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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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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

OT
Tucson
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic. Great food as well

RS
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

LM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

DB
Adelaide / SA
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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!

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful and relaxing Valentine/Birthday dinner. The service was excellent, the food delicious.

Y
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

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...

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience5

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.

JB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service, very good food. A little noisy but overall very enjoyable.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

s
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to go for celebrating with our family

BV
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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.

OD
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a business lunch. Lively atmosphere and the food and service were excellent.

KF
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

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.

NT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wish other restaurants would STAFF like Il Fornaio, and every person in the establishment is caring and informed!!

L
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food2service5ambience5

The venue was nice but I wasn't blown away by the food, unfortunately. People just have different tastes! Wonderful service though.

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! We all loved our meals: ravioli, mixed grill, zuppa di pesce. Can't wait to go back!

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food is always great.

M
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

RT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

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.

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

f
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic. Food was good. Busy at lunch but got in and out in an hour

g
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So consistently great. Great food, great service, great ambiance!

JO
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing

RA
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

YO
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always such great service and food!! Relaxing atmosphere!

EC
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday

OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was for my parents birthdays and everything was great!

E
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this restaurant. Food, service and attention to detail are consistent and never disappoint!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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.

H
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good fresh
And delicious food

SL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

KJ
Orange County
40 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed celebrating a birthday with this month’s regional menu!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

美味しく食事ができました、誕生日お祝いをされていましたが、騒がしいという感じではなかったです。

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EC
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always

c
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good atmosphere with reasonable price

TM
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing - everyone in our large party was very happy with the selection and preparation. Nice and well priced wine list as well.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience.

MR
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Fortunate to sit at the Chef's table and really enjoyed the privacy.