Il Fornaio - Manhattan Beach

4.4
2573 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Step inside Il Fornaio and take an award-winning culinary journey through Italy. Specialties include house made pastas, wood-fired pizza, grilled fish, authentic risotto, and rotisserie meats. Using the freshest ingredients and traditional cooking techniques, Il Fornaio offers a wide variety of premium-quality Italian food paired with great cocktails and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence wine list.
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place never disappoints.

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KathieM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Their lasagna was terrible. Worst than Stouffers.

JK
JennyK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I always remember this place to be really good with really good ambiance. However, this time, the food were mediocre and service wasnt as sophisticated as before.
I am not sure if this is effect of Covid-19 but $24 pasta only tasted like $9 pasta you can get it from the corner store. Hopefully, it will be back to normal soon.

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vipRamonaF
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as usual. One of our favorites

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went to dinner after a long day at work. Our waiter was very kind and made great recommendations. I would definitely label this location for a good place to have a date, girls dinner, and for big party groups.

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Blessed
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A fancy Italian restaurant with wonderful ambiance and really good food. It’s a pricey place, but if you want to treat yourself, this is as good an option as any and better than most.

CG
vipCaliGirl
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. From the pasta with clams and shrimp to my Chicken piccata !
And we topped the dinner off with Tiramisu and cappuccino !!
The staff was friendly, and knowledgeable.
We sat outside even though they had inside seating. It was very pleasant and had a light breeze flowing thru the patio. We love eating here!

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vipGman
Los Angeles
90 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice specials; esp the pasta with sausage. Also enjoyed the burrata and tomato (Caprese)

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Grizzly
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. The waiter was very busy and yet quite attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was served cold pizza was hard, now they charge for bread. They sold me a basket with 4 PCs while everyone else’s baskets were full (it made no sense) the server was really sarcastic and they have changed ownership. It used to be good and a nice place to come but not anymore (they also brought the wrong pasta ) we told the server and he said oh I apologize next time. Seriously!! He didn’t even offer to remake it and the pasta was untouched.

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DavidD
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Service was probably what I would say was the least impressive of this trip. They weren’t understaffed, just not great service. Food was very good.

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Veemo2
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and meal!

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vipnannini
San Francisco
117 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

A lovely environment great service but the food was average

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ShariM
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved how spacious the location is, service was very timely & personalized.

JE
JohnE
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Fornaio is always able to accommodate both large family gatherings and smaller get togethers -- AND parking is never an issue! Whenever I can't decide where to go, I usually say, "Let's just go to Il Fornaio," it's that reliable.

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vipBrewman
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food. Service OK. Bus people trying to clear plates while guests are still eating. Decent ambiance, friendly enough, but nothing particularly special. If you live nearby, it's a pretty good choice for Italian fare.

JC
vipJC12
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an outstanding experience that I enjoyed so much no words can explain. I cannot wait to go back for more great tasting foods!

CJ
ChristineJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The pizza and pasta were both cold when they got to us. Service was below mediocre. Very disappointed.

DS
Dine4SouthBay
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ample parking; seated on time; attentive service; able to split a salad without extra charge; great tasting Italian food competitively priced with appropriate proportions. We will be regulars!

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Smitten
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chicken Alfredo was delicious, the service was great!

BQ
vipBartonQ
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good good, great service. Pleasant environment.

KZ
KenZ
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jose' our waiter was friendly and professional, would request him in the future. We sat a little longer than expected and never felt rushed. Food presentation and taste were excellent!

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Lori
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David and Fernanda are the best!

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vipRichard
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

All good. Beet salad a bit lame. A few beets laid across a pile of arugula lettuce. Ate the beets, left the lettuce. $15+!

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PaulaS
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was good. Not too crowded but not empty either. My husband had fettuccine Alfredo (not on the menu). I had the bone in rib-eye. My steak was nicely charred. Not all the desserts are back so no chocolate mousse

HJ
HeatherJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The ambiance is nice. Food quality is very poor. The food is very bland and isn’t good. Even basic things like the ceaser salad and lasagna were both bland and horrible. Will not return.

AC
AnnaC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Been going here for 19 years. Was always great, but service now is awful. 3rd time I have had to wait 30 plus min even though I make reservations. Terrible communication. Ended up sitting in bar. Waiter was nice but we won't be back. Sad.

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vipRobertC
Los Angeles
136 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Good food (finally). Server was overwhelmed with Father’s Day crowd I guess we had to ask for bread four times (they charge for it now). We’ll give it another try when it’s not a holiday.

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vipGimmeFood
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious food, as always. Service was professional, but a bit “cold”. We had to ask several times for drink refills, other items, since he rarely checked in on us. He couldn’t provide us with a suggestion on sparkling wine, and you can tell they must not serve much, since the label on the bottle was moldy. But still a very nice meal overall. I had the grilled seafood platter which was delicious!

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vipLucy
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

I ordered burrata with heirloom tomatoes. The tomatoes were not heirloom tomatoes. They were regular tomatoes and probably not even hothouse as they were tasteless. The burrata was either a bad quality or old. It lacked the creamy, tasty flavor, I expect from burrata.

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vipChudReview
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We enjoy this this place. They may be a little out of practice in serving a big dining room at near full capacity as the service was a little shaky compared to usual.

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Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Not what it used to be - maybe still recovering from the last year. Food was OK but nothing special, it was noisy and there was some confusion around our seating despite having a reservation.

AO
AlanO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was okay. Nothing special. Service was very good.

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Lauram
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

What is the Covid surcharge for? Never seen that before? Pizza not recommended. Food mediocre

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Riddler
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Well, I have been to this restaurant for dinner many times and I have always had a nice experience. I wanted my husband to try it so we went last night. Unfortunately, our server didn't get hubby's order right and when he admitted his error, he pretty much stopped serving us. The food was good, but I was very disappointed with the service. I thought that the server should have done something to compensate for his error...like maybe free desert? But nothing.

HK
HaKD
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Pasta was so good. The bread was yummy...

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RandomCustomer
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It was a $100 dinner and they made my girlfriend put her box of leftovers together herself. Like, really dude?

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WinstonS
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. I was hard to hear our fast talking server. He spoke too quickly and his accent didn't help.

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IreneT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Disappointed in the food and service. Our waiter was very transactional, not friendly or helpful. Food was not as good as it used to be and we were shocked when we saw the bill. Won't be back for a long time.

DL
vipDLove
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great - service was lacking a bit from What I expected. Will certainly try again.

FAQs

Il Fornaio - Manhattan Beach offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 725-9555.

Il Fornaio - Manhattan Beach is rated 4.4 stars by 2573 OpenTable diners.

Il Fornaio - Manhattan Beach does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.ilfornaio.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.