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Sat, 4/21
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Il Fornaio - Manhattan Beach

4.4
1950 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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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat the mom in your family to a special day at Il Fornaio filled with authentic Italian elegance, a deliciously creative menu and memories for a lifetime!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1950 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.4
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4.1
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

A great place. If you have dinner, make sure that David is your server. You will be glad you did.
If he is not there, I will postpone my dinner until he returns.
The food is always good, fresh and tasty.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Food was very good. We had a reservation but were seated 25 minutes late! Manager was very apologetic and comped desserts.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Elegant restaurant with high quality food, large portions and reasonable prices

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We have enjoyed Il Forniao once a month for as long as they have been in Manhattan Beach. We have eaten at the San Diego and the Washington DC venues as well. We always like the special regional menu at the beginning of the month.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

I wanted to try the Regional crab risotto and I did. It was good and plenty for the next day, too. Of course, it "helped" that I had a whole basket of warm bread...

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food need improvement

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I love this place but man oh man, what a bad experience. Service was bad. Not sure if they were underserved. Soup was terrible and neither my waiter or back waiter noticed that I took one bit and then left it untouched. Sent back dessert even. Who does that! Special flourless cake was just bland. Had to ask several time for more oil and vinegar for bread. Had meatball appetizer and it also was lacking. I believe in you Il Fornaio and this was a total let down. Had better service and food at Olive Garden the next night.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

we went for the Sardengia [sic] regional menu. The soup was very good and hit the spot since we ee cold. the octopus and fregola salad was quite nice, simple and tasty. The fish and lamb were good and enough to take home for lunch the next day. The only ti g on that was the mirto sauce on the lamb was too sweet for a savory dish. The finish was the blueberry panna cotta with mirto sauce which was good here. Service as always (shout out to John and Manual) was great.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Everything was perfect. Our food was excellent. The restaurant is a beautiful and romantic setting and our waiter was friendly and attentive.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Beautiful, classy restaurant and great food! We have dined at many of the Il Fornaio locations and they are all consistently great!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We can always count on Il Fornaio for our family gatherings
They are most accommodating for large parties
The Manhattan Beach restaurant is close to the freeway and has easy parking
The menu has changed a bit and they had specials of the month for brunch
Victor,our waiter was most attentive
I had my usual pasta w/ bolognese- it was a generous portion. My only disappointment was that when I got home and opened my leftovers it was someone else’s from our party. This was not Victors doing. There was a busboy- not sure if he was new, but when we were first seated I asked him a question to which he did not know the answer, he was the same person that brought our leftovers. Next time I will check the box before leaving

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This was our 3rd visit and each one has been more memorable than the other. Our waiter, Ismael, remembered us from our previous visits and was extremely helpful and courteous. The food, as usual, was great.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I come every month for the Regionale menu and enjoy it. We also had our office Christmas party here which was lovely. The Easter brunch was nice but we would have enjoyed a few more breakfast items to choose from.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

It's a nice place but you can't avoid the feeling that you are in a chain restaurant, too standardized.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I went to for lunch with my girl friends. Good food, good wine, and Good atmosphere. Perfect!! We will definitely go back!!

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Excellent service and ease with accommodating dietary needs/desires!

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Good food, a bit expensive for what it is, wines by the glass too expensive unless you get a glass in the bar during Happy Hour.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Food was great as usual....service was a little slow due to big party in our section

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

The Il Fornaio in Manhattan Beach is always our first choice for dining with family and friends. It is always nice to have David Robles as our server who always knows to recommend good stuff for us to try.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Il Fornaio never fails to impress! Our recent dinner (short ribs, branzino and mixed seafood grill, calamari appetizer and spumoni dessert was spectacular. Our server, David, was friendly and attentive and the entire restaurant had a great vibe. It is one of our all-time favorites.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Nice atmosphere, wonderful service and delicious food....what more can you ask for?!?

