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.View Private Dining Details
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
Celebrate Easter at Il Fornaio with your friends and family at Il Fornaio! Large parties welcome upon reservation.
Sunday, April 1, 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!!
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!!
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.
Great place, good food, friendly waiters, loved it.
. . . excellent! . . . still our favorite Italian restaurant in Irvine, or all of Orange County, for that matter!
Food is always good. Construction and parking structure a real turnoff.
A Consistently overall great experience for over 17 years at this location - great job
I love il fornio
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.
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
Excellent. Food was delicious. Complementary valet parking. Highly recommended
Great food and great service. I enjoy going to Il Fornaio wherever I can find one!!
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.
We enjoyed our birthday celebration along with the great lunch value on the last day OC restaurant week.
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.
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.
Always loved this place but this time the food was uninspired. Very little chicken in my pasta. had to ask for bread... Just got the water when I don't like ice. I know the waiter wanted to serve us but felt rushed.
Nice place and service. The food was ok
Always a warm, inviting restaurant with good food and people.
Food. Service. Atmosphere.
(Minestrone was full of super hot broth, vegetables and beans. Highly recommend it.)
The service was great. Steve was outstanding. The food was very yummy. I highly recommend it.
For the last 6 months, I'm so thrilled that Il Fornaio has dramatically enhanced the menu offerings, the meals are so tasty with full of flavorable ingredients. For our birthday dinner on March 3, 2018 our waiter Oswaldo made an awesome wine offering, along with cheese pairing. I also had dinner in Feb where the menu was offering per Italian region - with vegetarian entrees. Thank you so much - i hope this positive trend continues!!!!
Three generations spending a special time together and it could not have been more perfect! The setting is lovely; service was efficient and always with a smile; the food was fantastic. Our server was so helpful and suggested the most perfect wines for each of us. He made us feel so important and helped to make our time at II Fornaio memorable. We all loved it and agreed it was a perfect choice for our special evening.
I wish I knew the name of our server because he was fantastic!
Utterly FABULOUS..... a MUST !!!
Thank you Chef!
Everyone provided outstanding service
From busboy to manager
Much better than the ones in San Diego . Better food better service . Old Il Fornaio taste and service I almost gave up on them in San Diego . But the Irvine one was the old good one still
Very good Italian restaurant with consistent quality. There are specialities from different regions in Italy next to the regular menu which offers a very good selection. The service could be a bit more attentive st times but overall a very good dining experience.
The pasta was delicious. They were quite busy but waiter kept up and was very friendly. Bartender can't make a manhattan. Shook the hell our of it so we got a watered down slush. Forgot to tell him to stir and not shake. ALso took way too long to get a drink.
The best bread, pastas, salads and the service is excellent. Love this restaurant in Irvine and San Francisco. Great for families.
Always enjoy dining here. Excellent food. A restaurant where you can have a conversation and not be drowned out by the crowd. One of the reasons that we dined at Il Fornio
Love the ambiance of this restaurant the light, wood and glass open areas are very inviting . We sat next to a window where they were cutting bread! Loved that and the bread was delicious. Appetizer of fried calamari and a delicious beat salad made us almost too full for dinner. Almost. Roasted rack of Lamb was perfect! Celebrated my son’s 18th birthday. He wanted salmon in vodka sauce with pasta and they accommodated his request! Mom had butternut squash ravioli and loved it. They sang and brought out delicious ice cream with strawberries as birthday surprise . We shared the the tiramisu which was fantastic. Service was wonderful very attentive to water and bread and drink refills. Had a lovely birthday!
Have been coming here for years. Love the food and ambience. Our favorite is the regional menus. Unfortunately, they stopped offering the regional menu that included 3 courses for one price and the wine flight. We hope they will bring them back. We were told in a few months. Validated and Valet parking. Indoor and outdoor seating. Outdoor with heaters. Bar with television in addition to regular seating.
Il Fornaio never disappoints. I have visited this location many times over the last 20 years. Its always been outstanding - business lunch, date with my wife, celebration with friends. The food is always top rate and the service is so outstanding. Attentive without being pushy, friendly, and making sure all of your needs are met. Its going to be a solid choice for us for a long time.
The nearby construction made finding both the entrance and exit difficult and would wait for it to be finished before going back. Our waiter seemed to be in a rush all the time and his speech made it difficult to understand him. We stayed away from the off-menu specials because we weren't sure what he was describing. The food was abundant and very tasty, we'll be sure to go back again.
We had dinner here on a Friday night to preview the restaurant for an event we are having in a few weeks. We loved the food and the service was excellent.
Our food was delicious. The scallops and oysters were cooked to perfection. Succulent, tender, flavorful. The service was excellent. Our waiter was efficient, friendly and made our anniversary dinner very special. This was our first visit and we look forward to coming back again. Thank you!
Reservation meant nothing, waited 20 minutes to be seated. Plenty of open tables. Was sat in the busiest walk way and was bumped by guests and staff as they walked by. Waitress was not attentive. Wont be going there again, for dinner. Lunches or happy hours here are pretty decent, just not for a date.
Haven't been here in years. It's become much more open and contemporary with a great atmosphere. Wait staff are great and food was excellent, much better than I remember. Bread is still top notch. We asked for the seafood pasta with wine sauce instead and it came out excellent, one of the best we've had. Lamb chop was also perfectly done as well as the pizza. Deserts were great. Can't remember the name but it's three different items. Very rich but not too sweet. Great evening overall. We'll definitely come back more often now.
This is an excellent Italian restaurant with a monthly regional menu that really gives you a taste of Italy.
We had a reservation and were seated on time. Valentines evening and the regular menu was utilized. Special dishes from the Umbria area in Italy added to the choices. An excellent wine menu with pairing ideas to assist. Service was excellent as was our dinner, especially the beet salad.
Excellent experience at this restaurant ... food is fantastic!