Il Fornaio - Manhattan Beach

4.5
2492 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Step inside Il Fornaio and take an award-winning culinary journey through Italy. Specialties include house made pastas, wood-fired pizza, grilled fish, authentic risotto, and rotisserie meats. Using the freshest ingredients and traditional cooking techniques, Il Fornaio offers a wide variety of premium-quality Italian food paired with great cocktails and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence wine list.
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4.6
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JulieH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt very comfortable and socially distanced on the patio and the service was top-notch as well as the great food.

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LizR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, bread and wine were great, as was the service!

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vipTiffaniH
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

This was our first time at the Manhattan Beach location. We frequent the Pasadena location. I was quite disappointed in the food at Manhattan Beach. Look forward to going back to Pasadena’s Il Fornaio.

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JulieA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, and atmosphere!

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KathleenS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent server—very charming. Enjoyable evening.

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MelissaO
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Wait staff needs to be aware of locations and differences in menu selection

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vipJosie6341
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Dinner was good. We had also ordered an Easter family dinner to go that would have been available for pickup at the same time we had finished dinner. We asked the server if he could check to see if the dinner was ready and if he could bring it to us. The dinner had already been paid. This would have helped us greatly since my 91 years old mother had needed assistance leaving. The server said he couldn’t do it and that we would have to check with the front desk. His lack of help and slow service made the dinner experience less pleasant than what we have experienced in the past.

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vipPendew
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I used to love Il Fornio, not the same anymore. Service was really poor. The food was bland, tasteless and not much of a selection! Sadly won’t be going back to a place I used to frequent!

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Pate
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was great the service was great and it was so nice getting back inside to eat a lovely meal. My only thought was we sat close to the front desk and the telephone ring was very annoying and very loud.

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vipSeanM
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience - everyone is ready for things to get back to normal. Staff was great and food was delicious!

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vipFavoriteforyears
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service (Pablo from Venice) great!

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vipBestFriendsForever
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I have been meeting there once a month for years. Then the pandemic hit. We are both fully vaccinated now and returned for the first time in one year. It is as wonderful as it ever was. Everything: food, service, ambiance just fabulous.

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vipmanacapuru
Los Angeles
164 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Decent but nothing wonderful. It seems to be a step above Romano's Macaroni Grill, but still feels like you are in a chain. The food was good and the service was a bit slow. I doubt that I would go back.

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vipSinnettiP
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the experience the food was great I would go back.

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LisaB
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

This was my first visit. Our party was celebrating a birthday and it was our first time out together since COVID. The restaurant followed all guidelines and so did the customers. My complaint is mostly with the lack of service received. I ordered from the 4-course meal that came with a glass of wine. Our waiter was asked repeatedly for it and it never came on the last request he stated that he thought I didn’t want it. Our first request was for water to add to a vase that contained flowers. The water was received after three more request from a different waiter. We never received refills to our glasses. I did enjoy the ambiance of the restaurant. The food and portions were very good.

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Craigh
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

service and food was great! Our server was the best!

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MartaS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such great service like always our friends and my husband and I just enjoyed going and having dinner every time we get into LA thank you so much

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Hockeyboy
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They do a great job with spacing between the tables. The staff are conscientious about COVID precautions.
The patio was nice and warm, that area can get cold and breezy in the evening.
The Dine LA menu was a good value!!! Food was very good!!!!

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vipWilliamN
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a wonderful time. We particularly enjoyed the carpaccio, the linguine mare chiaro, the conchiglie norcina con pollo, and the tiramisu. The food was delicious and the portions were very generous, making for a great value for your money. The patio dining was lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for the wonderful service.

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tomc
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

the service was very slow which made a less desirable experience. In addition, the waiter was not trained in the order the food should come out. And a very noisy table next door.

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Cassandra
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

I heard a ton of good things about the food here! But unfortunately my friend and I received extremely bland food. We added salt and still, it tasted nothing like the description of the pasta we ordered. I was really hoping for some good pasta! There was no taste, and for the price it was not worth it at all.

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vipHungryJules
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have been meeting friends at Il Fornaio for years and 99% of the time we have a wonderful experience. We enjoyed sitting on the patio, it was quiet and we were warm sitting next to patio heaters. Our server, Sergio, was terrific. Friendly and attentive. The wait staff was also very good.

With Covid and the shut downs and reopening, we were thrilled to get out and enjoy an evening out. We were a little disappointed by the limited menu, and we missed some of our favorite dishes, but understand.

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vipPat1
Los Angeles
147 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great job during a pandemic! Service was excellent.

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vipChantyL
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was not good, it felt like they really didn’t want to be there.

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DrDJC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate in the outdoor area adjacent to the indoor dining rooms. The tables were separated appropriately and the staff followed good health practices. The food for Valentine's Day menu was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Celebrating

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PennieF
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always reliable for tasty food. Been eating here for years and always surprised that it’s a chain. Service is always good although there were some issues with servers getting confused with which table got what which was surprising. Although it’s possible they were still getting used to their outdoor dining setup. Their set up for COVID is comfortable and meets the CDC recommendations.

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Foodie
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and good food.

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renrenolds
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for date night. The outdoor seating is very nice.

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vipLunch
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always dependably great and the service was exceptional.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Great job keeping us safe & providing excellent food!

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LeticiaG
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We felt very comfortable related to Covid measures and cleanness. Food was very good. Great experience for eating after the new opening. Thanks!!!

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shatockab
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being a customer of Paul Martin and Old Navy i have always looked over at this restaurant and said, "One day im going to try that place." I call it that place because I still cant pronounce the name. With Covid 19 being present it is nice that this place already had pre-existing outside eating areas. One side is covered by an awning so on cold days its not that bad. the other outside eating area is not covered. The only thing i would suggest to this restaurant is to invest in 3 more heating lamps for the non covered area. the outside dinning is very nice, it does not look or feel like a makeshift quick situation like we have been experiencing at these other restaurants. The inside of the restaurant is very nice, i cannot wait to sit down and enjoy the ambiance in there. the staff is very helpful friendly and nice. The food is delicious, I had the seafood linguini and my honey had the braised short ribs. The complimentary bread is very good it taste exactly like GLADSTONES bread. The only difference is that its sliced. I only like calamari if its small pieces and their calamari is PERFECT. They also give you a nice portion. Our meals were suggested by another couple that approached us in the parking lot, they had visited the restaurant a week prior for the first time and were back for seconds. Including a SPRITE our bill came out to $83.00. We will definitely be back.

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vipMike
Los Angeles
87 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food.
Impeccable service. Make sure you ask for David. You will be glad you did.

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WillT
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Pasta and sauces are good. Kind of a small menu, but some good choices.

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vipanonymous
Los Angeles
80 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice classy Italian restaurant. The patio had good heat lamps so we weren't cold at all. Service was great, even with COVID precautions, and the short ribs were delicious. Limited selection of desserts (3 choices); the cannoli were fine.

A very minor note: I had mentioned in the reservation that we were celebrating our anniversary, but the restaurant made no mention of it.

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MikeF
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was good and came out hot but it was a little overpriced. Service was solid and the patio has an indoor feeling even though you’re outdoors..

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OfeliaP
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and nice service! We would definitely come back and our friends are coming back for their celebrations.

FAQs

Il Fornaio - Manhattan Beach offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 725-9555.

Il Fornaio - Manhattan Beach is rated 4.5 stars by 2492 OpenTable diners.

Il Fornaio - Manhattan Beach does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.ilfornaio.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.