Il Fornaio - Irvine

4.7
2867 Reviews
$30 and under
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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4.6
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4.7
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4.6
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4.4
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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had my heart set on lasagna; however, the restaurant was closed when we arrived due to Warden Newsome’s Chinese Coronavirus lockdown order. So we ordered from the limited takeout menu and took the food home - The ragout meat sauce was spot on. The minestrone soup & bread were excellent compliment. Will do again. The limited staff work very hard & were great! Thank you!

KJ
vipKatherineJ
Orange County
50 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was another wonderful dinner on the patio! We will miss them during the shutdown and look forward to take out until they can reopen.....

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husbands birthday dinner was the best! We hadn’t been here in years, but after our return visit we will try to come more often. The restaurant was busy on a Sunday night, but it did not take away from the excellent service that Holland gave us. Our food was delicious!! My hubby enjoyed the surprise birthday song and sundae dessert from the servers. In all, our teens also had a good time too which made for a perfect family evening. Thank you to all who gave us a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely spot for date night. Customer service is great and the food is delicious.

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vipcarrie
Palm Springs
32 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food !!

JB
JoanneB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our entire evening was amazing! We have for many years had our Christmas Eve dinner there. So sorry it will not happen this year. This was our celebration. Our waitress was AMAZING and the food excellent. Thank you for a wonderful evening and God Bless you.
Merry Christmas!

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julielai
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the ambience! Pasta was my go-to. Never failed. Great customer services.

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DianaP
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is indeed a hidden gem and we have been there 4 times in the last few months because we are comfortable that they are taking all the COVID precautions and it’s just a lovely place to be with delicious food and great service. We will head back again as soon as everything opens back up. Stay safe everyone and wear your 😷 mask!

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Xbucki
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great food and experience

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kimberlyp
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious

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Chipo
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service as always.

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Tinka
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside patio dining only now. But it was still great to be able to go out to dinner at one of our favorite spots. Wonderful service and food. So looking forward to experiencing the great energy that has always existed when dining indoors in their lovely restaurant setting. Marcello, the manager, does a terrific job!

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KoriS
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service outstanding. Considering all dining needs to be outdoors right now, their patio has a perfect ambiance. The heaters were plentiful and the winkle lights added a sparkling touch. There was a wedding reception happening in the parking lot which was a bit loud, but it brought a festive spirit to our date night.

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vipDavidK
Orange County
40 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We eat at Il Fornaio often, but for Thanksgiving it was not good. Though we would enjoy a meal for 2 on Thanksgiving, and our reservation was at 6:00 pm. They had already run out of soup and cranberries. So I had the turkey dinner a la carte, and it was dry and tasteless, for $25 plus tax and tip. The pumpkin pie was a small serving that tasted like it was baked last week and served ice cold. A Costco pumpkin pie would have been 10 x better. We will go back for the regular food but never again on Thanksgiving

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant! We sat in the middle section of the restaurant with the retracted roof. The space heaters made it very comfortable for a November evening. Tables were spaced far apart. Food was delicious and a good value. A great dining experience.

JP
vipJPSnoopy
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best experience for Thanksgiving! The meal and service were perfection!!!! Thanks Il Fornaio!!!

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vipsamanthaf
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Love this place but thanksgiving meal

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Christinat
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deliciouso! Fantqstic Excellent waiter/server from Florence,Italy. Aways a dining pleasure

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional Thanksgiving meal

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GeorgeT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sorry you missed your chance for Il Fornaio’s Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. As for us, we’re ready to make our reservations now for 2021 if that is possible.
What a delightful and delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always celebrate my birthday here the service and food is always amazing!

GJ
vipGregJ
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Because of Covid restrictions outdoor patio is the only option. Plenty of heaters! Service great as usual.

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vipSteveK
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice waiter. They forgot to bring out my salad
But took it off the bill. Nice outside set up

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JessieE
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Needed a nice evening out with the family and this place hit the spot. Our server was attentive & friendly, without being too overbearing. Love that! Everything we ate was delicious and fresh. I would highly recommend this for a nice date night or when you want to upgrade your dining out experience without being over the to fancy.

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vipRaul
Los Angeles
99 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy with this Il Fornaio location. Perfect outdoor set up with excellent service. We will be back soon!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service as well as the food! Best dining experience I have received so far! Thank you for making this day special!

MC
MaxC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was outstanding! I will be coming back here.

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viptonyr
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. great Italian pasta, affordable price

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was on que and good was delicious, staff was courteous and very professional

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AlfredZ
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time and as we walked in we were greeted and welcomed. The server was very attentive to our needs throughout the dinner. Food was amazing very tasteful and portions was great as well.

NM
vipNealM
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BDay and they made it special. Great food and service.

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vipCorinne
Tucson
40 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always have great food but my Shirt Ribs were chewy and not tender like they should be. Told Holland but all we got was Sorry ?????

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vipShellyA
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Our Service Was Outstanding 👏👏👏👏🥳🎉!!!
Our Meal Was Most Excellent!
we were Truly Blessed By our evening!
Thank You Everyone - Valet Team,
Receptionist, Waiters, And CHEF!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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kimc
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience3

The fish on the menu they claim is ordered all the time.
It stunk really bad. Tasted terrible.

Yuk!

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RobertP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience, my favorite Italian restaurant, great service, superb food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
46 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience was terrific. We felt safe in the enclosed outdoor environment and thoroughly enjoyed a conversation at a table for 5 guests. The pasta, seafood, bread were great, as always. Ulysses' service was prompt and professional as he took care of our guests and spoke clearly through his mask, which is still mandatory and appreciated in most dining establishments. We will return!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was not prepared as ordered

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vipEileen
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Covid safe outdoor dining. Ambience is gone,but food is exceptional as always.

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vipAlexK
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

It was the worst Italian food I’ve ever had. I couldn’t eat it.

CF
ColemanFam6
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food:) will definitely be back! We were referred to this place and enjoyed it very much!

FAQs

Il Fornaio - Irvine is rated 4.7 stars by 2867 OpenTable diners.

Il Fornaio - Irvine does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.ilfornaio.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.