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For 2
Date
Sun, 1/21
Time
8:00 PM
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Il Fornaio - Irvine

4.5
1992 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
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 - Thursday, 4:00pm - 10:00pm. Friday - Saturday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm.
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Phone number
(949) 261-1444
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Cross street: Von Karman Ave and Quartz
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Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Celebrate your Valentine with a special selection of dishes inspired by the Italian region of Umbria, the home of Saint Valentine. End your evening with Fondente ai Tre Cuori, a heart-shaped flourless dark chocolate cake with white chocolate and mixed-berry gelee hearts.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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4.5
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4.4
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4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipmasarumac (Orange County)
5.0
Dined 2 days ago

料理の盛付けも綺麗で美味しく雰囲気が良い。

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vipMysterE (Orange County)
3.0
Dined 2 days ago

Not my favorite Italian but my guest wanted to go there. Service attentive but the server kept bumping into things and dropping things on the floor. Had minestrone and Caesar salad. Soup had everything in it except for any flavor—totally under seasoned. Salad was standard issue except for hard cooked egg quarters—a novelty. $70 including tip for 2, included one glass of House wine each—a bit pricey. I prefer Il Barone.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

I’ve been to Il Fornaio several times. The food and service are always wonderful.

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JohnS (Orange County)
5.0
Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0
Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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DaliaF (Houston)
5.0
Dined on January 12, 2018

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!

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MartW (Orange County)
5.0
Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
3.0
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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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

Cooking w Jeff

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vipscrapbookcathleen (Orange County)
2.0
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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Hours, Transportation, and Details

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 - Thursday, 4:00pm - 10:00pm. Friday - Saturday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm.
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Cross street
Von Karman Ave and Quartz
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(949) 261-1444
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Catering
Catering available for business, personal or holiday events. Please call the Event Coordinator to arrange.
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Parking details
Complimentary self-parking or valet validated at restaurant.
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Public transit
Orange County Transit
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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.

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