About Il Fornaio - Irvine

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.

18051 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine, CA 92612
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday, 11:30am - 4:00pm. Sunday, closed. Dinner: Monday - Thursday, 4:00pm - 10:00pm. Friday - Saturday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm.

Cross Street:
Von Karman Ave and Quartz

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 261-1444

Website:
http://www.ilfornaio.com/

Catering:
Catering available for business, personal or holiday events. Please call the Event Coordinator to arrange.

Parking Details:
Complimentary self-parking or valet validated at restaurant.

Public Transit:
Orange County Transit

Executive Chef:
Jeff Burt

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Bring your next special occasion to Il Fornaio and work with a friendly and knowledgeable event coordinator. Celebrate with excellent service in warm and stylish surroundings serving extraordinary authentic Italian food and wine. We have several private and semi-private same available.

Il Fornaio - Irvine Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (38)
Good for a Date (30)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
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Authentic (25)
Business Meals (25)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Great for Lunch (24)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Good for Groups (21)
Casual (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Fun (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Romantic (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Seasonal (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Cozy (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
People Watching (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Healthy (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Live Sports (2)
Organic (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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Vegan (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

Very good, but disappointing that they no longer have the tasting menu option for the Festa Regionale.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

Service and meal excellent. Marcelo is an excellent manager
Never disappoints

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

It was our first time, the waiter was very helpful and friendly and got us bruschetta on the house. It was extremely fresh and delicious. My husband ordered the fettuccine Alfredo with smoked salmon and I got the capellini pomodoro and both were amazing. We concluded our meal with a cafe latte for hubby and dark chocolate ice cream for me they were truly the cherry on top. Definitely recommend this restaurant and will be back if we are in the area!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

We go to Il Fornaio on a monthly basis, and this time we found they had made several changes! I liked it the way it was, so I was a bit worried. The foods still come from a particular area of Italy, but it's just handled a different way. By the time we finished the evening, we decided we actually liked the new way because there's more freedom to order from the night's menu in combination with their regular menu. Apparently, it's also easy for groups because no one has to wait while others finish a particular part of the menu, like the pasta section and then the main dish. The food was particularly delicious this evening, too. It will be interesting to see how it goes in the coming months, but it seems like some thoughtful changes.

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 10, 2018

The location is not so good, the GPS can never take you to the front door, it will always tell you that you have arrived but you may not. The parking building is so complicated, it takes you 20 mins to find you car. Food is good, but the location is horrible.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Cooking w Jeff

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Came for a birthday, their birthday song turned out to be the best part of the evening. Sea Bass was ok, but i would not order it again. Waiter was less than prompt (received my glass of wine near the end of my meal.) Very underwhelming visit.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Good value , good taste and big portions

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our favorite Orange County Italian...always festive, always superb.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Nice place in a well designed restaurant with high ceilings. The Italian food is very good. I might like a broader selection of standard Italian fare for picky young eaters who may want to design their own Italian dish. The waiters know their stuff and take care of you very well.

Tags: People Watching, Disabled Access, Authentic, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This restaurant has been an old "stand-by" for business lunches/dinners as well as personal special occasions and it has never disappointed. This most recent experience we were there on a Saturday night of a holiday weekend. Despite the place being very busy, our service was excellent as was all the food. I'll continue to return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had dinner a few days before Christmas, and enjoyed the beautiful decorations. Even though the restaurant was busy, we were seated right away because we had a reservation. The food was not as good as I remember mainly because my squash ravioli was lukewarm. Additionally, the server forgot to bring one person's wine. Because she didn't check back with us, it was some time before we could flag someone to bring the wine... and we had to flag a second person before we finally received it.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 23, 2017

. . . a GREAT experience, as always! Il Fornaio remains our favorite local Italian restaurant!

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Excellent service and the food was fantastic! We'll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 21, 2017

I am a very good customer of IlFornaio since more than 20 years ago. I organized meals, special events. I always felt very good with the food, meals and service. Last Thursday I had a different experience. I reserved the table in advance and I requested a quiet table far from the kitchen. I am familiar with the place so I know that close to the kitchen is very noisy and very warm and it is not fun to be seated in that area. When we arrived they gave us a table for 7 in the area that I asked no to. I asked the hostess to change us to another table that was empty and she was not helpful, fortunately there was a gentleman who that try to help me but there was another lady who also was not helpful. I felt discriminated by both, the gentleman was nice and helpful and he moved us to another table that it was better but not the best. We asked for one salad (spinach with salmon) and it was very spice almost impossible to eat, I asked for a salad with salmon and it was OK but the salmon was not fresh and I ended sick. I am very sad to see that this amazing restaurant is loosing its touch of excellence.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

This restaurant is a 5 star find with Authentic delicious Italian Dishes served old world style by attentive professional wait staff. Hostess is both friendly and accommodating and the pace of serve comfortable yet attentive. The restaurant is beautifully appointed and is casually comfortable with a touch of elegance. The valet parking although free of charge was difficult so park yourself and take a short walk.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great selection of Authentic Italian food
Excellent service
Food was very flavorful

