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Il Fornaio - Manhattan Beach

4.5
1910 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(310) 725-9555
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Vicente Mendoza
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Catering
Catering menu and banquet menu are available for events with Manhattan Beach and El Segundo areas.
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Cross street
Aviation Blvd.
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Parking details
Convenient parking is available outside restaurant in public free lot.
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Public transit
Blue Line
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.

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What 1910 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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4.4
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BMAC 
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Good food, excellent service. Love this small chain.

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vipOntheGo (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

We have dinner at El Fornaio frequently before the Redondo Speaker's Series. Last Monday I had a particularly fabulous ontray, the spinach ravoli with sausage, and fresh tomatoes on top. The waiters always go overboard to deal with our group's wants and needs.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Very good experience: young hostess, bartender, waiter, food.
Very bad experience: grumpy old hostess. I highly recommend she retire.

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OpenTable Diner (Boise)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

The wait staff was not very friendly, our waiter and his assistants were not attentive to therefore the service that we usually get at this restaurant was lacking.

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vipbruce (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

food was good, service was good (as always on both). They were a bit busy, though, so it wasn't really snappy, it was reasonable. I have to say the lamb rack was unusual in the sense it looked like it came from a mutant creature, but the size and taste were okay once I cut and ate it.

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vipPat1 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

One of our long term go-to places for good, hearty food; good wine; good service

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VCH1 (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

The food was excellent. It was a busy holiday weekend but the atmosphere and the atmosphere was festive. Service was great as our waiter was well versed regarding all of the dishes. Everyone in my party was satisfied with their meal.

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Sharon (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined 7 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.

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CarlosG 
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

The service was exceptional for my date and I on Valentine's Day. Atmosphere and ambience was top shelf.

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Josie2015 (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

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