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

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Il Fornaio with a traditional turkey dinner or your favorite Italian dish! Large parties welcome upon reservation.

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Start your Christmas celebration at Il Fornaio! Join us on Christmas Eve and enjoy the festive atmosphere and your favorite Italian dish.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Kick off 2018 in style! Join us New Year's Eve and toast to happiness and health in the new year. Salute!

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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (33)
Special Occasion (33)
Authentic (32)
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Good for Anniversaries (28)
Business Meals (27)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Good for Groups (26)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Casual (22)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Great for Lunch (20)
Notable Wine List (18)
Romantic (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Fun (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Seasonal (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Cozy (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Hot Spot (4)
People Watching (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Healthy (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Organic (2)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 hours ago

The restaurant is a bit hard to find....tucked away between large office buildings and a whole lot of construction. Thank goodness the place validates because parking is $$$. The food was all delicious but the service was VERY slow. It was Thanksgiving but we were one of the first to be seated.

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

We sat outside on the heated patio. We shared the Piemonte beef carpaccio with arugula, capers, shaved grana padano...with a squeeze of lemon, heaven! The short ribs, garlic mashed potatoes and spinach were delicious! We also enjoyed a pizza with burrata cheese.

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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

Had to wait too long after being seated to be waited upon. Caused us to be late for an event we were attending. Also there was a very loud, boisterous table in the room in which we were seated.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Friendly hostess and wait staff. Love the ambience! Love the decor and the bar has a nice vibe. Reserved a private room in the past which was awesome!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Terrific Piemontese regional menu this month, and as authentic as being there (which we were in March) and just as tasty. The monthly prix-fixe Regionale menus are absolutely not to miss, and run 3 weeks of each month.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 14, 2017

simply OUTSTANDING in every phase of the word. the meal was cooked perfection and was only outdone by the prompt non-intrusive service. might be the best lightly breaded grilled filet of sole I've ever had in my life. our business client entertainment meal experience will be long remembered by all parties in attendance.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent food and service with prices very reasonable for the quality and authenticity of the food.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We always enjoy our time at Il Fornaio, and this was even better than most. The ribs were outstanding as usual, and a dish called Tajarin Gratinati was definitely a favorite from our group. We'll hope to repeat that one.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

We love the atmosphere, the service is excellent and the food is great.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The best part of our experience was the attentive service. Nothing was necessarily wrong with our meal, it was just average Italian for the price. I think this is a good option if you’re looking for a quiet place with great service, but not the best Italian ever.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Absolutely great food. Service was 5 stars. Highly recommend for anyone.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Casual, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We regularly dine at Il Fornaio. We enjoy the hospitality that is extended. The monthly Festa Regionale selections are always very good, reflecting the regions of Italy. Marcello is a gracious host and his staff always do their best to make for an enjoyable dining experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Our favorite restaurant but on the 31st service seemed to be preoccupied and the cocktail was poor. My wife’s meal was terrific as always but my choice was a bit different...the sole had a spicy sauce that I usually enjoy but the flavor of the sauce was disappointing. The mixed vegetables was disappointing and the potatoes were a bit soggy. I should have chosen the Chappino that I usually chose but was too full.
Don’t worry we still love your restaurant. Perhaps Holloween was a bummer to many employees.

See soon.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Il Fornaio never disappoints, and the location is obscure, but lovely. The restaurant is huge, with a gorgeous center patio area. Best thing on the menu is Butternut Squash Ravioli!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The interior is lovely (rustic-modern) and big, and with high ceilings and the tables generously separated, there's lots of space within which noise can dissipate, so that, even on a fairly crowded Saturday night, table conversation was not difficult. While their regular menu was moderately priced, the daily specials menu, which included a large variety of interesting choices, was rather inexpensive considering the large portion size and quality of preparation. While it may be a chain, our dinner at Il Fornaio was a lovely experience and we are very likely to return.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

