Il Fornaio - Irvine

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$30 and under
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Italian
Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. Early mornings bring rustic, crisp crusted bread hot from the oven accompanied by the scent of fresh brewed espresso. During lunch and dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while meats and vegetables roast over hot coals. Bottles of wine from small, regional wineries are uncorked to complement the dishes, which have been crafted in the custom of Italy's chefs, bakers and homemakers. Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience.
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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

What 2559 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

William was, simply put, Amazing! Thank you.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Service was discontinuous. Drinks were generally very late. Food was hot when served. Clearly NOT the same service that Il Fornaio got me used to. Too bad.

JD
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our friend's birthday at Il Fornaio in Irvine, and we all had a fabulous time. The food was amazing and our server was excellent. He offered recommendation from the menu and offered us wine tastings to assure we were happy with our selections. Gazie!

M
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s a fancy setting and the food and service is great!

L
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming here. We sit outside, which is lovely. I always get GRIGLIATA DI PESCE MISTO which is an amazing mixed grill of salmon, fish fillet, calamari, scallops served with roasted Yukon Gold potatoes Filetto di Pomodoro sauce, crushed red pepper, garlic & Trebbiano wine. He substitutes gluten free pasta which he says is the best he’s had anywhere. All of the salads and deserts are wonderful as well. I

J
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great short ribs and seafood with pasta!!
The burrata cheese and heirloom tomatoes salad was perfect starter !

FA
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and Service was fantastic. Il Fonaio is the best

KJ
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exquisitely cooked and beautifully plated. Everything was mouthwatering and delicious!! Service was impeccable, warm, gracious and professional!!

YG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

We have been there many times and everything was great but this time the service was not good at all with the waiter we had.

CK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. We have eaten here many times and the food and service are always first rate.
I highly recommend it.

LW
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the fish dishes and the bread/olive oil!
The patio is nice in the evenings.

OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience we will be back soon

Waitress was superb food over the top

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere. We went on a Friday and the atmosphere was great. The Food was even better, best Italian cuisine in Orange County. I would recommend trying the margarita pizza, it was delicious.

JB
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

SJ
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always friendly, professional atmosphere and service. Good food ( veal piccata, carpaccio, beet salad, scallops) - everything was wonderful. Dependable. Reliable. Consistent.

DD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Il Forniao Irvine for years since it opened and it has remained consistently of high quality in all areas since its opening. The service is TOP NOTCH and the food never disappoints.

We highly recommend!

The cooking classes they hold periodically are a lot of fun!

JP
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great for a business lunch. Excellent carpaccio and fried calamari! Service was friendly and very competent.

E
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food in a pleasant and comfortable set up. Attention and customer service second to none. Congrats and thanks for a great meal!

LI
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to El Fornaio at least three times a month and we always have a nice experience. The staff is always really nice.

CG
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is amazing ,,, food was delisious,,, this place was so beautiful

S
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service...I chose something I didn’t care for...I should have had my Ciopino, like my wife. Bus boy Damian was so nice to us.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, delicious, & very attentive staff. Great place to celebrate a birthday!

R
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Make sure when you make your reservation unless you LOVE being in a bar area where you can't hear your date, to seat you to the left as you walk in. Other than that, everything else was great! Food excellent, craft cocktail yummy, service excellent.

V
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Easy, enjoyable business lunch. Waiter tried to upswell specialty waters a bit but otherwise excellent.

KA
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant lunch. Waiter rated a #10. Ambiance nice. Salads delicious.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed playing bocce with friends prior to dinner!

LC
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I have been here several times and it seems like the last two times the service has been not up to par. The bread and water man was very attentive but the waiters seem to have too many tables assigned to them. They didn't have their act together, we had 2 waiters come back to back and introduce themselves and then disappeared for some time. I went specifically for lasagna and they ran out! What kind of italian restaurant doesn't have lasagna! I think this is my last time there. At this price point I expect better. Too bad, I used to really like going there. Maybe get take out next time so I won't be disappointed.

OT
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner!
Food, wine and service all above average.

K
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Great food. The bolognese meat sauce is amazing.
Great location for special occasions.

S
London
72 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a sure bet, Il Fornaio is a favorite. Love the veal dishes. I didn't give it 5 stars only because my veal scallopini was a bit over done this last dinner visit, but other than that, everything was really great. You can't go wrong at any Il Fornaio, the Irvine location included.

OT
Orange County
77 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The food was not as delicious as the last time we were there. Maybe the special menu that evening just wasn't to our taste.

j
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful authentic Italian food. Service was excellent , as well as presentation.

MJ
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was not hot. Server never cleared crumbs from the table the whole time we were there. Server was not present, most likely due to another large party.

Disappointing meal.

BT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and quality of food was outstanding; I will definitely recommend it for my friends

JW
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff . Waiters were amazing and very knowledgeable about the menu

JK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

While we picked Il Fornaio for our birthday luncheon because in the past the food and service were good, this visit was disappointing for the overall experience: food, service and noisy table. I had requested a quiet table (if possible) but we were near the kitchen area and they were pulling trolleys filled with food right by our table and we had problems hearing everyone. The food order got messed up and we had to ask more than once for items needed.

j
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pizza oven was down
Other food was good
But we specifically came for salad and pizza
So
A bit disappointed

J
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional meal 2 out of 3 had chef’s specials. Really good food

RM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don’t like new menu.
Many items are now gone.

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SK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good service and delicious food. Music should be Italian classics to keep the overall atmosphere.

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