About Il Fornaio - Manhattan Beach

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. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.

1800 Rosecrans Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Aviation Blvd.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 725-9555

Website:
http://www.ilfornaio.com/

Catering:
Catering menu and banquet menu are available for events with Manhattan Beach and El Segundo areas.

Parking Details:
Convenient parking is available outside restaurant in public free lot.

Public Transit:
Blue Line

Executive Chef:
Vicente Mendoza

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Il Fornaio- Manhattan Beach offers 3 rooms for private dining that can seat up to 90 people. Our restaurant is great for hosting birthday parties, wedding rehearsals, business luncheons and many other events. Please call our Event Coordinator for descriptions of our private rooms.

Il Fornaio - Manhattan Beach Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (44)
Good for a Date (38)
Good for Groups (32)
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Business Meals (28)
Romantic (28)
Great for Lunch (27)
Casual (26)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Authentic (22)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Comfort Food (14)
Cozy (14)
Happy Hour (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Seasonal (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Tasting Menu (10)
Fun (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Healthy (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Hot Spot (3)
People Watching (3)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Il Fornaio is ok, they do 60 to 70% of things right. They have nice cocktails, yummy desserts, and a really good happy hour. The hostess is pretty good and the busboys are nice. That’s about it for the good parts. The wait staff is generally unfriendly, uninterested, and inattentive. We got our soups quickly but then waited 20 minutes more for our entrees which were luke warm with tough meat. We would’ve sent them back but we didn’t see the waiter again. It also took forever to get a refill on our drinks. We dud tell the hostess about the issues with the Neal in our way out and she gave us some soup mixes, which was nice, but overall we weren’t too impressed.

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined 4 days ago

I haven’t been here since my wedding day. I forgot how beautiful this place is. We came for Valentine’s Day, and it was worth every penny. Server was busy but still attentive. Great food, great cocktails and beautiful environment. Not too stuffy but just right.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Was very disappointed with this restaurant. Went here on Valentine’s Day to the one in Manhattan Beach and I felt like I was at an Olive Garden.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

My friends, wife and I had a great time at Il Fornaio. Food is good, excellent quality and taste, very good service. During our dinner we had a surprise visit from the kitchen, the main chef “Vicente “ came to our table to see if everything was fine. That was very nice of him to take the time and visit some tables to see that guests are having a great time. Excellent place. 👍😀

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Groups, Casual, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Waiter returned several times because he forgot our order. Had to reconfirm each time.

Soup was the size of a “sample.” About 4 tablespoons for $9. Ridiculous and the soup was tasteless. If I based review solely on the service and the tiny soup I would give between zero and one. Fortunately rest of meal was much better. I’ll never order soup there again.

It was valentine’s day and I expected special menu and not just a few tacky balloons on the ceiling. Disappointed.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

We were very disappointed by the reduction of variety of leaf salads available on the menu. In the past my wife could order different salads for dinner, one as an entree and now there is only Caesar.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

I have been coming to this restaurant for years and everything has always been very good. On this particular visit, service was fair at best and my rack of lamb was as tough as leather. Perhaps an inexperienced waiter and a bad cut of meat? Hopefully, my experience with the next visit will be as good as before.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Valentine’s Day

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

I've come to Il fornio before for special occasions and have always been happy with the food and service. However last week for Valentine's Day was an exception. The food was excellent but pricey which is why we come only for special occasions. The service however was so poor that it ruined my total food experience. They had a kissing booth at the entrance where you could get your photo taken. I couldn't leave soon enough. Very disappointed with the evening. Will try going again because the food is excellent but never again for any special occasion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and had an amazing Valentine’s Day dinner. Would definitely go again

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·Dined 4 days ago

They never disappoint! They food is always delicious...the staff friendly and proficient and the service exceptional.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Romantic, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Beautifully decorated for Valentine's Day: red napkins, balloons, and generally attractive.
Its niche is above catering to the masses, but below elegant dining.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Daddy-Daughter dance night. Wait staff seemed busy, and didn’t have a chance to be attentive. Large groups with microphone/PA was very loud.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The staff was very welcoming and professional. I appreciate them sharing their feedback and favorites on their menus. The chef even shared a tasting of his lentil soup. Highly recommended !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Overall, the food was good and the atmosphere was inviting. We were visiting my son at LMU and it was a great place to have a family dinner.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 6, 2018

three of us meet here because it is nearly exactly in-between our homes. We love the fish choices at lunch with vegetables and the ability to sit and chat for hours. Definitely return here regularly.

