, there was a loud, large group out there too! Nonetheless, we enjoyed the great food, the fabulous wine selection and the attentive service. One of our favorite restaurants when we crave authentic Italian food.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Staff extremely attentive
Staff extremely attentive from hostess to waiter (& team). Attentive but not over bearing. Had a great evening!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have always enjoyed Il Fornaio.
I have always enjoyed Il Fornaio. On this particular visit, our waiter forgot to bring 2 of of our dishes but more than made up for it by bringing them anyway (late), but he didn't charge us for them and he also gave us a complementary dessert. Very pleasant and no harm done. This is why I like dining at a restaurant that has class. No questions or arguments about the forgotten dishes. They gladly and without asking, rectified the error. Thanks!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The resturant and service was great and highly recommended. this is our second visit to this resturant and we will difinitely return for any occasion.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
European cuisine, new recipes every month, great wine list and then less expensive than the competition.
A lot of people like the "noisy restaurant" style that is widespread today. I don't. I am always hoarse after making myself heard in such a setting. The smaller the party, the worse, unless you want extended periods of silence. For the style, this is the best food, service and price on the planet.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Again & Again
I live on the east coast and every chance I get to get to Irvine CA I make it a point to have dinner here! The last time was my 6th time there. Have been there with 1, 3 and 9 people and the service is impecable no matter the size of the party. Never had the same entree twice and I've never been disappointed.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Taste of Sardegna was excellent
The tasting menu this month was especially good. There were four of us and we all ordered the lamb chops, cooked to perfection.
I was the only one of the four to get the ravioli. They were outstanding. The mussel and clam soup was to die for. Always consistently good. Always a fun dining experience.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
good food, good service
Good Italian food, good service and you pay the price for that.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Il Fornaio's tomato - basil sauce is second to none! Please try it.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service is always terrific. Sometimes the noise level is a bit high for private conversation.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great, service not so much
Service started out good. Server got slammed. We got forgotten. Food was excellent. Can't wait to go back.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great "Hidden" Restaurant
Il Fornaio is a fantastic restaurant that is somewhat hidden in an office complex but well worth the trouble of finding. The food is excellent.
I was a bit disappointed with the service towards the end of the meal as my waiter seemed to disappear for much longer than I liked. Up until the end of the meal, he was attentive but, again, seemed to have disappeared for a while leaving my wife and I unattended for a while.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Group of 12 people. Table
Group of 12 people. Table was ready on time. Prompt service, great menu and delicious food. Will go there again......
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful starlit night
We have dined at Il Fornaio several times over the years. The latest visit was for my son's 20th birthday. The service, food and ambiance was perfect. The ceiling in the center room opens. It was a beautiful starlit night. I've also been here for business lunches and other special occasion dinners. I highly recommend it.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great location for a business
Great location for a business meeting. Service was efficient and food was excellent.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Outstanding Wine Dinner!
Il Fornaio always does a great job with wine dinners and this one was no exception. It was a fun evening with good food and good wine.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Was there for a business lunch and location was convenient. Nice balance between great food and not too stuffy. A lot of background noise which made a business discussion over lunch not as private when occasionally we had to speak up to be heard. Probably not much you can do about this. Our waiter was very knowledgable and attentive. Had an Italian accent and at times was a little difficult to understand due to background noise, but overall not really an issue. Had an excellent knowledge of the menu and not afraid to make recommendations.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the very few really excellent restaurants in the area for authentic Italian food. The service could have been a bit more responsive but, overall, an enjoyable evening, good wine and I must say the meatballs passed my mom's test! We would all return and certainly recommend it to our friends.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great over all dining experience
Excellent service and very accommodating to special requests. Good food and reasonably priced.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Although this restaurant is a chain, it doe not have the feel of one. Excellent food and impeccable service. Highly recommend any of their dishes. You'll be happy with anything you choose
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I rarely write reviews but felt the urge after having such a great experience.
