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: Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 3:00pm; Saturday - Sunday, 11:00am - 3:00pm. Dinner: Sunday - Thursday, 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday, 3:00pm - 11:00pm.

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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Start your Christmas celebration at Il Fornaio! Join us on Christmas Eve and enjoy the festive atmosphere and your favorite Italian dish.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Kick off 2018 in style! Join us New Year's Eve and toast to happiness and health in the new year. Salute!

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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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (46)
Good for a Date (37)
Business Meals (35)
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Good for Groups (32)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Authentic (26)
Great for Lunch (25)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Romantic (19)
Casual (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Tasting Menu (17)
Comfort Food (15)
Seasonal (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Notable Wine List (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Cozy (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Fun (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Organic (1)
Tapas (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Dinner was amazing! Had beet salad and short ribs...excellent as always! My favorite restaurant!

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The regional menu was a "best of.." and had some very good stuff on it. I will be going back for more. The service was great as always.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The occasion was our anniversary and the dining experience was perfect. Victor, our waiter, was very alternative and courteous.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Made reservations 3 weeks prior. Was seated in main dining room right on top of 3 other tables. Could hear everything at the other tables. Next time will definitely request one of the side rooms. They ran out of arugula & forgot that we were celebrating a BD even though the waiter was told at the table. The waiter did give us very good service though. Food & desserts were very good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I'll Tornado is a quality restaurant and the ambiance is very pleasant. I had a ravioli dish with some sausage inside with veggies which was very delish. Crumpet had a small Filet steak with spinach and mashed potatoes which she tends to get each time we come here and Sarava had a chicken pasta dish which she loves. I had a glass of sweet Stella Rosa Muscato and ended it with a very smooth piece of Tiramisu dessert. This was another great dinner, you can always count on a very nice dining experience here!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We always go back to il Fornaio every once in a while because it is the best chain Italian restaurant. The linguini frutti di mare is again one of the best. The thanksgiving dinner was gine and a good value at $45.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This occasion was our annual Thanksgiving Day meal with immediate family starting at 1 pm. We've been coming to Il Fornaio for the past 4-5 years.

The cuisine was excellent as usual. There's a special Thanksgiving Day menu, and you can also order off the regular menu (only half-size pasta dishes were excluded). This works out well for us because some want the turkey dinner (which is really good) and others would opt for seafood (the special mixed grill was a big hit).

Seating for our party of 6 was a bit cramped in the back of the restaurant, next to a narrow passageway which shook my seat when servers passed by. I should have requested another table-- last year's was far superior in the large, quiet room in the front.

Service, while very friendly and courteous, was noticeably sluggish during the second half of the meal. The restaurant did not appear busy with many open seats (we specifically chose the time for this purpose), so perhaps staffing was inadequate for this holiday early afternoon.

Last year's meal was better overall. I think most of us nevertheless had a pretty good time this year.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great shrimp, porcini mushrooms risotto. Solid food and service. Think cocktails are a bit skimpy, and staff can time deliver of main course later rather than serving it while diners are still eating salad/appetizer.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Regional dinner was good. Plenty of food, good wines, good service courtesy of David. They were busy, but service didn't suffer.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 13, 2017

David, our server, is a gem. His recommendations are always spot on. Of course the food is perfectly prepared by Chef Vicente and Chef Mario.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great food!
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Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food attentive service. Yes would go back again

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was ok, one of our entrees was missing when all the rest came out, the server was polite and helpful but seemed overwhelmed and ghosted us after dessert making it difficult to get the check in a timely manner.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We were greeted by a pleasant hostess, and overall, we had very good service. They bus people were helpful and available. The fresh, warm bread was excellent, as were all of the pasta dishes that we ordered. A good wine list with reasonable prices and great desserts made for a lovely meal.

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent food, attentive service for lunchtime gathering.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Romantic, Cozy, Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent food, waitstaff, ambiance Delicious food !

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Wonderful as always!!! Food great; service great; ambience beautiful; easy, plenty of parking.
Roseann

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Grandaughter’s Birthday. Her pick..

