Il Fornaio - Pasadena

4.4
2425 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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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.4
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DeviantGourmet
Orange County
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The restaurant is beautiful, and the outdoor seating was relaxing.

The staff were friendly, and presentation was beautiful.

Service was very slow, with us waiting +5 minutes to order our food, and twice that for them to bring out the carpaccio.

The Carpaccio was delightful. Fantastic meat choice, and truly fresh arugula/rocket, and a near perfect amount of seasoning. Worth it every time.

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vipLaurentBoye
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanksgiving

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MichaelH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely weather to dine al fresco for Thanksgiving. Great food and excellent service!

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RickI
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, especially the fettuccine Alfredo. The staff was so kind and made sure we were taken care at all times. Highly recommended!!

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vipElissaD
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant has a lovely outdoor patio, spacious and quiet. A wonderful setting in which to enjoy great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was yummy.

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LisaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a lovely outdoor dining patio with heaters that's in the courtyard off of Colorado in Old Town. There's no car noise since you're not on the street, so it was a lovely dining experience. And the food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good.. service very good.... needs more heat lamps....

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Mell
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I have never wrote a review and I am sad that I am writing a bad one. I went to Il Fornaio and was seated at a table where the servers were not clear who was covering - so did not have anyone approach until I waived someone down. Requested ice water - received water with no ice. Asked for a bottle of wine and was brought the incorrect wine. Ordered the Linguine Seafood and the mussels were not cooked all the way. The food lacked flavor. It was so disappointing. I hope this is helpful to this restaurant and they make immediate changes to their service.

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vipAnia
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Limited menu, cold weather outside, rather sad experience; only our server was very pleasant and attentive.

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vipJamesR
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Even during COVID times, this was a great dining experience!

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vipFR45
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good and the service was great.

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vipwinedamsel
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They’ve decorated the walkway area very nicely with outdoor tables and heaters and sparkly chandelier type lights in the trees! Very pleasant atmosphere to dine in. The food and service was great, as always!

KB
vipKarlB
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For Covid dining experience, about as good as it gets-

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always 5 star food

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ericf
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Chicken was dry and service was ok, but nothing to write home about. Due to Covid we sat outside, but we were placed in a lovely tree lined lane, so the ambiance was quite appealing and helped make up (somewhat) for the problems. Il Fornaio is a staple in Pasadena and I have had good meals there before, so will come again, but they could definitely improve as the service just felt perfunctory this evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for my husbands birthday. Love the ambiance and the food. Staff is polite. Been coming here for the past 8 years. Love it. Look forward to many more dining experiences with you.

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SupermanSal8
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!

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MandyA
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We like this place because of the patio and outdoor dining, waiters all wearing masks and face shields, food is good, and they only allow maximum of 6 per table to prevent large gatherings.

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vipfishwine
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

All quite good except that the waitperson, Savanah, short changed me (I discovered after leaving unfortunately). Always annoying when the wait staff doesn’t pay attention to the correct charges.

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viptbert
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely night out! They have a lot of outdoor spaces and the gluten free selections made it easy and spectacular to get out and have great pasta, wine and even g free dessert

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, nice setting outside.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second visit and we are so happy we returned. The food was perfect the first visit, however, the service was not pleasant. Everything was perfect this time, and especially the service.

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vipPETERM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just great food and service at a difficult time - will be back

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ShawnB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This is during the pandemic- so outside was lovely, great area to sit. Service during the pandemic is generally slower, but they were still very personable and we love it there!

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Vicki
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Meal took 45 minutes to arrive and was burnt. The manager had it remade and was very apologetic. While the waitress was nice, she may have had too many tables to service as we wondered if she forgot to put in our order and never acknowledged the need for managerial intervention. The gentleman who brought the bread, drinks and utensils who also bussed the tables was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Seems nothing special about the food. The servers lack customer service. But ambiance is wonderful.

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familyguy
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place makes you feel as though you’re dining at your friend’s home.
The service, food, ambiance is driven by an outstanding manager- Daiano- who inspires the entire team to do their very best.
This person is the reason the restaurant is thriving despite the situation we’re going through.

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DavidO
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor dining in the courtyard of One Colorado is beautiful and well done. We had a wonderful experience sitting outside at sunset enjoying a fine meal. I recommend it highly and I hope the outdoor dining continues after COVID is done.

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GabrielaS
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was ok, slightly overpriced small servings, very unexciting bread. The service tho is what made our visit less than pleasant. Front of the house and servers alike made us feel unwelcome. It was almost like the people who work there didn’t want to be there. Wait until the pandemic is over to visit.

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IsabelL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience5

Seat had balsamic vinegar spilled on it and ruined the dress I was wearing. I brought it to the waitress attention and she seemed to not care. My fiancé lasagna top layer was burnt. He had to scrape it off. Disappointed as the ambiance was great and perfect outdoor dining seating.

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HalJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

the food was good but I think u changed chefs cause the taste was not the same !
And why was there a shorter menu ? What does the covid 19 have to do with changing chefs and menu ,
I always take the same choice but definitely noticed the taste was not the same .
This is Irene not Hal

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angarcia77
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Normally I really enjoy dining here, but had a bad experience with service. Tables adjacent were seated after us, and completed their meals even before we received our food. Also, items we ordered were out of stock, but we were not informed until we received something other than what we ordered. The food is still delicious, and I plan on returning, hopefully with a better experience than the most recent one.

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DeniseM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I had the chicken pasta with a creamy truffle sauce that was delicious

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VictorH
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Menu seems limited, staff was polite, but left us alone for a very long time, pizza was good, lasagna was bland. als, not much options for vegetarian plates. For the price point I would have expected more flavor from food. Ambience was great.

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ADav
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Horrible experience.After waiting for 30 minutes to be seated, then another 20 minutes for the waiter to to approach our table.
Then the waiter got the order wrong twice and forgot to bring the salad. When we told her that she got the order wrong, she said that she got us what we order and can bring the salad, if we still want it. We got fried calamari instead of the grilled one that we order. Very unfriendly.

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NoraF
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Happy to see one of my favorite restaurants open during the pandemic; Although the menu is limited, what is available are great choices; something for everyone.

JH
JayH
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is top notch, the service is excellent, and the experience is hard to beat.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Overpriced Italian. Limited menu options for vegetarians(only 2 main dish options). Server was dismissive. Ambiance is nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Disappointed. Usually a very good restaurant with excellent service and food. This time the service was below their standard with no attention to detail.

FAQs

Il Fornaio - Pasadena offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 683-9797.

Il Fornaio - Pasadena is rated 4.4 stars by 2425 OpenTable diners.

Il Fornaio - Pasadena 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.