Tags: Casual, Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Very nice evening. Because of Super Bowl Sunday the restaurant did not have very many people since the game was not over yet. The food was good. I had one of the specials which was shared and it was still too much.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Restroom was not ready to start business. Have to check before start Also host and looks like manager don’t care for leaving customer However food was good always!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very good server Barbara. Delicious bread. Caesar salad just ok.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Huge selection! Good food. Best calamari!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Ambiance and the service were great. The food portions were excellent and tasty. Would definitely return.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Service was quick… Server was friendly and price point on menu was very reasonable.

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Perfect spot to catch up over lunch. Great service & food.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Lovely dining experience. Menu variation was good, lots of specials and when our choices arrived, they were good.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food and ambiance except the service was exceptionally poor. We had to wait for our drinks and every single course. Finally, we asked the waitress to please "not forget us!"
The worst ever - inexperienced wait staff. Usually excellent service but on Sundays they pare back and use novices.... Not good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Manny, our server, was excellent. Very attentive and efficient.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The short rib dinner was good one of best.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great restaurant. Went there on a date. The atmosphere was wonderful, the food delicious, the service was prompt and friendly. We were able to have a normal conversation without worrying about noise. I would definitely recommend it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

It was a reliable high quality meal and dining experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Seasonal, Authentic, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The service was amazing! The staff was very attentive.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2018

The regional menu has changed formats a bit, but the offerings are still good. Recommendations made, accepts and it was all good.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I have been to the restaurant many times in my l7 years in the south bay
I do find the food at a los angeles restaurant, Marias somewhat better and I believe
less expensive; but in this case I wanted a place close by and one that was quiet
and where parking was easy and I could get in and out ( with a traffic light) better

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We have been doing large family gatherings at this Il Fornaio for some time now.
The restaurant is most accommodating. We did find at this visit some menu changes.
At lunch, in past, one was able to order half-size pasta entrees. This is no longer the case, and were told this is a company wide policy. We were quite disappointed by this.
The pasta portions were large - I guess the one bonus to this is that one goes home with leftovers, but it is nice to have the option of half-size portions.
Ismael, our waiter, was so extremely gracious and professional. When one has a large group it is difficult to make everyone happy, but so far this Il Fornaio has kept this group happy.
In addition, parking is ample and easy access to the restaurant

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We love the regional menus, offered for two weeks every month. They rotate between the various areas in Italy and the menus are generally developed by a chef from or familiar with that particular area.

The wine list is quite good and the "evenings with a winemaker" type events often feature wines difficult to try or get in any other way.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The food and the service is always outstanding. We dine and multiple restaurants in MB but we always go here for special occasions as well as business lunches.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 2, 2018

A comfortable, tastefully decorated, soothing ambiance with very considerate seating arrangements that afford privacy of conversation in the middle of the restaurant. The wait staff was courteous and welcoming and prompt. The food was average in that the taste and preparation was more than adequate and the sauces flavorful, but not really special. The desserts were much appreciated, however; the tiramisu and the spumoni were very well presented and the tiramisu was very good and the texture and flavors very comforting with the spumoni combining the different flavors, including pistachio, in a very harmonious way... brought a smile to my face.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great service! Great food. Definitely want to come back. My only criticism is that there were really loud kids screaming and running all over the restaurant. I would’ve appreciated someone telling them to settle down and be quiet. First time trying brunch. Will be back again for that and lunch.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

My meal was delicious, the atmosphere was warm and friendly, the reservation was on time, and last but not least, our server was informative, friendly and very humorous. A great time had by all.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We were seated very quickly by the big fire place. It was perfect because it was so cold. Service was super super fast. Bread came then, appetizers then drinks . Our meal came out so fast didn’t have time to have a drink or finish apps. The portion size is just right. We have the pennoni al vodka and the ravioli lucca. Both were tasty. The pennoni would be good with chicken or shrimp though.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Quick Bite
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Hubby and I decided to treat ourselves to our favorite old-neighborhood restaurant and go on a "date" since everybody else we wanted to visit in CA was busy. We got seated next to a party of 8 but they weren't really noisy. Our waitress was MORE than accommodating and let us customize our orders to our liking. I had salmon with broccolini, and baby Yukon gold potatoes. Hubby had Beef tenderloin with balsamic vinegar & green peppercorn sauce, broccolini, and baby Yukon Gold potatoes. We both enjoyed the dinner immensely. I had my leftovers the next night and they were still excellent. It was a very special treat for us.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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