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I am very particular about my seafood, hate over cooked shellfish. Our seafood salad was cooked perfectly. Our waiter was wonderful, great sense of humor and knowledgeable. We all enjoyed our meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Il Fornaeio Thursday night. We shared a $35 special 3-course regional prix fixe dinner and ordered an extra beet salad along with three 6 oz tasting wines. Our waiter David was fantastic. He made great recommendations and even gave us complimentary soup. Everything was delicious! Wait staff was courteous and professional. Ambience was lovely, much nicer than I remember it last time we visited. Soft lighting and comfortable seating added to my enjoyment. Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Food was nice and service was excellent. Just a bit disappointed that we came to celebrate both of my daughters birthday (twins) that were actually on the day we were there. We were charged for the birthday dessert (just one that we had to order) and nothing special was brought out (other than they put 2 candles in it). Really thought that they would at least provide a birthday dessert, especially since the bill was $150.00!

Oh well, guess we won't be coming here again for any other celebrations in the future. :(

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

It was a quiet pre-Halloween weekend. Sunday was very quiet but the staff managed all the customers professionally and efficiently. As it was not too busy, I made particular changes to my brunch main course, and our waiter was kind enough to accommodate. Unfortunately, the bartender was slammed (not sure how with less than 50 customers at 12 tables, but our secind round of Mimosas took 15+ minutes to be served. Way too long...

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

The food is consistently good as is the service. I like the room b/c the noise tends to dissipate into the high ceilings.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 24, 2017

As always, a great meal and a great experience. Probably my favorite restaurant anywhere.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Business Meals, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We were very pleased with everything. Five of us went for dinner and it could not have been more perfect. We ordered four dishes, which we shared: Insalata di bietole (with beets), Cristina pizza, tagliatelle alla bolognase pasta, and veal scaloppine with lemon. It was just enough food and we had room for an affogato (ice cream with espresso coffee) for each of us. Yum! Yum! Yum!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Chef Vicente Mendoza prepared the meal excellently. The presentation was superb. My gnocchi was one of the best I have ever had. Will be back for the next region of Italy.

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Minestrone soup was mainly water.. Chicjen was tough, no flavor. Vegetables were soft.
Branzino fish was badly cooked. Would not reccomend to anybody.

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 (Tulsa)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Consistently pleasant and tasty place to go. We arrived 30 minutes early for our reservation and they were able to accommodate. Excellent!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Dinner at Il Fornaio was excellent - a well rounded meal, great service, nice wine by the glass selection and variety. Consistently a reliable “go to” for a nice getaway dinner out. Felt like dining at a nice restaurant in Florence, Italy. Thanks for your hospitality !

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Everything was just OK.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Used to be so much better. Our waiter was indifferent at best, food was , except for caprese salad truly "meh".
Too bad - this was our go- to authentic Italian comfort food. Sadly, no more.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

the pear salad was good, the ravioli was good, the risotto was good, the speidini was great and huge!. the Dessert was good too.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Good service, love the Friuli menu of the month created by Chef Vicente Mendoza. Everyone is always so welcoming and friendly

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Place was great everyone enjoyed their meal.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We came to celebrate a couple of birthdays and it was a wonderful celebration. Ready to return for another scrumptious meal and pleasurable dining experience!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Two disappointments were :
1. The waitress was not as attentive as I would have liked in that she took too long to return to take our order.
2. Our wine glasses were not refreshed without our asking

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent food, many choices, easy to get to, and our server, Jessica, was personable, capable and attentive without hovering!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great food and wine after a long day of business meetings. Knowledgeable and helpful waiters not afraid to give recommendations. While nice to be able to converse leisurely with the other diner, service was a bit too slow at the end of a very long day. But I'd recommend this place in a heartbeat!

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great place will definitely come back again. The place was clean and friendly staff.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Wonderful atmosphere, great service and delicious food. I always have an amazing experience when I visit. I had the seafood risotto, which was excellent!! Looking forward to the next dining experience.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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