Il Fornaio - Irvine

4.6
2427 reviews
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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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat the mom's in your family to a special day at Il Fornaio filled with authentic Italian elegance, a deliciously creative menu and memories for a lifetime!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Treat the dad's in your family to a special day at Il Fornaio filled with authentic Italian elegance, a deliciously creative menu and memories for a lifetime!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

What 2427 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food!! The Calamari is incredible!!

WE enjoyed the fresh bread and the deserts!

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is so delicious and the service is great every time we come. We are never disappointed.

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J
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We liked it so much we went back twice. Really good restaurant with great service.

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DC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant's staff are very friendly. The dinner was mostly satisfactory. They have the special of lamp chops so we ordered it medium. The chops came out are medium rare at best. it is definite on the raw side. other dishes are all excellent.

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J
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant with very good food and great service.

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JB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a small group of 8 for a business dinner. The drinks are very good, the service was excellent and the food was amazing. Really liked to unique ambiance and would like to return when the weather is nicer to get the outdoor seating experience

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d
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

First this is a very hard restaurant to find. We were staying at the Hampton and spent 10 minutes trying to locate the restaurant. Google Maps tries to take you through a parking ramp.

The food was just OK, our caprese salad was good but the bolognese was weak.

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K
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service! We will definitely go back.

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SA
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have loved this restaurant for years! Thank you for being in Irvine

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JW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere and our servers were extremely knowledgable and friendly. We celebrated in the wine cellar so the privacy was top notch. The food was very tasty as well. Most of the family ordered the Penne Alla vodka (or something to that effect) and loved it. Portions were just enough for dinner.

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KJ
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered food from this month’s regional menu. I had the soup while my husband started with the grilled octopus salad. We shared the risotto which was so delicious! Lastly we shared the lamb chops, the best ever!!! We also ordered the wine flight that pairs with each course which only added to the whole delicious dinner!!

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J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

it was my second visit and their pasta dishes had been all very good. I loved the flavors and the quality ingredients they use for all of their food. One thing about their pizzas (have tried two) is that they are good but way too salty. I wish they could tone down the saltiness or else I would definitely have to stick with their pasta and desserts. Service is always very courteous and great.

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LR
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Consistently great meal and ambiance. Already looking forward to the next time.

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S
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dispite three of the 4 had no idea how to eat in America your staff was outstanding. My wife was quite embarrassed so sorry.

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OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

From the fresh bread, beet salad & lobster soup to the tasty & lean meatballs, pasta, butternut squash ravioli & desert gelato, the meal was De-Lish!! Took mom and she throughly enjoyed the food. So did my wife and I. We enjoy both II Fornaio and it’s sister Canaletto in NB, but II Fornaio is more spacious and offers a more private dining experience.

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SA
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lady who helped on our table was super friendly and knowledgeable and very polite. Couldn't get her name. We enjoyed. Our gratitude towards was shown our best way possible. Customer service was excellent.
This isn't our 1st time. We come here for special occasions.
Planning to be there for my daughter's graduation coming up in May.

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AD
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely family dinner with our son, his wife and three grandkids. The restaurant was perfect and had a great selection of dishes for everyone. They made a great ice cream sundae for the kids!

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S
Los Angeles
174 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent salad and service. We enjoyed our lunch. Thanks.

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JH
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have always enjoyed ll Fornaio mainly because I know ezactly what I'm going to get related to food quality and service. I go out of my way to eat at all locations when traveling.

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JD
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service...would return. Had the veal and my colleagues from Germany had the seafood sampler and loved it.

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MC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Ambience and location are good. I had a problem with undercooked fish. My wife's entree was fine.

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EM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

It was very over priced. The staff was rude. Made it a big deal that I had made the reservation through open table and not through them.

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TL
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food.

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K
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Great food; atrium eating area was loud and heaters on when it was warm outside.

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B
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We've been coming here for over 15 years. We were celebrating my daughter's birthday. I noticed there were at least 3 other birthdays that evening, by the singing. Everyone was pleased with their meals. This is very solid Italian food. The prices are a good value, too. The roast chicken was excellent, as was the Italian sausage risotto. Calamari appetizer done perfectly.

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect!
Out waiter Noel, was so nice, knowledgeable and friendly.
The waitress, blonde garlic but name escapes me and as equally sweet!
Food was outstanding and delish!

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EC
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My first time at Il Fornio and We celebrated a birthday and the service was excellent.

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VP
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a Treat to celebrate special event or just have a fine Dinner while in the Neighborhood...
Still the Best Gourmet Pizza in Socal for me, great fresh Breads and Desserts !!

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RD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Our waiter was

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OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was excellent
Entrees were ok; not great
Portion size was goody
Appetizers were also good

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was just alright. It was like a step up from olive garden.

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TR
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner! Great server.. definitely will be back

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Missing items from order. Order was completely rushed and the server never checked in on us the entire meal even after messing up our order.

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AF
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great birthday dinner for our friend! We enjoyed it so much that I asked about having my son’s college graduation dinner there in a couple of months. The service and food were all excellent and we loved the birthday singing and dessert.

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V
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun to share with a friend who had not been before. Great birthday!

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J
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual yet formal, great food, good sound control, complimentary valet parking

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Friday night dining, typically this restaurant would be busy, but we made a reservation at 8pm for dinner at 8:15.
We knew dinner was going to be eventful from the beginning. After being shown to our seats, we were forgotten for about 15 minutes before someone came to take out drink order. Once our drinks came...mine was wrong. We ordered dinner and once that arrived, once again they brought the wrong plates. LOL
All we could do was laugh! We understand not everyone is perfect.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 1

Good food, very loud ambiance- service could have been better.

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AG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere. My wife's favorite place.

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