We used Open Table to make our reservation right after our early movie and got right in and were welcomed by smiling faces. We had an excellent sever who was very attentive and efficient. He even noticed a birthday gift waiting to be given next to one of chairs and later brought a birthday dessert with out being asked. Wow! That's really paying attention to detail. Every morsel was absolutely delicious. We could actually hear each other talk which is rare in a busy restaurant these days. Well done IL Fornaio! We will be back!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
A nice visit to Lombardia
My friends and I attend the monthly regional meals for great food and wine and to talk about what we'll do when we win the trip to Italy! This month was Lombardy, the region of my ancestors. All the dishes were typical of the meals I've had on my many trips to Lake Garda. No matter the region, I always order the gnocchi which Il Fornaio prepares so well. Always fun, always good, always a special gathering for us. Grazie for the birthday dessert for one of our friends.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good as always
This restaurant has been there for years and been really all along.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Wonderful Dinner!
We went for the Il Fornaio Passport dinner and had another outstanding meal. I generally prefer the Passport menu over the regular menu as the food always tastes a little more authentic Italian. The Osso Buco, salmon, and steak were all enjoyed. Great service too!
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to Il Fornaio's before and had a good dinner. This time it was over the top, in part due to Adam our server. He was great, food was great, wine was great, and desert was free. What more can you ask for.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mom's 91st Birthday
We were seated immediately, but were allowed to savor our dinner and the special occasion as long as we wanted. A big deal was made of my mother - who LOVED the attention and she was served a complimentary birthday tiramisu - enough for all of us to enjoy. The Maître D' and the waiter were always present and ready to grant our every request. A very pleasurable evening for all!! Thank you very much, Carole
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was wonderful and staff was attentive and helpful. This was our second business group dinner and they did a fantastic job. Will use this as a group spot again.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can't go wrng with Il Fornaio. Always great fresh food and great service.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We needed a quiet place for dinner for 10 friends that had good food and that was quiet. IL Fornaio - Irvine fit the bill, and was able to accommodate our twin 10 year old girls who loved the food and the children's menu. Too many restaurants offer loud obnoxious environments that do not allow you to enjoy conversation and a great dinner.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always enjoyable, and over-the-top food quality and authenticity, staff service and friendliness, and love the monthly regional menus. Some of the best and truest-to-form Italian food outside of Italy, every time. Thanks, Il Fornaio!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another Great Lunch
Il Fornaio is a go to spot for group lunches at my company due to the location (right next to our offices), service, and quality of menu items. I recently had lunch with a group of 10, and everyone enjoyed their meal. Most of the group ordered the Sea Bass or Salmon specials and were very happy with their choices. Il Fornaio easily accommodates large groups and service from the staff is consistently great.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our group enjoyed dinner in the downstairs wine room and thoroughly enjoyed the room, the food and the service. The experience here is consistently good.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Be careful where you sit. It seems that there are more people bringing young children to this restaurant. When we were there, they were not the best behaved. And with no direction from parents. So it did take a little away from our experience.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of my Favorites!
Il Fornaio hit every key point that was important to me. This is only one of two restaurants, out of many that I have gone to, that actually pays attention to my "Requests" on the OpenTable profile. The only request that I have is to take care or and be attentive to my daughter.
The service was fantastic, the waiter was extremely attentive and was very friendly.
Oh, and the food was excellent as well. This is a great restaurant that's hidden away so it doesn't always come to mind when I'm thinking of somewhere to eat but, I'm glad for OpenTable as it is a great reminder.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sorry we exceeded the words
Sorry we exceeded the words allowed. Now you'll have to wonder
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect for a diner when you really want to ear your guests , leave them the long choice of European food ...a little bit of " everything" and the Italian list helps the one that to not want to venture away from the pastas or pizzas, but giving to those a special taste still.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
An Excellent Dining Experience
The food, the service, the wine - all wonderful. We've never had a bad experience at Il Fornaio. Highly recommended.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Il Fornaio offers two sizes
Il Fornaio offers two sizes of their entrees; the small portions were appropriate for the day after Thanksgiving. We recommend more restaurants offer their entrees in two different sizes. My wife and I each ordered a different pasta entree and both were tasty and well prepared. We recommend Il Fornaio for a causal Italian cuisine dinner over many (if not most) of the other casual Italian restaurants in Orange County.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great service, tasty food
Very nice atmosphere w a patio, solid Italian food and great service. Try the lemonade!
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM