I use to work in the Glendale
I use to work in the Glendale area many years ago and haven't been to Far Niente for more than 10 years. I was thrilled that the food was as good as I remembered and the service was excellent.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Restaurant has old world charm,
Restaurant has old world charm, excellent service and most important wonderful food and drink. It can become a little noisy but that's only because it's always full of customers.
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
A very pleasant evening with
A very pleasant evening with good food and a good glass of wine. We like Far Niente ecause it's usually possible to talk, and the service is efficient without being effusive.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
We loved the restaurant, always
We loved the restaurant, always do, but for the lunch hour the service is a bit too slow. We weren't able to stay for dessert. A 90 minute lunch is a bit much. Otherwise, food is always wonderful and this is a place to go for a much more leisurely lunch....dinner, no problem.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always a favorite and never
Always a favorite and never a disappointment! Have been dining at Far Niente since they opened in the late 80's. The food and service are consistently outstanding.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
This restaurant's food and
This restaurant's food and service are consistently top notch! If you like calamari, they specialize in it, with fritti as appetizer, a mildly spicy pasta dish, as well as a tender and scrumptious calamari steak! Also try the mussels (served with fries), a Far Niente specialty. They always have daily specials, with freshest fish. Pastas are all excellent. For dessert, we enjoyed the apple tarte, and the souffle (more like a chocolate molten lava cake, takes 15 minutes). Tiramisu also delicious.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was exquisite, the
The food was exquisite, the service impeccable. We wouldn't celebrate our anniversary anywhere else.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Environment is noisy so if
Environment is noisy so if you don't like that then this is not the place for you. But the food is very good and fairly priced.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
They honored our reservation
They honored our reservation and sat us immediately. Waiter was helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. Noise level was a little much, but not much they can do about that. Food was good with a nice selection at reasonable prices for this sort of moderately upscale Italian. Corkage was only $15 (a deal these days) so we brought our own wine.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food and nice neighborhood
Great Food and nice neighborhood spot with lots of parking in front and back. Our waitress was not the best, and not too friendly, but then again, it was a Monday, so she might have had a bad weekend.
I would definitely go back if I'm in the area.
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for family celebrations!
Great for family celebrations! The portions are large. Consider sharing. The lasagna was superb as was the fusilli pasta with shrimp.
The noise level was pretty loud. Book an early reservation for better nose level. Service as good.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun and DELISH
This was our first time here. It was a little hectic when we first arrived as there was a short wait for our table. It seemed like everyone arrived at the same time for their reservation. However the staff was apologetic and kind. The food was excellent. The service was very nice. Our waiter, Francisco, was a true delight. The Specials all sounded very impressive. We will definitely be going back!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great place for a pre-concert
A great place for a pre-concert dinner. Fish specials, of which there were several, all sounded good. I had one of them, and it was indeed superb. A member of our party arrived very late, and the concert was imminent. Our waiter Alex did a great job getting him served and able to enjoy his dinner in time for the concert. Extraordinary service from an intelligent server who truly made us feel welcome and made the proverbial "extra effort".
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best Italian food in Glendale. The staff is and always has been fabulous.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant should serve as a role model to others. Great food selection, excellent taste, great wine. Can rave about this place all day. So good i went back the following evening (Here on business for the week)
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is great and so is the
Food is great and so is the service. it is a wonderful place for special occasions since the meals cost the same for adults and children as I don't believe there is a children's menu so it can get pricey when you order regular menu for kids. However, food is great. The tables seem like they are set too closed to one another especially if there are big groups so this is is my only criticism. Overall, a wonderful place for celebration.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Far Niente A Winner!
This was our fourth time dining at Far Niente and each time we took a different couple. Each visit was a smashing success and all of our friends thought the food, service and overall experience was superb. We will be back!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always the best!
Far Niente has been a favorite for years and even though we've moved out of the area, whenever we are in town, we like to make it a point to dine there-The food and service are always above and beyond!
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A solid performer, for when
A solid performer, for when you don't want to think too hard about where to go, but you want an excellent meal.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved Far Niente...Service was great and the food excellent!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant has new ownership.
Restaurant has new ownership. Same cooks and staff. No longer the extended specials - yet the basics remain the same.
New owner now does not charge for corkage. This is a big plus.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian Food, Amazing Service
My family and friends were visiting from out of town and we decided to have dinner at Far Niente. We had a nice, comfortable table in the back of the restaurant. The flatbread is made fresh and delicious!! The Calamari and Fritto Misto is wonderful! I had the Sanddabs which was served with steamed broccoli and carrots. My parents had the Seafood Linguini in white wine sauce which is one of my favorite entrees here. The chocolate cake served with vanilla ice cream is to die for. The Tiramisu is insane!
The servers and runners are attentive and make you feel welcome. All staff iskind, professional and really make your dining experience a memorable one. We'll be coming back again...and again... Far Niente has become our family favorite!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a delight!
This was my second visit to the area and my third visit to Far Niente. The service, food, and wine were outstanding. Dining at this restaurant is like coming home. During our 4 night stay in the area, we dined here twice and came just for drinks once. I look forward to visiting again!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Far Niente still scores
Although we miss the previous owners who clearly created the restaurant , what was always good about Far Niente has been preserved. Though if one wanted to be really picky the new menu is very hard to read and I miss having the specials repeated by the waiting staff. But the food is still wonderful which is after all the most important thing.
8/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Restaurant, Good service
The food was great, a little on the pricey side, but you get what you pay for.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The new bar is fantastic. Food is still a big winner. And the desserts....too die for!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Upon arriving, we were greeted with a welcoming handshake from the owner and host as though we were entering his home. The meal and service was superb. The wine list is abundant and diverse, and has some very good Italian wine offerings. The specially baked thin Italian bread was fantastic accompanied by olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the table and never was our plate empty. Our meals were served with a variety of presentation and quite tasty and included an exquisite linguine and white clam sauce and a variety of seafood items will pasta. The owner paid us a couple visits and is deservedly proud of his restaurant. A repeat visit is an absolute!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good deal on Italian in Glendale
Though this restaurant has been around for a while, they are under new ownership and have a NO CORKAGE FEE policy, which
is always great news.
The ambiance is really pleasant as is the food. Nothing over the top, but a good solid meal at a more then reasonable price.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
it's a nice a place a. very friendly and good food, good prices.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent and expanded new menus and energy that carry on the Far Niente Ristorante tradition of quality, delicious Italian tastes with exquisite service and attention to detail. If you haven't been there for a while, now is the time to return. If you have never been, you shall surely enjoy. Watch for the growing in popularity wine dinners, try the new bar menus, and don't miss the offerings being readied for the fall season and upcoming Holidays. We have been enjoying this restaurant for years; general dining, special occasions and now the wine dinners. Definitely add Far Niente to your dining list. We believe you will be very pleased.
Byron and Loree McIntire
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time dining since new
First time dining since new owners took over. The food and service were fine but I must say... It just wasn't the same. The former owners were always so friendly, warm and welcoming. Happy all of the staff has not left and there are a few old timers. Wish the new owners success.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second time here, several months apart, and the food remains outstanding. Best veal scallopini this side of new york.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Italian food
First time back in many years. Everyone's order was very good. Some things we ordered were excellent and other things were fair. Minestrone soup was one of the best I have had anywhere. My wife loved her salad. Our friends enjoyed their pasta and chicken dishes. My pasta with oil and garlic was good but the shrimp and lobster in it was poor quality or very overcooked. Service was good and bad. Nice and attentive most of the time but they took a long time to take orders and food took awhile. Dessert fair. Prices are reasonable. I would recommend and go back once bit a while
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good service and food still
Good service and food still make this a pleasing neighborhood restaurant.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Service Ever
The food was great, but what impressed me most was the attentive service. Better than many high priced restaurants we have been to!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious as usual
I only come to town once a year and I make sure I have one stop here for dinner. Everyone in my family love it too. Service was excellent, special requests were just fine (splitting) and as usual the food was amazing! Thank You
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Classic, high quality experience
Far Niente has the whole package - good food, good service, nice ambience. Wine list is nice but they also have a reasonable corkage fee and great wine service. Food is also all wine friendly so those who love a great pairing have to go.
It is great to have a high quality restaurant that is also open with long hours for lunch. Is is an added bonus.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything was truly 5 star from the entire staff to the food. I would highly recommend this for an excellent dining experience.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM