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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.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Hours of Operation:
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Catering menu and banquet menu are available for events with Manhattan Beach and El Segundo areas.
Convenient parking is available outside restaurant in public free lot.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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. 👍😀
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.
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.
Great food and ambiance except the service was exceptionally poor. We had to wait for our drinks and every single course. Finally, we asked the waitress to please "not forget us!"
The worst ever - inexperienced wait staff. Usually excellent service but on Sundays they pare back and use novices.... Not good.
I have been to the restaurant many times in my l7 years in the south bay
I do find the food at a los angeles restaurant, Marias somewhat better and I believe
less expensive; but in this case I wanted a place close by and one that was quiet
and where parking was easy and I could get in and out ( with a traffic light) better
We have been doing large family gatherings at this Il Fornaio for some time now.
The restaurant is most accommodating. We did find at this visit some menu changes.
At lunch, in past, one was able to order half-size pasta entrees. This is no longer the case, and were told this is a company wide policy. We were quite disappointed by this.
The pasta portions were large - I guess the one bonus to this is that one goes home with leftovers, but it is nice to have the option of half-size portions.
Ismael, our waiter, was so extremely gracious and professional. When one has a large group it is difficult to make everyone happy, but so far this Il Fornaio has kept this group happy.
In addition, parking is ample and easy access to the restaurant
We love the regional menus, offered for two weeks every month. They rotate between the various areas in Italy and the menus are generally developed by a chef from or familiar with that particular area.
The wine list is quite good and the "evenings with a winemaker" type events often feature wines difficult to try or get in any other way.
A comfortable, tastefully decorated, soothing ambiance with very considerate seating arrangements that afford privacy of conversation in the middle of the restaurant. The wait staff was courteous and welcoming and prompt. The food was average in that the taste and preparation was more than adequate and the sauces flavorful, but not really special. The desserts were much appreciated, however; the tiramisu and the spumoni were very well presented and the tiramisu was very good and the texture and flavors very comforting with the spumoni combining the different flavors, including pistachio, in a very harmonious way... brought a smile to my face.
Great service! Great food. Definitely want to come back. My only criticism is that there were really loud kids screaming and running all over the restaurant. I would’ve appreciated someone telling them to settle down and be quiet. First time trying brunch. Will be back again for that and lunch.
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