Il Fornaio - Irvine

4.6
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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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HerbN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Imagine you're in Italy ( next best thing) . . . feast and enjoy! Celebrated a delightful and delicious birthday here.

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DanaD
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so happy to be back at one of our favorite OC restaurants. As always, management and staff were friendly & efficient. We ate on the patio which was quite & delightful!!!
We we’re very pleased with all the precautions Il Fornaio has taken to keep the diners and staff safe.

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vipIrvineCouple
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were very glad that the restaurant is re-opened, happy to see familiar faces. The food and service - as always - were excellent. We are waiting for the return of the regional special menus.

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vipcarrie
Palm Springs
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food choices are amazing!

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WilliamB
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The free appetizer, fried calamari was very delicious as was our salad and pasta dish. Service was a bit slow and that gave us more time to catch up with out-of-town family.

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RSMmary
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous. It always is. They are practicing social distancing and best practices for sanitizing. The servers and busboys are all wearing masks. I was on the patio. There were two other parties, one of three people and one of two. I was by myself.
I was going there at least once a month. I’m happy they have re-opened.

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TamaA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Our server recommended a great wine. Thank you.

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MartW
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was particularly delicious, especially the swordfish and the soup, and we always enjoy things a touch more when Arturo is our server.

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PascalM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Ordered a sea food pasta. It was a little grainy. The bread pudding was dry and charred in some places. We spoke to the Manager the next day after we had the leftover and he was very gracious and offered a gift card.

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JodyJ
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was very good, service was not as good as usual although I am not usually there on Saturday noght

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vipJoseph
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Server on the patio was frequently absent even though there were only 3 tables seated.

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vipVTBlue
New England
136 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

What a nice spot to find via Open Table. Il Fornaio, I am guessing, does a ton of business lunches since it's set amidst many office buildings, and the evenings are actually their slower time. This is good for us a diners as the excellent staff took good care of us, and the the kitchen was efficient with serving the various courses.
The food was quite good -- my sea bass was incredibly moist and definitely NOT counterfeit. My colleague had a swordfish loin dish that was a special, which was really really good; I tried a little and as good as my sea bass was, I had a bit of entree envy. The only gripe was that the calamari starter was a bit typical, if you will, though perfectly cooked. I highly recommend Il Fornaio for both service and food. A great find.

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ValPhil
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Still cant find a Better Italian Restaurant in SoCal ,after 15 years of Searching . .
Pricey but All good, from bread to Dessert !

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HollyF
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We have been going here for over 20 years. Screaming waiters with noisy carts rushing by, spilled a whole drink down my husband, food was mediocre, completely out of the advertised gluten free option that we love, manager and waiter cleaned spill on floor with tags from when spilled drink on my husband and then I saw them immediately handling plates at the kitchen counter we were sat by (even though when I made the reservation asked for different area). Super disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific experience. Always a wonderful meal. I have never had a bad meal and the restaurant makes you feel special small the time.

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lupeU
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I ordered a dish with chicken and veggies and mashed potatoes. I substituted the mash potatoes for spaghetti. The veggies and spaghetti had too much olive oil. I really wanted traditional spaghetti but the waiter told me he can bring it with olive oil and garlic. It was okay. The desserts were good.

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vipdparker
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice Italian restaurant. Not elegant but we received great service, good food, great charcuterie appie, and good dessert. We would definitely go again!

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DennisW
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been to Il Fornaio in a while as my office is no longer close. It is still one of my favorites and I always eat way too much bread and pasta! Am fasting for a couple of days.

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KatA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I got the special with linguine and fish. Delicious! Our waitress was very good and helpful. We enjoyed our evening.

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StevenA
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I haven’t been in a few years due to this not being a local restaurant to where I live. Met up with some work colleagues for lunch and all was what I remembered from before........ all good and would return again

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vipHeatherfeather
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice location- very friendly service and great food.

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randylue
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance, service too.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

I enjoyed my experience very much! The food was delicious, and the staff was prompt. I took my wife for a late valentines dinner and she didn’t want to leave. The hostess was also very polite, wish the portions were bigger but i guess it’s ok so I don’t get fatter. Thank you!! I Dessert was amazing! The bread pudding was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic. Great food as well

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vipRebeccaS
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We were there in a busy Saturday night and the service was not great. We were seated right away but the waiter was definitely trying to rush us. He hovered over our table as soon as we got our menus and wanted us to order right away. Once our food came, he disappeared and we had to flag someone down for a drink refill. The food was bland at best. We hadn’t been here in a while and we won’t be back. There are much better Italian restaurants in the area with good food and that actually make you feel welcome dining there. We will not be coming back.

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LauraM
Orange County
2 reviews