Il Fornaio - Irvine

4.6
2319 reviews
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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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MC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

For some unknown reason, we felt we were rushed to finish our meal that night. The restaurant was not full at all.

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OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great! Service was adequate. Waiter was not great, not bad. Our prior visit, we had a fantastic waitress who we will ask for next time

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DH
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant with excellent food and service. It’s my favorite place to have a business meeting or meet up with friends. It’s a busy restaurant and large open restaurant, with a vibrant personality. I usually try a different dish when I go and everything is prepared fresh and hot.

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OT
Orange County
84 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Classic Italian restaurant with monthly specials from the different regions of Italy, friendly service though it could have been a bit more attentive, very tasty food with the right sized portions

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G
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I have a friendly group of generally 4 to 5 of us that try to meet once a month for dinner there. We have been doing this for almost (8) years now. We rotate who brings two bottles of wine to share, which in times past was occasionally comped, but mostly at a $15 corkage fee. Last Thursday we were told management changed that in December to $20 per bottle. Very unhappy about that high of corkage fee! Apparently being a long time customer doesn't count for anything.

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MW
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My friend and I always enjoy Il Fornaio. The food is always great and the waiters are outstanding. We try to go at least once a month.

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K
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic dinner meeting here

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CJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first time going to this restaurant and it was a wonderful experience. Because we were first time guests we received a complimentary appetizer of bruschetta. I had the tagliatelle with Ragu sauce and it was delicious!

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MG
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great dinner. Good food and wonderful stevice

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s
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I always get a good meal and good service here. They have good wine that won't break you. They can accommodate larger groups which has made it a favorite for my work team. Molto bene!

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R
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Birthday dinner. Long wait with drinks however staff was friendly.

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KJ
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoy the monthly regional menu! We had a delicious starter and they delighted in the risotto and rabbit ravioli along with perfectly paired wine. The service was warm and attentive. Just a lovely and memorable evening!!

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KB
Orange County
428 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had not been to Il Fornail for quite some time because of the parking challenge. Now the new garage appears to be finished and the valet is out front. Dinner was very good with an excellent beet and arugula salad and pasta of duck and the special branzino. Will return again for the menu is varied and has many choices.

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DD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit to Il Fornaio was with a group of 11 for a Holiday celebration. We had a reservation, and they accommodated our request to sit in an isolated area so we could have our gift exchange with some privacy. Everything we ordered looked and tasted delicious! from the ravioli, to the pasta mare, to the soups and appetizers. The bread was also to die for! We had very good service, it was a lovely setting, the parking was validated, the food was delicious...what more could you ask for?

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RV
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious is food! Outstanding customer service! Love this place!

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m
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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SJ
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and service. Good restaurant for a consistently good place to meet with clients.

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LR
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A family favorite! We have dined her fo,ens of times, never anything less than stellar.

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s
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Original table was very cold. Hostess cheerfully moved us to another table.
Waiter was very helpful with the menu.

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B
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous and I requested my salmon poached. It arrived at perfection. I can honestly say it was the best salmon and best prepared I have ever had. Wait staff was outstanding and the evening met every expectation!

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S
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started coming here a few years ago. It is so much more authentic than Maggiano’s. It’s nice to check in with the seasonal menus they offer.

We went Friday night with our three kids (3,5, and 7) and they got to make their own pizzas at the kitchen bar. The ambiance is great for families and large groups as it noisy enough but not too loud.

Our server, Ulysses was amazing and was on top of everything.

Big kuddos!

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L
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of our favorite places. Never disappoints.

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DL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great birthday dinner, delicious food, good service, and got to sit at the private table.

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service and tasty food. The table location was very private nice for a large group.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall I think this place is great. For some reason it took forever for our server to take our order but the restaurant absolutely made it right for us.

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SD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always... food was excellent! This location never disappoints.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family Christmas dinner

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R
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. It is reasonably priced, and it never disappoints.

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CJ
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful to have this high level of service on Christmas Eve! Everything was spot on and our family would like to send out a big thank you to management and staff!

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ES
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yummy. Perfect.

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CR
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, food quality was great, and good wine selection. We sat, a table of 7, for over two hours, ate/drank and were not rushed. We will be back!

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M
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter Joseph was excellent! He was detail oriented and extremely friendly!!! He made the meal even more enjoyable!!!
Thank you!!!

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DC
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Christmas Eve dinner. Great service and food. Convenient valet parking. Will return soon.

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G
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a perfect Christmas Eve dinner after our church service. Our waiter was fabulous and the food was delicious and the decorations at the restaurant made everything so festive

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R
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went on a Sunday night. It was not too noisy and the restaurant was full but not crowded. The food was good and service prompt.

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D
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Festive for Christmas, very busy, waiter didn’t hear the requested food item correctly but it was still very good.

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BR
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and the service and food was amazing.
Made my reservation at 6 and was running late, called to let them know and they honestly don’t make a big deal , they pushed my reservation at 6:30 but even though I ended up coming in at 6:15 they didn’t have me wait till 6:30 to get a table , they gave me a table right when I walked in.

Got my food in 10 minutes from ordering it , and it was a good sized portion
The waiter was always checking on us to see how we were doing

Came to celebrate my boyfriends birthday here...he was surprised and loved his dinner with me here ....

I am definitely coming back.

Thank you Il Fornaio!

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WH
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Fornaio Irvine is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. It's always good for Italian comfort food at quiet location with great service. I also love the regional food featured each month from different areas of Italy. It's always great to see Oswaldo behind the bar mixing great cocktails.

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EC
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter’s 40th birthday and it was wonderful

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OT
Los Angeles
227 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Above average Italian food in a business park. I chose the location for convenience, not the restaurant. It didn’t disappoint, but didn’t exceed expectations either.

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