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Il Fornaio - Manhattan Beach

4.5
1900 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 1900 People Are Saying
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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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MaritzaN 
5.0  Dined 3 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined 3 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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Pantera (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined 3 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. 👍😀

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viphere24 (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 3 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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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
3.0  Dined 3 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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DiveNow (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 3 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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Pablo (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Valentine’s Day

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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

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YvetteR 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 3 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.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  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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Hoop5 (Los Angeles)
4.0  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.

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vipBeachyQueen (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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vipMasi (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Huge selection! Good food. Best calamari!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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