Il Fornaio - Irvine

4.6
2845 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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSteveK
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MaxC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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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
38 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
5 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.

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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vipDavidK
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Like being able to sit outside and keep my distance from other guests.
Think we had a bad night for servers they seemed inexperienced

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TinaM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great experience. The food and service was excellent. Lovely and spacious dining patio.

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JoeS
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was great. No complaints, nor suggestions. Will be returning for future dinners. Thank you!

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Mele
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was our anniversary and a friend took us out to dinner. It was a very nice evening. We ate on the patio and it was wonderful. The service was great and the food was very good. We had a very good time. They did not rush us and brought us a very nice dessert to celebrate and share. I would recommend this restaurant and for sure the Special dishes.

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vipRTBREA
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dine at Il Fornaio quite often and have enjoyed every meal every time. Even with this China virus nuttiness going on the experience was as good as usual. Keep up the good work.

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vipJoanT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely venue! Great food! Overall delightful evening!

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vipKatherineJ
Orange County
49 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another delicious meal at one of our favorites!! They are expanding their menu so I had a regional risotto while my husband enjoyed the ciopinno which he completely enjoyed! While they are still following all safety precautions it felt calmer and a bit normal...

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vipRDRR
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were regulars before Covid and it was wonderful to come back.

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vipAliceB
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lasagna. Social distanced tables. Good service. Very enjoyable dining experience.

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vipMargo
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Solid Italian food. Good flavors. Carpaccio was missing little oil sprinkle. Arugula was dry. Seafood 🦞 pasta was fantastic. Bruschetta was ok but with Roma tomatoes 🍅 would be amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and better company make for a wonderful experience.

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FloZ
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our first COVID dinning experience. The outside patio was perfect, service outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Waiters were super attentive, and kind. We went for a double birthday celebration and they gave us complimentary birthday ice cream and sans happy birthday. Great vibe and service! Definitely going again.

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LauraP
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipJamesD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sat in the patio, which was nice and secluded. It was a warm day and there’s no cooling equipment for patio dining. Food was okay, had a salad, which wasn’t exciting. Service was great.

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RobertE
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT Food and service! Loved the food and wine and the ambience!

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PatriciaU
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family had a wonderful birthday dinner dining outside on Saturday evening. Everything was great!

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SteveH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed our evening at Il Fornaio. Dining out during the pandemic has been different, to say the least. Great service by Emiliano, who was knowledgeable about the wine and food offerings.

JM
vipJandM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This location is lovely for dinner, service is wonderful and the food is very good. Keep in mind there’s nothing to do in the same area after.

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Gchenarides
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always look forward to an evening at Il Fornaio. Everything was great, as usual, except I was disappointed in the Osso Buco. It was a little on the dry side. Others in our group enjoyed different specials and no isdues.

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vipEllynC
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Chioppino totally different recipe small portion quality not there

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vipThor
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. Nice to see it open.

FAQs

Il Fornaio - Irvine is rated 4.6 stars by 2845 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.