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For 2
Date
Thu, 2/22
Time
7:00 PM
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Il Fornaio - Irvine

4.5
2020 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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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What 2020 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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!

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vipWinziggle (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

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Frank (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

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viphappydiner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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.

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Happy (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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!

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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LarryJ (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

This is an excellent Italian restaurant with a monthly regional menu that really gives you a taste of Italy.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent experience at this restaurant ... food is fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

You could tell the waiter was a temp hire for Valentine’s Day. Food was literally thrown on our tiny table. Zero room for both our meals on the table. Barely any space between tables. Waiters brushed my arm several times while flying by with food or busing dishes. Specials of the day were not presented to us until we asked and then he simply listed the protein dishes available, not including any of the sides. The desserts were the only saving grace to the meal. When I recalled this experience to another friend, they said that they had the same experience last year on Valentine’s Day and simply refused to go back to the restaurant ever again. I may be inclined to do the same

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was too salty. Lamb had a strong taste .
Stick with pastas they are great.

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Dissapointed (Orange County)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

There was construction blocking the entrance, we were put in a noisy part of the restaurant, we requested a quieter table and were denied, although the table we requested was unused the whole time. Food was delicious, price expensive, wait staff were snooty, slow and unresponsive. Our overall experience was terrible.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I really enjoy the varied seating options such as the dining area, bar and patio areas. The food is always excellent as the service is. The wait for the food to be delivered to the table is always prompt and still hot! I recommend IL Fornaio to all my friends.

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Shemafish4u (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Every time we visit you we try to have Lana as our waitress. She is such a joy and makes the evening a 5 Star evening. Good food, a wonderful service makes the $ irrelevant.

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