Il Fornaio - Pasadena

4.5
2493 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the calamari

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GingerO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

llFornaio as usual was great! Excellent and cheerful service.

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ESaiza
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Menu was limited. Portions were meager. Will pass on dining here again

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happytodine
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter at Il fornaio was pleasant and my son, daughter-in-law and I enjoyed being able to eat inside and our meals were very good and enjoyable. I loved my salmon entree and would order it again. My son enjoyed his spicy chicken entree as well. All in all our doing experience was perfect for our Easter get away.

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karenp
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very safe. The food was excellent. The waitress was very good. Loved sitting on the patio which I requested

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vipDelicious
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great! The vodka Pennoni was delicious!! Service could’ve been better, but they did just reopen so I guess they deserve a pass. Menu was pretty limited but again they just reopened. Wish the mimosas were refillable for the price but otherwise we enjoyed our lunch

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a wonderful evening for dinner. Had great service and very professional.

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MichelleH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the service was top notch. We always have wonderful dining experience.

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vipYaya2013
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and ambience was great. Our server, Grace, was outstanding and added to the enjoyment of our night out. Would love to be back before too long.

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JamesL
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Fornaio is a consistently high-quality restaurant. We had a nice evening out, the first one in a year, and felt safe and non rushed. It was delightful. If I had to wish for more, I might wish for more seafood dishes, but that’s only because I was craving seafood that night.

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vipanthonym
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have done a great job setting up in the alley

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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

The steak was the wrong done-Bess; the chicken breast was burned twice. Terrible food quality compared to EVERY OTHER Il Fornaio; this restaurant truly needs quality control!

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RaeR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Service was terrible. Food pedestrian. Patio dinning was nice

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GoharK
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place. The ambience, the food, the drinks. Amazing

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vipScottS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always live the food and the service is impeccable!

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vipTravelmom28
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was consistent and the wine was good. Lots of tables outside but staff seamed short as we were always trying to flag someone down for something.

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Daskom
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service at the outdoor alley dining section left much to be desired. The responsiveness and coordination should likely improve in the weeks ahead as serving team gets used to big crowds again.

In terms of meal prices, $100 for two (including tax and 20% tip), without alcohol or dessert, is too high for us and we will return infrequently as a result. We have always enjoyed Il Fornaio but the cost now exceeds our fixed income budget.

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JimD
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Everything was "fair", not "good" and certainly not "very good". Hence, the 2 stars and not the 3 or 4. the Linguini Mare contained mussels and scallops that were very small. No butter served with the bread. Caesar salad tasteless. No salt or pepper on the table.

Outdoor patio at 5:30 p.m. Understand creating or expecting ambiance during pandemic is difficult. Would like to keep "it all" going coming out of pandemic, but it's seemingly too early.

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blueyes147
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The side patio...near Patagonia is terrific! Great service!

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vipGeorgio
Los Angeles
107 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very satisfactory, our waiter was outstanding in everything

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vipKarlB
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I've really gotten to love Il Fornaio. It has been our "go to" during the pandemic for ambiance and quality of food and service.

First time back since the inside ban was partially lifted. A bit disappointed...
I believe the extra numbers hampered their ability and this is understandable.
Service off substantially, but most notably was a drop in quality of their food.
Specifically, their popular seafood linguini dish. Tasted quickly produced instead of the usual deliciously simmered and seasoned sauce.

Oh well, hopefully just an anomaly. I'm happy they are receiving more business and hopefully more profitable.

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vipLuv2Eat
Los Angeles
136 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent mixed seafood grill. Fresh tasting scallops, calamari, salmon, white fish, shrimp with veggies. I'd go back for that!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food as always!

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vipFrankMindy8
Central Coast
55 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, pricing was excellent! The birthday desert was an excellent touch! The only thing is that my card was compromised the next day. Starting at midnight, It was the only place I used it that day. 😢

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KATt
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal as always! Nice to be back inside. Thanks for the great service.

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vipBrianC
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've dined at Il Fornaio many times and the experience is always pretty good but this time the service was amazing!!! Our server was Rebecca and I can honestly say that she is one of the best servers ever! We never had to flag her down and ask for anything, she was so attentive, friendly, and just made for an overall fantastic experience!

Kudos to Il Fornaio for having someone who is so very customer centric!

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vipJoyceTW500
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So happy we got a table in your lovely patio !

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Liam
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

great atmosphere for outdoor seating, friendly staff, and good italian food selection.

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pleaseddiner1
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very enjoyable and the food was delicious.

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RaulG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional value for the high quality of the meal and first-rate experience. Will definitely return to this restaurant.

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CarmenB
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had a beautiful time but I believe my server was a bit overwhelmed by how busy it was. Would still recommend this place. ❤️

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GeneC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

First of all I want to know that we really like Il Fornaio. The no-fault of anyone there it was really cold in the heaters about us work working as well is a freestanding ones. I came to the conclusion that you had to be shorthanded because the service was considerably slower than usual although the waiter was very good at what he does I think he had too much on his plate that night so I don't blame him but was a little upsetting because we were there with guests. I fully understand the things happen and you will definitely be seeing us again.

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vipfishwine
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Things are looking up, but when indoor dining is more prevalent...all reviews should shine.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was a very nice meal. We have enjoyed it in the side alley to the restaurant, open space and ok weather.

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vipstevenB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going here. The food is always wonderful and the wait staff friendly. Glad the patio was open.

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Wakana
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The server was nice and looked pretty busy. I’ve always loved this restaurant for about 20years but the dishes that we ordered were too salty, and couldn’t finish them. Sad...:(

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was slow and food took a long time to arrive in between courses. We kept having to ask for refills. Also, had to ask for olive oil at least three times. Food lacked flavor. Someone in their kitchen does not believe in the use of salt.

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SocorroH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I love everything about the restaurant especially the congeniality the manger offers.
Concerning the service,I don’t like/appreciate that the runners/servers “auction” the food off when they bring the first who gets what entree ? Can’t the write down the position of the guests and what they ordered ? As an example, position one get the children, position two gets the steak and so forth.....in any fine dining restaurant, that’s basic.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Great location, terrible food. Won’t be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It’s been awhile since we ate at any establishment and it was really lovely to dine outside. The food was moderately good - nothing over the top. For the same cost, I’d rather go to Bestia. However, the outdoor ambience was very lovely and the service was great - manager came several times to greet us and make sure everything was good. Will be back again with out kids.

FAQs

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

Il Fornaio - Pasadena is rated 4.5 stars by 2493 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.