Tags: Healthy, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Happy with everything except lunch noise level a bit high. Pasta and bread, as always, outstanding. Chocolate Decadence cake was truly superb.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The food came out luke warm, salmon and vegetables. Also it took a long time to receive our food. I have been to the restaurant many times and normally is good. Unfortunately I took 3 business clients there for lunch and it was not up to par.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Lana our sever was amazing and was able to anticipate our every need as well as guage the personality of our group!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Terrible service and the manager didn’t know how to deal with it

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We didn’t have good service and the quality of the food was not very good. I’m glad we had dinner to see if this would be a good place for my daughters bridal shower unfortunately we’ve decided not to have the event there because of the quality of the food and service.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Restaurant was difficult to find because the address is Von Karman. But its NOT on Von Karman. Good squash ravioli. Good Arugula salad. But when I told our waiter my friend and I planned to split each, I thought the kitchen would do it for us. So then we had to wait for extra plates after the fact. For the prices they charge, I expect a little better service. And our food came before we were even served our wine. :-(
The inside is very noisy. The outdoor patio is a little quieter. I like white table cloths on the tables and the ambiance. Would go back and give it another try and maybe have dessert next time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2017

I have enjoyed Il Fornaio’s regional three course tasting menu ($36.95) for at least four years now. It is a very good value, the quality of the ingredients are excellent. Three courses includes antipasti or zuppa, pasta, and secondi. Tonight I had the salad of fennel, endive, pine nuts, celery, carrots, watercress, and quinoa with a vinaigrette dressing. Radicchio, mushroom lasagna. Grilled filet of branzino (sea bass) with black and green olives, capers, and cherry tomatoes...perfect with mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach. They also offer a $16 wine flight of white and red wines. Download the Il Fornaio app and collect points towards future meals from their regular menu. Also receive a gift! Tip, enjoy eating patio side even in winter with outdoor heaters. Buon Appetito!

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·Dined on December 11, 2017

The waitress got my salad and soup order wrong. Waitress also told us she validated our parking but it didn't work, and we spent $22 on parking.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Frequent diner here and have yet to be disappointed. Big fan,

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We love eating at il Farnaio - Irvine - we come at least twice a month - never disappointed

Tags: Disabled Access, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 7, 2017

You can’t beat the food, service, and ambiance! I asked my husband to take me to I’ll Fornaio for my birthday because it is my favorite restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Not as good as I caused to be! Invent here back to back nights and thought it was an off night. Both were very disappointing. The chicken was not fresh and warmed up

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We always enjoy going to Il Fornaio, and we really do enjoy the monthly tasting menu and the opportunity to find out about another area of Italy that we might enjoy seeing in person.

As far as the restaurant itself, we look forward to a comfortable spot with excellent food and great, reliable service. The waiters are always looking out for how they might be able to make our evening a successful one.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Food was OK. The waiter for our table needs improvement. The waiter's support staff, however, was prompt and responsive.

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We were seated promptly and freshly baked bread delivered to our table. Our waiter was friendly, efficient and made recommendations without being pushy. The Oso Bucco was a bit on the salty side but the ciappinno was excellent with just a hint of spice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

The service was high! Everything about this restaurant was amazing! The service was outstanding, the food was beyond amazing! I didn’t know what to order, then the owner came to my table and suggested I try something, I was a little scared at first because I don’t like trying new things, but his suggestions was perfect! This is my favorite restaurant that’s ive been to this year! Definitely coming here again! Great service as soon as I walked in the doors

Tags: Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

My favorite restaurant hands down. What i love is that the food is made to order and you can have your food the way you want it. Even if it's not on the menu. Not like these americanized restaurants that pre made the food so you cant change it. I have a special meal and they make it for me every time. I don't mind paying the extra charge. Just glad i can get what i want. Will be back for valentine's day. Thanks again

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Live Sports, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I had the Ahi Tuna salad for this business lunch. Was excellent. My colleague had a ravioli dish that I samples and was also excellent. Service was great as well. We had reservations and were seated promptly on time and served promptly.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great atmosphere and exellent food! Their kitchen is so clean, which brings so much reliance to customers!

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Our team had a great time! Dessert was excellent?!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We both had Cappellacci Di Zucca. The ravioli was very good, however, the sauce left much to be desired. They put sauce in this dish which completely overpowers the butternut squash and the brown butter. I cannot recommend this dish.

The restaurant was very noisy at lunch time. We did not feel welcomed when we asked for a 'less energetic' table. It was as though we were imposing.

Our waiter and wait servers were very nice.

FYI: There is a large construction project going on outside of the restaurant as well. The fuel smell and flying dirt is bad for breathing since you have to walk a ways to get into the restaurant.

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Il Fornaio exemplifies true Italian cooking with amazing attention to detail. Our server was gracious and very knowledgeable about both our menu questions and in helping selecting the wine. The food was perfectly prepared. Our dining experience couldn’t have been better!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 27, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant but I hadn’t been back in several years. It was perfect and I can tell you it is still my favorite!

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