I used OpenTable to book a table when the restaurant was very busy. We ended up having a wonderful dinner with some great bottles of wine We were seated at the back kitchen table. It was an interesting experience because we got to watch the help running around to all the different events that they had going on, and they were very busy. I would come back to this restaurant again but would prefer to sit in the restaurant then at this out of sight table. Service was above average, but because of where we were seated, it was not exceptional.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Really enjoyed our dinner. The specials were things you can't get other places. Not the usual Italian food for sure. Reminded me more of Europe. That's a good thing. We both had the wine flights. Nothing extraordinary but some different things to try.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Always a very good option when you have a special occasion. Food is very good, the service is excellent, and it a very nice setting.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Loved the Passport regional menu! The food is always delicious, intriguing and delightfully presented. The ambiance is family and friend friendly. You are always treated with a smile and a hug.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Firstly, we were warmly greeted by the hostess. I had requested assistance with photos, as this would be our annual
Christmas photo, and again the hostess was very kind and obliging. The restaurant is very inviting, with glass and light brown wood; it is welcoming. We enjoyed the dinner as usual. Our Son-in-Law loved the tasting menu. The service was, as always impeccable. Most of all, the staff seemed to enjoy their
jobs, with smiles all around. Thank you for making our Birthaversary a memorable combined celebration!

Tags: Organic, Romantic, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Server was excellent, food was great.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Il Fornaio is always a favorite place. We enjoy finding out about particular Italian regions and their food, hopefully to help us choose an area we would like to visit. We also enjoy finding out about the wines that go with particular Italian foods.

These monthly treasures are also featured in cooking classes on a monthly basis, and it's always a treat to watch Chef Jeff Burt bring these foods to life.

Il Fornaio is just such a welcoming place, with excellent service and friendly faces.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Food was delicious and Our waiter Martin B was very attentive.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Never a bad meal. Super fast service with quality food. Can't go wrong!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The food of this region was very different! Lots of comfort food with light, creamy polenta, delicious meats and hearty mushrooms! Lots of porcini! Great wine pairings too!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Is an okay place. The food is price at a premium so you have to compare to premium places - it falls a little short!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent food and service, and reasonably priced. The veal scallopini was superb. Will not hesitate to bring guests here again in the future.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Met old friends we haven't seen for more than 10 years and decided to try Il Fornaio.
We were greeted very friendly with a personal touch, which was very pleasant.
Most of us had fish and the food was very tasty and well presented. Two Antipasti to share for 4 was rather small. Wine list is good, personally I'd like to see a wider selection of Primitivos .We settled for the Amarone which was very nice and smooth.
Overall good experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Really wonderful experience as always. Would recommend this place ho all interested in an interesting experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

It was a very pleasant experience. We will certainly be back.

The Novak's of Laguna Woods Village

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Had an amazing time, the food was wonderful and the atmosphere was inviting.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Live Sports
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 27, 2017

I enjoyed my most recent trip to Il Fornaio. The butternut squash ravioli is so delicious and the small order was plenty of food for lunch. The service is always friendly and they are very conscious of the lunch hour time restrictions without being pushy. I have been to this location 5 times and it is always the same great food and service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Service was exceptional and attentive to our needs. Food was great!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Il Fornaio is always great. We have been going for years and never disappointed by the food.

Especially the Regional menu. You have to try that sometime.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We had a wonderful time sitting on the patio on a Saturday evening.
Perfect weather, European ambiance, great food, attentive waiter.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, People Watching
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We love the food it is always very good. The bread is always wonderful. We have a problem with the noise level it is just too high for us. We leave as soon as we finish because we can't hear each other.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Loved the food! Very loud & busy for lunch. Yet the service was very good. Will go back for sure!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Almost always go for the Festa Regionale. Nice one for September & reasonable with the tasting menu. Good food & service this time though can be slow at times. Would recommend for sure

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Tremendous time spent with out of town friends. Everyone was happy with their food and wine selections-the Sicilian menu was amazing!

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was fabulous and service was awesome. So happy my sister recommended we go!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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