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

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Il Fornaio with a traditional turkey dinner or your favorite Italian dish! Large parties welcome upon reservation.

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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (40)
Good for a Date (37)
Business Meals (34)
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Good for Groups (33)
Authentic (30)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Great for Lunch (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Casual (18)
Romantic (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Tasting Menu (15)
Comfort Food (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Cozy (11)
Seasonal (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Kid-friendly (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Fun (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Healthy (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Disabled Access (5)
People Watching (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

Great food!
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Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food attentive service. Yes would go back again

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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

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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·Dined on September 30, 2017

What a beautiful restaurant! We were greeted from about 5 people on our way to our table. Our waitress was super sweet but very professional. We received complimentary soup from the chef. Our dinners were outstanding. And to finish off we had Gelato with espresso over the top! Wow! To finish our amazing meal, the head chef came over and made sure we were happy with our meal..... I will SO go again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We were celebrating my future daughter in law Birthday 🎉 is not our first time at this restaurant and won't be the last, we love it food is great, service awesome and ambience first class

Tags: Romantic, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun, Late-night Find, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

I have been to Il Fornaio a number of times and always enjoyed the food and overall experience, however this time it was quite disappointing. Service was mediocre, the insalata di pollo was rather insipid and the chicken tasted like store bought rotisserie chicken found in under heaters at most grocery stores. I wouldn’t recommend it.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Still the best locally for excellent food and some of the best most professional service around. Other restaurants need to take note. Il Fornaio actually acts like they appreciate your business.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great food selection and impeccable service. It was our son birthday. The waiter was attentive and professional. He even brought an extra chocolate cake for my adult son. This is pur second time. We definitely will come back

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Menu choices varied and interesting. Excellent and authentic Italian servers, at least, ours was.
We go to this Manhattan Beach location mostly during lunch.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 21, 2017

There are good Italian restaurants, there are great Italian restaurants and then there is " Il Fornaio " a SPECTACULAR Italian restaurant.

In today's ho-hum world it is hard to find well prepared food ,coupled with world class service and an operations VP who not only " chats" with us customers but takes time to acknowledge the staff either side of the kitchen. Frank Licata is such a person

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Phenomenal food, great ambience. Will be back next time I am here in Los Angeles.

Tags: Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Casual, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Cozy, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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