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Date
Tue, 4/24
Time
9:00 PM
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Il Fornaio - Irvine

4.5
2074 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday, 11:30am - 4:00pm. Sunday, closed.
Dinner: Monday - Saturday, 4:00pm - 10:00pm. Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm.
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Phone number
(949) 261-1444
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jeff Burt
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Catering
Catering available for business, personal or holiday events. Please call the Event Coordinator to arrange.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Von Karman Ave and Quartz
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Parking details
Complimentary self-parking or valet validated at restaurant.
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Public transit
Orange County Transit
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, 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.

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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat the mom in your family to a special day at Il Fornaio filled with authentic Italian elegance, a deliciously creative menu and memories for a lifetime!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 2074 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Nice new location. The service was excellent and the food was very good.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Beautful restaurant with authentic Italian cuisine.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was delicious as always. However I felt like we were squeezed in between reservations. We had our own reservation and even arrived a few minutes early. The pacing was not at all relaxed.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

It was an anniversary dinner although we did not announce that. The food was excellent, including the flatbread appetizer and our entrees (risotto del mare, and a ravioli special). But our server was absolutely the best. Amorette was super-friendly, knowledgeable (my wife always has questions on the menu- and tonight was NO exception) and attentive without being overbearing. We'd go back more frequently if we could get her station every time.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Excellent service. Seated right away. The quality and presentation of the food was superb.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

The food was well prepared and tasty. The service was splendid. We were fortunate to have the delightful and efficient Joseph as our waiter. This is a great place to celebrate a birthday or just come for a nice dinner. The ambience is nice and will be even better after the construction next door is finished.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

This Il Fornaio has great homemade pasta, a very good changing regional menu, plus a regular menu, so there are lots of options and generous portions to match their attitude.
For vegetarians, they often do substitutions. Their delicious bread is from their bakery, and the deserts are spectacular, including a hard to find authentic affogato.
We also like their Pasadena, and Carmel locations.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This weekend I came here for the first time with some friends. The service was great. The hostesses were friendly and pleasant. We played a few rounds of Bocce Ball and we had a fantastic time. I can't wait to come back.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Every time I eat here it's wonderful. I don't recall our waiter's name but he was kind and professional. Our food was placed before us within about 5 minutes. It was lovely. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Service and food were absolutely great and the staff was very efficient .

Dinner on the Patio was a relaxing space.

FOOD was so up to Par. !

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We had a wonderful evening at Il Fornaio, excellent food and service. We will be back for sure.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Awesome place

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Always the best service and food...love this place...have been coming here for 25 years...

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We went for Easter brunch and loved that their regular menu was also available. The food was delicious as expected, service was quick and all around we had a great experience!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Nice bright lighting and casual atmosphere. Tasty food.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Made surprise reservations for Easter Brunch!! Oswaldo was AMAZING! He was very attentive and constantly came by to check on us, made wonderful recommendations and made sure we had a beautiful experience. I visit the restaurant often but was knew to this location. Definitely returning soon!!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Lovely experience, food was delicious and quite authentic. The service was great as well. Will come back next time we are in town.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Getting to the parking is troublesome. Will not come to Restaurant until construction is finished. The beets salad had only 4 small pieces of beets and the green had too much dressing.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Really great food and amazing Service!!! My go to restaurant when meeting Friends

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Still one of the best Italian Restaurants around. Always consistent.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The food was as good as always. I had the Cioppino and it was delish. The service was excellent. would highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The food is wonderful. the staff is always informative and we have never been disappointed with our food . We feel this is authentic Italian and we recommend the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This was our first time to this location. We have been to the one in downtown Sacramento which we loved too. We had the antipasto Della casa, the mushroom risotto, the ravioli, the Burrata pizza, and two other dishes. Everything was delicious. We tried their trio dessert which we loved too. The service was spot on. Our waiter was Steve. We will definately come here again.

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

One order was incorrect and had to be replaced. When it was time to pay the bill the waiter was not around.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We were celebrating my husband’s retirement and birthday and the food was mouth watering delicious!! The service was exceptionally well paced, attentive and excellent!! Such a memorable evening!!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

This place is phenomenal! Visiting Irvine for business and a bunch of colleagues and I had dinner here. It was one of the best meals ever!!

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

It’s nice to have a good meal after a long conference weekend. I was surprised that the calamari came out so quickly and that you serve Affogato. I had the Saltimbocca from the special menu. The butternut squash was better without the tomato sauce. I’m used to the smaller and quaint Il Fornaio’s in NorCal, this place seemed pretty homogenous and good fit big parties, like Farrell’s. In this case, bigger is not better. However, the valet was on his toes and prompt with the car.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Great place, good food, friendly waiters, loved it.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

. . . excellent! . . . still our favorite Italian restaurant in Irvine, or all of Orange County, for that matter!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Food is always good. Construction and parking structure a real turnoff.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

A Consistently overall great experience for over 17 years at this location - great job

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

I love il fornio

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Our Il Fornaio group enjoyed this monthly get-together as usual. A highlight this time was the lamb chops, but everything was delicious. We are also enjoying the new way of ordering from the regional menu. The meal seems to move more smoothly, timewise, without the specific courses.
It was a little more crowded than usual in March, but the service remained as good as ever. It's nice to see others enjoying the food and the groups they're with as much as we do.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

I asked for a special veal dish to be made up it was not on the menu (used to be) and they did so with great success

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Excellent. Food was delicious. Complementary valet parking. Highly recommended

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Great food and great service. I enjoy going to Il Fornaio wherever I can find one!!

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The decor and ambiance were very nice.
The service was good.
The food was average AT BEST. My wife had the veal and it was okay, not good. I had the “so called” seafood risotto. The seafood in the “risotto” was okay, but the “risotto” was just weird textured rice. I’ve had risotto everywhere including Italy and they should be embarrassed to call that dish risotto. The minnestrone didn’t have much flavor. Overall I wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone. Even the afogatto was average.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We enjoyed our birthday celebration along with the great lunch value on the last day OC restaurant week.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The vegetables were cold and I had to ask for a second serving of hot vegetables.
The pizza took very long to be delivered to the table.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The food is always top notch, creative and as authentic as I have ever tasted in Italy.
It can get noisy on a weekend so if you are looking for quite, go elsewhere. If you like
an upbeat vibe and friendly waiters and managers, this is an excellent choice.

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