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

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

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

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4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (38)
Good for a Date (36)
Authentic (30)
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Good for Anniversaries (29)
Good for Groups (28)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Business Meals (25)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Great for Lunch (22)
Notable Wine List (19)
Casual (18)
Worth the Drive (15)
Romantic (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Seasonal (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Fun (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Cozy (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Healthy (4)
Late-night Find (4)
People Watching (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Live Sports (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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·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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 (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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 (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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Delicious food, lovely decorations, I’ll fornaio never disappoints

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We've been coming here the last few years for Thanksgiving. We love it because our family is either vegetarian or vegan (and gluten-free). That's usually difficult for this holiday but luckily they always offer their full menu besides turkey. Everyone is able to get what they want for dinner and the food is always good and beautifully served. The wait staff is always pleasant and does their best to make it a wonderful experience. We of course, want good food but the goal is to be here on vacation with family enjoying the holiday in our own way.
Thank you Il Fornaio for always making that happen for us.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Food and service were good but the noise level was too high. There was a table across from us where the woman was talking so loud, it was disturbing every table around her.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very gooooood!!!!
Every year I go with my family on Thanksgiving, and I always feel excited and satisfied.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner was excellent! I have been skeptical of having a holiday meal out but was pleasantly surprised how good it was! Will definately attend again!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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