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

it was busy for a Sunday night (might have been the last day of the Regional series). Dinner was good (lamb chops great) salmon was okay, took 1/2 home. Regional seafood soup was a great hit last week, so we had it again, marred only by the bread being on top of the soup instead of wrapped separately.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

First date, nothing special. Food mediocre. Great dessert. Gone downhill in service and prices are higher.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Il Forniao is our favorite "date" night "white table cloth" dinner out.
We enjoy the specialty menu each month.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Been here twice in a week. Server this time belonged st Denny’s. Hit and miss.

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I had the displeasure of dining here. Honestly, it was a disappointment. The menu has way too many options and nothing "special". The food is nothing close to authentic. The descriptions are deceiving and the dishes are not well portioned. Service was terrible. Our waitress seemed confused and it was a mess all throughout. What a waste...

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

As usual, the staff was friendly and welcoming. The spinach ravioli I ordered was delicious! We shared the Antipasti alla Casa and it was a delight. The Regional dolci, which was shared, was a true winner.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

My family of 5 (including three children under 12) had a reservation for 645PM on Saturday. We were seated in the bar area at 2 small round cocktail tables shoved together. And it was right near the door which was constantly opening and closing on a very cold and rainy evening. Food took forever to get to our table, the waiter was obviously overworked and we even had to go to the hostess location to ask for our check.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

The service was good as always (thanks, Dave!). The regional cannelloni dish was okay, not great. The risotto was good. The regional dessert was an interesting custard /pudding like thing, unusual for them. Rich and tasty.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Il Fornaio is always my first choice because of good food and most of your wait staff, especially David Robles, who demonstrate first-class customer service and the high-level professionalism is qualities that all of us in the working world should emulate. Please thank David again for us.

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2018

We were on our way to LAX and looked on Open Table for a nearby Italian restaurant with good reviews. We chose Il Fornaio.

We explained to our waitress that we had a plane to catch and needed prompt service. She took our order and then disappeared.

After 20 minutes of no drinks and our waitress not to be found, we complained to the manager. Our drinks arrived promptly but then in their rush to over-compensate our main course came out two minutes after our appetizer.

I ordered a pasta with chicken. I could barely find the few morsels of chicken in the pasta.

The food was good but not a good value relative to the prices. Best deal was the house Chianti at $10 per glass. Excellent! Overall it was an average experience at expensive prices.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Great restaurant and definitely recommend.
Enjoy!!!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Excellent service, food and ambiance. Superior service from the server David. He’s the best.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Lamb chops grilled on a blueberry mint sauce sounds odd but was incredible! Ditto blackened snapper on tomato onion salad. Generous caprese salad so fresh and enough for two. Black and white Creme brûlée topped it off! Wonderful service with David. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Really enjoyed the service here. We really didn't need a reservation since having lunch around noon there were not that many people there for a wednesday afternoon. I'm sure later in the week and evenings this place would really get packed. Enjoyed the complimentary bowl of soup served at our table. Always love the olive oil and vinegar with some warm bread too.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Excellent food and ambiance
We went there for our birthday lunch and the sever comped us dessert
Delicious, will be back

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3.0Dined on February 21, 2018

The restaurant is beautiful and very convenient for someone like me, from Orange County, to meet a friend from L.A. Parking is easy to find. However, you can't ignore the fact that the food is mediocre at best. I had bean soup. It was tasty, but lukewarm. Then I had a chicken salad. There was nothing exciting about it at all and the chicken was shredded and not flavorable. I'll continue to come back because of the convenience, but I know that I would get a very good meal.

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

We had lunch with our group of five here; the food was very good, but it is a little expensive for us. Our bill came to $150 with a good tip, that equaled $30 each which is $5 above our average lunch cost. Is it worth the extra $5 each? The consensus was that this is a place that we would go to again but not too often!

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Love Il Fornia! Food is very authentic! Unfortunately the service at this particular location was subpar! Waiter was pushy and rushed us even though it was midweek and restaurant was not crowded. Only half listened to our requests. Was more concerned with chatting with “regular”customers!

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Good food, excellent service. Love this small chain.

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