Il Fornaio - Irvine
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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
Service was fantastic. Great food as well
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.
This is a nice restaurant for a business lunch or dinner. Our server was great and very attentive. I felt the food was good but nothing exciting. Menu did have something for everyone. I would come back again but I would try a few other restaurants in the area before I came back.
Wow! Long story short my wife and I didn’t get any food 1 1/2 hours from the time of our reservation. Our reservation was at 8:15PM on Valentines Day, 90 minutes later, a server who was not our original server approached us and said they lost our ticket/order and asked if we wanted to re-order. I recently turned 50 years old, by far the worst experience of my life at a restaurant and that includes fast food chains. Unbelievable!
We usually love going to Il Fornaio as a family on special occasions. Although the food was very good, as always, and the special Valentines’ chocolate flourless cake was pretty tasty, the evening went pretty bad because of the very poor service. The server was extremely inattentive... much so that we got the main entrees way BEFORE we got our water and beverages... (what???) Honestly, it would take too long to list everything that went wrong today with the service.... Despite my many years as a patron of Il Fornaio, I’m truly considering to never go back...
We had a wonderful and relaxing Valentine/Birthday dinner. The service was excellent, the food delicious.
Frankly underwhelmed by the taste of the dishes, but the inattentive service sunk the ship. Highlight of the meal was the delicious appetizers...and anticipation of a wonderful main course that sadly didn't play out. Ambiance was nice, but there's no reason to return.
Excellent service, very good food. A little noisy but overall very enjoyable.
First time dining here and we really enjoyed it. The food and the service (Geraldo) were amazing!!! Tables were positioned a bit too close for my liking and voices carried from all the tables surrounding us.
We had dinner for Valentine’s Day and had a wonderful dinner! The service was excellent as well as the wine and food. Thanks for a beautiful evening ❤️ and we will definitely be returning.
Our favorite place to go for celebrating with our family
Food was excellent. Waiter needed to pay closer attention. They brought out our entree while we were in the middle of salads. So the entree had to wait and be placed under heat lamps.
Great place for a business lunch. Lively atmosphere and the food and service were excellent.
We've been here before and our experience was great the first time. However, we went recently over the weekend with a reservation (and it wasn't very busy) and our experience was horrible.
First, we got seated near the door which kept opening and closing and with it being a very cold night it was kind of inconsiderate.
We asked for water twice and this was after they already took our order. When the waiter was taking our order he was not inviting, nor did he even try to ask what were celebrating or try to make any menu recommendations. It was extremely transactional.
The food came out fast however, and one of two orders was wrong. I look at the server saying 'I didn't order that' and they took it back, he didn't even apologize. We sat there sharing my boyfriend's food since it took over 15 min for us to get my food and by the time my food came out we already finished eating his meal. If we were to wait for my food to come out, his food would have just gotten cold. The right thing to do would be to just take all the food back, and bring both meals out at the same time so we could enjoy it together!
I finally got my food and since we had to share this meal again, we needed plates. We had to ASK for our table to be cleared and for some extra plates when the table was already so small.
The food was good but the service was actually awful. Not once did the server come back to ask us how everything was. The server apologized but it seemed so unapologetic. We didn't even think the service deserved any form of tip.
Then when we were all finished the server handed us vouchers to come back for free appetizers/soups. I sat there in shock thinking that they would want us to come back and spend MORE money for bad service, plus it only lasted until the end of the month? Really?
This experience has been one of my worst dining experiences yet and sadly we don't go out and get dressed up often so this was extremely disappointing.
Wish other restaurants would STAFF like Il Fornaio, and every person in the establishment is caring and informed!!
The venue was nice but I wasn't blown away by the food, unfortunately. People just have different tastes! Wonderful service though.
Everything was wonderful! We all loved our meals: ravioli, mixed grill, zuppa di pesce. Can't wait to go back!
Excellent service and the food is always great.
We had a wonderful dinner and a great time. The service was great. I highly recommend this restaurant it is a little loud but great food and good service.
Il Fornaio is one of our favorites restaurants for its consistent service and well prepared food. We've been to several different Il Fornaio restaurants in the Los Angeles area, but this was our first visit to the one in Irvine. The Irvine restaurant is beautiful. Their menu choices and food preparation were good and their service outstanding. It was a pleasant experience all around and we'll certainly visit it again.
This is my second time to come to this location. And it was very pleasant I’m regards to food service. Each dish we ordered arrived warm and tasted really good. Our serving staff was personable and friendly. The only area we did note was just above the bread station, there are decorative hanging baskets woth what we assumed as bread decoration. We could visibly see thick amounts of dust on the basket , decoration, and chains. So it did have a concern if that dust does fall directly down to the bread station where they were prepping for the table bread. But overall besides that one area of cleanliness for the restaurant, the food, service, and ambience was a positive experience.
Service was fantastic. Food was good. Busy at lunch but got in and out in an hour
So consistently great. Great food, great service, great ambiance!
I received an e-mail featuring the lamb on the menu and it convinced me to visit (love lamb.) Excellent lamb with selection of vegetables. Excellent glass of Duckhorn Merlot to accompany ($20: ouch.) Overall, very satisfied. Reservation at 5:00 on a Saturday, restaurant filled up as we age, became noisier, but we avoided that.
Always such great service and food!! Relaxing atmosphere!
This was for my parents birthdays and everything was great!
Love this restaurant. Food, service and attention to detail are consistent and never disappoint!
Food was cold. Specifically the lasagna was fridge cold. Even the plate was cold. It seems they pulled the plate with the food from a refrigerator or freezer and didn’t realize they didn’t heat it.
So good fresh
And delicious food
It was good (average), but not great. I had patronized this restaurant for many years in the past and had not been back in some time. I was not impressed this time. It was okay for a business meeting, but I would not come back for personal dining.
Enjoyed celebrating a birthday with this month’s regional menu!
Fabulous as always
Good atmosphere with reasonable price
Food was amazing - everyone in our large party was very happy with the selection and preparation. Nice and well priced wine list as well.
Always a great experience.
Fortunate to sit at the Chef's table and really enjoyed the privacy.