Il Fornaio - Irvine

4.6
2460 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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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

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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the salmon special - grilled with roasted potatoes and sauteed vegetables. It was delicious! Our drinks were refilled often. We were checked on but not hovered over. I wish I didn't live +100 miles away. It would be a regular stop if geography was on my side.

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E
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Server had attitude and was essentially too busy for us. Although the food was good, $20 at lunch for 6 squash raviolis is a bit much.

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LK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent except for the mashed potatoes - they were instant from out of the box which was completely unexpected and disappointing. :(

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DC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was very good, but our server was largely inattentive.

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RB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a bad experience @Il Fornaio. Fresh, well prepared and delicious. Servers are top notch, attentive and professional. Highly recommend this gem!

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LL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been coming to this location for years but haven’t been here in a while. It is better than I remembered it. The appetizer pizza was delicious. Our main dishes excellent. A true oasis among the office buildings.

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D
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The special room was perfect for a private birthday celebration! Great food, service and ambiance!

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L
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience with delicious food,l and excellent service .

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service !

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MP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food and Service was excellent! They had 2 menus to choose from. They have their normal menu and a regional menu. When we went, they were making food from Sicily from their regional menu. Super hard what to choose because it all sounded great. We will definitely be going back to sample more delicious food.

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JF
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Besides the condescending hosts, the experience was good even if it was a little noisy. The food was good. The sweaty cook walking through the dinning room was by all means undesirable. The wait staff a little to familiar with the guests, we wanted a waiter not a long lost friend.

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JW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a very nice Mother's Day dinner with our great waiter, Daniel.

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for Mother’s Day and it was awesome! We reserved a table for 14 and we couldn’t have been happier.

The food was delicious and the servers were so busy but yet so attentive and helpful! It was such a great experience that we decided to celebrate Mother’s Day every year at Il Fornaio in Irvine!

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RI
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Mother’s Day. They had nice vegetarian options and all taste great. Service was good and fast.

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MM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Mothers Day. Had a wonderful time.

Il Fornaio is our favorite place to eat and we look for it in our travels. VERY consistent in every city regarding the food and service. The quality of food is outstanding for the price-point we believe. It's on the expensive side however the quality is always excellent.

Keep it up!
Marc and Terri

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SG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Great food, service and atmosphere. I can’t wait to go back.

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SR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Venue is very nice and spacious. Service was bad to be honest and food so so. I won't come back

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E
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Overall a very lovely evening; however, i was disappointed with my entree. After a very tasty and flavorful salad, my eggplant pasta dish was very disappointing and bland. However, all of my guests (we were a large celebratory party) were pleased with their dinners, the wine was pleasant, the service outstanding, and the check smaller than i had expected. Thus, very good, but please add some flavor to the eggplant/tomato/pasta “O”s!

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S
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and great service at Il Fornaio in Irvine. The Veal with Artichokes is sensational, they do so many dishes well. Service was spot on and friendly. Not much else you can ask for.

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SJ
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The friendly neighborhood restaurant with consistently good food and service. Start with the BRUSCHETTA or CARPACCIO, always great. Share the CAPRESE salad. Enjoy the lemony VEAL PICCATA OR SAUTEED VEAL WITH FRESH BABY ARTICHOKES . Or MARGHERITA PIZZA. Or melt-in-your-mouth BEEF TENDERLOIN. OR ... just close your eyes and point. All good!

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SW
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For lunchtime pricing it was pricey. The atmosphere was lovely and we had a large group celebrating a workmates special occasion. It was a great service and really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Thank you for providing a special lunch for our friend. Cheers

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SP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed this restaurant. It's excellent and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Italian food.

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G
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Ambiance for a Birthday Party for 12 adults having fun !

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l
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The restaurant was undergoing renovation which we were not told about at the time the reservation was set. Our waiter was unpolished in his mannerisms and speech and did not provide us with water, removal of finished plates was slow. What happened to our favorite dining spot?

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j
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here many times. The food was excellently prepared, as always. The service was exceptional. We look forward to returning soon.

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W
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

The food was excellent, the service good but we were seated at the "Chef's Table" which was past the kitchen and at the end of the prep table. Ours was the only table in this location. The hostess told us this was a fun place. Really? When making dinner reservations we always request seating where my husband's power wheelchair will not obstruct servers and other patrons. Since his accident we have strived to live as normal a life as possible and this situation did not feel normal. In addition, we were entertaining guests who had never been to Il Fornaio so we were embarrassed by the seating location. I was shocked and disappointed that a restaurant of this caliber would do this. Other times we have been to Il Foranio, we were treated and seated like all of the other patrons.

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K
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian in the OC

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EA
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Business dinner. Pace and quality of service for our drinks, appetizers then dinner was perfect to support a relaxed setting for a dinner meeting. Food was excellent!

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AS
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
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 on April 21, 2019
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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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter celebration with family. Kids friendly!

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J
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
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 on April 19, 2019
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 on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant with very good food and great service.

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JB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
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
6 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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C
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was great ! Got in right away. Great ambiance.

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